NACS Members Fuel Capitol Christmas Tree
For the second time in three years NACS was a
lead sponsor of the Capitol Christmas Tree.
During its 21-day trip from Colorado to Washington, D.C., NACS and its retail members
donated the fuel and refreshments for the
This year’s tree was harvested from the White
River National Forest, near Meeker, Colorado. As
the caravan traveled through Colorado and then
across the country through 14 states, NACS retail
member locations provided the fuel and refresh-
ments. NACS paid for all of the fuel, asking stores
to submit invoices directly to avoid incurring
debit or credit swipe fees. (U.S. convenience
stores paid $11.1 billion in credit card fees last
year, of which the vast majority were swipe fees.)
“Convenience stores are America’s fueling station, and who better to
provide the fuel for the caravan than America’s convenience stores,” said NACS
President and CEO Henry Armour.
The Capitol Christmas Tree caravan arrived in Washington, D.C., on November 26 and the lighting ceremony will take place on December 4.
The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree,” began
in 1964 when U.S. House Speaker John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live
Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. The tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.
In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide this
Christmas tree. Since then, a different National Forest is chosen each year to
provide the tree. This year is the third time that Colorado has provided the
Capitol Christmas Tree.
A member of the caravan fills up a support vehicle — and pays in cash!
1968 NACS President
From November 6 through 12, the tree traveled through Colorado before heading through 13 other states.
Tom Tinsley, who served as 1968 NACS
president, died on October 16 at the
age of 94 in Athens, Texas.
Tinsley was born May 28, 1918, in
Mount Vernon, Texas. He spent his
entire professional career in retail,
beginning in the 1930s when he
joined his father’s business: a little
grocery store with hot foodservice
Twenty years later, he switched
from the grocery business to the
convenience store business when in
1959 he opened Quick Shop Market
Inc., the beginning of the convenience store business in eastern
Missouri. Tinsley said that the reason
that he moved into the convenience
store business was to diversify his
“I could put in five or six convenience stores with the capital it would
take for one supermarket. The way I
was looking at it, I could scatter my
losses. If I had a bad location in a
supermarket, I had it, but if I had a
bad location in five or six convenience
stores, it wouldn’t be so bad,” he told
NACS in 2001 interview.
Tinsley first became involved in
NACS in 1963 when he attended his
first NACS Annual Meeting. The
following year, he was tapped as
secretary/treasurer, and he served as
NACS president in 1968.