OK I'm lost how can a GT SHELBY COUPLE be judged ???? I was told a car had to be two years old and the best you could do was the POPULAR VOTE ???? So my car can't be judged untell 2013 because I have a SHELBY 2011 ???
There has been a question raised about whether the MCA Financial Books and Records are being kept, protected and shared with MCA members in the proper manner prescribed by the MCA By-Laws. It is a valid question and one I'm glad to discuss and make sure all MCA members understand how this process is done.
First of all, the accounting firm of Hargrave, Freeman and Leto, P.C. in McDonough, Georgia, actually keeps the books for the MCA as a dis-interested third party. This was approved by the MCA in 2008 for several reasons. One of these reasons the MCA approved this was as a save guard to the MCA. Using the current system, the MCA Treasurer does not keep checks at their disposal and does not write the checks. Therefore, the MCA National Treasurer is not responsible for keeping the books, only for approving the checks to be written by the accounting firm and then to sign and mail the checks out and file and maintain the expense records to complete the payment process. Income comes from a variety of places including membership fees, advertising sales, merchandise sales, and more. The accounting firm and the National Treasurer keeps track of all these transactions. At the request of the MCA National Treasurer, or the MCA President or the Executive Committee as a whole, the accounting firm will prepare and release a complete general ledger showing all the expenses and receipts that the MCA has accounted for up to any point during the year.
At the end of the year, the accounting firm prepares a complete accounting of the MCA's books which is then presented to the National Board of Directors at a National Board Meeting. If there is anything that needs clarification or correction, then it is taken care of at that time. With this process in place, the process that the MCA goes through each time a check is written or a bill paid with the final accounting each year meets the guidelines and rules that are in the MCA By-Laws.
Also, the full finances of the MCA are reviewed at our MCA board meetings that are open for any MCA member to attend and every MCA club has voting power to influence financial decisions through your regional director. If anyone on this thread really wants to dig deeply into MCA matters then I suggest you be the regional director for your club or just attend the meetings to get all the details. We have several regular MCA members that attend our quarterly meetings and they usually stay the entire weekend, have dinner with the board members and have plenty of time to discuss all aspects of MCA operations. If you are truly interested in helping make decisions on how the MCA is run then please run for the national board of directors. We need people that have the business savvy and true commitment to be an active participant for two years or longer.