The Superior A's
May 31, 2022
Treasurer Jim P. gave the treasurer’s report. Norm J. made a motion to accept this report and it was seconded by Russ W. This motion carried.
CorrespondenceMike D. sent an article about MTU’s plans to tear down the Alberta saw mill and museum site as it no longer meets code and is a liability.
Old BusinessMember Louis I. shared his opinion on dues. He suggestedeliminating mailings, stating members with email can share any news with those members who don’t have it. After much discussion among the members present about various options, Art G. made a motion to raise 2023 dues to $15.00. This was seconded by Mike K. and the motion carried.The Jacobetti Home for Veterans car show is being held on July 20th from noon to 3:00 p.m. RSVP if you are able to attend to Sherry at (906)226-3576 ext 250394.The Republic Retro Days are being held August 19, 20th and 21st.
New BusinessSteve’s coupe was driven to the meeting for the first time.Now that we are no longer a member of MAFCA, the club letterhead needs changing. Webmaster Clayton J. will take care of this.Picnic cruise to Rick M. June 11th. RSVPThe 2nd Tuesday run will be to the Up North Lodge. Steve suggested we meet at the Cliffs Shaft Museum and leave at 10:00 a.m. (This has since been changed back to meeting at Al Qual and leaving at 1:00 p.m. as we did in the past.)Those coming from the east can meet us at the 480/M35 intersection. Don Giackino made a motion to donate $300.00 to the Cliffs Shaft Museum. After multiple seconds the motion carried.Meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.
Next MeetingJune 28th at the Cliffs Shaft Museum. We are invited to show up at 4:30 p.m. and take a tour of the museum ahead of our meeting
April 26, 2022
Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:01 at the Cliffs Shaft Museum with 22 members present. Nobody brought their A on the 22 degree evening with the threat of snow.
Treasurer’s ReportA treasurer’s report was given with a balances in savings and checking. A motion to accept this report was made by Dennis Sip. and seconded by Joe S.
Meeting MinutesA revision to the March Minutes was explained. Correspondence from member Ben E. had been received and discussed at the March meeting. Very good feedback. Thank you Ben. Also the Model T meet and greet at the Cliffs Shaft Museum was changed to Saturday June 25th from noon to three o’clock instead of Sunday.
CorrespondenceIt was noted that the club had received a thank you card for the donation that we had made in March to the Cliffs Shaft Museum.
Old BusinessWes H. checked into a copyright for our club logo with a lawyer friend and didn’t feel it was necessary to pursue. President Steve P. agreed. Membership to MARC as a club was revisited with new information. After discussion it was decided to rejoin MARC. Dennis Sip. made a motion for the club to pay the presidents dues to MARC annually. This was seconded by Rod S. Motion carried.
New BusinessJoe S. brought in an itinerary for this summer’s Michigamme festivities.Treasurer Jim P. brought up the cost of mailing out the 10 newsletters each year to the members who receive it “snail mail” ($10.14 each) along with membership cards (60 cents each) as necessary. Obviously, our $10 dues don’t cover these costs. The membership is asked to think about this and share your thoughts at the next meeting.President Steve P. read from the MAFFI Newsletter that they are looking for three new members to the Board of Trustees. President Steve P. also shared his concern that scheduling too many club car shows is diluting the public’s interest in the Model A.
DiscussionCameron M. is aiding in coordinating a car show at Barrel and Beam. (The old Northwoods Supper Club) If interested, it could be made an all “A” show. July 16th was mentioned for this from noon to 4:00 or 6:00. Republic is having a parade in August and invites us.Meeting adjourned at 7:38Next meeting May 31 with the location TBD
March 29, 2022
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:00 at the Cliffs Shaft Museum with 22 members in attendance. One Model A braved the weather. Nice to see it out Rod.
Treasurer’s ReportA treasurer’s report was given with amounts in the treasury.A motion to accept this report was made by Dennis Sip. and seconded by Bob S. The motion carried.
CorrespondenceBen E., a member from the Lower Peninsula, sent a letter expressing his views/ideas for the club moving forward. President Steve P. shared and discussed this letter with the membership in attendance. Many good ideas. Thank you for your input Ben.Steve received a flyer advertising a Mustang/All Ford Show on June 11thGaslight Antique is offering free catalogs.Forsyth Museum sent a note thanking us for stopping by and the donation we made.
New BusinessA recommendation was made to copyright the club logo. This will be looked into.After discussion Dick L. made a motion to keep the website. This was seconded by Paul M. and the motion carried.Wood patterns for all Model A body styles, which were made/collected by the late Frank Johnson, were donated to the club.After much discussion it was decided to drop membership in both MAFCA and MARC as a club. Floyd J. made a motion to this and it was seconded by Dennis Sip. It also was decided that, upon dropping our national affiliation, it was no longer necessary to be registered as a non profit organization with the state. This was put in the form of a motion by Wes H. and seconded by Dick L. This motion was also carried.Bill C. donated his brake arcing machine to the club and Art G. has agreed to store it. Plans will have to be made to haul this machine from Bill’s to Art’s.
DiscussionPaul W. announced that he will be having a get together at the farm once again this spring with a change to the menu. More information to follow.Steve is looking for correct speedometer parts for his coupe.The Michigamme Car Show will be July 3rd in conjunction with their centennial.Steve P. is organizing a Model T car show/meet and greet at the Cliffs Shaft Museum on Saturday June 25th from noon to 3:00
The meeting was dismissed at 7:36 p.m.
Next meeting will be April 26th with the location to be determined
February 22, 2022
January 25, 2022
TREASURER REPORTTreasurer Jim P. reported the completion of the annual audit with everything found to be in order. Jim P. gave the treasurer’s report with the total for savings and checking. This report was accepted unanimously by the membership in attendance.
CORRESPONDENCE Steve received a reminder that the donated motor and fenders have yet to be picked up.
OLD BUSINESS The “second Tuesday“ monthly rides will begin again in the spring.
NEW BUSINESS There was discussion of the fall tour being set up in conjunction with International Model A Day in September. Don G. has worked on this in the past and hopefully this can be worked out.All club officer positions are open for change. Change is necessary and encouraged to keep things fresh.
DISCUSSIONThe brake arcing tool, that Bill C. has, was brought up. What does it still need to make it right? Sam W. brought up various electrical issues and is planning on leading discussion on the subject at a future meeting.Jim and Rudy M. are working on building an AA Station Wagon (Woody) snowmobile!
Motion to adjourn by Dennis Sip. with a second by Jim Ma. Motion carried.
NEXT MEETING February 22nd with location TBD
October 26, 2021
Treasurer Jim P. gave an updated report on the club's finances. Norm J. made a motion to except this report and it was seconded by Joe S.
CORRESPONDENCE An engine and two fenders are being donated to the club but need to be picked up.“Dave” has a 1930 coupe for sale for $13,000. (906)203-1041
OLD BUSINESSA remembrance of those members and friends who have past.
NEW BUSINESSA motion was made by Floyd J. and seconded by Jim M. to donate $300.00 to the Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum.Another motion was made by Floyd J. and seconded by Wes H. to donate $100.00 to the Forsyth Museum.Wes H. suggested putting seat belts in your “A” and shared a story supporting this.
DISCUSSIONSam W., once again, led an informational discussion. This one pertaining to fuel. Keith J. was acknowledged for his article in the September/October issue of MARC’s Model “A” News. Motion to adjourn meeting by Norm J. and seconded by Dave O.
NEXT MEETINGJanuary 25th with the location to be determined
September 28, 2021
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:30 with 21 members and 10 Model A’s in attendance at the Cliffs Shaft Museum.
CORRESPONDENCE None, but Bill Y. took the opportunity to remind us of the 2022 MARC National Tour, hosted by Greg Fish, in Bark River.
DISCUSSION The “second Tuesday” run on October 12th will be to Gwinn with a visit to the Gwinn Historical Museum. Those riding from the west will meet at Al Quaal and leave at 1:00 meeting those coming from the east at the 480/M35 intersection by 1:30. We will take M35 to Gwinn. Wayne M. bought Dan O’s. Model A.Russ W. Is looking for snowmobile conversion parts for his A.Bob S. discussed the problems he is having removing his head. He is going to try the tool that Jim M. made for removing heads.
Sam W. gave an excellent presentation and led discussion on Model A lubrication. Everybody learned something. Sam is going to lead discussion on fuel at the October meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30.Next meeting October 26th with location TBD.
August 31, 2021
July 27, 2021
June 29, 2021
May 25, 2021
April 27, 2021
January, February, and March 2021 Meetings cancelled
October 27, 2020
President Steve P., at the Al Quaal Recreation Area, called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. There were 11 members and 2 Model A’s present enjoying the 20-degree evening.Steve recognized the club members and “A” friends who have past. TREASURER’S REPORTTreasurer Jim P. gave a quick run down of monies coming in and going out, and gave a final balance of $2,820.67 with $1,287.96 of this being in checking. There was a motion to except this report by Bob S. and a second by Joe S. Motion carried.
CORRESPONDENCESteve received a “Superior A’s” pen from the National Pen Co. There was some discussion on possibly purchasing enough of these to give them out at a future club function/banquet. The price is 59 cents each when buying 50 or more pens.Setting up a stamp printer for Jim P. was brought up but quickly shot down after looking at the cost.
NEW BUSINESSDon G. volunteered to plan a one or two day tour when things get somewhat back to normal. Bark River, Mi. will host the 2022 MARC National Tour.Sault Ste. Marie will be holding a “Light Parade” the last weekend in December.After discussion initiated by Super John W. at an earlier meeting, Rod S. found that Wix air filter #42036 fits in the common Air Maze air cleaner by extending the bolt. This replaceable filter is said to work very well.
Meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.
NEXT MEETING6:00 p.m. January 26th with the location to be determined
September 29, 2020
August 25, 2020
DISCUSSION Bob S. brought up the Oshkosh MARC Convention in 2021 and was wondering if there was any interest in attending as a group.Wilbur L. got his starter fixed and shared the story on what he found.Rudy M. is experiencing electrical gremlins, mainly low voltage.Steve P. is looking for help reupholstering his trunk.Motion to adjourn the meeting by Bob S. with a second by Rudy M. Motion carried.
NEXT MEETING 6:00 p.m. September 29th at Al Quaal.
July 28, 2020
June 30, 2020
March, April, and May meetings all cancelled
February 25, 2020
January 28, 2020
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. at the Cliffs Shaft Museum. There were 22 members present and lots of snow outside.
Floyd asked if anybody had any questions with the previous months minutes as written in the newsletter. There were none.
TREASURER’S REPORTThere was no treasurer’s report as Jim P. was on vacation. Floyd reported that an in house audit of the books had been done in January and that the reported numbers were right on. Great job Jim!
OLD BUSINESSBrought up last month’s motions to try to meet up with students of the WHS auto shop. More planning to do when we can get the cars out.
NEW BUSINESSSteve brought up the recent passing of member Ron B. and local Model A expert Frank J.. Jim S. announced a memorial gathering for Frank at the Lost Creek apartment complex on 6/10/2020 @ 4:00 p.m.Jim S. framed and brought in the thank you letter we received from MAFFI for our donation (in memory of Paul W.) to their AA bus restoration. Thank you Jim!
DISCUSSIONThe membership reminisced about past local car clubs. The Peninsula Pistons, U.P. Stockers and Queen City Cams brought smiles to all. Steve P. adjourned the meeting at 6:19 Thank you goes out to the Cliffs Shaft Museum for hosting our meeting.
NEXT MEETINGFebruary 25th at 6:00 p.m. with the location TBD.
P.S. The website is up and available for viewing again.
October 29, 2019
President Steve P., at the Cliffs Shaft Museum, called the meeting to order at 6:02, with 33 members present and 4 Model A’s in attendance.
After bringing up the previous meeting’s minutes and finding no opposition to them, Steve held a memorial service for the 25 members, family members, and friends of the Superior A’s that have passed since the club was formed and are recognized on the “Remembrance Page” on our web site.
THE TREASURER’S REPORTJim P. gave the outstanding balance which includes savings, checking and on hand monies. Clayton J. made a motion to accept with a second by Joe S. Motion carried. This amount is substantially lower than last month as the last of the convention money was donated to two deserving projects. Jim talked about the donations and showed a thank you letter the club received from the Model A Ford Foundation (MAFFI) for their gift. The thank you letter will be framed and passed on to the family of the late Paul W. who had been our MAFFI liaison until his passing. Jim S. volunteered to pick up a frame for this.
CORRESPONDENCEAn Ishpeming man has a hood for sale and a Calumet man has a Model A and parts for sale. See Steve for further info.
OLD BUSINESSSteve P. talked about the recent donations and the Westwood Auto Shop program. Rod S. shared that another family has followed our lead and better than matched our donation. How great is that? Keith J. volunteered to become our new MAFFI liaison. Thank you Keith. Jim S. spoke on the thank you barbecue, put on by The Pasty Crew Old Car Society (which many of the Superior A’s members gather with) for Lost Creek apartments. Jim also gave an update on Bob H’s. health and the fact that he has been moved to Norlite Nursing Home. Steve brought up that club by laws are being worked on. Clayton J. explained the legal need for them. Along with this, Dan H. (member from Wisconsin) told us about the problems that his regional Nash club is dealing with pertaining to the club’s tax status.
NEW BUSINESSRuss W. brought up inviting the WHS Auto Shop class to a meeting in the future. Wes H. brought up driving our cars to the school during school hours. Jim P. brought in pictures of the Iron River Rum Rebellion Parade to share with the membership.
Thank You to Cliffs Shaft Museum for hosting our meeting. Motion to adjourn by Floyd J. and a second by Joe S. Motion carried.
NEXT MEETINGJanuary 28th Location to be determined
September 24, 2019
THE TREASURER’S REPORTJim P. reported the monthly expenses and balances. There was a motion to accept by Joe S. with a second by Norm L. Motion carried.
CORRESPONDENCESteve received a letter from an individual selling a 1929 Model A.
OLD BUSINESSFloyd J. relayed the information from Don G. pertaining to the fall tour.
NEW BUSINESSJim P. presented the convention committee’s recommendation on how to disperse the last of the monies from the 2012 national convention. -$4500.00 to the Westwood High School auto shop program with $500.00 of this being presented by Charlene Reynolds in memory of her husband, the late Jim Reynolds -$500.00 to MAFFI to be put toward the 1931 AA passenger bus restoration in memory of our MAFFI liaison, the late Paul WilsonBob S. explained the auto shop’s need and what led to the committee’s recommendation. Art G. made a motion to accept the recommendation of the committee with a second by Dennis S. Motion carried.Bob S. made a motion to extend, for one (1) year, the proceeds of the 50/50 drawings split equally between the club and the Michigamme Museum. Dennis S. seconded this and the motion carried.The selection of a new MAFFI liaison was tabled until next meeting.
DISCUSSIONJim S. invited us to bring our cars in support of the Lost Creek appreciation/thank you barbecue being hosted by The Pasty Crew Old Car Society. This will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd at 3:00 p.m.
NEXT MEETINGOctober 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum.
August 27, 2019
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:05 at Norm J’s. garage.There were 24 members present with 9 Model A’s in the driveway. ¬¬The previous meeting’s minutes will no longer be read, unless there are questions pertaining to them, as they are printed in every newsletter.
THE TREASURER’S REPORT Jim P. gave the treasurers report with all balances. There was a motion to accept by Bob S. with a second by Dave O. Motion carried.
CORRESPONDENCESteve received invites from sponsors of car shows in Skandia and Munising. We were also invited to a bowling outing, with proceeds going to the homeless.
OLD BUSINESSA fall tour destination is being sought. Don G. has been working on options and reservations, but wasn’t in attendance to give an update. Cameron M. gave an update on the Chicago trip story and what he still needs.
NEW BUSINESSOn 8/28/20, Republic will be having a 125-year centennial and is looking for old cars for their parade. Jim M. will let us know if this includes all old cars or just Model A’s.The Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum is holding a Commemoration of Mines from noon to 5:00 p.m. on September 14th.. We are invited to attend with our cars. We are invited to a get together with the Up North Model A club at the Country Inn and Suites in Marquette on Wednesday 8/28/19 at 7:00 p.m.
DISCUSSIONGreg P. talked about his roadster project for those who weren’t in attendance at the meeting in July when he brought it. Motion to adjourn by Dave O. with a second by Norm L. Motion carried.
NEXT MEETING The last Tuesday of the month, September 24th, with the location TBD.
July 30, 2019
President Steve P. called the meeting to order at 6:09 at the Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum with 26 members present. There were 10 Model A’s in the lot including a “new”, original 1928 “Woody” and a “new” 1930 Roadster Speedster. Great new additions.
The June meeting minutes were read. Dennis Sip. made a motion to accept as read with a second by Norm L.. Motion carried.
THE TREASURER’S REPORT was given by Jim P. There was a motion to accept by Bob S. and a second by Rudy M.. Motion carried.
CORRESPONDENCEWe received a note from the Bay Cliff Health Camp thanking us for bringing our cars to share with the campers. Clayton J. gave a quick recap of our visit to Bay Cliff. Steve brought in a Mining Journal article, about the club, to share with those that hadn’t seen it. Steve received a call from Harry H. announcing a car show at the Teal Lake assisted living home on Friday, August 2. Food would be served. Steve received a reminder from the State that our annual non-profit fee is due. Stan W. invited us to consider having a car show at the Sands Speedway one Sunday.
OLD BUSINESSClub bylaws were tabled once again. Art G. talked about the ice cream social that was held at the Negaunee Historical Society and plans for next year.
NEW BUSINESSLooking for a destination for a fall tour, possibly to Eagle River, WI, and someone to set it up. The County Fair car show will be on Thursday, August 8th from 3 to 7 p.m. with the meal at 5:00 p.m. Show up when you can. Steve talked about the many contributions to the club by Paul W.
DISCUSSIONGreg P. talked about his “woods find” roadster project. Rick M. told us about the End Of The Road car show and cruise from Calumet to Copper Harbor in July. Art G. took the editor’s position and will be putting out the newsletter. Thank you Art and thank you to Diane and Stephanie for your years of service. Clayton J. talked of setting up a new website and the cost savings in doing so. It will now be a secure site. Norm L. is having clutch issues and received input from other members on the cause. There was a motion to adjourn at 7:05 by Norm J. and a second by Don G..
NEXT MEETINGThe last Tuesday of the month, August 27th with the location TBD.
June 25, 2019
President Steve Pellinen called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the Humboldt Township Hall with 23 members present. There were 11 Model A’s and 1 umbrella present.
The May meeting minutes were read. Bob S. made a motion to accept as read with a second by Norm Johnson.
THE TREASURER’S REPORT was not given.
CORRESPONDENCEThe Negaunee Male Chorus is looking for a 1930 Model A to use as their upcoming 4th of July parade entry. They will be celebrating their 90th anniversary. Brenton McAlpine (spelling?), from Menominee, is seeking help in starting his inherited Model A, which hasn’t run in 2 years. Cameron Mattson seeks volunteer club members and locations to assist in telling the Dick Hendra, Greg Lindstrom, Dick Lutey story. We received a reminder of the Standish car show. The club received acknowledgement from MARC for joining as a region. MAFFI has agreed to correct the club name on the plaque at the Gilmore Museum, which recognizes donations made to the museum. Diane Pellinen is looking to step down as editor of our newsletter ASAP for health reasons. The club is looking for someone to take over this task.
OLD BUSINESSClub bylaws were tabled until more info is gathered, then discussed for 10 minutes.
NEW BUSINESSAdding color to our newsletters was discussed but determined to be too expensive. Don Giackino gave a recap on the spring tour to Grand Marais.
DISCUSSIONFrank Oatley discussed/explained Model A carburetors, their differences, and how to repair a common leaking problem where the fuel line goes into the carb. Paul Wilson contacted a Mr. Gordon about waving the fee for old cars wanting to run in the 4th of July parade. Mike Kurian verified that this fee had been waved. The tour to Bay Cliff on July 24th leaves Marquette Tourist Park at 4;00 p.m.. RSVP to Art Gischia or Jim Penrose if you are able to attend by July 15th. This helps Bay Cliff. Motion to adjourn by Norm Johnson at 7;06
Next meeting July 29th. Location TBD
May 28, 2019
Old BusinessThe club is to form a committee to talk over and come up with a recommendation on how to dole out our remaining convention monies. This recommendation will be presented to the club for discussion and approval at an upcoming meeting.
Steve gave an update on Cameron Mattson’s film project.
An update was given on the spring tour to Grand Marais. Don Giakino brought a sign up list and maps.
New BusinessSteve brought up club bylaws. We are looking for more examples of other clubs’ bylaws before setting our own.
Our web editor, Clayton Johns, brought up the $142.50 web fees coming due this year. After some discussion, Jim Penrose recommended sending in the two year membership to save a little money. Rudy Mosca made a motion to this with a second by Rick McKay. Motion carried.
Clayton is also looking for pictures of young kids, grand kids, great grand kids, etc. with our Model A’s to be featured on the web site.
There was some discussion on member only access to parts of the web site.
DiscussionHarry Hannula shared Model A chat on facebook. Rick McKay talked on proper strapping of Model A’s and T’s, when trailering, to avoid damaging the wishbone. Rod Sweidel has a rhythmic ticking in his speedometer. Many members came up with recommendations for Rod to try. Clayton shared stories from the Model A Roundup in Muskegon. Bill Carlson mentioned a get together of mining groups from other areas meeting at the Cliffs Shaft Museum on June 6th. Could some of us bring our cars around 6:00 p.m. to share?
Motion to adjourn by Rudy Mosca and seconded by Bill Yardley.
Next meeting June 25th at the Humboldt Township hall.