Order of Volkswagen Enthusiasts
Minutes of Club Meeting and Board
Friday, April 5, 2002
at the Route 80 Restaurant, Fort
Regular Monthly Club Meeting was held.
On behalf of Tanya, President, Don,
Vice President, opened the meeting.
Don welcomed all to our meeting and
encouraged everyone to read the
Lore, Secretary, reported on the old
business, which is our upcoming car,
show and asked all to help. Also,
sponsors are needed.
Don pointed out to all that we have a
lot to do for our show, which is in
less than two months.
Don welcomed our guests and new
Dan and Connie from Texas.
Phil from Lehigh joined the club.
Chet Young, from Fort Myers, a 12-year
resident. He told all that he has
several VWs, and bought his first VW
in 1957 - wow!
Frank Orsini from "sunny"
Buffalo, just visiting.
Mark and Linda Rutt.
Rob Cran, a friend of Don's, certainly
enjoyed the food.
Don thanked our guests and new members
for coming to the meeting.
For April's club activity, on
Saturday, April 20, 10 AM, we will
meet at Sam's parking lot. We will go
in groups of two to businesses
Don reported on the following upcoming
April 14th - Show'n Shine, Fort
April 27th - Bugs on the Pier in St.
April 28th - VWs on the Skyway Bridge
in St. Petersburg
Don mentioned our website (TheVWLoveClub.tripod.com),
it is listed in our newsletter.
Members can e-mail the club to put
classified ads into the newsletter.
Don announced the upcoming members'
birthdays - Barbara Simon will
celebrate her birthday on April 22 and
Lore on May 1.
Robert sold the tickets for the 50/50.
When it came time to count -
"where's the loot?" Hiding
in Robert's pocket - nice try, Robert!
Richard and George were counting, and
counting, and still counting. Robert
won $20 - Danny won $25,
Mike's Tech Corner:
The Distributor was subject of lecture
- most distributors fit in cases with
a long shaft. On water-cooled models,
it needs a different set-up. There are
electronic distributors and ones with
points in them, which are tripped by
the rotor: when the part passes the
"window", the computer
counts, it adjusts the timing in the
engine accordingly. Mike explained in
detail how the distributor works and
had a very captive audience. (This
writer does not understand all the
tech talk, please excuse). For
16-valve engines, there is only one
model available that fits. There is a
seal inside which tends to leak and
causes problems. For water-cooled
beetles, there's a different set-up.
It is electronic and different from
the air-cooled models. The model Mike
presented is a very reliable part and
will last a long time, he reported. He
explained all the workings of the
unit. Take the cap off and see if it
is burnt on the inside. If it is
burnt, then it's time to replace it.
When opening the unit, be careful not
to lose the clips. They are hard to
Richard presented the financial
Balance as of March 2002
2 Members signed up/renewed
Auction proceeds (Sweat Shirt &
Received 5 Car Show Entries & 2
Expenditures (checks # 1046 - 1047)
Total for April
Robert attended the show in Orlando
along with Mike and Tanya. Robert
reported that just about everybody who
had a car in the show received a
trophy that made a lot of people
happy. Robert thought it a pretty good
idea. Robert had taken a VW Thing
there to sell it, he had
pre-registered it and, you guessed it,
also won a trophy. A trophy is not
very expensive to buy and really make
folks very happy when they receive a
trophy, not matter what kind of shape
their "show car" is in.
Don mentioned that we have available
the license plates with Club Logo for
$10. All present were invited to buy
Don informed of the website of the
Vintage Volkswagen Club of America (www.vvwca.com).
They have a lot of useful and
interesting things for the VW person.
Our upcoming show is listed in their
At present, we have 34 paid members
and numerous unpaid members, last year
we had 60 paid members. All delinquent
members are requested to pay their
dues. The club needs you!
The following items were raffled off:
2001 Vee-Dub Fest t-shirt, VW patch
and German VW shopping bag.
Richard contributed leather cleaner
and conditioner which were auctioned
off by our resident fast-talking
auctioneer, Hippie Don, for $6.
No further business was put on the
table. Dan closed the regular meeting
and invited all interested parties to
stay for the following board meeting.