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  1. 241: It is the intentions of everyone to be selling tickets at all AACA events and non AACA events to be honest. Since each board member from the Library & Research Center, Museum and National were all sent tickets to sell I would say you want have any trouble finding a board member to buy one (or more) from. Plus most National Meets will also have a booth set up selling the tickets. But since I am a board member of the Library and Research center why don't you save the trouble of having to wait and buy one from me now, . Seems like most of the other board members are pushing on the forum as well so I guess I will join in the fun. And since there are only 2000 tickets being sold, they may be all gone by the time you get to a Meet. I have some now, and would be glad to put your name on one or more, Rocky Sink
  2. Ok guys let me see if I can explain a few things that you mentioned and hopefully you will see what we had in mind, but either worked, didn't work, or just got overlooked. I appreciate all your comments as it will make future meets we may do better. Some of these responses may be out of order as first talked about, but here goes. The porta johns at the trailer parking was just my fault. I just didn't think that there would be a need for one, which now I do know is needed. I just figured that you are either in a motorhome or unhooking and moving on. Simply it was a bad call on my part. Next the maps. Everyone should have gotten a map to the showfield when they came through trailer parking. Unfortually at times the couple I had watching the lot and staying in their motorhome got caught undermanned. So while they were trying to get the trailers parked some just got by without getting a map. We had some members get sick during the week and a couple end up in the hospital that put us into swap mode with our volunteers. So as we had a area get low on volunteers we had to move them around. Again we just did what we could. As for the maps coming into town and the signs. The maps sent with the confirmation were ment to give you directions to either the hotels or trailer parking. If they were interpreted as sending you to the host hotel first, it wasn't ment to. I know some like going to the hotel first, while others like going to trailer parking first. There was actually several ways to get you to everything, but the more you try to draw or give directions to, the worse things get. So again maybe we can improve on the map area next time around. Next item on the list was judges parking and the pink wrist bands. As a judge I am fully aware of how it is to be looking for parking. We had a lot set aside for both the judges breakfast and banquet that night for parking with the option of riding shuttle to the showfield. There was also street parking all around the host hotel with no time limit for the weekend. I was hoping that the judges would park there on the street or in the lot and walk or ride the shuttle. Looking back I should have done a better job of explaining this, but I didn't. The pink wrist bands were ment for everyone. I was in no way trying to keep the judges out of the museum. We had signs at the registration area that referred the fact that you needed a wrist band to enter the museum. We also had the wrist bands availabel at the registration on Saturday morning. Basicly the wrist bands were ment for all AACA guests of the show to enter for three days at no charge, while the general public would have to pay. The museum was more than generous in letting us have free admission for the three days, which would have added up to a lot of revenue for them in a time that they have lost all of their funding from the state. Quick note on the judges school also. I know it was small and it got overly warm. We sat the room for the number of people that we were told that would probably be there. We had no idea that we would end up with another 30-40 percent of the original number. We originally had another room picked out, but we couldn't get the area dark enough for the presentation. The hotel wanted to much for room rental for three hours, so we went with what we had. The shuttle bus. When you seen the bus sitting in the lot it had actually gotten there by its last thread. We ran the bus for almost two days and thats a bit more than it could take. The company that gave us use of the two shuttles spent a lot of money the couple weeks prior to the show making sure that everything was in order. But you can't see everything and it just broke down. The chekcer airport limo was actaully painted week of the event just for us and the drivers for both were provided from the company that owns the vehicles. So we did the best we could with these. Finally the friday night soc hop. The food vendor actually had three people not show up that day and had to rely on his wife and one extra person along with one of our people. Two of his workers were at the hospital with seperate issues. The other had a family member go to the hospital. The band was loud, but anytime you put a band out there, its going to be loud and its not much you can do about that. Next the food line. Yes it was long, but it was planned for everyone to come up in sections, and not all at once. The theory for the food being done the way it was is simple. I wanted to have unlimited, fresh, hot food all night. Not wanting to step on toes, but most events have a one time through buffett or line and thats it. Looking back we should have had the food vendor have some of the stuff more precooked so it would just have to be warmed on the grille and not cooked all the way. As far as running out of food I'm not aware that they did. Maybe they did on something, but it wasn't made mention to me. I know that several of us were out marking the field while the soc hop was going on and then we had to go over to trailer parking to work out some backup there. When we got back to the Museum they were actually tearing down the trailer but still had a few hotdogs and hamburgers for us. Believe me when I say at 10:30 at night a cold hot dog taste good when you haven't had anything all day but a couple peanut butter crackers. Ok didn't mean for such a long reply, but I was trying to explain whey we did what we did. Right or wrong we gave it a shot. Some things work, some don't, and some would have had it been different circumstances. Thanks to everyone who did visit with us over the weekend Rocky
  3. Restorer32: Believe me when I say that trailer parking & showfield sites and distance between them was our main concern from day one in planning this meet. We worked for three years trying to find and add additional parking for the trailers near the showfield, but when working in a closed in city, it makes it tough. We had more than enough hard surface and gravel lot parking up until two days before the show. Then we get a call and find out that we would lose most of one lot and about a third of another lot. So we were even making phone calls as late as friday evening trying to make deals for lots. We had several lots lined up downtown day of but it didn't seem logical to send people to lots scattered all over town last minute, so we just tried to stick with what we had. We did have parking at the showfield for early era cars and the motorcyles. I wish we could have provided parking next to the showfield for everyone, but we just couldn't do it. Roanoke is a great city, but doesn't have the one big facility that would have been nice for us to have the show. The last show we hosted in 1999 was held at one of the local shopping centers here in town and provided lots of room. But the club was lucky in that 4-5 businesses were out of business next to the shopping center which allowed for close parking. Glad you were able to make it down to the show. Rocky Sink Meet Chairman
  4. John: Was the letter for Master Editor or Master Webmaster? Congratulations either way! Rocky
  5. Steve: I to want to thank you for letting us know about this. It was just a couple weeks ago I saw Glen & Sandy both in Birmingham and Glen seemed to be getting around as good as he has in some time. Glen was an inspiration to all of us in that he never seemed to let his health problems get him down. He was always upbeat and in a joking mood everytime I talked with him no matter what he had been through with all his hospital stays. I would like to send my thoughts and prayers out to Sandy and the entire Neidigh family in their loss. Rocky
  6. Dick: Thanks for the kind words you posted for me. As I said in an earlier post I was just honored to get another master webmaster award and then to learn that I was getting the Spark Plug award was a little shocking. Each year more regions are adding websites which means more talent being added to the pool of already great webmasters out there. Add in the fact that all of them get a little better each year and you have the same thing as with the newsletter editors; tough standards to live up to. So again I feel honored to be receiving these awards this year. Also send my congradulations to Elaine for her awards. I know she has put a lot of time into making both the club and the website a great success and it shows with all the time she has put into it. See both of you in Philly! Rocky
  7. Jan: First congratulations on your Master Webmaster Award, it was well deserved as were all the rest of the award winners. As far as the Spark Plug Award it was a total shock to me once I figured out that I had won it. I should have known something when I got the letter from Mr. Zimmerman noting that I had won a National Award for the website and not referring to the Webmaster Award as I assumed it was. Then no one else received a letter which really got things confusing for everyone that had been looking for the letter in the mail. Of course yesterday when I received the letter from Janet it stated that I had also won the Spark Plug Award so thats when I finally realized that I would be getting the second award. Unless they started doing it this year, I didn't realize that the Spark Plug Award winner was notified before the Annual Meeting. Anyway Congratulations again to everyone who received the award and good luck to all the newsletter editors. Rocky
  8. Ron, Glad to see you back on here! I knew the publications committee did the newsletters, but I just thought they may have combined the two committees because my letter does say publications committee. Of course I don't do the newsletter so I know it has nothing to do with that. With as many letters as Dave has to send out it can become confusing when it comes time to write them as to which committe picked the award. Rocky
  9. I couldn't believe that I am the only one to recieve "The Letter" yet with all the great Editors and Webmasters posting on here. I went back just to make sure I read what I read. The letter is from Dave Zimmerman and says that during the year the Publications committee reviews all the web sites and that my site (Roanoke Valley Region)would be receiving a national award. No it didn't say master webmaster outright, but I just assumed that is what it was because it is the only thing presented at the awards banquet for websites other than the Spark Plug Award and to my knowledge they don't give out that name until the night of the banquet. So yes I did receive a letter stating I was getting a national award, but again just assumed it was the master webmaster. Like I said I am in big company with all the editors and webmasters that were winning these awards long before I came along, so maybe the editor and webmaster awards haven't been sent out. Either way I am getting something. I didn't mean to get all of you on pins and needles more than what you were, just was giving a heads up to the fact that I had gotten a letter stating an national award with my website. Rocky
  10. Just got back from the mail box and the postman was nice enough to leave me "The Letter" letting me know that I will be getting a Master Webmaster award for the second year in a row. Hope the postman gets by your house today to! Rocky
  11. Does anyone have the host hotel information for the central meet in Dublin, Ohio next year? Any information would be appreciated. Rocky
  12. It's not much that I can say about Dave that hasn't already been mentioned in the other posts, but I would like to say that since the first time I met Dave (Judges Apprentice Program)he has always been like a close friend to me. Dave was the kind of person that once you met him he was your friend for life. No matter what he was doing he would always take time out to talk with you and listen to what you may have had to say. Saying this gentlemen will be missed by his family and friends is a true understatement. Rocky Sink
  13. Mike: Click on "judging" on the left side of the website's homepage and you will find the entire judging manual there for you to read. I'm not sure that it is the current manual due to the new one only being out for a few weeks now. You should find the answers to most of your questions there. As far as how many points will be taken off for wrong parts or bad paint, it just depends on the part and how bad the paint is. I would highly suggest that you attend a judges school and take the apprentice course at a national meet near you. At the school and apprentice class you will learn the ins and outs of point deduction and everything else you will need to know. Even if you never plan on judging, it is a great way to learn what the judges will be looking for when they judge your car. Rock
  14. Bill Smith said in the publications seminar in Phily that they were late coming out due to a problem with the stapler they use to put the magazines together. They had some at the meeting they were handing out and the rest should be in the mail soon if not already. Rock
  15. Bill: Host hotel is Embassy Suite - 1-864-676-9090. Rock
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