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and LaSalle automobiles and to fellowship among members - for over forty years!

President's Message - July 2017

As we approach this holiday weekend celebrating our nation's independence, we are also within a few weeks of our big Grand National. For those of you that have volunteered your time and skills, I greatly appreciate your work. We have had a journey that has lasted nearly three (3) years working on this outstanding event. All the fruits of our labor are coming together for the final show and it is going to be outstanding. We have a confirmation that Johan De Nysschen, President, Cadillac, will be sharing some remarks at our Awards Banquet on Saturday night. Also, Christopher Perry, Regional VP, Hilton Hotels, will be sharing opening remarks on Wednesday night along with another member of Cadillac from the world headquarters in New York City. Cadillac has really supported our event this year with a huge financial commitment and many more things of interest that will see if you attend the Grand National.

The Hilton remains sold out and our room block at the Westin is nearly full as well. Member registrations were due June 30 with late registrations allowing for those that procrastinate open for a few more days. Vehicle registrations continue with 310 cars registered as of last week. If you plan on attending, you should register yourself and your car immediately as tours are selling out and we could hit the max number on the show field.

I will be calling a Board of Directors meeting sometime in August to review our financial results of the Grand National and discuss disposition of any funds we are able to receive. Also, I will be appointing the team to select applicants for the election of our Board of Directors for 2018- 2019. The team consists of a current Board member, a Past President, and a member at large. We have nine (9) Board positions and all are elected at the same time. I have received correspondence that several Board members and current Officers do not have a desire to run again. These are extremely important positions to fill for the future of our club. Board members and Officers should consider the commitment of time and efforts necessary to run our club. These are not just honorary positions, but positions that require attendance and work. More discussion will be shared later.

Thanks to Don Miller for planning our largest summer brunch. We had many members and guests that enjoyed visiting and enjoying the wonderful meal at the Desmond.

As a reminder, VFR members can now join the AACA Museum at several levels and receive a discount on membership and other venues. The application is included later in this newsletter and on our web site. A great benefit of being a VFR member!

I hope everyone has their cars ready for the Grand National and other summer shows. It is always a pleasure to see all of our outstanding cars around at the many local shows.

Don't forget our monthly meeting Tuesday, July 18, at the Desmond and the GRAND NATIONAL in McLean, Virginia, July 31 – August 5.


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