Dave and Marilyn Elkins
We asked Dave and Marilyn:
"Do you have anything displayed at the Museum?"
With a smile and a gleam in their eyes, the answer is "Yes...a few."
- 1930 Model A Sports Coupe - frame off restored
- 1950 Mercury Club Coupe - original un-restored
- 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible- rare E-Code restored
- 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe- Fuel Injected - restored
- 1966 Ford MKIII Superformance Cobra Roadster - fast
- 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe -16,000 miles- original un-restored
- 1996 Harley Davidson Motorcycle - Turbo Charged Softail
Wow! It's no wonder this couple is in love with WAAAM.
"It is unbelievably awesome," says David who volunteers with his marketing skills, during the fly-in, at the front desk and roaming the museum answering questions that the visitors may have.
Marilyn pulls duty at the front desk where she "enjoys greeting visitors and giving them a synopsis of what we are all about." she also has a knack at keeping the gift shop inventory in check. Of course... she works at the Annual Hood River Fly-in too.
The Elkins, who are WAAAM Founding Members, reside just outside of Lyle, Washington with their two German Shepherd dogs. They have been married for just 3 ½ years and enjoy the outdoors with gardening, bicycling, hiking, scuba diving and road trips. Kareoke is a favored activity. Marilyn loves to sew. (She had her own sewing business for 20 years). She also has a year-round greenhouse and a regular organic garden in the summer, is a member of the Lyle Pretenders Theater Company and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. David loves to collect and restore cars. He is on the board of Skyline Hospital, the board of a local winery, the board of Habitat for Humanity and a member of the Lyle Pretenders Theater Company. Between these two they have one son, three daughters and 6 grandchildren.
When asked what they like best about being involved with WAAAM, Marilyn answered, "All of the friendly people that work there - they make you feel welcome as part of the organization." Dave's favorite part? "The newly developed friendships, the opening of the new hanger and the ride in one of the L-Birds... I couldn't think of just one."
Thank you Dave & Marilyn, you help make WAAAM wonderful!
There's something fishy going on at WAAAM.
The Luhr-Jensen Exhibit.
WAAAM has the honor to display the history of "Luhr-Jensen" insuring there really is something for everyone at the lively WAAAM.
"Luhr-Jensen, a company known world-wide for its quality fishing lures and accessories, had its start in an unused chicken coop on a depression-ridden fruit ranch in the upper Hood River Valley of Oregon. It began in 1932. Luhr Jensen Sr. was 41 years old and the grip of the Great Depression had strained the ability of his family's fruit growing business to support them. With time on his hands and a manually-operated printing press, for which Luhr had dies made from old truck parts, the skilled angler began stamping, assembling and polishing meticulously crafted salmon spinners." - quoted from the Lurh-Jensen web site.
Luhr Jensen's sons, Dave and Phil Jensen, have put this exhibit on loan to WAAAM and if you are there on the right morning you may just get to ask these men a few questions about their dad and the company. (After they've had their coffee of course.)
(Left) Jeremy Young - WAAAM volunteer in Afghanistan
(Center) Volunteers install 4ft letters donated by OMC / Yuba City, CA
(Right) Warm new seating area near WAAAM gift shop
Volunteer this year, it feels great!