Volume 22, Issue 3



THE READ CAGE NEWSLETTER Lunch was via RSVP for Subway sandwiches and they were great! The pavilion was packed with both Sunnyland and Florida Chapter folks. The girls spent all morning hawking 50/50 tickets and when his name was pulled, Harry Brown didn’t object! He stuck $94 in his pocket.

The park was so full with Florida Chapter members and Sunnyland visitors that the park ranger came around and asked everyone to

To Say Farewell

tighten up their parking. Perhaps the warm weather on Saturday was the encouraging factor in our great turnout. Whatever the rea- son, it was a wonderful weekend. Folks stayed around until the end of the day.

As a follow up to our involvement in the Scampy program I visited their workshop in Tavares the following weekend on Saturday and found the shop full of youth and their parents working on their

boats. On a rack beside the real wall were the engines we worked on carefully stored. In addition there are some ACBS members also working on their boats so the youth have the opportunity to see other types of construction and repair. It is a great program that we in the Florida Chapter AOMCI should be proud to be a part of. Congratulations to all who were at the meet and supported our guests.

Lake Shipp’s 50th Anniversary of AOMCI October 15th thru 18th National Meet Report

To bring everyone up to date. Seeing as AOMCI is celebrating the 50th anniversary of it’s formation, the Executive Council wishes to have a number of National Meets around the country, so no member has to travel very long distances to attend a celebration. So far Tomahawk , WI. and us have stepped up to the plate. New England area is still looking into a one day meet.

It was decided to use Lake Shipp as the venue and the dates will be October 15 to 18. The park has been secured with the city of Winter Haven for our use only, except the public will be able to visit our displays.

Now is the time for us to get names to jobs, if we are going to pull off this big meet in the traditions of the past Florida International Meets. Below is a basic outline of the different committees we will need. My master list is too long in details to take up the room in the newsletter. So what ever committee you would like to work on, contact me or Joe Fisher for details. Much of our work couldn’t be done without the help of Bob Walwork’s notes from the 2003 meet.

Thank you, R. C. Hawie - Co-Chair (941) 223-3860 or rch44f@icloud.com Joe Fisher - Co-Chair (321) 631-6731 or joe.fisher@fpl.com

Thursday night meet and greet Saturday banquet Park layout T-Shirts Vendors Program book Water activities Land activities

Pre-registration letter Days of registration Name tags Park layout Map of local area Race boat director Security Port-a-johns J

received word that Ernie Arena has passed away. I first met Ernie when he came to the meet in Lake Wales hosted by Tom Goepfrich several years ago. Ernie showed up with a gorgeous Wagemaker Wolverine boat and Javelin combination and pulled it with his new Mustang. It was an eye catcher to say the least!! In following years he displayed another wooden boat. His boats were all beautifully restored as well as the engines, and they set a standard for allof us. Our condolences to his family on the passing of this nice man. We will miss him at our meets.


Lake Dora Antique and Classic Boat Festival March 27-29, 2015

Florida Chapter AOMCI P.O. Box 1286 Palmetto, FL 34220