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President's Comments for March 2019

Posted by Michael Downes on March 5, 2019 at 9:50 PM


It is with a heavy heart that I share this remembrance of longtime member and friend Bob Bordwine.

I will remember Bob particularly fondly, as he was the first Sooner Model A Club member that I met in person. He stopped by my now-late grandfather’s house to help me get his car running after it sat for nearly 15 years.


He and my grandfather had a lot in common — both went by Bob, both were retired Lieutenant Colonels in the Air Force, and both had a passion for Model A Fords. Oh, and they both enjoyed making light of my youth and relative inexperience with antique cars.


I’d struggled for weeks to get grandpa’s Model A started — it would crank, but it would’t fire. I’d tried everything, so I called for backup — and Bob came to the rescue.


He arrived one afternoon with a small tool bag, which he set down on the running board. “What seems to be the problem?” he asked. I recounted my weeks of frustration and all the things I’d tried.


He pulled out a few tools — a wrench and a screw driver I think — and adjusted this, tapped on that, and after about 2 minutes, he stood back and grinned.


“Try it now,” he said. I turned it over and the engine sprung to life.


“You were close, but not quite there,” he said. But I knew it would have taken me two more weeks to do what he had accomplished in two minutes.


Bob then pulled out a blank Sooner Model A membership form and handed it to me. I’d already joined, but I liked how direct that gesture was. You’re one of us now, he seemed to say. Go ahead and make it official.


Bob is gone, but a lot of his knowledge and spirit will live on in Sooner Model A. He was a mentor to many of us who learned how to rebuild a carburetor, repair a steering gear or just enjoyed shooting the breeze with him early on a Monday morning.


Fifteen Model As led the procession to the graveside ceremony at Bob’s funeral. A fitting tribute to a man who was so special to Oklahoma City’s antique car community.

Services for Bob Bordwine

Posted by Editor on February 24, 2019 at 11:55 AM

Lt. Col. Robert Lee Bordwine, Jr. passed from this life February 22, 2019 at the age of 81. He was born September 25, 1937 in Oklahoma City to the late Robert Lee Bordwine, Sr. and Ruth Inez Bordwine (Booze).

Robert grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Central High School. After high school graduation, he went on to join the Oklahoma Air National Guard where he proudly served his county as an Air Force pilot. Robert married the love of his life, Joan Warren, on June 4, 1960. They were joyfully blessed with 2 daughters and almost 59 years of marriage. Robert retired from the Air National guard on September 23, 1992 after 38 years of dedication and service to his country.

Robert loved sports and camping when his daughters were growing up, but his most recent passion was Model A cars. He spent the last 25 years of his life in the Sooner Model A Club and found great joy in purchasing and refurbishing Model A’s. In addition, he was an avid OU Softball fan and also liked watching his favorite western tv shows and movies.

Robert was a man of faith and loved his Lord. He was active in the local church community and most recently attended Emmaus Baptist Church.

He was preceded in passing by his parents, Robert Lee Bordwine, Sr. and Ruth Inez Bordwine; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of more than 58 years, Joan Bordwine; daughters, Terry Teel and her husband Terry of Norman and Connie Gilbert and her husband John of Long Grove, IL; grandchildren, Haley Teel of Norman, Shelby Teel of Norman, Kelsey Gilbert of Georgia and Cade Gilbert of Des Moines, IA. Robert is also survived by a host of loving extended family and friends.

Visitation is 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019 at Moore Funeral and Cremation, 400 SE 19th St. Moore, OK 73160. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the funeral service will immediately follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City. Condolences may be shared at

Upcoming Bylaws Vote March 10

Posted by Michael Downes on February 19, 2019 at 6:50 PM

Dear Members --

For those who weren't able to attend our January or February Club Meetings, I'd like to let you know about an upcoming vote to amend the Club bylaws at our March meeting. The text of the proposed changes is at the end of this message.

In January, the Board voted unanimously to support a proposed amendment to the Sooner Model A bylaws that would add Web and Social Media Officer as a Board position. Currently that position is a standing committee, which does not require Board Meeting attendance.

Board member and Sooner Scuttlebutt Editor Chuck Dusenberry proposed the change to the bylaws at our January Board Meeting. His reasoning, which the Board agrees, is the Web and Social Media editor in our modern age is akin to the position of Scuttlebutt Editor. It is important to have both the Editor and Web and Social Media officer present at Board meetings, as well as the regular club meetings and other events.

Our website and Facebook page are the voice of the Club as heard by the outside world, just as the Scuttlebutt is the voice of the Club to our members. The member responsible for updates and communication on behalf of the Club through our website, Facebook page and other social media sites holds a lot of responsibility, and the Board agrees it's time for this to become a permanent Board position with the same weight as the Scuttlebutt Editor.

The majority of our new members who have joined in the last several years have made their first contact with the Club through our website or Facebook page, which is maintaned by our current Web and Social Media Officer, Will Langford. I myself am one of those members who first learned of the Club from this very website.

Will, who was not aware of Chuck's proposed change until it was presented at the Board meeting, has not objected to the proposed bylaw amendment, and has agreed to join the Board if the membership approves the proposed change.

As more of our lives take place online, the more important the Web and Social Media Officer position becomes. In past years, Will has held the Web and Social Media position, along with various official Board positions, but currently holds no Board position, hence the impetus to update the bylaws.

The general membership will have an opportunity to cast their secret ballot on the proposed change to the bylaws at the our March 10, 2019 meeting.

If you are unable to attend our March Club Meeting, you are welcome to mail in your ballot to the Club's P.O. Box as listed below. We must receive your ballot prior to Friday, Feburary 8 in order for it to be counted.

For mail-in ballots, there won't be a special form -- just write "for the proposal" or "against the proposal" on a piece of paper, and put it in an envelope. If you'd like your vote to be secret, please place that envelope in an outer envelope. Make sure to stamp the outer envelope, and include your name and address in the return field so we can verify who has voted in order for it to be counted.

Please note that only current paid members may cast a ballot, and dues are paid annually in January. You are welcome to mail in a check with your ballot if your 2019 dues are delinquent.

If you have any questions, or need assistance voting, please don't hesitate to call or email me.


Michael Downes, 2019 Sooner Model A President

P.O. Box 83192

Oklahoma City, Ok. 73148


Article V - Officers, Section 1:

Add the words: “Social Media Officer” following “Editor” and before “and two directors.”


Article V - Officers:

Creation of new section between Section 10 “Editor” and Section 11 “Directors” to be titled “Social Media Officer” carrying the distinction of Section 11.


Article V - Officers:

Renaming existing Sections 11-14 as Sections 12-15 to reflect the addition of “Social Media Officer as Section 11.


Article V - Officers, Section 11 new language:

The Web and Social Media Officer shall maintain a web presence at and various social media platforms as determined by the Board.

President's Message for June 2018

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on June 1, 2018 at 4:20 AM

Model A Friends,

The club is entered in the Liberty Fest Parade, July 4, in Edmond. This is a great parade with lots of flags and bunting. If you are planning to drive your car in the parade be sure to buy flags, bunting, and tinsel to decorate your car. Our club will be judged and may win a monetary prize and/or a plaque. Don’t wait until the end of June to purchase your decorations or you will find the stores are empty.

If you don’t want to drive all the way to Edmond for the 4th of July parade, we are also entered in the Bethany parade. We are also encouraged to decorate our cars in a patriotic fashion. It’s not certain that there will be a picnic with the Model T club. Check the website, facebook, or come to the June meeting.

We had a special event May 19. It was our annual picnic in Ripper Park in Bethany. Several members of the Early V8 Club joined us. The board members furnished hotdogs and hamburgers. There were plenty of side dishes and desserts. We had a great turnout including some potential new members.

I hope to see you at the meeting June 19.

Jim Yates, 2018 President

President's Message for February 2018

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on January 31, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Model A Friends

We have certainly had a frigid January. It took brave and hardy souls to go for a cruise in their Model A’s, but the temperature is rising and soon we can be back on the road again. Let’s hope the weather stays moderate for our Spring Tour scheduled for March 23-25. The Spring Tour is hosted by Kent and Jeanne Washburn and Rich and Donna Robinson of the Tulsa Model A Ford Club. The tour this year will be to Elk City and the main attraction will be the National Route 66 Museum. You can check our website or the Tulsa website or the Scuttlebutt for details of the itinerary and hotel. More details of routes and meeting places for convoys to Elk City will be in the March edition of the Scuttlebutt. If you haven’t been on a tour you don’t know what you are missing. Make your hotel reservation, tune up the old A, and get ready for a fun week end. If your A is not ready for a tour, drive your modern car. The important thing is to be there and enjoy the company of your Model A friends and they can enjoy yours.

Despite the low temperature we had a good turnout for the January meeting. VaughnCille read letters of appreciation regarding the MAFCA National Awards Banquet. Will Langford presented a great slide show outlining the events of the Awards Banquet. The refreshments were provided by members of the board.

We are still short of volunteers for board and committee members. We need a vice president, activities chairman, refreshments chairman, name tags chairman, and demonstrations chairman. Please contact any board member if you can fill one of these important positions. Speaking of refreshments, we only had two members sign the refreshments sheet for February and March. Please email or call Chuck Dusenbery if you can help with either of those months.


Looking forward to seeing you on the road.

Jim Yates 2018 President


President's Message for January 2018

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on January 2, 2018 at 10:30 PM

Model A Friends:

We are starting another year and we remember fondly the fun and fellowship we had last year. We started 2017 with our annual inspection day at Bill Harris’ Garage. This is a popular event. If you are new to the Model A Club, then you don’t want to miss inspection day. Some of our most experienced members will be there to help you check your car and show you some maintenance procedures that you can do. We will check fluid levels, lights, steering and brakes. Our members can show you how to adjust the brakes and how to set the ignition timing. They can instruct you in the use of the GAV (gas adjusting valve) and the spark advance. This year’s inspection day will be January 27 at Bill Harris Garage. Many of us will meet at Jim’s Café at 9:00 AM for breakfast and then move to Harris’ garage at 10:00 AM. We will adjourn to San Marcos for lunch. Bring your car if possible, but if not possible you can still watch and learn while we inspect other cars.

Our spring tour this year will be to Elk City, Oklahoma where we will visit the Route 66 Museum. Our hosts will be Kent and Jeanne Washburn of the Tulsa Club. Details are given in this issue of the Scuttlebutt.

If you check the listing of the 2018 board on this page, you will see that it is incomplete. We are in need of a vice president after VaughnCille Weidner found that she would be unable to be our vice president. This is an important office and we need someone to step up and help the club. We also need someone to be in charge of demonstrations at our monthly meetings.

I am looking forward to another fun year of fellowship and driving our Model A’s. I hope to see you on the road in 2018.

Jim Yates, 2018 president

50th Anniversary Picninc and Model A Day

Posted by Editor on September 14, 2017 at 11:45 AM
Join us this Saturday as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary as the Sooner Model A Club. The club will be providing Fried Chicken and drinks and we are asking members to bring a side dish. Don't forget to bring lawn chairs and most importantly your Model A. Our goal is to get 50 cars there for the celebration and a group picture. Ripper Park 7801 NW 30th Bethany, Ok

President's Message for February

Posted by Editor on February 14, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Model A Friends, Who would have imagined we would have had so any nice days to drive the Model A in January and February in Oklahoma. Of course, you can not make your trip too long because the next day it could be bitter cold. We should just enjoy them when they come. Hopefully, we will have one of our ???nice??? weekends for the Spring Tour to Ponca City, March 17 ??? 19. We hope you have already made your reservations at the Comfort inn and Suites. The deadline is March 1. It will be a fun time. Sheryl and Greg have worked hard to set this tour up for us and the Tulsa Club to enjoy. Plan to join us and if you have not been on a tour with us, you are missing a lot of fun. Come Join Us. We had a great turnout for the January Model A Inspection Day and the ladies did a little antique shopping. Then we met for lunch at San Marcos on 40th and MacArthur and some delicious Mexican food. If was a fun, productive day. We had our first Steering Committee meeting on the 31st. There were 23 members that came and I really appreciate your willingness to help with the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet. It is going to be some work for us but I believe it will be a lot of fun and a chance to show off our city to the national Board. Our February meeting will be on the 21th so put it on your calendar. We will be having a demo by Bob Bordwine and the ladies will be discussing decorations for the 2017 Banquet. See you on the 21th, VaughnCille Weidner 2017 President


Posted by Editor on January 31, 2017 at 1:00 AM

I have had several members complain of not receiving emails from the club. In the three that I have investigated 1 had changed their email address and 2 had some how marked the emails from the club to go to their spam folders. If you change your email address please login to the site and update your information so you continue to receive them.

In sending emails we are obligated to use a format approved and complies with the Can-Spam act. We make all attempts to make sure emails are not forwarded to your spam folders but it is always a good idea to check and make sure. If they are you can change the settings in your email that will make sure it goes to the right folder.

Please let me know if you are having any troubles and I will do my best to make sure they get to you.


2017 Scuttlebutt Calendar

Posted by Editor on January 19, 2017 at 4:45 PM
The 2017 Sooner Scuttlebutt calendar is now published.