Wisconsin Section

Presidents Message Aug - Sep 2018

Presidents Message Aug - Sep 2018


Ah, summertime!  I hope you’ve been enjoying your Mercedes since our last newsletter.  

In the last two months our Section has enjoyed two Drive-2-Dine events and Starry Nights.  You can read about all three elsewhere in this newsletter.  Thanks go out to Dick & Nancy Kusch and Dean & Nancy Pearson for hosting the Green Bay and Mequon D-2D events and to Joanne Peterson for hosting Starry Nights.

Upcoming Events

Our next event is August 5th, the Show & Glow at the Milwaukee Concours.  August 25th we drive to Waupaca for a Drive-2-Dine event and a cruise on the Chief Waupaca.  September 8th is Oktoberfest and we have our fall outing at Road America September 15th.

Although it’s hot and humid outside right now, we have already set the date for our annual Christmas Party.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 8th, at 11:30 a.m.  By popular demand we are returning to the Wisconsin Club in downtown Milwaukee.

Check out the full event calendar elsewhere in this newsletter.  Other events may be added, and I close my remarks on upcoming events with…

If you have a suggestion for a Drive-to-Dine venue or and idea for an event, please contact myself or one of our other board members.  We are always looking for feedback and opinions from our members.  Don’t want to tackle an event by yourself?  Consider co-hosting an event with another member.

Call for Board Members

We are seeking members who have an interest in serving on the Board of Directors.  A Director will serve for a three year term beginning in January 2019.  Three positions are open.

Board members meet once a month for two hours to plan and direct Section activities and establish policies and procedures for Section events.  Among other things, the Board is responsible for developing and maintaining a running twelve-month calendar of events and capturing requests from members for activities & events.

Board members DO NOT have to travel to attend board meetings; you can now attend using the Section’s GoToMeeting web conferencing software.

Members who sit on the Board of Directors should be willing and able to:

  • Attend a majority of monthly board meetings held throughout the year.
  • Participate in periodic e-mail exchanges to achieve Board & Section objectives.
  • Attend Section functions throughout the year.
  • Be willing to host at least one event during your three year term.  An event can be as simple as hosting a Drive-2-Dine or as elaborate as planning and hosting a rallye.
  • Be a proactive and positive representative of MBCA and the Wisconsin Section

Serving on the board of directors is a great way to meet other members and increase your involvement in the Section.  If you are interested in serving on the Board please contact either myself or Secretary Dan Hellenberg.  Nominations close September 30th.

Member of the Year Award

Your Board is seeking nominations for Member of the Year.  Historically this annual award has been chosen by the Board, but this year it was decided to open the process to the membership as a whole.  

The Member of the Year Award is given every year to a Section member who has gone “above and beyond” in their efforts to support the Section and its events.  Space prevents me from listing all, but past recipients include Andy Stockhausen, Nancy Pearson, Bernd Kampe and Frank Geracie

You can nominate someone in two ways:

  1. You can call or e-mail Nancy Pearson with your nomination.  Nancy’s contact information is listed in the 2018 Officers & Board Members area of this newsletter.
  2. Respond to the e-mail you received (or will receive) and cast your vote there.

Show Cards

Our original order of Display Cards for Shows from the MBCA National Club Store has been exhausted, and we’re ready to place another order.  These cards are 15 in. x 8 in. heavy cardstock, and are ideal for giving the details of your Mercedes when you show or display your car.  Free to Wisconsin Section members, so contact me if you would like one.

Where do our Members Live?

Board member Andrew Opicka put together an interesting graphic showing where our membership is throughout Wisconsin.  If you would like a copy please let me know.

I close these remarks by asking you to please join me in welcoming our newest members as of July 20th.

                        Kennety Harris, Jr.                  Mark Kachan              Jay Kapellusch

                        Sovan Khong                          Don Koser                   Michale Ollmann

THANK YOU to everyone for being a member of this Club.  Your interest and participation is what makes this organization successful.  I’d love to hear from you; your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

I look forward to seeing you an at upcoming Wisconsin Section event.


Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton
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