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The Brush Busters began with a meeting at the home of Ray Chase on March 6, 1958. Present were Ray Chase, John Chase, Eric Anderson, Howard Osborn, Frank Foster, Clate Gresshouser, Les Brown, Bob Baker, and Dick Sicanti who was then Multnomah County Sheriff. All men present were later to become Charter Members with the exception of Sheriff Secanti who was made an Honorary Member. Other Charter Members were Pete Borschowa, Harold Bothwell, Willis Ranes, Bob Nagler, John Elving, and Wes Kirchem. The charter was closed May 8, 1958 with a total of 14 members and 1 Honorary member. Some suggestions were made that are still in effect today, such as the Constitution and By-Laws, maximum number of active members, date, time, and place of the meetings and runs, and to carry a First Aid Kit in your 4WD vehicle. The club first considered being called The Jeep Patrol. Other names suggested were the Jeep Jockeys, The Iron Horsemen, and the Brush Buster's. It was discovered that the name The Iron Horsemen was already registered, so in June 1958, The Brush Busters became the official club name.

The color white was accepted as the official club color for the Jeeps. While this still exists in the Constitution and By-Laws, having a white rig isn't officially enforced. The number of membership has varied from 14 to 26 and is now limited to 25 active members. The Constitution and By-Laws were drawn up with the help of The Vancouver 4 Wheelers. Meetings were suggested to be held monthly at the home of Ray Chase. It was suggested to have fun; promote goodwill, sound and sportsmanlike driving on and off the highway; provide service anywhere, anytime; and stimulate interest in 4WD operation, ownership, and enjoyment.

The club offered its services on a voluntary basis to the Multnomah and Clackamas County Sheriffs Offices for Search and Rescue operations. The first active call was for the Ken Martin family in December 1958. Since then, the initial concepts of the Civil Defense, Mountain Rescue, and First Aid training have changed, but the Brush Busters remained active in many Search and Rescue operations including airline and helicopter accidents, missing person searches, and civilian training. Most club members still participate when needed. We also broadened our activities to include community service such as helping to deliver Christmas gifts, collecting food for needy families, and being actively involved in land matters that affect organized four wheeling. The Jeeps have changed too. They have become Broncos, Blazers, 4WD pickups, Jeeps, and many other types of vehicles. The equipment has also changed from the old stock rubber, no-lift 'four banger' to the high powered V-8 with two-way radios, winches, and mud tires which makes today's off-road rigs much more capable than those of the past.

In 1960 the Longview Club hosted the First Annual Convention of the Pacific Northwest Jeep Association with 43 people present. The Brush Busters have been Charter Members ever since. The Pacific Northwest Jeep Association has now become the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association, or, as we know it, the PNW4WDA, which currently has over 260 clubs in a three state area; Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Since 1958