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The BCA BOD has unamimouly voted to pursue the feasibility of Building a BCA Museum at the Gilmore complex in Hickory Corners MI.

It is hoped that a Museum building would provide the opportunity for BCA members to host meets and it would be a venue for attracting new members from the exposure we would get by teaming up with the Gilmore in this growing automotive destination. BCA member comments are encouraged. A committee has been created to study member interest and financial feasibility. The committee is chaired by Bob Starzyk . Bob can be reached by email at 56buick@att.net.  Clubs already having a presence at the Gilmore include the Cadillac LaSalle Club, The Ford Model A Club and The Classic Car Club of America. 

A promotional display will be at the BCA National Meet in Lisle IL This will include a flyer and at least one 3d concept model of what a Buick museum could look like.

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My opinion would be to tap into the experiences of the Cadillac and LaSalle Club (and others) that went through this process...don't start from scratch.

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I have been to The Gilmore Museum on several occasions.  It has been upgraded and added to a whole lot since we were there the last time.  This is truly a world class facility.  The Horseless Carriage Club is planning a very nice presence also.  I personally hope that the Board of Directors for Gilmore will look long and hard before they allow a hot rod club to get entrenched at this venue.  This is just not the place for modified's, hot rods, and the likes of vehicles that the above named organization throw their arms around.  If I have offended anyone in the named group you are just going to have to get over it.  

 

Terry Wiegand

Antique Automobile Club Life Member

Horseless Carriage Club Life Member

Brass Era Buick Owner

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Not to mention Franklin, Pierce-Arrow, and HCCA museums.  It a great place with a lot of activities.

 

From a financial standpoint, such museums need to have good benefactors and contributors.  Not only for building cost and maintenance, but for acquisitions and Gilmore fees…..

 

It would be great to have Buick represented there

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On 6/12/2022 at 1:22 PM, trimacar said:

Not to mention Franklin, Pierce-Arrow, and HCCA museums.  It a great place with a lot of activities.

 

From a financial standpoint, such museums need to have good benefactors and contributors.  Not only for building cost and maintenance, but for acquisitions and Gilmore fees…..

 

It would be great to have Buick represented there

I agree that it would be great to have Buick represented there.  My only question / concern is the implication for the Buick Gallery and Research Center of the Sloan Museum in Flint and the Buick Heritage Alliance collections at the AACA Museum in Hershey.  Personally, I like the idea of a single, world-class museum for the Buick automobile, and I think that the Gilmore complex is most impressive.  

 

I would not wish to weaken the stature of the Sloan Museum as a principal repository of significant Buick automobiles and literature.  If the BCA throws its support behind a new Buick museum at the Gilmore, will there be sufficient assets and significant cars for both the Sloan and the Gilmore Buick museums -- both in the state of Michigan -- to succeed at the level that we hope they will?  . . . Perhaps this will be a non-issue, but I wanted to raise the point.

 

Might the Buick Heritage Alliance transfer its assets to a new museum at the Gilmore?  I think that would be a positive step.

 

I'm proud of the Buick automobile, and I want history to acknowledge the brand's consequential role in the American automotive industry.  I'm supportive of any effort that promotes Buick history.

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Gilmore will want a contract that favors them. With membership numbers down for the BCA and all clubs this would be a cost that could limit club efficacy in projects like the Bugle quality, which is cited as the main reason BCA Members join and maintain membership.  
 

Gilmore is a business. It’s not entirely philanthropic I’m not even sure it’s a non profit.  It’s a great asset and phenomenal grounds for what it represents. I loved my visit.  But in another old car club I was in, they looked into a "relationship" with the Gilmore for a similar "home base" club museum and quickly found it was not feasible.  

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In my opinion, not that it means anything, but I would vote to spend the money in Flint in connection with The Sloan Museum. 

 

They are just completing a $30 Million dollar renovation that about doubled the size of the museum.  I have seen the museum during construction and it is extremely impressive.  

 

I would think that putting historical Buick resources at one location would be a strategic move that would be beneficial to the Buick fan community.  Plus the library at the Gilmore is kind of small compared to The Sloan & AACA at Hershey.

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The BCA has Centennial Awards bought, and paid for, and in a storage room, but then the Board voted to discontinue the program of handing them out, but now, this same board is going to get in the museum business?

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Brian: The BCA handed out 5 Centennial awards at the National Meet in Lisle. your info about the BOD not giving them out is not entirely correct. Thay now have to be shown to receive an award.

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The Feasibility study of a possible museum at Gilmore is in its infancy. The BOD presented the idea at the membership meeting at the Lisle National meet and had a signup up sheet for member supporting the idea and wanting to be kept in the loop. There was a lot of interest, some "I am not sure" members and no naysayers. We are a long way from a decision and even further away from fund raising (if that happens at all) . We do have support from the BHA for a Gilmore location. They would not be moving their assets from Hershey,  as the AACA Library is just that, a Library,  and the BHA literature belongs in the wonderful facility that the AACA library is. What the current BOD is considering is a Museum only. We have had discussions with Cadillac LaSalle Museum Board members, as well as CCCA Museum Board members in determining the feasibility of a  Buick Museum. As to other comments, It is true that the Gilmore location would not work for all Clubs, the question is will it work for the BCA. Thanks to all for their comments. 

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2 hours ago, Jack Welch said:

Brian: The BCA handed out 5 Centennial awards at the National Meet in Lisle. your info about the BOD not giving them out is not entirely correct. Thay now have to be shown to receive an award.

 

Jack,

That is a change from the vote to discontinue the program when I was on the board.  That motion by Mike Book to discontinue the program and the vote of if I remember correctly of 7 to 1 to discontinue had scheduled to have the program discontinued about now.

 

On 6/21/2022 at 9:38 PM, Brian_Heil said:

The BCA has Centennial Awards bought, and paid for, and in a storage room, but then the Board voted to discontinue the program of handing them out, but now, this same board is going to get in the museum business?

 

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Larry: As it turns out, you are partially correct. I do stand corrected on this . The exact BOD action from the minutes is:  

Mike has rewritten SOP 29. This SOP deals with the Centennial award. Mike has previously sent out the revised SOP to the BOD.
The intent of the Centennial award was to create a certificate , and a medallion to be given to owners of Buick automobiles that were 100 years old , and were shown at a National meet. There has been a low participation of Centennial automobiles at National Meets, so a termination date of 2023, following that National Meet has been set.
A future BOD at that time may elect to modify that date.
The BCA President, at his sole discretion, can issue a Centennial award to an owner of any 100 year old Buick, whether the car has been shown at a National meet or not , upon application by that owner

Larry indicated that he feels this award should be sent out to all 100-year-old Buicks whether they attend a National Meet or not.

Jack moved to approve the rewritten SOP . Jerry 2nd Motion was approved 7 – 1

 

Thank you for bringing this up. It will expire next year  and I personally feel it is important going forward to encourage cars of that era to participate in National Meets. That was how the original SOP was conceived. When the new BOD covens, I intend to put it back on the agenda , albeit with a future cut off date as I believe future BOD should have that discretion.

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On 6/12/2022 at 4:19 PM, Terry Wiegand said:

I have been to The Gilmore Museum on several occasions.  It has been upgraded and added to a whole lot since we were there the last time.  This is truly a world class facility.  The Horseless Carriage Club is planning a very nice presence also.  I personally hope that the Board of Directors for Gilmore will look long and hard before they allow a hot rod club to get entrenched at this venue.  This is just not the place for modified's, hot rods, and the likes of vehicles that the above named organization throw their arms around.  If I have offended anyone in the named group you are just going to have to get over it.  

 

Terry Wiegand

Antique Automobile Club Life Member

Horseless Carriage Club Life Member

Brass Era Buick Owner

From the Gilmore Museum Hot Rod exhibit.   The Gilmore seems to open to the entire spectrum of the Automobile Hobby.

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The BCA's membership is declining and will probably continue to do so. The club's fixed costs are only going to increase in the coming years (postage, paper & printing of the magazine, cost of trophies & awards, cost of liability insurance, cost of hiring & keeping staff to run the office and put out the magazine). Why would we want to take on more fixed costs, that we would have little or no control over? I see this as a way to hasten the club's decline. As the dues keep being raised to cover increasing fixed expenses, the cost of BCA membership will discourage younger members and those on fixed incomes from joining. Buick owners can already get many of the benefits of BCA membership from other sources--I am referring to the free Facebook and Google interest groups which cost nothing to join and are an excellent place to advertise cars for sale, parts wanted, getting technical advice, etc.

 

Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

Leonard, TX

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12 minutes ago, Pete Phillips said:

The BCA's membership is declining and will probably continue to do so. 

 

As the dues keep being raised to cover increasing fixed expenses, the cost of BCA membership will discourage younger members and those on fixed incomes from joining. 

 

Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

Leonard, TX

 

When a business provides a product that the customer wants, the customers will come.   When the business loses the customer focus, customers will drift away. 


Read these two links to try to understand what I am saying.

 

https://www.markinblog.com/customer-loyalty-retention-statistics/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw8amWBhCYARIsADqZJoWTYHabkvNGesgtEfDh-wxpO4sM8uF-uau7H1g_0822t-K8Kk7qbhgaAqn6EALw_wcB

 

https://www.europeanbusinessreview.com/is-acquiring-new-customers-more-expensive-than-keeping-them/

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This is an example of what a possible Buick museum at the Gilmore may look like. The feasibility study is in its infancy and the concept of a museum is that it would be self supporting . The Cadillac LaSalle Club and the CCCA are two of the museums on site that are self supporting and the HCCA is now expanding its presence. None of these things alone would indicate that a Buick museum is a fit, but they do indicate it is an idea worth pursuing .Membership in general has been very supportive of the concept. Would a Buick museum also draw support from ROA members and GS folks. Time will tell.

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I like the idea of Buick pooling with the Gilmore group. From my personal experience with many clubs the Buick Club is the tightest group with money that I have seen. (Heard about the two Buick guys who got hold of a penny and invented copper wire?)

I was director of our chapter twice and can make a quick list of the number of times I reached into my pocket to pay for a club related item rather than listen to the howls and crying over the cost.

I tried to make a contribution through PayPal on time and was told to tag it as a gift to a family member so the fee would be less.

 

The Buick Centenary Certificate Award was a project I took on with the help of Cindy Livingston and offered to fund printing and mailing through 2048 (my hundredth birthday). The offer was just blown off while they gyrated with other priorities.

 

The building construction as a capital expense offers some manipulative finance options but the ongoing operation and Gilmore association fees are a responsibility into perpetuity. I don't see that fitting the Buick personality.

 

Every interaction is a learning opportunity. Although it is a good idea I have been taught to be quite wary when money isn't mentioned first. What is the budget and lifecycle cost?

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What we want and what we can afford may not be the same thing.    I have been to the Gilmore one time and was very impressed, however when the committee assigned to review the proposed project gets all 

the fact together then we actually have something to discuss.   I am afraid that the BCA alone cannot support such a project.   Even if the BCA found a donor (or several) that would pay for the building could 

we afford the annual cost?    As noted there would be light, heat, insurance, and you have yet to see what the relationship would cost with the Gilmore to have the building there.

Someone mentioned having national BCA meets at the Gilmore if we build there and the response was there are no hotels or food near the site.   

I can wait until all the details have been uncovered. 

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On 7/7/2022 at 9:03 AM, Jack Welch said:

They would not be moving their assets from Hershey,  as the AACA Library is just that, a Library,  and the BHA literature belongs in the wonderful facility that the AACA library is

No adverse suggestions against the Gilmore complex, but I think the AACA library facility is one of the best going in any/all of the clubs. I have talked to both Chris and Matt who work there on several occasions over the years and they indeed know what they are doing and have this support of a long term on going organization/club.

I have been to the Gilmore property several times when I was on the national board of a car club who has a museum building there. Great place - IN WARM WEATHER but not exactly visitor friendly in the cold winter months. The comment that places to stay are not close by is true. My experience in life is what I make judgements with - I am active in non car related historical preservation at local and state level, worked as a museum exhibit technician 40+ years ago as well, taught art and architecture , started a Historical Society 25 years ago ( yes it is still going) . I hope that the consideration for this BCA museum proceeds cautiously and relies on sage advice from people with experience - enthusiasm is wonderful, I am all for that , but can also lead to some unclear thinking.

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On 7/25/2022 at 11:16 AM, 60FlatTop said:

I like the idea of Buick pooling with the Gilmore group. From my personal experience with many clubs the Buick Club is the tightest group with money that I have seen. (Heard about the two Buick guys who got hold of a penny and invented copper wire?)

I was director of our chapter twice and can make a quick list of the number of times I reached into my pocket to pay for a club related item rather than listen to the howls and crying over the cost.

I tried to make a contribution through PayPal on time and was told to tag it as a gift to a family member so the fee would be less.

 

The Buick Centenary Certificate Award was a project I took on with the help of Cindy Livingston and offered to fund printing and mailing through 2048 (my hundredth birthday). The offer was just blown off while they gyrated with other priorities.

 

The building construction as a capital expense offers some manipulative finance options but the ongoing operation and Gilmore association fees are a responsibility into perpetuity. I don't see that fitting the Buick personality.

 

Every interaction is a learning opportunity. Although it is a good idea I have been taught to be quite wary when money isn't mentioned first. What is the budget and lifecycle cost?

Money has been discussed in great detail. There are many possible options and the team has discussed some these options with the Gilmore management team. We are still a long way from decisions of any kind. The purpose of a feasibility study is just that: to see if it makes sense for the BCA or not. Gilmore has been very forthcoming in discussing costs, as well as original capital investment. Discussions are on going. Like any project , there are upfront costs of building, and on going maintenance costs. 

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