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    I am running for Director at Large of CTCI and I wanted everyone here to know. I have sent this letter to the CTCI membership. If you can help it would be appreciated.


    I acquired my first Thunderbird in 1965 and joined CTCI in 1966. My membership has enabled me to learn a lot about the cars and make lots of wonderful friends while owning a number of the classics. Spending 31 years in Engineering and Production with Ford Motor Company Assembly Division at the Lorain Assembly Plant, I bragged that I built seventythree Thunderbirds per hour. For a year I was at the Dearborn Assembly Plant building Mustangs.


    • There have been many Thunderbirds over the years, and while nothing can replace the 1955-1957 “little birds” the ’55-’57 and ’02-’05 models are the only ones that were designed and built as two-seat roadsters. They share a common heritage and I believe they belong in the same club, if only for this.

    • So strongly do I believe in including the ’02-‘05 Thunderbirds in CTCI; that at the International Convention in 2018 in Knoxville I made a motion that the By-laws be amended to recognize these cars. The motion passed overwhelmingly and in May 2019 the entire membership got to vote. While the results failed to reach the required 2/3 of those voting to amend the By-Laws, 61% indicated they also agreed.

    • A lot of retro owners are interested in joining CTCI and are just waiting to be welcomed as new members to our club. This is a great source of new, younger members.

    • I am amazed that our club spends so much money on a building in California and puts up with all the legal entanglements that come with doing business there. I support the sale of the building and the move of the corporation out of California.

    • I recently visited the Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan and noticed how many major car clubs have found a way to house their memorabilia there. I believe that this might be an opportunity for CTCI and should be investigated.

    • Our present board is moving forward by changing Regionals focusing on more sightseeing, socializing and driving, similar to the Mockingbird Run put on by the Knoxville club, which attracts participants from as far away as Iowa and Florida. I helped with one of these three day "Runs" and over 75 cars were involved. This is the way to grow a club: participation involving members doing fun things. I pledge to continue this trend if elected. International conventions should continue as is for now, but to increase membership and involvement, we must encourage local meets that involve sightseeing and driving.

    I look forward to serving on the board of this great club and thank you for your vote.

    Ron McCloud, CTCI #1056
    02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. #165 - 21 states-DC
    02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-28 states-DC
    03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
    03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
    04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white - 20 states-DC
    04 Merlot- Merlot htp-sand- B. Grassnig-48 states-DC
    04 TR-TR htp-blk 20 states-DC
    04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 16 states-DC
    05 Cashmere htp-stone #408 21 states-DC
    05 Dusk Rose-DR htp-cashmere seats - 48&DC
    05 IG-IG htp-p/white #82
    - 48&DC

  • #2
    Originally posted by 4LOWBIRDS+7 View Post
    I am running for Director at Large of CTCI and I wanted everyone here to know. I have sent this letter to the CTCI membership. If you can help it would be appreciated.


    I acquired my first Thunderbird in 1965 and joined CTCI in 1966. My membership has enabled me to learn a lot about the cars and make lots of wonderful friends while owning a number of the classics. Spending 31 years in Engineering and Production with Ford Motor Company Assembly Division at the Lorain Assembly Plant, I bragged that I built seventythree Thunderbirds per hour. For a year I was at the Dearborn Assembly Plant building Mustangs.


    • There have been many Thunderbirds over the years, and while nothing can replace the 1955-1957 “little birds” the ’55-’57 and ’02-’05 models are the only ones that were designed and built as two-seat roadsters. They share a common heritage and I believe they belong in the same club, if only for this.

    • So strongly do I believe in including the ’02-‘05 Thunderbirds in CTCI; that at the International Convention in 2018 in Knoxville I made a motion that the By-laws be amended to recognize these cars. The motion passed overwhelmingly and in May 2019 the entire membership got to vote. While the results failed to reach the required 2/3 of those voting to amend the By-Laws, 61% indicated they also agreed.

    • A lot of retro owners are interested in joining CTCI and are just waiting to be welcomed as new members to our club. This is a great source of new, younger members.

    • I am amazed that our club spends so much money on a building in California and puts up with all the legal entanglements that come with doing business there. I support the sale of the building and the move of the corporation out of California.

    • I recently visited the Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan and noticed how many major car clubs have found a way to house their memorabilia there. I believe that this might be an opportunity for CTCI and should be investigated.

    • Our present board is moving forward by changing Regionals focusing on more sightseeing, socializing and driving, similar to the Mockingbird Run put on by the Knoxville club, which attracts participants from as far away as Iowa and Florida. I helped with one of these three day "Runs" and over 75 cars were involved. This is the way to grow a club: participation involving members doing fun things. I pledge to continue this trend if elected. International conventions should continue as is for now, but to increase membership and involvement, we must encourage local meets that involve sightseeing and driving.

    I look forward to serving on the board of this great club and thank you for your vote.

    Ron McCloud, CTCI #1056
    Ron, I voted for you today! Good Luck!
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    • #3
      When is the election?

      Can you join without a 55-57?

      Are new members eligible to vote immediately?

      See where I’m headed?
      .

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      • #4
        Voted for you today, Ron. I sure hope you get it.
        I favor things like driving tours but would only attend with my 2004 (better riding, more reliable, and A/C).

        I wanted to vote for retro inclusion in 2019 but never got a ballot. Found out that they had a wrong email address for me, which I subsequently corrected.



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        • #5
          Originally posted by 007Cruiser View Post
          When is the election?

          Can you join without a 55-57?

          Are new members eligible to vote immediately?

          See where I’m headed?
          Election is now until Oct.15. You do not have to have a 55-57 to join, but I am not sure on the new member voting. I will ask that question.
          02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. #165 - 21 states-DC
          02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-28 states-DC
          03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
          03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
          04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white - 20 states-DC
          04 Merlot- Merlot htp-sand- B. Grassnig-48 states-DC
          04 TR-TR htp-blk 20 states-DC
          04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 16 states-DC
          05 Cashmere htp-stone #408 21 states-DC
          05 Dusk Rose-DR htp-cashmere seats - 48&DC
          05 IG-IG htp-p/white #82
          - 48&DC

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          • #6
            Originally posted by birdfan View Post
            Voted for you today, Ron. I sure hope you get it.
            I favor things like driving tours but would only attend with my 2004 (better riding, more reliable, and A/C).

            I wanted to vote for retro inclusion in 2019 but never got a ballot. Found out that they had a wrong email address for me, which I subsequently corrected.


            Thanks, I found my ballot was not coming through. I had to call headquarters.
            02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. #165 - 21 states-DC
            02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-28 states-DC
            03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
            03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
            04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white - 20 states-DC
            04 Merlot- Merlot htp-sand- B. Grassnig-48 states-DC
            04 TR-TR htp-blk 20 states-DC
            04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 16 states-DC
            05 Cashmere htp-stone #408 21 states-DC
            05 Dusk Rose-DR htp-cashmere seats - 48&DC
            05 IG-IG htp-p/white #82
            - 48&DC

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 4LOWBIRDS+7 View Post

              Thanks, I found my ballot was not coming through. I had to call headquarters.
              Could be a lot of that happening soon.......Good luck, they couldn't have a better candidate to represent the retro crowd.

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              • #8
                I voted for you today. Looking forward to you being on the board.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 4LOWBIRDS+7 View Post
                  This is a great source of new, younger members.
                  Cool! That means those of us TBN members in the 65 - 80 age group will be considered younger members....
                  Bird is the word.....
                  Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. H. L. Mencken US editor (1880 - 1956)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RustyFrye View Post

                    Cool! That means those of us TBN members in the 65 - 80 age group will be considered younger members....
                    hardly.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 11TH GEN View Post

                      Could be a lot of that happening soon.......Good luck, they couldn't have a better candidate to represent the retro crowd.
                      Thank you.
                      02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. #165 - 21 states-DC
                      02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-28 states-DC
                      03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
                      03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
                      04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white - 20 states-DC
                      04 Merlot- Merlot htp-sand- B. Grassnig-48 states-DC
                      04 TR-TR htp-blk 20 states-DC
                      04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 16 states-DC
                      05 Cashmere htp-stone #408 21 states-DC
                      05 Dusk Rose-DR htp-cashmere seats - 48&DC
                      05 IG-IG htp-p/white #82
                      - 48&DC

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 94mcd View Post
                        Ron, I voted for you today! Good Luck!
                        Thank you.
                        02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. #165 - 21 states-DC
                        02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-28 states-DC
                        03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
                        03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
                        04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white - 20 states-DC
                        04 Merlot- Merlot htp-sand- B. Grassnig-48 states-DC
                        04 TR-TR htp-blk 20 states-DC
                        04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 16 states-DC
                        05 Cashmere htp-stone #408 21 states-DC
                        05 Dusk Rose-DR htp-cashmere seats - 48&DC
                        05 IG-IG htp-p/white #82
                        - 48&DC

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rays 007 #15 View Post
                          I voted for you today. Looking forward to you being on the board.
                          Thank you.
                          02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. #165 - 21 states-DC
                          02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-28 states-DC
                          03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
                          03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
                          04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white - 20 states-DC
                          04 Merlot- Merlot htp-sand- B. Grassnig-48 states-DC
                          04 TR-TR htp-blk 20 states-DC
                          04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 16 states-DC
                          05 Cashmere htp-stone #408 21 states-DC
                          05 Dusk Rose-DR htp-cashmere seats - 48&DC
                          05 IG-IG htp-p/white #82
                          - 48&DC

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RustyFrye View Post

                            Cool! That means those of us TBN members in the 65 - 80 age group will be considered younger members....
                            Only if you join.
                            02 Nieman Marcus-SS htp-f/sil. #165 - 21 states-DC
                            02 TB-TB htp-p/blue acc.-Nancy Gioia-28 states-DC
                            03 007-Coral htp-f/white acc. #468 7 states
                            03 WW-WW htp-p/red 8 states
                            04 VMG-VMG htp-p/white - 20 states-DC
                            04 Merlot- Merlot htp-sand- B. Grassnig-48 states-DC
                            04 TR-TR htp-blk 20 states-DC
                            04 LIB-LIB htp-p/white 16 states-DC
                            05 Cashmere htp-stone #408 21 states-DC
                            05 Dusk Rose-DR htp-cashmere seats - 48&DC
                            05 IG-IG htp-p/white #82
                            - 48&DC

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                            • #15
                              I'm not a member of CTCI, Ron, so can't vote, but I know when someone's the right choice for the job, best of luck!
                              Life without passion is no life at all.
                              Sean Combs

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