President's Message

Greetings fellow members:
As I write this, it is mid-August and I am busy getting our 1924 DB Business Coupe ready for the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village on September 6 and 7. OCF, as it is affectionately known, is in its 64th consecutive year. It is a show for vehicles built through 1932, all stock original. What separates this two day event from others is that the cars are all running and driving around the Village. Gasoline, electric and steam cars are all in motion the entire week-end. This year the feature car is Dodge Brothers!
Andra and I have just returned from an 18 day camping trip that began with the car show at Das Awkscht Fescht in Macungie, PA. Maggie Schmidt has been after me for years to attend this show. August is usually a very busy month for us and it just never seemed to work into our schedule. We were determined to go this year, however, because of the centennial celebration. What a great show and an impressive turn out of DBC members and their cars. I’m not sure of the exact counts but I believe that about 90 members and 40 cars were there. Dodge Brothers was the feature car and there were many beautiful DB’s in the feature tent. Tom and Kim Herman were doing a brisk business with the club store and Steven Sensenich cooked dinner on Saturday evening. It was a great week-end. Maggie, I will be back and Herb, I’ll bring a car!
Finally, I want to bring to your attention an initiative of the Board of Directors. Since its origin in 1983, the club has worked without a formal budget. For the most part, that has worked well. In recent years, however, expenses have grown faster than income and not enough attention was paid to the club’s bottom line. The result was the significant increase in dues that was enacted in 2013. At the June 2014 meeting of the Board, I appointed a committee of three members, Dick Perry (chair), Rodger “Dodger” Hartley and Phil Kennedy to explore the creation of an annual budget for club operations. The budget committee will give a report to the Board at the October meeting in Hershey and then the Board will take formal action. We believe the club is on solid financial ground for years to come – and we want to keep it that way. Look for an update and complete details in the next issue of the DBC News.
Barry