The Chautauqua Lake Region Antique Automobile Club of America held its first meeting of 2014 on Jan. 15 at the War Vets on Fluvanna Avenue.
Installation of board members for the new year are Al Oag, president; Nancy Rudny, vice president; Bub Phillips, secretary; Mike Stewart, treasurer; Chuck Sinatra and Dick Baus, tours; Randy Hutley, activities and Carl Steenburn, safety.
Gary Swanson is the newsletter editor and Grace Hanson is the sunshine girl and publicity. Members leaving the board are Frank Tantillo and Ken and Connie Shearer. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 at the War Vets.
Past and present members of the Chautauqua Lake Region Antique Automobile Club are, from left: Frank Tantillo (2013), Ken Shearer (2013), Dick Baus — tours, Connie Shearer (2013), Mike Stewart — treasurer, Bub Phillips — secretary, Carl Steenburn — safety, Chuck Sinatra — tours, Randy Hutley — activities, Al Oag — president and Nancy Rudny — vice president.
Members of the club enjoyed a winter dinner on Jan. 25 at Webbs with approximately 65 in attendance enjoying appetizers, food and entertainment by magician Bruce Kikola.
Looking back at the year 2013, the club did things to help support their community.
This is made possible by holding their annual flea market at the Dunkirk Fair Grounds.
The flea market originated in 1959 at a different location but for the last several years has been held in Dunkirk.
In May of each year the club rents the entire fair grounds, renting spaces to vendors from all over the Unites States and Canada. The vendors have old and new antique car parts plus items not related to cars. If you are looking for a special part for your antique car, this is the place to go. There are many food vendors also including one staffed by club members, selling doughnuts, coffee, hot dogs, pop, ice and bags of chips.
This year's flea market will be on May 16-18 and is held rain or sunshine.
The club also set up a scholarship with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for applicants interested in the automotive field. The scholarship is for $500 and is given once a year.
The Antique Car Club also co-sponsors the World Series of Cars in July, with the city of Jamestown, at Bergman Park. Club members volunteer for judging cars, staffing the registration booth, etc. All the club's profits benefit the Babe Ruth World Series. The monies given to Babe Ruth now total more than a quarter of a million dollars.
The Fenton Historical Society was given a check for $250 to help with their educational efforts. Also a check for $500 was given to the Community Foundation to be added to the restoration fund for the Jamestown Street Railway Trolley car No. 94.
For Thanksgiving, a donation of $300 was given to St. Susan Center to help feed those in need. They also rang the bell for the Salvation Army's red kettle campaign for two days at Tops Market on Washington Street.
For Christmas, the club gives a $500 donation to six different organizations to help them better serve those in need.
The donation's go to the Salvation Army South (Jamestown), Salvation Army North (Dunkirk), St. Susan Center, Union Gospel Mission, Meals on Wheels and the Love Foundation.
In December they have a children's Christmas party for their members, the members' children and grandchildren, which consists of a buffet, gifts for the children and entertainment.
For the past three years, at Christmastime, a school in Chautauqua County has been randomly chosen to furnish three needy families, chosen by the school, to receive Christmas gifts and food, for which members enjoy shopping. The food and wrapped gifts are then delivered to the school. The school contacts the families who then come to pick up their Christmas items.
This Christmas season the club will have the chosen school select four families instead of three.
The War Vets is also given a donation at Christmas to thank them for allowing the club to hold their monthly meetings there.
When nice weather arrives, members begin thinking about getting their antique cars out of winter storage to enjoy a summer of getting together for tours.
Anyone interested in joining this generous and fun loving club should call Al Oag at 483-6287 or visit their website www.clraaca.org. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 at the War Vets on Fluvanna Avenue. Anyone interested in old cars can join.
You do not have to own one.