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Terry Bond

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  1. We've always given two awards - one pre war and one post war. We use the "honor system" of having entrants report their distance. Once we had to split hairs at a meet when it was discovered Billy Melton drove his 1919 Buick from the far side of the motel!<BR>Terry
  2. A lot of good suggestions from some well qualified editors - Jan offers a great way to get stories about peoples cars - its something Ive used before and it works. Photo a car at a show, tour, parade, etc, then tell the owner you are going to put it in the N/L but need some words to go along with it. Everyone's image of a newspaper reporter is the guy with a note pad in hand a pencil behind the ear, and thats what you need to do too - be prepared to write stuff down and help get that article together. But, be sure to use the members name and credit them for the story. You'll be surprised at how many regular contributors you will find if you just lead them along to start with. People are much more willing to contribute if approached in a "help me" fashion rather than simply asked (or told) to "write something." All too often, frustrated editors will simply stand up at a meeting and brow-beat the membership with complaints of not getting any input. Its too negative and turns people off. The result is that the editor is viewed as difficult to please or work with. A good editor must be very proactive rather than just sitting back waiting for stuff to come in the mail. And, yes, the editor will have to do some of the writing too! There were some good points made about participation here also. Any organization, scouts, coin collectors, or your own AACA Region will have a group of hard, dedicated workers, and then an even larger group who seem to just get the magazine. I never demean those who don't or cant, or won't participate. Ask them and you'll find many valid reasons - too much work, not enough money, car doesn't run, kids in school, or whatever. My philosophy has always been based on a belief that we all participate to the best of our ability based on available time, interest, finances, etc. That means we are all at different levels in our hobby. We certainly should not be critical of anyone who doesn't (or can't) keep up with our pace. Give them good value for the membership buck with the best darned newsletter money can buy. Do your best to keep them active as possible, but if not active, keep them interested. If you've kept the doors open to them, when the time is right, you'll see them get active-maybe even rise into leadership positions. You don't ever want a member to feel like they can't keep up with the crowd or you'll loose them for sure.
  3. For me it was several things coming together at the same time - first, I'd been following this pretty red-headed girl home from school for nearly a whole year when one day, after deciding she wasn't interested, I took a detour and walked past a garage in the neighborhood where an old guy was working on a 1910 Cadillac. He welcomed me in, took me under wing and started telling me about things like Hershey. I got really interested in going to events and looking at the cars and later that week picked up a copy of Antique Automobille Magazine from him that listed some upcoming events - so I started "hanging around." After joining the Navy in 1969 I landed in Washington DC and immediately started getting active and joined National. Didn't belong to a region for a few years tho as the Navy had other plans and sent me off to Scotland, where thankfully we were able to carry on our interest through a Scottish antique auto club. When we returned to the USA a couple of years later we were in Baltimore and joined Chesapeake Region - at that time Earl Beauchamp and Howard Scotland were also active there as well as on the National scene. Our level of activitiy has steadily increased, and now that were here in the Norfolk area and proud members of the Tidewater Region we are enjoying AACA more and more each year. Im pleased and honored to serve the greatest hobby, the most wonderful people and the best organization in the world!
  4. Hey Bill, now that the garage has some empty space in it I recommend you start collecting some stuff to put in there - a couple of old gas pumps, some nice signs to hang on the wall, maybe even an old display cabinet to fill with old oil cans, spark plugs, tools, or whatever might go nicely with your car. That is if you have any $ left over after the restoration project is finished - but seriously, collecting stuff has been a lot of fun and it's really gotten a bunch of folks together in our club to share the thrill of the hunt and the joy of discovery. Besides, you can never have enough toys!<BR>Terry
  5. Gotta get my ten cents worth in - the only difference between a big club and a small club is the number of newsletters you print. Everybody has to start with that first master copy and in that sense, regardless of how big your club is, we are all on equal footing. I see no valid reason to categorize awards based on the numbers of newsletters printed. <P>Professionally printed??? please define! Once you turn your master copy over to someone to print you're getting it "professionally" done. Trouble is we as editors don't hold those "printers" accountable for producing a quality product. On several occasions I recall actually rejecting a finished product from the printer because it was not of high enough quality. Once the manager realized I was not about to let them screw up all my hard work I got the kind of service in printing my newsletter that I felt it deserved. It doesnt hurt to shop around and ask printers to bid on a years worth of newsletters to get the job, and be sure to have them run sample copies for your review. Many print shops view your individual small run issues as a small individual print job, whereas you are actually a larger volune customer and may even be eligible for some special volume or "regular customer" discounts. It doesnt take money to win awards. Ive often waved copies of Tom Cresap's Tinkering Times in front of folks who compltain about "nothing going on" or "not anything to report." That newsletter comes from Alaska and if Tom can fill a newsletter with outstanding reporting and fascinating material (from a very small club too) then anyone can do it. Incidentally, Tom received our highest award this year in Philly - the Ann s. Eady Award. Sure, color covers are pretty, but its content that wins recognition. And, No, an award of Merit is not automatic just for entering the contest. Im sure Dave Zimmerman will be glad to post some guidance on what is evaluated for the Newsleter Contest, and also discuss the Master Editor awards. One thing I noted during my tenure as VP of Pubs was that as technology becomes more accessible, it tends to level the playing field on the graphics side of the house - which means content becomes even more critical.<BR>
  6. Well, had to get into the closet and dust off my "publications" hat but felt the need to jump into this thread to talk about content. When I was VP of publications and had the chance to review all those wonderful newsletters, those that stood out from the crowd had "content." They universally did a great job reporting and promoting. Its one thing to say that an event was held and then list the folks who were there, and its an entirely different thing to actually report on what happened so anyone reading it would feel like they missed something important if they werent there. Same for promotion - Hype is necessary, and the difference between just listing a date and place and actually trying to "encourage" people to participate makes the difference between an average newsletter and one that does it's job. How well it works FOR the club is important. It should be positive, upbeat and encouraging. I remember seeing far too many newsletters that were negative and filled with the club's 'dirty laundry.' I guess the editors involved felt it was their own personal forum but what it really did was turn people off, including (unfortunately) new or prospective members. Fancy color covers and photos are not necessary. Nice clip art,tastefully selected to highlight an article or story work just fine and serves to break things up into easy on the eyes sections. <BR>Ive also been a great believer in "the Two C's" Consistency, and continuity. First, people reading your newsletter expect to see regular things in their regular places. The first thing they will do is scan thru to see themselves in print - so honor that and get those event reports right up front. Next thing,people will want to look at the upcoming stuff so make the calendar of events an easy to find and read piece of the newsletter, and don't forget articles about those upcoming activities with plenty of hype and all the detailed info needed to enable that brand new member (or stranger to your area) get there on time. Continuity is important from issue-to-issue. Ive particularly enjoyed reading ongoing series stories, or regular features about members cars. The newsletter is by and for the membership so getting lots of members mentioned in them (of if using pictures, lots of smiling faces) is vital. Pics - if you use them they should be good. The only thing you can ever say about a bad picture is that it sure is a bad picture! If any editors are having trouble reproducing them look for a printer with a Xerox Docutech. Its a quick-copy xerox with the ability to computer enhance your photos - check it out and you'll be surprised at the quality. <BR>Nothing beats looking at a quality product to get ideas and see how your own Newsletter (or web site) stacks up. Hope this helps, just some observations from looking at about 4 years worth of your newsletters and enjoying every one of them! The overwhelming feeling I got after doing Dave Z's job for a couple of years was that AACA is alive and well, and you folks sure do know how to have some fun!<BR> Terry
  7. NASCAR is as American as applie pie, baseball and the 4th of July. The sport has given us a lot, and Dale was a big piece of it. There arent any bigger fans than in my family - even my 4month old grandson has #3 socks and was wearing them on race day. The sport gave us Dale Earnhardt and the sport took him from us. We hurt, the sport hurts, but it will go on. <BR>Terry
  8. Sal -quiet? still tired from Philly? Howard, I didn't intend that my info on 7 would be an argument against the proposal, only offered it for info as Ive been asked how it originated. I still have an open mind on the subject. And, thanks for the tip on how spouses vote - not sure if Susan voted for me or not, and if she did I wonder if it was just because she'd always know where I was and what I was doin~! great to see you in Philly, enjoyed it!<BR>Terry
  9. Start with your local library and dive into some history books on Ford and the Ford Motor Company. There is a lot of great material, and a couple that I feel are particularly good - find a copy of "Ford, The Times, The Man, The Company" by Allan Nevins. A fairly recent book "The Fords" by Peter Collier & David Horowitz is also a fascinating account of the Ford family. For info on the Model T itself, try "Model T Ford" The car that changed the world by Bruce McCalley. The AACA Library & Research Center would also be a big help and you can download an info request form on this website. I just took my 1914 Model T over to a local highschool and gave a talk/demo for an after hours hobby club, so Im certain a nearby club member might be willing to do the same for your project. Let us know where you are located and we'll see what additional help might be right there in your neighborbood.<BR>Terry
  10. A good friend of mine in Scotland is interested in tracing the history of his car - its a 1912 Ford T Touring that he acquired in 1995. It came from Pensacola Florida and he has discovered it was at one time owned by a real estate agent there named Brian Ligget, then later by a Dr. Patterson (or Peterson?) Ive checked the AACA membership rosters without result, and so far the Model T club DF has not produced any leads. Any members in that area who can help? Incidentally, "Model T Mike" (Mike Povey)has now had the "Hershey experience" and will be back again next year to wallow in the mud with us. <BR>Thanks for any assistasnce,<BR>Terry
  11. The DF has again proven it's value in bring the issue to the Board. I can attest that a lot of very intelligent and in-depth discussion took place before any votes were taken. A simple explanation for the "7" rule is that we elect one third of the board each year (thats 7 people whether they are incumbents or not). By voting for seven it ensures there is a vote for every vacancy. Ive had a lot of people ask me how we came up with 7 and thats the basic reason for it. As for the meeting, I lean w/HVS - we'd all like it to go smoothly but it is an opportunity for new/old business to be brought up. The printed agenda is a wonderful idea and would be a simple addition to the annual report that is usually distributed there. Another great DF idea!!!<BR>Terry
  12. I recall an earlier thread complaining about the lack of info and hype for our events - it spawned a seminar at Philly this year on how to more effectively promote out activities and Earl's tour is a model in many ways. There has been a great job done organizing this event as well as promoting it. The concept is also worth thinking about and Id encourage anyone to consider a similar theme when organizing an event - these are the cars many of our members grew up with and they do indeed generate a lot of sentiment. Very appropriately named Earl! My registration is going in as soon as possible!<BR>Terry
  13. Sorry I missed the DF meeting, was involved in too many seminars/meetings. It was another grand Philly and Mike Jones and crew did a fantastic job. There were some wonderful new touches this year. Yes, the DF contributed in many ways to the success of the event - it's a wonderful way to get input. My own National Activities Seminar on promoting activities was an idea that came from the DF. Keep up the fine work - and I know that each and every one of you would bleed AACA Blue/Gold whenever asked - thats why youre on here to begin with and I appreciate it!<BR>Terry
  14. I too lament the demise of the original Mobilia. I collect that stuff also and was always excited about the treasures and stories. To me, the term "automobilia" always meant really old antique stuff related to the auto. Never really put stuff made yesterday in mass quantities into the same category, and as it began to move that way, I too lost interest. If a new version surfaces Ive got a couple of great articles to contribute - a story about the circa 1915 auto parts store Ive recreated in my barn and another about my auto sheet music collection (some of it is currently on display at AACA Headquarters in Hershey PA.) Happy collecting! Terry
  15. Just a small friendly little local club meet - about 25-30 vendors, but its the good old fashioned "clean out the garage" type market so we've had some amazing things turn up. Last year a 55 Packard and a 67 GTo were sold in the car coral, and I picked up a nice Rubes horn for a model T for $20. Oh - were gonna have Krispy Kream Donuts there too!<BR>Terry
  16. The Tidewater Region AACA is holding their annual swap meet on Saturday march 3rd. Its at the Khedive Temple Activity Center, 645 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake Virginia. (Norfolk Va area). For more info and directions, or to download a registration form check the Tidewater Region website link under "local clubs" on the front page of this site. This is a small fun local type event and it's all auto stuff - we dont have crafts, household junk or beanie babies - just good car stuff. Last year there was a good 55 Packard and a 67 GTO sold in the car coral and some nice early stuff indoors too. Oh - and good food too!
  17. As soon as it all gets firmed up I'll post some info on that seminar, and Im sure the entire sked will be on the site also. Im tentatively scheduled for Sat PM beginning at 2, but we'll see how it ends up.<BR>Terry
  18. Hey Bry - great to see/hear from you again! Good points, but as far as the original post goes, I need some clarification - since Im kinda into British cars I was wondering are we talking about hoods as tops or hoods as bonnets? Ya see in the UK a car without a hood would be a convertible, but a car without a bonnet would be a car without a hood. By the way, did that '40 happen to have a dickey (rumble seat)?
  19. And, as a Board member, I can assure you the DF is an important way to input to us. As a result of DF input and subsequent contact with some very helpful folks I was able to prepare a new National Activities seminar for Phila's Annual Meeting that will offer some info on how to effectively promote your events. Of course it's geared to National Activities, but there is a lot there that would assist folks organizing local events too. We'll be taking it "on the road" to a mid-west or west location this year, and I plan to make it a series of short articles for our "Rummage Box" that hopefully will end up being reprinted in some local publications. So - yes, it sure does work, and it sure does help us! As for the humor - gads, if we can't laugh a bit we're in a heapa truble. <BR>Terry
  20. I've always enjoyed the "jousting" tournament. Make up three or four lengths (about 6') of PVC pipe with a right angle elbow fiting on top and another foot of PVC sticking out (to make an upside down L shape) Stick it in the ground and scotch tape a plastic ring (from a kids ring-toss game) on the end of the top of the L. You want to make it so the ring comes off when someone with a car drives by and "spears" the ring. Use fishing rods, sticks, pool cue, or whatever for spears. If the rings are dangling loosley they'll swing in the breeze making it a real challenge. The passenger does the "jousting." No stopping the vehicle. Winner of course gets the most rings. You can substitute bagles or krispy kreem donuts. <P>I also like the Spud Toss - set up a course and mark a couple of chalk lines that can't be crossed - the car drives down thru the course and the passenger tosses some spuds at some strategically placed buckets. No stopping the vehicle. Most spuds in the buckets wins. These two games require some extra help to keep picking up the spuds and rehanging the rings but they are a lot of fun.
  21. There will be additional info presented in several seminars -Bob Stein of Tidewater Region will present a piece of the Regional Activities seminar discussing how the internet can be utilized to more effectively promote the Region/Chapter and activities. He will also be a presenter at the Regional Offier's Training Seminar. Check out the Tidewater Region site - we're proud of it and the work he's done.<BR>Terry
  22. Watch for a special flyer inside the wrapper of the Jan/Feb issue of Antique Automobile Magazine - it'll give highlights for all of our upcoming tours for the year. Don't forget you'll need to also utilize the Activity Request to receive specific details and registration materials. The Activity Request will be on the sheet with your mailing label on it that is inside the plastic wrapper for the magazine-for that tour it'll be in a later issue. You'll need to send that back in to Headquarters indicating which events you are interested in. Info and registration forms will then be forarded to you.<BR>Terry
  23. One of our DFrs and fellow National Director Earl Beauchamp (Dynaflash) was in an auto accident and is currently without keyboard - the hospital wouldn't hook him up to the "net" I guess. He is doing find but with some cracked ribs it's hard to breath (or laugh). Let's see if we can flood is in-box with good wishes - he should be back in action in a couple of days.<BR>Terry
  24. I concur with the philosophy that Museum and Club are two separate items. Think we're on the same track - corporate membership would have too many problems and probably strings attached that we wouldnt be comfortable with on the club side. But, corporate involvement with the museum may make it workable. Hopefully this will get a careful look from those involved.<P>Btw - that olds Limited was fantastic. Ive often seen special exhibits of vehicles like this at National Meets. Its not always necessary to enter them into competition. Look at what we did for the 100th Anniversary meets with those special centenial displays - one car from each decade, and many of them were just on exhibit. At the SE Spring Meet in Nashville this year there were two locally made Marathon vehicles displayed on the showfield-not entered in competition, and it was a real treat to see them. No matter who owned them they were very welcome and an appropriate highlight. There is room for special vehicles to be exhibited and seen without having to mess with the rule-book. Terry
  25. Well, Ill get things started - from the shape of the radiator it looks like it might be an early White gas powered car. Year is only a guess but it looks 1911-12ish. Next...<BR>
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