MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
For those of you who didn’t make Steve Bonifant’s tour last
month at Jacksonville, you missed a good tour. We had good fellowship and
lots of food. We even got to drive on some muddy roads. We had thirteen
cars and one on the buzzard wagon. (I won’t call any names.)
I have really enjoyed being President for the year. I had a
lot of good help to thank for it. I look forward to working with Frank Cook
in the coming year. He will do a wonderful job as President. I’ll hand the
gavel over to him at our January meeting.
Remember get out and drive those Ts. See you in January.
Bill Payne, President
October 17, 2009
Zone 4 hosted the fall meeting of the Arkansas Tin Lizzies
at Cotham’s Restaurant in Scott. There were twenty members in attendance.
After a good southern cooked meal, President Bill Payne opened the meeting
by thanking Steve Bonifant for doing a good job and having the club at the
Little Rock Air Force Base.
The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.
The treasurer reported there had been no checks written and two deposits
totaling $100.00 since the last meeting. The current bank account balance
is $2,208.38. Bill Howell moved to approve the treasurer’s report and it was
seconded by Frank Cook.
Bill Howell agreed to have the next meeting in January at
the Howell car barn. Due to the cold weather at this time of year, this
will be another technical meeting.
President Bill Payne gave an update on the condition of
member Joe Garcia who is recovering from a stroke suffered while having
heart surgery. Joe is up and walking at St. Mary’s Rehabilitation unit in
Russellville and continuing to make progress.
In old business, the club revisited the topic of whether to
have three or four tours in addition to the technical meeting. After
discussing the matter President Bill Payne called for a vote and the
majority decided to have three tours and the one technical meeting. In
further discussion, it was agreed to return to the zone rotation with the
zone director planning the meeting. Originally it was thought to have the
meetings in each zone to encourage more participation of the area members.
The attendance has generally not been impacted by location with the same
members going to all the meetings regardless of where it is held.
Therefore, the majority agreed meeting locations may be selected wherever
the zone director chooses.
The Golden Mouse Award presentation was made to Bill Howell
for the Model T Ford Club of America best website for the year 2008. This
is the second time that he has been awarded this distinction. When our club
was notified of the award at our spring meeting the award had not actually
arrived. This past meeting was the first that award and recipient could be
Vice President Frank Cook presented the officers nominations
for 2010 as follows: Zone 1, Mike Walker, Director; Zone 2, Frank Cook,
President; Zone 3, Bill Howell, Vice President; Zone 4, Joe Jeffers,
Director. David Ragsdale agreed to serve as secretary/treasurer one more
year. No other nominations were offered from the floor. All were accepted
Bill Howell made a motion to continue sending a newsletter
to surviving spouses of deceased members. The motion was seconded by Steve
Bonifant and approved by the majority.
In other business a suggestion was made by Bill Howell for
the club to have a 4 to 5 day progressive tour in the near future and
advertising the tour in Vintage Ford. Frank Cook stated that the spring
tour and meeting would be held again in Eureka Spring around the middle of
A photograph was presented to Nellie Howell by Frank Cook of
her standing in the truck bed of a stranger’s pickup clicking photos of the
Ts lined up waiting on traffic at a road construction area. Various door
prizes were presented at the meeting’s end with Roy Mathis getting the
treasured dish towel with Tena’s hand tatting.
The meeting was then adjourned.
David Ragsdale, Sec/Treas.
Tech meeting in January.
Update on Joe Garcia.
Club account balance:
Tech meeting plus three regular meetings for
Golden Mouse given to Bill.
2010 slate of officers accepted.
Spouse of deceased members to receive
Thursday afternoon Steve Bonifant directed a tour for the
group of the air base’s “schoolhouse”. It was the first time for most of
the members to learn about the training that takes place for a C-130. Not
only did the Tin Lizzies get an overview of the training but there was also
a visit to the flight simulator. It was an informative and fascinating
Friday morning began with a drive by a local nursing home.
The Tin Lizzies paraded by the facility and showed off the Ts to several of
the residents. Our next stop was an impressive collection of restored cars
at the Solomon Bros. Car Barn in Jacksonville. It was an extensive
display of classic and antique cars. From the Car Barn the
group travelled by the Old Mill in the North Little Rock Lakewood area,
built in 1933.
Though not that old, it was
featured in the opening scenes of Gone with the Wind. Next on the
agenda was Union Train Station in Little Rock. It was fun to see where
thousands of travelers arrived in Little Rock beginning in 1921. Amtrak
still uses it today. From the station you can see the state capitol. The
Model Ts caused quite a stir as they all pulled up right in front of the
capitol building. In route to the Governor’s Mansion we drove past the
famous Central High School that made civil rights history in 1957 and 58.
Central High School
Arkansas’ first lady, Ginger Beebe, greeted the group in
front of the mansion. The Model Ts were photographed by Mrs. Beebe’s
official photographer and admired by all those present. Everyone loved
seeing the beautifully restored homes of the Quapaw Quarters
before going for lunch in the River Market area. Some went to see the
Clinton Library, others visited the Old State House museum and a few went
the Pharaoh Exhibit at the Art Gallery.
The Saturday ride went to the country. It was a beautiful
day to spend in the Arkansas farmlands. Marlsgate Plantation near Scott is
a Greek revival style mansion shaded by enormous oaks and pecan groves. The
Model Ts had a fabulous backdrop for a photo.
The Plantation Agriculture Museum provided an educational
look at Delta farming. There was plenty of memorabilia, pictures and
excellently restored buildings. The last official stop was Cotham’s
Restaurant. The biggest hamburger you ever saw was served to several brave
souls. Though the place looked like it might fall into the bayou any
minute, it did hold up for an excellent lunch and the quarterly meeting.
We made it back to the Air Base to see the
Razorbacks almost beat Alabama. Everyone hollered and cheered those hogs on
but to no avail!
The Tin Lizzies welcome new members Ernest and Mary Jo
Lastovica of Bentonville. They have a 1919 Speedster/Pickup and a 1927
Former member honored
Master Sergeant Bubba Beason,
America’s Hero, 2009
Chevy had a promotion that encouraged people from all over
the country to nominate friends or family members who, while in uniform,
have demonstrated the military spirit of overcoming obstacles, inspiring
others and positively impacting their country and community. Friends and
family of the service members were asked to submit a video or written
essay. Five finalists were chosen for a public voting period where people
were asked to choose which story most inspired them. The promotion will
culminate at the CMA Awards in Nashville, TN on November 11th
when the winning service member and family will attend the show and get the
opportunity to meet Dale Earnhardt.
was named America’s Hero for 2009. He is the son of members Ron and Brenda
Wood and a former Arkansas Tin Lizzie member. Along with this honor Bubba
will be given a new Chevy Equinox. He is now stationed at McGuire Air Force
Base in New Jersey and is a member of the 305th Maintenance
Squadron, 305th Air Mobility Wing. He has been in the Air Force
since 1991 and received more than 20 major awards and decorations among
which was the USO Airman of the Year. Bubba is preparing for his seventh
deployment in the Middle East.
Ron and Brenda will be with Bubba and Angela and their son,
Christopher, at the presentation on November 11 which is televised.
2010 tine Lizzies’ meeting and tour schedule
January 7-9: Winter Technical meeting, Russellville,
Bill Howell (contact.)
April 15-17: Spring meeting, Zone 1, Dogwood Tour,
Eureka Springs, Frank Cook and Earl Zechiedrich (contacts.)
July: Summer meeting, Zone 3, Bill Howell (contact.)
October: Winter meeting, Zone 4, Joe Jeffers
Tulsa Model T club visits River Valley area
In mid-September the Model T Club of Tulsa came through the
River Valley as part of their Talimena Drive Tour that hubbed from Mena.
There were sixteen folks that joined several Tin Lizzies for dinner on the
17th at the Howell’s car barn. The weather cooperated and
produced a sunny day on the 18th for a trip up Mount Nebo in the
Ts and then over to Mt. Magazine for lunch. The ride up both mountains was
no obstacle for the Ts. It was quite a sight for the state park visitors at
both parks to see all those Ts up on the mountains.
Asu 100th homecoming features Antique cars
It looked like a time machine
had transported homecoming participants back to the 1920s at Arkansas State
University in Jonesboro, Arkansas,
on Saturday, Oct. 24. A lengthy parade of Model T's and other antique cars
proceeded to the Cooper Alumni Center where they rallied in front of the
building as part of the University's Centennial Homecoming. About 30 Model
T and other antique car enthusiasts from around the region drove their
vehicles to participate.
A historic re-enactment of an iconic photo in the 1959 A-State yearbook was
held using the actual car and many of the ladies who were originally
photographed 50 years ago.
ASU alumnus Ken Swan of Selmer, Tennessee, drove the very same car which was
photographed with Phi Mu sorority pledges for the 1959 yearbook. This
special event in honor of ASU's Centennial celebration also noted the 100th
birthday of the Model T Ford, the car which revolutionized American society
and forever changed transportation world-wide.
Ken Swan worked with Dr. Nancy Hendricks, director of ASU Alumni
Communications to recreate the moment from a half century ago. Michael
Nowlin of Jonesboro, an instructor of auto mechanics at the ASU Technical
Center in Marked Tree, was instrumental in organizing the logistics of the
event, including a local driving tour and securing the staging area at the
ASU-Jonesboro Farm Complex prior to the parade to the Alumni Center.
Participants from the Arkansas Tin Lizzies, Arkansas Model T Ford Club,
Tennessee T’s Model T Ford Club and others enjoyed a tour of the area on the
perfect autumn day before rallying at the Alumni Center, where they joined
the pre-game tailgate party after the historic photo re-enactment.
Winter tech meeting
Put January 7-9 on your calendars for the Winter Technical
meeting. It will be in Russellville at the Howell’s Car Barn. Mike Bender
and Fred Houston have graciously agreed to conduct another learning session
for the club. One of the important features of this
meeting will be assembling a short block. Other possible topics to be
discussed could be testing coils, changing steering, ’26-27 spindles and
carburetors. Email or call Bill Howell if you have a topic you to
discuss or present.
A block of 15 rooms has been arranged at the Hampton Inn,
2304 N. Arkansas Avenue, Russellville. From I-40 take Exit 81 going south
on State Highway 7. Then turn east onto E. Harrell Drive from Hwy. 7. If
the group uses seven rooms or more the rate will be $79.00 per night. The
Hampton has a continental breakfast and Wi-Fi is available. Call
479-858-7199 for reservations before January 1.
The Howell’s car barn is 206 Howell Road south of
Russellville. From the Hampton Inn, go south on Highway 7 for 5.4 miles.
Turn east onto State Highway 247 and go 1.8 miles. Turn south onto Howell
Road, go .1 of a mile and turn left at the first driveway.
2010 events of interest
February 19-21: MTFCA
Members Meeting in Mesa, AZ.
April 10: Tulsa T Azalea
Tour, Frank Robinson (contact.)
April 15-17: Tulsa T and
AR Tin Lizzies’ Dogwood Tour, Frank Cook and Earl Zechiedrich (contacts.)
May 13-15: Springfield,
MO Show Me Tour.
Sept. 7-12: Heart of the
Ozarks, Hillbilly Tour.
Sept. 10-12: Eureka
Springs 40th Anniversary Antique Car Show.
Oct. 21-16: Jones Tour,
Mary Jones (contact.)
Oct 21-23: OK Ts Fall
Tour, Eureka Springs, Jack Schriewer (contact.)
If you want a shirt, jacket, hat or other item to be embroidered with the
Tin Lizzie logo, contact Tina Byrum at Rags to Stitches, 479-890-5270. You
can provide the item to be embroidered or purchase it from her.
2009 Tin Lizzies officers
Vice President…….Frank Cook
Newsletter Editor….Nellie Howell
2010 Tin Lizzies officers
Vice President…….Bill Howell
Newsletter Editor….Nellie Howell