I've overseen the new web site, and so decided I could be the first to blog. Here goes.
I've been a member since 2013. Weren't many of us back then: hadn't been any leadership or events for years. A call went out, Jon, Danny, Maria, and I put our hands up. We did manage one event at H. F. Pfaff one Saturday. A couple of years later, I ended up on the National board. That motivated me to start trying things and boy did I. I think emailed or texted Paul Truess, the new Executive Director, at least once a week. I went to every event I heard about. Membership started to grow. I started talking with Dealers and some were interested. So on and so forth.
No leadership, no events, no web site, no mailing list, and about 30 members. Today, 10+ leaders, events this summer almost every other week, and more. Over 400 members and still growing strong. The Western Canada chapter has been reborn and I've made some good friends who are restarting the Michigan chapter. I'm happy to be able to go to an event now and relax. My wife is looking forward to me getting back to the house renovations that went on hold two years ago.
The Club is great and getting better. The National Board is absolutely committed to providing value to all members. Administratively, they are adopting best practices and striving to be responsive and transparent. Audi Canada is talking to us. Other clubs are seeking us out. Sunny days ahead.
I want to thank you. You, for making my life journey of the last couple of years so fulfilling and fun. I've learned a lot, met many, and been pleased to contribute. I'm, going to finish my blog with an ask.
Please, get involved. Go to an event. Use the web site. Post something on social media. Do business with our Pros. Help out. Give input and feedback to the leadership. It is your club. Vorsprung durch Zugehörigkeit - Advancement through Membership.
JGV April 2019
I’ve always had a love for cars as a kid, but my true passion for them came later in life. Euro cars would always catch my eye and it wasn’t till 2015 that I finally got back into a “car”! Let me explain a bit, prior to getting married everything I owned was fast from my Honda 2 stroke CC500 dirt bike, my Skeeter bass boat and my 1970 AMX. Enter marriage like everyone else we need a place to call home so sell the toys and buy a house. Then the kids arrive and the minivan, then the minivan, then the SUV you get the picture.
Back to 2015 purchase my first Euro car a 2015 Passat TDI, a year later I purchase a 1991 G60 Corrado to restore (still an ongoing project). Then come diesel gate and I take the buyback. The plan was to purchase an Audi TTRS but no luck finding one that was reasonably priced and low kilometres. Still needing a ride found a 1998 GTI VR6 in excellent shape in Quebec City but original a BC car. But that urge for something fast is still very much alive.
Two days before Christmas of 2017 I’m at the airport heading home from work and I find a 2012 TTRS Black Panther with all the options and only 24,000kms sitting at an Audi dealership in Moncton NB. On the 27th of December, I’m on a plane heading to Moncton, to my surprise when I land I can see the Audi dealership from the airport windows.
It’s the first and only time the car had seen any snow while driving it home 1,100kms. Needless to say the car is an absolute blast to drive. I’ve been slowly tweaking it so I can track it and I’m glad to say that this year it will finally be hitting the track. So hopefully we’ll see you out there at one of our track days!
Jacques Landry - May 25th, 2019
I'm the Social Media/Communication Director