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Club President

MGCCWDCC Awards Banquet
A Fun Evening at PJ Skidoos!

The weather gods smiled on the Club’s Annual Awards Banquet, held February 2nd, once again at PJ Skidoos restaurant in Fairfax. The mild night lent itself to one of the larger crowds in years—even though it appeared there was enough enthusiasm to overcome any adverse conditions had there been any.

After a spirited cocktail hour, over 50 Club members, spouses and guests enjoyed a fine meal and great conversation. We were joined this year by two of our outstanding corporate vendor/sponsors: London Auto (Nick Vadala and Dave Schillerstrom, and their spouses); and British Standard Motors (Rollo Samuels and Mick Webb). We also thank those who made donations for the many door prizes that were a great hit! Thanks also to young Robert Eaton, son of Board member Mike Eaton, who called out the winning door prize numbers.

This is always a meaningful event for members—especially those with long attachment to the Club. We must be doing something right after 64 years (yes, that’s right!), and the evening properly reflected the traditions and history of our organization. Several members received awards reflecting the values we share. Here are two examples:

-The John Thornley Spirit Award (named after Sir John Thornley who was one of the founders of the parent UK MG Car Club, served as its first Secretary, and later became Director and General Manager of the MG Car Company) went to John Puglisi, a current Board Member with the following description offered by outgoing President, Chris Kintner—

“This year’s recipient has been an active member of our Board and has consistently stepped up and stepped in wherever needed…I mean literally! This past year, he and his lovely wife Marlene volunteered to do the field clean-up prior to the Hunt Country Classic. Those familiar with the set up day for the Hunt Country Classic will know that horses usually remain in the upper field right up until the day before the event. John and Marlene showed up with shovels and wheel barrows and tirelessly toiled until the field was clear. For this and more, and for always being a good friend, John Puglisi is this year’s recipient of the John Thornley Spirit Award.”

-Award for Jim Lunson—Jim Lunson has been a Board member of the Club for twenty-one years! In that time he has served as Activities Director, Activities Co-Director, Tech Committee Chair, Tech Advisor and, since 2013, the Club’s Treasurer. Chris Kintner thanked Jim for his Club service this way:

“We can’t thank Jim enough for all the years of service he’s devoted to the Club, including keeping us on the financial straight and narrow as our Club Treasurer in recent years. Despite his absence tonight, we wish him well and offer a Club plaque in recognition of his contributions, a set of MG logo pint glasses to enjoy, and a specially framed photo of Jim and his beloved MGB at Niagara Falls.”

The night saw other awards given (Bill Scott Memorial Broken Wheel: Kevin Richards, Golden Wrench: Randy Shuck, Morris: Mark Hanna), the most notable of which went to Chris and Cheryl Kintner for their incredibly long years of service to our Club. Both received Club plaques demonstrating the appreciation of the members for all that they have done. Incoming President, Joe Dowley, put it this way:

“Cheryl Kintner has served on the Board for 22 years, and for nearly all of that time was the Club’s Secretary. It is hard to imagine all the time and effort she has given to our Club, and not likely that anyone will amass that level of service again… Cheryl we thank you sincerely and present you with this plaque in grateful appreciation from all of us.

Chris Kintner has served on the Club’s Board just as long as Cheryl, and accepted the daunting task of being our President for the past 6 years. He has helped us maintain our traditions, has protected the marque and given tirelessly of his limited free time to keep the Club a viable—and valuable—organization. He is both a walking encyclopedia of knowledge regarding MGs, and at home a first-class museum curator of MG artifacts, memorabilia and history. His delight in his own MGs inspires all of us. His are big shoes (and not brake shoes!) to fill, and we thank him sincerely, as we do additionally for staying on as Editor of the The Spark and our website—his contributions continue!”

Finally, the Club thanks Sharon and Ted Whitehouse for their wonderful efforts to make the evening glittering and beautiful, and to Mark Hanna for all that he did to make arrangements for this successful annual event.

Photos by Joe Dowley & Ted Whitehouse


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