The meeting was called to order at 8.03pm by Co Chairman John Schroeder. John announced the installation of Russ Mehaffey as Co Chairman and thanked Wade Keene for serving in the same position the past two years.
In attendance were 35 members. No guests were present.
Car projects included : Bob Schultz's MGA. His goal is to have it on the road by the summer. Russ' MGA. He rebuilt his heater and had the wipers motor rebuilt, and John's MGB, with his front brakes rebuild, rear suspension refit and electric fan installation.
Ann Snyder gave a recap of the Thanksgiving Days Cruise to the Rock in Chicago's Jackson Park. Cooperation was received from the Chicago Police Department and despite bitterly cold wind chills six MGs made the trip.
David L. Ransom Jr. was thanked with a round of applause for arranging another MGC Holiday Party on 12/3/05.
Doug Clark and Bob Schultz provided highlights of the past weekend's Amtrak trip to the North American International Auto Show in Michigan. They were accompanied by Jim Renkar, Wilbur and Deb Mennell, John and Ann Schroeder, Jake and Ann Snyder and Reinout and Henneke Vogt. The hotel was in neighboring Allen Park and it featured many prints and photos of cars in the hallways (but only a few of MGs.). The attendees took cabs to Cobo Hall and spent six hours at the show. Cars which were note worthy were the new dodge challenger, the new Chevy Camaro, the Pontiac Solstice, the new Mini Wagon(traveler), and the new For and Chevy very large pick-up trucks. Jake was thanked for organizing the weekend trip. A power presentation with photos was shown during the meeting.
Doug mentioned that the annual University Motors Birthday Party that was scheduled for 1/21/06 has been canceled and won't be rescheduled, due to the death last week of Twists' father in law.
John Schroeder is hosting two tech sessions. On 1/21/06 Kingpins will be sealed and front brakes will be rebuilt in his heater garage. On 1/22/06 there will be an open session for members to bring their cars or parts for small projects. Bob Simon plans to bring his set of newly acquired SU HIF carbs for review and analysis prior to ordering parts for the rebuild.
Wade announced that the planning meeting for this year's driving events will be held at Mack's at 2pm on 2/12/06. Attendance by anyone with specific ideas for organizing a tour or rally is encouraged to attend.
Cowboy Bralich suggested that the Club explore joint driving nights with other clubs, preferably LBC clubs.
Tom Josefek said that he would be willing to act as a mentor to a possible Protégé' for the Lands End Rally.
Cowboy said that he will host an open tech session on 2/18/06.
Jim Evans promoted the 2/26/06 British Car Swap Meet. A volunteer sheet was passed around. The vendor spots, approx 100 of them, will probably be filled. Jim stressed that this continues to be a very successful event and that it serves as the main fundraiser for the Club. Volunteers are needed for setup the night before, for the early start 6-8am, during the show, and for cleanup after 3pm.
Doug reminded everyone of the full schedule of seminars in Feb at University Motors in Ada, Mich.
John provided a brief update on the all MG meet in Gatlinburg, Tenn. In June of this year. So far, 12 cars from the Club have signed up. A very early departure on 6/20 is likely. A possible railroad tour will be organized. Hotel rooms are available although the Glenstone Hotel is full. Any questions regarding this event should be directed to Diana Gonzales or to John Schroeder.
Members are urged to check the Club web site for further details and or updates to any upcoming events.
The Dec 05 and Jan 06 Natter and Noggins were held at a new site in Elmhurst, Mac Nally's Irish Pub. February will also be held there on Feb 14th, Valentine's Day!
Bob Schultz said that the Little British Car Co. has an incentive of $3000 spent on their merchandise ears a weekend at their condo in Florida!
Lara Specialties has posidrive bits up to #4.
John reminded everyone to send articles and information for the driveline to Bob Simon via email prior to the new deadline, which is the Saturday after the business meeting.
Cowboy Bralich mentioned that the North Suburban sports Car Club is sponsoring a driving school on 3/3/ and 3/10 in Rolling Meadows and that this is good information for those interested in racing events (including volunteers and track workers, who are always needed).
Wilbur reminded everyone that the 2006 dues need to be paid soon, lest delivery of the Driveline cease.
No new tools are present.
No new additions to the library have been made.
David L Ransom Jr. who is in charge of Regalia, asked members to give him their opinions and preferences on two examples of grill badges and two examples of lapel pins for future sale.
During the break a 50/50 raffle was held and the winner was Mike Hirsch who won $21!
The meeting adjourned at 9.15pm.