I'd be interested in joining a castle specific or just general Lego group in the Portland area. Unfortunately, I have no interest whatsoever in joining a group with "train" in the name of the club.
I kinda felt the same at first, but no longer. Don't let the train in the name put you off.
It was founded by train guys, but Frank Filz, also known as Mr. Pirates is in there, and now my castle influence. I'd love to have you in the group. That would not at all preclude us from founding a LUG, or Lego Users Group, which offers a more generalist appeal. Of course with enough interest we could start a first of its kind LCC, or Lego Castle Club! But I think a good first step is to get you and some of the others to a GPLR meeting. It is such a great feeling to be among other AFOLs. The input from their building is great, plus with members like Kelly McKiernan we have a direct line of communication with TLC itself. Ben Fleskes built a huge Milenium Falcon 8 years ago, so Star Wars is part of the group, plus space and town.
Please don't let the name influence your decision to join! PM me with your email and phone # and we can get together for lunch.
Thomas--you and Chris are welcomed anytime. I know it's a long way, but we have members in Eastern Washington and Medford. Not to mention Kelly who has relocated to Lego World Headquarters in Billund. We have another 6 or 8 people as "members in absentia" living in Alaska all the way to Los Angeles! We may only see them on ce evry two years, but they are on the mail list and can keep tabs on the club. What school might you attend here? I know of no colleges named "Multnomah" in the area.
If you guys are interested in getting on the mail list let me know, and we'll see what we can do.
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