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President's Message - November 2017


Activities Report 

The Fall Run started the day with unbelievable fall weather. Late October and the weather man are still on our side with temperatures running at least 10 degrees above average and well under the expected rain fall. John and Ellen Haid treated us to a fantastic brunch at a very historic hotel in East Bloomfield after which was followed by a great tour of 3 museums that included a wide variety of turn-of-the-century transportation and artifacts.  Thank you Haids!

Tim Cryan has hit a road block in our plans for hosting the 2020 Grand National here in Buffalo. I will let Tim explain his frustrating experience with the National AACA board at our up coming first indoor meeting of the year. As a group we can decide where we go from here after Tim explains the alternatives. Speaking about the November indoor meeting, Ed Group is going to present the history of our club. Being one of the many members who joined well after the millennium started, I am sure it will be an enlightening presentation and help us understand where the club roots began.

It’s that time of year again for us to revisit who will represent the club. Linda Foster has agreed to take over for Valerie Wilson who was filling in an open position and is training for the secretary’s position. Thank you Linda since the secretary’s position has always been a tough one to fill. We have three other board members who have terms expiring. While each has agreed to continue if we cannot find new blood, I am sure we can make room for anyone who is interested in getting involved. Please speak to any of the board members if you are interested.  And while discussing that time of the year again, please get you reservations in for the December Christmas party and January Installation Banquet as soon as possible. Unfortunately too many of this club's membership have a bad habit of waiting to the last moment which makes planning for the events very troublesome. Please be kind to the volunteers who work so hard at putting on these events and get you reservations in well before the deadline.  

Thanks, Chuck Facklam  __________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Beyond representing Mercedes-Benz in America, what other foreign companies did Studebaker attempt to establish an import/sales relationship with, in a desperate attempt to roll out its portfolio in its final days?
For answer, see the Classified Section of this website.


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

To Margie Hoefner, Herm Kuebler, Andrew Menard & Vern Schmitt

- to Ed Ferber on the loss of his long-time companion, Jean Honz.

- to all those who attended the Fall Run and celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with us. We never expected it to be announced, and it made the day more special by celebrating it with our "family." We hope everyone arrived home safely with driving in the tremendous rain storm.
John & Elaine Hair

LER members meet at the Family Tree Restaurant at 4346 N. Bailey Ave at 8:00 am each Saturday morning for car talk, etc. All are welcome.

- to Steve Cryan on his marriage to Maggie Vogel.
- to Jeff & Linda Cryan on their daughter, Kimberly's, marriage to Nick Petrosyan.
- to Tim Cryan on winning 1st Junior at the Hershey meet on his 1971 Buick GX. 


Remember that you need to sign up by the cut off dates if you wish to attend an event.  Allow 5 days prior to the cutoff date for delivery if you mail in your payment.  No late responses will be allowed. 

Remember that you need to sign up by the cut off dates if you wish to attend an event.  Allow 5 days prior to the cutoff date for delivery if you mail in your payment.  No late responses will be allowed.  

October 15th Our Last outdoor activity of the 2017 season was hosted by Elaine and John Haid.  We had about 70 attendees in 30+ vehicles with about one third of them classics. I think the weather forecast may have had something to do with the low number of classic vehicles.  We enjoyed an excellent Champagne Brunch in East Bloomfield at the Holloway House.  We then traveled a short distance to the Granger Homestead for a tour of the 201-year-old mansion and grounds.  Much of the furniture was original to the home including a Dolly Madison dining room set.  We also saw their collection of vintage buggies and sleighs.  This was a beautiful home and antique collection.  Our thanks to Elaine and John for the effort they put in to this tour.  Speaking of weather, I thought we were going to make the entire day without the forecasted rain and wind.  Well at least Mother Nature held off until we were on the way home.  Boy did we get hit with heavy rain and high winds and me in my LEAKING convertible.  

November 12th Ed Group will host our first in-door event of the season.  He is presenting a program on the club’s history from about the 1970’s.  Included will be a slide presentation on the filming of the Natural which the club provided period cars for.  A mini-flier was included in the October Sidelight on this event.  The meeting will be held at the Polish Falcons in Lancaster and Lynelle Schloerb will be providing refreshment.  

December 3rd The annual Christmas Party will be hosted by Lynelle Schloerb and Darlene Powers.  A sign-up slip and description flier was included in the October Sidelight.  The menu sounds great and the activities include entertainment and raffles.  Toys will be collected as usual to give to Children’s Hospital.  Members are encouraged to feel free to bring a dessert to share with their friends.  The event will be held at the Polish Falcons.  Remember to sign up early.  

January 13th Mary Beth Facklam and Sue Yearke will co-host our annual LER Officers Installation Banquet and the 2017 awards ceremony at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca.  It appears that this year’s theme will be the 1920’s aka the “Flappers”.  I can hardly wait to see our members dressed in “period”.  If past banquets are any kind of indication this should be another great event.  Remember to sign up early.  

All information from this point on is subject to change as more info becomes available.  

February 18, 2018, a night at the movies will be hosted by myself and wife.  We will present a Ken Burn’s documentary titled “Horatio’s Drive, America’s First Road Trip”.  The video describes the first cross country crossing by car which then turned in to a race.  Arrangements are still being finalized at this time but it appears that the meeting will start earlier than normal and may include pizza. The meeting will be held at the Polish Falcons in Lancaster. Lynelle Schloerb will be providing refreshment  

March 11, 2018, Lon Wilson will host an event presented by Greg Terstung on “The Train to Olcott”. The meeting will be held at the Polish Falcons in Lancaster. Lynelle Schloerb will be providing refreshment.  

April 8, 2018, Lon Wilson will present his annual power point program on the clubs past year activities.  The meeting will be held at the Polish Falcons in Lancaster. Lynelle Schloerb will be providing refreshment.  

From here we begin our 2018 outdoor season.  Treat your club mates with respect and Remember to sign up for these events early  

May 20, 2018, The Rust Buster, our first out door event for the season needs a host and tour.  

June 10, 2018, Will be our annual car show hosted by Chuck Facklam and Mike Mesi.  

July 8, 2018, Mark Schleicher is planning another one of his Cowlesville experience at his Caboose on the lake.  It will include hot dogs and hamburgers plus everyone is to bring a dish to pass.  The town is holding its annual Garage Sale.  

August 12, 2018, The event needs a host and tour.  

September 8th and 9th The annual overnighter will be sponsored by Elaine and John Haid.  More info to follow.  Remember to sign up early.  

October 14, 2018, The Fall Run will be hosted by Mary Beth and Chuck Facklam.  More info to follow.  Remember to sign up early.  

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 programs.  Some suggestions for road trips that we have received include Watkins Glen, Chautauqua Belle Cruise and Platter’s Chocolate Factory.  If you are interested in any of these or any other tour but you’ve never done an event before we’ll team you up with a member who has.   

Russ Galbo - Co-chair, Activities Committee

Website Award


2017 Activity Award Status 

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

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 Balling, Corey &
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 Boron, Marie 100  Brenkus, Ray & Fran  Brylinski, Mark 85
 Ciminesi, Frank 10  Catlin, Orrin & Diane 10  Coon, Fred & Betty
 Conklin, Don & Carol  Chauvin, RIch & 
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 Hartung, Lee & Nancy 55  Henderson, H. Paul
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90  Killian, Dave 20
 Helenbrook, Jeff  Kaczka, Kenneth & 
100  Kaczmarek, David 0
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60  Kuebler, Herm &
 Lawrence, Grace
 Lechner, Dave &
100  Manke, Bob &
70  Menard, Andrew & 
 McCaffery, Joe &
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70  Nash, George 135
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105  Puma, Frank & 
 Powers, Dennis &
130  Ptak, Jerry & Peggy 70  Pyne, Dale & Sally 30
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 Roberts, Don &
40  Rogers, Lyle & 
10  Schleicher, Mark 145
 Sandoro, James &
20  Schloerb, Don &
 Schmitt, Vern &
40  Schrader, Paul &
10  Schulz, Cliff 140
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95  Schweitzer, Franklin
 Shattuck, Frank &
10  Smyczynski, Jim &
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 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.