It’s hard to believe that it is already the end of September and Fall is upon us. Where did this summer go??? My wife keeps giving me the evil eye when I talk about getting the snowmobiles out of the barn when ‘her season’ is coming to an end. I will say that the latest seasonal weather theme seems to be the 4-letter…. I mean 9-letter word ‘Hurricane’. As I write this message, we are at the apex of hurricane season with a mass devastation in the south and one close call so far with more possible. If you live, or have family or friends that have been affected in a hurricane-devastated area, our thoughts are with you. Just remember that some of the most beautiful weather comes immediately after the hurricane. On the lighter side, you may want to be a little cautious buying a ‘discounted’ antique truck from Houston or coastal Florida…
We had a nice day at Jack Moccio’s Garage in Southwick, MA, touring the shop and viewing his car collection. Jack has an impressive cross collection of cars, trucks, and other vehicles of interest. And there are a few nice Fords mixed in there as well… It was nice to see Charlie, Richard, and Lee join my father and me for a small truck convoy up to Jack’s, however I was hoping for a better turnout. It’s tough to ‘sell’ other members on a social event when the turnout is so small. I did receive some feedback that many members simply forgot about it, which I can certainly relate to. Two messages here… 1) Tell your wife or well-organized family member about the events you’re interested in doing with date and time, they’ll make sure you don’t forget (like my wife). 2) We will be doing this again to convoy to the Pioneer Valley Show on October 8th, so let’s make sure we have a good turnout for an impressive roll through the gates showing our Club’s support. I hope to see everyone there.
For those that may have missed our meeting, I announced my future retirement as your Club’s president. I intend to finish out my term which ends December 31, 2018 but won’t be running for re-election. This was an extremely difficult decision that was based on two things. One being that my family and work circumstances are making it difficult to serve the Club with as much attention as it deserves. And two, I believe that fresh faces and fresh ideas are required to grow a Club. I worry about stagnation hindering our ability to grow. It’s been a pleasure to work with so many great individuals which made this a tough decision. I will however remain an active member of the Club and would like to remain on the Board to assist in a transitional year. I also do enjoy working at the show and supporting other gatherings and will help where I can. I will also continue efforts to grow our social media presence which has grown from nothing to a following of over 600+ people and counting. I have many ideas and advice for a new president that has more ability to execute than I do, while hoping they bring in their new ideas for further growth. Our Club is healthy, with a great active member base, healthy balance sheet, a phenomenal newsletter, and positive growth and operation of one of the best antique truck shows around. If you have any interest in getting involved either as president or other active roles, there is no better time than now to step forward.
With that, I look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Meeting and Thanks-Giving Dinner at the Haul of Fame Museum in Canterbury, CT. We are bringing back Mathews Catering who always provide such a great menu and service. There’s a halfway decent chance that the Wellington FJ Mack will have returned and be on display. And as always, there will be earth moving equipment pushing dirt and filling dump truck beds for the kids to watch. Bring the family, bring a truck, and bring a camera, it’s always a great time. I’ll do my best to keep the business meeting from going too long, people lose interest once the food is ready anyway, including me.
Looking forward to seeing everyone next time,