Old Dominion

ODHFS Central region Newsletter – March 2023


First, I always like to start my newsletter off by welcoming a new member. This month it’s Bill Donatti Sr from Powhatan. Bill’s been a long time member of the Fine Creek VFD in Powhatan County. Bill joined ODHFS while at the Virginia Fire Rescue Conference in Virginia Beach last week where ODHFS Eastern Region Director Wayne Black and several other members put on a great ODHFS display in the lobby of the Convention Center that included Wayne’s collection of antique hand tools and equipment; Mike Denbar’s Model T Chief’s car; the City of Virginia Beach’s first fire apparatus, a 1937 Seagrave Quad; and the Virginia Beach’s Monster Fire Truck (yes it was in the lobby).

I have more good news and some bad news. The good news is, the Central Region is NOT #1. The bad news is our region is #2 on the number of members who have not paid their 2023 dues. As of this morning, there are 23 of you who have not paid (if you don’t know who you are, standby for a personal email). You can either send your $15 check to ODHFS, P.O. Box 4196, Chester VA 23831 (Include a note on whose dues the check is for if you have lost the notice) OR you can renew on-line now (which does include a $1 processing fee). Please don’t be “that person” that I have to KEEP pestering.

Recently you should have received the electronic version of the March 2023 Old Dominion Torchbearer. If you did not get it, contact Richard Moss richard@mossrd.org to make sure he has your correct email address.

For those of you that have an antique apparatus, now is the time to start getting it ready for the parade and event season by changing fluids, checking the tires, checking the suspension, checking the drive shaft(s), etc. Last year I discovered the two bolts that hold the mid-support on the drive shaft on my 1952 Chevy/John Bean were very loose. Every two years I take my Bean to the mechanic that did most of the renovation work on it for him to double check the major safety items like brakes, tires, and steering.

Here is a list of upcoming events in the region and major events beyond the region.

  • April 1, 2023 ODHFS Annual Meeting 9 AM – 4 PM Keystone Tractor & Truck Museum 880 W. Roslyn Rd, Colonial Heights. This is a No Fee EVENT but you must notify Tommy Herman no later than March 27th by phone 804-590-1239 or email tom-herman@att.net that you are attending so the caterer will have a correct head count. There will be a donation boot to offset the cost of the meal. There will also be a dinner on your own get together on Friday evening . If you plan on attending this, notify Gary Hoerman gdhoerman@gmail.com or 434-962-4288.
  • April 16, 2023 River City Cruizers Spring Car & Truck Show benefiting Special Olympics. 11 AM – 5 PM Chesterfield County Fairgrounds To register: https://rivercitycruizers.com/evets . For more information call Angel Horowitz 804-839-7310
  • May 5, 2023 95th Annual Apple Blossom FireFighters Parade in Winchester. More information will be posted on the ODHFS website or you can contact Northern Region Director David Gantt at: racindave@msn.com
  • May 6, 2023 Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department 75th Year Celebration. 10 AM – 2 PM. ODHFS has been asked to have apparatus on display at this event. For more information or to register contact Calvin Balderson, calvinbalderson@gmail.com ; 804-761-2015.
  • May 13, 2023 4th Annual Breakthrough Car Show by the Car Club Council of Central Virginia. 8 AM until …. 6955 Duncan RD Petersburg. For more information contact Colin Romanick; aromanick@pamplinpark.org ; 804-861-2408.
  • June 3, 2023 Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, Richmond Raceway Complex Noon. There will be 10 Firefighters who will be honored at this service that made the ultimate sacrifice in 2022 or before. ODHFS has been asked to have antique vehicles on display during this service. More information to follow.
  • June 10, 2023 Richmond Region AACA Car Show St. Joseph’s Villa, Brook RD @ Parham RD in Henrico County. ODHFS will have a display of apparatus at this event. If you are interested in attending with your apparatus or helping Tommy Herman with getting some of his fleet there, you must let Tommy know.
  • August 1, 2023 National Night Out for Seniors Stonebridge Recreation Center 11 AM – 2 PM. 230 Carl Linn Drive; North Chesterfield. ODHFS has been asked to have units on display at this event.
  • October 14, 2023 ODHFS Annual Muster Farmville VA. More information to follow.
  • October 14, 2023 Goochland Fire and Rescue Fire Show Goochland High School 5 – 9 PM. They would like to have ODHFS units on display during this event. (Maybe you could stop by on your way home from the Farmville Muster). For more information contact Chief Eddie Ferguson eferguson@goochlandva.us 804-556-5304.

If I come home from visiting the grandkids in Hawaii, I hope to see you at the annual meeting.

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