UPDATE 03/09/2008: The voting results are in. Please welcome new/re-elected board members Arnie Press (VP), Paul Rossman (Communications), Jeff Oberg (Events Coordinator), Chris Michalek (Treasurer), and Steve Rosenblum (President) who will be joining the existing Board Member at Large Francis Macasieb.
Thanks to Paul Lark and Blake Mayerle for participating, and presenting a well run campaign.
I also wanted to take a moment and thank outgoing board members Lori Wright, Matt Adams, and Gabe Bridger. Matt and Gabe have been part of this club since its beginnings, and have been instrumental in making our club the great place that it is.
Here are brief biography and position statements from all the candidates for this years club elections (candidates are listed alphabetically within each position).
Voting will run from February 29th thru March 7th. Results will be announced during the March 9th Spring Drive.
Club members will be able to vote for the positions that have more than one candidate, which is Club President (Paul Lark or Steve Rosenblum) and Vice President (Blake Mayerle or Arnie Press) by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your name, and your choice for President and Vice President.
43, Married with two (2) children
President; IGC, Inc. for the past 19 years
PhD in Managerial and Organizational Behavior
Local elected official within Kendall County
Member of CMMC for the past two (2) years
2006 MC AB/AB
I would propose and work towards making the following changes within the club.
· Revamp clubs website to include online registration, paypal for club events, annual renewal for membership, and provide own forum sections outside of North American Motoring (NAM) and MINI2
· Advance planning for club events to be posted on website and newsletter up to one (1) year out. Although the current board plans tentative dates, having set dates people can plan for would be advantageous to all.
· Propose to have one annual renew date for all club members and prorate potential members if joining thereafter
· Formally survey club members once every two years and to seek formal feedback after each event
· Review our non-for-profit status and update current bylaws. In conjunction, have the Board look to develop a simple Vision and Mission Statement about the Club and to provide copies of the clubs annual and financial reports to all active members
· Propose annual Maintenance and Detailing Clinic for membership outside of a casual “MOD” party
· Propose more formal relationships with dealers and develop relationships with potential vendors
· Propose a yearly charity drive (each year would be a different charity)
· Review Membership cost to ensure members are getting the most for their dollar
I’m more than willing to discuss any of the above in detail and can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Steve Rosenblum for Club President
The Chicago MINI Motoring club and local community have been an integral
part of my life since its inception.
I participated in the first area event a few weeks after I took delivery
of my Cooper in August 2002. This beginning led a group of MINI
enthusiasts, including myself, current Club VP Gabe Bridger, Treasurer
Matt Adams, former Board member Jim Michener, and several others to
organize and participate in area drives and we formed the CMMC into what
it is today. I have also forged relationships with many of the area clubs
including the MilwaukeeMINIs and M.I.N.I.
As the current CMMC President, my responsibilities include, but are not
limited to; the maintenance of the club website, monthly e-mail news, the
organization and planning of events, moderating on the
NorthAmericanMotoring web forum, club member assistance, and the
processing of new memberships and renewals.
I enjoy participating in our club activities, and I am an active attendee
at other Midwest area MINI clubs events.
The CMMC has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of MINI enthusiasts as
well as putting us all together in an environment where we can have fun
and share our common interests. I am very appreciative of the great
friendships I share with many of you.
I would like to see this club remain a casual, low key, low cost, family
friendly place for people to get together and enjoy themselves and their
cars, and to experience fun roads and drives around the general
The club has grown to a large enough size that we can offer additional
discounts and perks to make your membership a great value.
The feeling of community within the club is what makes the effort put into
this club worthwhile.
I hope that you will vote for myself and Arnie Press to help preserve the
things that you and I enjoy about the Chicago MINI Motoring Club.
Together we can do anything.
In the last year I have been a very active member of the Club and I believe that
this dedication is only the beginning for what I can bring in the coming years.
I have taken time to develop and test drive routes for events, hosted events, assisted in planning events as well as thinking of ideas that would move the club forward.
In making the club more efficient I believe that we need a new website that more serves the club. Small improvements like a photo gallery with pictures of people and their cars will help in remembering the name of that one member you met one time two years ago and you can’t remember their name.
A voluntary private member directory put in place so that if you wanted to ask a question of a member you could just give them a call.
Online registration and payment of yearly dues has been one thing that members have been asking for. This is not difficult to setup and only takes minutes. This way we could take registrations for event meals for example and be able to keep the costs down for members by offering a lower price.
I have also been part of the dealers coming around to partner with the club again. I have been talking to folks at the three dealers and they are back on track to understanding why they should be supporting the club now and in the future. Let’s face it, we are some of their best advertising! Weekends when we are driving around in formation and folks see us and think, “what’s up with all those little cars…”
These are only some of my many ideas and I will be able to bring some fresh ideas to the table as I will have owned my MINI 2 years when the spring drive rolls around and I have been part of the club the entire time!
Thank you for reading this and I hope that everybody who is a current member of the club votes!
Arnie Press for Club Vice President
Why I am running for VP…
The reason I am running for the position of Vice President, is to preserve the current structure and integrity of the club. Nobody has ever run against either Gabe or Steve, and frankly I never would have because I believe they have done such an awesome job. Now that Gabe is stepping down, I am running with the intention of following in the footsteps and path that both he and Steve have laid. With the ultimate of respect for both of them, my goal is to continue to grow our club and expand on fun.
Lets grow by committee and expand through member input!
Most importantly I am a team player, and would focus on members’ ideas and opinions and try to implement as many good ideas as possible. I have been a member of this club for 4 years, and have enjoyed every bit of it. Good friends, fun times, fun drives, tinkering with our cars, learning from each other and motoring is what it’s all about!
Rather than telling you all the things I can think of that can be done (and there are many!), my first plan of action would be to start a private forum that only CMMC members could access (Yahoo group or access page like our by-laws). This way all members’ opinions can and will be heard and weighed by the board, in addition to the board’s thoughts. Opinion by committee is an open and healthy format and will help assure that the club is headed in a direction its members want.
Who am I? ~ I’m not the guy in the middle 😉
I am generally a nice guy that believes in trust and respect. With this as my foundation, you can be assured that my only intention is to improve and maintain the quality of our great club. After 21 years of running my own business, I am finally able to free more of my time and devote it to the club. For all the wonderful, great friends and times it has given my wife and I, I would be honored to have your vote as the first step in fulfilling my wish to pay back to the club and what it has done for me.
My MINI years of experience…
As an ambassador of the MINI brand and a Mini owner for 25+ years, I have raced, autocrossed, restored and rebuilt many Minis/MINIs throughout the years, and have several strong relationships with vendors.
My MINI Family includes – listed by age, not necessarily beauty 🙂 [Gallery]
1962 Mini Countryman (Woody Wagon)
1965 Mini Cooper 1275 S
2002 MINI Cooper S – daily driver, majorly modified
2003 MINI Cooper S – modified and winner of People’s Choice MINI at the British Car Fest the last 4 years in a row
Let’s all make a note to vote! It’s cool to be A Chicago Mini Motor Voter.
Thanks and warmest regards,
Dear CMMC Members,
My mission for the club in 2008 is Growth. We in the CMMC are passionate about our Minis, and have therefore gone out of our way to become a part of this great club. Unfortunately, we do not make it easy for other Mini owners to learn about our great club and come out to share in our passion. I will work to change that.
Back in 2005 I first test drove a Mini at Cincinnati Mini and was immediately hooked. Shortly after, I joined NAM and began lurking until finally finding my ’04 MCS last June. Two weeks later I was on my first CMMC drive, and the stupid, silly grin has yet to leave my face.
I am sure many of you have had similar experiences of being gripped by all that is Mini from day one, and then seeking out our club or NAM for the shared experience. However, many of our fellow owners came to Mini for its cuteness, affordability, or as simply an econobox (sad, but true), only to discover the joys of motoring after the fact. Judging from our membership rolls compared with the number of Minis in the Chicagoland area, a good many Mini owners either do not know we exist, or we make it too difficult to join and participate.
Granted, not all Chicagoland Mini owners are interested in what we have to offer. Most will not join, but a good many probably would if they knew of us, and we made it easy. Growing our membership ranks, partnerships and other marketing opportunities will only serve to strengthen the club, and thereby create more opportunities for the current members.
I am committed to a stronger Chicago Mini Motor Club with a greater diversity of opportunities for all out members. This is what I will work towards as your Events Coordinator in 2008.
I am honored to be considered for the position of Chicago MINI Motoring Club Communications/Secretary officer. First, I would like to thank all the past and present board members for the many hours of hard work that has made our club what it is today. Steve and Gabe, over the years you have, as CMMC Presidents, moved our club forward. To the outgoing board members, Gabe, Matt and Lori, many MINI thanks for your leadership!
I purchased my first MINI in 2005 and immediately became a CMMC member. Since then, I have driven thousands of miles across the US and traveled around the world to take part in MINI events and to meet the people who make driving a MINI special. As diverse as the people who drive MINIs are, we as a group are unique in that the MINI community is unlike anything else in the world.
As the club communications officer I would like to expand our online offerings, including a club forum, online payment and increased club visibility with services such as Flickr. Experiences that qualify me for this position include helping to organize club drives, assisting with (MINIs on the Dragon) Dragon Brew Swap, being a very active MINI community member and my career as a Cluster Administrator for one of the worlds largest high energy physics experiments ever built.
With two MINIs (R53/R56) in our garage and a third next year, I intend to be an active member of the CMMC for years to come. I want to continue making our club a place for friends and families to gather and have MINI motoring fun. It does not matter who reaches the end of club drive in the shortest amount of time. What matters is that we all have fun and reach our destinations safely. I will actively campaign for these values.
I look forward to the opportunity of serving as the Chicago MINI Motoring Club Communications/Secretary officer.
I am honored to submit my candidacy for the position of Treasurer. First, I would like to thank the outgoing board members for their years of service to the club and congratulate their accomplishments and what they started from scratch.
I have been a member since 03/06. I own an 05 Pepper White MC and live on the west side of Chicago. I attended my first CMMC event in April of 2006 and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I have two words (maybe it’s one hyphenated word, or is it one word?) …PayPal. In order to make the club membership and associated events as convenient as possible, It will be my goal to incorporate the convenience and ease of using PayPal for all club events and membership. I believe that motoring should be as easy as possible, by using PayPal we can make that happen with Online membership payments and event payments.
As a board member, I believe that the club should be a laid back, recreational outlet, a stress reliever, a chance to get together with friends to discuss the Clubman and its ‘butt-smile.’ I will bring an enthusiasm for the club as well as an independent voice the board.
Motoring Liberal, Fiscally Conservative!
Vote Chris for treasurer.
Together, we can make a difference!