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Last weekend, the 25th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida was an exceptional success for AROC and Alfa Romeo. With the team of AROC V.P. Mike Bange, Director Doug Zaitz, Rob Rizzo, Joyce Pisarra, Greg Mason, Dr. Frank La Sala and myself, we joined up with AROC’s NE Florida chapter, headed by Jerry Kelley. Jerry organized, with the help of other Florida members, an Alfisti weekend, complete with dinners and a caravan of Alfas to the Concours grounds, where 25 stunning, pre-selected member cars surrounded the AROC tent for the Saturday morning Cars and Coffee exhibit.
Sunday’s Concours featured numerous special Alfas, along with an array of spectacular classic cars of all marques. At the AROC booth we were busy signing up new members while glowing in passersby’s compliments about the Alfa Romeos at the show. Harmon Heed, Delmas and Polly Greene, Jeff Ludwig, Robert Piacentini, along with many others, were instrumental in making the weekend successful. Full coverage is coming in the June issue of Alfa Owner.
AROC’s new Administrator Deborah Galvan procured and programmed a Square system for us to use in the field, which allows us to register new members on the spot. We now anticipate being able to provide merchandise for purchase at events that AROC attends. Deborah replaces former Administrator Barbara Clark, who left AROC for new adventures. We wish her well.
Within 48 hours of returning from Amelia Island, reality hit me full blast about cases of coronavirus (COVID 19) emerging in our country. Hearing of the stock market going into bear territory, the NBA cancelling all of the season’s remaining games, and state and local governments mandating cancellation of events with large attendance, which meant I could not take my five-year-old granddaughter to see the Broadway play "Frozen" – it all seems so surreal.
I’ve reached out and heard from many of you across our broad land to learn that you, your families and communities are also grappling with this new reality. As closures of private and public venues continue, we realize we are in an unprecedented situation with uncharted territory ahead.
Many of our AROC chapters are postponing or cancelling non-essential events and gatherings so as not to take chances with the safety of our members and their families. My adult children are calling to make sure that John and I are staying close to home, made easier today as Portland labors under a snowstorm!
Whether self-imposed or recommended ramping down of your out-of-home activities for the next several weeks, it is important to stay in touch with friends and our AROC family. I encourage you to use Zoom video conferencing or similar programs to hold meetings and virtual gatherings. Perhaps you could hold a virtual chapter meeting, where everyone has prepared their favorite Italian pasta and poured their favorite chianti, toasting each other online as you plan your summer tours. Weather permitting, take your Alfa out for a spin, and snap photos of signs of Spring in your “neck of the woods.” Share these and send us pictures of your creative ways to stay in touch in the coming days and weeks.
The April issue of Alfa Owner is at the printer and expected to arrive in your mailbox soon. Under the guidance of volunteer extraordinaire, AO Managing Editor Elyse Barrett has your AO production team grinding out articles and features for the May issue of the magazine.
Be sure to register for Alto Miglia, AROC’s 2020 National Convention, July 21-26, in Colorado Springs, CO. www.alfa2020.com.
Make late-summer plans for Concorso Italiano 2020, August 15, and the Monterey/Pebble Beach weekend, August 13-15, 2020. AROC will be there!
Alfa Romeo is the featured marque September 10-13 at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival and SVRA's U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, NY. AROC has member activities planned! Visit www.alfasattheglen.com and see the May issue of Alfa Owner on how to attend.
AROC Goes to USGP – October 22-26. Join fellow AROC members in cheering on Alfa’s F1 team at the famous COTA – Circuit of the Americas – in Austin, Texas. For brochure, email email@example.com.
Finally, don’t forget to vote in your AROC Board of Directors elections by April 1st – no joke! You received an email on February 13 from firstname.lastname@example.org via Survey Monkey. If you didn’t vote, you likely received a reminder. No email? Use paper ballot in most recent Alfa Owner, March 2020, between pages 32-33.
Stay healthy, stay strong, stay safe – together we will navigate the course ahead.