August 19, Chico
42nd Annual Chico Swap Meet
Sponsor: North Valley Unique Car Club
Info: 530-871-0950 or 530-519-8908
August 25, Palatka
Dancing in the Street Monthly Cruise In
Sponsor: Azalea City Cruisers
August 25, Urbana
ICCC Motor Muster at Urbana Sweetcorn Festival
Sponsor: Illini Collector Car Club
August 25, Southborough Cadillac Day
Sponsor: New England Region Cadillac &Lasalle Club
August 12, Albuquerque
Cruise and Picnic
Sponsor: New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter-Volvo Club of America
August 26, Syracuse
New York State Fair Car Show
Sponsor: Central New York Car Club Association
August 19, Hershey
24th Anniversary Summer Antique and Classic Car Show
Sponsor: Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Harrisburg Forest #43 Special Interest Auto Unit
If the CCOC had opportunities to raise scholarship money, I'd like us to do something on the order of the Indiana Region of the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC), which also desired "to find an opportunity to give back to our young people.
This year, that club's dream became reality as Benjamin Kasting of Ft. Wayne became the first award winner of the Indiana SAAC Merit Scholarship Program. Kasting is a chemistry and music major entering Ohio Northern University, and was recognized at the 35th Anniversary Shelby Spring Fling Banquet. For his efforts, which included an impressive high school grade-point average and outstanding essay highlighting his well-rounded skill sets, Ben will receive a $500 prize toward his freshman tuition.
The SAAC is a regional car club with membership across about a dozen states. The Spring Fling is one of the few opportunities for its members to spend time together as a whole. Last year, the Indiana SAAC discussed the idea of rewarding young talent within the group and it developed quickly into an annual Indiana SAAC Merit Scholarship open to members, their children and grandchildren who are college-bound and are directing their careers toward automotive-related fields. The award is based on academic achievement and community involvement and requires a written essay and three letters of recommendation.
The Indiana SAAC believes car clubs are a means to extend one's family. "Treat the members as such and a club will be self-sustaining for generations." This goal has certainly been reinforced by the creation of the scholarship.