SOTC President Ron McLennan speaks to current events
that would be of interest to all club members and vintage
Thunderbird enthusiasts. Ron's message can also be found
in our Thunder News.
Presidents Message
November 2019
As  I’m writing this message, I look out my window and see the dreaded “S” coming down. It’s a realization that winter is just around the corner. I hope all of you have your beloved Bird put away in storage---mine went to bed on Nov. 1.
The SOTC annual meeting was held on Oct. 27. At that meeting,  elections were held for a few positions. Doug Hay, our Eastern Coordinator has decided to step down from this position. We thank Doug for his work and efforts for the past 6 years. Doug has recently gotten married so he has some new projects upcoming in his life. Congratulations. No one was nominated, so that position is presently vacant. If anyone from that area is interested  in serving, you can let me or any executive member know your intentions.   

Bob Ranick has decided to step down from his position as senior editor of Thunder News. Bob has held this position for the last 20 years, producing 116 quality issues. On behalf of all members of SOTC, I would like to extend our sincere thanks for Bob’s dedication and service to SOTC. Bob was meticulous in his efforts to produce a quality product. There was quite a change from earlier issues to the present one. Many people who were not Thunderbird members when shown a copy of TN, commented how professional the Newsletter looked and in a word said “Impressive” I know that Bob has spent many long hours in organizing and looking after details (stamps, equipment, emails etc.) to produce a quality product. “Stuffing Night” was always enjoyable as we got to talk about cars and enjoy Bob’s snacks. Thanks to Bob require gratitude that words alone cannot express. Send a not to Bob expressing your thanks for a job well done.                                                                                 

The website is continually being updated with the latest additions and submissions. To avoid further confusion, if you wish to sell your car or advertise parts for sale either on the website or in Thunder News, send the information to me and I will forward  to the appropriate recipient for production.
In the spring message, I suggested that a small group of Tbird owners (and others) could get together with a planned activity ie visiting an aircraft museum and reporting on it in TN. Did anyone do this?  Maybe next year would be a good year to do that.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the best things come to you and your family in 2020.
                                                                                           Bird Bits

A Sacramento Cal. CBS reporter was recently fired after public backlash concerning reckless on-air antics in a live segment from the Sacramento International Auto Show, Oct. 18-20. The segment began with the idiot laying on the trunk of a 57 Tbird, opening the door of a 56 Tbird into another Bird, sitting inside the 56---all cars on display from the Sacramento Classic Thunderbird Club. He finished the segment off by bypassing a barrier and jumping on the hood of the 2020 Ford Explorer on a turntable. Comment from one blogger-They say that “respect is not given, it is earned” If someone ever intentionally did that to one of my cars, I would earn his respect in short order! The CBS station General  Manager has sent a sincere  note of apology and a beautiful basket of trouffles and reached out to the owners of the Tbirds.