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Kansas City, MO
United States of America

Welcome to the Heart of America Chapter of VCOA.  We are a group of Volvo enthusiasts that reside in the heartland of America.

2015/03/07 - General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting Minutes - March 7, 2015

Location:    Quaff Bar & Grill – Bartle Hall    Kansas City, MO

Attendance:   John Eby, David Fuston, Jim Henderson, Stacey Kenyon, Lemuel Kimes, Bart Klein, Robert Lindwall, Eric Markham, Mike Newburger, Brandon and Meghan Porter, Richard and Evon Repaire, Phil Turner, Chris Wehunt, Jim Wehunt


The meeting was called to order at 11:45am and Phil Turner briefly described what awaited the club at the Greater Kansas City International Auto show following the meeting.   Volvo of Overland Park had arranged their display so as to find room for two of the club members cars among the “New Volvos” on display!  Jim Henderson’s 122s “Amazon” and Bart Klein’s P210 “Duett”.  Other makes of cars would be on display in the building but attendees were advised to “pay them no never mind!” and proceed immediately to Volvo Land.  Free admission passes were available for all in attendance - courtesy of Volvo of Overland Park.

Volvo of Overland Park continues to work towards the segregation of the Volvo dealership space with construction expected to be completed later this year.

Bart Klein, Chapter Vice President and member of the VCOA Board of Directors, gave an update from the parent organization advising that the 2015 National meeting was still under discussion with the potential for it being held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  

POST MEETING NEWS FLASH!    VCOA has formally announced the location and dates of the 2015 National Meeting and it is indeed going to be on Hilton Head Island and will run from October 30th through November 1st.  More details to come in “Rolling” magazine and on the parent organization’s web site 

Bart also discussed the VCOA Midwest Regional “Midsommar” event scheduled for June 12-14 in Hannibal, Missouri.   Host organization is the Gateway Chapter out of St. Louis and their web site has detail on the event, complete with an internet link for registration along with a phone number for reservations  at  the  official  event  hotel,  “Best Western on the River”.      You must call 573-248-1150 to receive the special room rate of $99 per night with breakfast included.  (Tip:  Don’t wait until the last minute!)

Bart also provided further information for the Club’s forthcoming “Road Trip” up to the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska on the weekend of April 18th – 19th.

The club will be convoying up from the McDonald’s located at the Platte City exit (#18) off  I-29, leaving at 9:00am Saturday.   As this is an overnight trip he encouraged interested members to RSVP to him as soon as possible ( so that tickets to the museum and dining arrangements can be made.   Contact the event hotel; Comfort Suites in Lincoln, NE (402) 325-8800 to make room reservations at the negotiated “VCOA group” discount

Phil Turner announced that the next regularly meeting will be held on the first weekend in May rather than the usual and customary second weekend.   A meeting/picnic will be held at the “English Landing” in Parkville, MO starting at 11:30am.   Burgers, Hot Dogs and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by the club, but attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite “Covered Dish/Desert” to share with the others present.  Following the picnic, members are encouraged to move – with their cars – to the Parkville Farmer’s Market parking area where the City of Parkville will be holding a “Cruise In” type car show at which Volvo’s of all vintage are welcome! 

Turner then went on to provide a summary of the remaining “planned” events for 2015 –

  •  July 11th – Regular Club Membership  meeting and participation in the Church of the Resurrection Car Show, Leawood, KS
  • September 12th  - Regular Membership Meeting and Brewery Tour!   Boulevard Brewery, Kansas City, MO
  • September 19th – 3rd Annual Mid-Missouri Meet Up with the Gateway Chapter.   Marceline, MO is the current pick for the “Mid-Missouri” location, featured attraction being the Walt Disney boyhood home museum.
  • October 10th – Svensk Hyllningsfest in Lindsborg, KS

The meeting was then thrown open to comments from the floor.    Robert Lindwall shared a recent newspaper article/movie review regarding the motion picture “Diplomacy” which is based upon the negotiations between Swedish Consul Raoul Nordling and the Nazi Governor of Paris, General Dietrich Von Choltitz in the closing months of World War II, that saved the city and it’s landmarks from being destroyed by the Germans.  Robert also provided a verbal  report on a Swedish Comic Strip that featured his father and his love for hot chocolate.  Bart Klein, Web Site “Master”, repeated his request for members to provide him photos of their cars for the Photo Gallery section of the club web site.     Phil Turner attempted to sell some of the remaining Club Logo polo shirts and assured the group that new Club Business cards would be available “soon” for use in recruiting new members.

Business, conversation, food and beverages being dispensed with, the meeting was formally adjourned at 1:00pm and a semi-organized march was made up the street to Bartle Hall.

                                                                                                        Respectfully submitted:

Phil Turner - President