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President's Message - October 2018


Activities Report 

It's hard to tell that summer is coming to an end with most days still above 70 degrees. That's great for the remaining cruise nights although good working headlights are certainly a requirement for the drive home with night fall coming earlier every day.

Jim Sandoro hosted a great 100th birthday party at the Buffalo Transportation / Pierce Arrow museum for George Nash in late August. It was a gala affair with 72 of our Lake Erie Region members attending. All enjoyed cake, coffee, and tea, and a walk around the museum with its fantastic displays. i would like to thank Jim for his generosity and all the LER members who made George's 100th birthday party a special treat for George.

Thanks to John and Elaine Haid, all had a great time on the "Overnighter" event with beautiful summer-like weather, a very scenic easy drive, great museums to explore, not to mention good meals in great venues. The Fall Run is up next and then back to the Polish Falcons for an exciting new activity that will bring out the best of the Lake Erie collectors. Can't wait to see what shows up. I am sure it will be an "American Pickers" dream!

As 2018 winds down, the board's thoughts turn to the next year. The board is looking for some new blood with many of us serving for beyond several years - 2018 was my tenth, for example. Anyone interested in guiding the club into the next few years is invited to step up. Meetings are only once a month and it's a very friendly group. Please contact any board member if you are interested.

Thanks, Chuck   __________________________________________________________________________________________

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

When Chrysler bought American Motors in 1987, what critical opportunity did chairman Lee Iacocca see that most others...including the then-current French owner, Renault...fail to realize?
For answer, see the Classified Section of this website.


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

To Vern Schmitt and Janice Forster

To Candace Reed on the passing of her sister, Diane Steuer.

To Lynelle Schloerb on her retirement as a Registered Nurse after 39 years at Deaconess and Buffalo General Hospitals, and her new job as a part-time school nurse at North Tonawanda High School, her alma mater.

The national dues renewal form will be in the Sept / Oct issue of the Antique Automobile Magazine. This will be mailed in mid September. It is on the information card in the plastic bag with your address on it. The form will be repeated in the Nov / Dec issue. SO NOT DISCARD! Remember you must be a National AACA member to be a member of the Lake Erie Region. Local LER renewal forms will be mailed in the November issue of the Sidelight. All dues must be paid by December 31, 2018. Please renew promptly.

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

In the November 2018 issue of Hemmings Classic Car magazine is an article on Playboy #102, the last one. It was never completed when the company shut down in 1949. It is owned by LER member David Kaplan. Great pictures of the restoration from start to finish are featured. This magazine may be available at Barnes & Noble and possibly Tops or Wegmans. Hemmings is probably the best auto magazine on our hobby with great articles in every issue (and very little advertising).


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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 treat your club mates with respect and consideration.  THERE ARE APPARENTLY MEMBERS WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND THESE CONCEPTS.  Remember to sign up for these events early.  

September 15th and 16th- Once again Elaine and John Haid have out done themselves in hosting this year’s overnighter cruise. It doesn’t seem possible that they can keep planning activities at this level of excellence. This year we had 27 members for the full weekend plus 2 for dinner on Saturday night. Classic vehicles outnumbered moderns at 11. John and Elaine planned a scenic drive thru some of the small towns on the way to Hammondsport. Prior to lunch we had our first vehicle problem, the Noonan ‘57 Chevy had muffler problems and Ray was able to get it repaired while we ate lunch.  It was then on to Hammondsport for a tour of the Curtis Museum.  I still am surprised and amazed by the amount of significant history that has happened in and around Buffalo. If you haven’t been to the museum be sure to add it to your list of places to visit.  That night we checked in to our hotel and had dinner at a turn of the century mansion in Bath, also excellent ++. The next day we were up and out for breakfast and then we had our second car problem, the battery died on the Facklam ‘78 Omni and they decided to return home.  We returned to Hammondsport again to tour the Finger Lakes Boating Museum and Pleasant Valley Wine Company the wine company first and then to the boat museum. I was surprised how many members made it to the boat museum as the wine company was serving free wine and just about every one lined up at the bar and started downing glasses of wine. Lunch was served in an old wine cellar at the boat museum and catered by the same people as the previous night’s dinner, also excellent.  Thanks to Elaine and John for planning and executing another fantastic trip.  (p.s. Every meal was excellent, no lie or exaggeration).  

October 14 - The Fall Run will be hosted by Chuck Facklam and Mike Mesi.  We will tour the Elma and Springville Historical Museums and dine in Springville.  Look for the flyer in the Sidelight.  There will be a limited attendance in this event.  Remember to sign up early.

Our indoor season follows.  

November 11 - Cliff Schulz will host a memorabilia and collectable exhibit night where everyone can display and discuss their collections and hobbies.  Cliff has asked for you to let him know what you will be exhibiting so sign-up sheets will be circulated at our events.  Tables will be arranged around the outside of the room to set up your exhibit on.  Lynelle Schloerb will be providing refreshment.  

December 2 - Once again Lynelle Schloerb and Darlene Powers will host our annual Christmas party.  There has been some talk about a contest to see who will wear the ugliest Christmas sweater. Also this year we will be making our donations to the Salvation Army in the form of toys, winter clothing and other necessities. More info to follow.  

January 26, 2019 - The annual Installation Banquet will once again be hosted by Sue Yearke and Mary Beth Facklam.  Dinner has been changed to family style.  The theme this year will be western.  

Don and Joyce Butlak are proposing a trip to the Medina Railroad Museum for the September or October runs.   Possibly September 23rd,, this is their fall foliage trip and books up early so they need our input quickly.   

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 on a Saturday.  An indoor program could be a movie night with or without pizza.  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


2018 Activity Award Status 

 Allan, Gordy & Debbie 40  Anthonson, Ted & Beth  Alt, Gary & Vallie 10  Agnello, Jonathan 20
 Bachan, Steve & Lynn 20  Balling, Corey & Allison  Baglio, Paul & Karen  Bongiovanni, John &   Mary
 Billo, Ron 90  Bojak, Mark & Sonya  Boron, Marie 40  Brenkus, Ray & Fran
 Brylinski, Mark 30  Butlak, Don & Joyce 50
 Catlin, Orrin & Diane 20  Camann, George & Ruth 110  Chauvin, RIch & Beverly  Christopher, Edward & Susan
 Ciminesi, Frank  Conklin, Don & Carol  Coon, Fred & Betty 10  Crowley, Paul & Donna 40
 Cryan, Jeff & Linda 55  Cryan,Steve & Maggie  Cryan, Tim «
 DeBolt, Rich & MaryAnn 55  Deull, Robert  Dluhy, Frank & Sharon  Duncan, Allan & Kathleen 10
 Facklam, Chuck & Mary Beth «  Fadala, Valentine & Cathy  Ferber, Ed 40  Forster, Al & Janice 140
 Foster, Jack & Linda 85  Forster, Albert 20
 Gajkowski, Ray & Bernie 105  Gallo, George & Regina  Galante, Chuck & Marie  Galbo, Russ & Jackie «
 Gee, Larry & Laurie 20  Gernatt, Jr, Dan & Roseann 10  Greco, Jim & Sue  Galvin, Joe 10
 Group, Ed & Nancy 40  Gugino, Chuck & Christine  Gailie, Bill & Linda 10
 Haid, John & Elaine «  Hargrave, Dave & Nancy  Hartinger, Bob & Marilyn 20  Hartrich, Mark & Erica Miller
 Hartung, Lee & Nancy 25  Haynos, Dick  Henderson, H. Paul & Christine 20  Helenbrook, Jeff
 Hoefner, Ernie & Margie 10  Holden, Eileen  Hustead, Jim & Christine  Hulley, John & Betty 10
 Jann, Earl & Barbara
 Kaczka, Kenneth & Sue 145  Kaczmarek, David & Amanda 20  Kain, Allyn & Joyce 35  Kaplan, David & Mary Ellen
 Knoll, Ken & Carol 115  Killian, Dave  Korkuc, Martin & Mary  Kosmoski, Nike & Nadine 40
 Kornowicz, Dennis & Loretta  Kopsa, Jerry & Patti  Kraus, Mark, Lori, Nick  & Joe 20  Kuebler, Herm & Janet
 Kossakowski, Ken & Melanie 40
 Lechner, Dave & Karen 10  Licata, Michael & Jane
 Maherski, Ed  Mahl, Jeff  Malush, Stephen & Tracy  Manke, Bob & Barbara 30
 Marriott, John  McCaffery, Joe & Linda 10  Menard, Andrew & Tomoko  McCarthy, Tom & Colleen 20
 Mendolera, Jim  Mesi, Mike «  Meyers, Frank & Marilea  Meyer, Paul & Delores 45
 Momot, Joe & Mary 10
 Nash, Bob & Peggy 105  Nash, David 15  Nash, George 95  Nichols, Bill
 Noonan, Ray & Barb «  
 Obermeyer, Marilyn  Ortman, Jeffrey & Deane 10  O'Connor, Daniel & Candace 85  Osuch, Walter & Suzanne 60
 Pielechowski, Ken & Lori 20  Pearl, Richard  10  Pirrung, Tom & Elizabeth  Platt, Herm & Mary-Teresa 20
 Powers, Dennis & Darlene 110  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina 20  Prenevau, Bill & Edwina  Pyne, Dale & Sally
 Puma, Frank & Christine  Puma, Jerome & Michelle  Pucak, Pete & Olga  Parsons, John & Nancy 10
 Ptak, Jerry & Peggy 50
 Roberts, Don & Heather  Rogers, Lyle & Sharon
 Sandoro, James & Maryann  Sayles, David & Susan  Schloerb, Don & Lynelle 80  Schleicher, Mark 55
 Schmitt, Vern & Shirline  Schrader, Paul & Cheryl  Schulz, Cliff 140  Schupbach, Todd & Debby Krawceyk 85
 Schwartz, Jeff & Karen 75  Schweitzer, Franklin 10  Shattuck, Frank & Carol  Smyczynski, Jim & Christine 20
 Snowden, Hugh 10  Snyder, Bob & Chris 55  Schickling, Jerry & Marion  Sole, John & Darla
 Tollison, LaVerne  Todd, Loraine  Troppman, Paul  Troutman, Martin & Barbara 20
 Tucker, Christopher & Nancy  
 Ulrich, Donald & Marie  Upton, Dennis & Del
 Vaccaro, Steve &  Kathy 70  Vergils, Gary & Pat  Vergils, Paul & Donna  Vogt, Ed
 Warnick, Don & Doris 110  Warnick, Fred & Connie 20  Waterstrat, Lynn & Joan  Weimer, Chuck 45
 Weinstein, Ken & Iris 20  Wertheim, Bill  Wilson, Lon & Valerie «  Winzig, Ray
 Wolff, Bill & Myrna  Wolski, Charles & Gert 125  Walker, Jerre
 Woodrich, Dean & Nancy
 Yanik, Sam & Jean 85  Yearke, Mark & Sue 110


 Busch, Bryan  20  Ellis, Millard  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.