Business Meeting Minutes
Monday, February 16, 2009
Chicagoland MG Club
Monthly Meeting February 16, 2009
Attendance: 33 members
The Annual Business Meeting was called to order at 8:07 pm by President, Jim Evans.
Past Events Jim noted the following past events participated by club members.
Amtrak trip - The annual Amtrak trip hosted by Jake & Ann Snyder took place January 23-25 and included a visit to the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Dean Swanson noted the hotel contained an impressive collection of car design drawings by known designers decorating the hallways.
Driving Events meeting - A meeting took place resulting in a proposed schedule of events for the coming year. A copy of the calendar was attached to the Business Meeting document. Additional details will be posted in the Driveline.
Upcoming Events See details in the Driveline or on the Website of the many events available for club members in the near future.
Swap Meet The 13th Annual All British Car Swap Meet & Autojumble will be held on Sunday February 22, 2009 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL from 8 AM to 3 PM. Final preparations and staffing assignments were noted.
The Annual Business Meeting
(Brief synopses of the meeting high points follow in the below meeting minutes. A packet of the submitted documents can be made available upon request to
2008 Summary Jim Evans
Major Challenges in 2008:
Develop new contributors to club activities
Relocate/revitalize Natter n Noggin
Integrate ongoing activities (i.e. dues) into new newsletter format
Creative membership recruiting strategies
Scorecard for goals itemized last year:
Improve monthly meeting programs Some progress made
More emphasis on technical presentations and sessions Some progress made
Continue efforts to improve driving program participation Minimal progress made
Dispose of project car in a financially acceptable manner Achieved
Revisit newsletter technology question New format initiated
Finish financial plan No progress made
Establish eBay program to sell donated parts Achieved
Resolve Driveline delivery problems
Expand interest in eBay program
Finish financial plan (this topic includes more than just the budget)
Evaluate web site issues for advertising
Improve Driving program participation
Continued improvement to monthly meeting programs
Investigate regalia alternatives
Membership report Victor LHeureux
Membership has been increasing the past three years at a rate of 4% per year. Prior to the 2009 Membership Renewal campaign the club had a membership of 303 members. Our current renewals to date for 2009 total 205 members.
Regalia report David Ransom
Sales in 2008 generated $535.04 for the club. Emphasis in 2009 will be to expand the selection of items available to our members.
Library report Wilbur Mennell
In calendar year 2008 we added 13 books and one CD set to the library. Two books were donated by members. This is in keeping with the goal of having one new item each month. Expenditures this year were $182.75, an increase from 2007 but within our budget of $200.
Website report Barney Gaylord
The most notable recent change on our club web site ChicagolandMGclub.com is that there has been about 50% drop in visitors this past year. We were previously up to 2000 visits per day in summer and 1000 per day in the off-season. This year we were getting about 1000 visits per day early in the year, but since late summer this has dropped dramatically to around 400-450 visitors per day. On the plus side, people sill visiting are viewing on average 5 pages per visit vs. 3 in past times. The greatest interest by entry pages is still tech tips (100 per day) and classifieds (40 per day). People are looking at rebuilding