Minutes of February 3rd Meeting:
Chairman John Bajumpaa called the meeting to orderat 7:30 P.M.
The members present introduced themselves, identifying their affiliations with the 4Cs,whether representing a member club or as individual members.
Previous Meeting Minutes:Dave Bajumpaa made a motion to accept the minutesof the November 7, 2019 meeting as published in the February 2020 issue of The Voice. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report:Treasurer John Jarush presented his report on the status of the accounts as of the end of January 2020,also noting that additional revenue is expected from continuing membership renewals.
Legislative Report:Dave Bajumpaa reported that the upcoming “short session” would begin on Wednesday (February 5) and that so far, there has been no indication of any proposed legislation that would be detrimental to thehobby. Dave did report there is apparent interest, as there was last year, in proposals to require seat belts in classic vehicles. Considerations of this in the past,though, have limited this requirement to those vehicles where seat belts were originally installed. While it’s not an issue specific to the car hobby, Dave expects tolls to initially dominate the legislative agenda with an early vote on truck tolls expected. He noted the proposed bills have no provisions to prevent an expansion to tolling of all vehicles in the future. Some members present predicted the legislation was unlikely to pass, noting Rhode Island’s continuing legal challenges to its trucks-only tolls, and also described that tolls on the New York State Thruway originally applied only to trucks. On the issue of improving the process for titling antique vehicles in Connecticut, Dave asked for any final comments, edits or corrections to his draft proposal for a meeting with the DMV on this topic.He said his plan is to send it to the DMV within the next week or so.
Member Presentation Individual Member Dennis Savage from Lisbon,Connecticut, visited this meeting to tell us about hisYouTube channel where he explores and features automobile salvage yards across the country.Describing his project as both a service andentertainment, “Bring ‘Em Back to Life” is a series of video productions that focuses on the salvage yards,their proprietors and the interesting vehicles they hold.Currently having 9,000 subscribers, his goal is to reach 10,000 at which point his sponsorship opportunities expand. He invited us each to take alook at his channel (www.den-56.com) and decide if it’s worth subscribing. Excerpts from Denny’s Youtube “about” page: One guy and his camera. After many years as host and producer of a Public Access show called 'God's Masterpiece Christian TV of Southern New England' I got an idea to produce stories about my hobby,Classic Cars and walking through salvage yards. We have traveled to several salvage yards in America for'walkabouts' and have begun the restoration of a 56 Chevy convertible that was wrecked in about 1980 and put in storage. It is now being featured on ‘BringEm Back To Life'.
Adjournment: being no further business, the Meeting adjourned at 8:21 P.M
Next Meeting:Our next Meeting May 4th at the Athenian Diner Restaurant (dinner at 6:30 p.m,meeting at 7:30 pm).
Respectfully submitted,Jim Juhas, Recording Secretary