An active Model A Ford club located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
September 29, 2020
SEPTEMBER 2020 MEETING MINUTES
Thank you Clayton J. for taking the minutes in my absence!
The meeting was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by President Steve P. at the Al Quaal Recreation Area. There were 22 members and 5 Model A’s present.
Jim P. reported what monies had been paid out this month. Motion to accept by Bob S. with a second by Rudy M.
Howard F. from Ohio, who has sold his two Model A’s, is selling his collection of spare parts. If interested or looking for parts, contact Steve P. The wrong number had been listed for Steve in the recent past; the correct one is (216) 970-7374 or
Harry H. reported that Paul W. Jr has the club’s spare parts at his place. Rudy M. reminds us that he had sent out a copy of the old web page with the amassed parts and tools list.
Steve P. brought up Jim P’s. suggestion of an election of new officers. Steve asked if there was any interest among those in attendance. There were no immediate volunteers. Please consider taking on one of these offices for a “term”.
Steve asked for suggestions on what direction the club should go in 2021. Do we want anything to change or are we satisfied with the way things are? Give it some thought for next month’s meeting.
After being asked by Bay Cliff Health Camp for another monetary donation, Treasurer Jim P. looked into our remaining funds at years end in recent years. We had around $250 left after bills were paid and donations were made at the end of 2018-2019. We are not done yet, but are projected to end with something in the area of $200 left at the end of this year. Steve, along with those in attendance, felt the club shouldn’t commit to an annual donation at this time.
Is there any interest in attending the 2021 National MARC MEET in Oshkosh, WI?
Rudy M. shared the fix for his starting problem. Vic C. asked Steve when we can expect the revealing of his coupe. Steve said that after 22 years he’s not holding his breath, but hopes to finish it this winter.
Motion to adjourn in a flurry when the rains came.
6:00 p.m. October 27th. LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED.
August 25, 2020
AUGUST 2020 MEETING MINUTES
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. at the Al Quaal Recreation Area with 17 members and 8 Model A’s present.
Jim P. gave a report on the monthly expenses. Joe S. made a motion to accept the report and was seconded by Dave O. Motion carried.
The state non-profit annual fee is due. Jim P. will send this in.
Jim received information from MARC about candidates running for MARC offices.
Steve received a communication from Bay Cliff Health Camp looking for donations in their annual appeal. Think about this for next meeting. (This was actually brought up under new business)
Steve reviewed last month’s topics.
Steve said that he had talked to Art G. about “getting a handle” on what tools and parts we have and where they are located.
Steve P. questioned if there was a way that the communication our MAFFI liaison, Keith J., receives monthly from MAFFI could be shared with the club. Jim P. explained that he receives an electronic copy of the communication from Keith each month and shares it with all club members who receive their newsletter electronically. The cost of sending it to everybody through “snail mail” would be too great under our present system.
Jim P. brought up openings for most, if not all, officers positions as we get toward the end of the year. If you have interest in any of the offices, or know someone who does, please step forward. An election could be set up IF NEEDED.
Bob S. brought up the Oshkosh MARC Convention in 2021 and was wondering if there was any interest in attending as a group.
Wilbur L. got his starter fixed and shared the story on what he found.
Rudy M. is experiencing electrical gremlins, mainly low voltage.
Steve P. is looking for help reupholstering his trunk.
Motion to adjourn the meeting by Bob S. with a second by Rudy M. Motion carried.
6:00 p.m. September 29th at Al Quaal.
July 28, 2020
JULY 2020 MEETING MINUTES
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m. outdoors at the Al Quaal Recreation Area with 19 members in attendance widely spread out across the many picnic tables in the pavilion. Nine Model A’s showed up to be enjoyed by all who drove or walked through.
Jim P. gave our outstanding balance. Floyd J. made a motion to accept this report with a second by Norm L. Motion carried.
The Model A Times, a quarterly magazine seeking subscribers, sent an example of their magazine along with subscription forms.
Ted Odell sent shop towels advertising the Hackett Auto Museum in Jackson, MI. These were passed out to everyone in attendance. Thank you, Ted.
The passing of Greg Lindstrom was shared.
Eric Schaeffer joined the club and is selling his 1931 coupe and enclosed trailer. He is asking $16,000 for the package. $12,000 for the car only. (906) 786-0462
Steve P. new phone number is (906) 204-2677.
Members talked about their recent auto purchases.
Wilbur L. is experiencing starter problems. Others shared their own similar starter problems and the remedy along with the tools needed, including a magnet.
Motion to adjourn by Jim M. with a second by Norm L. Motion carried.
6:00 p.m. August 25th at Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming.
June 30, 2020
JUNE 2020 MEETING MINUTES
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m. outdoors at the Al Quaal Recreation Area (AKA Winter Sports). There were 19 members in attendance and 9 Model A’s. As a sign of the times, members spread out and some wore masks as a precaution.
Jim P. gave a report with outstanding balance.
There is a “CAR-ONA FEST’ Classic Car Show being held July 11th, at the American Legion Post 114 in Ely Township. This is the site of the old Rendezvous Bar. The show will run from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The Westwood H.S. awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student with some of the money the Superior A’s had donated to their trades program. The deserving student was Amanda A. who excelled in multiple areas. CONGRATULATIONS AMANDA!!
The Pasadena A’s are soliciting money for their youth program.
The Republic parade has been canceled due to the coronavirus.
The Ontonagon Co. Fair is still on at this time on a smaller scale. The fair will be held Saturday July 25th with a number of the club members hoping to make the trip to support it.
John W. got pulled over in his Model A for doing 62mph in a 55mph zone. John was given a verbal warning. The officer also pointed out that John wasn’t wearing a seat belt and had only one taillight.
Various members gave updates on the status of their Model A projects.
There was a good discussion on Model A air cleaner options with hoods being raised and different examples shown.
Motion to adjourn by Floyd J. and seconded by Art G. Motion carried.
July 28th with the location TBD
March, April, and May meetings all cancelled
FEBRUARY 2020 MEETING MINUTES
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. at the Cliffs Shaft Museum. There were 20 members present and one Model A backed up to the snow bank outside. Atta boy, John!!
Jim P. reported the current balances in savings and checking accounts. There was a motion to accept the report by Don G. and a second from Dave O. Motion carried
Rudy M., who is going to medical school in Barbados, sent us his best wishes and hopes to see us all in April when he gets back. Rudy also sent Clayton J. a link to an archive website so he could retrieve info from the old website.
Steve P. got a call from Mike E. about a problem he was having installing his brake drums after doing a brake job and putting on new shoes. Many potential remedies were brought up for Steve to pass on to Mike.
Steve reiterated the passing of Ron B. and Frank J. and the memorial planned for Frank, by his family, in the spring.
Don G. volunteered to plan the spring tour. He’s looking into a 1 and 2 day tour.
In the last newsletter, Steve had asked where we want to go from here as a club? Don G. stressed the need to get young people involved in our hobby. One way of doing this would be to take our cars to local high schools and colleges. Floyd J. brought up our short driving season. Along with our scheduled meeting on the last Tuesday of each month, he would like to see a casual get together on a different day each month at an agreed upon site. Everyone likes ice cream.
Jim P. announced May 2nd as the date of the 2020 Spring Banquet at the Ishpeming Elks. Jim P. also recommended donating another $100.00 to the Cliffs Shaft Museum as a thank you for hosting many of our meetings. Jim M. put this in the form of a motion that was seconded by Floyd J. and the motion carried. Jim P. also questioned the best way to handle the newsletters of deceased members. Opinions were expressed and more are welcome.
Ted B. reported a loose steering wheel problem he is having with his 1928. Many suggestions were made. Jim M. brought up the Republic centennial parade August 28. Rob R. invites us to the Baraga Drive In every Tuesday throughout the summer for a car show. The McDonalds in Harvey has a get together every Thursday starting at about 5:00. Rick M. announced the date for the Ontonagon Co. fair as July 25th.
Motion to adjourn at 7:10 by Joe S. with a second by Dick L. Motion carried
January 28, 2020
Superior A’s January 2020 Meeting Minutes
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. at the Cliffs Shaft Museum. There were 22 members present and lots of snow outside.
Floyd asked if anybody had any questions with the previous months minutes as written in the newsletter. There were none.
There was no treasurer’s report as Jim P. was on vacation. Floyd reported that an in house audit of the books had been done in January and that the reported numbers were right on. Great job Jim!
Brought up last month’s motions to try to meet up with students of the WHS auto shop. More planning to do when we can get the cars out.
Steve brought up the recent passing of member Ron B. and local Model A expert Frank J.. Jim S. announced a memorial gathering for Frank at the Lost Creek apartment complex on 6/10/2020 @ 4:00 p.m.
Jim S. framed and brought in the thank you letter we received from MAFFI for our donation (in memory of Paul W.) to their AA bus restoration. Thank you Jim!
The membership reminisced about past local car clubs. The Peninsula Pistons, U.P. Stockers and Queen City Cams brought smiles to all.
Steve P. adjourned the meeting at 6:19
Thank you goes out to the Cliffs Shaft Museum for hosting our meeting.
February 25th at 6:00 p.m. with the location TBD.
P.S. The website is up and available for viewing again.
October 29, 2019
Superior A’s October Meeting Minutes
President Steve P., at the Cliffs Shaft Museum, called the meeting to order at 6:02, with 33 members present and 4 Model A’s in attendance.
After bringing up the previous meeting’s minutes and finding no opposition to them, Steve held a memorial service for the 25 members, family members, and friends of the Superior A’s that have passed since the club was formed and are recognized on the “Remembrance Page” on our web site.
THE TREASURER’S REPORT
Jim P. gave the outstanding balance which includes savings, checking and on hand monies. Clayton J. made a motion to accept with a second by Joe S. Motion carried. This amount is substantially lower than last month as the last of the convention money was donated to two deserving projects. Jim talked about the donations and showed a thank you letter the club received from the Model A Ford Foundation (MAFFI) for their gift. The thank you letter will be framed and passed on to the family of the late Paul W. who had been our MAFFI liaison until his passing. Jim S. volunteered to pick up a frame for this.
An Ishpeming man has a hood for sale and a Calumet man has a Model A and parts for sale. See Steve for further info.
Steve P. talked about the recent donations and the Westwood Auto Shop program. Rod S. shared that another family has followed our lead and better than matched our donation. How great is that? Keith J. volunteered to become our new MAFFI liaison. Thank you Keith. Jim S. spoke on the thank you barbecue, put on by The Pasty Crew Old Car Society (which many of the Superior A’s members gather with) for Lost Creek apartments. Jim also gave an update on Bob H’s. health and the fact that he has been moved to Norlite Nursing Home. Steve brought up that club by laws are being worked on. Clayton J. explained the legal need for them. Along with this, Dan H. (member from Wisconsin) told us about the problems that his regional Nash club is dealing with pertaining to the club’s tax status.
Russ W. brought up inviting the WHS Auto Shop class to a meeting in the future.
Wes H. brought up driving our cars to the school during school hours.
Jim P. brought in pictures of the Iron River Rum Rebellion Parade to share with the membership.
Thank You to Cliffs Shaft Museum for hosting our meeting. Motion to adjourn by Floyd J. and a second by Joe S. Motion carried.
January 28th Location to be determined
September 24, 2019
Superior A’s September Meeting Minutes
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:05 at Norm J’s. garage. There were 24 members present with 11 Model A’s in the driveway.
THE TREASURER’S REPORT
Jim P. reported the monthly expenses and balances. There was a motion to accept by Joe S. with a second by Norm L. Motion carried.
Steve received a letter from an individual selling a 1929 Model A.
Floyd J. relayed the information from Don G. pertaining to the fall tour.
Jim P. presented the convention committee’s recommendation on how to disperse the last of the monies from the 2012 national convention.
-$4500.00 to the Westwood High School auto shop program with $500.00 of this being presented by Charlene Reynolds in memory of her husband, the late Jim Reynolds
-$500.00 to MAFFI to be put toward the 1931 AA passenger bus restoration in memory of our MAFFI liaison, the late Paul Wilson
Bob S. explained the auto shop’s need and what led to the committee’s recommendation. Art G. made a motion to accept the recommendation of the committee with a second by Dennis S. Motion carried.
Bob S. made a motion to extend, for one (1) year, the proceeds of the 50/50 drawings split equally between the club and the Michigamme Museum. Dennis S. seconded this and the motion carried.
The selection of a new MAFFI liaison was tabled until next meeting.
Jim S. invited us to bring our cars in support of the Lost Creek appreciation/thank you barbecue being hosted by The Pasty Crew Old Car Society. This will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd at 3:00 p.m.
October 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum.
August 27, 2019
Superior A’s August Meeting Minutes
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:05 at Norm J’s. garage.
There were 24 members present with 9 Model A’s in the driveway.
The previous meeting’s minutes will no longer be read, unless there are questions pertaining to them, as they are printed in every newsletter.
THE TREASURER’S REPORT
Jim P. gave the treasurers report with all balances. There was a motion to accept by Bob S. with a second by Dave O. Motion carried.
Steve received invites from sponsors of car shows in Skandia and Munising. We were also invited to a bowling outing, with proceeds going to the homeless.
A fall tour destination is being sought. Don G. has been working on options and reservations, but wasn’t in attendance to give an update.
Cameron M. gave an update on the Chicago trip story and what he still needs.
On 8/28/20, Republic will be having a 125-year centennial and is looking for old cars for their parade. Jim M. will let us know if this includes all old cars or just Model A’s.
The Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum is holding a Commemoration of Mines from noon to 5:00 p.m. on September 14th.. We are invited to attend with our cars. We are invited to a get together with the Up North Model A club at the Country Inn and Suites in Marquette on Wednesday 8/28/19 at 7:00 p.m.
Greg P. talked about his roadster project for those who weren’t in attendance at the meeting in July when he brought it. Motion to adjourn by Dave O. with a second by Norm L. Motion carried.
The last Tuesday of the month, September 24th, with the location TBD.
July 30, 2019
Superior A’s July Meeting Minutes
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:09 at the Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum with 26 members present. There were 10 Model A’s in the lot including a “new”, original 1928 “Woody” and a “new” 1930 Roadster Speedster. Great new additions.
The June meeting minutes were read. Dennis Sip. made a motion to accept as read with a second by Norm L.. Motion carried.
THE TREASURER’S REPORT was given by Jim P. There was a motion to accept by Bob S. and a second by Rudy M.. Motion carried.
We received a note from the Bay Cliff Health Camp thanking us for bringing our cars to share with the campers. Clayton J. gave a quick recap of our visit to Bay Cliff. Steve brought in a Mining Journal article, about the club, to share with those that hadn’t seen it. Steve received a call from Harry H. announcing a car show at the Teal Lake assisted living home on Friday, August 2. Food would be served. Steve received a reminder from the State that our annual non-profit fee is due. Stan W. invited us to consider having a car show at the Sands Speedway one Sunday.
Club bylaws were tabled once again. Art G. talked about the ice cream social that was held at the Negaunee Historical Society and plans for next year.
Looking for a destination for a fall tour, possibly to Eagle River, WI, and someone to set it up. The County Fair car show will be on Thursday, August 8th from 3 to 7 p.m. with the meal at 5:00 p.m. Show up when you can. Steve talked about the many contributions to the club by Paul W.
Greg P. talked about his “woods find” roadster project. Rick M. told us about the End Of The Road car show and cruise from Calumet to Copper Harbor in July. Art G. took the editor’s position and will be putting out the newsletter. Thank you Art and thank you to Diane and Stephanie for your years of service. Clayton J. talked of setting up a new website and the cost savings in doing so. It will now be a secure site. Norm L. is having clutch issues and received input from other members on the cause.
There was a motion to adjourn at 7:05 by Norm J. and a second by Don G..
The last Tuesday of the month, August 27th with the location TBD.
June 25, 2019
Superior A’s June Meeting Minutes
President Steve Pellinen called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the Humboldt Township Hall with 23 members present. There were 11 Model A’s and 1 umbrella present.
The May meeting minutes were read. Bob S. made a motion to accept as read with a second by Norm Johnson.
THE TREASURER’S REPORT was not given.
The Negaunee Male Chorus is looking for a 1930 Model A to use as their upcoming 4th of July parade entry. They will be celebrating their 90th anniversary. Brenton McAlpine (spelling?), from Menominee, is seeking help in starting his inherited Model A, which hasn’t run in 2 years. Cameron Mattson seeks volunteer club members and locations to assist in telling the Dick Hendra, Greg Lindstrom, Dick Lutey story. We received a reminder of the Standish car show. The club received acknowledgement from MARC for joining as a region. MAFFI has agreed to correct the club name on the plaque at the Gilmore Museum, which recognizes donations made to the museum. Diane Pellinen is looking to step down as editor of our newsletter ASAP for health reasons. The club is looking for someone to take over this task.
Club bylaws were tabled until more info is gathered, then discussed for 10 minutes.
Adding color to our newsletters was discussed but determined to be too expensive. Don Giackino gave a recap on the spring tour to Grand Marais.
Frank Oatley discussed/explained Model A carburetors, their differences, and how to repair a common leaking problem where the fuel line goes into the carb. Paul Wilson contacted a Mr. Gordon about waving the fee for old cars wanting to run in the 4th of July parade. Mike Kurian verified that this fee had been waved. The tour to Bay Cliff on July 24th leaves Marquette Tourist Park at 4;00 p.m.. RSVP to Art Gischia or Jim Penrose if you are able to attend by July 15th. This helps Bay Cliff. Motion to adjourn by Norm Johnson at 7;06
Next meeting July 29th. Location TBD
May 28, 2019
Superior A’s May Meeting Minutes
President Steve Pellinen called the meeting to order at 6:01 at the Cliffs Shaft Museum with 32 members present. There were 6 Model A’s in the parking lot.
The April meeting minutes were read. Norm Johnson made a motion to accept as read with a second by Bill Carlson. Motion carried.
Treasurer Jim Penrose gave an updated treasurers report. .A motion to accept the report was made by Joe Sweidel with a second by Dave Ollila. Motion carried.
Keith Holmquist sent an article on Model A’s out of Hemming’s Motor News to share.
The club is to form a committee to talk over and come up with a recommendation on how to dole out our remaining convention monies. This recommendation will be presented to the club for discussion and approval at an upcoming meeting.
Steve gave an update on Cameron Mattson’s film project.
An update was given on the spring tour to Grand Marais. Don Giakino brought a sign up list and maps.
Steve brought up club bylaws. We are looking for more examples of other clubs’ bylaws before setting our own.
Our web editor, Clayton Johns, brought up the $142.50 web fees coming due this year. After some discussion, Jim Penrose recommended sending in the two year membership to save a little money. Rudy Mosca made a motion to this with a second by Rick McKay. Motion carried.
Clayton is also looking for pictures of young kids, grand kids, great grand kids, etc. with our Model A’s to be featured on the web site.
There was some discussion on member only access to parts of the web site.
Harry Hannula shared Model A chat on facebook. Rick McKay talked on proper strapping of Model A’s and T’s, when trailering, to avoid damaging the wishbone. Rod Sweidel has a rhythmic ticking in his speedometer. Many members came up with recommendations for Rod to try. Clayton shared stories from the Model A Roundup in Muskegon. Bill Carlson mentioned a get together of mining groups from other areas meeting at the Cliffs Shaft Museum on June 6th. Could some of us bring our cars around 6:00 p.m. to share?
Motion to adjourn by Rudy Mosca and seconded by Bill Yardley.
Next meeting June 25th at the Humboldt Township hall.
April 29, 2019
Superior A’s April Meeting Minutes
President Steve Pellinen called the meeting to order at 6:01 with 44 members present at Dennis Stanaway’s garage. There were 2 A’s in the parking lot.
The March minutes were read. Motion to accept by Dennis Sippola with a second by Dave Ollila. Motion carried.
Treasurer Jim Penrose gave the treasurer’s report.
Jim Penrose explained what was done with the Pasadena Raffle money.
No, we didn’t win.
After brief discussion, Bob Saxwald made a motion to get members of the convention committee together to discuss best areas to donate remaining convention funds. This was seconded by Joe Sweidel. Motion carried.
Cameron, a film student at NMU, talked to us about reenacting and filming a
story told to the membership by Greg Lindstrom and Dick Lutey. We are going forward with this at this time.
Don Giackino spoke on the spring tour to Grand Marais via H58. We will meet at Don’s house at 8:30 a.m. and leave at 9:00 a.m. June 8th. A backup date of June 9th was chosen. Don lives at 444 Lakewood Lane. From the intersection of US41 & M28, go approximately 1 mile east on M28 and take the first left after going under the railroad overpass. This is Superior St. Take Superior until it intersects with Lakewood Lane. Don lives at this corner. Don’s phone number is (906) 458-7796. We have reservations to eat at the Grand Marais Tavern, which is 86 miles from Don’s home.
John Westerlinen told his story of blowing the rear end on his A. Luckily he was close to home.
Motion to adjourn meeting at 6:50 by Jim Maki with a second by Dennis Sippola. Motion carried.
Next meeting is May 28th with location TBD.
March 26, 2019
Superior A’s March Meeting Minutes
“Model A” Johnson opened the meeting at 6:16 with about 36 members present. There were two Model A’s in the parking lot at the Iron Industry Museum with lots of snow surrounding it.
Bill Carlson read the January meeting minutes. (There was no meeting held in February due to illness.)
The treasurer’s report was given and the internal audit was discussed.
A spring tour to Grand Marais via H58 out of Munising was discussed. Don Giackino volunteered to make contacts regarding restaurants. This tour would take place after the snow melts, as H58 is a seasonal road and not plowed during the winter. Other tour ideas are welcome and can be discussed.
Jim Penrose brought up giving the Iron Industry Museum a $50.00 donation to put towards coffee, since they stay open late and supply the coffee for our meetings. After discussion, Jim Sicotte made a motion which was seconded by Dick Lutey to donate this money to the museum. (At the end of the meeting Treasurer Penrose wrote and presented this check to museum staff.)
February 2019 -- Meeting canceled
January 29, 2019
Superior A’s Meeting Minutes
Model A Johnson opened the meeting at 6:00 with about 27 members in attendance. Steve had two family members pass recently.
Minutes: They were not read.
Treasurer’s report: The books are being audited. The dues are being collected.
The price of stamps went up to $.55. A motion was made to accept the report by Jim
Penrose with a second by Art G., motion carried.
• The club is looking for spring Tour ideas.
• The Club banquet will be on 4/13/19.
• Jim P. Made a motion to give Cliffs Shaft Museum $100.00 to help defray costs, this was seconded by Joe S, motion carried.
Frank O. had some rebuilt carbs for sale and to look at.
A motion was made to adjourn at 6:18, motion carried.