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

President's Message - April 2017

I hope that winter has finally ended! I am looking outside at trees budding and flowers starting to come up. That means show time to me. We have our first dealer show this month. Cadillac of Turnersville, Turnersville, NJ (map and directions), is hosting the VFR on Saturday, April 22. This is an outstanding dealer and we really need everyone to make the effort to attend. Please take the time to mail in your registration today! We have ordered great weather today and everyone will have a great time visiting and looking at our cars. Then two weeks afterwards, we return to Delaware Cadillac, Wilmington, DE, on Saturday, May 6 (map and directions). These will be the only two dealer shows we do this year. We are expecting everyone in the VFR to make an extra effort to bring your car and attend. Registration forms are elsewhere in this newsletter. MAIL NOW!

The Judge's Workshop on April 29 at the Hilton Hotel (the Grand National host hotel) in McLean, VA (map and directions), is on. We reached the required number of registrants needed and Bill Anderson, National Chief Judge, is finalizing plans. Unfortunately, even though the VFR is one of the co-sponsors, VFR members are not coming as expected. The workshop is classroom instruction in the morning, with actual judging in the afternoon. With all of the changes implemented for 2017 by the National CLC, this is an opportunity to learn and understand even if you are only showing your car. It is not too late to register.

The Grand National is continuing to grow. We have a large majority of the cars and members already registered and processed. Several tours are approaching being sold out and Lauren has her computer programmed to stop at a certain number on several excursions. Again, please take the time to mail in your registrations today. I have scheduled another pre-planning meeting on Saturday, June 17, at the Hilton in McLean (map and directions). It is open to any member who wants to share ideas, learn more, volunteer, or just be part of the group making this great awesome event possible. The meeting is from 2:00 PM until around 4:30 PM in the Statler Room of the Hilton. Marty Watkins and Vince Taliano are busy selling ads for the program book, but we need more. I know all of you have favorite vendors, restoration shops, or other car related businesses that we could approach. Please contact Marty and he will call for you! We are also getting several businesses sponsoring our event with capital contributions or items needed for the week. We really appreciate everyone that is supporting our event. We still need items for the goody bags. You can contact automobile related businesses where you shop and ask for items. We will have 550 bags if we are successful in getting donations.

The AACA Museum has a proposed plan for VFR members to be allowed to join at a discounted rate. Your Board of Directors has approved the VFR signing an agreement (at no cost to VFR) to allow this to happen, with a few exceptions. I have invited Toni Rothman to speak to us at our April meeting and answer questions about the new program. Toni serves on the Board of the AACA and is Chairperson of the Membership Committee. This program is being offered to area car clubs only.

We still have a hand full of members who have neglected to mail in their membership renewals. I personally mailed a letter to all of you and many called or responded that your check was in the mail. This is your club and we need everyone to renew as soon as possible.

April is going to be busy with religious holidays and our activities. Please mail in your registrations for the car shows, judge's workshop and membership renewal now. Also, our monthly meeting is Tuesday, April 18, at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA. See you there.


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