Here we are giving the money away
$500 Sulfur Veterans Center and $500 Claremore Veterans Center
$500 Norman Veterans Center and $500 Clinton Veterans Center
$500 Lawton Veterans Center and $500 Ardmore Veterans Center
$4000 DAV - Veteran's transportation fund
plus 2 checks we took in at the show one for $25 and one for $100
both went to the Norman Veterans Center
Total 7125.00 to the veterans as a result of the kindness and generosity of those attending our car shows and the hard work of our CAR SHOW TEAM!
CRC members at the FULL CIRCLE SHOW AND SHINE......
10 years ago.... May 20th, 2013 the devastating killer tornado struck Moore with a direct hit....that was 10 years ago yesterday.....and the Canadian River Cruisers were 5 years old. The club members, led by now deceased member Harlan Butler and Ken Dewbre lead teams of car club members, armed with 4 wheel drive vehicles and trailers.
We arrived at the makeshift disaster coordination facility and were first assigned cleanup in a city park that had been hard hit. Dave Saunders remembers what we did..."They assigned us to a city park on the east side that was devastated. Along with many other people, we began to pick up debris and pile it on our 18 foot trailer. Pieces of roofing, tin, wood, shingles, clothing, almost anything you could imagine was in that field...and we picked it up and hauled it off to a central place and unloaded it." The club worked all the first week cleaning debris, including a few elderly citizens' private yards. People who had made it through the tornado, but were too old to do the cleanup - we cleaned and raked for them.
Using the trailer, we distributed cases of food and water to different parts of the city. Saunders remembers one pile of clothing we were assigned to remove. "This was along a busy east-west street. The more trailer-loads we removed from that pile, the more that people put debris into it. After five or six large loads, the pile was larger than when we started. We kept after it and finally we made it disappear." All in all, club members worked to help the citizens of Moore for about two weeks straight. We all felt a part of the community and that we were making a difference. Harlen marveled the first day...."We pulled our trailer all over the park and hauled load after load of shingle pieces and chunks of 2X4 from houses. There were roofing nails everywhere. I kept expecting us the have multiple flat tires on that trailer, but we never had a single one. I don't know how that happened."
Ken remarked about the cars... "it was like the cars were made from Coca-Cola cans. There was nothing straight on them anywhere. First responders had been to each of the cars, checked them thoroughly for people, and then spray painted the doors and trunk with words like "all clear" to let others know there were no people trapped."
Just one of the many things our club and its members have done over the years...10 years ago this weekend. Be proud of the many good things we have done over our 15 years as a car club.