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President's Message - July 2017


Activities Report 

 Finally, summer is here! We had beautiful summer weather for our June 11th  car show with temps reaching above the 80 degree mark and no rain in the forecast, a welcome improvement compared to recent years.  Thanks to a substantial breeze, conditions where very enjoyable. (Well not so enjoyable for the hood of my 1948 Willy's truck that blew up striking the roof before crashing down causing considerable damage! Oh well, that's what insurance is for.) The great weather was for at least in part responsible for the record turn out of 238 vehicles and flea market vendors. Special thanks to all that helped out with the setup on Saturday; registration, show field parking, traffic control and judging the day of the show. You folks are what really make the show successful. Of course special thanks to John Haid for chairing registration, Bob Nash for over seeing field setup,  Ron Billo for organizing show field parking and Barb and Ray Noonan for there roles as chief judges. I was happy to see our most senior member, George Nash, greatly involved with facilitating the final scoring. And Thanks to Kenny Knoll for providing vintage music to set the background for our event. Also please thank our youth group members who not only participated in all of the above but managed to have the show field and traffic control signs removed and stored away along with show field cleaned up before the distribution of awards was finished!

   A friendly reminder to sign up for Dan Gernatt's special picnic. Also please be prepared to sign up for what should be my best-yet western New York tour, our 2017 overnighter. This event will include staying at an historic 1890's hotel, classic wooden boats built in New York , an amusement park with several operational North Tonawanda built Allen Hershel rides and dinner in a historic dance hall over looking Lake Chautauqua that hosted most every famous band of the 30's, 40's and 50's!  More on that to come.  Our planning for a 2020 Grand National to be hosted by our Lake Erie Region here at the University of Buffalo Amherst campus is progressing with Tim Cryan negotiating with the campus for a date. Our youth group picked up a new member who was fully engaged at the show, Eric Held

Thanks, Chuck


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

The first Leland-built, Model L Lincolns were met with early criticism.  Why?
For answer, see the Classified Section of this website.


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To Herm Kuebler, Andrew Menard & Hugh Snowden

To George Nash, who turns an awesome 99 years young this month!

- Jeff & Melissa Anderson of Buffalo - 1963 Plymouth Savoy, 1966 Plymouth Belvedere II, 1967 Plymouth GTX, 1991 Chevrolet Corvette.

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.

In May, I trailored by 1949 Playboy to Auburn Indiana for the AACA National car show. AACA joined forces with the Classic Car Club of America for an excellent car show. This was my first national show that I traveled a distance to attend. My 1949 Playboy won its First Junior award at the show. It was very exciting for me to win this award with a car that possesses so much family history. This is the last Playboy car built, and it was completed when the company went bankrupt in 1949, so this completes the company's history and my grandfather's dream. The whole weekend was very enjoyable, and there was a lot of activities available to us. We visited the Auburn Cord Duesenburg museum that was spectacular and also visited the National Military History museum. Friday night, AACA presented a free concert with the McCartney project, a Paul McCartney tribute band that played his hits from the Beatles and Wings. Saturday was a beautiful day weather wise for the show, and there were well over 200 cars in attendance. The awards banquet immediately followed the show with a delicious BBQ dinner.


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.

June 11th, we held our 65th annual car show at Elma Greens Town Park.  The show was co-sponsored by Chuck Facklam and Mike Mesi.  We set an attendance record with just under 250 vehicles participating.  Apparently Mother Nature decided to make up for her past mistakes and gave us a beautiful, sunny and hot day.  NO RAIN this year!  We had many first-time participants along with a great many towns people.  Fred and Betty Coon were able to attend with their 1941 Lincoln Zephyr.  A great time was had by all.

July 9th we will hold our club picnic featuring a delicious BBQ chicken dinner with all the trimmings at the Manke’s in Lockport.  My wife, Jackie, and I have made arrangements to tour the newly remodeled Power Vista in Niagara Falls.  We toured the new facility with our grandsons and found it interesting and fun.  Line up at Wegmans will separate vintage and modern vehicles so that the vintage vehicles can park in the Power Vista’s traffic circle.  Vintage vehicles will lead the caravan on both legs of the trip to the Power Vista and then to the Manke’s.   Remember to sign up early.

August 13th we will tour the Gernatt car collection and have lunch at his lake house.  This will be a multi-club event, and it is hoped that over 200 people will attend.  Elaine and John Haid will be planning the route for those who sign up thru LER   NO LATE SIGN UPS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FOR THIS EVENT.

September 9th and 10th the annual overnighter will be co-hosted Chuck Facklam and Ken Knoll.  We will travel to the Chautauqua Lake and Bemus Point area to tour the antique boat museum and the many shops located in Bemus Point.  Our hotel will be the historic Lenhart Hotel, the sole remaining 1890’s hotel built on Chautauqua Lake, with dinner at the Bemus Point Casino. The hotel screams HISTORY!  All the activities are with-in walking distance of the hotel.  This should be a fantastic event, as those who have precipitated in Chuck’s events can attest.  We are hoping for a large club precipitation.  Remember to sign up early.

October 15th Elaine and John Haid are hosting this event.  More info to follow.  Remember to sign up early.

November 12th Ed Group will host our first in-door event of the season.  He is presenting a program on the clubs history from about the 1970’s and/or about his trip to Cuba.  The meeting will be held at the Polish Falcons in Lancaster. Lynelle Schloerb will be providing refreshment.

December 3rd the annual Christmas Party will be co-hosted by Lynelle Schloerb and Darlene Powers.  The current plans include entertainment and raffles.  The event will be held at the Polish Falcons.  Remember to sign up early.

January 13th Mary Beth Facklam and Sue Yearke will co-hosted our annual LER Officers Installation Banquet and the 2017 awards ceremony.  Several themes were discussed but none settled on.  If past banquets are any kind of indication, this should be another great event.  Remember to sign up early.

 February 2018, we are looking in to a night at the movies.   If we proceed the meeting will start earlier than normal and may include pizza.  Your comments are welcome on this possible program.

July 2018, Mark Schleicher is planning another one of his Cowlesville experience’s.  More info to follow.

We need volunteers, helpers and ideas for club sponsored events.  If you are interested in sponsoring or co-sponsoring or helping at an event, contact any board member.  Also, we need your ideas on possible future programs.

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.

 Name    Name    Name  
 Allan, Gordy & Debbie 10  Anthonson, Ted &
 Bachan, Steve & Lynn 10
 Baglio, Paul & Karen  Baich, Stevo & Lana 45  Billo, Ron 20
 Balling, Corey &
 Bojak, Mark & Sonya  Alt, Gary & Vallie
 Boron, Marie 40  Brenkus, Ray & Fran  Brylinski, Mark 45
 Butlak, Don & Joyce  Catlin, Orrin & Diane 10  Coon, Fred & Betty
 Conklin, Don & Carol  Chauvin, RIch & 
 Bachan, Steve
 Christopher, Edward &
 Crowley, Paul &
20  Cryan, Jeff & Linda 25
 Cryan,Steve & Maggie 10  Cryan, Tim 60  DeBolt, Rich &
 Deull, Robert  Dluhy, Frank &
 Facklam, Chuck &
 Mary Beth
100  Ferber, Ed & Jean 25  Forster, Al & Janice 110
 Forrest, Allan &
 Gaulin, Rick  Giampietro, Debra 20
 Foster, Jack & Linda 10  Foshee, Miriam 20  Gajkowski, Ray &
 Galante, Chuck &
 Galbo, Russ & Jackie 60  Gee, Larry & Laurie 20
 Gernatt, Jr, Dan &
30  Greco, Jim & Sue  Group, Ed & Nancy
 Gugino, Chuck &
 Haid, John & Elaine 80  Maherski, Ed
 Hoefner, Ernie &
20  Haynos, Dick  Hustead, Jim &
 Hargrave, Dave &
 Hartinger, Bob &
20  Hartrich, Mark & Erica
 Hartung, Lee & Nancy 15  Henderson, H. Paul 20  
 Helenbrook, Jeff  Kaczka, Kenneth 30  Kaczmarek, David 10
 Holden, Eileen 45  Jann, Earl & Barbara  Kornowicz, Dennis &
 Kain, Allyn & Joyce 15  Kaplan, David & Mary
10  Knoll, Ken & Carol 55
 Kopsa, Jerry & Patti  Korkuc, Martin &
 Kosmoski, Nike &
 Kraus, Mark, Lori,
 Nick  & Joe
 Kuebler, Herm &
 Lawrence, Grace
 Lechner, Dave &
30  Manke, Bob &
30  Menard, Andrew & 
 McCaffery, Joe &
10  Mendolera, Jim  Mahl, Jeff 10
 Marriott, John   Licata, Michael &
 Malush, Stephen &
 Mesi, Mike 70  Meyer, Paul &
25  Milligan, Jr. Jay 15
 Momot, Joe & Mary 15  Nash, Bob & Peggy 65  Nash, David 15
 Nichols, Bill  Meyers, Frank &
 Nash, George 55  Noonan, Ray & Barb 110  Ortman, Jeffrey
 Pielechowski, Ken 20  Pirrung, Tom &
 Prenevau, Bill & 
 Plante, Paul & Nancy   O'Connor, Daniel &
35  Puma, Frank & 
 Powers, Dennis &
60  Ptak, Jerry & Peggy 20  Puma, Jerry
 Platt, Herm & Terry  Schleicher, Mark 35  Schloerb, Don &
 Schmitt, Vern &
20  Schrader, Paul &
10  Schulz, Cliff 70
 Schupbach, Todd 30  Schwartz, Jeff &
45  Schweitzer, Franklin
 Shattuck, Frank  Smyczynski, Jim &
10  Sayles, David &
 Snyder, Bob & Chris 55  Sole, John & Darla 10  Snowden, Hugh 10
 Spina, Tom & Lisa  Tollison, LaVerne  Tucker, Christopher &
 Troppman, Paul  Todd, Loraine  Troutman, Martin &
 Ulrich, Donald & Marie  Upton, Dennis & Del 20  Vaccaro, Steve &
 Vergils, Gary & Pat  Vergils, Paul & Donna 20  Vogt, Ed
 Walter, Dan & Julie  Weimer, Chuck 15  Will, Carol 10
 Warnick, Don & Doris 65  Warnick, Fred &
20  Waterstrat, Lynn &
 Weinstein, Ken & Iris 10  Wilson, Lon & Valerie 120   Winzig, Ray 10
 Wolff, Bill & Myrna  Wolski, Charles &
35  Yanik, Sam & Jean 15
 Yearke, Mark & Sue 70  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.