Archive for January 2010

2010 ACE Winter SOAR

Our 7th annual winter event approaches fast, time to print out the flyer, write those checks, and send in your registration.  Do it now, as there is only room for 75 and there will be no on-site registration.

We have lined up a fabulous event this year.  Our host is EnterTrainment Junction, where you will have unlimited access to Train Journey, American Railroading Museum, Imagination Junction, and Funhouse Junction!  In addition there will be behind the scenes tours of Funhouse Junction and Train Journey.  As well as dinner and presentations as usual.  EnterTrainment Junction closes to the public at 6:00, which is when our dinner will start, with the presentations beginning shortly thereafter.

Check-in will be from 10:30am to 5:00pm with the first tours starting at 1:30.  We recommend you arrive no later than 2:00 to ensure you have sufficient time to take in all that EnterTrainment has to offer, as well as attend a tour.

All of this for only $20.00 for ACE members, $23.00 for non-members.  There is no need to attend with an ACE member, this event is open to everyone!

Winter SOAR Flyer

Favorite activity at EnterTRAINment Junction?

The poll is closed, and the results are in…

Total Votes: 19

Welcome Message from Russ Johnson

I’m back, you can’t get rid of me that easily.  I’ve never really been gone, just lurking in the background, attending a few events here and there.  I guess it was a bit of depression after my surgery that made me step down a couple years ago, but I’m glad Brian had the chance to take the lead and he did a great job.  I hope he takes a rejuvenating rest and comes back to being active again.  I’ve been asking the ACE Executive Committee for things to do, so when the Rep Director asked me if I wanted my old job back I said “Yeah!”

I’m glad that Brian is staying around to conduct Winter SOAR.  I’ll have to talk to the parks to see what else we can do this year.   Does anyone else in the region feel like I do that we should get involved a little more?  I mean, if the parks could use us and our volunteer efforts would help them, would you want to get a little dirty and help them get ready for the season? Would you want to work at Kings Island for a day?  Do you know of any opportunities either directly involved with the preservation of rollercoasters, or rollercoaster related fund raising methods to benefit the preservation fund?  Until I verify my ACE email is working again, please contact me at  Thanks!  It is good to be back.

Rep Change for SOAR

Dear friends, it is with deep regret that I have decided to step down as your rep for this region.  It has been a real pleasure serving you all for the last 2 years.  I have learned a lot.  I am considering other directions in my life at this point, and don’t feel I will have the time needed to continue to devote to this.

Russ Johnson will be coming back to fill in for awhile as Rep, and Adam Wasiljov will continue as Assistant Rep.  I will stay around until after Winter SOAR, as that event is already under way in the planning stages.  Winter SOAR will be on February 27th at Entertraintment Junction.  Details on that will be out at a later date.

Again, thank you for allowing me to serve the last 2 years as your rep.  I will still be around the parks this year riding coasters as usual. Just as a civilian!

Brian Neal