President’s Message

President Ira Shapiro

January – February 2021

Happy New Year to you and your family. However you celebrated the holidays, I hope you enjoyed being with family and friends, if only virtually.
What a difference a year makes. My 2020 January/February President’s message was full of hopes and plans for a great year. Unfortunately, by the middle of March all that changed as the world began to close. Now with two COVID-19 vaccines being distributed, it looks like with caution 2021 will be a better year. Only time will tell when the global pandemic will end and a return to some form of normalcy.
2020 wrapped up with a virtual holiday party at which time we swore in the officers and board for 2021. Please help me thank them for their service to the club and welcome new Board Member Jorge Feria. As is our tradition since 1971, we have awarded our Most Valuable Member trophy, recognizing a member for his or her service to the club, at the holiday party. For those of you that missed it, this year’s recipient is an active member of the board and an integral part of every social event and car show our club has either hosted or been asked to participated in. You have all interacted with this year’s recipient, either when applying for membership, renewing your membership, or perhaps registering for a car show or social event. Please join me in congratulating Philip Williams, Club Membership Chairman, as our 2020 Most Valuable Member.
We are all looking forward to this year becoming a better year than last. However, we must be aware that there will still be challenges and disappointments. January brought us the rescheduled Deering Estate Show with limitations to keep everyone safe. We would have also gathered on Ocean Drive for a two-day car show during Art Deco Weekend. Unfortunately, Art Deco Weekend was cancelled for in-person participation. Instead, it has turned into an on-line virtual event on January 16th and 17th. Thanks to the efforts of Bob Squier, we will have an on-line presence for Art Deco with a Power Point display of previous years’ shows. Look at their website, https://mdpl.org/ for those pictures. February would have been the National Convention in Philadelphia, which has been rescheduled to April 15th and 16th. Memory Lane and Havana Classics, hosted by the South Florida Auto Dealers Association at the Miami Auto Show, has been rescheduled for May. On a positive note, Andy Levy and Tomás Hernández are currently working on the Coral Gables Show for March, pending the approval by the City of Coral Gables. As we progress through the year the Board will continue to try to create socially-safe events for the club. Stay tuned for updates on future events.
Our general meetings will continue to be held via Zoom for all our safety on the third Thursday of the month. Please join us so we can catch up. We all want to meet face to face, but for now safety guidelines do not allow it.
Even though we cannot gather for club events quite yet, we still have various resources to stay in contact. Reading our club newsletter Sidelights, published by award-winning editor Jean Hawa, is one way.  Another way to stay in touch is through our club’s web site www.aacasouthflorida.club, edited by award-winning webmaster Bob Squier. Do not forget to join and follow our club Facebook page, South Florida Region Antique Automobile Club of America Group. As a member of the page, you can post car-related items. Jean Hawa would love to publish your stories in Sidelights, so if you have gone somewhere interesting or are working on a restoration, write it up and send it to Jean.  Do not forget to add pictures.
Don’t miss out on the fun and stay in touch. I look forward to seeing all of you either via Zoom or at the next socially-distant event. Be safe and have fun!
Ira Shapiro,  President 2021