Dec 3, 2017
Here’s hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time when we can reflect on the many blessings we have in our country and our families. Things aren’t always perfect but much better than a lot of places in the world.
We had our Galaxie meeting on Sunday Nov 19th at the Sizzler in Torrance. Our treasure Richard Bouman was not present as him and his wife Karen were celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Congratulations Richard and Karen!!!!
I opened up the meeting by sharing how I had contacted the presidents of (4)four of the Galaxie clubs in the U.S. of A. to find out how they operated their clubs and other miscellaneous questions. I found out that they operate a little different than we do.
Most of them have a couple of planning meetings where they plan what they are going to do the rest of the year. They do not have monthly meetings but have social gatherings, do car runs, attend some car shows and have a Xmass gathering.
Now remember most of these clubs are in parts of the country where they have winters which are not conducive to automotive events ,so they do car events from spring to fall. Their membership numbers are similar to ours and not everyone participates
in every activity. This got me to thinking about our club and if we should make any changes to the way we operate.
At our meeting I asked the following question and asked everyone present; “Why did you Join the Galaxie Car Club?” I was pleased with the participation and sharing of their reasons. Here are some of the reasons: “Shared car interest”, “Technical help with
car problems”, “Going to car shows”,” Friendships are built”, “Looking at each other’s Cars when we get together”. Members were quite open with why they joined the club. I then asked this Question: “ Are we as a club meeting why you joined the club?”
I got different responses from the members. More car shows, car runs to specific locations, Have social gatherings such as a picnic, some thought we have to many meetings.
I presented to the members some changes Which we talked about last year but didn’t follow thru with: 1. Start having meetings every other month starting in Febr. and ending in Dec with our X-Mas Party. 2. Plan our events for the year and get them on the
calendar after the February meeting. 3. Plan our events so they vary in location so the events are close to a different member in location each time. (Maybe that member can handle organizing it, which would spread the work load) This would maybe get people
involved more in the planning of activities and give members experience for possible Board positions later on. So everyone do some research and find out what is going on in your area and share that with us at the next meeting. 4. Newsletters to be sent by
E-Mail only (except in places where members do not have e-mail) and would be sent out at the 1st of the month of the meeting month.
We will try to have a short meeting after the X-Mass party on the 10th to discuss these items in preparation for our February Meeting.
Remember the purpose of a car club is to “Fix, Preserve and Enjoy our Galaxies (and/or Mercurys-Edsels) and Share Them with Others” I drive mine every day because it’s my daily driver.
Allan J. Broer
Nov 8, 2017
We had our October meeting at the Sizzler in Torrance on Sunday the 29h. We had (9)nine members present , (2)two spouses and (1)one brother Don Harkey. Our next meeting will be at the Sizzler in Torrance on Sunday Nov 19th 12:00 – 3:00 P.M..
Again it’s that time of the year when we have to consider the board members for 2018. I’m asking everyone to consider how you can fulfil any positions on the board where current board members are not going to continue in that position.
I have been thinking of how we function as a club again. We made some changes last year, dropping the Car Show with Wand and cutting out some meetings. I would like to revisit how many meetings we do, how often we publish the newsletter and special outings we do.
Start thinking about these items and we will discuss at the Nov meeting. We need to figure out a way to get everyone to participate in keeping the Club going and active. The load can’t be on just a few people. Come ready to discuss these issues.
Several members showed an interest in the Nojoqui Falls Car Show Nov 5th at the county park in Solvang, Ca. A week before the show the weather forecast was for rain that weekend. As it turned out the weekend was fair and sunny. We had (4)four members who went to the show.
Those members were myself (62 Ford Galaxie 500 390), Bob Logan (60 Ford Starliner 390), Steve Cate (65 Ford Galaxie 390) and Mark Rice (69 Ford Galaxie XL 429). See article and pictures in body of newsletter. It was a fun (2)two days.
Note: we will be having our annual Christmas Party at the Sizzler in Torrance on Sunday Dec 10th 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. Gift exchange $25.00---His and Hers as usual
Remember the purpose of a car club is to “Fix, Preserve and Enjoy our Galaxies (and/or Mercurys-Edsels) and Share Them with Others.” I drive mine every day because it’s my daily driver.
Allan J. Broer
Several members showed an interest in the Nojoqui Falls Car Show Nov 5th at the county park in Solvang, Ca. A week before the show the weather forecast was for rain that weekend. As it turned out the weekend was fair and sunny.
We had (4)four members who went to the show. Those members were myself (62 Ford Galaxie 500 390), Bob Logan (60 Ford Starliner 390), Steve Cate (65 Ford Galaxie 390) and Mark Rice (69 Ford Galaxie XL 429).
We met at 8:00 A.M. in Carson, Ca and headed north on the 405 to the 101 W to Santa Barbara, Ca. We then took Hwy 154over San Marcos Pass to Old Stage Coach Rd. We missed the tunoff and went across the arch bridge to a scenic turnout. (Beautiful view)
We went back up the hill across the Arch Bridge and turned onto Old Stage Coach Road. This was the route used before the Arch Bridge was built in 1963. We stopped a the Cold creek Tavern for lunch. The food was great. The Tri- Tip Steak Sandwich was out of this world.
We then headed west toward Lake Cachuma. We didn’t stop at Lake Cachuma. We then went to Los Olivas for ice cream. Los Olivas is a tourist town. Parking was an issue. We then headed for Lompoc passing thru Buellton to check into the Lompoc Valley Lodge for Saturday night.
We then met up with Richard and Karen Bouman and headed back to Buellton for dinner. We went to AJ Spurs Steak House where we met up with Phil and Debra Beuoy, and Richards daughter Carol , husband Paul and son Rudy. This is a place you’ll want to go to. The food was awesome.
We then went back to Lompoc for the night. We had complimentary breakfast at the hotel and then headed out for the car show. Mark ended up heading home and not going to the show as his car had issues and he headed home. We got to the car show around 9:00 A.M. There was a good
showing of cars of all types. There were hot dogs chips and sodas for lunch. Everything was free.(You made a dona- tion if you liked. We ended up leaving for home around 1:30 P.M.. Traffic wasn’t bad and I got home about 4:30 P.M..
You might ask, what does a weekend like this cost. My cost was $115.00 for lodging, $85.00 for Gas and around $100.00 for food----Total $300.00.
I put 380 miles on my car and averaged 13.7 mpg (better than I thought I would do) Bob and Steve’s 390’s also got around 14 mpg Marks 429 was getting around 11 mpg.
All in all we had a great time. Come join us next time.
President Allan J. Broer
Nojoqui Falls Car Show
Car Show Nov 5th 2017(Sunday)
Some people want to drive up on Saturday by Lake Cachuma on hwy 154 with stops along the way
and end up in Lompoc Saturday and Sunday nights and come home on Monday.
“Hotel details to follow”
Aug 30, 2017
We had our July meeting at the Sizzler in Torrance . We had (8)eight regular members present and (1)one new member. Welcome Damon Kempand his 64 Galaxie Ragtop.
Our next regular meeting will be Sunday 12:00-3:00 P.M. Sept24that the Sizzler Restaurant2880 W. Sepulveda Blvd in Torrance.
On Aug 12th we had an outing to the Firehouse Church Car Show in Brea, Ca. It was their first car show. There was a good showing of cars, pickups, roadsters, customs and even an old style front engine dragster.
Our club ended up winning the Participation Trophy. We had had (6)six cars there(Allan B., Steve C., Peter &Maria G., Bob L. Damon K & Mark R.). Dave H., Don H. & Jimmy F came without Cars.
I will be bringing the Trophy to the Meeting in Sept. (Pictures Attached)
Jimmy Fikes is taking on the Newsletter responsibility. He is setting his goal for the 10th Sept to have his first newsletter out. We’re all routing for you Jimmy.
Start thinking about the Nojoque Car show in Solvang on the 5th of Nov.
It’s that time of the year when we have to start thinking about Board Members for next year and the Club Goals.
Remember the purpose of a car club is to “Fix, Preserve and Enjoy our Galaxies(and/or Mercurys-Edsels) and Share Them with Others”. I drive mine every day because it’s my daily driver.
Allan J. Broer
August 12, 2017. 8am-4pm
Some club members went the the FireHouse Summer Car show in Brea.
March 9, 2017
We had our February meeting at the Sizzler in Torrance. We had a good turnout for the meeting. Our next meeting will be Sunday 12:00-3:00 P.M. , March 26th at the Sizzler in Torrance
We discussed the Knott’s All Ford Show. We got a list of names for those who will be arriving early and helping with the Parking and the Goodie Bags on the day of show. Remember you have to enter the show and have a hang tag to get thru the gate early.
One of our club members “Gene Sauer” has been hospitalized. He is having problems with fluid buildup and his heart. He is in the Long Beach Community Hospital. You can put him on your prayer list.
It looks like our rainy season is over so let’s get the cars out for a nice sunny drive to the beach, mountain roads or wherever you would like to go. Remember the purpose of a car club is to “Fix, Preserve and Enjoy our Galaxies (and/or Mercurys-Edsels) and Share Them with Others”. I have been taking a drive down to the Redondo Beach And Palos Verdes area by the ocean about (4)for times a week in the morning (My Quiet Time)
Allan J. Broer
Feb 2, 2017
The Prez Sez:
We had our January meeting at the Upland cable Car and Air show. We meet up with the Southlanders Edsel car club at McDonald’s and caravaned to the show. The weather was a little cool in the morning but it warmed up as the day progressed.
A good time was had by all who went. Several of the members from both clubs participated in the parade of cars in front of the grandstand. The announcer describe the cars as we passed by.
The Southlanders had schedule a Saturday night get together at the Wigwam Motel In Rialto, Ca on Route 66 for July 15th (Check In 3:00 P.M.) till July 16 th (Check Out 12:00 P.M. . They have invited us to join them. Details to follow. They also have a Laughlin weekend planned for March that we have been invited to participate in.
We are going to have our February meeting at the Sizzler Restaurant in Torrance, Ca where we had our Christmas Party. It will be February 26 from 12: to 3:00 P.M. . Our food orders will be taken by restaurant waiter in the meeting room. They are requiring that we pay with one check.
Be prepared to pay with cash.
I’m thinking we will have to have a meeting in March in preparation for the Knott’s Car Show—We will discuss at our meeting. We are still in Transition!!!!! Remember the purpose of a car club is to “Fix, Preserve and Enjoy our Galaxies(and/or Mercurys-Edsels) and share them with other’s.
Allan J. Broer
Some quick pics from the Cable Airport Show
Dec 20, 2016
We had our November 20th club meeting at Twila Reid Park again under the same tree again. Wouldn’t you know it, we got rained out again. Luckily we had our business taken care of so all was well.
December 11th brought our Club Christmas party at the Sizzler Restaurant. We had a good turnout of around 20 members. WE had a good meal, gift exchange and lots of conversation. Pictures were taken which you can see in the issue of newsletter.
The new and returning Board members were installed, names and pictures in this newsletter. Thanks to last years board member support. A special thanks to Cliff Mierrczynski for the years of putting together and publishing our Newsletter and a number of other tasks he has done. Another thanks goes to Greg de la Pena for stepping up and taking on the responsibilities of the newsletter.
I also want to thank Dave Harkey for his years as Secretary and for Steve Cate taking on those responsibilities.
With the changing of the Guard there also comes growing pains, so I’m asking all to be patient as we grow and learn our responsibilities
Again as I said last month, we need everyone’s support as we make this transition to a new way of operating our club. Again our Goal is to make the club activities more fun and enjoyable. Remember the purpose of a car club is to “Fix, Preserve and Enjoy our Galaxies(and/or Mercurys - Edsels) and share them with others”.
Allan J. Broer