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...there is Ferrari and then there is everything else. - Enzo Ferrari ...there is Ferrari and then there is everything else. - Enzo Ferrari
NEWSLETTER & CALENDAR OF EVENTS
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE
FROM BUD STROTHEIDE-DIRECTOR
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As you all know, our local club is a chapter in the “Central States Region” of the Ferrari Club of America. The
FCA recommends that each chapter choose from one of the two following formats for organization:
www.nthplanet.com/fca 1. “CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE CONCEPT”…although this is how our club started (with a director and no
officers), we now have too large of a membership to continue to exist in this category.
2. “MINI-REGION CONCEPT”…due to our size, we now fit into the “mini-region” category. As a “mini-region”, we
must elect our own officers, manage our own finances, and generally operate semi-independently from our “parent”
region, which is the Central States Region.
At the present time, I am the Director of our chapter. To facilitate our transition to a “Mini-Region”, I have had
FCA - Missouri Chapter to make some “executive decisions” for the benefit of the membership. I recently appointed a Nominating
7749 Maryland Avenue Committee to select a slate of officers, and the nominees are listed on the ballot which is enclosed in this
Clayton, MO 63105 newsletter. New officers will be announced at our Holiday Party on December 13, 2002.
NOW COMES THE IMPORTANT PART….FINANCES!!!! With “Mini-Region” status, we will have the right
to receive certain dollars annually per member. The Central States Region currently receives $35.00 per member
annually from the FCA. The Central States Region can retain a portion of this $35.00 for the expenses they incur
relative to our “mini-region” membership. After that, the balance of the monies is to come to us for our usage and
I have spoken with Mike Epifanio, President of the Central States Region, and he is supportive of our move to
“Mini-Region” status. I have also spoken with Paul Gilpatrick, President of the Ferrari Club of America, and have
obtained his support as well.
One issue that needs to be resolved is - When do we get our money? This is a little complicated, as the $35.00 per
member is paid to the Central States Region over the year, as the FCA’s cash flow allows. I am in discussion with
Mike Epifanio on how to have an accurate accounting of their “hold back” per member, and also on how and
when the actual funds that belong to us will be distributed to us. These issues will be worked out shortly.
Ferrari Facts & Tidbits………..
FUN FERRARI EVENTS
…..As of AUGUST, 2002, our FCA/MO Chapter has 43 members - 32 are from the St.
Louis area, 5 from the Springfield, Missouri area, 3 from the metro-east (Illinois) area,
OCTOBER 13 — AUTUMN ROAD RALLY & WINERY TOUR and 1 each from Cape Girardeau, Potosi, and Jefferson City. If you know of anyone who
has a Ferrari, but isn’t a member of our club, be sure to tell them about us.
Fun-filled back roads will take us on this easy ride to Villa Antonio in Hillsboro, Missouri, where we will
be welcome to tour, taste, and perhaps even stomp some grapes!! We will then be served a delicious
Italian lunch on the outdoor terrace overlooking the picturesque vineyards. We will leave St. Louis at
11:00 AM from the parking lot of Benedetto’s Restaurant in Le Chateau Village, 10411 Clayton Road.
Here are some excerpts from a December 5, 1971 article printed in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat . . . read
The cost is $10.00 per person, with the proceeds going to the FCA-MO treasury (minus the cost of food). it and weep for the “good old days” . . .
PLEASE RSVP BY OCTOBER 10 TO CLAUDIA & IAN POERTNER @ 314.845.6546 OR “No doubt about it, Ferrari owners are a peculiar breed of people.
firstname.lastname@example.org First of all, they spend a lot of money for these sleek, fast Italian cars — from $18,000 to $28,000 for
a new model, and even the older ones usually stay well up in the four figure bracket for years. About
the only real ‘cheapies’ are derelicts, usually with a missing or mismatched engine, which can be
picked up for as little as $1,000 or so.”
NOVEMBER 9 — DRIVER EDUCATION TRACK EVENT
However, some things never change. This excerpt was also taken from the same 1971 article……
Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Illinois. An FCA-sanctioned event aimed at sharpening your
driving skills, so you can get full enjoyment of your car in the way Enzo intended! Plenty of track time “About the Ferrari mystique…well it’s the engine that sets it apart from all other cars; the sound, the
for experienced drivers, and top-notch instruction for those new to the track. Registrants can obtain an feel, the vibrations from that engine is just like nothing else in the world. When you‘re behind the
entry form from our website www.nthplanet.com/fca or contact chairman, MARTY CARROLL @ wheel, it’s like being on the back of a wild animal. And then there is the looks of these cars…most of
314.966.2095. them are so darned beautiful.”
Marty says he still needs MORE VOLUNTEERS to help with this event (registrations, hospitality, corner (Thanks to Jim Varney for providing us with this article entitled “The Ferrari Mystique,” written by Shirley Althoff)
stations, etc.), so PLEASE GIVE HIM A CALL!
DECEMBER 13 — CHRISTMAS/CHANUKAH PARTY
University Club, St. Louis, Missouri. Enjoy the stunning views from the 21st floor of the University
Tower, as we wrap up our first FCA/MO season with this festive holiday dinner. Thanks to CARL and
NORMA FITZWATER for arranging to have the “Chancellor/Allen” Rooms available to our club. More
…..Congratulations to LARRY LIPSITZ & LYNNE MOELLER
details will follow later, but this promises to be a fabulous evening filled with good friends, delicious food, on their recent engagement.
and the holiday spirit.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
A MEMORABLE EVENING
REID and LIZ VANN
July 19th, 2002
Our thanks to Reid for opening his shop and showroom for our enjoyment, and a special thanks to Liz for
preparing a most magnificent buffet. Liz, all we want to know is . . . are you available for catering??!!
c/o Dr. Bud Strotheide
7749 Maryland Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION FCA/MO ELECTION OF OFFICERS
AUGUST 3-4, 2002 BALLOT
The Nominations Committee has selected the following slate of officers. Elected officers will begin their
terms on January 1, 2003, and will serve for two years.
Please tear out this page, vote, and return this ballot by October 15th, 2002 to FCA/MO, 7749 Maryland
Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105. (The return address is printed on the back side of this ballot, so all you have to
do is cut, fold, staple, and mail it back).
PRESIDENT: Dr. Bud Strotheide
1st VICE-PRESIDENT: Jim Varney
2nd VICE-PRESIDENT: Marty Carroll
SECRETARY: Ian & Claudia Poertner
TREASURER: Carl Fitzwater