from THE PRESIDENT - Keith Horsfall
Happy Spring everyone.
2020, wow, what a start to a year, with the virus increasing around the world and causing great panic everywhere. Here in Canada, we had the number of people who passed away from it increasing everyday. As I write this on March 19, all restaurants are closed to eating in and only have take out and delivery, lots of people are working from home, if indeed they are still employed. Our government is working hard to keep everyone able to afford to survive, store shelves are sparse, people are hoarding food and other supplies. All entertainment and sports facilities are closed in Canada and the United States. The USA/Canada border is closed to all traffic except trade vehicles, no cross border shopping or visiting.
Last fall we enjoyed a great tour in Prince Edward County and on the last day we were joined at lunch be a couple who, as far as I remember, had never been on a tour with our club. Rob and Kathleen Phinnemore, what a nice young couple, only married for 71 years, been together since they were 14. Sadly, Kathleen passed away December 12, 2019 at the age of 95.
On another personal sad note, a great Buick Guy, Joe Taubitz, MBCC # 420 and our first American Director, and a man I was proud to call a friend, passed away Jan 5, 2020 at the age of 86. He and his wife Bernice were a big help to Wendy and I when we were setting up the Buick Modified Division of the BCA. It is hard to believe that was 17 years ago, where has the time gone?
One evening in late January I got a phone call asking if I was involved with the McLaughlin Buick Club, of course I said "yes" and asked how I could help. The caller was Case Jansen, who was looking at a 1919 McLaughlin Touring, which was in really nice condition. I put him in touch with Dean Tryon and they had a great chat about cars of this vintage. Guess who the seller was, Wally Biernacki! The deal was made and now Case Janson owns 2 of Wally's cars. During the phone call, Case mentioned some of the cars he owned, Fords mostly. He has a large shop east of Toronto.
Thanks to all the members who contacted me regarding an interest in the planned tours for June and September and to Dave and Becky Pettengill and Eric and Cynthia Luks for offering to host tours this year.
Dear members, please do the things our government ask us to do, stay home, wash your hands, if with others, keep the 6 foot distance between people.
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PLANNING OF OUR 2020 TOURS HAD BEEN PROGRESSING, BUT IT NOW SEEMS LIKELY THAT THESE MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE GIVEN THE PRECAUTIONS REQUIRED TO OVERCOME THE THREAT POSED BY THIS VIRUS.
IN DISCUSSIONS EARLY APRIL AND WITH DAVE AND BECKY'S AGREEMENT WE HAVE CANCELLED THE 2020 SPRING TOUR. DUE TO THE VIRUS AND BORDER CLOSURE WITH NO APPARENT DATES TO BE BACK TO NORMAL, THEY WILL TRY AGAIN NEXT YEAR.
STAY SAFE. KEEP CALM. PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES BY FOLLOWING THE MEDICAL AND GOVERNMENT ADVICE.
HOPEFULLY WE'LL SEE YOU AND YOUR BUICK
ON THE ROAD AGAIN SOON.
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