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Our next Meeting:
-Sunday March 20th, 2016
Location: Bob and
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The Miami Valley Antique Fire Apparatus Association of Dayton, Ohio began with monthly meetings in February 1981. These meetings were held in various fire houses around the Miami Valley area and at members' homes. They continued on a monthly basis throughout the 1980's. The group attended musters at the Troy Strawberry Festival, in Enon, and at Carillon Park in Dayton.
A Constitution and By-Laws were written which stated, in part:
"The purpose of this non-profit association is to promote a knowledge of antique fire apparatus and related equipment; to promote a public awareness and understanding of the history and development of the fire service; and to present these goals using the means of parades, meets, musters and public displays whenever possible."
In July of 1982 the Miami Valley Antique Fire Apparatus Association became an official chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Motorized Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA) where it is known as The Greater Dayton Chapter.
During the early 1990's, meetings were held less frequently. In 1994 there were no meetings after June. It wasn't until May and July of 1995 when several members tried to revive interest among the 35 members. At that time the chapter was close to becoming inactive.
In February 1996 four people met in Germantown to explore the possibility of activating the chapter. Last members of record were contacted. Fifteen people attended the March meeting. They elected officers and trustees, and decided to incorporate as a nonprofit organization. During that year members heard speakers of interest, participated in the Hamilton Dam Fest, and toured a private museum.
The organization updated its constitution and by-laws and received its not-for-profit status in 1997. The first annual antique fire apparatus show was held at Veterans Memorial Park in Germantown and newsletters were sent to members prior to each meeting.
The Miami Valley Antique Fire Apparatus Association is a family-oriented organization. Our 68 members enjoy meetings with programs and speakers of interest, road trips to see collections and participate in events. and an annual family picnic.
Each year we co-sponsor an antique fire apparatus show with the Germantown Firefighters Association. This show is held in Veterans Memorial Park in Germantown, Ohio, the first Saturday after the 4th of July.
MVAFAA enjoys a good, cooperative relationship with the Cincinnati and Columbus chapters of SPAAMFAA.
We invite anyone who has an interest in antique fire apparatus or the fire service to participate in our viable, informative, and fun organization!
Dear Antique Fire Enthusiast,
This letter is an invitation to join the Miami Valley Antique Fire Apparatus Association.
Ownership of an old fire apparatus is not required for membership. Some of our members are owners and some are not. All you need is a genuine interest in antique fire apparatus and/or an interest in fire fighting history. Our members possess a wide variety of knowledge, experience and interests. As a novice, I have learned a great deal from the expertise of our members.
We schedule five meetings each year and sponsor an Antique Fire Apparatus Show in July. Members receive our newsletter which contains informative reports, special features, and meeting notice announcements.
Your dues are used to support the financial responsibilities of our organization; which, in part, include the following items: insurance, membership mailing costs, newsletter expenses, special mailings (fire apparatus show invitations and announcements), plaques for our show, advertising, and expenses for our annual picnic.
Please consider joining the Miami Valley Antique Fire Apparatus Association. Become part of a viable, informative, and fun organization. Simply download the Membership Application (pdf), complete the form and mail it to us with your membership dues.
Bob McClain, Membership Chairman
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