April 2003 BSDC Newsletter
By Roger Higgins, Jr.
Happy Spring from the Black Swamp Driving Club. It has
finally made it! I think we were all wondering if Spring would come or not.
The Driving Club held its business meeting on March the 9th, 2003 in Findlay,
Ohio. The meeting was opened by President Roger Higgins SR.. The
treasurers report was given by Angie Hohenbrink and the secretaries report by
Sandy Young, both reports were approved.
Roger Higgins Sr. asked Joe Bell and Gary Gillfillan
to chair the committee for the Annual Meeting in November. They accepted and
so did the wives. They were in favor in trying as many different places as
they could, Ann and Connie had no objections in that! When it comes to eating,
everyone is in favor of that.
Mark Newman will chair the committee to organize the
nominations for next year. The question was asked about any new drives,
no one had anything to add at this time. There is one update reported, the
Higgins/ Emmons drive will be help on June 7th instead of June 14th. There are
still some drives that are pending, so if you have submitted a drive, please
try to firm up the plans and let us know. Directions will be given when the
list is complete.
It was reported that the Findlay University sent out
a notice about the virus that was effecting horses in the area. The good news
is that the quarantine has been lifted. It seems somewhat certain it is under
control. The members still should use caution. Some of the members were
wondering about the outing in Lexington, Ky. Once a year there are five clubs
that gather at the Kentucky Horse Park in June. This year the Carriage
Association of America is having their conference there, which caused our
outing to be rescheduled. We haven't heard of any new dates on this yet. I
will report them once I get the information.
An update was given on club member Gerald Rasey.
Gerald is home recovering from surgery. Get Well soon Gerald, the club misses
seeing you and Marilyn.
We have a member who had a mishap on the ice, Linda
Spears fell and broke her ankle and is having surgery to correct the
break. Best wishes goes out to her as well.
Roger Murray gave a report on the CAA conference in
Lexington, Kentucky. Roger is on the board of directors of the CAA.
He reported that this year there will be several horse farm tours given. This
is an opportunity to see the famous horse farms that is not usually open to
the public. The Kentucky Horse Park offers miles of driving area, but they
have added 1000 more acres for driving for the conference. This is one
event you will not want to miss. If you have any other questions of if you
need additional information, contact Roger or Sue Murray.
Joe and Ann Bell took a trip to Florida attending the
Ocala Draft Horse Show and the Florida State Fair. We now know that
Florida was COLD! They stated that a stop was made at the Gloria Austin Farm.
There were alot of coaches and vehicles there, it is worth a stop to see it.
We had a great presentation from Roger and Sue
Murray about their driving experience through Europe. Their trip lasted 12
days which included driving lessons as well. A video and slide show was given.
This was an excellent presentation. It wasn't all a leisure trip, there were
several situations they encountered along the way that were quite demanding. I
can't cover everything that was presented, but I do know it was enjoyed by all
the members. Excellent job Roger and Sue!
This is all I have for this month. The
next meeting will be April the 6th from 2-4 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran
Church, in Findlay, Ohio. Direction: From Rt. 224, go West over I-75 to
the first light (N. Ridge Rd.). There is a Cracker Barrel Restaurant on
the corner. Turn right and go to the end of the street, the church is on the
right. Please bring snacks and goodies, punch and coffee is provided.
Everyone is welcome to attend, come and