Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline March 2011

Business Meeting Minutes
Third Monday, February 21, 2011

Victor L'Heureux

Attendance: 41 members.

The monthly meeting was called to order at 8:05 pm by President, Bill Reece.

Upcoming Events:
See details in the Driveline or on the Website of the many events available for club members in the near future.
02/27/11 – Swap Meet – The 15th Annual Swap Meet will be open to all European sports cars 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. Jim Evans noted vendor participation entries were higher this year that at this time last year. A decision was made to rent an additional building to accommodate the 119 registered vendors. Additional staff will be required. A volunteer list was passed among the members tonight to fill remaining vacancies.
05/15/11 (tentative) - Farewell Tour – Bob Hanselman will be leaving the Chicagoland area and has put together a ‘Farewell Tour’ with the Vintage MG Car Club covering about 80 miles of scenic Wisconsin roads. Bob offered an invitation to the CMGC to participate.

Annual Business Meeting
(Brief synopses of the meeting high points follow in the below meeting minutes. A packet of submitted documents can be made available upon request to

2010 Summary – Bill Reece
Scorecard for goals itemized last year:
- Revitalize Natter ‘n Noggin
- Improve Driving Program participation
- Investigate regalia alternatives
- Finish financial plan
- Create and distribute new Club Directory

Progress made on the following:
- Improvement in monthly meeting programs
- More emphasis on Technical presentations

2010 Initiatives
- Continual financial plan improvement (this topic
includes more than just the budget)
- Add “garage tours” to the monthly program
- Continuously look for ways to Improve Driving
program participation
- Continued improvement to monthly meeting programs
- Continue upgrade of Driving Events with dash
plaques and trophies
- Expand on Driving program changes
- Boost regalia sales from the membership
- Re-institute monthly email blasts to membership


Membership report – Victor L’Heureux
Membership has been stable for the past three years with 34 new members joining the CMGC in 2010. Prior to the 2011 Membership Renewal campaign the club had a membership of 303 members. Our current renewals to-date for 2011 total 187 members.

Regalia report – George Phariss
The Club did not spend money to purchase any new regalia and continued to sell off old inventory. Our current focus is to utilize the online website Fieldhouse for a majority of regalia clothing items. Name Tag orders were up this year with over 30 tags ordered and delivered to members.

Library report – Wilbur Mennell
For calendar year 2010, I went over-budget for the second year in a row; this time spending $207.83, grossly over the budgeted $200. Hopefully I can stay in line this year. We added two (2) books and seven (7) DVDs in 2010. I am again soliciting suggestions for new materials from the members for the current year.

Website report – Barney Gaylord
In 2010 the visitor traffic was up about 40%, close to 700 visitors and 6000 page views daily (average). . Priorities of the visitors are about the same, favoring tech tips and classifieds. Web crawlers and spiders continue to do a good job of indexing our web pages for search engines. For an annual perspective, the web sites on our club server attracted 850,000 visitors for 3.5 million page views in 2010. Indeed MG is alive and well in Chicago.

Driving Events report – Reinout Vogt
The 2010 Driving Events program was very successful with several new approaches while maintaining some existing ideas. We had a very complete agenda, published early in the year. There were no cancellations or last-minute changes. One additional event was added on-the-fly because during the year we learned about the MGCC 80th Birthday Celebration.

Driveline report – Bill Reece
This has been another exciting year for Driveline. The best part was that several clubs had contacted me about who does our newsletter, the printer, submissions. The year ended kind of rough with a couple of delayed or missing issues. But we seem to be back on track for 2011
Goals for 2010:
Get more members showcasing their MG’s on the inside front cover. Let’s take advantage of having that a color page in our newsletter!

eBay Parts report – Dave Evans
Parts sales for calendar year 2010 were brisk. Sales through the swap meet and garage sale were good and accounted for about 58 percent of the total sales. Sales from the classifieds page and proceeds from scrap recycling accounted for about 28 percent of the total. The remainder came from sales through eBay.
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