Correspondant's Corner 


   An open letter to La Société


As some of you may know, my father recently lost a brief but valiant battle with lung cancer, and passed away on Friday, September 22nd, 2017.

I left him in the ICU in Indianapolis on Saturday September 9th at his urging.  He knew that Promenade Nationale was, in his words “a big deal”, and that I had a responsibility to be there. So I went.

Many of you may have noticed that some aspects of the Promenade itself and the Cheminot following did not proceed as smoothly as I would have wanted.  Suffice it to say that some of that was caused by my inexperience, but moreover, quite frankly my head was elsewhere. I won’t make the same mistakes next year.

I didn’t “broadcast” the sad news of his passing, mainly because I was simply overcome by a number of immediate family responsibilities. But as many of you know, there are few secrets among a family, and the “La Société family” responded. 

I simply cannot list the number of friends that have contacted me in the past 10-days. I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to all of you, for your expressions of concern and the unending support in the form of prayers, cards, emails, text messages and phone calls.

I’d also like to thank the Voiture Nationale Staff; who closed ranks, got the job done, and kept the trains running on time (pun intended) in my absence. They are all seasoned professionals, and we are lucky to have them on our team.

In the coming days, I will do my best to execute those administrative functions that require my personal attention, and are currently on my desk.  I would humbly ask for your continued patience while I “catch up”.

Between the stacks on my desk and the number of unopened emails in my inbox, there is a possibility that something may get overlooked.  If there is a time sensitive issue that requires my attention, please don’t hesitate to contact me via phone, or send an email reminder. I appreciate your assistance in getting you what you need in a timely manner.

Again, please accept my sincere thanks for your expressions of sympathy and support during this difficult time.


Warm regards,

Patrick Mobley