Order of Volkswagen Enthusiasts
Minutes of Club Meeting and Board
Friday, June 7, 2002
at the Route 80 Restaurant, Fort
Regular Monthly Club Meeting was held.
Lore, Recording Secretary, opened the
meeting on behalf of Tanya, President,
who was out of town.
Lore reported on the old business
which is our car show held on May 26,
2002. The car show had 129 vehicle
entries and 17 vendors. We had sales
of t-shirts, silent auction, a 50/50
raffle. It was a fun day.
George, P.R., welcomed our new members
Jack Carruthers, Fort Myers. Jack has
5 VWs and wants to restore. He asked
if anyone was interested in doing the
work, split 50/50 on the sale.
Brent Wills told all he enjoyed the
show. 1990 Vanagon - he said that it's
easy getting obsessed with the
Volkswagen thing. He had looked at the
Naples newspaper, called Miromar
Outlets to find out about our show.
Jim Sousa joined the club during the
show. He is working on a '76 engine,
sees how it goes. He has some parts
already is working on
Joe who works for Robert said he got
hooked on VWs, he is presently working
on the Ferrari Bug. He used to be a
Chevrolet fanatic - nice switch Joe.
Joe is our newest club member.
Richard reported on the financials of
the show. This year we did not receive
a cash donation from VW of Fort Myers
(in 2001 they donated $1,250 in cash).
We received $1,400 sponsor donations,
we had 129 entries and 17 vendors, the
50/50 (which George Brockett
won) left $342 for the show proceeds,
pizza sales netted $143, t-shirt sales
and silent auction made $1,634. After
expenses, we have about $1,753 for
charity. There will be some additional
expenses (postage) to be deducted. We
should have about $1,700 left over.
George's thoughts were that the show
went very well, especially considering
the fact that we had fewer volunteers
this year to help.
Question was raised: how is charity
chosen? This year it was already
decided to donate to Nations
Association who were selected
originally when the club was very
local and the charity is also local.
The club is open to suggestions and
there will be an open selection coming
up soon for all members to vote on
charity to be picked. (Children's
Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Hope
Robert said we were lacking
spectators. Part of this was due to
the promised, but missing, radio
announcements by VW of Fort Myers.
Robert explained to all what the
dealership in Miami had done for the
show there. We had a meeting with
Volkswagen of Fort Myers when we
requested their sponsorship and were
informed that no money could be
donated but we would get help in the
form of radio commercial announcements
of the show. Unfortunately, this did
not materialize. There was a little
bit of radio announcements done by
In 2001 we did a lot of advertising
ourselves. Radio stations as a
community service announce shows. We
had some coverage in NewsPress (Gulf
Coasting) and Comcast.
George: For next year's show, we will
start this October to line up
Robert: We put the classes together to
make it easier for the judges. This
year we had all the cars on the grass,
it made all attendees happier. We had
lots of vendors and the vendors need
George: Sad news - our V.P., Don,
cannot do it any more due to other
responsibilities. So, we need a new
V.P. Since the voting for new board
members will be in the Fall, we might
get by as is.
George reported on the upcoming
events. Our club activity for June: a
beach cruise and picnic. Sanibel, Boca
Grande, Fort Myers Beach, June 15 or
June 22. The majority voted on Fort
Myers Beach - Bonita Beach on
Saturday, June 22, 2002. Meet at the
Route 80 Restaurant at 9 AM on 6/21,
drive to Fort Myers Beach and picnic
there. If it's too crowded in Fort
Myers Beach, cruise through FMB onto
Bonita Beach. Everybody is requested
to call others to join in the fun.
George announced Robert's birthday was
June 4. Dan's birthday is tomorrow
(June 8). Happy Birthday!
Mike did our tech corner which turned
out to be a "show'n tell":
How many people have show cars? A
couple of tips if you want to show a
car: A lot of trophies are decided by
1 point difference. Mike judged 48
cars, most of them were lacking first
aid kits. Added points are given for
first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
For a small amount of money you can
gain a lot of points. Both items can
be bought at discount stores. No
matter what kind of car you show, get
these items to raise your points.
Another thing: if you show a late
model car, the clean car wins. All
these cars are new and the cleaner to
car, the more points. Don't overdue
the Amorall. Don't hose down the
engine with Armorall. Same with the
interior. Thanks Mike!