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President's Message - May 2017 (Chuck Facklam)


Activities Report (Lynelle Schloerb)

It’s time to take the covers off, charge the batteries and get our pride and joys out of storage. The Rust Buster is only a few weeks away! Thank you Lon Wilson for reminding us of all the fun we had last year. Lon's "Year in Review" presentation was a great way to end the indoor meeting season as always. Now its time to start a new season of cruise nights, tours and shows. We will kick off with the Rust Buster, coming up on Sunday May the 21st, followed closely by our Lake Erie Region annual car show on June 11th. All willing to chip in and help with our show please contact me via email. We always need volunteers to help set up the day before and to help at registration and with parking vehicles. Barb Noonan is looking for judges as well. Judging has become one of my personal passions, and I am sure you will find it as enjoyable as I do if you give it a try. No need to be a vehicle expert, only a keen eye to detail is required. As an added attraction Bob Nash, our own club master judge, the youth group and I will be holding a judging school the weekend before our show on Saturday, June 3rd with a rain date of Sunday, June the 4th.  Being someone who has attended many AACA national schools, I can verify the great superiority of Bob's training. All are invited. The judging school will take place at 1:00 pm in the Elma Greens Park where our show is held. We will be looking for volunteers to bring their vehicles (you can certainly attend the judging school as well) for the trainees to examine for practice. It’s a great way to have your vehicle looked over before show season starts! If you're interested in attending or volunteering your vehicle please contact me by email.

Since I have been a big part of planning this year’s Rust Buster, I am going to take a few words to promote it. While many attended the "1901 Buffalo Pan American Exposition” presentation back in February, I doubt few really know exactly where the exposition was built and what is in its place today. This year’s Rust Buster will start with a tour of the Wilcox mansion, the museum that houses the greatest 1901 Buffalo Pan American Exposition artifact collection and information center. We will then take a drive around the entire exposition site while referencing the locations of the Pan American Expositions highlights. I am sure you will be surprised at its size and placement.  We will then tour thru the city to the Historic Grain Elevator section for a short tour of a grain elevator provided by a very interesting character that is well experienced in their operation. Finally we will eat at the RiverWorks which is located in a renovated grain processing facility. So you still have time to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime guided tour since the deadline is May 12th.

At the April meeting, the board had requested me to put forth the suggestion that we apply to the AACA national board to hold the 2020 AACA Grand National Meet in Buffalo. I also hopefully explained the required club support in detail. I then called for a show of hands, and there was an overwhelming majority of members in favor. The board will now fill out the appropriate paperwork and make a formal application for the event. I will keep you posted as the process progresses.  

Thanks, Chuck Facklam

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

What was the first commercially-available motorcycle made in America?
For answer, see the Classified Section of this website.


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

To Darlene Powers, Ed Ferber, Jean Hontz, Loraine Todd

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.

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


Greetings members:   The following is our ACTIVITY REPORT FOR APRIL 2017.  

Our April 9th indoor meeting at the Polish Falcons was a great picture review of our 2016 year.   Lon Wilson did a great job both with his photography as well as his narrating of all our events and the owners of the cars. We are very lucky to have Lon's expertise. I do assume Val was assisting little with the presentation.   

May 21st is our first outdoor event, the RUST BUSTER, which is co-hosted by Chuck Facklam and Mick Mesi. We are in store for some Buffalo history. It’s time to polish the cars and warm the engines. We will begin by meeting at the Wilcox mansion at precisely 10 am. The Wilcox Mansion is located at 641 Delaware Ave. Buffalo NY  14202. A tour will follow of the mansion. Next, a short walking tour of the 1901 Pan Am Exposition grounds in Delaware Park which follows the indoor presentation we had in February of the exposition. Lastly we will head out to the grain mills located at the waterfront in the Buffalo area. We will end this well rounded afternoon with a nice lunch buffet at the RiverWorks Restaurant located near Canalside. Again, we must send our checks in as soon as possible so Chuck and Mike can finalize plans. I will see you all there. Remember sign up on time.    

June 11th is our annual Car show in the Elma Green's Park, co sponsored by Chuck Facklam and Mike Mesi. If you have any questions and/or wish to volunteer please contact Mike or Chuck. We will need all hands on deck for the show. A signup sheet was passed during our April indoor meeting to our members for both volunteers to sign as well as anyone wanting to attend the judging class. This is a great class and is presented by Barb Noonan and Bob Nash but they would like to know ahead of time how as to how many to plan for attending. Please contact Barb Noonan if you would like to sign up and did not attend the April indoor meeting. More information will follow.  

July 9th is our summer club picnic which will be held at the Manke's home. Jackie and Russ Galbo will be planning the route for the day. A stop to tour the newly remodeled Power Vista is in store. More information to follow regarding this event will be in the next Sidelight. Our order for 75 degrees and sunny has been placed already.  

 August 13th will be a tour of the Gernatt car collection and a lunch at Dan Gernatt's lake house.  This is to be a multi-club event and at least 200 cars are expected. It sounds like a great afternoon and anyone who has gone to Dan Gernatt’s house in the past for a tour of his museum and cars has always been amazed. John and Elaine Haid are planning on the route for those who sign up through the LER. There will be more information forthcoming regarding this event and any questions - Tim Cryan may be of assistance.     

September 9th and 10th is our annual overnighter. This event is co-sponsored by members Ken Knoll and Chuck Facklam. We will be traveling to the Lake Chautauqua and Bemus Point area.   Fall is a beautiful time of year to head in that direction and there will be more to following regarding this event. Please remember to sign up early.    

October 15th will be our annual Fall run in which Elaine and John Haid will be sponsoring this event. Please keep this date set aside and watch the Sidelight for more details.  

November 12th - Ed Group will be the host of our first indoor meeting at the Polish Falcons in Lancaster. His program will include a presentation of the club’s past history going back to the 1970's as well as a talk on his recent trip to Cuba. This will be very interesting for me since I have only been a member for a few short years. There will be refreshments served by Lynelle Schloerb after the meeting. Start jotting this date on your calendars.    

December 3rd is our annual Christmas party at the Polish Falcons co-sponsored by Darlene Powers and Lynelle Schloerb. Just a FYI, we are in need of baskets that you may have around the house and are not using so that we may utilize these for our Christmas basket giveaways.   Please bring your baskets at any event and between me and Darlene we will put them to good use.  

January 13th will be our annual LER Officers Installation Banquet and 2017 awards ceremony for all members to enjoy. This will be held at the Kloc's Grove in West Seneca as last year and co- sponsored by Sue Yearke and Mary Beth Facklam.  These two women always have a great theme in mind and I am looking forward to this year’s ideas.    

Remember if you have any questions, just ask any board member from our club.  We will try to help. If interested in an activity or going in on an outdoor activity or indoor presentation don't hesitate.    


See you all at the Rust Buster,   Keep healthy.   
Lynelle Schloerb, Co-chair, Activity Committee.  





Website Award


2017 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 & Lynn 10
 Baglio, Paul & Karen  Baich, Stevo & Lana 35  Billo, Ron 10
 Balling, Corey & Allison  Bojak, Mark & Sonya  Alt, Gary & Vallie
 Boron, Marie 30  Brenkus, Ray & Fran  Brylinski, Mark 25
 Butlak, Don & Joyce  Catlin, Orrin & Diane 10  Coon, Fred & Betty
 Conklin, Don & Carol  Chauvin, RIch &  Beverly  Bachan, Steve
 Christopher, Edward &
 Crowley, Paul & Donna 10  Cryan, Jeff & Linda 25
 Cryan,Steve & Maggie 10  Cryan, Tim 50  DeBolt, Rich & MaryAnn 35
 Deull, Robert  Dluhy, Frank & Sharon
 Facklam, Chuck &
 Mary Beth
60  Ferber, Ed & Jean 25  Forster, Al & Janice 90
 Forrest, Allan & Nancy  Gaulin, Rick  Giampietro, Debra 20
 Foster, Jack & Linda  Foshee, Miriam 20  Gajkowski, Ray &
 Galante, Chuck &
 Galbo, Russ & Jackie 40  Gee, Larry & Laurie 10
 Gernatt, Jr, Dan &
30  Greco, Jim & Sue  Group, Ed & Nancy
 Gugino, Chuck &
 Haid, John & Elaine 70  Maherski, Ed
 Hoefner, Ernie & Margie 10  Haynos, Dick  Hustead, Jim &
 Hargrave, Dave &
 Hartinger, Bob &
10  Hartrich, Mark & Erica
 Hartung, Lee & Nancy 15  Henderson, H. Paul  
 Helenbrook, Jeff  Kaczka, Kenneth 20  Kaczmarek, David 10
 Holden, Eileen 35  Jann, Earl & Barbara  Kornowicz, Dennis &
 Kain, Allyn & Joyce 15  Kaplan, David & Mary
10  Knoll, Ken & Carol 45
 Kopsa, Jerry & Patti  Korkuc, Martin & Mary  Kosmoski, Nike &
 Kraus, Mark, Lori, Nick
 & Joe
 Kuebler, Herm & Janet  Lawrence, Grace
 Lechner, Dave & Karen 30  Manke, Bob &
30  Menard, Andrew & 
 McCarthy, Tom & 
 Mendolera, Jim  Mahl, Jeff
 Marriott, John   Licata, Michael &
 Malush, Stephen &
 Mesi, Mike 60  Meyer, Paul & Dolores 25  Milligan, Jr. Jay 15
 Momot, Joe & Mary 15  Nash, Bob & Peggy 55  Nash, David 15
 Nichols, Bill  Meyers, Frank &
 Nash, George 55  Noonan, Ray & Barb 80  Ortman, Jeffrey
 Pielechowski, Ken 20  Pirrung, Tom &
 Prenevau, Bill & 
 Plante, Paul & Nancy   O'Connor, Daniel &
35  Puma, Frank & 
 Powers, Dennis &
50  Ptak, Jerry & Peggy 10  Puma, Jerry
 Platt, Herm & Terry  Schleicher, Mark 35  Schloerb, Don &
 Schmitt, Vern &
 Schrader, Paul &
10  Schulz, Cliff 60
 Schupbach, Todd 20  Schwartz, Jeff &
35  Schweitzer, Franklin
 Shattuck, Frank  Smyczynski, Jim &
10  Sayles, David & Susan
 Snyder, Bob & Chris 45  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 10  Vaccaro, Steve &
 Vergils, Gary & Pat  Vergils, Paul & Donna 10  Vogt, Ed
 Walter, Dan & Julie  Weimer, Chuck 15
 Warnick, Don & Doris 45  Warnick, Fred &
 Waterstrat, Lynn &
 Weinstein, Ken & Iris 10  Wilson, Lon & Valerie 110   Winzig, Ray 10
 Wolff, Bill & Myrna  Wolski, Charles &
35  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.