Awards Banquet

Page last updated: November 22, 2018

Diamond Rails Forever PCR/FRRS Joint 2019 Annual Awards Banquet will be held Saturday night (time TBA) and is included in the Registration Package Special. Social/Cocktail Hour TBA for everyone to renew old friendships and make new ones.

Banquet Speaker

Charlie Getz

It is our great pleasure to say our guest speaker will be our recent NMRA President, Charlie Getz. He has had an eventful term, to say the least. Charlie will be speaking on “Reflections on a Life in Model Railroading.”

Charlie Getz was born in Japan in order to be near his mother.  His parents were stationed in Japan as part of the Occupation Forces under McArthur.  This heritage led Charlie to a life-long love of rice and Brass Engines. On a recent trip to Tokyo, Charlie was able to visit Tenshodo and Tokyo Disney. He became a hobbyist in 1961 with a Christmas present of a Mantua General in HO and has dabbled in HO, HOn3, On3, N as well as a few miscellaneous scales. He has built 4-5 layouts over the years but nothing recently although ending up with the San Juan Central, a MR project railroad, as well as pieces of Whit Tower’s ALP and even a scene from Jim Vail’s memorable HOn3 layout. If you cannot build, borrow.

Charlie served as PCR President, PCR Trustee, NMRA Western Vice-President, NMRA Director and NMRA President. He holds the John Allen Award and is an NMRA Honorary Life Member.  He has written the longest-running column in model railroad publishing history in the Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. Not the best; just the longest. 

Banquet Menu

A delicious buffet:

House salad with seasonal garnish and champagne vinaigrette


  • Pecan Topped Chicken Breast with Bourbon Brown Sugar Glaze
  • Slow Grilled Sliced Tri Tip with Rosemary Derni
  • Seared Salmon with Lemon Cream


  • Chef’s selection of seasonal vegetables
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Basmati Rice Pilaf
  • Herb Couscous
  • Baked rolls and butter


Coffee, decaf coffee, tea, iced tea, or lemonade

Dessert table

Two or three items – chef’s choice

Special Diet

Vegetarian or special diet needs can be accommodated but you must notify us in advance to make arrangements. The registration form includes an area to indicate vegetarian or special diet. Please contact the facilities chairman, Scott McAllister to confirm/arrange this.

Don’t Miss It!

Truly a day you won’t want to miss! Additional Banquet tickets for non-attending spouses/SOs or Day Fares can be purchased through the online registration for $50.00.

Scott McAllister
Banquet Chairman