3510BrooklakeRd. N.E. Brooks, Oregon 97303
Having been involved in the fabulous hobby for over 25 years now, I have had the very nice experience of meeting a lot of new people and making friends with many.
I have been involved at the National level since 1975, and feel very proud to have been a part of getting the organization on sound footing. I have also helped in the establishment of over 20 new branches during this time. We just recently formed two new branches: Branch 36 in Washington and Branch 37 in Arkansas.
My background is this: I was born and raised here in Oregon and have a farming background. Went to school here in Salem and attended Oregon State University. Served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft loadmaster. I was a professional fire fighter with the Salem Fire Department for 10 years. I was co-owner of Salem Tire Service for 21 years and presently own an antique store and specialize in farm and antique toys.
I have served as National President (with the exception of one year) since 1978; prior to that I was Vice President for two years.
With 37 branches, from the East Coast to the West Coast, we now have a membership in excess of 6000. Our goal is to promote the hobby of old iron, restore and preserve a part of the past for our followers to enjoy and carry the hobby forward.
We continually stress safety at all the events and shows. We have an excellent safety record and see no reason why this cannot continue. With everyone's help, we can put on the best and safest shows around.
Over the past few years we have worked with the insurance industry, trying to obtain a favorable liability insurance. One that would give good coverage at a reasonable rate. Well, this spring, we were able to put together a National Liability Insurance Policy, with good coverage at an affordable price. This coverage is available only to branches of the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Inc. So, any group that is interested may contact us for specific details.
Now to stray a bit. Since starting our articles in GEM we have received numerous pieces of correspondence requesting information on parts, engines, paint numbers and where to buy a certain tractor. Well, we suggest that you use the advertisers in GEM. As an example, the Reflector has a nice book called The Reference Guide. It lists a lot of serial numbers and paint numbers.
We send our branches a monthly newsletter trying to keep them informed as to everything of importance and related to the hobby. We suggest that anyone interested in becoming involved contact the branch in your area. If you're unsure of this, contact us and we will forward the necessary information.