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  1. There is only one.

    There was a dispute over who might be the director.

    Jack Gerstkemper presented a petition to be appointed to put together a committee to draft by-laws for the Division so that a director could be duly elected.  There were apparently no existing provisions and the existing membership "roster" was outdated.

    So, Jack is the contact for the Division in the Bugle and for people to contact requesting to join or to confirm membership.  (confusion as to "new" because there recently hasn't been a listing for Pre-war in the Bugle)


    Sorry for the confusion.


    Again, for further clarification, please stand by for the general membership meeting minutes to be transcribed and posted to the BCA website.  Thanks to John D for his dedication and thoroughness in this endeavor.

  2. I made such a motion at the BOD meeting to <hire an unaffiliated CPA, specializing in 501(c)7 non-profits, to perform an audit of BCA financials>

    Note, that is not exact quote. You'll have to wait for the minutes for that.

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  3. Lamar, I really don't want to disagree with you, but I don't want to put this all out there under it's own heading either. Since it was brought up, incorrect assumptions made, and a response requested, I have offered to do so with the approval of Alan Oldfield, not of my actual words here, as he has not seen them, but in that I am aware of what occurred..  If you would like to move it, please feel free.  I am no longer on the BOD and do not wish to enter into any further discussion publicly about this.


    As it will likely be a few more days before the official minutes are prepared (long meetings, all notes painstakingly transcribed from voice and video recordings), I will post a short explanation here.


    All BCA Members will receive in their July Bugle, the response to Terry Wiegand's email to the Chapter Directors. This response was signed by BOD members Alan, myself, John, Rick, Bob, and Ed. This is only the response to the accusations made in that email, some valid as you will see when you read the letter. There are many more details not presented in this response letter, but shown in the minutes of the BOD meetings and emails that are pertinent to the discussion. There are also other details that were not made public because they aren't germane to the operations of the club, but were of a more personal nature. These were the motivating factors to several of the BOD, as to how to proceed, not the actual act of reporting the club to the IRS.


    At the General Membership meeting Thursday night, a petition for Terry's resignation was presented by Jack Gerstkemper, signed by a majority of the board and several past presidents and board members. I'm sorry, l do not have the exact wording of that petition. Other members also signed, but were not publicly read. Discussion ensued, including 6-8 additional speakers who echoed the same sentiment. When asked for a show of hands, roughly 90+% of the 70-80 members in attendance agreed. When asked for comment, Terry did not offer to resign.

    After the majority of the Board meeting had been completed, Terry had still not offered to resign.  Since I had fielded a number of comments/requests from BCA and BOD members, I presented a motion to begin the expulsion process under our By-Laws. I had reviewed the SOP and By-Laws that morning and didn't find a means to remove Terry from only the BOD. It was not my preference to present the motion or to expel Terry. It did not make me happy to have to do it. I believe those in attendance will confirm that my countenance conveyed that. I had hoped that Terry would resign. However, I felt that it was my responsibility as Vice-President to present the motion and leave it up to a vote after the emotion shown at the membership meeting.


    Since I am no longer on the BOD, I am not party to any follow up conversations that may have occurred since the BOD meeting. I will say that this motion and action is a last resort. It is my hope, and I believe it to be that of others, that another solution can be found to resolve the issues, but Terry staying on the BOD is not an option, in my opinion.


    I would hope that my 6 years on the BOD and 2 years as BCA President would have made it clear that my goal is always harmony and inclusion. I fought hard for many issues, but also felt the importance of maintaining positive relationships and reaching compromises. Sometimes this has been to the detriment of my issues. I understand that, but always tried to champion harmony and inclusion. Sometimes I falied, that I admit. However, it was always my goal and it still is. Harmony and inclusion. This is a hobby club and it's supposed to be enjoyable. A lack of professionalism, order, and dignity cannot be tolerated or allowed to persist. There are limits. I believe that is why there is an expulsion process. I would hope that we can come together, fix the problems, heal the wounds, and agree to continue to fight for that goal of harmony and inclusion in this, our Buick Club of America.


    I would ask, probably naively, that further comments wait until the minutes are prepared, approved, and posted. This may not present the entire story, but the majority of it should be there. I believe that John D also generally posts "minutes" from the general membership meeting, although this is not a requirement. John D is just that thorough.

    To clarify, I will highlight the wording of my motion that came directly from our By-Laws/SOP.  The vote to my recollection was 5-2 in favor.

    "Following a petition for resignation presented to the BOD at the general membership meeting on 6/21/2018, several impassioned speeches by members present, and a showing of hands by the vast majority in attendance indicating agreement with said petition, there being no provision for removal of a sitting BOD member, I move that the BOD begin expulsion proceedings against Terry Wiegand, member #25247, for Terry's conduct that has disturbed the order, dignity, business or harmony of the BCA, or to have impaired it's good name, goodwill, or prosperity."

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  4. The signage was fantastic!  Far superior to my signage in Springfield, for sure.

    The "military precision" comment above was spot on. I know there were issues, there always are, but they were on top of everything.

    The bright yellow vests worn by all volunteers were fantastic, functional, and flexible. These were borrowed, but the NMC should look into purchasing a set of 20-30 of these for use at every meet. They will all fit in a medium or large flat rate box and were invaluable for guests. More economical than finding a solution every year.


    Lots of special touches, and I hope someone will post a photo, but the meet logo shining on the floor of the hotel lobby was just a superb detail.


    Show field was HUGE...too bad there weren't 400 cars to fill it up!
    I enjoyed the chronological parking and hope the Pre-War Division will continue to assist with this setup. I did hear a single complaint from a member who didn't want to have to move his car again to the showfield. Something about might as well go ahead and put it back in the trailer.

    Hospitality was fantastic, as usual, thanks to Bruce and Shar.  Okay, thanks to Shar Kile!  :)


    Kim and I enjoyed our stay in Lone Tree very much, especially the small town friendliness of the staff, most notably from the shuttle driver who gave us a pro bono tour of the entire area when all we asked for was a ride to Chipotle. (We didn't eat at Chipotle...too many unique fantastic dining options!)


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  5. Booked my flight and sent my registration in today.  Guess I'll show up after all. :)

    Looks like I'll be solo this year, so I am looking for someone with a room at the Marriott looking for a roommate.

    I'm arriving Thursday morning.


    Drop me a PM or email if you are interested in sharing a room.  If not, I'll sleep in the bushes, just hopefully not the same bushes Lamar visits....


    UPDATE!  I have lodging!  No bushes for me!

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  6. On 7/19/2017 at 1:55 PM, Thriller said:

    Thanks Roy. The only difference I'd heard from some was that if it was eligible for 400 point, it was eligible for the Driven award, suggesting that a 12 year old Buick would now qualify. I guess reaching out to Mr. Steed as the authority would eliminate any remaining confusion...can't trust me as a source nor what was spoken in Brookfield. 


    This is correct. If it's eligible to be on the showfield, it is now eligible for the Driven Award.

    We'll get it all straightened out eventually!  :)

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  7. My son's Reatta is doing nearly the same thing. It gets better with a bottle of transx or Lucas stop slip. Haven't tried seafoam.

    The past 2 winters we've had the trans serviced or flushed after the treatment turned the fluid black. I don't think it's going to make it another year.

    Put a quart of Rislone in it today. Man, I hate sucking a quart of fluid out....


    His is a Jasper transmission with about 75000 miles on it. 235,000 on the engine and it runs strong! 


    I don't think the car is worth the cost of a replacement, sadly. 


  8. My son actually got pulled by a cop a while ago because his license plate lights were "too bright" and the light was reflecting off the license plate and "blinding" the cop.  Sounds like a fishing expedition to me, especially since it was about 2am.  He was released with no action.

    I know they are correct oem bulbs because I changed them when I swapped the lenses last year. 

    I'm guessing today's license plates have a much more reflective coating on them than the ones in 1990 did or DOT would not have approved the bulbs and fixtures.

  9. Had the transmission flushed last week.  It was starting to slip and a transmission service didn't help much last year.  Added some Trans-x last season and another snake oil this summer. It apparently scrubbed the transmission clean, as the fluid was black, but not burnt smelling.  Looks like the cleaner did it's job and suspended the dirt in the fluid.

    Fluid is now pink and slipping seems to be gone...for now.

    It's a Jasper replacement transmission with supposedly about 65,000 miles on it.  (Car has about 225,000)


    Then it stalled on my son over the weekend. I checked all the computer codes and found nothing to explain it.  Checked plugs and wires, nothing. Checked battery terminals and grounds for tightness. 

    I didn't find any issue and it hasn't done it again yet, so.......hopefully it was just a fluke.

  10. Our local club was invited to a private GE airshow today at Red Stewart Airfield in Waynesville, Oh. 3 of us made it out in 4 cars.

    Good food, free beer, old cars and upside down airplanes!  It doesn't get much better than that!

    First, the '59 pre-flight, then some airfield photos. Then, my phone died...so I don't have any of the acrobatic flight maneuvers, but I should have some from my son later.

    There was a Studebaker wagon with a retractable rear roof, a beautiful Hupmobile, a Rolls Royce, a '38? Special, a very nice Model T and many more in attendance.





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  11. replaced the fuel pump today. It would have been easier if there wasn't about 13 gallons of gas in it. I gave up on my manual pump and just dropped it full using 2 jacks for support, then drained it into 5 gallon buckets before reinstalling. I made a mess. :)


    I did have to remove both bolts holding the rear track bar in place and use a crow bar to get enough clearance to get it out and back in. Other than that and a few spare parts left over, it was fairly straightforward.  My son and his friend helped me.


    Hopefully, she's good for another 235,000 miles now.  :)


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  12. Well shucks. B)

    I'll second Chuck and Kathy for not only stepping up, but taking the heat when things didn't go as smoothly as we hoped. A true leader.


    One good nomination deserves another.

    I missed the deadline by 1 day for this year's award, but would like to get ahead of the game for next year.


    I nominate Ronnie for all the work he has done with the Reatta Store and the ROJ.

    He makes my life much easier when I'm working on the '90 coupe for my son.

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  13. Went and picked up the '65 Wildcat convertible from winter storage today. After a bit of a cold start, she ran beautifully. I believe the choke needs adjusted, probably the carb too, as she smells like she's running rich, especially after sitting for a few minutes and starting back up.

    Brakes were super touchy for the first few stops, then worked normally.

    Now, it's raining cats and dogs.......

    Need to get it to the upholstery shop for an estimate on a new top and top cylinders. Hopefully he can get it in quickly so I can bring her to Springfield as a driven car.

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