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President Message for January 2023

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on January 12, 2023 at 5:20 PM

Dear Sooner Model A Club,

 

We hope all your Holidays were good. We had a very busy November and December. Thank you to all of our members who participated in the various activities. Some of the notable events were:

At the November Club meeting Sheryl Hoyle gave a wonderful presentation and a trip down memory lane about the houses in 1928 – 1931 and the ‘modern’ conveniences of the “ICE BOX.” Sheryl also explained how you could order a house from Sears or Montgomery Ward and build it yourself. Everything was precut and all the directions were included. There were many homes sold that way.

Then Phil Wolfenbarger scheduled our show of cars for the ‘End Of Prohibition” at Bubba’s restaurant. Bubba’s provided free lunches and dinners to all participants. We had a great turn out and wonderful food.

The Blanchard Veteran’s Day Parade on November 12th had seven cars and we were #3 in the lineup. We have never been that close to the front of any parade. The Stockyard parade on December 3rd was a cold day but we had a very good turnout of seven cars.

Thank you to Sheryl Hoyle and Kaye Sage for arranging the Club’s Christmas Party. A great time was had by all and I heard good comments about using the round tables. It was truly ideal for visiting and eating Earl’s smoked turkey, sliced brisket and pulled pork with all of the trimmings. Where can you go today for some great food and a good time for only $5.00? Chuck Dusenbery did a great job of restoring the original Sooner Model A Charter and wooden frame, which was displayed at our Christmas party.

Just a reminder that the club dues are $20 and due by 31 January 2023. If you have not paid your dues by then your name will be removed from the list because it is time to make a new directory.

The board is planning the 2023 activities and will welcome any new ideas or suggestions for club activities. We have planned a trip to the ‘CHICKEN SHACK’ at 11:30 on Saturday the 21st, at 212 East Highway 66, Arcadia. This is about one block beyond the Round Barn on Rt 66. We hope to have more lunch/dinners get togethers.

Don Mitchell, Sooner Model A Club President

 

President Message for November 2022

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on November 14, 2022 at 9:20 AM

Thank you to Phil and Kaye for hosting our Sooner Model A

Club’s ‘Tune–up Day’ in October. It was a beautiful day and a lot was

accomplished to get our cars up to date and running. We are especially

thankful to Greg Hoyle and Phil Wolfenbarger for all their hard work

and expertise. Thanks also to Sheryl and Kaye for cooking the hot

dogs, and to all the ladies for laying out such a wonderful spread for

our lunch. It was better than any restaurant.

At our regular meeting on October 9th, Greg gave a great

demonstration about Model A distributors. Once again, thank you to

the members who provided the food. As you know we are an “Eating

Club that Drives Old Cars.” This was evidenced again at Eischen’s

Restaurant where we had twenty-six very hungry people attending on a

Saturday to enjoy the fabulous chicken.

On 22 October, we visited the Mansion Senior Living Center in

OKC where our Model A’s competed with many other vintage cars.

Terry and Judith Joy won the “People’s Choice” trophy. The staff of

Mansion’s served everyone a wonderful lunch of hamburgers and all

the fixings, plus “Elvis” provided the entertainment. We all were able

to leave, luckily. They decided not to keep any of us as residents

because we were able to drive our cars away.

The Fall Tour to Branson, sponsored by the Tulsa Model A

Club, was a huge success. The shows and weather were wonderful.

We look forward to seeing all of you at our future events.

Don Mitchell, President

President Message for October 2022

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on November 3, 2022 at 4:30 PM

Happy October to the Sooner Model A Club

It was a beautiful sunny day for our drive to the Rock Café in Stroud

on Saturday the 24th of September. We had seven Model A cars and 18

people. The food was great and it was very interesting to see one of

the “props” from the movie “Cars.” Good food and entertainment too.

That is what we are- ‘An eating club that drives old cars’.

The Czech parade on Saturday 1 October was another nice day and we

had six cars and some new members, Randy and Theresa Bratcher,

with their new recently purchased Model A. WELCOME!!

The Sooner Model A Club Christmas party is on Sunday night, the 11th

of December, at 6:30 at the Will Rogers Garden Center, 3400 NW 36th

St, OKC. The cost is $5.00 per person for members and the Club will

pick up the difference for the meal. Of course, we will play “Dirty

Santa” for those who want to bring a wrapped “gift.” To be included

in this year’s get together, you must make your reservation and pay the

$5.00 by or at our regular club meeting on 13 November 2022.

Thank you in advance for the wonderful treats for our October club

meeting by Pat & Nolan Morgan, JoEllen & Ron Blissit, Sharlotte &

Mike Campbell and Marilyn Mitchell.

As you all know this club runs on food.

In January 2023 we will be changing our meeting days from Sunday

afternoon to the 4th Tuesday night at 7:00pm starting January 24, 2023.

Don Mitchell, President

President Message for September 2022

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on November 3, 2022 at 4:25 PM

Dear Sooner Model A Club,

Cooler weather has returned and we should now be able to get out and

drive our Model A’s more. We have planned some very interesting one

day drives such as;

The Mustang parade on Saturday the 10th of September

The Rock Café in Stroud on Saturday the 24th of September

The Czech parade on Saturday the 1st of October

We also have multiday tours such as;

The Fall tour with the Tulsa Club hosting the trip to Branson from

13 to 16 October

Tour to Lake Murray with the Dallas Club from 4 to 6 November

We can also do some ‘spur of the moment’ drives. Anyone can arrange

them and we can get the word out for some nice drives to see so many

interesting things here in Oklahoma.

MAFCA Membership Longevity Milestones were announced in the

recent Restorer magazine. Let’s congratulate;

Ken Corder for 50 years

Jon Adams for 30 years

Don Mitchell, President

Presidents Message for August 2022

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on August 4, 2022 at 4:30 PM

Welcome to August,

It has been a very hot summer so far but a number of us did get our Model A’s out for the parades in Bethany and Edmond, as well as the Capital tour on 28 July. Thank you to Phil Wolfenbarger and Jim Yates for filling out the parade applications and being the contact point for the parades. We even won a first place prize and $25.00 in the Edmond parade. We are open to any and all ideas for participation in future events. It is the members who make any club successful. If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to contact me or any Board member with your ideas or suggestions. All help is appreciated.

Thank you to Sheryl Hoyle for providing and leading the club in the recent game nights at our monthly club meetings. Has this been helpful in providing more involvement of the members in the club meetings? Is this something we should do more of? Is this a way to make the monthly meetings more interesting and have more members attend? This also applies in getting more young people involved in Model A’s.

Once again, thank you to our Vice-President Phil for stepping in and running the board meeting and club meeting while I was unable to be there. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the club meeting on Sunday, 14 August at 2:30pm for the watermelon that will be provided by the club. Then we have the Incredible Pizza get together on Sunday, 28 August at 2:00pm at 5833 NW Expressway, OKC.

It is time again for the club to form the nominating committee to look for club members to serve as an officer or board member. The final election will be at the September club meeting on 17 September. The floor will be open also at that time for any nominations from the floor. All persons nominated have to agree to serve if elected, so if you are nominating someone, please let them know.

It is everyone’s club and participation by all is not only very important, but it also makes our events more enjoyable when more people are involved. The committees, parades, tours, and events need all of us.

Don Mitchell, President

 

Presidents Message for July 2022

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on July 8, 2022 at 1:00 AM

 

Welcome to Summer,

 I want to thank Vice-President Phil Wolfenbarger and the Board for stepping in and running the Sooner Model A Club, since I had a rough case of the COVID. They did an outstanding job and I thank them all. I am slowly recovering and I hope to be back in the Model A saddle very soon. So far Marilyn does not have the Covid, and we all hope it stays that way.

I was very happy to hear that some of you drove your Model A’s to the tour of the First American Museum. In June, we had some very nice weather to get our Model A’s out. Now comes the HOT weather. As we proceed into July and August, we are seeing some 100-degree days.

The Club meeting on Sunday, July 10, is also known as our Ice Cream Social. All members are invited to bring ice cream and/or dessert for the meeting. The Club will provide the dishes and utensils. We look for a large turnout. Everyone likes ice cream.

The club is planning a tour of the Capital on Thursday, 28 July at 11:00am. The tour should last about 30 minutes, and then we will have lunch someplace in the area.

Don Mitchell

President Sooner Model A Club


Presidents Message for June 2022

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on July 7, 2022 at 12:55 PM

 

Dear Sooner Model A Club Members,

 

Moving forward, I want to thank everyone who stepped up to keep the Sooner Model A Club going. I hope everyone will take advantage of the various ways that we can take our Model A’s out and enjoy them. The Midwest Regional Meet in Olathe, KS and the MAFCA National Convention in Kerrville, TX are two very good tours in which we can participate.

 

Later this month, we have our one-day drive to the First American Museum in Oklahoma City. The drive to the First American Museum, on Saturday, June 25th, would be a good time for everyone to test-drive their Model A. The First American Museum is new and should be very interesting. We will have a tour guide, and the reduced fee is only $5.00 per person. The club is picking up the difference.

 

If anyone is concerned that their Model A will not make it, please make plans to ask some experienced members to help you get your Model A in shape, so that you can enjoy the ride instead of worrying about breakdowns. It might also be beneficial to plan to travel with someone. We have found that most of our fellow travelers are willing to help if needed.

 

The Board will welcome any suggestions as to what the club should do or not do. One suggestion is to change the Club meetings back to a Tuesday night. The one that is available now is the 4th Tuesday of the month. This will be discussed at several meetings before any vote or decision is made.

 

We want everyone to be involved in the business of the Club. It is your Club, and the board members are only stewards in fulfilling the mission of the Club, which is determined by the members. Please make every effort to attend the meetings and outings. This is what the Sooner Model A Club is all about. We are hoping to see you at some of the activities, and at least one of the 4th of July parades.

 

Don Mitchell

 


President's Message for May 2022

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on May 11, 2022 at 9:45 PM

Dear Sooner Model A Club,

I want everyone to know that I accepted the position of Interim Club President to ensure the continuation of the Sooner Model A Club. The Club has over 55 years of history, and I do not believe any of us are ready to let it go. The Interim Board and I hope to keep the Sooner Model A Club moving forward because we believe that the Club is an ideal place to find friends and fellow travelers who are also interested in Model A’s. Traveling with the Club is a wonderful opportunity to not only see our wonderful state and surrounding areas of interest, but traveling with our friends and like-minded people in our Model A’s provides a feeling of camaraderie that is not usually available in our ordinary lives.

 

There are many talented mechanics who are members of the club and willing to help whenever possible. As some of you may know, I am not a mechanic and I need all the help I can get to keep my Model A running. Most of us are not very mechanical, but we help each other whenever we can. I have always found fellow Sooner Model A Club members very helpful at home and on trips when needed. Our trips usually involve eating good food with our good friends. When we are traveling anywhere in our Model A’s, there are almost always people who admire our Model A’s and have so many questions about them. The Sooner Model A Club has been a valuable part of many of our lives. I was very pleased to see so many various members step up to volunteer to see that the Sooner Model A Club keeps going for another fifty-five years.

 

Thank You,

Don Mitchell

 

April President's Letter

Posted by Editor on April 7, 2022 at 9:55 PM

Greatings Sooner Model A’ers...

 

It has been awhile since the club last met. Club activities have been on hold for the last 45 days. There was no March meeting (Sorry if you went to our meeting place, only to find it empty)

As I write this we have completed the 2022 Spring Tour. Don Mitchell and Chuck Dusenbery did a great job organizing the tour. On the drive we had no major mechanical issues with any of the cars (to my knowledge). So 90 year old A’s can be dependable!

It was impressive to see over 20 A’s lined up each morning as we prepared to head out to the various stops.

The Salt Mine tour was fascinating. Amazing to see what can be done 600+ feet underground. The Space Museum was a hit for me. I really liked getting to see the SR-71 on display in the museum lobby.

The Yoder lunch stop on Saturday was a hit. The free piece of pie for dessert was an added treat.

Sheryl Hoyle emceed the Saturday evening entertainment and judging by all the laughter and banter, everyone had a good time.

So where are we today? In the interim the board has asked me to assume the office of president. This leaves two board vacancies; vice president and one director. If you have a desire to serve we will find a place for you.

A couple of weeks ago we received our congratulatory letter and certificate from MAFCA acknowledging the club’s 55th anniversary as a MAFCA chartered club. This is quite an accomplishment. We’ll get that put in the display case.

Please make every effort to attend the April meeting. We will reintroduce the current board and give you an opportunity to provide any feedback. Also we will bring everyone up to date with the activity calendar for the next month or so. We will need volunteers to help with our activities.

I hope to implement some adjustments to the meeting format to allow more of a focus on why we gather together; Model A Fords.

Enjoying life in the slow lane,

Joel

 

Presidents Letter For February

Posted by Editor on February 12, 2022 at 9:25 AM

Greetings to all

Welcome to our second meeting of the year. I want to remind everyone of the goal I announced at the January meeting for us all to try and project a more welcoming and friendlier atmosphere to any new or newer member as well as any visitor that might be present. Any or all visitors will be recognized but make an effort to welcome anyone you are not familiar with.

This should always be our goal to become a friendlier club. Engage in friendly conversation with any and all members. I want to encourage everyone to try and make the meeting February 13th , weather permitting. You will be updated on the upcoming inspection day and the latest developments concerning the spring tour to Hutchinson, Kansas.

I wish everyone to stay healthy, warm and safe. I look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting.

Bill Harris
2022 Club President


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