Marshall Abrams award was created by the Potomac
Division Board of Directors in the Spring of 2021 to
recognize the valuable contributions made to the
Potomac Division and the Mid-Eastern Region of the
National Model Railroad Association, as well as at the
National Model Railroad Association level itself. It
is named in honor of the late Marshall David Adams who
was an integral Potomac Division member who served the
Division in several positions which included
Division Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent,
Potomac Flyer Publisher, and as the Division's
webmaster. He also served as the Chairman of at least
two Regional conventions and several Division
mini-conventions. Marshall is remembered by many as an
individual who had an avid interest in model
railroading and was willing to offer his support to
the development of the hobby in any way he could.
year at the Potomac Division's Annual Meeting this award
is presented to a Division member who has demonstrated
outstanding service to the Potomac Division. The award
criteria consists of the following which serves as a
guideline in the selection of the individual to receive
1. The recipient
must be a member in good standing of the Division.
2. The recipient
must have shown a level of service above and beyond that
expected by other members of the Division.
3. In addition to
service to the Division, service to the Mid-Eastern
Region and national model train efforts may also be
selection process takes place in January of every year
and involves a committee appointed by the Division
Superintendent to make the determination of the
individual(s) to receive the award. The committee is
authorized to select two individuals if it sees fit.
Although the committee determines the individual to
receive the award by February 1st, the announcement of
the individual(s) is not made until the Division's
Annual Meeting where the awardee(s) is recognized by the
webpage is dedicated to those receiving the award and
serve as a history of those receiving the award.