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November/December 2008

SCNA News November/December 2008

President's Letter

As the highest-ranking SCNA official attending the 2008 Saab Owners’ Convention I would like to start by thanking all of the volunteers! Among so many happy people who worked so hard we had Sherry Connelly, Karen Davies and Diana Schaefer at registration for the better part of two days as well as Harry and Karen Davis who stuffed goodie bags before the convention even started, Sherry and Mike Connely, Marie Smith and the folks from NESA who helped run the showfield, Greg Abbott who put together the slide show for the banquet, Tom and Bonnie McKim who worked at the parts tent, and Pierre Belperron of Charles River Saab.

 It is important to realize that these volunteers did NOT get to do all the car things that they wanted to do, and that in order to make the convention run as smoothly as possible they gave of their time and helped out. These folks paid the same entry fees that everyone else did, they earned and deserve a big round of applause.

From the responses I have received to the email that went out asking for feedback regarding the event, everyone seemed to have a great time. There were some constructive comments that we are taking very seriously. This is your convention and we want you to have a good time at it so we try to make it a blast every time.

Also, I would like to thank all of the folks who came to the SCNA membership meeting on Saturday. For those of you who weren’t there, let me say that of the roughly 1100 active SCNA members we had less than 30 who attended and about 20 who voted. The good news is that these are the passionate Saab folk, are always trying to make things better; the bad news is that two percent of the voting public determines the direction of the SCNA. Bottom line, GET INVOLVED!!! We will always need volunteers and your input, whatever your skill set we can use it!

Lastly, we need to send a special thanks to Linnea Krajewski, she was the “man on the ground” getting this event put together, not that many of us didn’t chip in. but she went above and beyond. When you see her at Hershey or in Colorado please tell her “Thanks!”

Just to inform our membership, I would like you to know the numbers for the SCNA 2008 convention:

  • As a club we spent about $66,000.00 for grounds, tent rental, meals, meeting room rental, phone rental, terminal rental, expenses related to our guests from near and far, rental of the dyno, etc.
  • As a club we brought in $45,443, for pre-registrants, day trippers, dyno fees, and payments for space rental for vendors.
  • As a club we brought in $6,000 from sponsors.
  • The parts tent inventory, given us by Saab, returned a net of $11,669 and the Charity Auction net was $1,206. This year’s charity was the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY, founded by Paul Newman. The ranch provides specialized camping and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. All programs are free of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks.
  • Our deficit for the Convention of about $1,300 may be lessened or erased, pending the receipt of sponsorship pledges still outstanding.
  • We had 211 pre-registrants, 41 day trippers who took advantage of the limited membership, and 42 day trippers who did not take advantage of the limited membership.
  • We had 20 or so volunteers who paid for their rooms and tickets and gave of their time to help us, seven or so members of the board who paid for their rooms and tickets and gave of their time to keep things running.

We are actively seeking a location for the SOC 2010. If you have a site that you would like to present to the board, please do so! We will handle the “heavy lifting” but we need a person or club on the ground.

Lester Ewing
Vice President, SCNA

Oh, by the way, the office of Vice President (no, it had nothing to do with vices,) will be available at the SOC in Colorado. Please run for my office!