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Meeting Minutes | MG Classics of Jacksonville
February 27, 2021
Meeting Convened: 2pm
Total Attendance: 36
Number of MGs: 19
Other British Vehicles: 1 TR6 & 1 Triumph Motor Cycle
New Members Present: Dan & Marti Duke, Lorraine Puzanskas
First Time Attendees: Michael Goldsberry & Mary West
Guests: George Oppel
Location: The February Club meeting was held at Trout Creek Memorial Park & Marina in the open air on Saturday, February 27, 2021. The open air meeting was held to mitigate the potential to transmit the COVID virus.
The weather was perfect for the outdoor event and attracted thirty-five members and one guest, an excellent turnout of nineteen MGs, and two additional British Classics. Commiserations to Jeremy Smith who arrived at the meeting with an overheating MG Midget. We are pleased to report that Jeremy made it home after his Midget limped along I 295 at between 25 and 30 MPH trailing smoke and steam.
1. State Tax Filing Status: The President has not yet been able to meet with with past President Mike Kazmierski to secure our State Tax Exempt status. Mike has an intense job and coupled with the COVID crises it has been difficult to connect with hime. Hopefully some answers will be available by the next meeting.
2. Information Update: Updated information may be found on the Club website Events Calendar and the Newsletter. The Events Calendar is updated regularly and is worth a regular visit to keep current with events and Club activities. Name Badges can be ordered from the website in addition to Club patches and Car Badges. Please note these items may be paid for with your PayPal account, Credit Card, or Personal Check (Check must clear bank before your order is processed). We are unable to ship items so they must be picked up at a club meeting or event. *New members are entitled to 2 free club patches with their membership!
3. COVID 19: As tired as you are of hearing it, here is our Club's standard disclaimer: MG Classics does not sanction or require attendance to any events during this pandemic. It is each member's obligation to weigh their own risk, risk to others, and to take all precautions as outlined by the CDC. We are holding our meeting to offer some normalcy (even if it comes with a mask or social distancing!) to members who would like the opportunity to attend Club events. It was pleasing to note that a majority of the thirty-six attendees at the meeting have had at least one Shot of COVID vaccine and many had received both required shots.
4. Jimmy Jam BBQ Slam Car Show: We did not hold a Club meeting during the month of January as our meeting date conflicted with the Jimmy Jam BBQ Slam that was held at Trout Creek. The good news; the event included a Car Show. The Car Show was a big success with sixteen beautiful MGs in attendance and all parked together. We were by far the largest Marque representation in the entire show. Although we didn’t win any of the 4 trophies awarded it was because the judges were unable to pick a favorite from our group and didn’t want to offend any of our potential sixteen show winners! ☺ The BBQ was excellent, the camaraderie outstanding, the weather was perfect, and a wonderful time was had by all. Definitely worthy of a repeat next year!
5. The MVPA’s Military Show: The MVPA’s Fall Show and Swap Meet was held on 2/19 thru 21/21 and also had great weather. There were Jeeps, Tanks, and Artillery firing along with a battle re-enactment between the Us and German troops, we won of course! Our own Stan Kinmonth was dressed in his finest Privates uniform with his beautifully restored 1942 Ford Jeep which is based off the Jeep his father drove during WWII. Another venue heartily recommended when it comes up again next year.
6. Service Directory: We have been receiving a number of inquiries as to who to call or where to go when a Member experiences a problem with their MG. If you have a source for a shop or individual that is in business to repair Classic English cars please let us know. We are in the process of assembling a service directory listing people and organizations who can help keep our Classic MGs on the road. Not many recommendations have come forward to date but Click Here to view what we have listed to date. This will help preserve our sport and allow members to enjoy our MGs and each others company for years to come. Please contact Ian Massey if you know of an individual or shop that will work on MG’s. You or the Club assumes no liability or responsibility for said recommendations. It is the responsibility of the owner of the MG to check out and negotiate with said individuals/shops.
1. 2021 Club Membership Renewal: If you have not renewed your membership for 2021 you will not be considered to be a Member in Good Standing after March 15, 2021. You will no longer receive Club eMail notifications or a copy of the Club Newsletter and be removed from the Online Club Roster listing.To continue to enjoy the benefits of Club membership please renew today by activating the Click Here link.
2. COVID Vacinations: A show of hands indicated that a majority of the Members present had received at least one dose of Vaccine with some Members having received both shots. However, Social Distancing will remain in effect for the foreseeable future at our Club meetings.
3. Show & Drive Opportunities:
3a) Cars and Coffee at Amelia: This Show has been rescheduled from March to May 22nd. All of the available slots have been taken as far as showing your car but the event is free to foot traffic and a definite Must Go. Please check the website calendar for more information.
3b) MG International 2021:
The North American Council of MG Registers has scheduled MG International 2021, to be held June 14 thru 17 in Atlantic City N.J. This is a huge event usually drawing 1000 MG’s. Mark Spaulding and Richard Gross have both gone before and Mark has agreed to help plan a caravan to this event. Mark gave a description of the overall plan for those interested in attending. An overview is available on the Website.
3c) J-Tech Institute Visit &Car Display: The FCCC is having their meeting this Tuesday March 2 @ 6pm at the J-Tech Institute which will also host a facility tour and a FREE dinner. We are an affiliate member of FCCC and are therefore invited to this event. IMPORTANT You must register on our website by Monday March 1 in order to attend. J-Tech needs numbers for food quantity. Sounds like an interesting time and I and Ian are registered to attend.
3d) Other Shows and Cruise-ins: For other upcoming Car Shows and Drive-ins go to the Events Calendar on the Club Website
4. The Club Newsletter: Our Newsletter Editor, Fred Groenert, is always looking for stories, articles, tech tips etc. for our newsletter. If you have any such thing please contact Fred. There is an interesting article written by Fred on proper oil pump bolt selection for a TD. Fred found out the hard way and passed along his hardship and eventual triumph in our latest newsletter.
5. Time for the March Club Meeting: A discussion was held on the best time to hold the March Club Meeting now the weather is warming. A significant majority* of members chose 11am to 1pm to integrate a Picnic into the Meeting.
* The vote was a Landslide in favor of 11am to 1pm!
6. Raffle & 50/50:
50/50 Drawing: Winner - Mike Hogan was the winner of the 50/50 and took home $49.
Part at Cost: Neil Nelson and Wayne Snook donated an “at cost” part from Moss Motors. Must be used within 30 days. Good for One item only. Winner - Len Geiger
The March 2021 Meeting will be held at Trout Creek Memorial Park and Marina
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021:
Time: 11am to 1pm
Meeting adjourned at 4pm although groups hung around kicking tires and talking MGs and Club Stuff.
Sybil Bradley Bruce Sedelmeyer