Sunday, March 1, 2015

In Memoriam

It is with a deep sense of loss that we record the untimely passing of Doug Rogers on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Doug and Soon Hee joined CTCC in July of 2004 and they soon became active in Club activities. In addition to serving as CTCC Treasurer for several years, Doug compiled a comprehensive Guide Book for members to use in organizing and hosting Club Tours. The publication also included guide lines to follow in leading caravans. Additionally, he and Soon Hee hosted several Club events in their home.

Doug was very proud to show off his beautiful Yellow 1956 Thunderbird and he enjoyed participating in the Annual Johnsburg, IL Parade, as well as Cruise Nights throughout the area.

The CTCC Board, Directors and membership extend their heartfelt sympathy to Soon Hee and her family as we share in their loss.

President's Report

Once in awhile, someone comes along who just naturally makes everyone feel just a little happier. Doug Rogers was that someone. Kathy and I join all of you in expressing our deepest sympathy to Soon Hee and her children during this most difficult time. Doug will be profoundly missed.

The fairly mild weather in January did not prepare us for the arctic cold blasts we have been experiencing recently. I trust that each of you has stayed warm and safe. I know many of you escaped to warmer  places!

Meanwhile, those who remained in town enjoyed free pizza and pop at the February Membership Meeting, where we gave preliminary acceptance of the 2015 budget. Our March meeting will include formal approval of the budget and election of three Directors. We also will have a presentation by Mitch Frumkin about prototypes and one-offs. I encourage you to bring friends and family members to this meeting. Remember to arrive early to enjoy dinner and socializing before the meeting and presentation.

Our driving season starts with the April 18 Tech Session,this year at the home of Joe and Barb Esdale. Also on April 18,the ladies will meet at Judy Bruin's home to assemble their hats for the Spring Tour Derby Party.

Bill and Liz Werth have finalized plans for the May 1-3 Spring Tour and I encourage you to reserve your hotel room now and to send your Tour reservation form and check to Liz as soon as possible.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us on an outing to have lunch and see The Eddie Cash Show on June 7. We certainly enjoyed his show last year and he promises a completely different show this time! Let's fill the place up!

The calendar is filling in, but there is always room for more activities, so if you have an idea for an outing, let me know! Here's hoping we have an early spring so we can begin to enjoy  driving our Thunderbirds again.   I look forward to seeing each of you at meetings, events and car shows throughout the year.

Ken Smizinski, President