2018 January Odometer


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“Greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one wish to make
A special one” for the club. (Carpenters 1978)

That wish is to find a new treasurer because that is the one major item in the Board’s agenda left to accomplish. I say that because we have the good fortune that a member of our Club, Scott Swiger, has volunteered to work with the Board to revamp our website to a more intuitive and user-friendly site. He has already fixed the calendar problems and improved the navigation bar to make navigation easier on the site. He also may have figured out the cure for the problems related to logging in that some members have been experiencing.

Scott met with me, Andy and Tammy, the de facto RFP Website committee, on December 18 to discuss what we can do with the website and at the time, told us, that he wants to volunteer to work on the website and become the new Webmaster as a way to get more involved with the Club. Andy had volunteered to head the committee and as President I feel I need to be involved and Tammy joined us because she has experience in the way the RFP process works.

I am very happy to announce, that since Scott stepped forward with his advice and experience, we are going to be able to revamp the site we have and not have to develop a totally new one. As a result, we will not have to put out an RFP to have web developers compete to earn the Club’s business to develop a new site. That is going to save us a lot of money. There will be some incidental costs but compared to what we thought we would have to spend, the expense should be minimal. However, if we run into unforeseen problems with the existing site, we may still have to develop a new site but at this time it appears unlikely.

Those of you who were at the December meeting were asked to fill out a questionnaire as to what you thought of the existing website. You were asked what features we should keep and what to get rid of. Here are some of the results: Eventbrite is very unpopular and a substantial number would like the site to be more user friendly and easier to use. Some of the existing features are popular and we will be improving them and keeping them.

The process of developing the new site will be ongoing and flexible and the Board is looking forward to input from the membership in regards to what you like and don’t like as the revamping continues. I will have more of the forms at the January meeting to give more members the opportunity to comment on the existing site and what you want to see in the new site. The Board will be seeking input from you and would appreciate any comments you make be put in writing so there’s no memory mistakes in reviewing what you want us to know.

Also, I received a suggestion that the Webmaster position become a seat on the Board. Perhaps a standing invitation to attend Board meetings would be the way to go but I would like to hear from you what you think of the idea. It will take a change to the Constitution. There are other changes to the Constitution that I will be proposing so perhaps we can take care of all of it at once. The other changes will be more in the realm of housekeeping and clearing up what apparently became vague language that was misinterpreted and twisted though it was clear at the time it was approved.

I still know of a pair of car ramps that are available really cheap, or perhaps even free if anyone is interested.

I hope to see you all at the meeting on January 3, 2018 and please, have a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.

We have a speaker for our January meeting. He is Dick Thompson from the Collector Car Council of Colorado. Their website is: www.collectorcarcouncil.com in case you would like to check them out ahead of time. The following is from their site:

The Collector Car Council of Colorado was founded in 1965 and was originally known as the Old Car Council of Colorado. Although our name has changed to better reflect the diversity, interests and goals of our members, our ultimate objectives remain the same; to preserve, enjoy and protect all aspects of the collector vehicle hobby.

Today the CCCC has grown to over 60 clubs, organizations and individuals. Through our member clubs we directly represent several thousand collector vehicle enthusiasts in Colorado. Some of our member clubs represent national organizations that have a general interest in all aspects of antique and collector cars and vehicles; others represent single manufacturers and even individual models of collector vehicles. Still others represent specific interests such as vintage racing. Rod and customs, specialty and special interest, and kit car clubs are also members. We even represent an antique fire truck club!

Take a few minutes to browse the site, learn more about the Collector Car Council of Colorado, attend one of our events, or find a club that’s a good fit for you! We look forward to working with you and sharing our mutual passion for collector vehicles!
www.collectorcarcouncil.com

TREASURER

Looking for Accountant / Financial Back-ground helpful, Will train with current Treasurer and Quicken. The current Treasurer would like to retire!

Duties:
1. Have custody of all funds
2. Pay expenditures on behalf of ZCCC in accordance with part III Section 1 of the By-Laws
3. Give bond, at ZCCC expense, if required by the Board
4. Receive and pay all debts on a timely basis upon approval of the President or another Board Member in the absence of the President, when receipts or other sufficient documentation for expenditure is attached
5. Receive and pay all debts in the form of reimbursement to Club members within a reasonable time upon receipt of sufficient documentation
6. Account to ZCCC quarterly by reporting to the Club through electronic means and upon request from the Board books of accounts and any other ZCCC property in their possession.

MOTORSPORT COORDINATOR

Looking for someone to coordinate Club Fun Run events. The Club does not have anyone performing these duties currently! Duties: Will be responsible for securing track dates and will attend all Colorado Motorsport Council meetings and will report to the general membership as necessary.

Changes to Headers
Though the checkered flags are interesting for our news letter headers, I would like to make the headers more personal to our club members. I would like to try and incorporate our cars. If you have a photo you would like to share, please email it to Tammy: odometer@zccc.org.

We Have A New Webmaster
Thank You: To club member Scott Swiger for reaching out and volunteering to be the clubs new Webmaster. Several board members, met with Scott for a few hours talking about what the club currently has, what is needed, what needs to be fixed, and thoughts expressed by those members who attended Decembers general meeting. I feel Scott will be a great asset to the club and look forward to working with him and watching as our website continues to develop and move forward. When you see Scott, please welcome him and provide the support he need as he continues to develop the ZCCC website. Email webmaster@zccc.org with any site issues, feedback or questions.

Odometer By The Numbers
December Odometer went out 11/27/17 to 149 subscribers or 69.1% of everyone on the list.
8.7% Opened the email only / 22.1% Opened & Clicked the link in the email / 33 clicked / 13 opened / 103 subscribers had unopened the December Odometer by 12/10.

Jan Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
Where: Overland Golf Course
If you are not a board member and would like to attend the board meeting, please contact Ira Sanders.

Jan General Meeting
When: Wed, Jan 3, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)
Note: Everyone attending is requested to order off the Menu.

Feb Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, Feb 6, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m.
Where: Via Conference Call.
If you are not a board member and would like to attend the board meeting, please contact Ira Sanders.

Feb General Meeting
When: Wed, Feb 7, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)
Note: Everyone attending is requested to order off the Menu.

Annual Chili Cookoff
When: Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
Where: 1545 S Richfield Way, Aurora, CO 80017
Host: Nate and Cheryle Derman

This year we are hosting this at our home. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili and best homemade dessert. So whip up some spiciness or a tasty dessert and join us for this enjoyable evening. Since this is at our home, please feel to bring a tasty adult beverage. Any questions, please call 720-927-2437 or email Cheryle at cheryleblackorchid@comcast.net

Holiday Party Recap
By: Nate and Cheryle Derman
A nice crowd of members and guests attended our annual holiday party on December 9, 2017. It is always great to celebrate the holidays with our ZCCC family. The white elephant exchange was a big success again this year. Thanks to everyone who participated. We hope everyone had happy holiday celebrations and we look forward to seeing all of you in 2018. Cheryle Derman

Going-Going-Gone
November: Bobby & Cheryl Givens
December: Eldon Luers, Michelle Plarina & Evelyn Blackwell, Eric Prieve, Jeff Thomas, Robert Wilson Jr., Eric Zamora
January: Jason Eckert, William Miller, Albert Powell, Scott Raymond, Rodney Tseu

BIRTHDAYS
Shawn Beardsley (1/11)
Bob Carlson (1/21)
Judy Genoff (1/11)
John Inberg (1/29)
Robert Ingram (1/26)
James Kean (1/15)
Nick Linch (1/30)
Kathleen Minister (1/26)
Jeff Winter (1/10)

Member Dues
Dues: Single Membership $35, Family $45, Corporate $50. To receive the Odometer via postal mail add $10 annually.

Guest Speakers
The board would like to bring back to the General meetings a guest speaker. If you know of someone or have ideas, please contact and coordinate with VP Don Gordon: vice-president@zccc.org.

Z Car Club of Colorado
December 6th, 2017
Overland Golf Course

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm.

Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney
Minutes from November 2017 motioned, seconded and approved. Nothing to report at this time.

Vice President Report: Don Gordon
The calendar on the website is not working. Until the calendar feature is fixed all event information will be posted in the Odometer. The club did not have any events in November and the next upcoming event is the Holiday Party at the Derman’s. The evening will include a potluck dinner and a gift exchange (it will not be a white elephant exchange this year).

Treasurer’s Report: Debbie Carlson
Nothing to report at this time. Membership: Andy Mortenson We currently have 85 memberships and 114 members.

Public Relations: Mike Goddard
Nothing to report at this time.

Interclub: Diana Inberg
The Nissan Car Club of Colorado will be a Cars and Coffee in support of Toys for Tots on December 16th, 2017 at 7:30 am. The Nissan Car Club of Colorado is also still interested in co-sponsoring at ZCON in Denver with the ZCCC.

Odometer: Tammy Sanders
Members may send pictures to Tammy of their cars and she will include them in the Odometer.

President: Ira Sanders
The domain name for the website is now in Ira’s name. We are still in need of a webmaster and the Board is seeking volunteers to be part of the website redevelopment team. We will also be putting the discount list back in the Odometer either every other month or quarterly. A discussion was also held as to the responsibility of the club to the sponsor and what the club would like to see from our sponsor.

Business Card Ads:
There is no cost to members and $60.00 per year for non-members. The ad will be listed in the Odometer for One year unless removed at the owners request. At the end of the year it is the owners responsibility to renew their business card ad. All business card ad’s can/may be found on the last pages of the Odometer depending on space. These pages may or may not be printed for mailed copies.

Old Business: None to report at this time.
New Business: None to report at this time.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Matt Bourgeois.

Meeting adjourned at 8:21 pm.

Just a thought…Is this what the death of a club looks like? Growing up I remember my parents were part of a support group of parents with terminal children. They supported each other through the hard times and the good times when fortune shined on the family. But after the opening of the very first Ronald McDonald House in Denver, which everyone came together to help get off the ground, the group with common goals drifted apart and disappeared. My parents stayed in touch with only one family over time and remains good friends to this day. I have been apart of very few clubs and organizations. I have seen this car club go through both good and bad times, an ebb and flow much like the tides of the ocean. The club has managed to ride it out, when I thought it was at its lowest and it came back strong. Right now I see the club at the bottom of the sine wave again, though I could be wrong. I’ve been hoping that it will be riding the wave back up sometime soon. I see the club drifting apart as members get older and the club can not attract or keep new members. Times change, Technology changes, some of us are willing to meet those changes, some not so much. It is not easy. Life has its challenges, and we each must meet our personal challenges first and club second. Some of our friends have had enormous personal challenges in 2017. Death of friends or family members, cancer, dementia and even planning a wedding, graduations and welcoming new members in to the family. Together we all have something in common, the love of our cars, and I would hate to see time, technology and life’s challenges (no matter how great or small) tear the club apart. We need to come together, ride the wave back up together, support each other, other wise we the Z Car Club of Colorado could disappear in the winds across the plains of Colorado.


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