President's Letters
President's Letter - September / October 2014

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Another Convention has past and put down in the history books. Special thanks go out to the NWSOC and to the event organizers, Dan Morley, Phil and Calye Lacefield for their efforts in pulling together a great event. Once you have done one of these you really get an appreciation for all of the hard work and details that go into making a convention a success, super job!

But with every passing Convention comes change, mostly as a result of the Annual SCNA Board meeting. And this year is not unlike any other. I would like to welcome Ria Levine and Chris Grider as our newly elected standing board members along with Daniel Cahill who starts his second term on the Board. Luke Lewis moves into the role of Treasurer as Stephen Goldeberger is stepping down.

On behalf of the entire SCNA Board, I would like to thank Linnea Krajewski and Stephen for their years of service to support the Club. After 10 long years, Linnea has decided to leave the Board but will remain an active Club member and contributor to her column in NINES. Stephen is also stepping down from his role as Treasurer, a job he has done for the past 6 of his 8 years on the Board, and quite well I might add! Stephen will remain as an active board member to help shepherd the Club’s financials through the transition. We thank them both for all their contribution, hard work and at times, suffering, along with the fun!

Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, we have some positive news coming from NEVS and the production efforts in Sweden.

PS: Now is a great time to begin planning Fall driving tours and local jet-togethers!

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - July/August 2014

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

There is still time to register for the 2014 Saab Owners Convention in Redmond, OR August 7 – 10. Peter Bäckström, Curator of the Saab Museum in Tröllhättan and Erik Carlsson are confirmed attendees and just a few of the featured guests that the organizers have planned for this year’s event.

Hotel information and registration details can be found online at SOC Website. There is also a mail-in registration form located in this issue of NINES on page 27.

Don’t forget to send in your ballot (also located in this issue of NINES on page 6) for the upcoming Board elections. We have several changes this year and look forward to planning more events and other activities that we are discussing internally to reach out to various local club and local events.

Just after the Convention, on August 24th, there will be the 15th Annual Swedish Car Day at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA – this is a perennial favorite that draws attendees from all around New England, New York and into Pennsylvania.

Stay tuned for a few other SCNA sponsored events to be scheduled as we enter the fall months.

See everyone in Redmond in a few short weeks!

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - May/June 2014

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Go West this summer! The Saab Owners' Convention 2014 is coming August 7 -10 to Redmond, Oregon.

Now is a great time to go online and register for the Convention at the Saab Convention Website, then map out the best route for you and your friends to caravan to Bend. A wonderful time is being planned in partnership with our friends in the NWSOC.

And while you are at the Convention, be sure to set aside some time from all the fun and parking lot revelry to attend the SCNA Annual Board Meeting and Elections. Thank you to all of the inquiries received thus far for filling a few vacant board seats this year. As always, you can provide your votes through the mail which will be tabulated during the annual meeting. The ballot will be available in the next issue of NINES.

One more thing—whether it be your local Cars & Coffee or the Convention itself, remember that many of the advertisers here in NINES supporting our Club also provide some great products to keep your Saab looking great all summer long.

Here’s to a terrific beginning to Summer!

PS: Local Clubs - Get some friends together and go for a ride or have a car wash, it’s a great way to bring together fellow enthusiasts. The other board members and I are discussing some ways to help facilitate that, feel free to message me for details.

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - March/April 2014

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Spring Fever, Cabin Fever, whatever you want to call it, this winter has dragged on long enough for many of us. Even as I write this, a winter storm is hitting New England, having just hammered the midsection with snow and ice. And there's more to come....or so that rodent in Punxsutawney, PA has indicated. But on the horizon, lies the upcoming car show circuit - SAABs@Carlisle hosted by Central Penn SAAB Club (May), the first ever Canadian SAAB Owners Convention to be held in Toronto (June) and of course, the national SAAB Owners Convention held in Bend, OR this coming August just to name a few.

But you don't have to wait or be near a "Big Show" to satisfy your Spring Fever. Track down one of the local clubs supported in this magazine or if your are really "social," consider following them on Facebook. Several local clubs that I am aware of are planning meet and greets, cars and coffee get-togethers, scenic drives and so on. Not finding something to scratch that itch? Reach out to a local club member or club president and offer to put something together.

Planning is in full gear for the SOC'14 with our three events chairs in the Northwest. There are some interesting activities and speakers being discussed, more to come when the registration goes live in the coming months but stay tuned to the Convention website - www.saabconvention.com - for the agenda and other Convention details as they develop.

Before I leave you for this edition, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to all members to see if anyone has an interest in joining the SCNA Board. We have 2 board seats coming up for re-election this year and have 1 departure. Feel free to email me or any board members (details on how to contact us can be found here) with questions or to offer your name for ballot inclusion. As a reminder, elections are held during the Annual Meeting at the US Convention.

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - January/February 2014

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Holiday festivities are over, the ornaments are packed and stored, those unwanted gifts exchanged and winter has set in. On the bright side, NEVS Saab 9-3s are rolling off the assembly line in Sweden. Albeit, this is not the mass produced quantities of previous years but NEVS is taking a slow, quality first approach with online only sales and roughly 10 cars or so produced in a given week. While these not-so-new styled 9-3s are not coming to US shores anytime soon, this is at least, a good directional start for NEVS and we hope that the news in 2014 continues to be positive.

Speaking of positive news, reports from Dan, Calye, and Phil of the Northwest Saab Owners' Club are very good that planning for SOC 2014 in Bend, OR is well underway. Preparations are being made for a terrific West Coast event, in partnership with SCNA. More to come on convention activities and registration as we get closer to Spring. Follow us on Facebook and SAABnet for convention details.

As we all look towards Spring, remember now is a great time to get your projects out of hibernation and begin planning for the upcoming shows and events that are just around the corner. Look to our SCNA advertisers and partners here in NINES to help with sourcing the parts you need to complete your projects. If you have an event that would like us to help promote, please contact us through the club Web site.

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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