Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes

Section President Messages

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


WOW, where did April, May and most of June go? Our second quarter of 2019 has seen plenty of action with our April event at Bill Wayman’s annual garage tour, the Sonnenberg Fathers’ Day Car Show and the Watkins Glen Lotus-Mercedes-Benz Driving Education Event on June 19th. Hope that you have been able to take advantage of at least one of these events. Spending time together with other Mercedes Benz owners is always a pleasant experience.

This spring has been spent getting to know folks in the CNY region. A visit was in order to Mercedes Benz of Syracuse. John Bruno, the service manager has joined our FL MBCA on their behalf and we currently have displayed several issues of ‘The Star’ magazine and membership applications in the service department waiting room. Time was well spent getting to know some of the new sales people and I traveled to Ithaca to get to meet Dave Tobin who is coordinating an early fall road rally for us. VP Bob Harradine and Ex-Officio Bob Handzo visit to Mercedes Benz of Rochester helped to grow our solid club relationship. As said before, a pleasant experience is had by all talking about the cars we love to drive.

Peggy and Oscar Raffo, our newsletter editors, David Kliment, our webmaster and Judy Handzo, our secretary/treasurer continue to perform their behind the scene jobs with excellence. Your club executives are very experienced people conducting club business at a level of excellence providing well planned club gatherings. Please take advantage their efforts. Now is the time to attended one of our events! The year 2019 is half gone!! Don’t Wait.

As said before, Mercedes-Benz club members are fun people to be around. Please jump into your Benz and meet fellow club enthusiasts on Sunday, July 7th at the annual Summer Picnic, held at member Red Kosinski’s home in Scottsville. This event is always a top notch gathering. Red supplies the ‘meats’ and the club supplies an assortment of ‘wet your whistle’ refreshments. Bring a dish to pass and your bathing suit. Red’s pool is beautiful. Last year Red invited folks to pick as many black raspberries as one can and Red is always willing to show you around his garage-barn where you may find all sorts of projects in a state of accomplishment. We will have a ‘low key’ People's Choice car show on the lawn, welcome and get to know our newest members and enjoy relaxed chats with old friends. This a great opportunity for our CNY, NNY and Southern Tier members. The Picnic drive is shorter than you think.

Two events are lined up for early and late September. “WINE, WATER, JAZZ AND MB CARS on September 8th, coordinated by Larry Driscoll. This is a hybrid gathering sponsored by the Seneca Falls Rotary Club and is just a short ride down I90 to the Seneca Falls Exit. The venue is the del Lago Resort parking lot Tent that seats 200. Proceeds will support clean water in Africa.

On September 28th we gather for a “FALL ROAD RALLY” from Watkins Glen to Seneca Falls. This is our first rally in many years. We guarantee an exceptional experience. Coordinator Dave Tobin is an expert in organizing this type of event and MBCA Regional Director Drew Webb from Salem, NH, may join us. High participation offers an opportunity for a picture in ‘The Star’.

We still have time to put an August date together for a Mercedes Club event. We just need a champion! Planning an event can be a fulfilling experience and is easier than you may think.

Happy and safe motoring.

Don Klug



President of Finger Lakes Section

Donald Klug