Public, Society Benefit

Big Bend Railroad Club, Inc.

  • Webster Groves, MO
  • http://www.bigbendrrclub.org

Mission Statement

Ever since our beginning in 1938, the club's purpose has been to teach and improve the skills of model railroading to it's members and to the general public, by building, maintaining and operating a scale model railroad and by demonstrating other related skills at various model railroad shows. In 1994, the club purchased the 1910 passenger depot which has been the club's only home since 1938. We did this to save the building from demolition and preserve a piece of local history. We are now committed to do whatever we can to preserve and maintain this fine example of vanishing history.

Main Programs

  1. Frisco Depot Repair/Restoration Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Although we are physically located at one location and the largest majority of our visitors come from nearby communities, we constantly receive visitors from all over the United States and occasionally from other countries.

ruling year

2000

President since 2016

Self-reported

Mr. Paul Metzler

Keywords

Self-reported

Model train club, Railroad depot preservation, O-scale trains

Notes from the Nonprofit

We are the oldest model railroad club in the St. Louis, Missouri area and have been located in the same location since shortly after our beginning in 1938. Through a meeting with the Chief Operating Officer of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad we were given permission to move into a railroad depot. Since our purchase of the building in 1994 and acquiring a 501(c)(3) from the IRS in 2000, we have been trying to raise the funds to make several expensive repairs to the depot which was built in 1910. We work with the City of Webster Groves and the Crossroads Business Taxing District to help make the area and community better and we continue to work with other model railroad and railroad-related organizations to help make the hobby better and promote safety around tracks.

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Also Known As

Big Bend Railroad Club

EIN

23-7102084

 Number

7550324588

Physical Address

8833 Big Bend Blvd.

Webster Groves, MO 63119 3731

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We continue to hold monthly operating and instructional sessions for the public and also continue working to raise the necessary funds to repair and restore our former railroad depot.  In 2010 the local business district council spent a little over $7,000 for new paint on our depot and partial replanting of the garden.  We continue to apply for grants and seek donations to pay for a new roof and some other expensive repairs including electrical and adding air conditioning for our visitor's comfort. In April 2011, the local parks department planted eleven new trees around our depot and assumed responsibility for maintaining the garden next to our building. In the summer of 2014 we have the opportunity to sponsor several Operation Lifesaver programs to help educate the public of the dangers of trespassing on railroad property.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Frisco Depot Repair/Restoration Project

To make several needed repairs and restorations to the 1910 depot.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$100,000.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    It is our hope that we will eventually receive the help to finish the restoration and stabilization of our former railroad depot and to have an endowment with which we can use for utility bills and routine maintenance. We want to continue to entertain and educate the public with our model railroad and continue to grow in our involvement not only in our local community, but also in the hobby.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    In order to increase our popularity, we have been increasing our advertising and participation where we can. We also have been maintaining a representative with the local business district council. We are available to participate in any tours and fund-raisers for other organizations. We have noticed more communication about our group and continuously try to find ways of growing this.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Although we cannot afford to pay for formal advertising, we utilize the free listings in media calendars and magazines and try to promote our group at various train shows.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Increases in our visitor attendance and increases in our donations will let us know how well we are promoting ourselves.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Although our popularity seems to be increasing, our success in finding grants and sizable donations to help with the repairs and restorations to our depot still eludes us. It is difficult to find foundations and enough individuals willing to support historic restoration, but we keep trying.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Although we are physically located at one location and the largest majority of our visitors come from nearby communities, we constantly receive visitors from all over the United States and occasionally from other countries.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Because of our limited income, we have to solicit for donations and grants to pay for the larger repairs we have to make to our building.  We currently need between $72,000-102,000 for a new roof and about $4,000 for electrical repairs.  In addition, we need to complete the painting of the outside after the roof is replaced and hope to upgrade the windows to a more efficient type.  We also would like to have air-conditioning installed to make the building more comfortable for our visitors in the summer.  Our annual net income averages around $1,000 and because we have never charged admission to see our trains or the depot we now own, outside help is the only way we can get the repairs and restorations finished.

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Big Bend Railroad Club, Inc.

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President

Mr. Paul Metzler

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Paul Metzler

None

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity