by Bob Wannall #3069, President, Board of Trustees
Fun Fact: The ROA’s Board of Trustees meets twice a year:
in January via conference call and again in June at the annual International
Meet. Alas, the pandemic zapped our 2020 International Meet in Kalamazoo,
MI, along with virtually every other car club’s annual gatherings. So,
it was back to the phones for the Board of Trustees’ summer meeting.
The news is that our finances and membership are stable, with about 2,500
members. The Kalamazoo Meet is rescheduled for 2023, and our 2021 Meet
next June 21-24 in Branson, MO promises to be spectacular. ROA met there
in 2011 with rave reviews.
Darrell Ingold, who has ably served for two terms in various positions,
including this past year as President, rotated off the Board this year. Thank
you, Darrell. To fill the vacancy we greeted, Steve Tangney, who also serves
as the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Coordinator. Welcome aboard,
Steve. The Trustees elected me as president for the coming year, and elected
Steve as Board Secretary.
Our Director, Ray Knott, presented a detailed report on current and future
plans. Ray continues to be the spark plug of our club, attending to the myriad
day-to-day details ranging from new member development to chasing stories
for the Riview.
As I write this, we are all in various degrees of “hunker down.” That doesn’t
mean you can’t fire up your classic Riviera and go for a nice drive. Our cars
need exercise. We need fresh air and some scenery. Plus, pandemic-weary
people love to see our classics rolling along.
By Ray Knott #1, Director/Editor
As collectors of older cars, we find that we must often
look to our peers for guidance and problem solving. We
here at the ROA reach out to those who are most experienced to help us
prepare interesting and informative articles for the Riview. We hope we have
done that with our many series such as “Rivieras In-Print,” “In the Styling
Studio,” “GM Plant View,” “Inside a Buick Dealership,” and currently “Rust
Issues.” All of these started with suggestions from members. After we conclude
the series on rust, I am looking for topics that are the most interesting
and helpful to our members.
Recently, I have received several great suggestions. In addition to ferreting
out rust, what else should we do to ensure that the car we are interested
in buying will not disappoint? In the Nov./Dec. Riview, we will feature two
Rivieras that appeared to be perfect in every way, only to discover that the
seller misrepresented the car’s condition, resulting in costly repairs. I have
received a checklist from one very experienced member on what to look
for when buying a car. I am sure there are many other members who have
learned from experience and could provide us with their thoughts.
In addition to buying tips, we are always open to suggestions for articles.
Do you have a topic that would be of interest to the general membership?
If so, please contact me.