Charity Oil Change Day
November 20, 2010 - at Dave's Auto Clinic
801 N. Elmhurst Road - Prospect Heights, IL
This was the day the Chicagoland MG Club members were doing winter preparation and oil changes on the cars of the clients of Journeys from PADS to HOPE. Services that we provided were: oil and filter change, check battery and clamps/cables, top off brake/clutch fluid, fill up windshield washer, and pump up tires.
Dave's has three lifts and clients were signed-up in 30 minute intervals, meaning we could service up to 30 cars between noon and five. Final sign-up was 16 cars, but 4 were no-show, so we actually serviced 12 client cars this day. Around 5:00 PM it was time to clean up the shop, and then go for a pint and a bite at a local pub.
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From: Reinout Vogt
Sent: Sat, November 20, 2010 10:03:15 PM
Subject: Thank You!
Thanks to all,
Today marks a special day in my MG life! We did something that I have thought of for so many years and that is probably one of the more unique things that MG Clubs have ever done. The Oil Change Day for the clients of the Journeys from PADS to HOPE http://www.padstohope.org/ (serving individuals in northwest suburban Cook County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless) has been a great success. We did 12 cars today and made 12 people very happy. I talked to every single one of them. And I am very proud to tell you, all 17 members of the Chicagoland MG Club and the Vintage MG Car Club of Chicago, how happy and thankful they all where. Please accept my apologies for being not optimally organized. I had no real idea what to expect and had not anticipated the slow hour between 3 and 4 PM and I had not expected that the last three clients didn't show up.
We also have to thank Dave of Dave's Auto Clinic in Prospect Heights for hosting the afternoon. Where do you find a garage owner that keeps the doors open on a Saturday afternoon, keeps Juan, his mechanic available to help out with the intricacies of modern cars, and keeps the biggest smile you can imagine?
Thanks Chicagoland MG Club members, Thanks Vintage MG Car Club of Chicago members, Thanks Dave and Juan
PS Please let me know how we can improve the event if we decide to do it again, either in the Spring or the next Fall. I have two things already on my list. One, we'll schedule consecutive time slots so we have no down times. And second, we'll do a member sign-up in two or three time slots so that we're not working on three cars with 17 members plus Juan and Dave at the same time. If you have any further suggestions and ideas, please drop me an e-mail or call me at 847 909 7564.