Reading Society of Model Engineers
Reading Society of Model Engineers

Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA

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Do you like what you see in the RSME? Would you like to help our organization grow and get involved with the RSME? Why not become a "member of the RSME"? Check out the Associate Membership to see what you get. If you are interested in being more involved we have other membership classes that you might be interested in. All of our membership classes and special interest groups' limits and privileges are listed below. We also have a copy of our club By-Laws here for you to read over. After you have read over the information provided and if you are interested in joining our organization then please print out and send in this membership application to the RSME. If you are a current member to the RSME and wish to either remain a member or upgrade your membership to a higher membership class. Then please print out and send in the membership renewal/upgrade application to the RSME.

*The RSME is currently working on fine tuning the online application process. Currently we are not accepting online applications. You can however still printout a paper application and mail it in via the USPS. We hope to have our online application up and running again soon! Thank you for your understanding.

RSME General Membership Limits and Privileges

Associate Member

Participating Member

Active Member

Yearly Dues: $30.00

Yearly Dues: $90.00

Yearly Dues: $150.00

 Associate members shall enjoy the privilege of using the facilities of the Society. They shall have the privilege of a voice at meetings, but shall not have the privilege of a ballot at meetings. Associate members may not operate equipment. Their use of shop equipment is limited to only the times when they are supervised by an Active member. Application for Associate membership shall be accepted for persons at least thirteen (13) years of age.

 Participating members shall enjoy the privilege of using the facilities of the Society. They shall have the privilege of a voice at meetings, but shall not have the privilege of a ballot at meetings. Participating members may operate equipment under the supervision of an Active member and are permitted to be crewmembers in passenger service after being trained and qualified by the safety committee. Application for Participating membership shall be accepted for persons at least seventeen (17) years of age.  Active members shall enjoy full privileges of Society facilities. They shall have a voice and ballot in all matters pertaining to the activities and welfare of the Society. Only Active members may be officers or chair committees of the Society. Only Active members shall have keys to Society buildings. Active members wishing to operate equipment are required to be trained and qualified by the safety committee. Upon acceptance to Active membership they shall pay a one time $150.00 participation fee. Application for Active membership shall be accepted from Participating members of one year or more and at least eighteen (18) years of age. They shall have fulfilled a one-time ninety-hour (90) work requirement.


RSME Special Interest Group Membership Limits and Privileges

15" Gauge Railroad
 

Lite Rail Railroad
(4.75" - 7.25" Gauge / 1" - 1.5" Scale)
O Gauge Group
 
HO Group
 
 The 15" gauge railroad is included in your general membership to the RSME. The general membership limits and privileges governs over what you are allowed to do and not do involving this group depending on which membership class you choose to join the RSME at from above. The Lite Rail group is building a duel gauge railroad in 1.0" Scale (4.75" Gauge) and 1.5" Scale (7.25" Gauge). This group operates outside on the south side of the club house opposite the 15" gauge railroad. They meet every Saturday (weather permitting) from approximately 10 - 11 am and to work on building the railroad till approximately 4 pm. The Lite rail special interest group also has an additional dues structure to the RSME general membership. The dues structure for this group is $12.00 a month or $100.00 a year if paid all up front in January. They also accept donations of time and materials in lieu of dues. The dues, operating rules, and general safety rules will all be given to you and explained before you join this special interest group. The O Gauge Group is made up of O Scale (2-rail) O Gauge (3-rail) and On3 Scale. This group is housed on the second floor of the RSME club house. They meet every Monday and have an additional dues structure. The dues structure for this area is broken down as follows. $2.00 dollars a month for second floor maintenance and then $3.00 dollars a month for each of the three (3) Gauge interests you wish to belong to. These dues are in addition to the general membership dues listed above. Each Gauge interest also has operating rules that must be adhered to. These operating rules and general safety rules will be explained to you before you join the specific group.  Formed in 2014, the RSME's HO Groups gives those interested in model railroading's most popular scale the opportunity to work on and operate it's DCC controlled 22 x 15 feet double-track model railroad.