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President’s Message

The Summer has turned up the heat for RMTC members. Mystery Cruise #63 on June 29th was the final event for the month. Laurence and Shirlee Freytag volunteered to take on the challenge and put together a fun cruise! Twenty T-Birds gathered at the park & ride in Wiggins to tour through a private collection of cars owned by Wayne & Robin Schmeeckle. There were many 4-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles and automobiles in this collection. Afterwards, 34 RMTC members and 2 guests all went to the Country Steak Out in Ft. Morgan for lunch and distribution of door prizes to lucky ticket holders! Three T-Birds had to be towed home, Ron Leger’s 63HT, Jim & Ann Johnson’s 02 and Greg & Leigh Akiyama’s 63C!! Thanks goes
to the Freytag’s for organizing this Mystery Cruise! July events began with the Highland’s Ranch Parade on the 4th. The RMTC had 19 T-Birds with 22 members and 6 guests enjoying the huge crowd of spectators. Barb Herbel Hendricks and her small friend walked the route handing out candy to the endless crowd of children! At the end of the parade route almost everyone headed back to the Red Robin for lunch. Thanks to Jim Merritt for making all the arrangements for this very successful parade!

July 12 & 13 was the Mecum Auction at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Close to 700 cars ran over the auction block as drivers hustled to keep them moving. Jim Merritt organized the drivers for both day and brought the drinks & sandwiches for the drivers. Burrito man, Dave Sarno delivered the breakfast burritos both days! Thanks to Laurie Sarno for ordering the sandwiches and burritos for both days! The Mecum Auction is a valuable source of income for the RMTC treasury each year!

The RMTC 39th Annual Picnic at Bear Creek State Park on July 20 was the celebration of the clubs origin with the poorest attendance ever!! 41 members and 6 guests took part in the annual picnic where 150 pieces of chicken awaited them with several side dishes and desserts. The weather was beautiful at 82 degrees with a cool gentle breeze. After lunch, we had our club meeting with reports from each of the directors and officers. All directors were elected for another year of service along with, Tom & Carol’s granddaughter, Cory our new director in charge of door prizes. Next, awards were presented to each director and officer. It was to my surprise that Jim Merritt presented me my award and a 24-inch diameter neon sign of the RMTC logo. Needless to say, I was speechless. The next day, I was able to thank Jim with much gratitude. Participation awards went to Laurence & Shirlee Freytag as runner up and once again Bruce & Cristy Caswell as best participants for the year. Both couples received a $25 gift card from the club and the Caswell’s also received a Ford Logo metal sign. Finally, the John Saylor Award was given to Dave Stambaugh for his outstanding contributions to the club. Congratulations Dave!! A big THANK-YOU to Laurie Sarno for ordering the chicken and picking it up for us and to Jim Merritt for bringing the drinks and ice!! Also, thanks to RMTC members for the side dishes and for supporting the club’s event!!

August events include the HORSEFEATHER’S Car Show with the Early Mustang Club on the 3rd, Frank’s Pizza Car Show in Englewood on the 11th and the August Mystery Cruise on the 24th . More details about these events can be found elsewhere in this newsletter. If you have not started making your travel plans for this year’s BIRD BATH to Cheyenne, Wyoming on September 13th– 16th , time is quickly running out. Laurie Sarno has put together a very exciting series of events for us!! So, make your hotel reservation ASAP and be part of this year’s BIRD BATH. More information can be found elsewhere in this newsletter. As you can see, all of the various events have been planned!! The RMTC Officers and Directors have worked very hard providing the membership with a variety of different activities that will hopefully get you excited and out to join other members. The ONLY way we will know that all of our planning and work is paying off is by your participation!!

PLEASE plan to attend as many RMTC functions as you can. Last year 60% of the membership attended a least one scheduled event. I am hoping that we can raise the participation to 75%?? Currently, we are at 43%!!

Getting closer to my goal!!

Don Reinke II RMTC President 2003 -2020