OOIDA member delivers Capitol Christmas tree

| 11/26/2008

Traffic is always a nightmare in and around Washington, DC. Now, imagine being the truck driver

charged with delivering the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree and maneuvering a specially designed 80-foot trailer through the busy streets to its final resting place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

However, that’s exactly what OOIDA member Gordy Grove of Langley, WA, has done – twice. 

Grove, who drives for National Van Lines, delivered the tree right on schedule on Monday, Nov. 24.

OOIDA Vice President Todd Spencer was on hand to witness him roll into DC with his precious cargo – a 73-foot subalpine Fir hand-picked from Montana. Spencer also had a chance to speak with Grove about his twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“Gordy is a really good operator, a super nice guy and a true professional,” Spencer told Land Line Magazine on Wednesday, Nov. 26. “He really impressed the folks from the U.S. Forest Service. They had nothing but complimentary things to say about Gordy and his great driving abilities in maneuvering the trailer where it needed to be.”

Two staffers in OOIDA’s DC office were also there when Grove arrived with the tree, including Rod Nofziger, director of government of affairs, and Melissa Theriault, associate director of government affairs.

“The whole event was a reminder of everything that is good in our country – something that is easily forgotten given the current economy,” Theriault told Land Line. “It was truly an honor to watch an OOIDA member deliver the Capitol tree.

The tree will be formally lit in a special lighting ceremony by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

In 2006, Grove was tapped on to deliver the 65-foot Pacific silver fir tree from his home state of Washington to Capitol Hill.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer