July / August 2007
by President Gary Cope
As I write this, our two-year kitchen remodel is almost complete, thanks to Garrett and Jerime (our boys). They baled me out. Thank You!
Now we can get on with our car projects…and we have a few. “The 12 Port News” once had a page called “Planners.” It had “works in progress” or as our spouses referred to them “that unfinished car taking up garage space!” We would like to see some articles on your projects. I think they would inspire all of us to move on with our own or at least give us some fresh ideas.
Jo Ann has put up with me for 40 plus years…no easy task…so for our anniversary I bought her a new Corvette! (Well, almost new and I did trade in her Suburban and I did use her money, but it’s the thought that counts, right? And, she knew I wasn’t going to finish the ‘53 wagon in time for San Antonio!)
So off to San Antonio we went to break her in (the Corvette, that is!). Have you ever packed a week’s worth of shoes and clothes for a woman in a Corvette trunk? Left me room for two T-shirts and a pair of Levis. What a trip! Sonny and Dixie and the rest of the Texans can make you feel welcome as only Texans can. Sonny and Dixie’s Goat Farm was awesome! They have a ton of energy, and the shops, greenhouse, plants, and cars are truly exceptional (and they do have goats!). No, we had briskets and sausages instead! Make sure to put Texas on your “To Do” list. Luke Lucas and crew had preliminary plans for the 2008 event in Iowa. It looks to be a “must do,” they’re even talking about a drive-in theater. Wow, how cool would that be! We left Texas in the wee hours in a very angry thunderstorm, headed north to old Route 66 and home so we could make the “Rappin to Minden” event. Got there just in time for Ed to put us to work as judges for the rappin contest; one of the best jobs I ever had! Also one of the toughest. There was some real different inlines including Mopars, Fords, a Hudson and a Packard (I think?). Some of the best pipes I ever had the pleasure to listen to.
As we’ve completed our first year, I’m reminded that at the Denver convention we set a number of goals, one of which was to increase membership and hopefully add some youth. It appears we have started the trend. With the increase in costs, we are trying to prevent a dues increase. One way to help is to increase members, so we encourage all of you to try and recruit at least one new member this coming year. We have also formed three new Chapters. Good work people! Fixing our by-laws was another; we all owe Jean Weigt a thank you! We wanted to enhance our website, and we are well on our way with the appointment of Tim Tenold as new webmaster with Loren available until Tim is up to speed. We have added the position of “Racing Director” as a Board Member, with appointment of Harry Blecha as the “inaugural” Director. With help from Gordon Downing, we’ve added Inliner land speed records to the newsletter. We have made progress on developing “convention guidelines” (thanks primarily to The High Plains Gang), acquiring “event insurance,” credit card service, and we’re looking into first-class mail costs and options. We also reinstated membership cards upon renewal. I want to thank all of you who have helped! I also want to personally thank long-time Inliner Pat Ganahl for taking time to give us an update on a truly famous inline car (see May/June 2007 issue). Pat is famous in his own right, having edited and written for many magazines including Rod & Custom and the Rodders Journal, to name a couple. Thanks Pat!
Leo Santucci mentioned that the Corvette Museum had a display of Corvette engines and not a single “6” anywhere to be seen. This might be a worthwhile Club project? Think about it!
And, one last thing. Pat Swanson has informed me that Joe Fontana has donated a Skinner Head to our Inliners International archives. We owe him a huge thanks. Bill Goldman and the Ferguson clan also lent a helping hand…many thanks. The Club is always looking for “display” heads; they don’t have to be functional and are available for display at Inline functions. Just let Pat know.
Gary, #0000093P.S. Get well soon, Rusty Stevens and Rick Petersen.