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President's Letter - November/December 2013

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Hibernation. 

For many of us, it is that time of year when we put up the show cars and Convertibles for winter slumber. But it is also a perfect time to work in the garage and get that project for the next season of driving enjoyment. Recently, while checking out 'the list (CL)" I have noticed some really interesting Saabs coming up for sale. 

Some might call them barn finds, I call them opportunities. Why not pick up one of these cars and spend some time working on the project, invite some friends over and work on it together. There is nothing more satisfying than taking that non-running "diamond in the rough" and hearing it turn over for the first time. You can spend the rest of the winter months getting that car ready for the spring shows. 

This time of year is also when family, friends, spouses and significant others rack their brains to find just the right gift for you. Why not make simplify the process and make sure you get exactly what you are really hoping for and not another pair of socks or t-shirts. Several of our advertisers have a "wish list" section on their sites. 

Consider this your own, personal gift registry. Make a list then send it out to your gift givers. They will appreciate the time back no having to hunt around for just what you want stuffed into your stocking!

Happy Holidays to all, 

PS: Considering give that car away if you are unable to work on it or finish the project - too many SAABs are heading to the crusher these days. NINES Classified is a great way to submit your cars availability to others. 

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - September/October 2013

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Another successful Owners' Convention is now behind us. I hope everyone who attended the festivities in Albany, NY enjoyed themselves, met some new friends and reconnected with friends from the past. I want to express a big thanks to all of our sponsors who made this event possible - eEuroparts.com, Saab Parts North America, Performance Automotive, MileHi Body Shop, Albany SAAB Shop, Charles River Saab, State of Nine and several others who remain dedicated to our club and our members.

As we approach the fall season, it is time to put the tools down and spend time running back country roads in one of the projects I worked on during the summer. There is nothing better than discovering surrounding towns and attractions just a few miles of home. This year, I plan to spend a day logging miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Where will your Saab be taking you? Wherever you end up, be sure to bring along a camera because there is a photo opportunity around every corner -- and to make it worthwhile, I have a few SOC wearables left over to give away for the best ones.

So take some pics of your Saab this fall, submit the photo on our Facebook page (I'll be watching) by November 1st, and the top three photos with the most "likes" on the club page by November 15th will receive whatever I have left.

Get out there and enjoy your Saab!

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - July/August 2013

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Summer is upon us and by now you are getting your chosen Saab ready for 2013 Owners Convention in Albany. We are very excited by the level of enthusiasm for the Convention this year, not by just our member registrants but also by our sponsors. eEuroparts.com is joining in the festivities as title sponsor and is bringing a host of activities to us, including a C900 performance upgrade tech session conducted by Justin Pagano of Pagano Motorsports.

In addition, we have Saab Parts North America coming back for the fun, with a few surprises mixed in. State of Nine, MileHi Body Shop, Albany Saab Shop, Goldwing, and Performance Automotive will all have a presence to make this years "Performance" memorable for everyone who attends. This will be one of the many "thank yous" to all of our sponsors who remain dedicated to the club and our membership. It is their continued support and belief in our passion that continue to make our conventions a success.

One important activity at the Convention is the annual board meeting and election of officers. Included in this issue of NINES is a mail-in ballot for you to exercise your membership right to elect the Club governing committee. Undecided? We've included a "meet the candidates" page for you to review experience and put a face to the name. Take the time to review, this is a great group of SAAB enthusiasts who are passionate and dedicated to keeping the Club going.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Albany August 15!

See you there!

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - May/June 2013

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Convention planning is fully underway. By now, you should have visited www.saabconvention.com to register for the 2013 Saab Owners' Convention presented by eEuroparts.com located in Albany, NY August 15-18. We are very excited to have eEuroparts.com as our title sponsor this year. Matt Moran and his team promise to have a large display on hand for everyone attending. They will also have Pagano Motorsports and possibly Rally-Ho to share their rally Saabs with us. Albany Speed Shop/Albany Saab Shop will also be a convention sponsor this year and we are looking forward to the cars they will have on display.

Joining us again this year is Hagerty Insurance and State Of Nine. Dan DeVliger at State of Nine has recently launched his online “hangout” where customers and fans can participate in all sorts of Saab chat and discussion. Stay tuned to State of Nine’s Web site to see when the next hangout chat session will occur, maybe you can even ask Dan what new items he will have on display at the Convention! Performance Automotive, a Saab Parts North America service point in Pittsfield, MA is also joining us. John Fiorini is planning something fun for all attendees – follow us on Facebook for these and other Convention updates.

Lastly, on behalf of the club’s board of director and our membership, I want to personally thank SCNA club member, board member, and President Annette Adams for her time in helping to keep the club active, including all of her involvement with SOC's of the past. Annette’s own road has taken her on a new adventure and we wish her all the best.

Would you like to be involved with SCNA? Consider adding your name to the ballot for the upcoming board seats that will be available for vote on August 17th – President, Vice President, and Director positions will be available.

See you there!

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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