I'm looking out the window from my home/office and watching the trees blowing and the rain falling. In another month the 2011 Car Show Season will be in high gear and hopefully all of this dreary weather will be behind us.
It's hard to compare the relatively minor inconveniences that this past month of stormy weather may have caused with the horrific events across the Pacific. And within the last few days, our military has once again been placed in harm's way. How very blessed we all are to be living where we do and being able to enjoy our hobby with family and friends.
My first month as your President has been a busy one. Ron has been a great wingman, consulting, advising and answering the many questions that have come up. Ray has also been a wonderful source of both historical information and his always useful words of wisdom.
By the time that you read this, the March monthly General Meeting will be history. I hope that everyone had the opportunity to attend and hear the report from the Membership Committee. You now have until Friday, April 22 to cast your ballot. This is a simple YES or NO vote to amend the Club By-Laws. If you vote YES the Club may grant membership to an applicant who owns at least one American Made or American Powered car that is at least 30-years old. If you vote NO then the current provision within the By-Laws will remain in place.
The Board was not involved in developing this proposed amendment; rather this is Club democracy working at its best. The Membership Committee is made up of Club members and was approved by the Board. Their mission was to investigate the topic of Club membership. After many hours of diligent work they developed several ideas to stimulate the recruitment of new members and the retention of our current members. However you may personally feel about the proposed By-Laws amendment, the work of the Membership Committee is to be commended and the Board will continue to seek input and ideas from this type of member involvement.
On another serious note, upon appeal of a denial, the Board voted to fund two previously approved Club scholarships. Frankly, this was a really messy issue involving the interpretation of Scholarship policies that have evolved over the past several years and in some cases are contradictory. Both the Scholarship Director and the Scholarship Committee performed their respective tasks diligently and in accordance with the policies that they had access too. I regret that this situation may have caused Director Chatfield embarrassment as he and his committee did absolutely nothing wrong and in fact Mike has done an outstanding job administrating the Club's Scholarship Program and insuring that the integrity of the Scholarship Fund is maintained.
On a happier note, there are a bunch of great Club activities coming up in April including the NASCAR Opening Day Races at the Roseville Speedway. So, get your cars out of the garage, dust them off and get ready for another great year of sun, fun, fellowship and the pleasure of driving the best looking cars in the State.
Catch you on the Flip Side,
March 28, 2011 • 6pm • Salvation Army Hall, Grass Valley
Open Forum: Recipients of donations from the 2010 car show were in attendance to accept their donations: Boy Scout Troup 855, Grass Valley Firefighters, SNMH Cancer Center Foundation and Animal Save. Bear River High School had already received their check.
Craig C. and Edie H. are trying to put together Wednesday Night Drags, (sometime late May or early June) Contact them if you are interested.
Thane and Duke need someone to run the beer booth at the car show. Let them know if you can help.
Mike C. resigned from the board. Let Terry know if you're interested in filling this position.
Business Meeting called to order at 6:15. All board members were present, as were 45 members/spouses. Motion to approve tonight's agenda (George M./ Landon S.) Motion passed. Terry E. passed around a flyer from the Sacramento Swap Meet – Arco Arena- Aug. 17. Treasurer's report – Motion to Accept: (Edie H., Diane B.) Motion passed.
Other Board Member Reports: Ron C. announced we have received another $2257.25 from Tate, and Sheila A. reported she has received notification from the court that another $272 will also be in shortly. Member asked where the $$ goes, Sheila A. indicated it goes into the Scholarship fund.
Ron C. is also the club contact for the event at All American Raceway on April 16. If you're interested in going contact him.
David B. introduced himself to the club as our new Sgt. At Arms.
Mike H. passed out the new Roamin Angel calendar for the year, and flyers for the Buzzard's and Sandy C.'s Big A events.
There was no old business to address.
1. Frequency and location of the General Meeting. There was an suggestion brought to the board that we move the General Meeting to a bi-monthly format. So, with us meeting in March, the next meeting would be May, then July, etc. Terry asked for a 'straw vote' and it was overwhelmingly voted to keep the same monthly format for the general meeting.
2. Presentation from the Membership Committee. After several meetings, the membership committee has made the following request to change the bylaws to:
Article I: Who own at lease one American made automobile or an automobile that has American running gear, with a year model of at least 30 years or older.
A ballot will be in this newsletter for the general membership to vote for this proposed change.
3. Q & A from Members regarding this proposed change:
a. Bill R. indicated he looked through Cruisin' News events and felt we should leave the 1972 year as it is.
b. Larry E. suggested the way to "fix" the club is to raise the dues to $150 per year. We've gone 49 years with 1972 or older cars.
c. Dick T. said the mission statement of the club "to restore classic cars or street rods" does not include a 1981 anything.
d. Claude H. praised all the work the committee has put into this issue, but still feels it " is a bad xxxing idea".
e. Tom T. announced "it has always been 1972 or older and it should stay that way.
f. George M. asked what the goal is of this entire issue. Pros and cons should go out before the ballot does.
g. Diane B. will send out an email to the club membership, so send her your ideas on this. Personally, she doesn't feel that having 1981 limit on the car will get more folks in. We're a pre-1972 car club.
h. Dave G. Every argument tonight is just what the committee has dealt with. Looking around, it's the same 20% of the ACTIVE members here tonight. Where are the other 80%? Need to get the energy back into the club.
i. Virginia V – Feels we should nurture the young folks with rat rods
j. Richard G – Watch out for the Chrysler 300's
k. Rose L – Cars don't have to cost $50,000. She dug her car out of the mud and joined the club with it.
l. Norm D. – Need to stop the "elitist" cars.
Read the pros and cons of the bylaws change>
Finally, Terry E. announced that this was not a board sanctioned activity, and there had been no vote by the board regarding the change in bylaws.
There being no further business – meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.