As members pulled into the BCYC Parking Lot to follow a path of checkered flags (black and white, of course) leading down to the dock, there she was setting cars in place, with snacks, and with Mike the server standing by to run to the bar, as the cars filtered in. In addition to the Pittman stable (Jeep and Party Wagon), Kent Martin brought his beautiful, stock (!) M5, Jo Holman brought her “67 Mustang Convertible, Andy C. with his elegant (but hot) Lexus IS 350, Tom Walley drove his classic, original condition ‘78 Porsche 911 SC, Steven Williams his Tesla, and our speaker Chris Casler brought an almost completely restored Porsche 356 C Cabriolet. Oh, and the weather was beautiful down on the dock!
Around 7ish, the Prez dragged us away from the cars and up to our meeting room, where a fun, casual evening progressed. Our guests included visiting Rotarian Bailey Smith (Newport Irvine), candidates Andrew Balzerit and Bob Kelly, along with First Dude Mark, assisted by daughter Taylor and friend Tom Dennis –all of whom worked the set-up.
Keeping it light, we marked the Birthdays of two of our Rotarians Wendell Sawyer and Ron Gill (both absent) with two great chocolate cakes (Yum!), and PDG Roger announced sign-ups for the Seventh Annual Angels Game to End Polio, on August 22. We’ve got six seats in our Suite sold already-remember a portion of all ticket sales will go, in your name, to the End Polio Now program. (don’t worry, you’ll hear it again☺). It was reported that the very successful “Taste of Japan, OC” will net our Club some $8,000 (thanks and congrats to all)
Tom Walley mentioned that Art Walton really enjoys hearing from us, so make it a point to check on him at 949 422 7179.
Chris Casler built on earlier conversations about cars when he took the lectern. As Sales Manager of European Collectibles (on Coast Highway, near the Balboa Bay Resort ) with a full restoration shop nearby in Costa Mesa, he has bought, sold, and restored European sports cars for nearly 20 years. Things have changed in the global market with the internet, but he told of some transactions that include active participation by all parties, as well as those where buyer and seller never meet! Questions and conversations marked the evening, everything from the appearance (and disappearance) of major auctions locally, to the traditional car shows that many of us know and enjoy. We thank Chris for sharing his story and helping us learn a bit more about his business.
Mike Lawler stopped in at the end of the meeting to present an exchange banner from the Rotary Club of Kathmandu, Nepal which he visited following that devastating earthquake, to deliver good and contributions collected at our recent Club Meeting.
And on this Sunday, our Club’s “Get Dirty” project takes off for Fiji! President Lauren taught us, in closing, that “Bula” is the Fijian word for “Hello” and so thanks to the internet, we say “Vanuinui vinaka e nomu volau” to our intrepid team, wishing them “A Good Journey”
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR CLUB WILL NOT MEET NEXT THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015,
And, please have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend!!