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President's Message - February 2019


Activities Report from Chuck Weimer

Welcome to the 67th year of our club. 2019 looks like it will be a very busy year again. We have an exciting year of events planned for our membership. I hope you can attend as many as possible. Our chair people and Board members volunteer a lot of time on each event and a way of showing appreciation is by attending the events. Just a brief background on me for the newer members: My parents founded the Lake Erie Region back in 1952, so you can say I grew up with the club. Plus this is my eighth time as President, and 30 years since my first term in 1989. 
I wasn’t able to attend the January 8th Board meeting hosted by Cliff Schulz. Club member Mark Yearke and I went to the large Mecum car auction in Kissimmee where we also met fellow LER members and Florida snowbirds Paul Vergils, Al Forster and Dan Gernatt. If you have the chance attending the auctions is really cool, they had over 3500 cars going through the auction over 13 days. 

Our main club fundraiser is our annual car show in Elma, and this year we are going to try something different with the car show sponsors. Usually we would ask the membership to go out and try to solicit companies for $100 car show sponsorships, which would get them a spot on the car show flyer and also in our program. We would normally get between 35 and 40 or so each year and sometimes we would still be trying to collect the $100 well after the car show. I approached longtime LER member Dan Gernatt about having his company, Gernatt Asphalt Products, to be the main sponsor for the show. When I met with him he suggested being a Co-Sponsor with West-Herr Auto Group. So with one phone call Dan had West-Herr on board. This year we have 2 Co-Sponsors for the car show for a total of $4000. With just the 2 sponsors we were able to make our car show flyer in color and smaller. These should be available starting at the Model A Club’s “SnowBuster” flea market on Feb 3. I would really like to impress our new sponsors by having a record turnout of members cars for the show, so please not only try to help out at the show as judges, show field set-up, show field parking and registration but also bring a car to show. 

The Board was also informed that our club webmaster, Barb Noonan, would like to give up this position at the end of the year, so we are putting the call out early for any “tech” savvy member who would like to be the new club webmaster. I’ll ask Barb to maybe type up an article of what is involved with the non-voting Board position. She has been webmaster since the beginning and would like to let someone else have a go with it.
The Annual Installation Banquet was held at Kloc’s Grove on January 26th. Over 60 members attended the Western themed Banquet. You even had a chance to have your picture taken in “Jail”. From the looks of it everyone had a great time. Thanks again to Sue Yearke, Mary Beth Facklam and Karen Schwartz plus their other helpers.
February brings the club functions back to indoor meetings at the Polish Falcon’s in Depew. We have a very interesting talk on the development of the air cooled Chevrolet Corvair motor that was built at the Tonawanda Engine Plant. Please see the announcement page in this Sidelight for more info.
Hoping we have great weather in 2019 for our events!
Till next time…


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

What car has been often referred to as "the Rolls-Royce of Germany?"
For answer, see the Classified Section of this website.


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

To Janice Forster 

Gary & June Schupback of Clarence - 1976 Mercedes 450 SL Convertible, 1976 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible, 1941 Studebaker Commander 2 door coupe

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 2017 Award of Master Webmaster
presented at the AACA National Meeting held in February 2018.


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

January 26, again this year Sue Yearke, Karen Schwartz and Mary Beth Facklam hosted our annual Installation Banquet and 2018 Awards Ceremony for our members and guests.  This year the theme was Western Wear.  We had a lot of cowboys and cowgirls in attendance, even the bartender had a cowboy hat on.  If you had a horseshoe on the bottom of your Hershey Kiss you were one of the winners of the table centerpiece.  Barb Noonan kept the evening going with some line dancing, participation was great and a fun time, even if you were just watching.  The food was great as was the conversation and a great time had by all.

February 17 (note the change of date), Barb Noonan has arranged for Joe Pendolino of the Corvair Club to present a program on the history of the Corvair and Tonawanda’s Connection to it.  The meeting will be held at the Polish Falcons and refreshments will be provided by Lynelle Schloerb.

March 10 - Lon Wilson will host the meeting and has obtained a speaker on Crystal Beach.  The meeting will be held at the Polish Falcons and refreshments will be provided by Lynelle Schloerb.

April 14 - This 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 - This 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 23 - Don and Joyce Butlak are planning a trip on the Medina Railroad for their Fall Foliage Tour.   The event will be co-hosted by Valerie and Lon Wilson who will plan the route.  Note that this is a late date for our event, but it will have a very early cut off date.  We have been told by the Medina Railroad that this tour fills up very quickly.  Please to sign up early.

October 13 or 12 &13 - The event needs a host.  You can arrange for a single day tour an overnighter.

And so our in-door season starts.

November 10 – Cliff Shultz is hosting this once again with a new theme…Get you taste buds ready as this will be a tasting experience: ‘Bring your favorite Dessert to Share”

December 8 - Our annual Christmas party hosted by Lynelle Schloerb.

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 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 done 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
 Bachan, Steve & Lynn  Balling, Corey & Allison  Baglio, Paul & Karen  Bongiovanni, John &   Mary
 Billo, Ron  Bojak, Mark & Sonya  Boron, Marie  Brenkus, Ray & Fran
 Brylinski, Mark 15  Butlak, Don & Joyce 25  Burgstahler, Dean & Pat
 Catlin, Orrin & Diane  Camann, George & Ruth 15  Chauvin, RIch & Beverly  Christopher, Edward & Susan
 Ciminesi, Frank  Conklin, Don & Carol  Coon, Fred & Betty  Crowley, Paul & Donna
 Cryan, Jeff & Linda 15  Cryan,Steve & Maggie  Cryan, Tim 30
 DeBolt, Rich & MaryAnn 15  Deull, Robert  Dluhy, Frank & Sharon  Duncan, Allan & Kathleen
 Facklam, Chuck & Mary Beth 30  Fadala, Valentine & Cathy  Ferber, Ed  Forster, Al & Janice 15
 Foster, Jack & Linda 30  Forster, Albert  Fix, Paul
 Gajkowski, Ray & Bernie 15  Gallo, George & Regina  Galante, Chuck & Marie  Galbo, Russ & Jackie 15
 Gee, Larry & Laurie  Gernatt, Jr, Dan & Roseann  Greco, Jim & Sue  Galvin, Joe
 Group, Ed & Nancy  Gugino, Chuck & Christine  Gailie, Bill & Linda
 Haid, John & Elaine 30  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 30  Kaczmarek, David & Amanda  Kain, Allyn & Joyce  Kaplan, David & Mary Ellen
 Knoll, Ken & Carol 15  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 30  Meyers, Frank & Marilea  Meyer, Paul & Delores 15
 Momot, Joe & Mary  Marshall, Jeff
 Nash, Bob & Peggy 15  Nash, David 15  Nash, George 15  Nichols, Bill
 Noonan, Ray & Barb 30  
 Obermeyer, Marilyn  Ortman, Jeffrey & Deane  O'Connor, Daniel & Candace  Osuch, Walter & Suzanne 15
 Pielechowski, Ken & Lori  Pearl, Richard   Pirrung, Tom & Elizabeth  Platt, Herm & Mary-Teresa
 Powers, Dennis & Darlene 30  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina  Pyne, Dale & Sally 15
 Puma, Frank & Christine  Puma, Jerome & Michelle  Pucak, Pete & Olga  Parsons, John & Nancy
 Ptak, Jerry & Peggy
 Roberts, Don & Heather  Rogers, Lyle & Sharon
 Sandoro, James & Maryann  Sayles, David & Susan  Schloerb, Don & Lynelle  Schleicher, Mark
 Schurkus, Karl & Eileen Wode 15  Schrader, Paul & Cheryl  Schulz, Cliff 30  Schupbach, Todd & Debby Krawceyk 25
 Schwartz, Jeff & Karen 25  Schweitzer, Franklin 15  Shattuck, Frank & Carol  Smyczynski, Jim & Christine
 Snowden, Hugh  Snyder, Bob & Chris  Schickling, Jerry & Marion  Sole, John & Darla
 Sole, John & Darla  Schurkus, Karl
 Tollison, LaVerne  Todd, Loraine  Troppman, Paul  Troutman, Martin & Barbara
 Tucker, Christopher & Nancy  
 Ulrich, Donald & Marie  Upton, Dennis & Del
 Vaccaro, Steve &  Kathy  Vergils, Gary & Pat  Vergils, Paul & Donna  Vogt, Ed
 Warnick, Don & Doris  Warnick, Fred & Connie  Waterstrat, Lynn & Joan  Weimer, Chuck 30
 Weinstein, Ken & Iris  Wertheim, Bill  Wilson, Lon & Valerie 45  Winzig, Ray
 Wolff, Bill & Myrna  Wolski, Charles & Gert 15  Walker, Jerre
 Woodrich, Dean & Nancy
 Yanik, Sam & Jean 15  Yearke, Mark & Sue 40  Zaborowski, Rob 15
 Busch, Bryan   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.