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At its formation in 1994, the Allegheny Plateau Division consisted of seven counties; Venango, Clarion, Forest, Elk, Jefferson, Clearfield, and Cameron, all in Pennsylvania. In August of 2005, the division incorporated as a Pennsylvania non-profit, non-stock corporation. In 2008, Clinton County was transferred from Division 11 of the Mid-Eastern Region. In September of 2015, the Allegheny Highlands Division of the Niagara Frontier Region was dissolved. Five counties were transferred to the Allegheny Plateau Division. Then, in May of 2017, those counties were tranferred again, this time to Division 5. That returned this division to its pre-2015 size and shape.
The Allegheny Plateau Division holds 12 meetings each year, usually on the third Sunday of the month, often at the home of a member. The usual meeting includes an operating session or other activity, a Bring and Brag contest, and a business meeting. The meetings in summer months are often held in conjunction with special events, a pattern which is likely to continue in future years. Persons who are not members are welcome to participate as guests, although that welcome does not extend to holding elected office or voting on business matters. December is reserved for the division awards banquet. In recent years it has been held on a Saturday early in December. The date of the banquet depends strongly on the availability of a hall. In 2015 and 2016, rather than a banquet, the division held an awards breakfast, due to the division's participatioin in Brookville's Victorian Christmas celebration.
In addition to the monthly formal meetings, members of the division customarily gather at a member's house on Thursdays; to pursue projects, assist the member in building or revising his layout, or simply to discuss matters of mutual interest. Often the Thursday gathering in the week or two immediately preceeding a meeting is at the house of the member hosting the up-coming meeting to assist him in preparing for the meeting. Coordination of these informal gatherings, insofar as there is coordination, is by e-mail.
The Allegheny Plateau Division publishes a monthly newsletter, the
Keystone Corridor. A printed copy is available by subscription, see Keystone Corridor page for rates. At one time, the division had considered exclusive electronic distribution of the newsletter. That is still being considered, due to the ever-increasing cost of preparing a printed edition. No decision has been reached, but the issue is a live one. Until it is decided, subscribers may ask to receive their copy electronically as a pdf file by e-mail. See the newsletter page for more detail.
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