Rt.2, Box 167A Republic, MO 65738.
One of the goals for 1993 is to increase the number of branches in the National. I am happy to announce that Branch 44 has been formed in Conway, Missouri. They are known as Conway Flywheel and Toy Association. President is Harold L. Dill, Rt. 2, Box 580, Niangua, Missouri 65713; Vice President, Chris Hyde, Box 56, Conway, Missouri 65632; Vice President and Secretary, Enos Hawkins, Rt. 19, Box 285, Lebanon, Missouri 65536; Treasurer is Curtis Wills, P.O. Box 445, Lebanon, Missouri 65536. We welcome them into the National and wish them well.
Branch 13 prepares for National, which will be June 11, 12, & 13. This will be the 13th annual Grass Valley Gas Up presented by Branch 13. Grass Valley is located in the cool and scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Grass Valley/Nevada City area was one of California's major gold mining areas from the time of the Gold Rush in 1849 well into the twentieth century.
We welcome Cluinebaug Valley Branch, Waterford, Connecticut to the National. Officers are Richard Babbitt, President and Larry Dudek, Secretary. They will be known as Branch 5, replacing the branch in Michigan which chose to withdraw from the National. We are sorry to see the old Branch 5 leave the National and would like to wish them well with their future endeavors.
The '93 show season is in full swing around the nation and Springfield, Missouri is not different. Branch 16 held their annual swap meet in early April. The weather was perfect, and with the good turnout, a lot of rusty iron changed hands. Not only was Branch 16 well represented, nine other national branches were in attendance. They came from Kansas, Arkansas, Texas and several were from Missouri. An auction was held late Saturday afternoon with items donated by members. The proceeds were used to help pay expenses and to make next year's swap meet even better.
During your show, encourage all members to continually be on alert for safety hazards. If your branch does not have a Safety Officer, we encourage you to elect an officer and give him the full support needed to enforce these safety rules. If you have a Red Cross Chapter in your area, invite a representative to your club meeting, instructing methods of first aid to your members. Branch 16 had this type of meeting and it was well received.
As we close this article, we are looking forward to attending the Oklahoma Steam and Gas Engine Show, in Pawnee, Oklahoma. This is the home of Branch 4 and is always an outstanding show. We will report on this and other shows in the next issue.