15700 Santini Road, Burtonsville, Maryland 20730
As usual the Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association held its annual banquet at Duff's Rebel restaurant in Winchester, Va. the first Saturday night of November. It was up to its usual high quality with about 100 members and guests attending. After the very good meal and some visiting amongst the guests, the meeting was called to order by our president, Mr. Wayne Godlove. The minutes of the previous meeting of September were read by our secretary, Miss Giles, and approved as read. This was followed by the treasurers report by our treasurer, Mrs. Ralph Lewin, which proved to be a very encouraging report again for this year. President Godlove was then thanked by our Vice-President, Mr. Paul Giles, for an outstanding job well done. His fine efforts had certainly made the job a lot lighter for us all this year.
At this time the meeting was turned over to Mr. Dennis Williams, our nominating committee chairman. At our September meeting, someone made the joking comment that 'We can't lose with a winning team'. Apparently there were a lot of us that thought the same way, and all of the 1974 officers were nominated for another term in 1975, and were returned to office as mentioned in preceding paragraph.
The members of the board of directors whose terms were up this year were also returned to another three year term. Our board consists of nine men, elected to three year terms, three every three years. Of these, three are from outside of the state of Virginia, and all of these are elected every three years, with the other six elected three each during the elections the other two years. Two new directors were elected, however, due to the resignation of Mr. Lichliter and myself, both for family and health reasons. The present board of directors consists of Mr. Robert Debosky, Mr. Burchell Wiley, Mr. Ralph Lewin, Mr. James Lupton, Mr. Ed Sines, Mr. Eddie Hornbaker, Mr. Earl Rohrer, (Md.), Mr. Elmer Schaefer, (Pa.) and Mr. Oscar Chapman, (W. Va.).
We were then entertained by a very good slide show and lecture on the history of the beautiful and old C&O canal, which is now a historical landmark and scheduled for restoration and preservation as a part of the federal parks system sometime in the future. A section of it on the Washington, D.C. end has been completed already. When completed it will run about 180 miles long, with boating, fishing, camping and picnic areas.
The make up of the officers and board has been pretty well covered under the elections sections so I will not go into that part of the club organization. I always like to stress one point of our club make up, and that leaves some of the old time members of some clubs dumbfounded. That is that any dues paying member may hold office and serve in an elected or appointed capacity at the age of 12 or older. We have found we have teenagers with the knowledge, judgment and ability to keep some of our older, experienced men and women on their toes. It was a change in our by-laws we have not regretted after several years experience.
We normally hold our regular monthly meetings at the Memorial Park Building in Winchester, Va. on the third Friday of every month,. 7:00 beginning time, February through September. Normal exceptions are July, at the show grounds the Sunday before the show in the afternoon. Work Detail!, picnic style. There is usually no October meeting, with the annual Banquet and elections taking its place, the first Saturday night in November. The meetings are joint board and membership meetings, unless a special meeting is called by the President or Vice-President. All interested parties are welcome at any meeting, member or not, and we hope to see you at the show in 1975, if not before.