May 4 Director’s Message

I hope everyone is having a fantastic year so far, I know I am! April was a busy month for me, with an event every weekend. First, of course, was Easter Sunday, spent with family and friends, followed by the La Jolla Concours and Motor Classic, Fabulous Fords Forever, a party in Palm Springs, the Model A Pancake Breakfast and a Hagerty luncheon.  I also managed to squeeze in an appearance at KTLA for their Summer Drive-in Movie Preview and a trip to San Francisco to check out a Mark VII. Next weekend we’ll be on the overnighter and driving tour in Mt. Pinos.

And there are no signs of things slowing down for the rest of the year! After the Mt. Pinos trip on May 4-6, our next big event will be our Spring Meet, June 2- 3, at the Huntington Beach Concours. If you haven’t attended this event in the past, I highly recommend that you attend this year. There’s always a great display of Lincolns, along with a huge variety of other classics. The concours is held at the beautiful Huntington Beach Central Park, once featured on Huell Howser’s “California’s Gold”. Please go to to register now.

As Director of the Western Region, one of the most difficult things I have to do, besides writing this message for every issue of the Confab, is motivating you, the club members, to get involved and participate in the club. This is something that all past Directors have had to deal with. With little over 140 members spread across two states, it’s impossible for me to stay in touch with everyone. I would appreciate hearing from you once in a while, either through e-mail, our Facebook site, by telephone or our brand new website. Let me know how the club can serve you better, and better yet, how you can serve the club!

I have one more request. I’ve been asked to survey our members regarding the re-introduction of a printed National Membership Directory. It was last printed in 2015 and was discontinued after that due to the cost. The information it contained is in the members section of the LCOC website. Some members may not have internet access or choose not to use it, and some may just like to have a printed copy in their hands for whatever reason. The downside to a printed directory is the almost immediate obsolescence and the cost. So I have two questions for you: 1) Would you like to see the re-introduction of a printed membership directory? 2) If so, how much would you be willing to pay for a printed membership directory? Please let me know by July 1st so that your response can be tabulated and forwarded to National for their consideration.

Jim Ayres

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