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January 2022 ODHFS Central Region Newsletter
Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

ODHFS Central Region Members;

Is it Happy New Year or is it Groundhog Day/Year? Last January I was massaging my arm where I had received my first Covid shot thinking the mess would be over soon. This January I just ordered another box of N-95 masks.

I want to welcome to ODHFS and the Central Region William Jackson, former member of Richmond Fire Department that currently lives in Richmond.

Next I have to offer my apology to either our Treasurer George Mills OR to our Secretary Richard Moss, but I'm not sure which. In my December newsletter I told everyone that if you had not received your copy of the Winter Old Dominion Torchbearer, to contact Editor/TREASURER Richard Moss, when I meant to say Editor/SECRETARY Richard Moss. I am not sure which of them I "cut" the worst.

Those that have participated with your apparatus and/or participated in events representing the ODHFS, you are reminded to enter your event participation in the Event Tracker page in the Membership Area of ODHFS's website ASAP. Not only does it track your participation but each year the total number of events and participation hours are reported to SPAAMFAA. If you are having trouble accessing the Membership Area on the ODHFS website (bottom right corner on the main page) contact our Web Chief Jack Sullivan (odhfswebchief@gmail.com).

Speaking of SPAAMFAA (The Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America); I assume most of you know ODHFS is a member chapter of SPAAMFAA. Our chapter gets support from SPAAMFAA in many ways, not the least of which is event insurance coverage. Members of ODHFS are not, however, members of SPAAMFAA. I encourage you to join SPAAMFAA, if for no other reason than the magazine and newsletters they publish quarterly. Check out their website at: https://spaamfaa.org/.

Speaking of SPAAMFAA again, their winter conference in Kissimmee FL is coming up February 23-26, 2022. Tommy Herman is presenting a class during the conference and I know several of our members are planning on attending. More information is on SPAMFAA's website.

Our ODHFS Annual Meeting is planned for Saturday April 2. Please keep this on your calendar. More information will be sent out later.

Last week you should have received your 2022 ODHFS Dues renewal ($15) that included the election of officers ballot. I'd like to address these two items separately.

First the dues. Please submit this ASAP OR let me or Tommy Herman know you do not plan on renewing. Please don't put it in a pile and then forget about it or just not renew and not say anything to anyone. The strength of our organization is in the diversity of our members (some with career backgrounds, some with volunteer backgrounds; and some with no fire service background) and to lose anyone hurts us all. If you are having a financial problem with continuing to pay your dues, let me know privately and I will work out something. If you decide to not renew because you don't like something about our organization, please let me know. We/I can't improve unless we/I know there is a problem.

Second, the officers running for office. As President Herman said in the Summer 2021 Torchbearer newsletter, we need to get more members involved in the running and preparing to run our organization. Specifically the article talked about succession planning and how each elected and appointed officer position (Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, Secretary, Webmaster, Quartermaster, Owner's Pride Coordinator, and Regional Director) need at least one person who is their backup and can step in should something occur to the primary person OR be prepared to run for one of the elected officer positions. If you are interested in helping out, let the current position holder or me know.

As always, when you learn of events, parades, etc that might interest our members please pass on the information to our WebChief Jack Sullivan (ohfswebchief@gmail.com) so the information is put on our statewide and my regional calendars.

Good luck with the blizzard forecast for Central Virginia tomorrow.

Floyd
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January 2022 ODHFS Central Region Newsletter
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ODHFS Central Region Members;I hope you are having a good Memorial Day Weekend.I have good news on two fronts related to membership. First I am happy to welcome Scott Spencer as another new member in the region.
ODHFS Central Region Members;It's always great to start out my newsletter welcoming another new member to ODHFS. Lee Williams, originally from Blackstone and most recently retired from Chesterfield County Fire, has joined us.
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A fire truck that raced to the Hindenburg disaster is now parked in a Chesterfield barn.https://www.wtvr.com/waynes-world/hindenburg-fire-truck Tom Herman is a collector with an addiction. The list of Herman's collectibles spans a 120-page inventory and includes badges, helmets, fire alarms, and...
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Plan Ahead and Save the Date! April 29, 2022More Details also posted on our Events Calendar Page!
Sunday, April 10th, 2022
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On Sunday 4/10, Tom Herman & Jerry Fisher had the Colonial Heights twin Maxim pumpers on display at Small Funeral Home in Colonial Heights, Va. to honor ODHFS member & Lifetime member of CHVFD, Lloyd Goddard.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
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ODHFS Central Region Members;First I want to welcome four new members to ODHFS and our region: Donald Root from Ashland, VAJoel Willis from Palmyra, VAMichael Wade from Ashland, VALawrence Peoples from the southern part of our region in Louisburg, NCI'm sorry I was not able to attend the Annual...
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
I want to welcome 3 new members:Johanna Schmersal Chad FisherLeroy Fowler All three are members of the Va Fire Museum and have extensive emergency services backgrounds. Please be sure to welcome them. A few events coming up include:Apr 2 - Annual meeting Keystone Tractor Museum Apr 29 - Winchester M...
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
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ODHFS member Herb Delbridge and his “PURPLE HEART TRUCK” were on display at MISSION BBQ on March 29, 2022 to commemorate the National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Mr. Delbridge created this truck to honor all US War veterans.
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On March 19, 2022, The Petersburg Fire Department held a commemoration Memorial Service for a LODD that they suffered exactly 40 years ago. Sgt. Mike Goff was killed in a building collapse during a multiple alarm fire.
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ODHFS Central Region Members;As detailed below, there are two events coming up in the Central Region soon. First the pride/polish/Central Region get together that will be at the Keystone Museum on March 12.
Sunday, February 20th, 2022
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Good afternoon! Spring is right around the corner. It’s time to get the trucks running Check your fluids, especially brakes for any leaks. Check tires, and all of your mechanicals.Truck show season will be here before you know it.
Sunday, February 13th, 2022
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ODHFS Central Region Members;As usual, my first order of business each month is to correct something I wrote in the previous month's newsletter.Last month I forgot to welcome two new members who joined us in December, Joe Brice from North Chesterfield and Eric Broughton from Chester.
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President Tom Herman recently spoke with Mrs. Herbert Delbridge, owners of the “PURPLE HEART” fire truck. We found out that Herb had been ill and was in the hospital, but had no details. Herb suffered a debilitating stroke and not long after, his wife became ill and had a stay in the hos...
Sunday, January 30th, 2022
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long time ODHFS member Rusty Davis. Rusty joined ODHFS 12/1/87. Rusty has been an avid supporter of ODHFS working in various positions and helping many with his expert mechanical knowledge.
Sunday, January 16th, 2022
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As we wind down this holiday season I hope that everyone had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year! It seems like we just can’t get a break from this Covid stuff because everyone you talk to either has it, had it or knows someone that has it.
Saturday, January 8th, 2022
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The ODHFS regrets to announce the passing of Northern Region member Bruce Harding, an active and long time member of the ODHFS. The family is working on arrangements now and we will pass along that information as it becomes available.
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ODHFS Central Region Members;Is it Happy New Year or is it Groundhog Day/Year? Last January I was massaging my arm where I had received my first Covid shot thinking the mess would be over soon. This January I just ordered another box of N-95 masks.
Sunday, November 7th, 2021
ODHFS Central Region Members: Despite the threatening weather that kept about 1/2 of the registered vehicles away, we still had a good turnout at the Muster in Farmville on October 9, 2021. While it rained (on me) on the way there and on the way home, other than a very short sprinkle early in the d...
Friday, October 1st, 2021
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President Tom Herman regrets to announce that ODHFS Central region member Jim Hanifer has passed away. Jim had been a member of ODHFS since 2012 and could be seen each July 4th Brandermill parade riding with one of us through the parade.
Monday, August 30th, 2021
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The ODHFS regrets to announce that Northern Region Member James Allison passed away on Wednesday, August 25th. Visitation will be Friday, September 3rd from 3-5pm and 7-9pm at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, VA.
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