Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Assoc. Inc.

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3510 Brooklake Rd. N.E., Brooks, Oregon 97303.

The show season is now over and most of you are getting over celebrating the holidays and look forward to this year's shows and events. We hope that you have had a good year and were able to obtain that needed part to finish that restoration and have it ready it ready for the coming show season. A note to you lady chuggers who have been looking for something for Pa for Christmas. Look over GEM real close. Many advertisers offer magneto and ignitor services, sell builders plates, decals, oilers and many accessories. Give them a try.

Over the years we have attended a great many shows and events and have noticed that it takes quite a few bodies to put on the show. It seems that the same bodies are the ones doing the job year after year. We wonder! Where are all the other people that belong to the club? There seem to be more JOINERS than there are DOERS.

This past year we undertook an informal survey to determine how many club members were actively participating in their club and its functions. It appears that between 8% and 10% of the membership is carrying the load and making the club go. What about the rest of the members? Well, about 50% cannot get involved due to work and family responsibilities. But about 10% seem to find the time to take an interest in the club and help out. The remaining 50% are what we call JOINERS. They join to be able to say that they belong. They don't attend meetings and they won't help with any club functions or anything else for that matter.

What is the solution to this problem? Well we don't have any easy answers. A couple of things might help. We feel that some clubs don't charge enough for dues. The average is about $5.00 per year. This makes it too easy for the joiners. We don't feel that this is enough as a lot of clubs are continually having fund raisers to get more money into the treasury. It would make it a lot easier on the club officers and active members not to have to search for more funds to keep the club solvent. It is felt that dues in the area of $15.00 to $25.00 per year would be more adequate.

Election of officers: Most clubs elect officers with nominations from the floor at the annual meeting. A lot of members would like to help but they are bashful and will not volunteer. How about appointing a nominating committee that will pursue people who are capable of filling these positions? Do it quite some time before the annual meeting so everything will be settled before hand.

One other thing that helps keep members' interest up: have a get-together of some sort about every six weeks. Have a swap meet, mini-gas-up or visit a club member's collection. Have more activities so that members feel they are involved with a group that is very positive and aggressive.

We read the other day that the body of almost every organization has four kinds of bones.

Those who spend all of their time wishing someone else would do the work.

Those who do all the talking-but very little else.

Those who knock everything that anybody else tries to do.

Those who get under the load and do the work.

Our prayer is-'Oh, God, give us more backbones.'

The National is alive and well and looking forward to another year of good times. renewing old acquaintances and meeting many new friends.