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President's Message - April 2017 (Chuck Facklam)


Activities Report (Lynelle Schloerb)

I guess we have to thank global warming for our spring in February weather. I have seen many classic rides out the past few days and the weather man suggests that there is more of this warm weather to come. So far I have not been brave enough to pull the covers off and go for a ride, how about you?  

The RustBuster is just two months away and the detailed presentation about the 1901 Buffalo Pan American Exposition at the February month meeting certainly helped to put our minds on the tours subject. We will start with a tour at the Wilcox mansion which houses the greatest selection of Pan American expo exhibits in Buffalo and then travel to the Delaware Park area to show what is there today along with a few leftover reminders of what was there in 1901. We will conclude with a meal at the RiverWorks in the historic Grain Elevator section. I am looking forward to next months presentation on Buffalo made bricks. I have a few I collected from the 2012 reconstruction of East Aurora's Main Street that I hope the presenter can shed some light on.  

Ed Ferber and I attended the 81st AACA annual meeting in Philadelphia early this month. Ed received a very prestigious award for his 1940 Chevrolet. I attended several meeting in the hope of gathering information about the ongoing debate between the AACA national board and the Hershey AACA museum while also trying to clarify some liability questions as they pertain to our youth group. I can't say I was successful gathering definitive information as to either subject.  It is obvious that for now there is a messy divorce separating the Hershey museum from the AACA national. The museum has pledged to continue to accept AACA membership for free admission and it would seem the national AACA board has now thrown their complete support behind the AACA library expansion. I was able to manage verbal notification from both the senior Taylor insurance agent, Taylor being the company under writing all AACA liability, and the national board member who is chair person for youth development. Both stated that general liability is covered for our youth chapter activities by the national AACA policy as long as they are LER board approved and fit the basic rules of an AACA activity. As youth chapter chair person, I can assure you that all youth chapter activities have been pre-approved by the board and that policy will be strictly adhered to in the future. 

Thanks, Chuck Facklam

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

Who was the early automotive industrialist who sold off his 97% stake in what was then (1903) a faltering Buick, to invest in Maxwell, instead?
For answer, see the Classified Section of this website.


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

To Darlene Powers, Kevin Smyers & Larry Gee

to Barb and Ray Noonan on achieving a milestone of 75 points each of judging credits at AACA National Car Shows. They are both Senior Master Judges.
B&R 75th Judging Award.jpg (90032 bytes) This award was presented by Roger Irland at the national show in Ocala, Florida.

..to Linda Cryan on the recent loss of her mother.
...to the family of Jay Milligan, a long-time member of LER and past president. Go to https://www.ecfair.org/blog/erie-countyfair/member-our-fair-family-passes-remembering-walter-jaymilligan-sr/ for a nice article on Jay.

- From Russ Galbo in Florida: 3/19/17 - Hi, Yesterday Jackie and I attended the South West Florida National Car Show and Classic Car Auction. Was supposed to have 700 to 800 cars but I think it was more like 300 to 400. Nice cars and a lot of clubs but no AACA badges. While standing in line for a burger I looked toward the front of the line (it was kind of U shaped) and I see a smiling face and someone waving at me. Here was Sue and Mark Yearke in the same line. Talk about a small world.

Calling all Interested Judges for our June Car Show! Spring is here and before you know it, we’ll be driving our favorite historic vehicles to our annual car show on June 11th. We’ve ordered plenty of sunshine, and one of the key components that makes our show successful is the volunteers. So this is a good time to consider being one of those volunteers; there is always a need for registration, parking, traffic direction, judging and of course, clean up teams. We would like to encourage you to sign up to be a judge at our show – both gals and guys are welcome. We have 22 classes of vehicles to judge so please give this idea some consideration. If you are interested but a little reluctant because you don’t know the judging process, we will provide guidance. If you are concerned that you don’t know everything about every car, rest assured that there are very few people, if any, who do. We can always assign you to judge a class that you are familiar with, and keep in mind that there are other judges around who can help you. In addition, we will be providing a 30-minute class on the morning of our car show, June 11, 2017 at 11:00 am. New judge volunteers and even experienced judges are encouraged to attend this Judge’s Education’ Class; we’re sure you will find it worthwhile. The class will begin promptly at 11:00 am, and you should meet up at the gazebo in the center of the show field. After the class, you will need to head to the senior center at 11:30 am for further Judge Instructions and Team Assignments. So give this some consideration, and give us a call. We would love to hear from you. Help us to continue to be called “The Best Judged Show in WNY”. We hope we see you there! 
Barb & Ray Noonan, Chief Judges 716 836- 3931


Hello All:    Well March came in like a lion, let’s hope it goes out like a lamb.  
Our March meeting with the topic of the history of bricks sponsored by Barb Noonan was very informative.   Frank, our speaker for the night, had a very interesting collection of bricks and he was extremely knowledgeable on the subject.  Quite a history along with his brick collection. Thanks Barb. 
April 9th, Sunday
, Lon Wilson (our photographer) will present his annual power point presentation of the clubs 2016 activities. This event will be held at the Polish Falcons in Lancaster.
Lynelle Schloerb will be providing the refreshments. This is a meeting you would not want to miss.

May 21st, Sunday, 
   Mike Mesi and Chuck Facklam will be sponsoring our first OUTDOOR spring event.   We will be  a tour  Buffalo with the Wilcox Mansion, then a short walking tour of the Pan Am Exposition grounds in Delaware Park,  lastly a tour of the Grain Mills in Buffalo and then a relaxing lunch buffet at the River works restaurant around 1:30-2pm.  All information regarding this event will be in the sidelight and we highly suggest you sign up early.   
June 11th, Sunday,
   Our annual car show in Elma Greens Park. This event will be sponsored by Chuck Facklam and Mike Mesi.   This has always been a well attended event for our members. Sponsor packets are available for members that may know of a business that would like to sponsor this event. Chuck and Mike would be happy to make sure that you get the information you need for sponsorship.  Please see the sidelight for more upcoming information.  
July 9th, Sunday -
A club picnic will be held at the Manke's. Jackie and Russ Galbo will be planning the route. We should be including the newly remodeled Power Vista.  Remember to sign up early for this event. 

August 13th, Sunday
- We are invited to tour the Gernatt car collection and have lunch at this lake house. This is a multi club event and will be attended by approximately 300.  Elaine and John Haid will be planning the route for those who sign up thru LER.  Keep this day aside for this event. There will be more information to follow in the Sidelight and you must sign up early. It promises to be quite the day. Tim Cryan will keep us updated. 
September 9-10th
- Our club overnighter this year. Chuck Facklam and Kenny knoll will be sponsoring this event.   We will travel to the Chautauqua Lake and Bemus point area. More information will follow and remember to sign up early. 

October 15th,
- Elaine and John Haid will be sponsoring this event.   Place the date in your calendars and plan on signing up early. More information will be coming. 

November 12th, Sunday
- This will be the first indoor meeting of our club held again at the Polish Falcons in Lancaster.   Ed Group will host this indoor event. He is presenting a program which will include his trip to Cuba and also will include the history of our car club going back to then 1970"s.  This is also an event you do not want to miss. Lynelle will be providing refreshments. 
December 3
is the annual Christmas party. This will again be held at the Polish Falcons and Lynelle Schloerb and Darlene Powers will be hosting this event.
Much will be forthcoming regarding this event.

2018  WOW
January 13th
- The installation dinner  and 2017 awards ceremony is planned. This event is sponsored by Sue Yearke and Mary Facklam.  It is a great event and should have great attendance.

*** Again, any member with a hobby or an interest that would like to share this with the club for a monthly indoor event or outdoor excursion, please don't hesitate to contact any of the board members. You can always pair up with another member and we (the board) can help with any planning. Just see the names of the board members placed in the Sidelight.  
Keep warm, and see you all soon;




Website Award


2016 Activity Award Status 

The Lake Erie Region website earned a 2016 Award of Excellence presented at the AACA National Meeting held in February 2017.

 Name    Name    Name  
 Allan, Gordy & Debbie  Anthonson, Ted & Beth  Bachan, Steve
 Baglio, Paul & Karen  Baich, Stevo & Lana 15  Billo, Ron
 Balling, Corey & Allison  Bojak, Mark & Sonya  Alt, Gary & Vallie
 Boron, Marie 10  Brenkus, Ray & Fran  Brylinski, Mark 15
 Butlak, Don & Joyce  Catlin, Orrin & Diane 10  Coon, Fred & Betty
 Conklin, Don & Carol  Chauvin, RIch &  Beverly  Bachan, Steve
 Christopher, Edward &
 Crowley, Paul & Donna  Cryan, Jeff & Linda 15
 Cryan,Steve  Cryan, Tim 50  DeBolt, Rich & MaryAnn 25
 Deull, Robert  Dluhy, Frank & Sharon
 Facklam, Chuck &
 Mary Beth
60  Ferber, Ed & Jean 15  Forster, Al & Janice 80
 Forrest, Allan & Nancy  Gaulin, Rick  
 Foster, Jack & Linda  Foshee, Miriam 10  Gajkowski, Ray &
 Galante, Chuck &
 Galbo, Russ & Jackie 40  Gee, Larry & Laurie
 Gernatt, Jr, Dan &
 Greco, Jim & Sue  Group, Ed & Nancy
 Gugino, Chuck &
 Haid, John & Elaine 50  Maherski, Ed
 Hoefner, Ernie & Margie  Haynos, Dick  Hustead, Jim &
 Hargrave, Dave &
 Hartinger, Bob &
 Hartrich, Mark & Erica
 Hartung, Lee 15  Henderson, H. Paul  
 Helenbrook, Jeff  Kaczka, Kenneth 10  Kaczmarek, David
 Holden, Eileen 25  Jann, Earl & Barbara  Kornowicz, Dennis &
 Kain, Allyn & Joyce 15  Kaplan, David & Mary
10  Knoll, Ken & Carol 35
 Kopsa, Jerry & Patti  Korkuc, Martin & Mary  Kosmoski, Nike &
 Kraus, Mark, Lori, Nick
 & Joe
 Kuebler, Herm & Janet  Lawrence, Grace
 Lechner, Dave & Karen 10  Manke, Bob &
20  Menard, Andrew & 
 McCarthy, Tom & 
 Mendolera, Jim  Mahl, Jeff
 Marriott, John   Licata, Michael &
 Malush, Stephen &
 Mesi, Mike 50  Meyer, Paul & Dolores 25  Milligan, Jr. Jay 15
 Momot, Joe & Mary 15  Nash, Bob & Peggy 35  Nash, David 15
 Nichols, Bill  Meyers, Frank &
 Nash, George 45  Noonan, Ray & Barb 70  Ortman, Jeffrey
 Pielechowski, Ken 10  Pirrung, Tom &
 Prenevau, Bill & 
 Plante, Paul & Nancy   O'Connor, Daniel &
25  Puma, Frank & 
 Powers, Dennis &
50  Ptak, Jerry & Peggy  Puma, Jerry
 Platt, Herm & Terry  Schleicher, Mark 35  Schloerb, Don &
 Schmitt, Vern &
 Schrader, Paul &
 Schulz, Cliff 50
 Schupbach, Todd 10  Schwartz, Jeff &
25  Schweitzer, Franklin
 Shattuck, Frank  Smyczynski, Jim &
10  Sayles, David & Susan
 Snyder, Bob & Chris 35  Sole, John & Darla  Snowden, Hugh 10
 Spina, Tom & Lisa  Tollison, LaVerne  Tucker, Christopher &
 Troppman, Paul  Todd, Lowell & Loraine  Troutman, Martin 10
 Ulrich, Donald & Marie  Upton, Dennis & Del  Vaccaro, Steve &
 Vergils, Gary & Pat  Vergils, Paul & Donna 10  Vogt, Ed
 Walter, Dan & Julie  Weimer, Chuck 15
 Warnick, Don & Doris 35  Warnick, Fred &
 Waterstrat, Lynn &
 Weinstein, Ken & Iris 10  Wilson, Lon & Valerie 100   Winzig, Ray 10
 Wolff, Bill & Myrna  Wolski, Charles &
25  Yanik, Sam & Jean 15
 Yearke, Mark & Sue 60  Walker, Jerre  Woodrich, Dean &
 Busch, Brian  Ellis, Millard  Kaplan, Michael
 Miskell, Brandon  Tripi, Philip  

An asterisk 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.