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The regular meeting of the MN SAAB Club was called to order at 1930 on date in Island Lake County Park by Jack Sabba. Officers Present: Jason Ecker, Colton Angermeier, Jim Hickstein, Greg Abbott.
Present: 13 voting members in good standing, 5 guests
Agenda / Discussion / Voting:
Project Car: Proposal from Chuck Andrews: 2005 Saab 9-3 Convertible donated to the SAAB Heritage Museum; USA. Members expressed interest in taking on the project to assess and possibly rehabilitate the vehicle before it makes its way to the museum in SD. Several members and guests expressed willingness to volunteer time and help work on the vehicle. Jack/Colton offered shop space at their garage for the project. Jim Hickstein and Chuck Andrew’s to coordinate pickup/delivery of the vehicle.
Driving Courses: Bruce Parker presented on opportunities for Club Members to participate in supervised driving courses at DCTC. We have been invited in the past but participation has been limited.
Structure: Discussion to change the formal structure of the club ended with a unanimous vote to maintain the current structure; primarily to maintain an entity structure for legal reasons. There was consensus to modify the by-laws to drop “Regular Meetings” (Bi-Monthly, first Thursday) and making an annual (or as-needed) Membership Meeting to discuss business items and hold officer elections in 2021, moving forward – Likely in April. Direction received from Membership was to continue to have one club event per month at a minimum, but not necessarily expect the regular meetings traditionally organized by the board. This will reduce the regular workload on club officers and offer opportunities to members interested in taking a more active role to create events and invite members to participate.
Dues: Between Jan 1, 2020 and Oct 1, 2020 the Club has provided meals at 4 events and raffled prizes at 5 events. Members discussed where current dues dollars go and where to focus spending in the future. Consensus was to provide food at volunteer events (if possible) and occasionally at other club events when practical. Door prizes & raffles were favored by some and not necessary for others. Status quo is to offer a door prize by raffle at an event periodically and encourage donations for future door prizes. No consensus reached to change dues amount. Dues amount will stay at $20/year for active members.
Officer elections: Elections in April were canceled due to Covid-19. A motion was made and unanimously accepted to synchronize the election cycle for 2020 offices to April 2021 –
President – Jack Sabba
Vice President – Jason Ecker
Secretary – Colton Angermeier
Treasurer – Jim Hickstein
Director – Greg Abbott
We are always looking for volunteers to the board – if interested in taking a leadership role in the club please reach out to one of the current officers.
Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at 2015 by Jack Sabba. The next general meeting will be at 7 PM on December 3rd, 2020 at 7PM, location TBD.
Minutes submitted by: Jack Sabba
Approved by: Colton Angermeier, Jason Ecker, Jim Hickstein
Island Lake County Park
3611 Victoria St, N
Shoreview, MN 55126
We chose to stick with the outdoor meeting one more time while the weather allows. Mask use and social distancing will be respected as well.
Dinner will be provided to active members. Likely Jimmy Johns or similiar – check member status or join at www.mnsaab.club
We’ll be voting on changing the organizational structure, dues amount, and direction of the club.
SAAB show and tell – if you have some memorabilia to share please bring it along.
If you have parts you’d like to sell/swap bring them.
Members in attendance will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $50 value Tech 2 session for your vehicle, donated by Jim Hickstein.
Volunteer some time and energy to help clean up the Minnesota Saab Club section of highway. Bring a guest! Lunch will be provided for volunteers after the clean up.
MNSC Adopt-A-Highway Section is at:
29195 Randolph Blvd, Randolph, MN 55065
9-5 day! Join us: 9-5-20 with your Saab to Meet up and Cruise to Red Wing.
UPDATE! Location changed due to traffic — Meet/Cruise Starts now at Veterans Park: Veterans Park, 2500 Soccer Field Rd, Hastings, MN 55033
UPDATED CRUISE ROUTE:
This event is in coordination with Minnesota Volvo Club and is open to all guests and Saab enthusiasts, even if driving other makes/models.
Please back into spots and keep the Saabs together if possible. If the park is busy we may not stay long before cruising.
We will be grouping up in Hastings at VETERANS PARK at 2pm then cruise to Red Wing on a scenic driving ending at a Rancho Loco there.
Point of contact if needed: Jack Sabba 845-270-5659
Join us Thursday August 6, 2020 at 7 PM for our regular bi-monthly meeting & dinner. Rain or shine.
West Bush Lake Park
9401 W Bush Lake Rd,
Bloomington, MN 55438
Guests welcome. Dinner/refreshments provided for current members only — Join, renew, or check your membership status at www.mnsaab.club — It’s only $20/ year
Members attending automatically entered in drawing to win a SAAB Tee Shirt! Club decals will be available.
Please park Saabs together and back in, other makes/models welcome, just park on the opposite row. Social distancing and mask use is encouraged for Covid concerns.
Point of contact if needed: Jack Sabba 845-270-5659
Sunday July 12, 2020 – 1:00 PM
Lebanon Hills Regional Park
860 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
Google Maps Lebanon Hills
UPDATE Cruise route link:
If we get separated follow the route or meet at Culver’s in Woodbury. Avoid speeding, several spots near Grey Cloud Island have loose gravel on the asphalt, be careful on the twisty roads.
If you prefer a slower pace or driving a classic leave with the second group from Lebanon Hills.
Follow social distancing rules and wear masks at your discretion. Culver’s confirmed the dining room and patio is open.
Open to members and guests! Join us for an afternoon Meet then Cruise. You’re welcome to bring whatever vehicle you like but lets park the Saabs together and back into the spots for pictures when you arrive.
Regular Meeting June 4, 2020. 7 PM.
9401 West Bush Lake Road,
Bloomington MN 55438
Let’s hope for good weather but meet rain or shine!
Park together, back into the spots for pictures.
We will be mindful of social distancing and break groups up to less than 10 to follow state guidelines for gatherings. Wear a mask if you prefer.
Pizza/Soda will be provided for current club members.
Check status or join officially at https://mnsaab.club/plans/membership/
Looking forward to seeing you and your cars!
MN Saab Club regular meetings are postponed until further notice. Please check back here from time to time.
We will have our regular membership meeting on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm, at Dunham’s, 173 Lothenbach Ave, West St Paul, MN 55118. Our meetings are open to the public.