Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes

Section President Messages

 In the words of our National President for 2020, Julie Bruggner, club events should take into account a number of facets to help decide what is the right course of action for club events. The safety of the members of our club and the communities in which the events take place must be our primary consideration. Back in mid- June we were experiencing what we hoped was a bit of relief from the COVID–19 pandemic threat that would allow an opening of our social calendar by late summer. We enthusiastically scheduled our mid-summer club picnic for August 16th, to at least create a date we could look forward to. Unfortunately, due to recent pockets of a resurgence of the pandemic we have decided to cancel the picnic. The Sonnenberg Gardens Car Show is now scheduled for September 6th. Under current circumstances It seems unwise to attend this event as a club outing. FALL COLOR TOUR We still have our fall color tour scheduled for October 16th or 17th. This event is a planned drive from Cortland to Skaneateles. This event will be a driving experience that can easily respect social distancing values while allowing us to enjoy ourselves in our personal vehicles. More information on this event will be shared when all the details are set. MBUSA REBATE Incentives till July 31st If you are considering another Mercedes purchase this summer take note of a Club Rebate program in effect till July 31st. The rebates are between $500 and $5,500. The information is available under the Membership Section; see MBUSA Rebate Incentives.

Don Klug,

FLMBCA President

President of Finger Lakes Section

Don Klug

I am sure we all miss seeing each other at our club ‘get-togethers’ and our old state of familiar enjoyment. I know that I do. Of course, club gatherings require us to transport to our events in our Mercedes Benz cars. So, a partial fix these days for me has been a short drive in the Benz and leave in the rearview mirror the state of our world for a few moments. The drive, although fun, is still just a ‘partial’ fix. Our fun section gatherings with each other and our ownership experience is really part of the reason we joined the MBCA FL Section to begin with.

With this in mind, we want to communicate an adjusted 2020 events calendar in a permissible way that allows the chance to enjoy our short summer with an occasion gathering. Please know that your continued health and safety is of primary concern. We are all pleased, I am sure to see NNY, CNY and the Rochester regions deemed appropriate to ‘open up’ in New York State’s Phase 3 and Phase 4 levels of gatherings with social distancing. After talks with our other club officers we have decided to at least schedule our annual club wide favorite event, the annual picnic at Red Kosinski’s home on August 16th. Considering this future date will allow us all the flexibility to be able to see if things are safe as the date approaches. Of course, social distancing and masks will still be required and we assure all that the picnic layout will accommodate our new normal. If the current environment situation in August suddenly changes, we certainly have the option to cancel and communicate such via a short newsletter message.

The hosts of the Sonnenberg Gardens Father’s Day Car Show, scheduled for June 21st has moved the date to September 6th, allowing us another opportunity to gather if our environment allows. Of course, there is always the opportunity to gather again for a short road rally without a visit to a restaurant. This is a subject worth investigating as a fall event or a ‘pop-up’ surprise meet. We will investigate and let you all know about this in the next newsletter or before.

Please take note of club member Dave Tobin’s contribution to this newsletter on Mercedes Metris Weekender Camper Van and welcome Tobin Motor Works as our newest advertising supporter along with Universal Imports and Mercedes Benz of Rochester.

Stay safe and happy driving, Section President Don Klug

President of Finger Lakes Section

Donald Klug

The sun is shining today, our first day of Day Light Savings in 2020 and I really want to be out driving with the car top down. Must be spring fever or MBCA Finger Lakes Section fever. It is a time of year when I miss seeing all of you. My fix has been the Syracuse Auto Expo in February to ogle the 2020 models waxed up with no snow piled on top. I know some of you most likely meandered over to the Rochester Auto show in early March. The tease of spring is now here and hearts grow fonder with thoughts of driving unencumbered by the winter nasties. Due to the recent facts of life, a short drive appears all that we may be able to do for the immediate future. So, go ahead and leave winter in your rearview mirror with a short drive.

The quickly evolving Novel Coronavirus pandemic has reached our region and it is imperative that we align our club activities along with recent local and regional practices. The health of all our members and families is paramount. As a result, we are unable to hold our annual opening day garage tour at club member Bill Wayman’s home this spring. Bill is sharing a photograph of his recent work elsewhere in our newsletter, so all is not lost.

As of this writing the Lotus-Mercedes-Benz Driving Education Event at Watkins Glen on June 17th and The Sonnenberg Father’s Day Car Show on June 21st in Canandaigua are still on the schedule of our club events. Our annual Picnic at Red Kozinski’s home is July 12th. This is a good time now to place these dates on your calendar.

By popular demand we have scheduled another Seneca Falls Rotary Jazz Festival and Mercedes Benz Car display on September 13th at del Lago Casino, at the Waterloo exit off the NY State Thru Way. In addition, the 2020 schedule also has another road rally scheduled and to be organized by Doug Archer, long time MBCA FL member for early October. More details on these two events will be in our 3rd Quarter Tri-Star.

Ethan Fogg presented an idea at our annual meeting last November, called ‘Pop-Up’ events. A ‘pop-up’ event is a get-together with minimum advance notice at some very localized event that may be enhanced by a group of Mercedes Benz Club cars on display. Our web master’s Oscar and Peggy are able to send out quickly an advertisement in a special edition of Tri-Star, so communicating the event will be a breeze. Possibly such an event may occur in late May or August.

Happy and safe driving, Section President Don Klug

 

 

President of Finger Lakes Section

Donald Klug

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
FIRST QUARTER 2020
Greetings fellow Finger Lakes Section members,
Thanks to all who attended the November Annual Meeting in at Belhurst Castle in Geneva and for having the confidence once again in me to serve another year as your Section President. The 2020 Board will retain Judith Handzo as our Secretary/ Treasurer and Peggy and Oscar Raffo as webmasters. The Handzo’s are planning to sell their home and move somewhere warm. Bob Harradine has been a wonderful resource as our Vice President in 2019, however the working world missed him and he was asked to take full time employment again, thus preventing him time to continue as VP. So, we have openings at our executive level. VP duties include occasionally visiting the Rochester Mercedes Benz Dealer to display our Star Magazine and dispense club membership applications on site. The other part of the job is to be available to members in attendance at our several gatherings throughout the year to insure they are enjoying themselves. Our Secretary/Treasurer position, I am told by Judith, requires little time. Rather than burden with regular executive meetings we communicate as needed via e-mail and phone. Volunteering at the executive level is its’ own reward and a wonderful way to meet so many people enjoying the marque automobile we all love to drive.
2019 saw members share stories in our newsletters about how they came to obtain their much-loved Mercedes Benz driving machines. These stories often have an interesting fact or event tied to the ownership. Bob Harradine, Ethan Fogg and Ken Rucki all had fun stories to share in 2019. We seek to continue this new editorial opportunity. If compelled to do so, we want to include your story in a future Tri-Star. Pass those brief stories on to our webmasters Peggy and Oscar Lopez Raffo.
Some 2020 events were set at the annual meeting and they are listed elsewhere in this Tri-Star issue. I am already excited for 2020!! Doug Archer has offered to plan another road rally in early October, possibly starting in Cortland and ending in Skaneateles. Dave Tobin’s road rally in late September was an instant hit! Please remember the local auto shows in February (Syracuse), and March (Rochester). Stop by the local Mercedes Benz display and chat up the sales person. Share with them that you are a club member and how much you enjoy the brand. My guess is he or she will spend time showing you around the new cars and sharing whatever is new about them.
by Ethan Fogg is a ‘Pop-Up’ event. A ‘pop-up’ event is a get-together with minimum advance notice at some local event or establishment with brief advertising in a special edition of Tri-Star or a club membership e-mail. It most likely will be a very localized event that may be enhanced by a group of Club Mercedes Benz cars on display. It could be just a request to gather at the local summer ice cream shop on a steamy Thursday evening. Maybe, during a winter lull, a localized group may meet for a Sunday lunch in an effort to ease away winter doldrums. Do you have an idea for a pop-up event? If so, please share it.
Now, in the famous words of our past president Bob Handzo, “Enjoy the rest of winter, in the sunny south (Mercedes weather) or the blustery north (possible Mercedes Benz weather with the right vehicle and Blizzak snow tires). Remember the good times had by all when the FLMBCA will gather sooner than we all think”.
All the Best, Section President Don Klug

President of Finger Lakes Section

Donald Klug

Greetings to my fellow members of our wonderful Finger Lakes Section of Mercedes Benz Club of America. We have had a Mercedes Benz car and friendship focused fun filled time this past summer with many events, one that just concluded at the Del Lago Casino and Hotel on September 8th. Many members attended, however if you missed this great Jazz Fest, you missed a wonderful sun-drenched fun filled afternoon. We have to thank fellow member Larry Driscoll, also a member of The Seneca Falls Rotary Club who sponsored and Del Lago security for their efforts in organizing this afternoon. Pictures are a great way to share the story, so please take a look at the pages of this newsletter to see the fun we shared at the Seneca Falls Rotary Club Jazz Fest and also our see our club display of a dozen beautiful Mercedes Benz automobiles. We were able to check out models from a 2018 G550, to a 2018 SL 550 and a 1968 280 SE. A Seneca Falls Rotarian also displayed his 2014 E63 AMG. Here is hoping that he will join our club. More than one attendee asked if we could do this again. Well maybe? Next year’s date for Jazz Fest is September 13, 2020.

In the meantime, you do not want to miss our very fun and exciting “Fall Color Tour 2019” driving rally on Saturday September 28th. Check it out in our ‘Up Coming Events Section’ for details and directions. This will be our last driving event of this year and is the first scheduled rally in several years. DON”T MISS THIS!! This will be an EXCEPTIONAL experience organized by Dave Tobin, an expert at organizing such events. His last event, carried in ‘The Star’ magazine on page 82 of the September 2016 issue, was called the 2016 Walleye 1000 Vintage Rally in Minnesota.

Now is the time to attend one of your last 2019 club events!! 2019 is fading. Don’t wait.

We look forward to our annual meeting in Geneva scheduled on Sunday November 17th. Once again, we will gather at historic Belhurst Castle for a lunch, elections and discussions about the possibilities of our 2020 schedule of events. Details may be found in the ‘Up Coming Events Section’ of this Tri-Star issue. Be sure to thank Judy and Bob Handzo for organizing this annual event as well as our picnic each year. This may be our last chance to ‘break bread’ with and share some time with past president Bob and retiring Secretary- Treasurer Judy. This wonderful couple, our leaders for nearly 10 years are retiring to North Carolina. We want to also thank VP Bob Harradine, who has taken on the responsibilities of a new full-time job, for his great efforts this past year as our vice president and membership chair. Bob also filled in nicely as our Liaison with Rochester Mercedes Benz. We now need your help in leadership positions, so if you believe that you can donate a brief amount of time in 2020 to your club, please free to contact me. You will find that a leadership positions is a fulfilling opportunity that requires less time than you may expect. As always, Mercedes Benz owners are a very fun group of people to share time with. Also, thank you for allowing me to be you club president in 2019. I have had fun.

Happy and safe motoring, President Don Klug

 

 

 

 

 

President of Finger Lakes Section

Donald Klug

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