President’s Message


January – February 2022

Once again, the earth is about to complete another journey around the sun. As we head into the holiday season, it’s time to reflect on the events of this past year and look forward to what the New Year brings. Considering the obstacles thrown at us by COVID 19, we still had an active year. The year started off with a show at the Deering Estate — thank you Jean Hawa — followed by a virtual presence, which continued an unbroken line of twenty-five years of participation at Art Deco Weekend: thank you, Bob Squier. In March, Al Padilla and Jorge Feria took us on a “Tour Back Through Time,” a fun drive through our community. So, how well did you know our community? In April we got our cars out of the garage again for an educational drive down Old Cutler Road, which started at Sunset Elementary. Our reward for a successful drive were delicious honey buns and fresh coffee, thanks to Cheryl and Jay Mullininx at their home. Then after a hiatus of many years, the club returned in May to Downtown Miami for a car show on Flagler Street. That was followed up in June with another “Cars and Coffee,” this time at the Town and Country Shopping Center on Kendall Drive. For August we did another “Cars and Coffee” to spend some time with Conrad and Tanya Vazquez at their home in Cutler Bay; thank you, Millie Garcia for organizing this. We took a break in October to recharge our batteries in advance of two events in November. First up was another visit to Deering Estate for a car show chaired by Jean Hawa, and then our Progressive Lunch. Starting at Tropical Park, we headed out on an educational tour of Coral Gables while heading to our favorite chef’s table.  Thank you, Cheryl Mullininx, for a wonderful lunch, and to both you and Jay for the use of your home.  Additionally, thank you Millie and Manny Garcia for helping with the details. We’ve had quite a busy year and fun year, but it’s not quite done.
This month we celebrate the holidays at our club holiday party. Thanks to Millie and Manny Garcia for making the arrangements, the festivities will take place in the club house at Winston Park. Check your email for all the details. There will be room for your collectable car, and make sure you bring an appetite; the menu sounds delicious with something for everyone’s palate. Your 2022 Officers and Board with be inducted at the holiday party. Thank you to everyone that braved the rain last month to attend our November General meeting so you could elect our new Board. Congratulations to our newly elected Officers, Millie Garcia, President; Tomas Hernandez, 1st Vice President; Al Padilla, 2nd Vice President; Yovanna Hernandez, Secretary and Manny Garcia, club Treasurer. Congratulations also go to our returning Board Members and new board member Richard Whittington. I wish them all great success in the coming year.
2022 is shaping up to be an exciting and busy year. Plans are in the works to return to Ocean Drive for a two-day show as part of Art Deco Weekend, and in February we are working on a show at Vizcaya. March will take us back to the streets of Coral Gables, and likely in April a return to the Flagler Street Show in Downtown Miami. There are more things being planned for you to enjoy our hobby. Stay in touch with what is happening in the club by reading Sidelights, edited by Jean Hawa. You can also stay in touch through our club’s website, edited by Bob Squier, or join and follow the club Facebook page, South Florida Region Antique Automobile Club of America Group. As a member of the group, you can post car hobby-related items.
As I wrap up my final President’s Message, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank several people for all they have done to make the past two years as your club President easy: Philip Williams, who is turning the responsibilities of Membership Chair to Conrad Vazquez. Philip has been our Membership Chair since I turned it over to him back in 2002. And thanks to Bob Squier, who has been our club secretary on and off for the past twenty years as well as creating and editing our Award-Winning Web page. Together they have been my sounding board, writing editor and an integral part of our club events and cars shows. I also want to thank Jean Hawa, editor of our award-winning newsletter “Sidelights,” another of my writing editors and along with Maurice a sounding board for club events. I also want to thank the officers and board of our club for their diligence in continuing to make our club the cornerstone of the collector car community in South Florida.
As we start on another journey around the sun, know that our club is in good hands of our President, Millie Garcia, 1st Vice President Tomas Hernandez and 2nd Vice President Al Padilla. Stay in touch with what’s going on by reading Sidelights and following our club website. You can also stay in touch on our club Facebook page. However, you choose to stay in touch, it’s made better by your participation. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you on Ocean Drive for Art Deco Weekend, either Saturday which is open to anything on wheels 25 years and older or Sunday, open to vehicles, 25 years and older, that have been restored to factory specs or original condition
Ira Shapiro, President 2020 and 2021