New eTAF and NWHS survey just now posted on line

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Mon Jul 1 11:46:01 EDT 2013

I tried to read the survey on the website but was not allowed to do so because of a stupid mandatory answer requirement that prevented me from moving beyond page one. Good design!

I guess I will wait to see the print version.

C. Chamberlayne
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Subject: New eTAF and NWHS survey just now posted on line

What are Your Interests in the N&W Historical Society?

Any successful organization must meet the needs of its customers. A volunteer organization such as the NWHS, in order to attract and grow its membership (especially for a railroad that ceased to exist over 30 years ago), must ask itself if it is meeting the needs of its membership. A second part of that question is what do we need to do to attract more members. Recognizing that we are a diverse group that includes former N&W employees, N&W railfans, current railroad employees, people interested in railroad history, people who grew up along the railroad right-of-way and many other people with different interests, a first step in this process is asking our members, "What are you interested in?" Another way to think of this question is to ask, "Why do you belong to the NWHS?" Perhaps it is something as simple as you like the 10 percent member discount from the commissary, or maybe it as complex as learning how the N&W treated water for its steam locomotives. Whatever it is, take the time to tell us.

In order to stimulate your thinking, we are launching a survey with the print version of TAF. The Board of Directors asks that you fill out the survey and return it to the NWHS. You can also go online to and fill out the survey electronically. You will also find a link to the survey at Please submit your survey by October 31, 2013.

We have designed the survey to cover a broad array of interests, and we have left space for you to fill in your own ideas in case we did not think of them. You will notice that we are trying to find specific information in some questions, but it is information you can provide by checking a box.

We intend to use the survey to assess how we are meeting the needs of our members and to identify areas where we need to do more. We can only do this if you provide your input.

We will share the survey results with you. We will tell you what the survey told us and what we are doing to respond to the survey results.

NWHS Officers and Board of Directors

You can take the survey electronically and read the July-August-September eTAF by going to the NWHS homepage at Don't you want to be the first one to fill out the survey?

Alex Schust


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