August 6, 2020

President’s Message May-June

Happy Summer!!

Well, the weather was lousy, but Lou Calasibetta forged ahead and hosted his annual open house at his Old Stillwater Garage on May 13. Many of us went in our daily drivers, and a grand time was had by all!! Dare I say that we may have had more chapter members attend than any time I can remember in the past.

Martin Hirsch, Bill Wolf, John and I also attended the Long Island Chapters of POCI and GTOAA annual car show on June 11 in Bethpage, New York. The weather was sunny and quite warm, and they managed to park around 45 cars in a space that would ordinarily accommodate 25!! It’s always a good time hanging with our LI friends. To add the icing to the cake, Marty’s 1958 Bonneville Convertible took Best in Show!!! Congrats, Marty!!!

The 2017 POCI Annual Convention is coming up in Fort Worth, Texas (July 11-15). 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 share their comments and pictures when they return.

It’s not too soon to start thinking about the Chapter’s annual car show. Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 1, at the Clifton Masonic Lodge, 476 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey. Fingers (and toes!!) crossed for good weather!!! Please be sure to pass the word around to any Pontiac owners you may know.


Our Chapter’s next regular meetings will be July 20 and August 17 at The Hearth in Clifton.

President’s Message – March – April 2017

Well, Spring has sprung, and it is once again time to throw open those garage doors and hit the highways and byways.

“Car season” is o and running. 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 13. 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 o cers
and directors if you know of any car shows or cruise nights in your area. Some of the upcom- ing major events: Pypes Open House in Hat eld, Pennsylvania – June 16-17, 2017, and the POCI annual convention in Fort Worth, Texas – July 11-15, 2017. A couple of more local events are the Restored Rusty Relics’ annual show on May 21, 2017 at Bergen Community College in Paramus, and the 41st Annual Motorama Car Show on May 29, 2017 in North Haledon, New Jersey. We will also try to list these events on our website calendar as well.

Next meeting dates are May 18 and June 15 at The Hearth.

President’s Message February 2017

As the saying goes, we are starting to see the “light at the end of the tunnel” of another winter season and our thoughts turn to that other “most wonderful time of the year” – car season!! We would love to have everyone send us any information you get on car shows, cruise nights, or other events to put on our website calendar. Please forward it to our newsletter editor, Bill Wolf, by mail or email it to our website mailbox.

Thanks to all who have sent in their dues for 2017. Reminders will be going out to the procrastinators.

Many thanks as well to all who attended the “After the Holidays” party on January 12 at Spuntino Wine Bar and Tapas. The format was a little di erent, and a jolly good time was had by all. We are always open to new places for our party and welcome your suggestions.

We are pleased to let everyone know that the Masonic Lodge on Van Houten Avenue in Clifton will honor our rental payment from last year, so this year’s car show is oficially scheduled for Sunday, October 1, 2017, with a rain date of Sunday, October 8, 2017. I know we had a lot of discussion about moving the show to earlier in the year, but logistics for 2017 made it more practical to leave it in October.

Next meeting dates are March 16 and April 20 at The Hearth in Clifton.

Dianne Lennox


President’s Message – December 2016

Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays to all!!!!

The Chapter’s “After the Holidays” party which will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3 P.M. at Spuntino, which is located in the Clifton Commons Shopping Center. The o cial address is 70 Kingsland Road, Clifton, New Jersey, but it is also easily accessible from Route 3. We will be having a price xe menu of $35 per person which is payable to the Chapter the day of the party. A cash bar will also be available.

As always, the New Year reminds us that Chapter dues are due in January. Please note that effective January 1, 2017, the annual Chapter dues are now $15. As you’ll recall, we had asked for feedback regarding an increase, and the Board of Directors voted to go ahead with the increase at our December monthly meeting.

Our next regular Chapter meetings are January 19 and February 16, 2017 at THE HEARTH, 1116 Route 46 West in Clifton (between Van Houten Avenue and the Routes 3 and 46 merge).

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

President’s Message November 2016

President’s Message

Well, as the saying goes, “There’s a first time for everything!” For the first time anyone can remember, our Chapter’s annual car show was rained out on our originally scheduled date of October 2 and our rain date on October 9.

While we know we have no control over the weather regardless of the time of year, a few people have suggested moving our show to earlier in the season, possibly late May or early June. We’d love to hear your thoughts on that. We probably won’t be able to do that for 2017, especially if the Clifton Masonic Lodge lets us use their space since we didn’t this year.

Another consequence of this total cancellation of our show is that it showed just how much revenue we receive to keep the Chapter operating. Fortunately, this year’s sponsorships covered the cost of the trophies, but that’s about it. Together with the creep of increased costs for printing our newsletter and other general expenses, we may be faced with the possibility of having to increase dues. While no one wants to pay more for anything, especially in light of our State Legislature’s jacking the gas tax sky high on us, we’re wondering how many of you would seriously consider ending your membership if we were to increase dues to $15 per year.

Finally on the serious side, we extend our sincere condolences to John Cappelmann, a Chapter member and POCI regional director, on the recent passing of his wife, Anna May. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family.

On a much lighter note, we’ve picked Sunday, January 22, 2017, as the date for our “After the Holidays” party. As always, we’d really welcome suggestions as to a location, preferably a BYO. The only real requirements are that it be handicapped accessible and easy parking.

Our next regular Chapter meetings are November 17 and December 15, 2016. Come on out to The Hearth in Clifton to share your thoughts on Chapter business. In the interim, feel free to call any of our officers or directors (phone numbers listed on the back cover) or email me at

Dianne Lennox, President