Mudgee Meet Still on Schedule for April 2021
If you are willing to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Oz, you’ll be able to join your Aussie brethren for the Australian club’s 50th anniversary in New South Wales. Trip highlights include a visit to the gold rush town of Gulgong, and a visit to a car restoration shop. Click on the link below to download the registration form.
Grand European 2021
June 1–6, 2021 Freiburg, Germany
Join European members as they celebrate the biggest event in club life. German and Swiss members are proud to announce the next Grand European 2021 in Freiburg, Germany! They have booked the Dorint Hotel “An den Thermen” near Freiburg exclusively for our participants. These meetings have been held regularly since 1993 and give members the opportunity to get to know Germany from its beautiful sides; In recent years, Berlin, Rüdesheim, Hachenburg, Bad Wiessee, Aachen, Speyer, and many other places have been the destination.
CLC Grand National July 13–17 2021
Albuquerque NM CANCELLED
A Grand National with Southwest flavor? Too good to be true. Covid concerns have postponed this year’s GN until 2023. Keep your fingers crossed for luck as we look forward to 2022 in Chicago. What follows is CLC President Glenn Brown’s explanation of the decisions:
This is the letter I didn’t want to have to write. The Board of Directors has decided it is best to reschedule the Albuquerque Grand National until a later date. I had hoped that we would be able to hold this year’s Grand National in Albuquerque with a few modest alterations. However, despite vaccination opportunities improving, and an optimistic outlook for moving past this pandemic, COVID continues to upend our plans. While significant progress is being made in addressing the pandemic’s health impacts, they aren’t gone. COVID related restrictions remain in place in many parts of the country, including Albuquerque. We had anticipated that some level of social distancing might remain in place. But current restrictions and those likely to be in place for our dates, would adversely impact most of our activities, tours and tour venues. We anticipated we would not be able to have our usual buffets, banquets, bar service, or hospitality suite. We had additional concerns about having enough experienced judges to judge the cars. Secondarily, we felt that we could have difficulty being able to meet our significant financial obligations to the host hotel as well. At the time our decision was made, we could not assure that we could hold an event of the caliber you have come to expect from your Club.
Therefore rather than hold a severely diminished event, the Board decided to postpone the Albuquerque Grand National to June of 2023. I know this is very disappointing to our host Region members, who worked diligently to hold this event in the face of this pandemic. It is also disappointing for those who made plans to attend, especially those of you who felt we should have held the GN last year.
After having cancelled last year’s Grand National, we were doing all we could to try to hold this year’s event as planned. Unfortunately, the situation has simply not improved enough to enable us to safely do so. Therefore in the best interest of the Club and the health of our fellow members, we believe this is the correct decision.
In the interim, the outlook is very good to have all these concerns behind us for our Grand National in Chicago (Lombard, Illinois) June 21-25, 2022, and a rescheduled Albuquerque Grand National June 20-24, 2023. They are both going to be great events. I hope to see you there.
We are working on possibly holding a more casual Cadillac-Lasalle Club gathering in the Southeast in October. I’ll keep you posted as planning for that event evolves.
Until then, stay safe.
Austrians Still on Track for August 2021 Big Meet
Still hungry for some Cadill-action? Well, another opportunity to rub bumper guards with international Cadillac enthusiasts will be August 21, 2021 in Kremsmunster, Austria. Follow the link below to their site.
CLCMRC Fall Festival Hickory Corners Michigan September 23-26 2021
Hopefully we can get our CLC activities back on track by September! Also, remember the current pandemic has greatly reduced museum income. Therefore we recommend the CLCMRC to your customary generosity. Make your checks payable to the CLCMRC 35105 W. 13-Mile Road Farmington Hills MI 48331-2073. Follow this link to see some of the great cars and folks who attended the 2019 Fall Fest: AWARD WINNERS
Tom and Lynn Keegan were able to attend the Aussie Grand National in Renmark, South Australia March 21 to 26. Smaller than our GNs, the event hosted about 200 Cadillac enthusiasts from Australia, the US, Germany, and New Zealand. Because we were a smaller group, members drove their own cars to the many outings. In a way, it was closer to one of our driving tours. Our headquarters was the Big4 Holiday Park on the Murray river. Very comfortable, it offered a range of accommodation. We stayed in a little pre-fab bungalow, while others brought their camping trailers. One bloke camped in a tent next to his Cadillac. The activities were well-planned and well-executed with the help of many volunteers. But, untimately, it’s the Cadillac people who make the trip worthwhile. It was wonderful to make new international friends and catch up with the ones we knew. Of course, all received an invite to Kansas City to attend our GN in 2020.
2017 CLC Grand National Tysons Corner. VA
The 2017 CLC Grand National is in the books, and ranks among the most successful and well-attended events in Club history. Many thanks to the Potomac Region and the Valley Forge Region, for hosting the July 31 – August 6, 2017 event. Chairpersons Ronnie Hux, Scott Minesinger and Jack Hotz are to be commended for planning the events which were much appreciated. As to be expected at an east coast event, many overseas members attended. In fact, the long distance award was collected by a team from Venezuela!
Cadillac Grand European August 23–27 Copenhagen Denmark
Not Cancelled! What?
The 2017 Grand European in Copenhagen Denmark was cancelled due to the low number of members who signed up to show their cars. But did this stop Cadillac lovers from around the world from creating their own GE? One must ask: Is the international Cadillac & LaSalle Club populated with such diehards that they must attend even a cancelled event?! Well, if you already have your plane tickets, hotel reservations and your English/Danish phrase book tucked into your backpack, then the answer is yes. Astoundingly, 20 Club members from all over Europe and North America gathered in Copenhagen and enjoyed the hospitality of the Danish Cadillac Club August 23rd–27th. Members arrived for the “cancelled” event from Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Czech republic, and the good old US of A to do what we do best: Drive Cadillacs, visit great venues, and break bread.
CLC Announces New Directory, Member Software
The following information courtesy of SWVP Tim Coy
The 2017 CLC International Membership Directory will be mailed in late October to most of you along with your November-December copy of The Self-Starter; for those on First Class and Life memberships, the Directory will be bulk mailed separate from your copy of The Self-Starter. If you are an online-only member, you will not receive a printed directory; it will be available as a read-only PDF in a protected area of the CLC website. A postcard will be inserted in an upcoming issue of The Self-Starter asking members if they wish to continue receiving the printed copy for 2018 and beyond. If the member returns the postcard and/or e-mails the CLC Office, they will continue to receive a mailed directory. Otherwise, they will not, and will be able to log in and look up the information on the CLC website. This is a huge cost-saving move and hopefully will ward off a dues increase for a while longer.
Use the new Directory for membership recruitment
I did this for years when I was the editor of my Region’s newsletter. Look up all the names in your assigned area, send all non-Region members a letter and/or a newsletter along with a membership app and ask them to join your Region. My experience was that 20 percent of those people will respond and join your Region, with the new revenue you receive far outpacing your postage expenses asking them to join. The CLC experience is best at the local level.
New membership software coming
The board, in a majority vote, approved to allow the CLC to move its membership records to YourMembership.com by the beginning of 2017. The Club will save money in the long run, while offering members the ability to update their own information without having to notify the CLC Office. Every member will be given one login and password for all functions, which will work for updating your membership information, renewing your membership, viewing The Self-Starter (if you have an upgraded membership), viewing the online Directory, participating in the Discussion Forum and a lot more. Once you’re logged in, you can search for every member in your state, members who own the same body style you have, and you can even search for owners using multiple model years. YourMembership.com will allow Regions access to conduct business, so get ready for this exciting change.
New officers appointed
Dan Cress of the Badger Region (Wisconsin) has been appointed Grand National treasurer beginning with the CLC-operated 2018 Grand National. Chuck Swanson of the New York Capital District Region has been appointed vice president of Information Technology, and will oversee the implementation of YourMembership.com. DR Rawson of Las Vegas has been appointed chair of the Membership Promotion and Public Relations Committee, and will spearhead efforts to bring in new members and retain existing members.
CLC Museum mortgage retired
The building at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, is paid off; however, there are still operating expenses and an upcoming fundraising campaign will take place to expand the building.