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President's Comments for March 2019

Posted by Michael Downes on March 5, 2019 at 9:50 PM


 

It is with a heavy heart that I share this remembrance of longtime member and friend Bob Bordwine.


I will remember Bob particularly fondly, as he was the first Sooner Model A Club member that I met in person. He stopped by my now-late grandfather’s house to help me get his car running after it sat for nearly 15 years.

 

He and my grandfather had a lot in common — both went by Bob, both were retired Lieutenant Colonels in the Air Force, and both had a passion for Model A Fords. Oh, and they both enjoyed making light of my youth and relative inexperience with antique cars.

 

I’d struggled for weeks to get grandpa’s Model A started — it would crank, but it would’t fire. I’d tried everything, so I called for backup — and Bob came to the rescue.

 

He arrived one afternoon with a small tool bag, which he set down on the running board. “What seems to be the problem?” he asked. I recounted my weeks of frustration and all the things I’d tried.

 

He pulled out a few tools — a wrench and a screw driver I think — and adjusted this, tapped on that, and after about 2 minutes, he stood back and grinned.

 

“Try it now,” he said. I turned it over and the engine sprung to life.

 

“You were close, but not quite there,” he said. But I knew it would have taken me two more weeks to do what he had accomplished in two minutes.

 

Bob then pulled out a blank Sooner Model A membership form and handed it to me. I’d already joined, but I liked how direct that gesture was. You’re one of us now, he seemed to say. Go ahead and make it official.

 

Bob is gone, but a lot of his knowledge and spirit will live on in Sooner Model A. He was a mentor to many of us who learned how to rebuild a carburetor, repair a steering gear or just enjoyed shooting the breeze with him early on a Monday morning.

 

Fifteen Model As led the procession to the graveside ceremony at Bob’s funeral. A fitting tribute to a man who was so special to Oklahoma City’s antique car community.

Upcoming Bylaws Vote March 10

Posted by Michael Downes on February 19, 2019 at 6:50 PM

Dear Members --

For those who weren't able to attend our January or February Club Meetings, I'd like to let you know about an upcoming vote to amend the Club bylaws at our March meeting. The text of the proposed changes is at the end of this message.

In January, the Board voted unanimously to support a proposed amendment to the Sooner Model A bylaws that would add Web and Social Media Officer as a Board position. Currently that position is a standing committee, which does not require Board Meeting attendance.

Board member and Sooner Scuttlebutt Editor Chuck Dusenberry proposed the change to the bylaws at our January Board Meeting. His reasoning, which the Board agrees, is the Web and Social Media editor in our modern age is akin to the position of Scuttlebutt Editor. It is important to have both the Editor and Web and Social Media officer present at Board meetings, as well as the regular club meetings and other events.

Our website and Facebook page are the voice of the Club as heard by the outside world, just as the Scuttlebutt is the voice of the Club to our members. The member responsible for updates and communication on behalf of the Club through our website, Facebook page and other social media sites holds a lot of responsibility, and the Board agrees it's time for this to become a permanent Board position with the same weight as the Scuttlebutt Editor.

The majority of our new members who have joined in the last several years have made their first contact with the Club through our website or Facebook page, which is maintaned by our current Web and Social Media Officer, Will Langford. I myself am one of those members who first learned of the Club from this very website.

Will, who was not aware of Chuck's proposed change until it was presented at the Board meeting, has not objected to the proposed bylaw amendment, and has agreed to join the Board if the membership approves the proposed change.

As more of our lives take place online, the more important the Web and Social Media Officer position becomes. In past years, Will has held the Web and Social Media position, along with various official Board positions, but currently holds no Board position, hence the impetus to update the bylaws.

The general membership will have an opportunity to cast their secret ballot on the proposed change to the bylaws at the our March 10, 2019 meeting.

If you are unable to attend our March Club Meeting, you are welcome to mail in your ballot to the Club's P.O. Box as listed below. We must receive your ballot prior to Friday, Feburary 8 in order for it to be counted.

For mail-in ballots, there won't be a special form -- just write "for the proposal" or "against the proposal" on a piece of paper, and put it in an envelope. If you'd like your vote to be secret, please place that envelope in an outer envelope. Make sure to stamp the outer envelope, and include your name and address in the return field so we can verify who has voted in order for it to be counted.

Please note that only current paid members may cast a ballot, and dues are paid annually in January. You are welcome to mail in a check with your ballot if your 2019 dues are delinquent.

If you have any questions, or need assistance voting, please don't hesitate to call or email me.

Sincerely,

Michael Downes, 2019 Sooner Model A President

P.O. Box 83192

Oklahoma City, Ok. 73148


PROPOSED LANGUAGE:


Article V - Officers, Section 1:


Add the words: “Social Media Officer” following “Editor” and before “and two directors.”

AND

Article V - Officers:

Creation of new section between Section 10 “Editor” and Section 11 “Directors” to be titled “Social Media Officer” carrying the distinction of Section 11.

AND

Article V - Officers:

Renaming existing Sections 11-14 as Sections 12-15 to reflect the addition of “Social Media Officer as Section 11.

AND

Article V - Officers, Section 11 new language:

The Web and Social Media Officer shall maintain a web presence at soonermodela.org and various social media platforms as determined by the Board.


President's Message for May 2018

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on May 1, 2018 at 5:10 AM

Model A Friends,

Spring has finally arrived with up and down temperatures and Oklahoma wind. However, it is a great time to get your “A” out of the barn and take it for a drive. It is not too cold and not too hot. The wind will just enhance your skill at keeping the old girl between the fence posts.

The spring tour, hosted by the Tulsa Club, was great fun. Eight Model A’s from our club made the drive to Elk City. We also had two couples in modern cars in attendance. Friday was the busy day of the tour. In the morning we visited the Route 66 museum that is full of memorabilia from the “Mother Road.” After lunch we drove to Cheyenne to visit the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site. After leaving the battlefield we visited a private car collection in Cheyenne. This is an amazing collection ranging from Model T’s to 1970’s muscle cars. The Tulsa Club always does a fantastic job of organizing a tour.

Check the Scuttlebutt, Facebook, or our website for upcoming events and make a point to attend at least one of them. It doesn’t matter that your car might not be road worthy, drive your modern car and enjoy the fun with your Sooner Club members. You can also catch a ride in a Model A to fully participate in an event such as a parade. There are plenty of sedans with back seats available and you are very welcome.

I hope to see you on the road in your Model A.

Jim Yates, 2018 President


President's Message for April 2018

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on April 1, 2018 at 4:50 AM

Model A Friends,

Spring has finally arrived with up and down temperatures and Oklahoma wind. However, it is a great time to get your “A” out of the barn and take it for a drive. It is not too cold and not too hot. The wind will just enhance your skill at keeping the old girl between the fence posts.

The spring tour, hosted by the Tulsa Club, was great fun. Eight Model A’s from our club made the drive to Elk City. We also had two couples in modern cars in attendance. Friday was the busy day of the tour. In the morning we visited the Route 66 museum that is full of memorabilia from the “Mother Road.” After lunch we drove to Cheyenne to visit the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site. After leaving the battlefield we visited a private car collection in Cheyenne. This is an amazing collection ranging from Model T’s to 1970’s muscle cars. The Tulsa Club always does a fantastic job of organizing a tour.

Check the Scuttlebutt, Facebook, or our website for upcoming events and make a point to attend at least one of them. It doesn’t matter that your car might not be road worthy, drive your modern car and enjoy the fun with your Sooner Club members. You can also catch a ride in a Model A to fully participate in an event such as a parade. There are plenty of sedans with back seats available and you are very welcome.

I hope to see you on the road in your Model A.

Jim Yates, 2018 President


August President's Message

Posted by Editor on August 6, 2015 at 1:55 AM

Hard to believe that then end of Summer is already here. We had a great turnout for the July Monthly Meeting with over 55 members attending the annual Ice Cream Social. All manner of ice cream was served along with cakes and other assorted goodies.

We had three new members join our club at the July meeting. Please make the welcome when you meet them in the coming months.

No driving events are planned for August but the annual watermelon feast at this month's meeting is always a treat.

On Sunday August the 30th from 2-4pm we will be conducting car games for the AACA (Antique Auto Club of America's) 2015 Glidden Tour. This is a tour of pre war automobiles that has not been in Oklahoma City since 1915. If you can help with the games please contact Phil Wolfenbarger or myself and come and see some of the finest antique automobiles in America.

As always looking forward to seeing you and your A on the road.

Will Langford
2015 Chapter President

Beauty and the Beast Auction

Posted by Kent Depe on September 4, 2012 at 1:15 AM


What is a "Beauty & the Beast Auction"? The "Beauty's" (ladies) and the "Beasts" (gentlemen) are asked to provide donations, either Model A parts, tools, unique items, deserts, etc. for the auction during our Monthly Club Meeting on September 18th.

An auctioneer will be present to assist in selling the donated items to be purchased by attendees. Checks will be accepted.


This is our primary fund raiser for the Sooner Model A Club! Great items will be available!


Our club chili chef, Bill Harris will be preparing and serving homemade chili (funded by the club) and the side dishes will be provided by the Sooner board members.


PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND!

Why Model A Demonstration's Are Important

Posted by Editor on March 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM

If you attended last months meeting you were lucky to hear and see Bob Bordwine give an excellent demonstration on Model A Steering. With a group as large as ours everyone has there own specific things that they are working on and concerned with about their cars.

One of our new members who lives in Woodward sent in this great testimony as to the value of sharing what this great group of Model A mechanics know.

Thanks to Rock Simmons for sharing his experiences and thanks again to Bob Bordwine for a great demonstration.
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Last months meeting that included steering tune up was extremely informative. After a few adjustments,a new ball on my steering arm, and proper spring adjustments on my pitman arm and drag links the personality of my sedan has changed. It's not scary anymore!

The width of the road is no longer a problem. The length .....that's another problem.

Rock Simmons (Woodward Oklahoma)

History of OKC Zoo Presentation during January 18th Club Meeting

Posted by Kent Depe on January 12, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Amy Stephens will be presenting the History of the OKC Zoo during our monthly Club Meeting on Tuesday January 18th at 7:00 PM. She will focus her presentation around the 1930's, same as our Model A's. Please plan to attend!

Beauty and the Beast Auction

Posted by Kent Depe on September 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM

The Beauty and the Beast Auction held during our recent club meeting on Tuesday September 21st was a huge success!  All attendees were entertained by our highly skilled "live" auctioneer.  Many, many items were donated by club members and of course, all items were purchased by other club members.  Great items were available, even a ladies Rolex!  A great time was had by all.  Thank you to all who attended, donated and purchased!

Beauty & the Beast Auction, including Free Homemade Chili!

Posted by Kent Depe on September 11, 2010 at 1:04 PM

What is a "Beauty & the Beast Auction"?  The "Beauties" (ladies) and the "Beasts" (gentlemen) are asked to provide donations, either Model A parts, tools, unique items, etc. for the auction during our Monthly Club Meeting on September 21st.  An auctioneer will be present to assist in selling the donated items to be purchased by attendees.  Checks will be accepted.  This is a fund raiser for the Sooner Model A Club.  Also, our club chili chef, Bill Harris will be preparing and serving homemade chili (funded by the club) and the side dishes will be provided by the Sooner board members.   PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND!