Well, 2017 was a typically busy year for the Westerly Pawcatuck Region AACA. The numbers demonstrate that we are a pretty active club. We attended 14 major events/car shows and 4 of those were multi day trips out of state. One of those trips was to a new venue in Orchard beach, Maine which collected favorable reviews from the attendees. We attended other day trip events that included car shows, swap meets, repair garages, nursing homes, parades and festivals. Members frequented cruise nights and regularly took home trophies. Remarkably, with all that traveling, we experienced virtually no major mechanical breakdowns.
A major change for the club this year was to move our meeting site from North Stonington to the Westerly Senior Center. Everyone seems to love the Westerly location because it is much bigger, more centrally located and more accommodating. A special thanks goes out to Jim and Peggy Varas for co-ordinating the move.
2017 was a club election year which saw myself and Dave Calabrese continue in our positions and newly elected Charlie Nash as VP and Ken Carr as secretary. Ken will also continue in his role as our award winning webmaster. Welcome aboard Charlie and Ken! We also acknowledge the contributions of outgoing officers Bill Ricker and Vickie Van Horn. They admirably served when duty called. Don Oster will continue his good deeds as the trip co-ordinator, Barbara Coon provides the sunshine, Gerry Lynn scribes the newsletter and Tom Link oversees the Gaslight crew. Thanks go out to all of you for your continuing service to the club. Lastly, but certainly not least, much appreciation goes to John Leite for co-ordinating yet another wonderful Christmas dinner at the Richmond Country Club. It highlighted another great year for the club.
Surprisingly 2017 brought a record number of new members to the club. The following members signed on:
-John and Sue Curtiss
-Andy and Chant Clapham
-Jim and Michele Clapham
-Dennis and Susan DeGrave
-Christopher and Genvieve Muller
-Thomas and Ellen Regan
-Corey and Nicole St. Peter
-Jeff and Diane Smith
Welcome new members! This brings our membership total to 57 households which, I believe, is the most people we've ever had in the club. Let's make a concerted effort to get everyone out on the road in 2018.
We must also sadly report the loss of three club members this year. Earl Wilson passed in August and we lost Bob Wydler and Jim Pattison in the fall. Three fine people. We will miss their ideas, their good nature, their wit and humanity. Our heartfelt condolences go out to their families.
2018 is shaping up to be another busy year. In addition to our regular trip schedule we're discussing several (new to us) events to add to the schedule. We'll also try to bring in interesting speakers, engage in humorous and informative conversations and there will always be plenty of desserts! For those who have never attended Fall Hershey you should consider it while the rest of us are still young enough to bring you! Together let's make 2018 a year to remember!