|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.
|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.
Michael Downes, 2019 Sooner Model A President
P.O. Box 83192
Oklahoma City, Ok. 73148
Article V - Officers, Section 1:
Add the words: “Social Media Officer” following “Editor” and before “and two directors.”
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.
Article V - Officers:
Renaming existing Sections 11-14 as Sections 12-15 to reflect the addition of “Social Media Officer as Section 11.
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.
|Posted by Editor on November 21, 2011 at 7:25 PM|
For those planning a trip to the National Convention in Marquette Michigan I have added it to the event calendar and have also provided a link to their site. You can also click here to read their schedule of events.
|Posted by Editor on September 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM|
Kent Depe asked me to post a message about the Czech Festival Parade. The Sooners will not formally be attending the parade but any who wish to attend are welcome to line up with the Okie A's. They are meeting at Jims Restaurant at 39th and Council at 7:30 for breakfast and then driving over to Yukon. Line up is 8:30 and their number is 21.