Hard to believe, but it's time again for us to start work on the 2001 Steam and Gas Engine Show Directory. By the time you are reading this letter, all of our 'packages' will be in the mail, asking our contacts for the vital statistics (what's, wheres and whens) for the next round of engine shows. If you are a part of a group planning a new event that we don't know about, please contact our advertising department so you can get into the directory-we want to list every engine event we can find out about!
And while we're on the subject of shows and our contacts, we want to salute the many people whose names we see on the listing forms year after year. We count on these reliable contacts to give us our information, and we feel certain that they provide the same dependability for other tasks that require their attention! No show can have enough of these people, and each club must cultivate new volunteers who will carry on. Remember that sometimes those areas of engine collecting that you might personally disparage may provide some of the volunteers you most need. Not everyone can invest in a Rumely Oil Pull or an industrial-sized stationary engine. Some of your dedicated future volunteers may emerge from the lawn mower or garden tractor areas where young collectors can still get a toehold.
Every year, more shows celebrate their 25th and even 50th anniversaries. It's the dedication of the volunteers that enables these proud traditions to be maintained.
And since we're just wrapping up the 'season' of 2000, we thought we'd say once again that if you have complaints about a show or shows you've visited this year, try to find a way to get your constructive criticism to the folks who can do something about it, rather than disparaging the show to everyone you see!