A note from the President, December 2018

Greetings fellow Great Lakes Chapter members and friends.  Having just wrapped up another season of boating fun I’ll be hunkering down for the “hard water” season. Not all bad though, as it gives us some quiet time to work on outboard projects that were put aside during the “soft water” season. I for one have a barn fresh unmolested 1926 Evinrude Model N Sportwin in the basement shop ready for a through going over. The motor followed me home from a local flea market last summer. The opposed twin Model N Evinrude caught my eye as it’s pretty unusual having some unique features like “spin- around” lower unit for reverse, a utility light built into the magneto handle, and a key lock transom clamp. Apparently “features” were a big marketing thing when this motor was introduced in 1923.

I suspect that many of you also have projects awaiting your attention. As we gather at our upcoming meets we can compare notes on progress, problems and missing parts.

                Your Great Lakes Chapter Board of Directors met on December 1st. The board members are the elected leadership of the chapter. The current Board Members are;

President – Joe Brincat                                                       National Magazine Correspondent – OPEN

Vice- President – Dan Jones                                               GLC Newsletter Editor – Louis Doering

Secretary/ Treasurer – Mark Carney                                First Trustee – Gary Hirschieb

Water Events Safety – Roger DeBiasi/Gary Lauer           Second Trustee –  John Brice


Board members normal term of office is two years, with the terms of the Trustees on a staggered cycle. The two year terms expire for all officers at the end of December 2018. Elections for all officers with the exception of the first trustee will be held during the January business meeting.  The success of YOUR chapter depends on the participation of YOU the member. Please consider putting your name in nomination for one of the open board positions. Nominations will be accepted at the January meeting prior to voting by the membership. This is your opportunity to have greater input in the running of the chapter.

On a personal note, I will not be running for re-election as your president. I had indicated my intention last January of stepping down. After five years as president, it’s time for fresh ideas and new leadership.

                Several items of chapter business were addressed at the board meeting. Here is an overview…


Membership and Financial Status. –  Your Chapter membership now stands at 124. That’s about the same as last year.  The chapter financial situation is in good shape this year largely due to a successful Constantine meet and the fact that we only mailed one newsletter in 2018. The board has elected to hold the annual chapter dues at $10.


The Chapter newsletter – The cost of printing and mailing your copy of “Liquid Assets” remains the largest recurring cost incurred by the chapter. At $1.30 a copy and $0.49 postage for a total of $1.79.  In 2018 we only produced one issue of the newsletter. That first of the year issue contained all the news and meet information that we felt was necessary for the year. There was a feeling that this was not adequate for good communication. The plan next year is to mail news supplements and or additional issues of the “Liquid Assets” to ensure that you are kept up to date on event changes and other news.

 Many other organizations have gone exclusively to electronic copies of newsletters in an effort to save money. Personally, I like the “hard copy” and I know that we have some members that are not “e” connected. For the foreseeable future we will continue printing and mailing the newsletter. However, with the new enhancement to our chapter website we will have the capability to offer the newsletter in “e” fashion for those that prefer this format. Perhaps this is something that the new leadership will tackle … “stay tuned”, as they used to say.   


Communication to membership – On a related “e” topic…. Our Webmaster Travis Kerbrat  has put together a system that allows sending e-mails to the chapter membership, either as individuals or as the group at large. Through a new G-Mail account greatlakesfixerjo@gmail.com we now have the capability to communicate to the membership in a timely manner any urgent news such as last-minute changes to meet plans etc. Since this system relies on having accurate e-mail addresses, be sure that you keep us informed of any changes. A good time to do that is when you turn in your membership renewal form at the beginning of the year. Be sure that we have your correct e-mail address.


Recruitment/ new members –  In the last couple of years we have done some advertising of selected meets to the public through Craig’s List, postings and news media. As a result, we have seen some new faces at our meets. We will continue and expand this effort for 2019. Note that only those meets that are in a public venue and with the expressed permission of the host would be considered for public “advertising”.  To make this recruitment effort successful, you as established members have an individual responsibility to extend a welcoming hand to any “new face” that appears at a meet.  I’ll make a point of asking new folks to introduce themselves and say a few words about their interest in the hobby. As our editor Louis likes to say, “Remember that that stranger may turn out to be your new best friend”


                Meet Schedule for 2019 – The 2019 meet schedule was developed at the recent board meeting. Meets will pretty much follow the successful pattern of previous years with a couple of notable changes. In years past we have had a spring meet at the Algonac Maritime museum. I’m confident that we will have an event there again, just waiting to firm up details and a satisfactory date. A big new addition to the schedule is being made possible by the generosity of member Tom Deptulski, an open house and “motor workday” at his shop in Detroit. Read about it in this issue. Another change, something special is in the works for another wet meet in September.  The Clinton River “team” is working on it, stay tuned.


                Constantine 2019 –  This year it’s the MOB chapter’s turn to head up Constantine Super Meet.  MOB member Steve Roskowski stepped up to the job early and has hit the ground running.  For the first time in memory he has been successful in pinning down the dates early. Constantine 2019 will be July 12, 13, 14.

Steve has also resolved the “issues” that arose last year with the Michigan DNR and Legion Hall over water use and permits. Everything is assured to be back to normal for this years water events.

       Constantine is a jointly sponsored meet between the MOB and Great Lakes Chapters. To fulfill our responsibility, we need a volunteer from Great Lakes to “shadow” Steve and learn the ins- and – outs so that they can head up the event in 2020.  This is a great opportunity for YOU to get involved, expand you circle of friends in both our chapter as well as others from around the country. Several of us have done the job in the past, most recently Kevin Van Oirschot. Consider doing the job… it isn’t all that difficult. Talk to Kevin about his experience.


Chapter Membership Renewal – just a reminder. For most of us, our chapter membership expires at the end of the calendar year. Check your mailing label, the two-digit number following you name indicates the year of your current membership. A renewal form is included with this newsletter, mail it to our treasurer Mark Carney with your check made out to him or see him at the January meeting.


So much for “business”, Hope to see you all on January 19, 2019 at the VFW hall in Southfield for our first meet and annual business meeting.  We will again be serving a great lunch, “People’s Choice Awards” for display motors and LOTS and LOTS of parking lot space for swap & sell.  Let’s pray that the weather will be as mild as it has been the last couple of years.  


Best Regards,

(and if this newsletter arrives in time … Merry Christmas)


Joe Brincat

(departing) President, Great Lakes Chapter – AOMCI