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A PLEA TO THE MEMBERS ABOUT OUR NEWLY PLANNED BY-LAWS

DEAR DURANTONIANS,
AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, IN THE LATE 1960'S I (GARY KAUFFMAN) STARTED A NEWSLETTER FOR OWNERS OF DURANTS, STARS, FLINTS, FRONTENACS AND RUGBYS...CALLED THE DURANT-STAR OWNERS CLUB. IT WAS ESSENTIALLY A ONE MAN OPERATION WITH ASSISTANCE FROM MANY "MEMBERS" WHO DONATED ARTICLE, LITERATURE AND PARTS SOURCES TO THE GROUP NEWSLETTER.
IT STARTED OUT FREE AND LATER REQUESTED SOME STAMP POSTAGE MONEY..A FEW DOLLARS A YEAR. THAT NEWSLETTER GROUP GREW TO INCLUDE OVER 300 MEMBERS WORLD WIDE....MUCH TO MY SURPRISE...SINCE I STARTED WITH A SIGN ON MY HAT AT HERSHEY , PA. SHOW THAT SAID "WHAT THE HELL IS A DURANT". THAT FIRST DAY BROUGHT 18 NAMES AND ADDRESSES AND A PROMISE TO LIST US ALL AND MAIL COPIES TO ALL.....IT GREW AND GREW...UNTIL THE LATE 1970'S WHEN HEALTH ISSUES PREVENTED ME FROM CONTINUING. I REQUESTED HELP AND AFTER SOME DELAY AND DISAPPOINTMENTS, JEFF GILLIS CAME FORWARD AND SAID HE WOULD TAKE OVER THE DURANT CLUB AVTIVITY. JEFF,
USING MY CLUB LIST, STARTED HIS VERSION OF THE CLUB...THE DURANT REGISTRY...WHICH HE RAN FOR A SURPRISING 25 YEARS. AT THAT POINT HE DROPPED DEAD SUDDENLY....LEAVING NO PLANS OR PROPOSALS FOR THE CLUB ACTIVITY. I ASSUME, AT 49 YEARS OLD, HE THOUGHT IT WAS NOT NECESSARY TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CLUB. BUT, NO ONE HAS ANY KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT LIES IN STORE FOR US. AND JEFF WAS NO DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS.
AT THIS POINT, ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE ORIGINAL DURANT-STAR GROUP AROSE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS OF KEEPING THE CLUB ALIVE. YATES MILTON, THAT DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN THAT WE ALL KNOW, GATHERED THE MEMBERS WHO WERE INTERESTED AND REKINDLED THE GROUP..ONCE AGAIN GIVING LIFE TO A GREAT CLUB THAT, FOR THE SECOND TIME, HAD FALLEN ON HARD TIMES. DUE TO HIS VALIENT EFFORTS THE DURANT OWNERS AUTOMOBILE CLUB WAS BROUGHT TO LIFE....ONCE AGAIN.
THIS CLUB HAS GROWN INTO AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF DURANTONIANS WHO HAVE REPEATEDLY SHOWN THEIR GENEROSITY TO EACH OTHER BY THEIR SHARING OF THEIR KNOWLEDGE, RESOURCES, PARTS AND FRIENDSHIP EVERY DAY IN OUR FORUM AND AT EACH CLUB MEETING...BOTH AS A LARGE GROUP AND SMALLER GATHERINGS OF DURANT FRIENDS.
NOW IT HAS BECOME NECESSARY TO PLAN FOR OUR CLUB'S FUTURE SUCCESS AND IT'S CONTINUED SURVIVAL AS A CLUB.
WE DO NOT WANT OUR CLUB TO BE AT RISK OF DESTRUCTION OR COLLAPSE BECAUSE OF THE DEMISE OF ANY ONE MEMBER.
(REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TWICE BEFORE !!)
A NEW SET OF CLUB BY-LAWS AND RULES HAS BEEN GENERATED BY A GROUP OF MEMBERS WHO ARE LOOKING TO SAFEGUARD THE GROUP'S FUTURE, TO GUARENTEE THE CLUB'S CONTINUED SURVIVAL, AND TO BRING ABOUT SOME ADDITIONAL BENEFITS THAT WILL GIVE US A DESIREABLE STATUS IN THE EYES OF THE LEGAL AND GOVERNMENTAL BODIES THAT OVERSEE SUCH ORGANIZATIONS. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO EDUCATE YOURSELF TO THESE NEW BY-LAWS AND PREPARE TO VOTE "POSITIVELY" FOR THESE NEW RULES. IT WILL BE PRESENTED TO YOU SHORTLY, PROBABLY IN THE CLUB MAGAZINE OR THIS FORUM BY ITS PRESENTERS..MIKE LINTHICUM, BOB PORTER AND A FEW OTHER MEMBERS. ASK WHATEVER QUESTIONS YOU WILL TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND...BUT PLEASE SUPPORT THIS EFFORT BECAUSE THIS CLUB NEEDS TO SURVIVE BEYOND US ALL...IT IS TOO GREAT A GROUP TO PASS QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT BECAUSE OF SOME UNFORTUNATE OCCURRENCE.
THANX FOR READING THIS AND PLEASE TAKE PART IN THE ACTION.
REGARDS, GARY KAUFFMAN

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1929 durant 70 coupe and 63 sedan and a 1930 6-14 standard sedan

Re: A PLEA TO THE MEMBERS ABOUT OUR NEWLY PLANNED BY-LAWS

Here Here Gary, we need to get this moving and finalized so our club is perpetuating, and we can accept cash and article donations for our future museum presence.

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Model 65 4dr

Re: A PLEA TO THE MEMBERS ABOUT OUR NEWLY PLANNED BY-LAWS

Hello again....
I have been further informed that great progress has recently been made to finalize our by-laws and status.
Board meetings have almost arrived at a consensus and we should soon see copies for our approval. I have learned that the board was 100% enthusiastic and agreeable about achieving positive results as quickly as a group can so do.....and they did. Look for more info shortly from the club leaders. We are soon to embark on the DMOC's next great adventure.
HOORAY FOR ALL OF OUR GREAT AND HIGHLY MOTIVATED
BOARD MEMBERS and don't forget to support this positive and beneficial move for our club.....

regards, Gary K

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1929 durant 70 coupe and 63 sedan and a 1930 6-14 standard sedan

Re: A PLEA TO THE MEMBERS ABOUT OUR NEWLY PLANNED BY-LAWS

Gary and everyone.
I spoke to Rick last night and he advised that the finalized version of the new By-Laws are done and have been reviewed by an attorney. The Board of Directors have been tele-conferencing on a regular basis, and have several more things to put to bed before they are done. This is a great move for the DMAC and will move us forward towards our IRS 501 c-3 designation which will allow us to be a non-profit organization in their eyes and our U.S. Members will be able to donate money, items , cars etc to the DMAC and receive an income tax break.

Great news Rick! Keep up the great work!

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Model 65 4dr

 

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