News & Press: General

President's Message - July 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017  
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2017 is a transition year for VCCA. Our longtime Member Services team, Mike McGowan and Harry Jensen, are retiring. They’ve done a great job, and we’re going to miss them! Some of you may know that Mike and Harry also manage and produce the magazine for CORSA, the Corvair club. Both are looking forward to spending more time with their Corvairs. Thank you both for your service to the VCCA!

Also stepping back is member Bill Barker, our webmaster, who built and oversaw VCCA’s website and chat forum ( Bill was actively involved in the selection of our new webmaster, as well as our membership management and software. Although technically a paid contractor, Bill contributed countless hours to the club and we’re so thankful for all he’s done. He is staying involved in the VCCA, but is anxious to spend more time with his family and working on his show winning Chevys!

It has taken many months for your Board of Directors to locate and approve a new Member Services manager and Webmaster. His name is Peter Gariepy; meet him on page 17. Peter has been active as an AACA director and website creator, and currently manages the Buick Club and Cadillac & LaSalle Club websites using the same software VCCA has just purchased. Peter brings his expertise and “car guy dedication” to the VCCA, helping us bring our systems into mainstream software for future growth.

Our thanks go to VCCA Area 1 Director Jim Karras for chairing the Member Services and Webmaster Search Committee—his commitment and attention to contract details have been outstanding!

Meanwhile, we’re in the full swing of car season! I enjoyed the 15th Annual Area 9 VCCA Meet in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We had a great time and a little rain did not dampen our spirits! I showed a ’54 Bel Air hardtop, a rare ’55 150 utility sedan, and a ’56 210 hardtop with Power Pack and overdrive. It was fun taking a train ride, sleeping in a converted rail car at the 1908 Choo Choo hotel, and touring two very impressive car collections in addition to presenting our own car show. A tour report will soon appear in the G&D.

The VCCA is all about community (and Chevys)—have you hooked up with your fellow local members? You can have so much fun if you join or start a Region and get out there with your fellow Chevy and GMC owners!

We are going to practice what we preach: get involved, help promote the VCCA in non-traditional venues, get more Regions started, and participate in tours and shows. As I write this in early May, I’m off to Auburn, Indiana, to work with our VCCA booth crew at the Auctions America/AACA Special Spring Meet and tour the famed Auburn- Cord-Duesenberg museum. In June, I will have been touring with the Carolina Crossroads Region near Blowing Rock, North Carolina. In July, I will be at the Central Meet in Elmira, New York, and in August I will be at the NW Area Meet in Washington.

I look forward to meeting you at one or more of these activities! And if not now, maybe at Hershey in October. Enjoy your summer behind the wheel of your Chevy or GMC and please keep a supply of membership applications in your glove box! Happy motoring!

Yours through Chevrolet (and GMC),

Jim Gebhardt - VCCA #42142
770 992 8801