AACA - CHESAPEAKE REGION

                    Recent Event Photographs

2018  AACA 2018 Annual Meeting - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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On Thursday, February 10th, many members of the Chesapeake Region, AACA traveled to Philadelphia to participate in the AACA Annual Membership Meeting held at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel. The impressive hotel lobby is defined by its partial glass roof, and open stairways leading to two upper lobby levels.

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The entry level features the check-in desk, a concierge desk, lounge and several restaurant areas.

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Over the wall of the second level, attending AACA Regions and Chapters are invited to hang their club banners.

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Chesapeake Region, host of the 2018 AACA Spring Meet, hung the promotional banner for the July event, to be held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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Throughout the Annual Meeting weekend, AACA members gathered in the open lobby area to socialize.

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Members registered at the Reception Desk and obtained information on all of the planned activities for the three-day event.

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The Trade Show was a "must see" for everyone.

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Open Friday and Saturday, it attracted many visitors.

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The aisles were lined with vendors promoting all types of automobile wares.

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Vendors of event dash plaques...

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... and vendors of automobile wiring.

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Prueitt Automotive Restoration of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania proudly displayed this beautiful Cord, expertly restored by their craftsmen.

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Checking out some official AACA clothing items.

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Many AACA clothing items were for sale, including shirts, ties and hats.

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Woodgrain Specialists, of Littlestown, Pennsylvania had a large display.

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A detailed look at their beautiful craftsmanship.

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Chesapeake Region operated one of the Trade Show booths, promoting attendance at the 2018 Eastern Spring Meet.

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Various promotional items were displayed at the back of the booth.

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If the sweet-talking booth-tenders failed to lure passers-by to pause and hear all about the upcoming Meet, a few sweet "helpers" on the table often did.

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The booth was constantly attended throughout the Trade Show by one or more of our Chesapeake Region members seen here.

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James Cross conducted a seminar on tips for repairs, restoration and maintenance of antique vehicles."

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Mary Bartemeyer conducted a seminar on Regional newsletter publications.

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Pat Buckley, Mike Reilly and Robert Stein conducted the Webmasters' Forum.

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Francis Clax conducted the seminar: Automobilia - Preserving Automotive History.

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Box lunches were available at the hotel to provide for a quick mid-day meal.

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Members were able to eat lunch quickly between the scheduled morning and afternoon seminars.

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On our billboard, an interested member reads all about the 2018 Eastern Spring Meet.

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A table is offered to display Region event flyers and promotional brochures.

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J.C. Taylor Insurance maintained a very popular hospitality suite on the 22nd floor of the hotel, with a spectacular view of downtown Philadelphia.

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Franklin Gage and Verne Franz conducted the seminar: Building Your 1960s Chevrolet -- Assembly Plant Procedures.

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Chesapeake Region President Paula Ruby speaks at the Regions and Chapters Presidents' Dinner.

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The General Membership Meeting commenced at 2:00 pm on Saturday, and was well attended.

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Our attending Chesapeake Region members were all seated together.

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To the representative of the technology student group attending the AACA Meeting, Paula presented cash donations, collected from fellow attendees to help defray the student expenses to attend the event.

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The new 2018 AACA President, Chuck Crane, and First Lady June were introduced to the members. President Crane then spoke to the membership about his visions for the upcoming year.

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The new 2018 AACA National Directors were then introduced.

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After the Membership Round Table offered the opportunity for attending members to speak, the meeting was adjourned.

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On Saturday evening the National Awards Reception and Banquet were held.

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A musical group serenades those attending.

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Chesapeake Region President Paula Ruby and husband Gary pause for a photograph.

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As with the afternoon Membership Meeting, a near-capacity crowd attended the Awards Banquet.

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Chesapeake Region members were seated at Table 25, together with several members from other Regions.

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Various speakers addressed the audience.

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Tabatha Hammer announced the AACA Youth Scholarship Awards.

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Receiving one of the awards was Todd, son of Chesapeake Region members Gary and Vicky Wilmer. Todd is currently a sophmore in college.

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Our Chesapeake Region website was honored with a Master Webmaster Award.

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Webmaster, Buzz Diehl, accepted the award from 2017 President, Tom Cox.

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Another Chesapeake Region winner of a National Award was Lewis Mendenhall for his beautiful and rare 1952 Hudson Convertible. Lew won the Discontinued Automobile Award.

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Webmaster Buzz showing the very nice 2017 Master Webmaster Award received.

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Wife Barbara joins Buzz with her floral table centerpiece "award" for being the youngest person at our banquet table #25.

Several of our AACA Annual Meetings in the recent past have been accompanied by some challenging, memorable weather conditions. The memory this year will surely be the challenge of arrival at the time of the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory parade.

The AACA organization does a fantastic job of planning, organizing and operating this annual event. Every member should consider attending one sometime.