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  Chicagoland MG Club:Club Info

3/15/99 Meeting Report

Maynard Hirsch, Diana Gonzales, and Steven Selan called the meeting to order at 8:10 P.M with 45 members present, including Anders Newell and David Smith.

On a sad note Diana Gonzales announced the death of the mother of Don Anderson and grandmother of Scott Anderson. The officers and membership of the Club extended their condolences to the entire Anderson family and wished them strength and comfort in their time of sorrow.


Swap Meet:
Jim Evans announced another highly successful event with attendance exceeding last year's. We had 834 spectators, 57 vendors taking 77 tables, and net proceeds of approximately $2200. Jim thanked everyone who assisted in putting on this event and agreed to run the event again next year. On behalf of the entire Club membership, Jim was thanked for his efforts.

Club Secretary Steve Selan announced that we had signed up 25 new members at the Swap Meet, an all-time record. He also announced that Club dues were due no later than April 15, 1999. Members who do not pay their dues by that date will be dropped from the roster and will not receive the May newsletter. Due to confusion on the part of some members as to whether their dues had been paid, the April newsletter will contain notification to each member whose dues have not been paid that this is their last issue.

Tech Session:
John MacLean announced the successful rebuild of a transmission at Al Piemonte
Ford on March 6, 1999. Twelve members were present to assist in the rebuild.

Amtrak Trip:
Jake and Ann Snyder announced that five couples attended the annual Amtrak trip to St. Louis. Everyone who did attend indicated that they had a thoroughly enjoyable trip. The Snyders also announced that they attended the Twist's Technical Seminar, which consisted of the rebuild of the gearbox. Likewise, this was very informative, and they were glad they attended.


British Car Festival:
BCU Coordinator Dave Bralich indicated that the BCU is looking for a new site to conduct the future British Car Festivals. It appears that Oakton Community College has raised the price for rental of the site to beyond what it thought to be reasonable. While the 1999 Festival will be held at OCC, hopefully by the year 2000 a new location will be found. Anyone having ideas or location suggestions is free to contact David.

Utica Driving School:
Reinout Vogt announced that the April 11,1999 Utica Driving School is a must attend for anyone wishing to brush up on their autocross skills. The Club will be renting a vehicle, and it should be a totally enjoyable event since we will have the track to ourselves for the entire day.

Likewise, Reinout announced that a Pub Crawl is tentatively scheduled for April 24, 1999. While the club does not sanction or endorse this event, many members usually attend. Additional information can be directly obtained from Reinout.

Tune Up Party and Pizza Party:
This event is scheduled for April 18, 1999 at Mark's Goodyear in
Darien. Check the Driveline for additional information.

LaFox Tune Up Seminar:
This is scheduled for April 24, 1999 at LaFox. Additional information will be in this month's issue of the Driveline. This will be a very entertaining event conducted free of charge by LaFox, a well known British car parts supplier in northern Illinois.

Curt Bork announced that the Club has now committed to order the car badges, and we are in the process of doing the final design work. If anyone in the Club has any background in graphic design, please contact Curt. Currently a committee of Curt, Kim Tonry, and Scott Anderson will be working on the design but could use some additional professional help.

50-50 Raffle: It was won by Tom Dyer and Tom Josefek.

Land's End Rally:
Tom Josefek announced that plans are well under way for the Land's End Rally. Money is now being accepted, and pre-registration has started. The fee is $35.00 per car to include two meals for two people. We are anticipating that this event will also include members from other clubs, including the Jaguar Club, who have committed to placing this on their roster. Be sure to book your room early at the Don Q.

The program for the evening was conducted by David "Dino" Perez. Dino gave a very interesting talk on sound systems, sound system upgrades, and satellite navigation systems for your MG. Anyone interested in obtaining additional information can contact Dino directly. Dino is an expert in the installation of sound systems, alarm systems, and navigation systems. His rates are quite reasonable, and he does excellent work.

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