IES & GB History
In the early 70’s a rather large group of gas engine enthusiasts decided that enough people were interested in the hobby that they should form a club. The Inland Empire Steam and Gas Buffs had their first meeting November 12th, 1972. It was decided at the meeting the club would be named the “Inland Empire Steam and Gas Buffs” club. Fred Schmidt was elected President, Everett Kelso as Vice President, and Shirley Anderson Secretary/treasurer. Anyone joining before January 1st, 1973, was to be considered Charter Members. All new members after that would be considered regular members. The charter was not filed with the state until April 9th, 1974. This club started out with 105 Charter members and 48 regular members for a total of 153 members.
On November 4th, 1973, it was moved, second, and passed that past Presidents shall be made Lifetime Members.
On March 31st, 1974, it was moved, second, and passed that any member over 75 years of age shall be given a Lifetime Membership.
On January 1st, 1993, it was moved, second, and passed that we will no longer issue Lifetime Memberships. All those who are presently Lifetime Members will continue to be.
In 1995 it was decided that the President and Vice President should serve a two-year term. It has remained that way ever since.