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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DEE VANWINKLE

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1002 5th Street

Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Direct: 940-716-5551

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From Richard Kesselus:

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TEXAS CUSHMAN CLUB SAYS “Y’ALL COME”

 

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.  https://texascushmanclub.com

 

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 rkesselus@yahoo.com or 512 431 2940.  Richard Kesselus TCC Inc. President.

Cecile Blount # 469

Loretta “Cecile” Blount

January 21, 1938 ~ March 16, 2020 (age 82)

Obituary

Loretta Cecile Sivley Blount, 82 of Sulphur Springs, Texas, took her final trip on March 16, 2020. A graveside service will be held Saturday March 21, 2020 with a public memorial held at a later date. There will be no formal visitation. Instead, the family invites you to pay your respects at West Oaks Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Blount, Betsy Blount, Jacob Blount, Samuel Blount, Jordan Crist, Billy Barber, Jessica Barber and John Wright. Honorary Pallbearers will be Duncan Wood, Mark Peugh, Steve Peugh, Cephis Gregory, Donna Gregory Edgar, Johnny Midgley, W.B. Cox and the FUMC Sojourners Sunday School Class.

Cecile was born January 21,1938 to Marion Hamilton Sivley and Florence Elizabeth Bryant in Yantis, Texas. She attended both Sulphur Springs High School and Greenville High School. In graduated 1956 from Greenville High School.

On June 8, 1956 she married the love of her life Paul Ray Blount. They met as he was delivering prescriptions for Nelsons drug store on a Cushman Scooter. They were happily married until his passing on March 10, 1999.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Throughout her life she was active in 4-H, 4-H Saddle Club, Rockwell Riding and Quadrille Club and Star Twirlers Square Dance Club. In the 80’s she began working as a Teacher’s Aide at Sulphur Springs Middle School. During that time she helped collect 1 million pull tabs. After retiring in 2004 she became an Ambassador for the Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce. She was named Ambassador of the Year in 2008.

In 1997 she became the Secretary of the Texas Cushman Club and retired in 2014. During her time she was awarded the Founders Award and her Cushman Eagle won National Awards.

She is survived by her sons Terry Ray Blount (Lee Ann), Jon Eric Blount (Martha) and daughter Patricia Lynn Barber (Carl). Her grandchildren Jeremy Blount (Rachel), Betsy Blount, Jacob Blount (Brooke), Samuel Blount (Erika), Jordan Crist (Cesaly), Cooper Blount, Jessica Barber and Billy Barber (Kaitlin) and two Great Grandsons. She is also survived by her sister Martha Cox (W.B.). She will be missed by special friend Sue Peugh, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and special niece Cathy Cox Bryant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hopkins County Veterans Association and the FUMC Youth Program.

A special thanks to our Angel Martha Cox for her loving care the past two years of her older sister’s life. The family would also like to thank the staff at Carriage House Manor.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. http://www.westoaksfuneralhome.com

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Loretta “Cecile” Blount, please visit our floral store.

https://www.westoaksfuneralhome.com/obituary/LorettaCecile-Blount

From Chrysti Love:

Cecile Blount and her husband, Paul, were great folks. They joined in 1990 and by 1997 Cecile had accepted the job of State Secretary. When Paul passed in 1999, she wanted to continue as Secretary. The friends of the Cushman Club supported her through her grief and provided a purposeful diversion. Many people have  story to share. Cile loved to thank Raymond, my husband, for giving one of her grandsons a ride on his Cushman. The boy thought he would never get to ride again since his granddad had passed. Small acts of kindness that remain the best way to encourage.

Your State Secretary has so much responsibility for the continuation of the club. Jill Wadlow, Gene Sargent, Bill Mills, and Cecile Blount all served in this capacity.

In 1997, Cecile began her 17 years of serving our club. She took this seriously. By spending devoted time on membership rolls, attending meeting and keeping minutes, plus attending events, Cecile created a wonderful record of our club’s history. When I took the responsibility, I also received a pickup load of boxes – old state meet records, magazines, newsletters, patches, and the treasured 5×8 original memebership notebooks. So much history that when I began to create the history tab on the website, I just had to search through my treasures.

We will miss this lady – Cile Blount.

2005 Founders Blount

Accepting her Founder’s Award from President Tommy Greer. 2005 at the 23rd State Meet held in Sequin.

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Accepting her plaque for  years of service from President Ben Sargent, 2014 State Meet.

2014 State new secretary

Chrysti Love and Cile Blount, State meet in Brenham, 2014.

Good-bye to a sweet friend.

Chrysti Love

Cancellation of 13th Annual Carmine Event

I received word this morning that the Carmine event lead by James and Jane Press will be cancelled this year. The Calendar reflects this change.

The Ft. Smith Event, April 2 and the Water Valley Ride, April 16 will be re-evaluated closer to time. Both events have been cancelled.

The Corona Virus Restrictions are in place to help us all stay healthy. Please take care and WASH YOUR HANDS.

 

New Classified Ad

957 Cushman Eagle Scooter

Fully restored, white

Inherited from my father, a member of the National Cushman Club

12,413 miles

Ran at estate sale in November 2018, but I haven’t run it since.

Asking $3,900, will entertain reasonable offers.

Local pickup in Hutto/Austin, TX

Willing to meet in Texas for delivery for a small fee, depending on miles.

Email or text for pictures.

Brenda Sikkema  TCC # 3067

basikkema@austin.rr.com

512-818-0029

 

 

New Swap Meet Opportunities

Charles Montgomery, new TCC #3068 member has several events where he wants to promote the Cushman scooters. He uses 2 trucksters at these events and has been answering questions to the younger crowd about our history. He is asking for participation of sales and attendance. This is an opportunity for another swap meet in different areas. He uses the airplanes and helicopers to draw in people to the food vendors, crafts, and antiques vendors.

For more information:
Charles Montgomery
1900 E. FM 4
Cleburne Tx. 76031
817-648-9183
817-929-1816
Antique Alley, Cleburne, TX
April 17-19 , September 18-20, 2020
Cushing
Mineral Wells

Big Country Swap Meet March 2019 POSTPONED

March 17, 2020

We are very sorry to have to announce that due to the City of Abilene Emergency Order restricting any event of over 250 people, the Big Country Swap Meet has been postponed. 

The new date will be announced as soon as it can be determined. We certainly regret the inconvenience of having to reschedule but understand the need to limit the number of attendees from across the state in these uncertain times. Rest assured that we will provide another tremendous swapmeet when we are able to safely enjoy it together. We will still honor all reserved spaces for the new date, however, we will gladly refund any spaces that have previously been paid for if you so desire. 

We truly regret that we must postpone the swap meet, but understand the unique times that we are enduring at the current time. 
We will see you soon at the Big Country Swap Meet, but until then, stay safe and ‘sanitized’!
Randy Young and all the Big Country Swap Meet Staff

Hey Swap Meet Friends,
Just wanted to give you a reminder that the Big Country Swap Meet will again  be held at the Big Country Raceway (Abilene Dragstrip) on March 29-30, 2019. We will allow vendors only to get in on Thursday the 28th to get an early setup. We are already hearing from many new vendors, so it promises to be another great swapmeet. 
One new addition will be that we are working with The Tailgate Team from here in Abilene who are planning to have some of their fantastic canopies available for rent. They will have 10×10 and 10×20 units available for rent. Save your trailer space for more stuff and offer your wares in shady comfort! 
Also, we have had such great success with the “Car Club Package” (10 spaces for only $200!) that we will continue to offer it. If you can’t use that many spots, gather some friends to share the deal and be close so you can sell each other’s stuff while they shop!

If you want to reserve the same spaces you had last year, you can go online and pay directly or drop us an email.

We are excited to see everyone again at this year’s swapmeet!

( Note from Chrysti: this is a complimentary post since they aren’t TCC members but you never know when or where you’ll find a treasure! Randy Young sent this and his dad is Kenneth Young, former member.)

Happy New Year – 2020

The Concho Valley area club meet at Rosa’s Cafe in San Angelo for New Year’s Day lunch. Those attending were: Raymond and Chrysti Love, with granddaughters Skylar and Kaelyn Taylor, Bobbie Love, Les and Carolyn Turner, Ben and Gene Sargent, Lee and Nancy Bennett, Armando and Margaret Trevino, David and Carol Wyatt, Tyler and Jennifer Johnson with Wyatt and Adelaide.

The news of Goldie Aldridge’s death was shared. She and Kenneth were active members of the Abilene group.

We had a great meal and enjoyed being with friends.