Urgent Need to Find a New Editor for the Great Northern Goat

As reported in the December issue of the “Goat,” Ed Stankard has announced he will step down after publishing the June 2019 “Goat.” There is very little time remaining to recruit a worthy candidate and prepare him/her for the job of coordinating the effort in producing our quarterly publication. The Society MUST FIND and assist a new editor in continuing this critically important work. Here is an opportunity for someone to contribute his/her skills and talent in providing leadership in preserving what most members consider the single most important activity our Society does. The “Goat” has served to bind together the members of GNRHS for over 45 years.

The job requires good communications and writing skills, editorial judgment in selecting and working with materials contributed for publishing, the ability to work with a team of dedicated volunteers who assist in preparing the journal for printing and distribution, willingness to work under publishing deadlines and timely efforts to maintain a flow of interesting subjects worthy of publication and who preferably possesses a reasonable knowledge about the Great Northern Railway.

GNRHS is currently undergoing a major effort to improve our internal operations in accordance with recommendations provided by Authenticity Consulting of Minneapolis. The Board started working with Authenticity this past year to identify strategies in preparing our Society for long term sustainability as we face challenges similar to those faced by virtually every rail historical society these days. Aging memberships, dramatic changes in the model railroad hobby over the years, increasing operational expenses, and the reality our favorite railroad subjects disappeared nearly 50 years ago. Our publication efforts will likely see some changes as a result of this work the GNRHS Board is undertaking.

If you have the slightest interest or know of someone who may, please contact Director Bill McGinley who is heading up this search effort or any of the Board members and other officers for further discussion. Be assured, these individuals are ready to assist candidates in considering the assignment and providing help in making a smooth transition for the new Managing Editor of the “Goat” starting immediately.