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Annual General Meeting - Oct 26, 2014


Canadian Route 66 Association

AGM Sunday October 26, 2014


15 members in attendance


ASSOCIATION REPORT:

Bonnie reported the association currently has 56 active/paid members

3 paid Associations/Groups

1 Life member 

2 Complimentary memberships (dating back to Lorrie’s Founding of CR66A)


Updated: 3 of our members passed away this past year;

Bob Leong who was an enthusiastic supporter of our association & one of our early members #25. 

Paul Dexter our Kent Washington Member who made the best Chocolate Chip Cookies for our Road Trips. He will be very much missed.

Graham Towell who joined our association after he & Bertha Hansen were married.


Received 3 new members this past year. 

  • Norm & Jean Mulloy from Ontario who plan to drive Route 66 in their restored 1934 Airflow Trailer.
  • Ken Stratychuck, joined our association during a joint Garage tour with the BC Corvette Club in April.
  • Ron Jones AKA ‘Tattoo Man’ from Oklahoma. Ron is a friend of George & Bonnie who they have met at the International Festivals. He is such an enthusiast, he has tattoos of Route 66 Icons (hotels, etc) literally from head to toe. He recently asked for permission to put our Canadian Route 66 logo in a tattoo. George sent him the artwork and he became a member at the same time. We  hope to have a good photo of Ron & his latest tattoo for the newsletter.


As a reminder, as a non-profit association, your CR66A Membership dues pay for the cost of printing our newsletter. Membership dues are renewable in January each year. If you have renewed your membership at any point during the year, your renewal date will remain January. Each newsletter has your renewal date, which is highlighted on the back page.


FUN FACT: 

Did you know our Association celebrated it’s 18th birthday October 23? That was the official date which Lorrie received our Non Profit Society designation.

We are 2 years away from our 20th Anniversary. Lorrie & Bonnie will work together on ideas for our big anniversary. Suggestions are welcome.


FINANCES:

At the end of last year, Lorrie volunteered to cover the cost of the Associations Cell Phone. She still receives several calls from people whom are surprised that number is still in existence 18 yrs later. 

Brad our Newsletter Editor was able to secure a NON PROFIT rate at a printer in North Vancouver. The quality of paper stock is not as heavy as the previous printer used but the quality is just as good with full colour throughout the newsletter.

Due to low membership attendance this past year, we did not give a Kruise for Kids donation (Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau). This year’s Kruise for Kids event will be held on November 2 at Red Robin in the Guildford parking lot starting at 8:30 am. The run begins at 10am from Guildford Mall to the Cascades Casino in Langley. If you are attending please bring an unwrapped toy to the event. All toys & donations go directly to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. Please register as a Canadian Route 66 Association Member.

As we can no longer collect pennies (in Canada) to add to our Kruise for Kids donation, we will collect any nickels you may have in your pockets. Stewart has been collecting nickels all year long & passing them along to Bonnie to add to her collection.

Craig reviewed our finances for the year. For the past few years the Association year end has been in a negative balance. This year with reduced telephone costs, our year end balance is $158.54.

Financial statements are available upon request.


Bonnie has closed the Association Post Office Box in Burnaby, due to the high cost of the rental. The Mailing address for Canada will now be:

Canadian Route 66 Association

#1204-6689 Willingdon Ave

Burnaby BC. V5H 3Y8

Canada


Our US members & friends can send mail to:

Canadian Route 66 Association

1685 H Street

PMB 1162

Blaine WA 98230

USA


WEBMASTER:

George has changed the web site mailing address to reflect the changes. Please check the route66.ca web site frequently for Meeting Dates, Event Photos, Videos, Other Association Newsletters and updates/stories from the Route. Any short stories and pictures from our member’s travels are always welcome


NEWSLETTER:

Brad is always looking for stories & content for the Newsletter. Bonnie will be in touch with Brad to see when the next issue will be ready, hopefully in time for the Xmas Party. That saves on mailing costs too! Tim, has submitted his diary of his and his Dad’s Route 66 road trip this summer to Brad. Tim & Bob drove the route from Chicago to LA on Motorcycles to raise money for Prostate Cancer. George assisted them by getting in touch with our Route 66 friends. Tim & Bob were able to get the full Route 66 experience, making new friends receiving recommendations where to stay, what to see. A few donations were made as well. Watch for Tim’s story in the next newsletter.


MEETING LOCATIONS:

As previously mentioned our meeting attendance has declined this past year, party due to the toll fees on bridges in the lower mainland.  General discussion was held regarding changing meeting locations. Craig suggested contacting the Accent Inn at Boundary & Henning in Burnaby. The Accent Inn has a banquet room which they do not charge to rent, we would only pay for the meal. Bonnie had contacted  many restaurants for private rooms and the ABC Restaurant next door to Accent Inn charges $400 for the use of their meeting room, in addition to the meal. Bonnie will follow up with the Accent Inn. Shirley will contact a few restaurants in the Coquitlam area to find out if there is a meeting room we can use at no charge.

Discussion was held regarding meeting times. Bonnie asked if 10 am was too early for or would 10:30 be better. It was agreed 10 am was just fine.

Bonnie mentioned changing the meeting location to the Delta Golf Course for the AGM & possibly other meetings. This suggestion was tabled until Shirley & Bonnie were able tor review alternate locations. We may still meet at Choo Choos’s in Langley on occasion.


ROUTE 66 NEWS:

Long sections of historic Route 66 in California near Amboy between Newberry Springs & Needles were closed in mid-September because of extensive flood damage. The road is scheduled to reopen by mid November.

A company called River Pilot Tours has published an accurate Route 66 GPS directions Data File. Our members from Flagstaff, Sean & Karen Evans are currently testing the GPS Data on a Route 66 road trip. It is supposed to be very easy to follow. River Pilot also rents a GPS with the included data if you are planning a Route 66 road trip.

This year the Fun Run & International Route 66 Festival were both held in Arizona with Kingman as the central location. The International Festival was held in August. There were numerous smaller car shows and many exhibits. On behalf of the Association George & Bonnie supported a fundraiser for downtown Kingman and purchased a brick from the Kingman Chamber of Commerce for a Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame ‘Bricks on 66’ will honour people who helped transform Route 66 from a mere highway to an iconic strip of asphalt famous the world over.

Our Association brick is located across the street from the Train Station. How fitting for 

George! Bonnie & George will be honoured to give you the grand tour next year!

On an earlier International Festival road trip we also purchased a brick at the Red 

Barn in Arcadia OK in the Associations name.

Mr Bill (Forbes) also purchased a brick in our Associations name several years ago at the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville California.


2015 FUN RUN

Highlights for the proposed 2015 Fun Run route:  Sacramento CA, Rialto CA (Kumar whose family owns the Wigwam motel, has invited our Association to stay in a WigWam). Prescott AZ, Barstow CA, Virginia City NV.  The Peterson Automotive Museum in LA. is currently under a major renovation and will re-open at the end of 2015. Part of the collection has moved to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. We will incorporate the Peterson Museum for the 2016 Fun Run.

The Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar CA includes a collection of more than 130 of the world’s greatest antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles. Outside the museum is a fully restored seam locomotive - 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive & a 1912 California Parlour Car.

Another suggestion, something not car related, is the Charles Shultz /Snoopy Museum in Santa Rosa Ca. View the largest collection of original Peanuts art work in the world. View a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio. Charles Shultz lived in Needles CA for 2 years as a young child. He remembered his years in the Needles desert & incorporated his experiences into his cartoons.



GARAGE TOUR IDEAS

John Sulentich mentioned a Cancer Fundraiser Garage Tour in Langley Sunday November 2. Audrey & Gord Stebanuck are hosting a garage tour and Breast Cancer fundraiser (she has Breast Cancer). Our Association visited Audrey & Gord’s collection a few years ago, John reported they may be selling part of their memorabilia collection and downsizing. Lorrie mentioned Audrey & Gord were past members when Lorrie was gathering membership in our early months as an Association. Bonnie will review a list of Garage tours which we have visited in past & look for others we have not viewed.

ELECTIONS:

No changes to the current Executive. Bonnie nominated John Sulentich for Phone Committee to call members who do not have email or who do not check email frequently to remind of special events etc.

NEW BUSINESS

A motion was presented regarding dues, it has been several years since an increase. Due to the cost of printing & mailing newsletters it was agreed to raise dues. Motion Passed, effective January 1, 2015 dues will increase to $35 per year, US and Canada.

If you wish to pay your 2015 dues at the 2014 rate, please send your cheques now or bring to the Christmas Party.

General discussion was held with regards to liability Insurance for the association. Bonnie will investigate. George suggested that every member who attends an event outside of Canada, wether for an hour or a day, should purchase OUT OF COUNTRY Medical Insurance. Bonnie is licensed to sell Travel Insurance and can assist you with this.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

The date of our annual Christmas Party will be Saturday December 6, 2014

Location will be the Delta Golf Course — COST TBD

Please RSVP to Bonnie by December 1 in order to give the Golf Course an exact number of attendees. The chef at the Golf Course will provide a menu and cost to Bonnie who will notify everyone who plans to attend.

Traditionally we have a Fun Gift Exchange.  Everyone (1 per person) should bring a Fun/Joke gift (Please NO TACKY GIFTS) worth around $10. There are also donated door prizes from Bonnie, George & Bonnie’s Mom and other members during the year for the Xmas party.


New Business Completed


50/50 DRAW:  $27 was won by Bill Boyd.


Meeting adjourned at 12 noon.