Hirsch, Diana Gonzales, and Steven Selan
called the meeting to order at 8:10 P.M with 47 members present,
including new member Tom Schmidt and Lost Sheep John Oades
making a surprise guest appearance.
Reinout Vogt was chagrined to announce that the Miatas outnumbered
MGs 12 to 10 at the August 7th Nigh Rally. He speculated that the
rainy weather lessened the turnout of MGs since we value our cars
more than the Miata Club. In any event, he commended Dave Tucker
for his well-organized and well-run rally. The scoring, which was
completed that evening, indicated that Kim and Diane
Tonry came in first, Team Anderson came in second, and Joann Bukovsky
came in third.
Jim Evans advised the membership that planning for Abingdon 2000
is well under way. Postcards will be placed in the packets handed
out at Twist's Last Summer Party. A preliminary schedule of events
has been planned with events scheduled starting Friday afternoon
and concluding with a Sunday picnic. Volunteers are desperately
needed. Please contact Jim. The officers of the Club wish to thank
the following members for their hard work on the Planning Committee:
John MacLean, Dennis and Joanne Trowbridge, Diana Gonzales, Jim
Evans, Don Anderson, Mike Hirsch, and Reinout Vogt.
The sub-committee, organized to investigate the possibility of the
Club taking over the Twist Summer Party, met and gave its recommendations
to the Board of Directors. Jim Evans presented the Committee's position
that the Club should attempt to coordinate the Summer Party with
the Annual Abingdon Weekend combining both events on the traditional
third weekend of August. Maynard Hirsch, Club President announced
that the club had authorized $2,500.00 for initial expenses to organize
and advertise the year 2000 event. Maynard also advised that several
members had voiced concern regarding combining both events and suspending
the traditional late fall get together. He has promised to explore
an alternative site for that traditional event. We are looking for
someone to take over and organize this late Fall get together. If
you are interested, please contact Maynard.
Curt Bork announced that he had brought 100 defective grill badges
to the meeting. Unfortunately, the color and the shape of the badge
were incorrect. The badges were shown to the membership, and in
a close vote of those present (with 21 in favor of returning the
badges for correction and 19 in favor of retaining the badges),
those stinking badges were returned for correction.
'99 Summer Party:
Maynard Hirsch advised that he was organizing three caravans to
Twist's leaving Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Diana Gonzales
indicated that volunteers were still needed to help with the picnic
lunch at the Car Show on Saturday. Bill and Deb Mennell graciously
volunteered to work the Membership Table to sign up prospective
Walt Wiborg informed the Club that McDonald's will be raffling a'56
T-Bird with the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald Home. Tickets
at $2.00 each can be purchased by calling 559-224-1280. The raffle
is scheduled for September 25th. This is a worthy cause; please
Your Heart Out:
Dave Mullis informed the Club that he and his wife had just returned
from three weeks in Australia where they had the opportunity to
rent the new MGF. His opinion was that while the car drove better
than any A or B, at $35,000 (Australian) it's a car to rent--not
to buy. Dave brought back brochures for the Club, which were given
out at the 50-50 Raffle.
Car Festival (September 12, 1999):
Dave Bralich advised that the BCU still
needs a few volunteers to help work traffic control on that date.
Call Dave at 630-289-7915 if you can help for a half-hour. Bill
and Deb Mennell will also need some help working the Club table
signing up new members. Stop by the tent and lend a hand.
Jim Evans...last event of its type, Jumers has been remodeled. Caravan
leaves Friday. Car Show and Gymkana are Saturday. Beer in the bathtub
is Saturday night. Make your reservations now. Rooms are going fast.
If you find that our block of rooms has been sold out, call Jim,
and he will use his muscle to get you in.
General Annual Meeting:
Jake and Ann Snyder informed the Club that this year's general meeting
will be held in St. Paul on October 23, 1999. Anyone interested
in attending can contact them for further information.
Won by Oscar Gonzales.