Shenandoah Steam and Gas Engine Association

Case engine

This photo shows Bill Strause and his Case engine

William E. Hall

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15700 Santini Road, Burtonsville, Maryland 20730

The annual banquet of the Shenandoah Steam and Gas Engine Association was held, November 9th, 1973, at Duff's Rebel Restaurant in Winchester, Va. The dinner consisted of a wonderful assortment of meats, vegetables, and salads, followed by three different deserts. As usual, several of our engineers and threshermen were seen to go back through the serving line for seconds and thirds. We are well known for our banquet. Anyone who has worked hard all year long to put on a good show should have a good meal at the banquet, even if it does mean a little extra cost.

Following the banquet, the meeting was called to order by our president for 1973, Mr. Ralph Maddox. After a report by our treasurer which was quite encouraging, the nominating committee presented it's slate of officers for 1974.

After a call for nominations from the floor, Mr. Wayne Godlove was elected president. Wayne has served us well in past years in this office. There is no doubt that he will be a good president in the coming year. He is one of our best engineers and one of our tractor trailer drivers, so he gets a workout at show time. It was at his house that the groundwork for our existing organization was laid.

Mr. Paul Giles was elected vice-president, to the good natured calls of 'impeach Him', continuing many fine years of service to our club, both as president and vice-president. Some one asked what type of vice he was in charge of! Paul has been one of our hardest workers and organizers. Many of us wonder what we would do without Paul, his twin Frick, his shingle mill, and most of all his wife and four children.

I guess one of the most vital parts of any organization is it's treasurer. I don't know if we have the best or not, but if Mrs. Lewyn could balance the nations books like ours balance, I would nominate her for treasurer of the United States. Even in years when we have been rained out, it seems as if we still make just 'a little bit more' for next year's show. After several years of outstanding service, I think it is time someone said 'Thank you, Mrs. Lewyn', our treasurer for 1973.

Of course, this leaves one office yet to be filled. It seems as if the secretary is always last and winds up with the most work. We have had one of the best for the past several years. Mrs. Giles as secretary and her husband as president or vice-president have been a wonderful team. Mrs. Giles has had the help of her very capable daughter Linda, now at age 13, in the past. This year Mrs. Giles decided to retire, so we elected her daughter, Linda. Now her mother can help her! Some of the shows have bragged about having the youngest secretary. I don't know if we have the youngest or not, but I'll bet we have the best young secretary.

This was the year to elect the members of the board of directors from outside the state of Virginia, which occurs every three years. All three were reelected to office for three more years as follows, Mr. Chapman from W. Va., Mr. Shaeffer from Penna., and yours truly from Md., Mr. Lupton was elected to fill out the remainder of Mr. Godloves term on the board. The remainder of the board consists of Mr. Lewyn, Mr. DeBosky, Mr. Hornbaker, Mr. Lichliter, and Mr. Simes.

If you can find a better team than we have I would like to see them. If you don't believe me, notice what happens when an impossible situation occurs at the show. I believe in the old saying 'The improbable we do at once, the impossible just takes a little longer'.

I would like to point out one thing that I place great emphasis on, and that is the participation of younger people. I have heard many an old timer say 'that young kid doesn't know anything'. Of course not, if he has not been taught by someone who does, and takes the time to teach him. We have modified our bylaws to allow any member 14 years old or older to have voting privileges and hold any office, if so elected. The percentage of teenage workers at the show and at the banquet was quite impressive. 'From the tiny acorn the mighty oak does grow', and we must remember this if our shows are to continue. Following the elections we were entertained by a short but very interesting talk given by Mr. A. H. Mason on steam boats on the Chesapeake bay. He has written and published a very interesting book on this subject.

Our regular business meetings are normally held on the third Friday of each month, unless members are notified otherwise, at the Memorial park building in Winchester, Va. It is west of I-81, between state Rt. 7 and U.S. 50. The next meeting will be February 15, usually beginning at 7:00-7:30 p.m. If you are interested come on out member or not, or see us at next year's show, July 26-27-28, 1974. See you then, 'The good Lord willing, and the creek don't rise'. Right now I got to head for the wagon boys, this writing is killing me.

Yours truly William E. Hall