Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline February 2010

Victor L'Heureux Meeting Minutes
Monday, January 18, 2010

Attendance: 35 members

The monthly meeting was called to order at 8:06 pm by Vice President, Dino Perez.
Out-going President, Jim Evans, introduced the new staff members.
President – Dave Peterson; Vice-President – Dino Perez; Treasurer – Ralph Arata; Secretary - Victor L’Heureux.

Upcoming Events – See details in the Driveline or on the Website of the many events available for club members in the near future.
02/28/10 – Swap Meet – The 14th Annual Swap Meet will be open to all European sportscars and motorcycles. This is a major fundraiser for the club to subsidize the club’s yearly activities. Club members are urged to assist and to participate in this event. Currently looking for volunteers to man the boot, collect tickets, etc. We will have one more update on the meet details next month.
July 2010 – NAMGAR GT35. Russ Mehaffey noted that a number of the CMGC members own MGA vehicles and may be interested in participating in an annual event – this year held at the Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, WI and hosted by the Milwaukee & Great Lakes MG Motorcar Group Chapter of NAMGAR. You can contact Russ for additional details.

On-Demand Regalia – George Phariss solicited input from members that have used the On-Demand website. Two sources are now available – Triple-C ( and Fieldhouse (www.fieldhouse/MG or Current members in attendance have not used either site as of yet.

Social Networking – Geoff Morris and Kim Tonry updated the membership that CMGC now has a Facebook site for club use.

Driving Events – Reinout Vogt described the current preliminary calendar of driving events for 2010. Although most of the popular events of previous years are scheduled, he requested suggestions for any additional event that could be posted. Member can contact him directly for admission into the schedule. A schedule should be posted in the next Driveline and on the website.

CMGC year-end audit - Reinout Vogt noted that in years past a volunteer member from the club would audit the financial records of the past year and confirm accuracy. Reinout again asked this year for a volunteer. Nicolas Nichols said he would be willing to perform this task.

50/50 Raffle – Nicolas Nichols went home $25 richer.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm
-Victor L’Heureux


New Members
The officers and members of the Chicagoland MG Club extend a cordial “MG Welcome” to these new members who have joined our club in recent months. We wish each and every one of you “Safety Fast” and hope you will avail yourself to as many club activities as you can.

Don Schmelzer Manteno, IL - 1961 blk MGA
Ross Wiltse - Lisle, IL - 1978 white MGB
Brady Mathys - Chicago, IL - 1961 blue MGA, 1973 Midget, 1964 MGB & 1964 Morris Mini
Tom Webb - Crystal Lake, IL - 1963 red Midget Mk 1
Neil Newlon - Two Rivers, WI - 1952 blk/red MG TD

Note: Any new member whose name does not appear above, your application may have missed our deadline. If you don’t see your name next month, please call our Secretary, Victor L’Heureux at (847) 516-3592 to verify.

A Humble Note of Thanks & Commitment from Your New Treasurer (Our Minister of Finance)

My name is Ralph Arata and I am most thankful to you for placing your trust (and all that wonderful club money) in my hands. As your new Minister of Finance (whoops, I mean treasurer) I will faithfully carry out the duties that the membership has entrusted me with.
Susan and I have been members of the Chicagoland MG Club for several years and have enjoyed its people and activities. I have written articles for the newsletter and have participated in some club activities but this is my first chance to really give back to our organization.
Having said this, I must admit that making many of the club meetings with be challenging (as they have always been for me) as I travel a good deal and am away from Chicago 75% of the time. However, I have been assured by your outgoing Treasurer that the duties entrusted to me are accomplished without the requirement of making most meetings. It is important for the membership to understand that although you may not see me at many meetings, I am both very happy and committed to the accountabilities you have given me.
There has already been one transitional meeting (I was in attendance) and there will be many more over the course of the 2010 year.
It is most interesting to finally get more involved with the workings of the club but especially in making
Sheik Raoul
Sheik Raoul
even better friends than I already have.
I would like to take a moment to introduce Sheik Raoul to you. The “Sheik” will help me with financial matters and may even attend some of the meetings. I have included a picture of Sheik Raoul as he does tend to fade into the background somewhat.

-Ralph Arata

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