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….And that new Sheriff (Mark Goldenberg) is demanding my President’s message tonight so that he can publish his first newsletter as our new newsletter editor. Let’s all welcome Mark and thank him profusely for stepping into that role. It is not an easy role, but I know that Mark will do a fabulous job – as he always does.
Secondly, let us all put our hands together and send our eternal thanks and gratitude to our outgoing editor, Jean Riley. Jean has tirelessly cranked out our award-winning newsletter month after month since January 2018. 7+ years without fail. That is dedication and we all owe Jean a Thunderbird full of Thanks – and a Big Bird, at that. Thank You, Jean, for all that you do and have done for the BATOC family.
Third. Thanks go out to Paul & Marianne Grech for our fabulous April outing to the Mystery Spot in the Santa Cruz mountains followed by a beautiful drive up the coat to Half Moon Bay and lunch at the Moss Beach Distillery. This was technically Paul & Marianne’s first time as leaders of a BATOC outing and they did a fabulous job. Thank you, guys, for a job well done and a great time.
Fourth. Don’t miss Thunderbird Appreciation Day on May 19th, courtesy of our Activities Chair, Nick Verhoek. There is a flyer inside, and Nick has organized a great back roads driving tour so we can show off our cars and enjoy a nice lunch on a beautiful day with the tops down – weather permitting. See the enclosed flyer and RSVP to Nick. But no matter what, get the car out and join us.
Fifth. Make sure you put June 29th on your calendar for BATOC’s 66th Anniversary celebration, tech session and Rib Cook-Off. It’s an all-day event on Saturday, June 29th at My Hot Cars in San Ramon. We’ll do another informative tech session (topic still in the planning stage), along with a detailing lesson courtesy of My Hot Cars, followed by our much-anticipated rib cook off between Guy Cummins and James Gibson. The competition is heating up and you’ll be the judge. Again, there is a flyer enclosed and we need to you RSVP ASAP.
Sixth. My hat is off to our “Shit (Stuff) For Seniors” committee who are putting the finishing touches on this fabulous new initiative. As you know, instead of our traditional Toys For Tots drive, this year we have opted to make it “Shit (Stuff) For Seniors” and provide a group of deserving Seniors with lots of love, support and holiday joy. We have also combined this event with our annual Friendsgiving celebration and will spend the afternoon visiting with our group of seniors and then enjoy our usual Friendsgiving dinner. My thanks to Darlene Hafner (Committee Chair), Mary Cummins, Lita Schaffer & Lisa Perry. Great job and we are looking forward to hearing more about the final plans
Seventh. Not much happening on the national front, but I do want to give a shoutout to CTCI for doing a good job of embracing the new Retro membership with their coverage in the Early Bird and coverage of Thunderbird sales results through Mecum Auctions this year. If you are a Retro owner and have not yet joined CTCI, you really should. It is well worth the $55.00 membership. We’ll have membership packages at our next meeting.
Eighth. Happy T-Birding


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