August 6, 2020

President’s Message May-June

Summer is finally here!!

Unfortunately, once again, the weather gods decided to mess with Lou Calasibetta’s annual open house at his Old Stillwater Garage on May 12, but there was still a more than respectable showing of Pontiacs and hotrods and customs. Many of us again went in our daily drivers, and, as always, a grand time was had by all!! Hats off to Lou for always hosting a wonderful Saturday morning outing.

The 2017 POCI Annual Convention is coming up in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (June 24-30). Unfortunately, John and I are not able to attend, but a few of our Chapter members and their families are. We hope anyone who does attend would please share their comments and pictures when they return.

John and I, as well as a few other members with GTOs, will be at the GTOAA Convention in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, which runs from June 26 to June 30. (Shhhh!! Don’t tell anyone that we passed up Wisconsin for Pennsylvania!!)

Time to start planning for the Chapter’s annual car show. Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 7, at the Clifton Masonic Lodge, 476 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey. Last’s year’s show was a great success there, so we are going to try and replicate that!! Please be sure to pass the word around to any Pontiac owners you may know; and contact any of the officers or directors if you’d like any show flyers.

Our Chapter’s next regular meetings will be July 19 and August 16 at The Hearth in Clifton.

President’s Message March-April 2018

Spring has finally sprung!!!

“Car season” is off and running and first on our agenda is Chapter member, Lou Calasibetta’s, annual Open House/Breakfast/Car Show at Old Stillwater Garage on Main Street in Stillwater, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 12. As usual, anyone who wishes to can meet at the Pompton Queen Diner on Route 23 in Pompton Plains (before Route 287) by 7:30 that morning to caravan up to Lou’s. We leave for Lou’s at 7:45.

Be sure to check the “Upcoming Events” in the newsletter and the calendar on our website for car shows, cruise nights and other events. Feel free to contact me or any of the other officers and directors if you know of any car shows or cruise nights in your area. Some of the upcoming major events: 2018 POCI Annual Convention in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin – June 24-28, 2018, GOTAA Convention in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania – June 23-30, 2018, and Pypes Exhaust/Max Performance Car Show in Hatfield, Pennsylva- nia – June 29-30, 2018.

Also, be sure to check out the May 2018 issue of Smoke Signals for Mike Weiss’s great article on our 2017 Chapter car show.

Mark your calendars for our 2018 car show on Sunday, October 7, 2018. We will be returning to the Clifton Masonic Lodge, 1476 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey. Show flyer coming soon!!!

Next meeting dates are May 17 and June 21 at The Hearth.

President’s Message Nov-Dec

Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays!!!! Hope everyone had a most enjoyable holiday season.

The Chapter’s “After the Holidays” party will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2017 at 3 P.M. at Casa Giuseppe at 503 Valley Brook Avenue, Lyndhurst, New Jersey. As mentioned in the flyer we circulated, the menu is a la carte, and the restaurant is a BYO or you may purchase wine and cocktails from Bar 503, which is attached to the restaurant. We will also have samples of the wines our members made at this year’s “Make Your Own Wine” event.

As always, the New Year reminds us that Chapter dues are due in January. Reminder – annual Chapter dues are now $15.

Our next regular Chapter meetings are January 18 and February 15, 2018 at THE HEARTH, 1116 Route 46 West in Clifton. Come join us for some good food and good company. We’d also love to hear from our membership as to any activities and events you are planning on in 2018.

On behalf of our Chapter, we wish all our members very Happy Holidays and best wishes for a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!


President’s Message Sept-Oct

I am very happy to report that Mother Nature decided to grace us with good weather for this year’s car show on October 1, and as a result the show was a great success! We had over 80 entries. Many thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to all of our show winners. As always, special thanks to all the club members who helped in setting up and running our event, and special thanks to all our sponsors, and very special thanks to Mike Weiss for the fantastic article on our show which you will find in this newsletter.

Our new show venue at the Masonic Lodge on Van Houten Avenue in Clifton was well received and we intend to return there for 2018. As with any new location, we need to tweak a few things, but all in all, everything went rather smoothly.

Hard to believe it’s time again to plan for our Chapter’s annual “post-holiday” dinner. As always, we welcome suggestions as to a venue for the dinner. We hope to pick the date and make that selection at our November meeting.

Our Chapter’s next regular meetings will be November 16 and December 21 at The Hearth. Please come and join us.

President’s Message July-Aug

Hard to believe Labor Day is already here. Didn’t we just observe Memorial Day????

Our heartiest congratulations to Chapter member, Martin Hirsch, on receiving the Concours D’Elegance Award at this year’s POCI annual convention for his 1962 Bonneville. What an incredible achievement!!!

Time to buckle down for our Chapter’s car show on October 1 at the Masonic Lodge on Van Houten Avenue in Clifton, New Jersey. We hope to see many of our members, and please, please, please say a prayer, do a no-rain dance, cast a spell – whatever it takes for us to have good weather.

Our next regular Chapter meetings are September 21 and October 19, 2017. The September meeting is particularly important as we will be finalizing details for the car show.