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President's Letter - May / June 2015

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Spring is here! Finally, another winter for the record books closes for many of our members, especially in the Northeast who just can’t seem to catch a break from the snow.

What’s needed are some good thoughts to warm you up and get you in the spirit – how about registering for SAABs@Carlisle, May 15 to 17?

The SOC 2015 planning team had a terrific meeting in February at the host property. Registration is now open at http://www.saabconvention.com - and while you visit the site, check out the new look and feel we have for the Convention.

Aaron Clow, our dedicated webmaster, worked in collaboration with our newest Board member and webmaster Jonathan Dennis to create a website that is more responsive for use on mobile and tablet devices. Welcome Jonathan to SCNA and a big thanks to Aaron for all of his support on both the Convention and the Club websites throughout these past years.

With the Convention come the Annual Board meeting of SCNA and the annual elections. If anyone would like to get involved, please consider joining the Board. You can contact any of the current Board members through the Club website.

Convention registration and elections ballots will be in the July/August issue of NINES for those that would like to mail in their information.

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - March / April 2015

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Where have they gone?

I don’t know about you, but as a Saab driver, I continue to seek out other Saabers in parking lots, driving on the highway, and in driveways as I make my way around. And, probably like you, I continue to see Saabs of various years and models in my travels. But what about the Pontiacs, Hummers, Saturns and Plymouths? Where did the Oldsmobiles disappear to? Hard to believe that with the GM and Chrysler dealer network committed to maintaining those vehicles that they should have become phantoms of the roadways in short order.

And yet, we still see 9-5s, 9-3s, and various other Saab models on the road. Its quite a unique group of drivers, those who continue to see the value and enjoyable experience of driving their Saabs and keeping their cars on the road through their local OSC, favorite Indie, or through DIY repair with parts sourced from many of the advertisers in NINES.

In 2015, the momentum keeps going – SAABs@Carlisle is coming up this May, followed by the International Festival in Sweden in June, with August around the corner for the annual US Owners Convention in Lexington, KY. Tell your friends, those on the fence about ever having been at a SAAB event.

Start on your Saab Owners' Convention 2015 planning today and book your room. Reservations for the Griffin Gate Marriott (host property) can now be made online: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/2015SAABOWNERSCONVENTION.

As an alternative, you can call their toll-free line at 877-901-6632 and be sure to mention the SOC’15 to get the group rate. Please note, if you plan to book a room outside of the event time window, the online system will show unavailable, the link is only for the dates of SOC.

PS: Follow the club on Facebook and SAABnet for more Convention details as they become available. Got an event? Feel free to post it to our Facebook page!

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - January / February 2015

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Winter has come early for many us and that means it is time to hibernate the project cars and the Convertibles until better weather emerges in the Spring. It’s also a great time to get together with fellow enthusiasts to plan local meets and get togethers, help a fellow SAABer out with a project they are working on, or make the list of parts to hunt for at the next meet.

Planning is now underway for SOC’15 in Lexington, KY August 13 – 16, 2015. The planning committee is working through the logistics for the event with an on-site meeting planned for the mid February. From there, menus and pricing will be defined and made available to Aaron Clow, our dedicated webmaster, who will build out the online registration page on the Convention website. We hope to target early April to begin accepting event registration.

But why wait to start your Convention planning? Now is a great time to book your room for SOC15 and get a jump start to your summer. Reservations for the Griffin Gate Marriott (host property) can now be made online!

As an alternative, you can call their toll-free line at 877-901-6632 and be sure to mention the SAAB Owners Convention to get the group rate.

Lastly, I’d like to extend a big thank you to Ria Levine, who stepped into the role of Club Secretary to fill the vacancy we had with the position.

PS: Follow the club on Facebook and SAABnet for more Convention details as they become available.

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - November / December 2014

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Well we did it! We FINALLY settled on a location and venue for the 2015 Saab Owners' Convention (SOC). SCNA Board member Daniel Cahill took the leadership challenge to poll various audiences in social media, gathering feedback, talking to SOC attendees and sponsors in Oregon, listening to local clubs in the Midwest and after countless hours considering the drive from all points north, south east and west, before he was ready to make the suggestion.

SOC 2015 will be held in Lexington, KY at the crossroads of I64 and I75 – well known for horse farms and horse racing, where all backroads lead to bourbon distilleries and offers scenic drives through gorgeous countryside. We are now at work negotiating with the host hotel for pricing and coordinating the details to execute the event. Mark your calendars now for August 13 – 16, 2015, the Griffin Gate Marriott will be out host property and has all of the features we wanted to host a terrific event.

There are numerous Saab events going on this fall, many are celebrating all of the new OSC’s that have been certified by ORIO to continue to provide service to our vehicles. If you have an event you would like SCNA to help support, feel free to contact us via any of the email addresses listed on the Club website. We are happy to help local clubs facilitate meetings and get togethers.

Happy Saabing!

PS: Follow the club on Facebook and SAABnet for more Convention details as they become available.

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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