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March 14, 2013 Meeting
President Larry Berg called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.
We had several new members join us tonight, including Linda Nelson and her son Alex (pictured, right), who recently acquired a 1968 Spitfire from a sunny and warm spot in Florida and had it shipped to our frozen snow-covered land. John Patten is also a new member who joins with a 1966 TR4A project car. Fun!
Larry mentioned that due to personal obligations, Jeremy Fohrenkamm will be unable to continue as our Tech Session coordinator, but Pat Holt has agreed to take on those duties. Many thanks go out to Pat and we wish Jeremy all the best.
The Spring Shakedown tour is coming up on April 20 and it will be coordinated this year by John Kallaus.
Larry spoke of the new calendar challenge, which involves getting pictures of your Triumph in front of as many barbeque restaurants as you can find. Five points will be given for each Triumph in the picture, so if you get a couple of cars together, you get more points (and you get to share a barbeque meal with your friends)!
He also mentioned the upcoming auto painting seminars at Welle Auto Supply on April 23 and 24.
Treasurer Rick Hansen reported that we still have money in our accounts, but the big news is that the IRS has accepted our tax-exempt status, which is retroactive to the last year when we had it. Many thanks to Rick for seeing that effort through to completion!
Membership chair Joe DeMuth said there are about 40 member "groups" (that is, individuals or families) that were paid members last year who have not yet renewed their membership this year. Currently, there are about 50 "groups," which translates to about 90 members. Joe is hoping to have everyone's dues by the end of March.
Newsletter editor Orrin McGill mentioned that the newsletter will now be posted online and an e-mail sent to everyone with the link. In the past, the newsletter was always e-mailed as an attachment, but many e-mails returned a bounce-back. Secretary Fred Olson agreed this was a good practice and said he'd work to get the newsletter online as soon as it's available.
Event coordinators Terry Mackey and Dick Leighninger mentioned that there are a handful of events that still need organizers. Anyone willing to help is encouraged to contact Terry and Dick.
Speaking of events, watch for tech sessions on the third Saturdays of the months. Linda (mentioned above) and Carla with her TR6 mentioned that they would likely be interested in sessions on their cars.
Historian Greg Gelhar mentioned that anyone with pictures of events can also post them to the club's Facebook page.
Some of the big upcoming events are the InterMarque Spring Kick-off coming up on May 11 in Osseo, Minn. and British Car Week in Hot Springs, Ark. which is May 29 - June 2. The big VTR get-together this year is in the wine country of California.
Larry adjourned the meeting at 7:50 p.m.
Total Attendees: 37
Total Triumph Cars: 0 (will all this salt and cold ever go away?)
Next Club Meetings:
Jan. 11, 2018
1754 Lexington Ave. North
Roseville, MN 55113
Tire-Kicking: 6 p.m.
Meeting: 7 p.m.
Minnesota Triumphs is a not-for-profit club which encourages and promotes the preservation, general enjoyment and maintenance of Triumph sports cars for educational, recreational and historic interest.
Minnesota Triumphs is an officially chartered chapter of the Vintage Triumph Register.
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