President's Message - January 2020
I just spent the last number of weeks overseas in Indonesia (scuba diving in Raja Ampat) and Thailand enjoying the hot weather of approximately +32C and high humidity and then I returned last Tuesday afternoon (January 7). When I woke up the following day there was a fresh big pile snow on the ground and then 2 days later we go into a freakin’ deep freeze of -35C. This was supposed to happen while I was away, not just as soon as I returned from vacation. I still wonder, why do we live in this frozen place.
I would like to thank Michelle Sitzler again for being our Treasurer for the past 2 ½ years and doing a fantastic job organizing our financials. Peter put his name forward when we had our annual executive elections (in November) for the position of Treasurer. I would like to thank Peter for this and to welcome him to the Executive Committee.
At the October meeting there was a discussion about the auction for the original 1968 Mustang Bullitt car, as a result of that we conducted a 1968 Bullitt Mustang Auction Price Guess for any of our current AMOA members. The hammer price at the Mecum Auction for the 1968 Bullitt Mustang was $3,400,000.00 USD. To all those who entered the Bullitt auction price guess, Gilbert will announce the first and second place winners on January 21st when he gets back from vacation. The winner gets $117.00 and 2nd place gets $39.00.
The AMOA made donations to the Mustard Seed and the WIN House on December 11, 2019. These donations will help the less fortunate that use the Mustard Seed facilities and for women and children seeking a safe place and emergency services fleeing from domestic abuse. There are pictures and a short message posted on our website as well as our Facebook page. I have also consolidated all of our other donations that we have made over the past few years on our website onto there own page under the “Events” dropdown banner and titled “Club Donations”.
Cars & Coffee is held on the second Saturday for the month. It is held on from 10am til noon at the A&W on 149 Street & 111 Avenue. Come have a coffee or breakfast with other AMOA members and any other Ford fans are also welcome to join us. We will continue to have this during the winter months, so come on out and have a coffee or bite to eat and socialize with other club members.
President's Message - December 2019
Merry Christmas and Happy December Everyone!
Craig is away in warmer climes right now and asked me to write this month’s newsletter message. We recently had our Executive elections and would like to welcome Peter Sitlzer as our new Treasurer and would like to thank Michelle Sitzler for being our fantastic treasurer for the last two years, the rest of the executive remains the same.
Being December, most of our ponies will be nicely tucked away for winter, but I know there are a few brave souls driving their Stangs through winter. I used to be one of them! It can be done, and I do believe it makes you a better winter driver when you learn to tame the horses on winter roads. For the ponies that are sleeping, hopefully we only have 4 more months to go before we hear the sweet sounds of street sweepers removing all the winter crud from the roads. Until then, we need to endure a few more months of old man winter.
Some of us will escape for a partial retreat to warmer weather, others may curl up with a good book or two. Regardless of what each of you do, make the most of the time as best you can. Especially as we enter the holiday season, a time that each of us can make a difference in our communities. It doesn’t take much – more smiles, offering to help others more, choosing to be positive around others, modest donations to the less fortunate, the list goes on. Speaking of donations, we can all be proud of the fact that all of us AMOA members have made a difference this holiday season, as the club made donations to the Mustard Seed and the WIN House on December 11th. These donations will help the less fortunate that use the Mustard Seed facilities and for women and children seeking a safe place and emergency services fleeing from domestic abuse, so hats off to all of us for making a difference!
On December 7th, a large group of us gathered for our annual AMOA Christmas party. We had a great turn out and the potluck dishes that everyone brought were amazing. Deb did an awesome job with the gift exchange games, there were some great gifts and some funny gifts – can’t wait to use my pistol toilet cleaner brush and all the protective equipment that came with it! Later in the evening we had people playing poker, pool, shuffleboard and air hockey. Brother Daryl with one R, we need to get some pool practice in before next year! And Barb took her match of air hockey seriously by donning a helmet during play, safety first! It was great seeing everyone having a good time, mingling with each other and getting to know one another better. We need to continue to have group events throughout the year as we have great people in the AMOA club. If you have any ideas for group events please get in touch with an AMOA executive or come to one of the monthly meetings with your ideas, we would love to hear them!
As we enter January there is always the infamous car auctions that satisfy a few days for us car buffs and this year I am sure there will be a lot of eyes on the Mecum Kissimmee Auction where the 1968 Bullitt Mustang from the movie will be auctioned off. It will be fun to see which club member will win the guess on final hammer price.
Well that’s it for now, Craig will be back in January, until then I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2020!
AMOA Vice President