Harvey & Irma Relief

This letter was recently e-mailed to many of our AACA  members, and we’re posting it here for anyone who missed it. The AACA is pitching in to help victims of Harvey and Irma. Read more to learn how you can help, too.

The recent horrific scenes in the Houston area and other parts of the Southwest are a tragedy for those affected. We are sure there are many of our club members that have been impacted, a loss of cars and a general hardship for our brethren. The impending scary predictions of the path that Irma will take and the damage that it will surely cause in Puerto Rico and the East Coast is immensely concerning for us.
 
More experienced disaster survival organizations need to take the lead, but our national board does not want to simply stand by and do nothing. While it is hard for us to know what to do, we must do something. As events unfold over the next days, we want to be proactive as an organization that cares about our members and all of society. We will do our best to work with our regions and chapters in the coming months to see if there are things we can do.
 
While we cannot always come to the rescue or fund every need, the circumstances with having two hurricanes hit our country in such a short span and the devastation they have caused and potentially will cause makes this a special time to do what we can. 
 
So, our first step is to help raise money for families that have been hit by these storms. While we may not be able to raise a huge amount of money, we are sure that every little bit helps. So, your national board is donating $5,000 on behalf of its membership to a GoFundMe site. If you would like to join us in this effort, please make your donations here: https://www.gofundme.com/aaca-harvey-and-irma-fund.
 
By using Charity Navigator, we will donate the money to those charities that will put the vast majority of the money into actual use for those affected by the storms. AACA’s executive committee will ensure that the donations are used for the maximum effect. 

 

Please consider joining us as we try to make a small difference.

The AACA National Board 

Gas Buggy Gazette Goes Digital

Well, it’s official!

The Gas Buggy Gazette, the newsletter of the Gettysburg Region, is now being offered electronically. All our members have the option of receiving their copy either through the post or by e-mail.

Going digital has certain perks. For one, you get your newsletter a lot faster, and it can save you some money if you’re already paying for First Class postage. 

If you think you’d like your newsletter e-mailed, please contact Doug Cline dcline@juno.com. 

AACA Library: New Additions

If you stop by the AACA Library, you may notice a few changes as you walk through the door. 

Thanks to the generosity of Don and Micky Bohne, the front lobby has become quite full this week. As you can see from the photos, the library now has a beautiful Metz and Brush to grace its collection. They also received a Buick and a Dodge business coupe, but due to lack of space they’ve been sent to storage for the time being.

Drop in and have a look!

AACA National Dues

This is just a note to inform all current and any prospective new AACA members for 2018:

Beginning October 2017, annual dues for AACA national membership will increase from $35 to $40. Our Board of Directors have worked hard to keep dues at $35 since 2008. However, dues can only stay the same for so long (10 years is pretty impressive), and our club has some ambitious plans for the future.

For new members joining before October of this year, dues are still $35, so if you’re on the fence this is a fantastic time to take the plunge!

Otherwise, feel free to download the new 2018 AACA Membership Application here.

Golden Quill Award 2016

A message from our President:

Given out yearly by Old Cars Weekly to publications related to the old car hobby. Hundreds and possibly up to a thousand newsletters apply for recognition with only a handful receiving an award. Entrees consist of AACA, CCCA and marquee clubs and are judged by professional editors, book authors, etc. Criteria for newsletters is based on use of color / or black and white visuals, quality of writing, photographs, creativity, balance of articles (human interest, technical, historical, events, ads, classified, columns, etc). All bases for a quality newsletter are covered.
 
The Gas Buggy Gazette is once again recognized by many in the old car hobby to be one of the best. A successful newsletter can boost a regional club and raise pride of the membership. Congratulations to John Sayler and all the region members who contribute articles to make our newsletter a success.
 
Ron Green      

WANTED Annual Picnic: Boat Captain & Skippers Mate

This message was recently sent out from GRAACA President Ron Green via e-mail to our club members. In hopes of generating more interest in this exciting opportunity at our Annual Picnic this year, we are re-posting it here!

Depending on the amount of interest from members wanting to take a short 30 minute cruise on the lake, I am looking for someone (or two) familiar with operating a 12 to 14 passenger pontoon boat. Tours would begin after dinner and depending on the number of people there could be 4 to 5 tours. Please email me if interested in helping Val and I out by being our captain(s) for the day. Boat tour sign up and cost will be via the registration insert in the next newsletter.
 
Ron Green

Approved Bylaws

Well, after months of hard work, the new bylaws of the GRAACA have finally been completed and were approved by our members on March 14, 2017. Many thanks should be given to our President Ron Green!

The bylaws contain important information about how our club is run including rules and guidelines for officers, elections, membership, dues, audits, and much more. We believe that such information should be available to all our members. Therefore, they may now be viewed by anyone interested by visiting our About page and clicking on the link to download a PDF of the document. Or, simply click here: GRAACA Bylaws.

December 5 — Founders Tour Meeting

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.  I know everyone is busy this time of year but it is also when we have to kick the planning into high gear.  We have already had numerous phone calls about the tour from all over the U.S. and Canada.

 

We will have a meeting on Dec. 5th  at 6pm at EMMR.  Please respond to Annette Yost (410) 635-2530 so that she knows you received it and so she have an idea who is coming.  Bring your thinking caps.  A lot of work has been going on getting the book formatted.  We will discuss costs, advertising, parking and logistics, hospitality,… the whole nine yards… we need you there!