The Board of Directors of Division 7 approved funding, enabling our Community Service Team to continue donating books on various model railroading subjects to Greater Cincinnati area libraries. This has been a continuing program to make model railroading reference materials available to the public. Since 2000, more than 350 books have been donated to libraries in Ohio-Indiana-Kentucky through this program, enabling more people to have access to "how-to" publications about the subject of model railroading.
For the past fifteen years, a few dedicated volunteers from Division 7 have served as Merit Badge Counselors for the Railroading Merit Badge, as part of annual Merit Badge Fairs conducted by the Boy Scout Council at both Fairfield and Sycamore High Schools. In 2010, Division 7 sponsored these sessions for approximately 30 Boy Scouts, including providing an HO-scale freight car kit for each Scout to assemble. One session was held at the Cincinnati Model Railway Club's layout, located in the basement of the Harmony Lodge, in Spring Grove Village. The Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club provided several volunteers who conducted clinics on materials needed to build a home layout, making artificial trees, and weathering freight cars with chalks. Members of the Cincinnati Model Railway Club operated their extensive O-scale layout for the Scouts and their parents. The merit badge sessions are held on four Saturday mornings in late January, February and March of each year.