Find Yourself in the Falls – Oct. 2020

The TCC officers meet in Wichita Falls June 27, 2020.  Dee Van Winkle hosted us at the MPEC ( Multi Purpose Event Center). There are plenty of hotels and camping sites, so read further about the plans.


We will be using Exhibit Area B of the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall. These doors are on the West side of the building. Our Texas Cushman Club banner will be hung in this area for you to easily find the State Meet.


Welcoming us was Michael Tipton, General Manager of MPEC. We will be entering through the doors behind him. To the left are the windows of the Concession Stand which will be open for your food needs early morning though lunch.


Schedule, registration forms, and more information can be located under the tab “2020 38th State Meet” on the Home Page of the website.

Please remember, to order your t-shirts and/or enter the 100 year ride by Sept. 23, 2020.



Ginger Freeze’s report of the Cancer Donation of 2019

At the 2019 Texas State Meet a total of $2391 was raised and donated to the American Cancer Society. $500 was donated to the building of the new Hope Lodge in Houston in honor of all Texas Cushman Club members who are cancer survivors.
A second paver was purchased via a single donation in memory of Brenda Smith, wife of Lewis Smith.
Pictures of those pavers are attached.
Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city.  Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting better.  Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guest can retreat to private rooms or connect with others.  Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease. There are three Hope Lodges in Texas, Lubbock, Dallas and now, Houston.
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2020 Possum Kingdom

A group of Cushman riders FINALLY got a chance to meet, ride and eat. The Possum Kingdom ride was organized by Gene Perry. The group began their week on June 22 and left for home on June 26. There were 15 scooters and lots of riding.

The full story will be in the upcoming newsletter.  I can share the pictures and let you enjoy their outing.  Thanks to Gene Perry ( and those who used his camera for him) and Belinda Beck for the pictures.


Gene Perry


2020 38th State Meet

2020 patch

Richard Kesselus and his officers have been busy making the prelimary plans for the meet. Your next newsletter (Mid-July) will have the registration form, schedule, and other information. Because the Cushman Club of America’s Meet was cancelled, our club has increased our meet to include rides and activites from Monday through Satuday.

All the meet information is on the website under the tab: “2020 38th State Meet”.

Please note: the t-shirts will be pre-order only. We will NOT have extras at the meet.

Deadline to order: Sept. 23.

As always, if you are not attending the meet, your annual membership fee still needs to be paid by Oct. 12.  You can use the same form and mail your check to Chrysti Love, 2120 County Road 24, Lamesa, TX 79331

The following is Richard’s letter that will be in the Cushman Club of America magazine.

Texas State meet October 12 – 17th 2020 Details

Hello all From Deep in the Heart of Texas.  This will be my effort to invite you all to attend the Texas State Meet in Wichita Falls October 12 – 17, 2020

First of all, this invite is no different from any other State Meet we hold. It is just that we are making an extended effort to let all Cushman riders participate with us.  It has nothing to do with the CCOA organization.  All of the rules, Insurance and procedures are that of the Texas Cushman Club Inc.  All that is required is that you register and sign our standard waver form.  The registration fee is 25 dollars. There is no requirement to join the Texas Cushman Club but we will be glad to accept any new member applications.  The meet will begin on Monday October 12 (Columbus Day), with the registration desk opening at 10 AM Monday and 8 AM all day Tuesday and Wednesday then each morning with closing times posted for the rest of the meet.

We encourage pre-registration and will refund the registration fee upon request.  Note: We WILL NOT refund the Banquet ticket prices but will attempt to sell your tickets and if successful return that amount.  Pay attention to the registration cut off date for T-shirt purchases. If you have to cancel, we will refund the registration fee less the amount to mail your shirt.

Attached to this invite are:  1. A welcome flyer from the Wichita Falls convention center, 2. A schedule of events (subject to change), 3. A list of Motels and current prices and, 4, The Registration form which should be downloadable.  Watch for more in the next issue of the National Magazine.

We will put on a good show where everything is Bigger and Better in TEXAS.

Look forward to seeing y’all.   Richard Kesselus 512 431 2940 (leave a message)

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See you in Wichita Falls.


Dec. 2019-Mar 2020 NEWSLETTER

Gene Perry has gotten the newsletter published and some members have received their copies. He sent in to the publisher on March 20. On Saturday, May 1, I received my copy. We must assume the “Virus” got into the publisher’s business.

I have added the 2 posts that tell a little more about Richard Miner’s and Mike McLeod’s stories.  Jimmy Hubbard posted a comment on Leon Jones’s obit post that Leon was a great help to him.

As always, please send your stories and pictures to Gene if you want them in the newsletter. Each member has a reason or person of character in their history of being a Cushman scooter enthusiest. Also when you sell your classified ad item, please let him know to remove it.


Richard Miner’s Story May 2020

At the Cushman National Meet last June 13, 2019, Richard Miner had an accident while riding his scooter at Paris, Tx. As I’ve seen many times, Cushman friends surround and support during these times. Richard had many broken bones and road rash was deep. He spent 3 days in ICU in Plano and was then moved closer to home.

At Memorial Herman, he was admitted to the level 1 trauma/burn unit. Multiple surgeries were performed to reduce the risk of infection and freshen the wounds for faster healing. On June 19, he was moved out of ICU. There were difficult times with finding pain meds that would work. Broken bones and wounds take time. On July 2, he was transferred to rehab closer to their home. Then on July 28 Richard was moved into the hospital due to low blood pressure and nausea. The bones are mending slowly, and he is weakened.

Early August he was at home with PT, OT, Speech therapists and nurses coming to help him continue to recover. They were thankful for good days and survived the bad days.

On October 6, Richard announced he wanted to come to the State Meet. He had turned a corner and was ready to see everyone.

What a joy to have them walk into the Wednesday night Early Bird dinner! On Friday, we learned more. Don Henry had picked up Richard’s scooter from the storage unit in Paris and took it home. The scooter was returned to Richard repaired and in running order. No charge for the repair.

There were so many who helped during this accident. Richard and Sue appreciated all the help.

This is what a member does – give and then give some more. What a Club!

Yes, Richard plans to ride again.


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Richard and Sue Miner being welcomed at the Early Bird Dinner in Synder, Oct. 9, 2019.

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Ricahrd’s scooter after the accident in June, 2019

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Richard’s scooter after Don Henry’s repair work.

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Don Henry and Richard Miner October 10, 2019


Don Henry, Richard Miner, James Press, and Raymond Love sharing “the good times”. Friendship in the Finest form.

Texas Cushman Member #14

Have you ever had someone prove their membership by a copy of a cap?

Mike McLeod


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Mike McLeod TCC #14

In September 2017, the Big Country Area held the West Texas Fair and Parade Event meet in Merkle, Tx.

John Hensley had been telling us about an old scooter guy in Merkle and that he had his original scooter. While camping in Mike McLeod’s Windmill RV Campground, we got to meet Mike. He brought a scan of his cap with the patch from the 1st meet of the Texas Cushman Club from 1983. Proof of his membership was not on my current books.

Time for some detective work. On the Numerical list, I found Mike, but his membership had not been carried forward through the years. The original 5×8 notebooks are in my storeroom. Out came the boxes and there was McLeod, Mike #14. With the notation that he was given “charter bar & 10-year bar 6-5-92”. For your history lesson: In 1992 Ross Murphy was president.  Upon the 10th year as a club, the 30 charter members who were active members were honored and given Lifetime memberships.

Mike McLeod proof

The following is a scan from the 10th State Magazine, 1992.

10th state meet CHARTER MEMBER copy

Picture of Mike as a young man.

Mike McLeod kid on scooter

The following scan is from a TCC newletter.

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We have updated and gotten his membership back on the books. At the 37th State meet in Snyder,  Mike brought more items of interest. His original title and license tag receipts. What a joy to see the value Mike places on his Cushman roots.





Mike McLeod and Richard Kesselus, State Meet, Snyder, October 2019

It has been a pleasure to have Mike back in our roster. Thanks to our late friend, John Hensley for making the connection.

Pictures provided by Mike McLeod and Chrysti Lve.

Leon Jones , TCC # 3

Charter member Leon Jones has passed away. In 1986 he was on the first Board of Directors and was named “Road Captain” for the year of 1986. He received the first Founder’s Award in 1988 along with Bill Benedict, Mike Jones, Ken Thiessen.
Our condolences to his family.
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Leon Jones

Tuesday, November 15th, 1938  Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Leon Jones, 81, of Cleburne, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 in Cleburne. He was born November 15, 1938 in Karnes County, Texas to Francis Ervin and Ida (Retzloff) Jones. Leon married Pat Ford on March 31, 1962 in Cleburne. Before retiring Leon worked in the health food distribution industry as a maintenance supervisor as well as many years at Cleburne Electric and was member of Calvary Baptist Church. Open visitation will be 10:00A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the funeral home. A private family graveside will be held.

Leon (Papa) enjoyed spending time with his family & friends. He especially loved his time with grandkids and great-grandkids. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1961. Leon dabbled in everything from rebuilding Cushman scooters to tractors and of course his 56 Chevy. Leon never met a stranger and enjoyed sharing his stories with everyone. He loved his Calvary Baptist Church family and spending time with them. Most of all having his personal relationship with Jesus which fulfilled his Eternity.

Leon is survived by his wife, Pat Jones of Cleburne; son, Jerry and wife Tracey Jones of Cleburne; daughter, Jennifer and husband Mitch Myers of Fort Worth and their son, J.D. Myers; son, Jody Jones and wife Monica of Malakoff and their children, Jared Jones and wife Stacey, Taylor Jones and wife Lindsie, Alexis Painter and husband Avery; great-grandchildren, Addie Mae Jones, Piper Scout Jones, Jameson Pineda Jones and Lawson Thomas Jones and sisters, Shirley Guinn of Kopperl and Carol Reynolds of Oklahoma.

Leon is preceded in death by his father, Francis Jones and mother, Ida Jones.

38th State Meet for Texas

Let’s begin thinking about our coming State Meet. October 14-17, 2020.

The registration page and schedule will be posted in July.  We are extending the invitation to the Cushman Club of America members. You can read President Richard Kesselus’s letter at the end of this post.

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Our contact person in Wichita Falls is:


Senior Sales Manager

Convention and Visitors Bureau

1002 5th Street

Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Direct: 940-716-5551

Visit Wichita Falls


From Richard Kesselus:

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In this year of tragedy and disappointment we are just not getting to feel the wind in our face.  Meet after meet is being canceled.  A year of planning and preparation down the drain.  Disappointment for all in Nebraska after years of work is tough to swallow.  For us in Texas our move to change our meet date to the Fall may give us all a chance to do what we like.  Riding and showing our handy work may not be completely lost.   Our State Meet has always welcomed all Cushman members and in this year, 2020, we want to especially welcome CCOA members to join with us in Wichita Falls, Texas, for our state meet which will be held October 14th  through 17th.  Being familiar with the normal CCOA schedule our schedule is a little different but we will adjust some to make it familiar. Starting Monday October 12th, Columbus Day, we will plan to have rides Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday. Registration will start Wednesday afternoon. Our Show scooter judging does not have all the many classes at the National but there are classes that fit all scooters. This will get all who have labored getting a show scooter ready a place to enter it in a contest prior to the 2021 National.  That said there is another opportunity to have some scooters in a contest with our 100 Year Club which is described below.

In the next CCOA magazine there will be a complete schedule of events and early registration so keep and eye out for that information.  You can always go to our web site to get the best up date on what we are up to.


What’s Different?  We do most everything that is done at the Nationals plus a few extras. First, we have a 100-year club (the age of the owner and the age of the scooter must add up to 100). When the club was started not everyone was eligible but, as time rolled on most any of us and any original scooter qualified. The scooter must be all Cushman except for some safety items.  There is a small club membership fee if you are interested in taking part. The scooters are judged best original, best restored, and highest number of years.  There is a short ride for all the old scooters.  We also enjoy a Scooter pull (like a tractor pull). We have our own sled and several classes, Stock and Modified Huskey engines as well as an unlimited class.

Wichita Falls is almost in Oklahoma, I’m sure Don Reed and a few other Okies might like that, it is somewhat centered in the US and maybe not any farther that some who would have traveled to Grand Isle.  So, if you are hankering to ride or show off your work  “Y’all Come”. Watch for a complete rendering of our meet in the next edition of CCOA Magazine


You can contact me at or 512 431 2940.  Richard Kesselus TCC Inc. President.