It’s time for the 2nd Annual Sunshine Region, Hands On Clinic Joint Meet
June 6-8, 2014

Layout Tour on Friday Night, June 6th
All Clinics on Saturday, June 7th
This year the Joint Meet is in Orlando at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lake Buena Vista.
The hotel is conveniently located between Exit 66 on I-4 and the Beach Line Expressway.
11400 Marbella Palm Ct.
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 239-9550

We’ve changed the format slightly and added more clinics.  Attendees will have a choice of 2 hands on clinics in the morning and a choice of 2 hands on clinics in the afternoon.  For those modelers not interested in a hands on clinic we also have 5 traditional lecture clinics on the schedule.  Or mix it up and do one hands on clinic and some lecture clinics from our exciting group of clinicians.  You’re sure to learn a lot, have a great time and go home inspired for your next modeling project!
We’re also offering the one everyone’s been waiting for, Up Close and Personal Decoder Programming with JMRI’s Decoder Pro.  Yes, a hands on JMRI clinic so plan on bringing your laptop.  This clinic is strictly limited to 8 people.  To meet anticipated demand the JMRI clinic will be offered twice that day.  And if you bring your laptop, there will be a special presentation of the
current state of Railroad Simulators available for the rail fan.  Today’s simulators have very realistic physics incorporated and are real time operating sessions for a single person or in a multi user session in a group.  Find out what it takes to get started in this fascinating part of the hobby.
The Clinic Lineup
Hands On Clinics
Building a Wood Laser Kit by Allen Crowley
Build a Proto 2000 Gondola and add a load to the car by Gilbert Thomas
Weathering Structures by Lee Weiss
Hand Made Trees by Bob Krebs

Lecture Clinics
What in the Toolbox by Donovan Lewis

Really Cheap Structures by Ray Hazen
Building Retaining Walls by Al Sohl, MMR
The Turnout and the Frog by Ray Hazen

Computer Clinics
Intro to JMRI by Gene Jameson
Virtual Railroad Operating Sessions by Dan Cioffi

Base Registration is $20 and includes lunch. Each Hands On Clinic has an additional $15 materials fee.  If you plan on attending and taking one of the hands on clinics, you must pre-register for the Division Meeting by May 31, 2014.  Due to capacity limits we are unable to accept registrations for hands on clinics after May 31st.  After May 31st, Registration is $25 per person and does not include lunch.
When you register, you only need to select a hands on clinic if you plan on taking a hands on clinic.  If you don’t select the clinics you want to attend, the seat won’t come out of inventory and you may be unable to get the seat later.  Note that the Hands on Clinics are capacity limited and these limits were set by the clinicians.
  • The Hotel is offering a special event rate of $89 per night, a $30 discount off their regular unrestricted rate.Use GROUP (not promotional or corporate) code "SUN" on the Hilton website or when calling the hotel directly.  Rooms are limited and this rate expires after 5/6/2014.  Reserve your room today.
  • For Dinner on Saturday night we’ll head to Maggiano’s Little Italy in Pointe Orlando on International Drive next to the Hyatt Regency.If you haven’t been to Maggiano’s before, come hungry because small portions are not in their vocabulary. 
Please refer to the clinic descriptions for the tools and materials you will need to bring to the clinics.

June 6 - 8, 2014

Hilton Garden Inn Lake Buena Vista
11400 Marbella Palm Ct
Orlando, FL

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