by Bob Wannall #3069, President, Board of Trustees
Two new members will be joining the Board of Trustees
at the ROA International Meet in Kalamazoo, MI this June. Charles Courture
#15374 and Gil Volling #6856 will fill seats being vacated by Steve Tangney
#473 and by myself.
Our job as the Board of Trustees is to be, as the By-Laws read, “responsible
for the overall policy and direction of the Association.” We delegate the
responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the ROA to the Director, who is
appointed by the Board each January.
Board members are listed on this page (page 4) of each edition of the Riview,
as well as on the ROA website. But keep looking down the page. There you’ll
see the names of the very talented and dedicated folks who make the ROA
happen, headed by Director Ray Knott #1. (Wouldn’t it be great to email each
of them thanking them for their efforts? (This writer excepted, of course).
Board members serve a three-year term. Some serve two consecutive terms.
Steve is completing a single term; I’m finishing two. So, we’re done, at least for
now. The club bylaws do allow for another term after standing down for at least
a year. But, really, the idea is to have new talent and new ideas rotating on and
off the Board of Trustees.
Check out the By-Laws on the website, especially if you’ve never read them.
See how carefully ROA is managed and how each of us is welcome to help out.
By Ray Knott #1, Director/Editor
In 1965, I happened into a Buick dealership in New
Jersey and saw the new 1965 Riviera. I was impressed but
unable to afford one. I left with a dealer’s brochure and
my dreams. It wasn’t until 1972 that I purchased a used ’65, which became
my daily driver. I was very proud of my white Riviera and maintained it in
excellent condition. Unfortunately, I didn’t know anyone else who shared my
interest in the Rivieras. I felt I was the only one.
Years later after I moved to Colorado, I bought a 1965 Gran Sport. I was
excited to find old newsletters in the trunk from a Riviera Club back in New
Jersey. I was elated to find that there were others as enthused as I was, only
to discover that club had disbanded and the organizers I contacted were
discouraged. But I finally found others who shared my interests and that led
to establishing the ROA.
We at ROA established our Regional Coordinator (RC) program to
encourage local social gatherings. We support members who are willing to
host local events. Nothing elaborate—it could be a gathering at a local park,
a tour through a local museum or a paint shop. Members’ email addresses
are on the roster on the website. But too few members have stepped up to
the RC program and we have many regions without a coordinator. Members
should not feel alone. Interested? Let me know and I will send information
on the RC program.