GM SALARIED RETIREES CLUB OF MARYLAND
ROSEDALE GARDENS, 8037 PHILADELPHIA ROAD,BALTO, MD
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE March 27, 2014, LUNCH AT NOON, MEETING TO FOLLOW
Prayer: Jack Summers
Minutes of February 27, 2014 meeting #465. Meeting was called to order by President Tim Stansbury at 12:40 pm..
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Jim Smedley
MINUTES of January 23, 2014 meeting were approved.
TREASURER'S REPORT: Tom Sommerville
Month of January 2014
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None
BOWLING: Boots Onorato-410-882-1558
HISTORIAN: Skip Shiflett-No report
WAYS & MEANS: Marge Stock reported for Clara.
The Bull & Oyster Roast is on April 6, 2014 at Rosedale Gardens from 1-5 p.m.. Tickets are still available at $40 per person. Members are requested to donate items for door prizes at the Bull & Oyster Roast.
Jim has 50-50 Bull Roast Raffle tickets. Please support our raffle fundraiser.
SUNSHINE COMMITTEE: Marge Stock 410-563-4931.
Bea Carmine passed away on February 4, 2014. Shelmon Dail passed away on February 13, 2014. Marge Stock presented an obituary article from the Baltimore Sunpapers for Shelmon Dail and Jerry Finley read the article to our members. Get well cards were sent to Tim Stansbury, Jackie Watts, Henry Marshall, Clara Musick, Ray Musick, Jerry Finley, Bill Totten, June Grden, Tim O’Keefe and Dick Malinowski. Please remember the sick and deceased members in your prayers. Please contact Marge or Angie if you know of any sick or deceased members so cards can be sent from the club.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR February GUYS & DOLLS;
Doris Bannon, Bill Brannan, Howard Brown, Olin Conrad, Chuck Curtis, Dottie Ensor, Bruce Fisher III, Donald Funke, Jack Gill, Melvin Hatcher, Jr., Gene Hicks, Peggy Horwath, Ann Nesenkar, Marge Roloff, Geraldine Tynan, Bonnie Vojik.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO EVERYONE CELEBERATING THEIR DAY IN February:
Bruce and Jane Bartenfelder, Hugh and Eileen Collins, Mike and Peggy Horwath.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Leo Heid.- No Report.
MEMBERSHIP: Bonnie Vojik-410-866-8725
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY PAID DUES FOR 2014, PLEASE SEND IN NOW.
Dues are $15.00 per member ($30.00 if both retiree and spouse are members.) Do not combine with any other payment. Make check payable to: G.M.
Salaried Retiree Club
C/O: Bonnie Vojik, 8003 Caradoc Drive Baltimore, MD 21237.
Any questions call Bonnie:410-866-8725 or E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOT LINE: Al Komin-
Hot Line is working and efforts are being made to make sure the calling order is kept up to date.
MAILING NEWSLETTER: Olin Conrad-410-687-0987-No report
There are a few remaining tickets left for the bus trip to Harrington Casino and Dover Downs on May 6-7, 2014. Please see the January 2014 minutes for details. Contact Marge Stock 410-563-4931.
CAKES: Darlene Dail-410-252-4746
We Need At Least 5 Cakes Each Month!!.
Thanks to all who donated cakes in January:
Peggy Horwath, Margie Stock, Isabelle Burrell, Angie Thomas, Pat Hines, Paul Julian. Thanks in advance to all who are to donate cakes in February: Jerry Finley, Jack Gill, Mary Jane Conrad, Mary Marsiglia, Dottie Miller, Gloria Riebert.
Please notify Darlene if you cannot bring your scheduled donation, so other arrangements can be made. Thank you!
The recall involves an ignition issue that has proven to be dangerous and is linked to crashes that killed 13 people. Seven models are currently being recalled: 2005-07 Chevy Cobalts, 2007 Pontiac G-5-S, 2005-06 Pontiac Pursuits, 2003-2007 Saturn Ions and 2006-07 Chevrolet HHRs, the Pontiac Solstices, and Saturn Skys.
January Vehicle Sales Down:
A preliminary study by Edminds.com finds 37 states, which generally account for 61% of all new car sales, endured a colder than average January. Most sales are expected to be made up in February assuming the cold weather does not continue.
General Motors sales were down 12% compared to 2013, Ford was down 8%, Toyota was down 7%, Honda was down 2%, and Volkswagen down 19%, citing weather as a negative factor.
“The weather clearly affected January sales, and not just in traditionally cold areas,” said Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst with Edminds.com. “After the first Polar Vortex at the beginning of the month, we saw the market start to make up some of those lost sales. But by the time the second Vortex struck, there wasn’t enough time to make up all of January’s lost sales.”
At GM, sales of nearly all models fell. Chevrolet and Cadillac posted 13% declines, while GMC was down 10% and Buick fell 1%. Despite the tough month, GM projected “modestly higher market share” for the year, with industry sales in the range of 16 million units to 16.5 million.
“We have major launches under way, and we are going to accelerate brand-building and other growth initiatives,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of sales operations, in a statement.
GM has no plans to idle plants to reduce production at this time.
Chevrolet Unveils New Van
Chevrolet unveiled a small delivery van intended for small businesses and city delivery services at the Chicago Auto Show. It’s the latest in a stream of European-style compact commercial vans that began with the Ford Transit Connect small commercial van in 2009. “The Transit Connect showed that businesses have an appetite for small vans,” said IHS Automotive senior analyst Stephanie Brinley. The City Express van is a Chevy-branded version of the Nissan NV200 compact van built in Cuernavaca, Mexico. At 186.2 inches long, it’s 40 inches shorter than the full-size Chevrolet Express van. Chevrolet will continue to sell the Express. IHS predicts the U.S. market for small commercial vans will reach 118,000 in 2017 and settle in around 100,000 a year after that.
“There’s an appetite for this size vehicle, but it’s not a large market,” Brinley said. “Working with Nissan gets Chevrolet into the market quickly and at a low cost.”
The City Express goes on sale this fall. It has a 131-horsepower, 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. It should get about the same fuel economy as the NV200’s EPA rating of 24 mpg in the city, 25 on the highway and 25 in combined driving. The City Express has two seats. There’s no current plan for a passenger version, although Nissan builds a taxi and shuttle van version of the NV200. The City Express has a payload of 1,500 pounds. The cargo bay can accommodate a 40 x 48-inch pallet.
GOOD OF THE CLUB:
President Tim Stansbury read an open letter he wrote to all of our GM Baltimore Salary Retirees inviting them to become a member of our Salaried Retirees Club and share in the comradery and great time we all have enjoyed for more than 40 years. Tim also invited current members to become more active in the Club and attend a future meeting or event.
The open letter will be posted to our website.
MEETING DATES: March 27, 2014
QUOTE OF THE MOTH:
"Sorrow comes to all...perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You cannot now realize that you will ever feel better and yet you are sure to be happy again.” –Abraham Lincoln.
ADJOURNED: 1:12 pm
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: 47
50/50 was won Al Komin--$40.00
IN CASE OF ILLNESS OR DEATH;
Contact Marge Stock 410-563-4931or Angela Thomas 410-969-2851
Submitted by: Jim Smedley for Mary Jane Conrad, rec. Sec.