Thursday, September 30, 2010

Show Update

Hi Hurricane Chapter!
We're just a few days from Sunday's big Buick Oldsmobile Pontiac Cadillac and GMC show at Marge's Garden Restaurant, and I want everyone to know that things are going well. I have a few more things to tell everyone so you know what to expect come show time. Please keep in mind that it starts at NOON! (4400 North Andrews Ave., Oakland Park.) Here's tonight's HOT news:
I have (2) 8' long tables and (2) 5' long tables I am going to have at the show for us to use. We will have three things we need tables for: Registration, Bake sale and Raffle items. Debbie will be making sure everyone has their registrations, ballots and a place to leave large piles of cash for things like the 50-50 raffle and for applications to join our club (either POCI and our chapter or just POCI). Paul Mack: I believe you told me POCI sent you magazines and applications. We will need applications for joining our chapter too! Please correct me if I am wrong here.
I have not heard from any other vendor who may want to be there other than the Historical Society, and I believe they have their own tables and tents. That reminds me! If you have a tent-shelter that can be used at the show please bring it, as I only have one I am sure of and two others that may not work any more. I will test them out on Saturday!
The computer savvy Dawn has really done a good job on a blog site for us! Here it is, but I don't think it's 100% yet. Just log on to this site: and you'll see what she's done. I hope to make this our 'touch stone', a place for us all to connect at and share information and help. I have NO idea how to work it yet, but I'm sure I will soon!
I will be bringing a large cooler or two for drinks, and I am hoping the restaurant will help us out with ice. These may or may not be for sale. What do you all think we should do? If Marges lets us sell water and soda we would need someone there to actually take money and monitor the situation, so if you think it's a good idea please be willing to volunteer some of your time. It will be really appreciated and will make for a happy day. Any input is appreciated!
Everyone please be sure to stay healthy. There's some nasty bugs going around and we really want to see you on Sunday at the show. So wash your hands, avoid people who appear ill, and keep your lips off door knobs.
Topless Tom

Sunday, September 19, 2010

It's Still On

For a quick update: Last week the owners of Margie's Garden Restaurant thought they really shouldn't put on a show, due to financial restraints. Silly me, I was used to Pines Pontiac wanting to pay for everything and just let us actually make money at a show. Why did we need money? The newsletter used to cost us lots, as did the other things we would buy with our name on it. Then there were all the odds and ends we don't do any more. So here's the new plan/thinking/philosophy:
1) The reason for a club sponsored car show is to show off members cars (our pride and joys!) to the world ! We polish them and fix them and pay lots of money to have them, so why not?
2) Other reasons for having a show include making our club known to attract more members; to have an excuse to all pull together for a single cause, helping to unify our friendships and associations; and to share the fun we've found in this hobby. There are a lot more reasons to have a car show, so we need to have one!
3) We are blessed with a bit of a "war chest", and can afford to sponsor a small show. This money isn't really slated for any particular use, and unlike a family financial plan, we don't really need to save for a rainy day. The money in the club is for our enjoyment purposes, not food, shelter, clothing or medicine. While spending it needs to be closely watched and carefully monitored, there really is no point having it just to watch a banker get rich on our interest.
So it's on! Now we need help with getting raffle prizes and help with the day of show stuff, like parking direction and general support. We also need your great cars, the stars of the show! Break out the polish and the vacuum cleaners, get the elbow grease going and plan on a great October 3!
More to follow