With the shutdown of Mad at the end of 1999, Paul invited Eric to jump on board with Fuel for the new millenium, along with one of Fuel's more active members, Nyk Englander. At the beginning of May 2000, Paul returned to his home state of New Mexico, leaving the chapter in good hands with Nyk and Eric.
Fuel events started to become one of the most popular benefits of being in Virginia Fuel. What started with a picnic in Richmond, VA in the summer of 1998, has grown into several events a year including: music jam sessions, Halloween parties, listening parties, tailgating before Metallica shows, beach parties, trips to Virginia's amusement parks (Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, etc.).
At the start of 2001, Nyk had to step down due to time constraints, so the chapter's long-time social director, Joanna (who was in Fuel since day one), was moved into his spot as Chapter Co-Head. In January 2004, Joanna had to step down as Chapter Co-Head & Social Director due to time constraints, although still remaining an active member of Fuel. Soon afterwards, Jeff Holland, who also joined Fuel after Chapter of the Mad shut down, was named Chapter Co-Head & Social Director to go along with his existing duties as the newsletter editor.
Then in March 2005, Joie Hyman and Dawn Klages were promoted to Social Directors and officially became the "Virginia Fuel Event Organizing Team". Both Joie and Dawn are very active members and bring a fresh, new enthusiam to the position. Also in March 2005, Michelle Hite was named "Assitant EFI Editor" to help edit, review, solicit material, and come up with new ideas with Fuel's newsletter, Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). In May 2005, Eric stepped down as Chapter Co-Head to focus on other things in his life. Jeff Holland remained as Chapter Head.
In 2007, Virginia Fuel celebrated their 10th year. A HUGE party/reunion/jam session was held. Some of the original members of Virginia Fuel (who have moved away) came back to Virginia to join in the celebration. In 2009, Joie and Dawn stepped down as Social Directors due to time constraints, but they still remain active in Fuel. Jeff took over event planning duties as well as still being the Chapter head. As 2009 comes to a close, and with wellover a 100 members, we are eager to continue building Virginia's largest local chapter into one of the world's best. There's no stop sign in front of us yet!