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the November 11, 2017 Lone Star Packards Fall Tour- from Tommy
Region Acting Director
I don't know how many years, Lone Star Packard Club has had a fall
tour. On weekend tours we have gone to places like Nacogdoches and
Henderson, Galveston, the Golden Triangle area, Brenham, and the
Painted Churches tour. On single day tours we have been to see
Richard and Irena's collection in Montgomery, spent several hours at
the Gullo Museum, and visited some private collections. This year the
group decided on a one day tour. November 11, was chosen as the date
and Rena and Jack suggested they duplicate and lead us on a Model "A"
tour, which they had taken to the Round Top/ Warrenton area. The
Trokeys and Sartins tried it out one day. Then on Saturday with the
Sartins in the lead, 19 LSP members and about 7 cars following, we
left the Trokey's home in Katy at 9:05 headed through the back roads
to the first stop at Neumann’s Bakery in Bellville. The club has
stopped at the bakery several times in the past. We enjoyed about 30
minutes of coffee and kolaches and other goodies and then headed out
towards Industry. Throughout the trip we were on the scenic back
roads of rural Texas (some of the most beautiful rolling hills and
farms in Texas).
arrived in Round Top a little after 11 AM. Most of you are familiar
with the Round Top/Warrenton area as the site of the huge antique
fair held there each year. We have made several LSP trips there in
the past. This year, the main purpose of our visit was to see and
tour the site of the Round Top Music Festival just outside of town.
The focal point of the site is the magnificent performance hall but
the chapel and homes, and gardens are spectacular as well! The whole
thing began in the 70's as a dream come true for famous concert
pianist, James Dick. He envisioned a place for students of the arts
to gather, study, and perform in a rural setting far from the
distractions of a big city. He fell in love with Round Top and moved
there in the early 70's. He bought six acres and moved a beautiful
old home which was about to be torn down in nearby LaGrange to the
acreage, thus saving it. Once moved, a second story was tastefully
added to make six extra rooms for guest performers and/or students
visiting during the summer. Those six acres has now grown to
approximately 200 acres! Some of the original construction was aided
by a grant from Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg who owned a home
nearby. Miss Hogg was the daughter of the late Texas Governor James
Hogg and Houstonians know her mostly for her home in the Memorial
Park area known as "Bayou Bend". It is now open to the
public and the home, beautiful furnishings, and the surrounding
gardens or a must for any tour of Houston. LSP has visited the site
twice over the years. Early on Mr. Dick decided his dream would not
involve a heavy debt. Nothing has been built until the money was in
place so development has been slow. Currently their fund raising
efforts are a year or so from completion of an addition to the back
of the stage area of the magnificent performance hall. The complex
now includes his home and one other, a dorm complex for students, the
performance hall which also contains several museum rooms, the
gardens, and the all wood and marble performance hall. The
performance hall and other structures were all built primarily by
skilled craftsmen and artisans from the local area. That was and
continues to be Mr. Dick’s intention and it is mind blowing that
there were so many people locally that could accomplish such beauty!
I am not sure when the buildings and grounds are open for touring,
but I expect in the summer when the students are there studying and
performing the touring is limited. We paid for a docent to take us on
a tour and it was well worth the $8 group fee. There are so many
little things and related stories you would miss without the docent.
the tour, we traveled back into downtown Round Top to visit the shops
and then meet for lunch at a Mexican restaurant on the square. After
an hour or so we loaded up and headed to Fayetteville. The Baccaros
have been to this little village before not only on AACA tours but we
also used our '55 Clipper at the restored Gulf Station to film a
commercial for "old time service" for one of our son's
former employers. Among other things a visit to Orsak's cafe for pie
or cobbler is a must! Just by chance, a group of pickers and fiddlers
had gathered around the square and in the gazebo so some of our
members enjoyed visiting and the free pickin'. After leaving this
little town we headed back towards Katy.
is not just for Packard owners as we have several members looking for
Packards and some that just appreciate them. One of our non-Packard
classics did suffer a fuel problem. We thought it was out of gas
because of an unreliable gauge; therefore, we went into New Ulm and
found a beer joint/ice house that happened to have two gas pumps
outside to get 5 gallons to bring back. It was a rundown looking
place with locals sitting at wooden tables drinking long necks and
heavy with smoke. They were friendly folks and the lady in charge
said she did not have a gas can to sell but she would get hers out of
her pick up if I would promise to bring it back. I will stop and have
a beer with them the next time we pass through New Ulm. (However, I
won’t stay long because I can't stand the smoke. Former smokers are
the most intolerant of the smoke fragrance) unfortunately, the gas
did not help so after a long wait they had to be towed home. The car
started right up on Sunday morning in the driveway! We think the
angle it was sitting on the side of the road had much to do with it
was a neat outing because we had three Clippers in sequence parked
together several times. These were our '55, then the Carlson's '56,
and finally the Darrow's '57. We need to add a '54 and '58 to the
mix. Our '55 Clipper performed flawlessly, except with the windows
down road noise is really loud! If we ever get A/C added it will help
the noise problem but the weather was perfect for cruising even if we
did not have A/C. We came from League City to the meeting point in
Katy and the round trip back to the coast was 278 miles. We made it
into our driveway a little after 7pm. While we consider ourselves
fortunate to own some older Packards and we love them, there is
nothing like cruising at highway speeds in a Packard V8! Most of the
others should have made it home earlier with the exception of the one
that had trouble. I hope we can have a weekend tour next year as this
old guy did get tired on the way home.
the October 28, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy
Region Acting Director
was a great weekend for the Lone Star Region of P.A.C. Saturday
thirty members of LSP met at the Savannah Bakery and Cafe on Old
Galveston Rd. Everyone enjoyed the great sandwiches, soups, salads
and many also tried out the desserts. John Eanes surprised us all by
driving his recently acquired 1941 120 Deluxe 2 door Sedan. I really
liked it as it was the same two-tone green that adorned my
grandfather's four door '41. That particular '41 was the first car in
which I ever rode! (Of course it was home from the hospital as an
infant). In addition to John Eanes' '41, Mike Rigsby brought his '39
Coupe, John Lortz and grandson, Tommy, brought the '53 convertible,
Carol brought the '55 Clipper while Anthony and I drove the '40 Club
Sedan, Tony and Shirley Darrow brought their recently restored
Avanti. I had not seen the Avanti since I saw the body suspended from
their garage ceiling a couple of years ago when they hosted an LSP
weather was clear and sunny with breezy cold wind; therefore I was
pleased with the turnout of 30 people and 6 cars! During the business
meeting, several items of interest were discussed:
gave a report on the treasury (we are sound) and then shared that the
$1,000 donation to the Packard Foundation for the restoration of the
PACKARD PROVING GROUNDS has been made in the name of the late Dale
The Sartins and the rest of the "Katy Bunch" have been
working on a one day fall tour. Per the vote of the membership to
have an abbreviated tour this year instead of a weekend trip. Rena
said they have picked Saturday, November 11 as the date for the tour
leaving that morning from the Katy area and going through the back
roads to places like Warrenton, Burton, and Round Top and maybe
other interesting spots. We will eat somewhere, do some antiquing,
and check out any places of interest. The date was picked because it
was the first date where a significant number of us could make it and
any later date was thought to be too close to Thanksgiving. We will
post more details as we get closer but please try to make our fall
tour. Obviously we would like for you bring a Packard, but you are
welcome to bring something else including other collector cars or
even your daily driver if you need to do so. The tour will be our
The Christmas party will be on Saturday, December 9 beginning at
Gina's Restaurant in Friendswood. Following the meal we will caravan
to Evelyn's home for refreshments and a visit to the famous Timmins'
car barn! You are encouraged to bring something to share. More
details to follow.
I mentioned that our two year term for officers is coming to a close.
We will ask for nominations at the December meeting. I believe most
of the officers are willing to "re-up" so a simple motion
in that regard would be acceptable. I stated that I would be fine
with stepping down but I would like to remain involved in the
negotiations to move the Texas Packard Meet back to Salado in 2019 so
that it will be more centrally located for the four participating
regions. We have a second meeting scheduled in January with the
Salado Chamber and the new management of the Stagecoach Inn.
Representatives of the four regions will be in attendance.
I also mentioned that we will pass the calendar around at the
Christmas party for members to sign up for hosting or planning a
meeting during 2018.
the lunch Saturday, we drove about a mile down Old Galveston Rd. to
historic Ellington Field which is celebrating its 100th birthday!
Being a native Houstonian, I still say Ellington Air Force Base half
of the time. It was established in WWI to train pilots for the war
and continued in that endeavor
through the second WW as well as Korea and Vietnam. It was
decommissioned by the Carter administration and is now operated as a
general aviation facility by the city of Houston.
Field is the new home of the Lone Star Flight Museum which we have
visited several times before when it was located on Galveston Island.
Due to severe damage to the facility as well as many of the artifacts
and some of the planes during Hurricane Ike, the decision was made to
move inland to Ellington Field. It is a beautiful facility and we
were given a 2 hour tour by a most informed docent. The planes are
beautifully restored and all of them fly! We also saw an example of
the Rolls Royce Merlin Engine similar to the ones Rolls Royce asked
Packard to build during WWII. This meeting was originally scheduled
for September but Hurricane Harvey and the resulting hardships caused
us to change it to October. If you did not make it to this meeting,
you need to go see the museum. It is worth your time!
Sunday, the Darrows, Holzbands, and the Baccaros all displayed at the
5th Annual Congregation Emanu El Show and Shine benefiting the
Houston Food Bank. This is really a fun affair located behind Rice
University on Sunset Blvd. with no pressure for judging and a wide
array of classic cars on display. In addition to those of us who
displayed products of our favorite car company, Nancy and John Eudy
and Dick Bautch came by to visit. I also got to visit with several
friends from the AACA. A big thank you goes out to Paula and Lenny
Holzband for organizing this fun event each year as this counts as
one of our public service events we do each year.
tuned for more details involving the November tour as well as the
Christmas Holiday Party.
the September 17, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy
Region Acting Director
after-effects of Hurricane Harvey left us unsure as to whether we
should or should not have a meeting in September. Finally, we decided
to find a central location where we could enjoy each others company
and discuss our common interest which is primarily Packards. We chose
the Spaghetti Western Italian Restaurant on South Shepherd as
probably the most central location since we are spread out over such
a large geographic area. We have been there at least twice before and
the food was as good as usual and the service was good. The a/c was a
little under performing but it was about 92 or more outside. We did
have 26 members plus Andy Calistrat and John Lortz Jr. who
accompanied their parents. We would love to see them as regulars.
time we also had a lot of experiences to share regarding hurricane
Harvey. Unfortunately, we did have several that were too busy with
flood recovery to make it and our prayers and thoughts are with them.
The heat was responsible for keeping us from having a good turnout of
Packards. This morning I heard the forecast say that we can expect
our first real cool front in about two weeks. Hopefully we can have a
big turnout of Packards in October for our meeting at the newly
relocated Lone Star Flight Museum as well as Lenny's Shine and Show
benefiting the Houston food bank the week before. More details to
reported we continue to be in good shape financially. He shared that
he and Mike Grimes have been working with the Packard Proving Grounds
to find a suitable item for our $1,000 donation in the name of our
late friend Dale Musgrove. They are considering a plaque be attached
to a restored cabinet at the top of the stairs where the quarters for
the test drivers was located. At this location it will be seen by
everyone who tours the facility. Thanks to Mike and Rich for working
on this project.
and Janice passed around a hard copy of the Owner's Manual. He
explained that we are only making a few hard copies for distribution
to national officers and the membership is encouraged to print the
soft copies or just read it on your computer. The cost of printing a
hard copy for all of our members would be in the $700 range each
quarter if we stuck to black and white. It would be a lot cheaper,
but we all enjoy the colored pictures. Ben reported he would contact
Lenny on the status of our new club shirts.
the August 20, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy
Region Acting Director
thanks to Lenny and Paula for arranging a great eatery for our
monthly get together as well as a really nice up-scale setting for
our meeting and desserts following lunch. We met at 1 PM at the Jay's
Cafe in Needville, a Rosenberg suburb, where we had a private room
and all of us ordered from the menu. The food was great! We were told
the desserts were to die for but since Lenny and Paula had arranged
for desserts back at the Lake House of their Del Webb community, we
passed. The waiter encouraged us to come back sometime just to have
dessert and coffee. My sweet tooth tells me that would be a great
Sunday afternoon adventure.
the extreme heat, we had 30 people at lunch. It was good to see so
many of you. The long distance award went to JC and Sherry who drove
more than 80 miles from their home in the Magnolia area. I would
guess that we were in second place as we drove 128 miles round trip
from League City to Needville. Due to the extreme heat, only two
Packards made the trip. Lenny and Paula brought their beautiful 1941
120 and we brought our 1955 Clipper Custom. Our Clipper performed
flawlessly even though we were told the temperature reading reached
101 degrees on one of the air conditioned cars! The occupants in our
'55 were sweltering on the way home! Jamie, our daughter-in-law,
asked Chris if it was safe to drive these old cars in such heat. He
responded he was more worried about mom and dad than he was the
Packard. Probably we will not do that again until we get our '55 air
conditioned. I'm pretty sure Carol agrees with me. Looking forward to
the meeting we discussed a wide range of topics. We have had a number
of members under the weather lately and we gave a report on all we
knew of. Ben reported we had approximately 45 families in our club
and we are still following up on prospects. Rich reported we continue
to be solvent and have money in the bank. He also reported that we
have had over $800 donated to the club in remembrance of former
director and life member Dale Musgrove. The family had requested
donations be made to the club rather than sending flowers etc. A
motion was made, seconded and approved that we add enough to the
donations to equal $1000 and donate it to the restoration of the
Packard Proving Grounds in Dale's name.
had planned to meet at the Lone Star Flight Museum's new location at
Ellington Field for our September meeting. However, after some
discussion we decided to wait until October as there is likely going
to be a crush of visitors after the grand opening on labor day
weekend. That means, we will probably have two activities in October
as we will again participate in the car show Lenny organizes on the
22nd at his Temple which benefits the Houston Food Bank. This is one
of our two public service activities with the other being our
participation in May with the Boys and Girls Harbor Show at Lakewood
Yacht Club. We will be working on a September activity to replace the
Museum tour so if you have an idea please call me or send an
took orders for new club shirts. Lenny will order them and you can
pay upon delivery. If you were not in attendance, and would like to
order one, they are blue with silver Packard logo for $25 and $5 more
for your name. (first name or nickname only) You might email Lenny if
you would like one and have not ordered.
also reminded members that the current two year term for our officers
will expire in December. Please consider serving your club in some
capacity. Thank you to those already serving. Each of you contributes
in a way that helps this club continue to serve our members by
providing a community of Packard lovers dedicated to not only having
fun with each other but also preserving the Packard name. LSP is
about to complete its 53rd year! We are the third oldest region in
the Packard Club!
the 2017 National Packard Meet - from Tommy
Region Acting Director Three
of the Baccaro family just returned from The Packard National Meet in
South Bend, Indiana. I thought giving some highlights would be
appropriate, but it was such a fun time that I really don't know what
all to cover. By the way, Jerry Ehrman and I were elected as National
Trustees so we and our families were invited to the president's
reception for trustees which was held on the campus of Notre Dame
University. That is probably one of the most beautiful campuses in the
country with a lot of gorgeous buildings including the gold dome. There
was also an early bird reception and dinner held at the mansion that
was once the home of one of the Studebaker brothers. It is now called
the Tippecanoe Place Restaurant and it is a magnificent structure!
meet featured bus trips to the ACD Museum in Auburn as well as the
Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners Michigan. We did not make the trip to
Auburn because we had seen it before but chose to do our own tour and
go to the Gilmore Museum that day. It is hard to say enough about the
Gilmore, a 90 acre campus composed of 7 different museums. It has an
authentic 1950's diner, a 1920 Shell station, several barns filled with
numerous beautiful cars, a gift shop etc,etc! I If it is not on your
"bucket" list to see Gilmore, you need to add it right now! There were
a lot of gorgeous Packards in the museum spread throughout the
collections. Our national membership meeting was held in the Studebaker
National Museum followed by a buffet and a tour of the museum. We had
visited the museum approximately 20 years ago when it was housed in
what was once the factory dealership next to the old Studebaker
Factory. Sometime since then, they acquired land adjacent to the
Studebaker mansion and built a much larger and more modern facility
housing a many more cars. There are probably half a dozen Packards on
display including the famous Packard Predictor. The Predictor show car
was the hit of all the 1956 auto shows and was the predictor of the
styling for the never built 1957 Detroit Packard. Some of its features
were found in later models of Cadillac, Lincoln/Mercury, Edsel and
The swap meet in the air conditioned ball room of the hotel
was one of the best ever for me. I was like a kid in a candy store!
With a list of 6 items needed for our cars, we found five plus one I
did not plan on but decided we needed. (Carol so understands!) I am not
sure, but I think the indoor air conditioned swap meet we had at the
South Shore Resort at The National in 1998 was either the first or one
of the first indoor swap meets. In 1984 when we hosted The National at
the old Shamrock Hilton, the swap meet was on the parking lot!
did not stay for judging day since we did not bring a Packard and I
know more cars showed up that we missed. However, we enjoyed seeing
approximately 50 of Packard's finest in the hotel parking lot ranging
from the 20's to 1957. The Baccaros were particularly interested in a
green '52 200 Deluxe that was a dead ringer for the first one Carol and
I had back in the 70's. In fact, there is a possibility that it is the
very one we owned. We traded it for a '46 in 1974 at the Houston
Classic Car dealership. The owner said he bought the car in Corpus
Christi a year or so later when he lived in the San Antonio area. I
wished I had saved the motor number or something but I did not.
the trustees meeting as well as the regional director's meeting a lot
of business was discussed. The National Club is financially sound but
membership has dropped below 4,000. Of course those are family
memberships so there are actually a lot more participating than that
number indicates. We were asked to stress to our members that
membership in The National is required for membership in the various
regions. The benefits alone are reason to join. Some of those include
16 publications per year which is more than any other national car
club, insurance coverage under the PAC umbrella while you are
participating in a regional event, access to all aspects of The
National website, club projects, and communications with people in
possession of a body of knowledge to help you keep your Packard running.
we know, none of us are getting younger and this is a problem of all
car clubs catering to the classics. We were encouraged to do our best
to recruit people to replace us and the first place to start is with
our own grown children. After all, in many cases they will inherit our
cars. I think we are probably doing better than some of the regions in
involving younger folks but we need to keep it up. At the directors
meeting, President Craig Handley asked each director to stand and talk
about their region. We are certainly not among the biggest regions but
I think our numbers pretty well reflect the size of most of the
regions. There is no doubt that we are among the most active!
Speaking of Craig, he and former president Steve Christy and others
worked very hard to make this
meeting a success. They accomplished their goal and we had a blast.
the May 20, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy
Region Acting Director
thanks to Dave and Sandra Lucas for hosting a wonderful meeting
today! I regret not taking a head count but I think that we had about
37 members present. In addition to the two Packards belonging to Dave
and Sandra, the following people brought a Packard: Chris Baccaro,
Mike Rigsby, Doug Carlson, The Eanes and the senior Baccaros.
had some great desserts provided by Sandra, Carol, Shirley and
probably some others I am missing. Prior to going
to the Lucas home, we met at Joe's BBQ in Alvin and enjoyed some
great food. Following desserts, many of us made way to the car barn
which housed a Packard 12, and a bunch of Model Ts as well as Model
the business meeting we discussed several important issues:
Packard Meet: We
decided to ask if we could be in charge of the hospitality room as
well as publicity for the 2018 Texas Packard meet which is scheduled
for Kerrville April 5-8, 2018. Everyone wants me to inquire as to the
penalty if we do not return to Kerrville for the next meet. As I
mentioned, regardless of the situation for next year, the 4 directors
voted via conference call a couple of weeks ago to return to Salado
in 2019 whether we stay at the Stagecoach or not. I anticipate that
the next conference call will be soon.
a fall tour, the month is still not settled but the majority voted
for a one day tour. We will have more discussions
on the fall tour at the next meeting.
and Lenny brought samples of the men's Lone Star Packards logo shirts
we want to order and pictures of the ladies' choice for shirts.
you to Karen Trokey and Janice Carter for getting the 50/50 tickets
sold and to Janice for distributing the name
tags for us. Congratulations to Ron Jordon the winner of the 50/50
who took home $38! Rich Trokey gave the treasurer’s report and we
have a solid bank account. Due
to the annual PAC National Meet there will be no meeting in June. We
are working on activities for July and August
was a great day, but summer is obviously upon us - it was hot driving
with no air-conditioning!
the March 31 - April 2, 2017 Texas Packard Meet, contributed by Mike
Grimes, Lone Star Packards Member
Texas Packard Meet concluded Sunday, the morning started with a
bang. Tornado warnings, hail, thunder and heavy rain. By noon the
clouds had parted and a beautiful day like we enjoyed Thursday,
Friday (day of tour) and largely Saturday appeared. Lone Star
Packards members attending the Texas Packard event included Carters,
Carlsons, Matthews, Ehrman, Myers, Hairrels, and Grimes. There may
have been others from LSP so apologies if I missed them. Carter,
Carlson and Matthews displayed Packards, all receiving awards.
were 30 Packards displayed at this year's event and about 100
attending. The peak year at Salado included about 65 Packards and 225
viewed as contributors to the reduction in participation:
very negative weather forecast likely cause concern.
number of Packard owners has declined.
venue location has proved to be a challenge for LSP members and
possibly for Packard owners in Louisiana and other locations east of
team of Packard club members in San Antonio is looking for another
Region to assume some or all of the tasks they have historically
managed for 2019 and beyond. They are suggesting that the Region who
will assume those responsibilities in 2019 work with the San Antonio
team in 2018 to make the hand-off occur smoothly.
the Sunday morning business meeting and after considerable
conversation, the group passed a resolution that called for the Texas
Packard Region Directors hold a series of conference calls to address
the following four major decisions:
of Responsibilities noted above for 2018
to Increase 2018 Participation
for 2019 and beyond
of Responsibilities for 2019 and beyond
the March 19, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy
Region Acting Director
to Ron and Juanita and John and Vivian we had a great meeting this
afternoon in Kingwood. Thirty five members met for a buffet at the
Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant on Hy 59. It was a little warm but still
a beautiful day to drive a Packard. Adorning the parking lot were
Packards belonging to the Lortzs, Jordans (2), Darrows, and Carlsons.
Thanks to all who were able to bring a Packard.
were happy to welcome JC and Sherry back into the club. JC is working
hard bringing their 1940 back to life after a slumber of several
gave an up-date on the shirts. We will be ready to take orders at the
next meeting. Speaking of the next meeting, the club voted to not
have an April meeting due to the Texas Packard Meet that month in
6 of our families indicated they would be going to the Texas Packard
Meet. Our next meeting will be in May in the Alvin area hosted by
Dave and Sandra Lucas. We will probably meet for lunch at Joe's BBQ
restaurant and then caravan the short distance to their home. We will
have more information on the May meeting later next month.
announced the birthdays for the month. Happy birthday to James Hinds,
Rena Sartin, John Eudy, and Jeff Pate. The Calistrat’s provided a
cake and we sang happy birthday to Mike Calistrat who will be 90 in
April. We were happy to celebrate his birthday today as there will be
no meeting next month.
have at least 6 families that will be participating in Keels and
Wheels the first weekend in May. (You will have to come out to see
which member will be driving a Chrysler Imperial Convertible.)
the Febuary 18, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy
Region Acting Director
again to the Darrows for arranging a great lunch and very interesting
meeting site. More than 30 club members met at Fuddruckers this
morning at 11:30 on Greens Road. Following lunch we traveled the
short distance to Gateway Classic Cars. Gateway has several
dealerships around the country and I did not even know about the
Houston location until the Darrows discovered it. There were over 100
classic cars (unfortunately no Packards at this time) at the Houston
location. Most are fully restored and ready to go home with someone.
I love early Ford V8's and there was a really nice '47 the same color
as our '40 Packard and a really sharp '51 pale yellow hard top. Both
had the original flat head V8s under the hood. There were a lot of
muscle cars, about a dozen or so Mustangs, including a 2009 Shelby, a
Chrysler Imperial convertible and a sixties Cadillac convertible.
Carol spotted a '70 Malibu the same color as the one she had when we
got married. One of the reps of the company, Aaron, talked to us
about how to buy a car through them and how to sell through them.
They were most gracious and thanked us for coming and said we were
always welcome to come as a group or just stop in to browse
to the business meeting, Shirley cut cake they had brought to
celebrate the February birthdays.
We were fortunate enough to have two February birthday members in
attendance. We wished Ron and Jay a very happy birthday.
and Paula were out of town but they sent some potential club shirts
for us to see in two different shades of blue and two types of
materials. Members should make Ben aware of the one desired and he
and Lenny will work on a design so we can begin taking orders. The
men's shirts had pockets and the ladies did not. Prices are $25 for
sizes small through extra-large and an extra $3 for sizes xx and xxx.
If you want your name on the shirt, it is an extra $5. Ben has the
shirts and he and Lenny will get together to come up with which club
logo we will use. The prices include the logo but do not include your
name. The Jordans had a few of the last shirts on hand and they gave
them away but asked that the recipients make a donation to the
treasury. Thanks to you, Ron and Juanita, for ordering and holding
onto those shirts.
treasurer, Rich, reported that we are running behind on members'
dues. Only 27 families have paid and we'd like to get the 2017 roster
up to date. Please send a check made out to LSP if you haven't as of
yet. It is only $20 for a year filled with fun.
also announced an about face by me regarding attendance at this
year's Texas Packard Meet in Kerrville. I have been asked to be a
candidate for the National Board and after several days of thinking I
agreed. (Jerry Ehrman was also asked and agreed to be on the ballot
as well.) There should be a ballot in Page
2 of the next Cormorant News Bulletin. If elected our
will participate, as there will be a National Board meeting in
Kerrville and I will need to be there. Not sure what we will bring
but we will look into getting a trailer.
was discussion about whether to continue having our own dinner on
Saturday night or going to the official banquet. it was my
understanding from the business meeting that they were going to try
to get a better price for the banquet but it is still over $32.
Several said they would like to attend the banquet and several said
they would not due to the cost. At last year's business meeting, we
also asked that the registrar and her group see if the registration
and hospitality rooms could be moved to the event center which was
closer to most of the rooms and also closer to the show field. I have
no idea if that was done. I have been in communication with my
contacts in Salado. The restaurant is scheduled to reopen April 1st.
Work is scheduled to begin on the Stagecoach Inn itself on June 1st.
The delay was caused by the widening of I-35 in front of the hotel.
Now that it is finished, a year behind schedule, they will be able to
start on the hotel. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to
move back to Salado in 2019. If not, maybe our club could just make
it a destination for a fall tour and invite the others to participate
if they like. Attendance in people and Packards was considerably
lower in Kerrville compared to what we have come to expect in Salado.
Even though I know several families that are not planning on
attending, I think the fact that there will be a National Board
meeting will boost the attendance for 2017. I have to say I sold more
at the swap meet last year than I have in a long time.
Darrows, Lortzs, and Baccaros drove Packards to today's meeting. When
we left League City
this morning it was overcast and pretty comfortable driving. On the
way back, the clouds had disappeared and it was hot, but not as hot
as in the summer time. It was approximately 60 miles each way and we
had no problems at all on the way. However, on the way back when we
made the turn from the Sam Houston Tollway to SH 225 it started
chugging as I goosed it to get in the freeway flow. Suspecting vapor
lock, I hit the electric pump and in about 3 seconds it caught and
away we went. Near the house I turned the electric pump off and by
then the mechanical pump worked fine. With the quality of gas we have
to buy, I don't think anyone should drive an old car without having
an electric pump as back up on warm days. The same thing happened a
while back while driving our 1940 back from Galveston - the electric
pump saved us then as well.
next meeting will be a buffet at the Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant on
I-59 in Kingwood on March 19th at 1 PM. It is a Sunday and the
meeting is late enough that it hopefully will not interfere with
church. Thanks to the Jordans and the Lortzs for making the
the January 14, 2017 Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy
Region Acting Director
early week predictions of a stormy day, January 14th turned out to be
an excellent day to drive a Packard to the LSP meeting. Eight
Packards and 37 people motored to the Ol’ Railroad Café in
historic downtown Rosenberg for the January meeting. As in the past
when we have met there, the food and service was excellent. Our
thanks to Ron and Patricia Orr with assistance from the Carters for
making it a wonderful day. The trip in a Packard included the
following families: Carters, Orrs, Baccaros, Holzbands, Darrows,
Carlsons, Rigsby, and Sartins. Thanks to all who drove or rode there!
A reporter from the local paper was there and she took pictures of
the cars and interviewed several of us. Hopefully our club will get
some great publicity. Jerry Ehrman said the Rosenberg chamber should
do something for us because of the crowd we attracted. A lot of
people stopped to ask questions and take pictures. It was a great
showing of Packards.
the meeting, we made a presentation to John and Vivian Lortz for
being the co-winners ofthe 2016 David McDonald Lone Star Packard
Participation award. John and Vivian brought Packards to six
different club functions in 2016. The Baccaros tied by also bringing
a Packard to six different meetings.
the meeting we voted to make a donation in the amount of $500 to the
Packard Foundation to be used in the restoration of the Packard
Proving Grounds. We also announced that it was time to send in the
2017 dues to Rich Trokey. Make your check payable to Lone Star
Packards in the amount of $20. In addition, I appointed Ben and Lenny
to come up with a prototype for new club shirts. We suggest taking
orders for the shirts once a style is picked so that we do not spend
money on shirts that don't find a home. We still have a few of the
last shirts so kindly ordered by the Jordans but they are very
limited in size availability. Juanita said the mens are very large
and the womens are very small. Please contact them if you can use
announced he will again hold his car show in late October which last
year benefited the Houston Food Bank. Evelyn Timmins announced that
Keels and Wheels will again be the first weekend in May and this year
the national Stutz Car Club will hold its convention in conjunction
with Keels and Wheels. K and W benefits the kids at Boys and Girls
Harbor. These two shows have served as our public service activity
for several years but we are open to adding others.
passed around a sign-up sheet for hosting a monthly meeting and the
following months have been claimed; February, March, May, and
December. Give us a shout out if you want one of the others.
Otherwise the officers will work to fill them with fun and
is early but we have not heard anything about a Fall Tour. We
normally have them in either October or November. The Lone Star
Flight Museum is building a new facility at Ellington Field and it is
to open sometime this summer. I would like for us to visit the new
site when it opens.
also had some fun at the meeting by surprising Mike Calistrat with a
cake for his up-coming 90th birthday! Here is hoping for many more!
had our monthly 50/50 drawing and Jack Sartin went home $45 richer
(can't believe Caroline Calistrat was there and she did not win!)
the meeting, we hung around taking pictures and visiting at least
another half hour and then all headed our separate ways. I was
dreading the drive home as the sun was really pouring down on
Rosenberg and I was not looking forward to the long hot drive back to
League City. The Houston metropolitan area is so large that all you
have to do is drive a few miles if you want the weather to change. We
took Highway 90 to SH 6 and before we got to 6 the sun went under the
clouds and it was a cool and smooth ride all the way home. We
actually ran into fog as we reached Manvel. That is what I love about
weather in Houston. Our trusty '55 logged 117 miles round trip.
February meeting will be at Gateway Classic Cars in the Greenspoint
area on Feb. 18. They have more than 200 classic cars for sale. The
Darrows have arranged for them to give us a presentation as to how to
buy or sell a car through their dealership. We will meet at a nearby
Fuddruckers for lunch and then head to Gateway. More information on
this meeting to follow.
the December 18, 2016 Christmas Party and Meeting of Lone Star Packards - from Tommy
Region Acting Director
to say the food at Hasta la Pasta was excellent as usual and we had a
full house. Following lunch we went to the Sartins nearby where we
met in the "Car Parlor" for desert, gift exchange, and
fellowship. It was a great day and I thank Karen once again for
planning it and the Sartins for having us.
to all those who pitched in to make it a really fun time.
next meeting will be in Rosenberg on January 14th,
your calendar. More details to follow.
behalf of all the officers and our families, have a Merry Christmas
and a Happy Holiday Season.