January 29, 2013 03:03 AM
No Judging at 50th Anniversary Celebration
As to Judging, there is now way to do the same thing as the 45th - this event will be huge, and the logistics of setting up any kind of judging (particularly at 2 differant locations) would require more judges than available.
I understand the concern about promoting the MCA in a way that encourages non-members to join, but at the same time realize that those who are members should get the extra benefits of being a member. I am currently working on my grille medallion, and have 17 of the required 20 points. However, one of my most prized came at the 45th Celebration. I was diligent enough to get myself entered in the 250 judged cars group, and elated at receiving a Class Winner plaque. This did not allow me any points toward my medallion, but it was a great honor. Being able to participate at that level was a benefit of being a member. Seeing that by a non-member should do more to encourage membership than discourage it. The award plaques given out to all who participated at the 45th were very nice, and if the awards given at the 50th are anything close, even non-members should be happy. I am assuming the upgraded awards to 2012 and 2013 winners will be given at registration/check-in just like the others, and not in a ceremony. That keeps it from appearing as a taunt, and will only be noticed by sharing from those members who received one. It would then be your responsibility to use that as an opportunity to promote membership in the MCA.