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President's Message -  June 2019


Activities Report from Chuck Weimer

I am really bummed out with all the cool and rainy weather we have had so far in May. I’m really hoping the rest of the summer is not like this. A bunch of LER members were at Spring Carlisle this past April and it was even warm and rainy on Friday and cool, windy and sunny on Saturday, but it was good to go.  

Our May 7th Board meeting was hosted by John Haid at the Hillview Restaurant. We discussed the remainder of the car clubs’ calendar and car show on June 9th. 90% of the car show flyers have been distributed, so if you need any please see me, but I’m down to just a few. Also, we had a change in menu for the July picnic hosted by the Yanik’s. Instead of a steak cookout, where the price would have been in the $25 to $30 range, we’ve decided to have a more “picnic” style where the cost for members will be $17 per person, so I expect a big turnout. Please try to attend. We also decided to have an auction after the picnic. So if you have some interesting items lying around and want to see them go to a better place, bring them along. Dennis Upton has agreed to be the “auctioneer” and all proceeds will go to the club. Since 50% of the Board members are pretty much “regulars” at the Tuesday evening Pautlers’ cruise night, the Board decided to move the meetings from the first Tuesday of the month to the first Monday in June, July and August to allow us more possibilities of using our old cars in the summer.  

The Rustbuster was held Sunday May 19th with about 60 members in attendance. The “mystery” tour was a good time. We toured to the Buffalo History Museum near Delaware Park then on to the Polish Falcons for a buffet meal. It was a very warm and humid day but at least the only rain we had on the tour was while we were parked in the parking lot of the museum. Lon Wilson’s Studebaker had some mechanical issues near the start, so they left the car and continued on courtesy of Chuck Facklam. Thanks to Ken Knoll and Mike Mesi for co-hosting this event.  

Next up is the Annual Car Show in Elma. I am really hoping for good weather and for all our members to help out by volunteering and to bring a car or two to the show. Remember that members who bring more than one car only pay the entrance fee for the first car and all others are free. And all cars older than 1924 are also free. Our show is usually the only one in the area that gets out the pre 1940 cars in any great numbers. Please try to attend and invite a friend or non-member to come.

Till next time….


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

The German made Amphicar, which was sold in the United States from 1961 to 1967, was designated Model 770.
What was the meaning of that numerical name
For answer, see the Classified Section of this website.


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

To Fred Coon

Debbie Allan on her retirement from the Kenmore-Tonawanda schools after 39 years as a bus driver, delivering precious cargo!. 

*  Darrell & Jacqueline Gilbert of Middleport, NY - 1964 Chevrolet Corvair convertible, 1964 Ford econoline truck, 1967 Pontiac GTO coupe
*  Paul & Deborah Schloerb of West Seneca, NY
*  Patrick Murphy of Grand Island,NY - 1961 Chevrolet Corvair wagon, 1961 Chevrolet Corvair 4 door
*  Mark Twarozek of North Collins, NY - 1924 Willys Overland roadster, 1929 Willys Knight sedan
*  Dan & Dana Graff of East Amherst, NY - 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback
*  Randall Rogalsky of Sanborn, NY - 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner 2 door sedan

Our annual car show is coming up on June 9th!  Reminder to Judges for the show:
11:00 am - Judges should meet Bob Nash in Class 1 near the parking lot for a review of the judging process.
11:30 am - Judges should proceed to the Senior Center for judging assignments.
For those judges who are helping park cars - proceed to the Senior Center as soon as you can after cars are parked.
Hope to see you there !
Barb Noonan


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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.  

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

May 19th, Mike Mesi and Ken Knoll hosted our annual RustBuster.  Recapping the Mystery Tour, we met in the parking lot of Tops Plaza on Young Street in Tonawanda, then a ride along the Niagara River before a docent-guided tour of the Buffalo Historical Museum.  Some of our members took the double decker shuttle over to see the Pan-Am Display of Souvenirs.  Then off to the Polish Falcons for an afternoon buffet.  Thanks to Mike and Ken for a fantastic day.  

June 9th, will be our annual car show hosted by Mike Mesi and Chuck Facklam.  This is our club’s big event; you don’t want to miss it.  If you are planning on bringing a car to show you can still pre-register until June 3, 2019 or register at the gate the day of the show, gates open at 9 am.  Registration forms were in May’s Sidelight.   

July 14th, Sam and Jean Yanik will host a picnic at their home in Clarence with Jack and Linda Foster planning our tour.  The meeting place is still being decided.  We will be taking a self-guided tour of the Clarence Historical Museum on Main Street, then a ride through the countryside and back to the Yanik’s for food and fun.  Also, there will be an auction, so this is a great opportunity to look around the garage or in the basement and bring your items; it does not have to be car related.  Proceeds from the auction will go to AACA Lake Erie Region.     

August 11th, 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 8th, Dennis and Del Upton are hosting a tour on Grand Island, NY.  More details to follow.

October 20th, 2019, 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 “Desserts-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, the annual Christmas party will be hosted again by Lynelle Schloerb and Darlene Powers.   The evening will be full of holiday spirit as well as a great meal at the Polish Falcons.  More to follow in the upcoming Sidelight..   An evening you will not want to miss when getting together for the holiday cheer with old and new friends from the club.

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.

January 25, 2020, the annual Installation Banquet will be hosted by Sue Yearke and Karen Schwartz.  The banquet will be held at Classic Five Banquet Hall in Amherst, NY with a masquerade theme.  More details to follow.



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.

For anyone who missed the Crystal Beach slide show held at our March meeting, it will be shown again on June 11th (Tuesday night) in Kenmore NY. Two of our newer members have arranged for Rose Ann Hirsch to show her presentation for their church group, and they will allow LER members to join them. There is not charge to attend this meeting. It will be a good chance to see a great program! More information will be forthcoming as time and place become available. Call Lon Wilson if you are interested at 716 873-6280.

The Smyers family just welcomed a new addition. Born in 1940 and weighing 2,930 lbs, we hope to see this "Black Beauty" Ford Tudor at our upcoming show in June. They'll probably need a bigger garage now!


2018 Activity Award Status 

 Allan, Gordy & Debbie 20  Anthonson, Ted & Beth  Alt, Gary & Vallie  Agnello, Jonathan 20
 Bachan, Steve & Lynn  Balling, Corey & Allison  Baglio, Paul & Karen  Bongiovanni, John &   Mary
 Billo, Ron  Bojak, Mark & Sonya  Boron, Marie 20  Brenkus, Ray & Fran
 Brylinski, Mark 35  Butlak, Don & Joyce 75  Burgstahler, Dean & Pat 30
 Catlin, Orrin & Diane 20  Camann, George & Ruth 55  Chauvin, RIch & Beverly  Christopher, Edward & Susan
 Ciminesi, Frank  Conklin, Don & Carol  Coon, Fred & Betty  Crowley, Paul & Donna
 Cryan, Jeff & Linda 45  Cryan,Steve & Maggie 20  Cryan, Tim 80
 DeBolt, Rich & MaryAnn 25  Deull, Robert  Dluhy, Frank & Sharon  Duncan, Allan & Kathleen
 Facklam, Chuck & Mary Beth 70  Fadala, Valentine & Cathy  Ferber, Ed  Forster, Al & Janice 15
 Foster, Jack & Linda 70  Forster, Albert  Fix, Paul
 Gajkowski, Ray & Bernie 45  Gallo, George & Regina  Galante, Chuck & Marie  Galbo, Russ & Jackie 65
 Gee, Larry & Laurie 10  Gernatt, Jr, Dan & Roseann  Greco, Jim & Sue  Galvin, Joe
 Group, Ed & Nancy 10  Gugino, Chuck & Christine 10  Gailie, Bill & Linda 20
 Haid, John & Elaine 80  Hargrave, Dave & Nancy  Hartinger, Bob & Marilyn 20  Hartrich, Mark & Erica Miller
 Hartung, Lee & Nancy 15  Haynos, Dick  Henderson, H. Paul & Christine  Helenbrook, Jeff
 Hoefner, Ernie & Margie  Holden, Eileen 25  Hustead, Jim & Christine  Hulley, John & Betty
 Jann, Earl & Barbara
 Kaczka, Kenneth & Sue Reville 70  Kaczmarek, David & Amanda 20  Kain, Allyn & Joyce  Kaplan, David & Mary Ellen
 Knoll, Ken & Carol 65  Killian, Dave  Korkuc, Martin & Mary  Kosmoski, Nike & Nadine 20
 Kornowicz, Dennis & Loretta  Kopsa, Jerry & Patti  Kraus, Mark, Lori, Nick  & Joe  Kuebler, Herm & Janet
 Kossakowski, Ken & Melanie  Kraus, John & Jackie 10
 Lechner, Dave & Karen  Licata, Michael & Jane  Lemieux, Kent 10
 Maherski, Ed  Mahl, Jeff  Malush, Stephen & Tracy  Manke, Bob & Barbara 10
 Marriott, John  McCaffery, Joe & Linda 20  Menard, Andrew & Tomoko  McCarthy, Tom & Colleen
 Mendolera, Jim  Mesi, Mike 90  Meyers, Frank & Marilea  Meyer, Paul & Delores 35
 Momot, Joe & Mary 10  Marshall, Jeff  Murphy, Patrick 10
 Nash, Bob & Peggy 45  Nash, David 15  Nash, George 55  Nichols, Bill
 Noonan, Ray & Barb 120  
 Obermeyer, Marilyn  Ortman, Jeffrey & Deane  O'Connor, Daniel & Candace 40  Osuch, Walter & Suzanne 45
 Pielechowski, Ken & Lori  Pearl, Richard   Pirrung, Tom & Elizabeth  Platt, Herm & Mary-Teresa 40
 Powers, Dennis & Darlene 60  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina 10  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina  Pyne, Dale & Sally 25
 Puma, Frank & Christine  Puma, Jerome & Michelle  Pucak, Pete & Olga 10  Parsons, John & Nancy
 Ptak, Jerry & Peggy 50
 Roberts, Don & Heather  Rogers, Lyle & Sharon  Rogalsky, Randy 10
 Sandoro, James & Maryann  Sayles, David & Susan  Schloerb, Don & Lynelle 75  Schleicher, Mark 20
 Schurkus, Karl & Eileen Wode 45  Schrader, Paul & Cheryl  Schulz, Cliff 80  Schupbach, Todd & Debby Krawceyk 75
 Schwartz, Jeff & Karen 65  Schweitzer, Franklin 35  Shattuck, Frank & Carol  Smyczynski, Jim & Christine 20
 Snowden, Hugh  Snyder, Bob & Chris 30  Schickling, Jerry & Marion  Sole, John & Darla
 Sole, John & Darla  Schurkus, Karl 35
 Tollison, LaVerne  Todd, Loraine  Troppman, Paul  Troutman, Martin & Barbara 20
 Tucker, Christopher & Nancy  
 Ulrich, Donald & Marie  Upton, Dennis & Del 30
 Vaccaro, Steve &  Kathy 20  Vergils, Gary & Pat  Vergils, Paul & Donna 20  Vogt, Ed
 Warnick, Don & Doris 30  Warnick, Fred & Connie  Waterstrat, Lynn & Joan  Weimer, Chuck 80
 Weinstein, Ken & Iris 10  Wertheim, Bill  Wilson, Lon & Valerie 135  Winzig, Ray
 Wolff, Bill & Myrna  Wolski, Charles & Gert 55  Walker, Jerre
 Woodrich, Dean & Nancy
 Yanik, Sam & Jean 45  Yearke, Mark & Sue 80  Zaborowski, Rob 25
 Busch, Bryan  10  Ellis, Millard 15  Kaplan, Michael  Miskell, Brandon
 Tripi, Philip
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