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President's Message - April 2019


Activities Report from Chuck Weimer

April! Spring is here! Hopefully the weather will break and we can all enjoy getting our old and not so old cars out for another year of touring, cruise nights and car shows. I have been reading in other publications that old car owners are not driving their cars as much. I have found this to be true also, a few years back I bought a new muscle car and found them to be really great, the A/C, satellite radio, power everything and really fast, but I also found out that I was driving them more than my old cars, so after a couple of years I sold them and made an effort to try and drive my old cars more. I am lucky enough to have a few old cars and have been rotating them weekly to cruise nights and car shows. Hopefully this year all our members will make it a point to drive their old cars more often, especially to our car show June 9th and our other club functions.  

Our March Board meeting was held on March 5th at the Moose Lodge in East Aurora, hosted by Chuck Facklam. Co-Chairs of the Annual Banquet, Sue Yearke & Karen Schwartz, were able to secure a new venue for the January 25th, 2020 function. The Classics V banquet hall on Niagara Falls Blvd. will be the new place. We also discussed details of the annual car show and the need to fill the October Fall run activity. Membership Chair, Lon Wilson, stated that we have 320 members of our local club at this time, for a report that he was sending into National AACA, not too bad! Since the Sidelight is basically our only way of communicating with the entire club, please make an effort to read it when it arrives in your mailbox? There is time sensitive material in it and it should take you 10 minutes to read it and you will be up to date on our events.  

At the March Indoor meeting held at the Polish Falcons on Sunday March 10, we were informed by Don Butlak, Co-Chair of the September function, that he would have to move that function from September to October. So now instead of a Fall Run Chair we need a Chair for our September function. Anyone with any idea’s please contact our Activities Co-Chairs, Lynelle Schloerb or Chuck Weimer or any Board member. We were also notified by National AACA that our Sidelight Editor, Valerie Wilson, won the Award of Distinction for her efforts as editor for last year and also Barb Noonan won the Award of Distinction for being webmaster of our local club’s website for last year. Please congratulate them when you see them! We had a large crowd on hand for the presentation on the 101 year history of Crystal Beach Park which was very interesting. Lynelle even had powdered waffles, Hall’s suckers and loganberry as dessert treats to bring back the Crystal Beach memories!  

Hope to see you all at our last indoor meeting before the outdoor functions begin on April 14th at the Polish Falcons for our annual “year in review” presented by our club photographer, Lon Wilson, where our activities from last year will be shown in pictures. This is usually a very well attended meeting, so please plan on attending.

Till next time….


Trivia Question this month
 (from the AACA Speedster Steve Rossi's Old Car Quiz)

What was the last American car to rely on a flathead engine, 
and in what final year?
For answer, see the Classified Section of this website.


******** NOTES AND NEWS ********

To Janice Forster, Fred Coon

Candace Reed on the loss of her sister. 

*  John Borycki of Tonawanda, NY - 1925 Ford Model T Depot Hack, 1931 Ford Model A Pickup, 1952 MG TD Roadster, 1971 MG B Convertible
*  James Coster of West Seneca, NY - 1968 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 Fastback
*  Rob Zaborowski of Lancaster, NY - 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

Updated rosters have now been printed. These will only be available at club functions. They will not be mailed. Attend any upcoming LER event to get one.
Some corrections for the new roster: 
*  Bojek's phone number should be 716-983-8944
*  Jeffrey Ortman's new address if 9727 Garden Walk, Clarence Center, NY 14032


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The Lake Erie Region website earned a 2018 Award of Excellence
presented at the AACA National Meeting held in February 2019.


Please remember to sign up early for these events and to treat your club mates with respect and consideration.  

 March 10 - Lon Wilson hosted the meeting and obtained Rose Ann Hirsch to speak on the history of Crystal Beach.  The presentation covered from the early days of the park, how it evolved throughout the years and to the last days that Crystal Beach was open.  The Comet was one of the main attractions to the park, it was sold and still operates today.  The meeting was held at the Polish Falcons and refreshments were provided by Lynelle Schloerb.  Lynelle did a fantastic job setting up the goodies and she even had “Crystal Beach Waffles”.  

April 14 - will be our annual presentation of the past year in review hosted by Lon Wilson.  The meeting will be held at the Polish Falcons and refreshments will be provided by Lynelle Schloerb.

Our outdoor season follows.  All information from this point on is subject to change.

 May 19 - Mike Mesi and Ken Knoll will host our annual Rust Buster.  The Mystery Tour theme has returned.  We are all looking forward to see what they are planning.  More info to follow.  

June 9 - will be our annual car show hosted by Mike Mesi and Chuck Facklam.  

July 14 - Sam and Jean Yanik will host a picnic at their home in Clarence with Jack and Linda Foster planning our tour.  

August 11 - Elaine and John Haid have arranged a cruise and meal aboard the Chautauqua Belle.  The event has a maximum number of attendees.  Be sure to sign up very early if you wish to attend.  

September 8 - the event needs a host.  Please note that the date is subject to change.  This can be a day trip or an overnight event.  

October 20 - Don and Joyce Butlak are planning a trip on the Medina Railroad and tour of the Museum.  The event will be co-hosted by Valerie and Lon Wilson who will plan the route.  After the tour we will be going to Tillman’s Historic Village Inn for dinner.  We have been told by the Medina Railroad that this tour fills up very quickly.  Please sign up early.  

And so our in-door season starts.

November 10 - Cliff Schulz will host “Deserts-R-Us” night.  Bake it, buy it, bring it!  This is your chance to get out Mom’s secret recipe.  Showcase your favorite cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pastries and pies for the taste test by the AACA members.  More details to follow.  

December 8 - Our annual Christmas party will be held at the Polish Falcon's

We need volunteers, helpers and ideas for club sponsored events.  If you are interested in sponsoring, co-sponsoring or helping out at an event, contact any board member. Also, we need your ideas on possible future events.  Some suggestions for road trips that we have received include Watkins Glen and Platter’s Chocolate Factory on a Saturday.  An indoor program could be a movie night with or without pizza or another collectable night.  If you are interested in any of these or any other, but you’ve never hosted an event before, we will team you up with a member who has.



Several bills considered by the New York State legislature in 2018 failed to be approved by both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session. The fills are as follows:
*  Legislation (a.b.2405) would have provided that historical vehicle owners only pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration. a.b. 2405 failed to receive consideration in the assembly transportation committee.
*  Legislation (a.b.6563) would have defined a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. Under the bill, kit cars and replica vehicles would have been assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. The bill failed to receive consideration in the assembly transportation committee.
* Legislation (a.b.2791) would have established that only one license plate is required to be displayed on the rear of a motor vehicle, however, the bill failed to pass the assembly transportation committee.
Thank you to those who voice support for these bills. I will keep the club informed of the progress of these bills in 2019.


2018 Activity Award Status 

 Allan, Gordy & Debbie  Anthonson, Ted & Beth  Alt, Gary & Vallie  Agnello, Jonathan 10
 Bachan, Steve & Lynn  Balling, Corey & Allison  Baglio, Paul & Karen  Bongiovanni, John &   Mary
 Billo, Ron  Bojak, Mark & Sonya  Boron, Marie  Brenkus, Ray & Fran
 Brylinski, Mark 25  Butlak, Don & Joyce 35  Burgstahler, Dean & Pat 10
 Catlin, Orrin & Diane 10  Camann, George & Ruth 25  Chauvin, RIch & Beverly  Christopher, Edward & Susan
 Ciminesi, Frank  Conklin, Don & Carol  Coon, Fred & Betty  Crowley, Paul & Donna
 Cryan, Jeff & Linda 25  Cryan,Steve & Maggie  Cryan, Tim 40
 DeBolt, Rich & MaryAnn 15  Deull, Robert  Dluhy, Frank & Sharon  Duncan, Allan & Kathleen
 Facklam, Chuck & Mary Beth 40  Fadala, Valentine & Cathy  Ferber, Ed  Forster, Al & Janice 15
 Foster, Jack & Linda 40  Forster, Albert  Fix, Paul
 Gajkowski, Ray & Bernie 25  Gallo, George & Regina  Galante, Chuck & Marie  Galbo, Russ & Jackie 25
 Gee, Larry & Laurie 10  Gernatt, Jr, Dan & Roseann  Greco, Jim & Sue  Galvin, Joe
 Group, Ed & Nancy  Gugino, Chuck & Christine 10  Gailie, Bill & Linda
 Haid, John & Elaine 40  Hargrave, Dave & Nancy  Hartinger, Bob & Marilyn  Hartrich, Mark & Erica Miller
 Hartung, Lee & Nancy 15  Haynos, Dick  Henderson, H. Paul & Christine  Helenbrook, Jeff
 Hoefner, Ernie & Margie  Holden, Eileen 15  Hustead, Jim & Christine  Hulley, John & Betty
 Jann, Earl & Barbara
 Kaczka, Kenneth & Sue Reville 40  Kaczmarek, David & Amanda 10  Kain, Allyn & Joyce  Kaplan, David & Mary Ellen
 Knoll, Ken & Carol 25  Killian, Dave  Korkuc, Martin & Mary  Kosmoski, Nike & Nadine
 Kornowicz, Dennis & Loretta  Kopsa, Jerry & Patti  Kraus, Mark, Lori, Nick  & Joe  Kuebler, Herm & Janet
 Kossakowski, Ken & Melanie  Kraus, John & Jackie
 Lechner, Dave & Karen  Licata, Michael & Jane
 Maherski, Ed  Mahl, Jeff  Malush, Stephen & Tracy  Manke, Bob & Barbara
 Marriott, John  McCaffery, Joe & Linda  Menard, Andrew & Tomoko  McCarthy, Tom & Colleen
 Mendolera, Jim  Mesi, Mike 40  Meyers, Frank & Marilea  Meyer, Paul & Delores 25
 Momot, Joe & Mary  Marshall, Jeff  Murphy, Patrick 10
 Nash, Bob & Peggy 25  Nash, David 15  Nash, George 25  Nichols, Bill
 Noonan, Ray & Barb 60  
 Obermeyer, Marilyn  Ortman, Jeffrey & Deane  O'Connor, Daniel & Candace 10  Osuch, Walter & Suzanne 25
 Pielechowski, Ken & Lori  Pearl, Richard   Pirrung, Tom & Elizabeth  Platt, Herm & Mary-Teresa 10
 Powers, Dennis & Darlene 40  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina 10  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina  Pyne, Dale & Sally 25
 Puma, Frank & Christine  Puma, Jerome & Michelle  Pucak, Pete & Olga  Parsons, John & Nancy
 Ptak, Jerry & Peggy 10
 Roberts, Don & Heather  Rogers, Lyle & Sharon
 Sandoro, James & Maryann  Sayles, David & Susan  Schloerb, Don & Lynelle 35  Schleicher, Mark
 Schurkus, Karl & Eileen Wode 15  Schrader, Paul & Cheryl  Schulz, Cliff 40  Schupbach, Todd & Debby Krawceyk 35
 Schwartz, Jeff & Karen 35  Schweitzer, Franklin 15  Shattuck, Frank & Carol  Smyczynski, Jim & Christine 10
 Snowden, Hugh  Snyder, Bob & Chris  Schickling, Jerry & Marion  Sole, John & Darla
 Sole, John & Darla  Schurkus, Karl 25
 Tollison, LaVerne  Todd, Loraine  Troppman, Paul  Troutman, Martin & Barbara 10
 Tucker, Christopher & Nancy  
 Ulrich, Donald & Marie  Upton, Dennis & Del
 Vaccaro, Steve &  Kathy  Vergils, Gary & Pat  Vergils, Paul & Donna  Vogt, Ed
 Warnick, Don & Doris 10  Warnick, Fred & Connie  Waterstrat, Lynn & Joan  Weimer, Chuck 40
 Weinstein, Ken & Iris  Wertheim, Bill  Wilson, Lon & Valerie 55  Winzig, Ray
 Wolff, Bill & Myrna  Wolski, Charles & Gert 25  Walker, Jerre
 Woodrich, Dean & Nancy
 Yanik, Sam & Jean 15  Yearke, Mark & Sue 50  Zaborowski, Rob 25
 Busch, Bryan  10  Ellis, Millard 15  Kaplan, Michael  Miskell, Brandon
 Tripi, Philip
 A Star.jpg (22556 bytes) represents members who have reached the required number of points for the award of 150 points.  For any questions about the points, contact Tim Cryan.

For information on the Activity Award Point structure, click here.