The March 13, 2017 membership meeting was called to order @ 6:30 PM by President David Bowles as President Kevin Stremlau resigned on Mar 11, 2017. There were 60 members present and 3 guests. David thanked everyone present for coming and commented on what a GREAT club we have. He also thanked Gary Uftring for his sponsorship. David commented that if anyone had questions regarding Kevin's resigning, they could be asked after the meeting.
Visitors: Visiting the club tonight was Mike Stevens, a former MICC member. He and his wife Julie own a 2016 yellow Stingray. Welcome Mike!
David wished happy birthday and happy anniversary to those celebrating in March.
New Members: Rich and Mary Anderson were voted in as new members tonight. They own a red and black 2016 Z51 Stingray. Welcome to the Andersons.
Officer Reports: A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept the secretary's report as presented on the MICC website. Moe Sweet gave the treasurer's report for the period ending Feb 28, 2017. She also passed around the detailed report for all to read. A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept the treasurer's report as presented. Sandy Arnold stated that her Governor's report is on the MICC website in its entirety.
Activities: Jim Gehrig thanked the couples that stepped up to organize and execute the planned activities for Feb while he and Gloria were on vacation. He briefly went over upcoming activities and stated that they would be listed on the MICC website and there would also be sign up sheets available at the monthly membership meetings. Activities will be brought to the membership's attention 4 – 6 weeks in advance of the events other than those that require hotel reservations, those will be presented a little further out so that members can work around those dates for days off from work and figuring vacation time. Jim encouraged everyone to visit the website regularly for events and activities.
Old Business: President Bowles stated that the previously discussed issue of the Christmas party was resolved in a board meeting and is considered closed. A very few members are not satisfied with the results of that board meeting and continued to discuss the issue. The majority of the membership present are very tired of rehashing it. A motion was made from the floor, to exonerate the person involved and move on. The motion was seconded and voted on to drop the issue and move on. The vote was 50 yes and 5 no.
MICC sponsor, Gary Uftring, addressed the membership and said that he is very disappointed in the dissention that is currently plaguing the club. He strongly fears that this dissention will destroy the club. He encouraged the membership to remember the good things that have come out of this club; the camaraderie, mutual interests in beautiful cars, the charitable work that we do and the fun that we have always had together. Gary stated this is one of the largest Corvette clubs in this region and this kind of behavior will give the club a bad reputation. He feels we should move on, work together – not against one another - and continue doing good things.
The 2017 budget was not discussed as other issues took precedence at the Jan & Feb meetings and there was not time to prepare a proper budget for discussion. The board will meet to prepare a budget for presentation at the April membership meeting.
Trivia and 50/50: Trivia question: Although the new factory in St Louis had the capacity to produce 10,000 cars a year, Chevrolet produced just 3,640 for 1954. How many remained unsold at the end of the year? A) 33% B) 25% C) 50% D) 15%. The correct answer is: A) 33%. Ev Hoffer guessed incorrectly... the amount for a correct answer to the trivia question at the April membership meeting will be $30.
The 50/50 drawing was worth $40 and was won by Dan Hittinger. Dan donated his winnings to the upcoming car show. Thank you Dan!
With nothing further to discuss, the meeting was adjourned @ 7:35 PM.
In the absence of
Marilyn Carls, MICC Secretary