Posted by Dene Hadden
SPOKES VOL. LXV NO. 11                                                                               September 11, 2018
Two of our many Bobs – Stickland and Copping - were our greeters this morning.
President Mark Odland opened today’s meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Art provided an invocation that reminded us of the cost of liberty and the many lives lost 17 years ago today in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC.  Art added our prayers for Missy Thompson, Julie Weber and Don Hixson as they face medical situations.  Don’s triple bypass and heart valve replacement happens on Friday.
President Odland introduced guests Harold McColl BD Ted Guimond (here for the cars).
  • On September 18th any candidate for public office will be able to present their program to the club.  At this time we have four candidates signed up to appear.
  • Bob Brickman will be headed to Florida later this week.  We will miss him and look forward to his return in May.
  • Scott Smith let us know that Monday’s city council meeting will be held at Elkenburg Park with a number of invited guests, including the SHHS Student Council.
Deb Davidson had the lucky ticket but drew the unlucky Ace to go home penniless.  Bill Roberts, on the other hand, walked away with our $2 prize.
  • Dan Thompson is celebrating the birth of a new grandson!
  • Stu Comiskey is celebrating the birthday of his grandson today.
  • Steve Miles is pleased to announce the birthday of his twins this week.
  • Tom Noverr celebrated the birthday of a grandson this week.
  • Mark Odland asked for prayers for family members in the path of Hurricane Florence.
  • We did manage another outstanding rendition of the birthday/anniversary song, Ludington style.
  • The basket was passed to avoid heartbreak for fans of WMU, Da Bears and the Lions.
We closed this portion our meeting with the Four Way Test.
Tom Ruesink gave us a brief introduction to the cars we will see at Red McFadden’s barn this morning, including letting us know what to look for on the most authentic cars.
We journeyed to Red’s barn for a look at some interesting antique autos.  Red had a number of restored cars, including Chrysler and DeSoto Airflows.  The DeSoto may be one of less than a dozen fully restored DeSoto Airflows in existence.  His collection includes mostly Chrysler cars (including a “Woodie” and some with huge fins) but does include a Model T Ford.
The Barn is decorated with literally hundreds of automotive signs, many of them neon.  Also there is a whole wall of oil cans.
Scattered about the barn are antique bicycles, children’s pedal cars and other automotive miscellany.
Our tour was entertaining and educational and enjoyed by all.  Members thanked Red for opening up is collection for us to see and we all appreciated his graciousness.
Next week’s program: Candidate Forum with four candidates
Next week’s Greeters:  Tom Rummel and Nick Tuit
Editarian:  Dene Hadden