April 17, 2013 10:01 AM
I appreciate the MCA looking out for the membership as a whole. Yes the 50th Birthday Celebration is very important to those of us that love our Mustangs! Having two locations will help more members to make it possible to attend!
I am very much looking forward to the 50th Birthday celebration!
April 20, 2013 12:55 AM
I am looking forward to the big bash in Charlotte NC
April 23, 2013 10:36 PM
I think 2 shows is a great Ideal there are alot of Mustang lovers all over the country and we are happy to know that we all should be able to make the bash. Does anyone have any info on any special deals with the hotels yet? I am planning on ging to charlotte NC its about 7 hours for me and my group.
May 10, 2013 04:45 PM
After reading all of the 7 pages of posts over the past year, there is a gap from Oct 2012 to Apr 2013. I expect the same will hold true until show time in Apr 2014. I suspect unless there is continuing comments laid down here, the 11,000 members will be the only ones thinking about Apr 2014. The position I have always had since Apr 2012, was PR this to all the OWNERS of Mustangs, not the current MCA members. WE, MCA MEMBERS, already know about this gathering. It is the other 3 million Mustang owners that do not. I would like to see more large articles in as many magazines and newspapers around the world. There have been only 1 or 2 that are related to the MCA 50th that make national exposure. Where's the advertising committee, have they sent out CD's to all of the outlets letting them know to plan. I am sure MCA has a budget for that and can cut from the travel of the other committees to fund this work. Wife and I have been to Vegas and seeing she was born in South Carolina and I have friends/team owners in NASCAR that live in the Charlotte area, we are planning on the cross country trip. No I am not going to OK, been there and done that (besides, don't want the car shipped via tornados to Charlotte) and I do not need a bunch of trophies, ribbons, or dash plaques saying I was there - that was Kilroys job
May 10, 2013 06:36 PM
50th Anniversary shows - Announcement update coming very soon ??
Or so I heard through the grapevine. There is one way they will get up to speed and be able to get the word out and handle the hundreds of pre-registrations and that is via this site, social media, Mustang magazines and websites, and to utilize a central on-line registration system and leave the paper checklists at the show sites at home. It's the 21st century so let's get on board and use the technology that most of us use everyday to make this show the model for any similar large gathering. Henry Ford used technology many decades ago to get us beyond horse and buggies. Let's make Mr. Ford proud.
May 11, 2013 06:08 PM
Regarding those who are whining about the lack of communication, marketing and promotion of what is taking place at the 50th Birthday celebration.....my only question to them is; "Are you part of the 80% of club members who show up at a clubs event and did nothing to help plan, organize and execute a successful show, or are you part of the 20% of the club members who did all the work"? (Based upon the standard issue comment that 80% of club members never do anything and the remaining 20% of the club are the workers that make the club successful). So instead of being part of that 80% group, how about putting your name out there and offering to be part of the 20% and lend some expertise or volunteer to do something that will help get the word out to the other 3 million Mustang owners (I am sure there are more than 3 million too).
Instead of being part of the problem, become part of the solution!
Note: This comment by no means is meant to offend any clubs or people where more than 20% of the members are more actively involved. I have been to many national shows and saw the commitment of what was obviously more than 20% of the club members. I am only quoting what I have heard dozens of times over the years. I am sure many of you who will read this will be nodding your head in agreement.
Imagine how incredible the 50th Birthday celebration would be if ALL those who complain actually offered some positive input and volunteered some of their time. Enough said!
May 11, 2013 06:11 PM
MCA National Director
You can get 20% at your club? We can only get 10%. And that's on a good day.
May 11, 2013 08:20 PM
Club volunteerism (National vs. Local)
I volunteered for many years in our local Mustang club as a board member, show chairman, etc. My point was to USE TECHNOLOGY, and not have rely on dozens of volunteers at the shows handling paperwork just like the days of old. MCA is a club that does not have paid board members or staff has to rely on a lot of retirees or people that have the time and money to plan this large of an event. To spin that into blaming the members for just complaining and not helping out is not a good use of the 11 months left until the shows are here.
May 11, 2013 09:11 PM
MCA National Director
Agreed. But what do you do about the Luddites who party as if it's 1979? You know I'm the webmaster of our club website. Over half my time is spent dealing with the computer illiterate members of our club. They can't log in - usually because they aren't following the instructions on the screen or because they don't understand that the computer sees uppercase different from lowercase. I send them links to click on and I might as well be sending them Sanskrit. These folks do not merely ask for help - they demand it. In their minds, it's YOUR job to help them navigate a way of life that's been in existence for over twenty-five years. Two meetings ago, a new member came up to me and asked me if I could "help" him log into his account on the website. After 15 minutes or so, I figured out that he actually needed help using his IPad. One of his children had given it to him, but had not also given him any instructions or help in how to do email or the Internet. Hopeless.
Originally Posted by vamach1
So what do you do about those folks? There's a lot of them. Do you exclude them? Do you create an expensive parallel paper-based system to accommodate their inability to use a computer? What is a fair, cost-effective way of accommodating their special needs?
Last edited by FastDad; May 11, 2013 at 09:55 PM.
May 12, 2013 12:14 AM
We actually get up to 30%! For our nationals this year, we are donating proceeds to three charities and I informed them that if they want to receive a nice amount of money, they will have to donate volunteers.
As much as we enjoy giving back, we figure that it would be nice for the people who work or volunteer at those charities to see what we do to help them by getting some of them involved. Our entire parking crew and direction assistants are from the charities. We are hosting two seminars in June on how to park the cars and how and where to direct drivers to the proper locations, etc. We will have experienced club members (hopefully the 30%) to be there as back up and as supervisors. This gives us the actual time to enjoy the show (as much as we can). All I can remember from our show at the Biltmore in 2010 was seeking a therapist!!