2020 Annual Meeting Report-Part 1

The  Annual  Member’s Meeting held on Sunday, Feb. 9th, 2020 was a well attended event. A great showing of members from all corners of New England were on hand to usher in a new season.  Spirits were high as we  got down to the business of the 2019 season ending awards, HOF Truck Committee news, 2020 schedule, Officer Elections, and Special Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members were greeted at the door and memberships were available from Steve Masse and Valarie and Steve Tucker. Paul Masse had his modified model collection on hand, and he also helped Ric Mariscal man the NEAR t -shirt table. Ric and Pete Newsham teamed up to run the merchandise/memorabilia raffle that raised a little over $200 for the club. The man behind the camera that you never see is NEAR member Brad Cowan, thanks to him for all of our photos.

 

 

 

 

After a delicious luncheon served by Jim and the Thompson Staff, the business side of the meeting began. Current Board officers Rich Goucher,President, Skip Matczak,Vice President, Rob Quinn, Recording Secretary, Paul Masse, Bruce Nichols,and Dick Berggren were elected by popular vote. These officers ran un-opposed. Our open chair for Treasurer/Membership was nominated from the floor, as was another Board member. Elected by the membership by popular vote was April May Preston for Treasurer and Oscar Hancock for Board Member. Many thanks to these two for stepping up and helping our club!!

After being elected as a new Board Member Oscar Hancock, along with Rob Quinn, introduced their vision for the HOF Truck. They proposed that NEAR should authorize a new Hall of Fame Truck Committee. This group will take over fundraising, upkeep, everyday operations and responsibility for events. The truck will remain owned by NEAR and used for NEAR activities. The group displayed a new layout for the graphics on the truck that was very impressive!  They also have a great many sponsors lined up to share the costs involved. A motion was made, seconded, and approved to establish the Hall of Fame Truck Committee. All sponsor, donor,  gift monies and expenses will be run through the NEAR Treasurer’s office for proper book keeping  and reporting. Fantastic job, guys!

Current and this year’s new HOF Truck Graphics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Annual Meeting Announcement: Confirmed for Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020

Important Notice to NEAR Members:

The Annual meeting initially planned for Sunday, Jan.12,2020 has been postponed. The recent loss of our beloved Treasurer, Newsletter, and Membership Chairman Val LeSieur has presented issues that cannot be resolved quickly. We are working to solve these issues and put new people in place.

 

Update Monday, 1/6/2020

The Annual Meeting re-schedule date is  confirmed for Sunday, Feb. 9,2020, at the Thompson, Ct. Speedway Clubhouse. 11:00 a.m. arrival/social hour, 12:00 lunch for 2020 paid members. Membership forms will be available/ accepted at the door, $25.00. All others $10.00 charge.

 There will be Elections of Officers at the meeting per By Laws changes from last year. I will be running once again for President, and the rest of our officers, as well. Officers will be elected by a simple majority of votes by those present at the meeting.

Anyone interested in filling a position on the Board of Directors or Advisors, contact Rich at (860)209-7343 or rgoucher@comcast.net. Please do so by  Friday, Jan. 31st, 2020 to allow time to put your name on the ballot for the meeting. Thank you.

NEAR Newsletter Online!

We had a great meeting this week at Thompson Speedway Club House, and the food was excellent!!

Several really good discussions and ideas came out of the meeting; and one of them was to add the “NEAR Newsletter” to the website…which has been done.

The new functionality to view the March/April 2019 NEAR Newsletter can now be viewed by clicking on the “NEAR Newsletter” link in the third gray box in the right-hand sidebar, then clicking on the “thumbnail” photo. The newsletter will open and can be viewed online or downloaded. This feature should be available on all future issues.

I would like to thank our Board Members, attending members, and this month’s guest Mark Hann for their input to help NEAR move forward on a positive track.

Also, my sincerest thanks and appreciation goes to Judy Poirier for coming back part time to assist with website technical issues. Judy also helps NEAR and this President with tutoring and advice, bringing me up to speed with the new format. Much appreciated!

NEAR ANNUAL MEMBER’S MEETING

2ND  UPDATE-MEETING  DATE  CHANGED  TO              

 

              SUNDAY, JANUARY 21st, 2018

     DUE  TO  SCHEDULING  CONFLICT  AT  TRACK

           

               THOMPSON  SPEEDWAY  CLUBHOUSE 

                              205  E  THOMPSON  RD.  THOMPSON, CT.

DOORS  AT  11 A.M. – MEMBER LUNCH  AT  NOON

                 FREE   LUNCH  FOR  PAID  MEMBERS – ALL  OTHERS  $10.00  CHARGE

       AWARDS FOR TOP FOUR CARS/DRIVERS 2017

           DISCUSSIONS FOR  RUNNING/STILL  SHOWS  2018 SEASON   SUGGESTIONS, COMMITTEE  FORMING  AND  ADDITIONS,  COMPLAINTS

           RACING ITEMS/MEMORABILIA  RAFFLE

        BRING ALONG  ANY  ITEMS  YOU  WISH  TO  CONTRIBUTE/DONATE  TO  RAFFLE

            MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS  AVAILABLE AND PROCESSED

   YOUR  INPUT  IS  WELCOMED  AND  APPRECIATED

 

 

              Board Meeting  Tuesday                              11/22/17 at 7:15 P.M.

                                     Hall of Fame Wrapup/Report

                                      Planning for  December Event

                                       Planning for January  Meeting


                                              Triple-A-Restaurant
                                                   1209 Main St
                                                East Hartford, CT.

NEAR Prize Drawing Results From Meeting 9/20/17

NEAR will be in contact with all winners to deliver their prizes. Thank all who participated in order to help our HOF Truck Fund!

Grand Prize of $1000    Phyllis Wolstenhulme

Second Prize of $250   Cheryl Reilly

Third Prize  $125    John Rodolewicz

Fourth Prize    2 tickets 2017 HOF Banquet   Norman Cyr

Fifth prize        2 tickets 2017 HOF Banquet   Lou Kelley

Sixth Prize       2 tickets 2017 HOF banquet   Barbara Teal

Seventh Prize  2 tickets 2017 HOF banquet   Paul Jacques

Eight Prize         1 2017 HOF t shirt   Sydney Sullivan

Ninth Prize         1 2017 HOF t shirt   Bruce Mackinnon

Tenth Prize         1 2017 HOF T shirt   Cliff Polacek

Eleventh Prize    1 2017 HOF T shirt   Dave Beribeoulk

Twelve Prize        1 2017 HOF T shirt   Marion  Gararneau

Thirteenth Prize  1 2017 HOF T Shirt   Bill Seward

Fourteenth Prize 1 2017 HOF T shirt   Ted Palmer

Fifteenth Prize     1 2017 HOF T shirt   Jojo Farone

Monthly Board Meeting Announcement

      Board Meeting 8/15/17 at 7:15 P.M.


                                                Triple-A-Restaurant
                                                       1209 Main St
                                                   East Hartford, CT.

Topics will include the results of the HOF Selections for 2017  Class and planning for the 2017  HOF Banquet, among others.

 

 

 

NEXT NEAR MONTHLY MEETING

THERE  WILL  NOT  BE  A  MONTHLY  DIRECTOR’S

MEETING  IN  MAY,  DUE  TO  THE   HOF  SELECTION

COMMITTEE’S  MEETING  THE  SAME  DAY. (HELD AT

THE BOUCHARD MUSEUM IN FITCHBURG, MA.)

 

 

THE NEXT REGULAR DIRECTOR’S MEETING WILL

BE  HELD  ON :  TUESDAY,  JUNE  20TH, 2017  AT:

                                     7:15 P.M.

                     TRIPLE -A – RESTAURANT

                               1209  MAIN  ST.

                        WEST  HARTFORD, CT.  

                                                    

NEAR Monthly Meeting

         Next NEAR Monthly Meeting

            Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

                          7:15 p.m.

                          Location

                Triple-A-Restaurant

                      1209 Main St.

                   East Hartford, Ct.