Message From the President
April 5th, 2016
Fellow LH Owners and Enthusiasts,
Well, spring fever was in full force around here…until April 3rd and 4th! Flowers were out, trees were budding, birds were chirping, and the patio was covered with modifications that are in the works! Cue 3″ of snow on April 3rd and 5” on April 4th with temps in the teens! While I’m not really welcoming this last laugh of winter, I know it won’t be around long and in no time I’ll be back outside and modding again. Until then, I’ll continue to be located at the kitchen table working on my projects!
In so many ways it’s hard to believe we are already working our way through April! John has been keeping us yearning for Indy with a very appropriately themed count down. In just over 6 weeks the club will hold its first meet of 2016 in Indianapolis, IN! Not signed up yet? No problem! While the Mayor’s Breakfast tickets are no longer for sale (the entire group isn’t doing this anyway), there’s still plenty to participate in. You can still plan on joining the group. There will be great days spent at the track together which anyone is welcome to join in on, some great club meals, and parking lot shenanigans (of course). It’s going to be a great time for sure so don’t miss out! This year marks the 100th running of the Indy 500 race and is going to be a amazing spectacle for sure – don’t miss being a part of racing history! Check out the all the details here.
Not too long after Indy, we’ll be on our way to Carlisle, PA for the Chrysler Nationals! Be sure to not miss this event – the biggest club meet of the year! Think it’s cool to see another LH in your travels? Imagine seeing a line of 20+ 300ms, LHS, Concordes, and Intrepids! It’s awesome! Don’t forget to put in for your vacation time now and book your hotel room. The last day to book the Carlisle hotel is June 14 but don’t wait – get yours while rooms are still available! This year’s menu will be posted soon and payment info will be included. Register for the meet and be sure to list the Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club as the club affiliation to help us get our tent for free. Never been? Not sure what to expect? In addition to seeing Mopars for as far as you can see, attend this family friendly car meet with your ride. Not to worry, we emphasize that all are welcome and included! So many say it’s more of a family reunion – let 2016 be the year you check out the meet! Attend once and you will be hooked!
In more urgent news, the 2016 Board of Directors (BOD) has held our annual meeting. You’ll be able to find the official minutes and an overview posted as soon as they’re created. I’m happy to share with you that the 2015 budget to actual report was approved, as was the 2016 budget. We’re on track to have another great year and I’m excited to share that our membership remained strong for 2015 – stronger than what was projected! The division of responsibilities for all BOD members has been posted so feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding these specifics. The group is eager and full of great ideas – keep an eye out for more to come on items that were moved to email discussion to nail down the specifics. It’s going to be a great year with this group!
One point the BOD decided on was to continue to offer the Travel Reimbursement Plan to all members. Be sure to use it for Indy and Carlisle this year! It’s there for you and a benefit you will not find in any other online car club! You need to be an active member of the club to use this benefit. Read more about it here.
I hope it goes without saying at this point…but we have a new forum! And it’s awesome! If you haven’t already checked it out, be sure to do so. Yes, it looks different but you’ll feel just as comfortable in no time! To get better acquainting with it, check out this new forum cheat sheet. A lot of work went into this new design and I’m very thankful for all of those who helped along the way. It could not have happened without your contributions. Since going live, we’ve gained 13 new members and counting! We’re fresh, we’re relevant, and we’re active! I stand behind my claim that we are the number one spot for all things LH on the Internet.
Up next for our club is a bridge between the website and forum. Say what? By linking these on the backend, users have one login and will be simultaneously logged into both platforms. This will do away with the current process of new members having to create/activate a forum name as well as complete their application. This new bridge will eliminate the manual activation from the admin side as well. Having this as one process will allow instant access to members only sections at the membership signup/renewal level, it keeps the user logged in both places to use all available resources, and no longer will create confusion with passwords, user names, and the differences between the website and the forum. Current users will be prompted to reset your password but won’t notice much more of a difference – more details on this to come, just wanted to give you a heads up!
New this year, Ride of the Month winners are receiving small plaques for recognition of their win. These have been ordered, and the first three winners of 2016 have been mailed. It’s great to offer these great rides and owners a small token of recognition. Want to be awarded one of these? Put your ride in for a ROM contest! Submit your nomination here.
If you’ve been reading these messages each month and find yourself continuing to return to the Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club page and aren’t a member yet, please consider joining us! It’s easy, inexpensive, and opens up some great resources and benefits to you. Please click here to join us! If you know your current membership will be expiring soon, be sure to renew here. You’ll be receiving a reminder just in case you forget to renew!
Thanks again for all the support, we have had an amazing start to the 2016 year and more great things are on the way. Onward and upwards!
Respectfully, Keith Jarvis Club President Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club