Tri-State celebrated the successes of 2017 by holding its first "Year-in-Review Dinner" at Boonton Station 1904 on December 14. More than 50 of Tri-State's members filled the restored Lackawanna train station, now a restaurant and bar, to enjoy dinner, to look back on the last year's major projects and events, and to honor members and volunteers who were most instrumental to Tri-State's success in 2017.
Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to top donors to the organization. Those members included Eugene Graber, Andrew Dick, Leon Moreau, John Quinlan, and Brian Alesin. An award was also presented to Liberty Historic Railway, for their generous grant gifted to Tri-State which was used to purchase Morristown & Erie 19.
The organization's first "Youth Volunteer of the Year Award" was presented to newcomer Matthew Herman, who had the highest number of volunteer hours of any Tri-State volunteer under the age of 18.
Lifetime Membership awards, inscribed with, "In recognition of your meritorious service to Tri-State Railway Historical Society and your enduring effect on the organization," were given to two long-time members and supporters of Tri-State. The awards were presented to Mark Krisanda, who donated his Erie C330 bay window caboose to Tri-State, and to William McKelvey, who's generosity was instrumental is Tri-State's acquisition of M&E 19.
View the gallery below for pictures of the event and this year's award recipients!