Carolinas Association for Passenger Trains

April 2008 Meeting Details

CAPT General Membership Meeting (Part 2)
Charlotte, N.C.
April 5, 2008

CAPT will meet in Charlotte on Saturday, April 5th. The meeting will be held from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Greystone Restaurant, located at 3039 South Blvd., close to the New Bern light rail station. Lunch "Dutch Treat" is from Noon to 1:00 p.m. The phone number for the restaurant is (704) 523-2822.

For those arriving via Amtrak's Piedmont, a local contingent will meet you at the train station. Plans are to take CATS Route 11 bus to 7th Street, then transfer to the Lynx Blue Line light rail. We'll take a ride to the I-485 station at the southern end of the South Corridor, and then return northbound to the New Bern station. From there the group will walk over to the Greystone Restaurant. After the meeting there will be plenty of time to return to the Amtrak station via CATS light rail and bus. Light rail ticket vending machines now handle credit/debit cards in addition to cash and coin. A transfer to light rail is also possible if first boarding the bus.

The main focus of this meeting is to fully constitute the CAPT Board of Directors and Officers. This was not accomplished at the General Membership meeting last October in Columbia. Two South Carolina board members are needed. The offices of President, SC Vice-President, and Secretary also need to be filled. At the October meeting, Gene Kirkland and Don Stewart were re-elected to their positions of Treasurer and NC Vice- President, respectively.

This mailing serves as official notice of Part 2 of the annual meeting and elections. Directors serve two year terms, and officers are elected yearly. The board of directors consists of 12 to 18 members based on percentage of CAPT members in North Carolina and South Carolina. Anyone interested in running for the board should contact a member of the present board and provide biographical information for consideration, or be prepared to provide this information at the meeting. The CAPT board has historically served as the official Nominating Committee.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  • Welcome
  • Election of directors and officers
  • Treasurer's report
  • Secretary's report
  • Update on planned resolution drive in South Carolina in support of expanded rail passenger service
  • CAPT newsletter status
  • Status of updated printing of CAPT brochure featuring maps of present and future rail service possibilities
  • Updates on rail developments across the Carolinas
  • Amtrak update
  • Reports by Officers and Directors
  • Planning for future meetings