By Randy Hale
Hale Dusting Service Inc.
Outstanding service by definition means an exceptionally good, clearly noticeable act of helping or doing work for someone. The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) Outstanding Service Award is presented to those individuals who have shown this quality in the service and promotion of the ag aviation industry and its association. NAAA’s success depends on the voluntary service provided by its members, and we are blessed to have many talented men and women in our industry. Occasionally, someone’s service is exceptionally good and clearly noticeable. Gaylon Stamps is one of those remarkable individuals whose service to his industry, his family, his community and his fellow human beings stands out as exceptional.
Anyone who has been around an NAAA board meeting will have seen Gaylon on the move – going from room to room and committee meeting to committee meeting. He served on the 2012 NAAA Executive Committee as secretary, several NAAA and National Agricultural Aviation Research & Education Foundation (NAAREF) committees as well as NAAREF Board of Director. He has represented the great state of Texas on the NAAA Board since 2006. He is a senior Professional Aerial Applicators’ Support System (PAASS) presenter, taking the premier ag aviation safety program to several state and regional conventions during the fall and spring seasons and also spending countless hours working on the contents of the program. Before working on the national level, Gaylon served in every officer position of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association, including president in 1998. He continues to travel to Austin today on a regular basis to represent TAAA before regulatory and legislative officials.
If representing one state wasn’t enough, Gaylon is also active in the New Mexico Agricultural Aviation Association (NMAAA) and serves as secretary and on several NMAAA committees. He spends numerous hours planning and organizing their convention and activities, including New Mexico’s world famous barrel throwing contest. Gaylon’s behind-the-scenes involvement with that activity has helped to raise thousands of dollars for college scholarship awards, enabling NMAAA to award multiple scholarships annually. According to Richie Crockett, New Mexico’s NAAA Board Representative,
“Gaylon is simply the type of person who sees something that needs to be done and jumps in with both feet.”
While his involvement in the aerial application industry illustrates quite a resume of service, it doesn’t stop with ag aviation alone. Gaylon also serves his community for nine years on the local school board and his is an Elder in his church. He is a devoted husband, father, grandfather and foster parent. He and his wife Pat and their family have taken into the hearts and home around 100 foster children. For years at every meeting or convention they attended, Gaylon and Pat were seen carrying a new baby arouond, showing it off.
It doesn’t take much to get Gaylon talking about his family or his occupation. Just ask him, and when he does you can see that God gave him a servant’s heart – one as big as Texas. NAAA’s 2012
Outstanding Service Award couldn’t go to a greater servant than Gaylon Stamps!
Randy Hale served as NAAA President in 2006 and was recently elected NAAREF President.
This article appeared in the January/February issue of Agricultural Aviation, the official publication of the NAAA.