ENID, Okla. — ‘I just wanted to get involved’
Clingenpeel said when he joined AMBUCS in the early 1980s he was just looking to get involved in something to give back to the community.
“I joined in 1982, not too long after I moved to Enid. I joined the Enid AM Club,” he said. “In the beginning, I really didn’t know much about AMBUCS, I just wanted to get involved in some kind of community service club.”
Clingenpeel had an older brother in the club, and he encouraged him to join.
“As the years went along and I got more involved in it. It just became a big passion of mine to get more involved because when we give away those trykes to those kids it’s absolutely incredible,” he said. “The feeling I get, it makes me want to go out and work harder to raise more money to buy more of those trykes.”
Clingenpeel said to join AMBUCS you have be asked.
“The only requirement is somebody has to ask you and that’s all there is to it,” he said.
“AMBUCS used to be an all-male organization,” Clingenpeel said. “We started branching out, and women started getting involved, and one of the cubs built the all-women’s club, the rest of them are all co-ed.”
With five clubs and hundreds of members, Clingenpeel said Enid is reknown for its AMBUCS presence and the clubs’ abilities to accomplish their goals.
“As I’ve been traveling around the country, everyone knows the AMBUCS in Enid has a very strong presence,” Clingenpeel said.
He said last summer at the national conference in Oklahoma City a decision was made to give away 103 AmTrykes at that convention.
“Somebody in Enid said we’ll put those trykes together in Enid,” Clingenpeel said, noting they had about three weeks to get them done. “We put 103 trykes together at the Chisholm Trail Expo in about four hours.
“It was pretty incredible because I thought it was going to take eight to 10, and it took four hours.”
He said that accomplishment by AMBUCS members in Enid made him proud to be a member.
“For the most part, we just work really hard, and sometimes we play really hard,” he said. “When it’s time to get down and to get busy, we all drop everything and get it done.
“It’s something I’m really proud of.”