The year 1996 was a very big one for the Spark Plug Collectors of America, as it not only marked the first year under the new leadership of Chad Windham of Pendleton, Oregon, but it also saw the completion of the club's new convention centera dream that was only made possible with a grant from longtime member Jim Welty and his family in Fairborn, Ohio. The 28' x 40' building, located at the Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland, Indiana, will be a welcome addition to the club for years to come.
The dates and locations for the 1997 meetings of the Spark Plug Collectors of America will be as follows:
The Midwest Regional Meeting will be Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. at LeSueur, Minnesota, in conjunction with the Gas Engine and Tractor Swap Meet sponsored by the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association. The meeting will be on the club's showgrounds located six miles east of LeSueur on County Road 26. This is a new meeting site, and we encourage everyone to attend. A benefit spark plug auction will follow the meeting.
The National-International Convention will be held Friday, August 22, at the Jay County Fairgrounds, in Port-land, Indiana, in conjunction with the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Show. The meeting and all club activities will take place at the club's convention center, located on the east side of the fairgrounds. The meeting will be at 10:00 a.m., and a benefit plug auction follows.
The Eastern Regional Meeting will be held Friday, October 11, in conjunction with the A.A.C.A. Swap Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The meeting is held at S.P.C.O.A. member Robert Harrington's stall. As always, the meeting is 10:00 a.m. local time and a benefit plug auction follows.
Everyone is welcome to attend these events. If you would like more information on the Spark Plug Collectors of America, or would like to receive a complimentary copy of the club newsletter, 'The Ignitor,' contact Jeff Bartheld, Vice President, 14018 N.E. 85th St., Elk River, MN 55330-6818, phone (612) 441-7059.