Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline February 2017

  Monthly Meeting Minutes
January 16, 2017

Victor Lheureux

31 Members & guests in attendance

CMGC President Dave Novak opened the meeting at 7:59 pm. As his final presidential duties, Dave announced the results of club elections as follows: President: Ray Hansen; Vice-President: Jim Compton; Treasurer: Phil Wydra; Secretary: Victor L’Heureux. Dave handed over the gavel to Ray Hanson who presided over the remaining meeting.

Ray recognized two new members at tonight’s meeting. Pete Psiharis owner of a 1974 MGB and Ray Hollenbeck is the owner of a MG TD replica. Ray welcomed them both.

Car Projects
Bill Kalafut
successfully installed an overdrive transmission in his1970 MGB. Upon inspection, he found the clutch was near destruction with clutch plate rivets exposed. Even the throw-out bearing was worn to the metal housing. The car is reassembled but he hasn’t had the opportunity to test drive the new overdrive.
Pat Guest noted that he has a floor replacement in progress on his 1974 MGB.
Dave Bralich has acquired all the necessary parts (he hopes…) to make the single-to-dual brake hydraulics conversion. He offered to make the effort a tech session to be held in his garage 0n March 25th.

Past Events (detail summaries of these events are in the January Driveline issue)
November 24 – Cruise to the Rock
December 5 – Holiday Party

Upcoming Driving/Social Event Schedule (additional details of these events are in the February Driveline issue)
January 20-22 – Amtrak Road Trip (Studebaker Museum)
March 19 - Swap Meet - Jim Evans notes this is the 21st Annual event for the club and need the support of members to make it a success. A sign-up sheet was passed around.
June 9-11 – Dan Herman Memorial Secrets of Jo Daviess Tour
June 25-28 – MG 2017 Convention hosted by the San Diego MG Club. It is not too early to arrange for room accommodations. Steve Sparks asked if there was any consideration of transporting cars or people to the convention since it would be a long drive. Although there are no plans of that nature in the works, the staff will check into the matter.
September 10 – British Car Union Festival
November 5 – Fall Tune-down

Break/ 50:50 raffle – CMGC member – Pat Guest – was the winner of $30. Additional prizes of a MG shop apron, Lucas Diagnostic Guide, University Motors Summer Party mugs were won by Jamie Schafer, Pete Psiharis, Mike Hirsch, Bonnie Guest, Kerry Hickenlooper respectively.


Staff reports
Finance - Phil Wydra reported $7,755 in checking, $14,234 in savings for a total of $21,989.
Membership – Victor L’Heureux noted that with the new memberships obtained in December and January, the membership count has increased to 249 members. 2017 membership dues are still being received with over 59% collected so far.
Library – Bill Mennell noted that there have not been any changes to the library. He asked if anyone has outstanding books to return them at their earliest convenience. Regalia – several items were on display for purchase after the meeting – hats, tee shirts, car medallions.
Driving Coordinator - Reinout Vogt noted the 2017 Driving schedule is being compiled and should be out next month.
Driveline – Victor L’Heureux asked for additional articles with pictures to be submitted for publication. Recommended any stories of restoration in progress or info on their cars of interest.

New Business
Dave Bralich noted that the CMGC election process (mailed ballots) has a cost to the club that could be avoided. In polling other clubs, their elections are held during a club meeting by those in attendance. Dave suggested we should consider other methods of staff election approvals when there is an uncontested slate of candidates. Dave’s suggestion will be taken under advisement by the new club officers.

  With no further business to discuss, the meeting was closed at 9:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Victor L’Heureux
CMGC Secretary

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