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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 gtogal@yahoo.com.

Dianne Lennox, President