2015

Greetings FCA Members-

I want to take this opportunity to say it has been a great pleasure serving as your President for the last four years.  We’ve had an explosive increase in membership (+55%) and we are the fastest growing Chapter in North America, and it is due to each of you being Members.  It has been a real pleasure getting to know so many of you personally. 

I want to thank each of our current Reps David Bitonte, Doug Ehrler, Ian De Barros, Jeff Alexander and Rick Lederman, our past Reps Giorgio Bittoni and Hal Nichols, our Treasurer Rajeev Sinha and our past Treasurer Dave Wikette for all their hard work and the help they have given me over the last 4 years.  They have created and put on great events which are incredibly enjoyable.  Members from other Chapters/Regions have asked to join our events because of the fun we have which they have read about in Prancing Horse.  We have doubled our number of events and have had more events in North America than any Chapter in the Club.

I also want to thank our sponsors for their strong support of the Club – without you we would not be able to achieve what we have.  With a 55% increase in the number of sponsors, and a 96% increase in sponsorship money, you have been crucial to our success.  Thank you especially to those who coached me and gave me honest feedback and insights as I tried different ways to improve the Club.

I want to thank Brittany De Barros for creating and maintaining our Facebook page, and Ryan Coady our Webmaster.  You have helped get the word out about all we’ve done and are doing.

Thanks to Bob Miller, our past President, for creating such a strong foundation for the Club and for all the help he, Marcella and the rest of his family have been over the years.

Thanks to my wife Beverly and kids Brian, Colleen and Sean for all their help over the years and the patience they have shown as I worked to improve our Chapter.

Lastly, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of our Members.  It has been an honor and privilege serving you as President.  I really appreciate getting to know so many of you, and making some great new friendships.  Thanks to all of you for making this the GREAT, fun Club it is!

Dave Wikette (dwikette@gmail.com) becomes our new President effective 1/1/16.  Under Dave’s capable leadership I am confident we will become an even better, more fun Club than we are now.  Please give Dave all the support and help you have given me over the last four years.

I look forward to seeing each of you at our future events, particularly the International Meet in June – with all the hard work so many Chapter Members are putting into it, it will be a great Meet!

Happy New Year, may it be an excellent 2016 for you.

Best Regards,

Michael Kelly

FCA Ohio Chapter President (for a few more hours)
Come for the cars, Stay for the people!