President Ira Shapiro
I hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season and is ready for the New Year and everything it brings. Before I talk about what’s in store for 2020, I want to first thank a few people for their continued dedication and work to making our club as good as it is. Without the hard work of Millie and her assistants our annual holiday party would not have been the success I heard it was. Susan and I couldn’t make it, but we wish everyone a belated Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy New Year. As is the club’s tradition, a Member of the Year is recognized at the holiday party. Congratulations to Luis Quevedo, the 2019 Member of the Year. I also want to thank all the officers and board members for their service to our club last year: Manny Garcia, our immediate past president, for his service to our club as president over the past two years, and to Mel Mann for his many years of service as treasurer; he turned over the responsibilities early this past year to Manny. Thanks go to Cindy Endres for her service as club secretary last year, and former board members Luis Quevedo and Gary Shanock. I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize all the returning officers and board members as well as welcome our new board members, Bill Anello and Conrad Vazquez. Without all their time and energy, the club would not function as smoothly as it does. When you see any of our past and present board members, please show them your appreciation for their service to the hobby.
As you are reading this issue of Sidelights, the club is getting ready for a busy first quarter of the year. In a few days we will gather on Ocean Drive on Miami Beach for Art Deco Weekend. Over two days we will present two completely different shows. Saturday is open to anything that runs, twenty-five years of age and older. Then on Sunday we’ll do it all over again but showing cars twenty-five years of age and older that are original survivors, restored to factory specs, or lovingly maintained in like-new condition. Thank you in advance to Mel Mann, Bob Squier, and Philip Williams along with all the volunteers for making this two-day car show a success. Then in February, the big show rolls into town. Our club, with the support of Rick and Rita Case and the Rick Case Automotive Group, will be hosting the AACA Winter Nationals Meet. Co-Chairs Manny and Millie Garcia, along with the Board and volunteers, have been working hard to organize this show. Our club and South Florida will be on display to our fellow national club members, so let’s make this a memorable show. We still need lots of help to make this show a big success, so call Manny or Millie Garcia to volunteer. For March, Andy Levy and Tomás Hernandez are busy at work organizing our Biltmore Way Show. Gather with us in the shade of the historic Coral Gables City Hall as we present our annual judged car show. The sounds, smells and sights of Carnaval on the Mile will be going on across the street from our show so bring out your car and have fun.
These activities and more will unfold for you as the year moves on. It’s easy to stay in touch with what’s happening. One way you’re already doing that is by reading our club magazine “Sidelights,” published by awarding-winning editor Jean Hawa. We would love to publish your stories, so if you’ve been somewhere interesting or working on a restoration, write it up and send it to Jean. Don’t forget to add pictures. Another way to stay in touch is through our club’s web site www.aacasouthflorida.club. Edited by our award-winning webmaster Bob Squier, the website is updated after every event and is the fastest way to know what’s happening or has happened. Along with our fine publications, there’s the camaraderie of attending the monthly club meeting. Look for reminder emails with meeting and activity details.
Don’t miss out on all the fun, stay in touch and be active. I look forward to seeing all of you at our events. Be safe and have fun!
Ira Shapiro, President 2020