History and Goals of The Dairyland Tin Lizzies,
Chapter of The Model T Ford Club of America)
In early 2001, Jim Rodell Jr. and Carol & Keith Gumbinger
discussed the idea of forming a Model T Club Chapter in Southeast
Wisconsin dedicated solely to Model T Fords.
continued and an organizational meeting was held in April, 2001, at The
Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford, Wisconsin, where we decided to
become a Chapter of The Model T Ford Club of America.
Present at this meeting were Jim Rodell Jr., Colleen Noonan, Keith
& Carol Gumbinger, John & Lisa Bohn, Kevin Bruso, Adam &
Christine Doleshal, DeWayne Fritz, Pete & Shelly Humphrey, Scott &
Linda Poenitasch, Jim Sr. & Sandy Rodell, Dan & Phyllis Schultz,
and Joe Vrana Jr.
It was also decided
that all members of this chapter must also be members of The Model T Ford
Club of America, that this club is for Model T’s only, and no other old
cars should participate in our club activities.
In May, 2001, our
first newsletter, “The Buzz” was printed.
Officers elected at
this first meeting were:
Jim Rodell Jr.
President’s of our
club over the years were / are:
2001 - 2003:
Jim Rodell Jr.
2004 - 2006
2007 - 2008
2009 -2010 Jim Rodell Sr.
2013 -2016 Pete Hunphrey
Goals for our chapter include:
- To educate the public about the history,
lore and operation of the Model T Ford in the following ways;
- By driving our cars to
various public events such as the annual
Experimental Aircraft Association "Air Venture" event, to
schools, nursing homes and many other events.
- By giving rides in our Model
T's for free at all the above events.
- By describing how Motel T's
are driven which is completely different from a modern car.
- By demonstrating how Model
T's started using the hand crank including how to properly
use your hand to avoid injury.
- By allowing people,
especially kids to sit in our cars and get their picture
taken, and honk the horn.
- By explaining how the Model T
Fords were truly "The Car that put the World on
- Local activities, especially tours, exclusively for 1909 to 1927 Fords.
(This is not intended to be a general "old car club")
- Meet other Model T Ford owners and enthusiasts in the area and develop new
- Produce a local newsletter and web site to connect club members and keep them aware of local
Model T news and activities.
- Provide opportunities for members to share parts, knowledge and to help each other keep their
Model T Fords on the road.
- Promote membership in the national club, MTFCA, by requiring national affiliation for all
- Encourage local members to attend regional tours, national tours and annual
- Host a national or regional tour, or annual meeting for the Model T
Ford Club of America.