HISTORY OF THE WISCONSIN REGION VCCA
The year is 1970. Richard Nixon is president. The U.S. launched Apollo 13, its 3rd manned Landing Mission to the moon, women were trying to decide if they should wear mini or midi skirts and the Wisconsin Region, VCCA was formed.
But let's go back to the beginning when the Wisconsin Region was only a twinkle in Jim Maslo, our founder's eye. Jim has to be considered our founder as it was his actions that led to the formation of our Region. On October 1, 1969, Jim received an answer from Chevrolet Motor Division to his request for help restoring his 1932 Chevy pickup. They were only able to give him a picture but did give him a list of clubs available that might provide information on the "older Models."
Jim wrote to the VCCA requesting information needed to form a local region. He received a reply from Howard Smith on November 17, 1969 giving the following requirements for forming a region. A region requires at least 12 members, a resume of the officers, including ages, marital status, number of children, occupation and place of employment. He said "This was necessary to insure that only mature, responsible individuals would be representing the VCCA."
The first gathering of interested people was held on January 18, 1970, with 13 members paying dues. This started the ball rolling. Any members that joined in 1970 would be considered Charter Members. Those joining were Bob Hensel, Bob Lemminger, Fred Morris, Gene Schneider and Art Wandke. Our original Charter was dated January 19, 1970 and signed and approved by Howard Smith, Regions Coordinator, dated March 4, 1970.
The members cars were from the' 20's and 30's with one 1941 being the newest. Anything newer were considered too new. 1971 began with a January 24th meeting at which Bob Lemminger became Director, Gene Schneider was Assistant Director, Bob Hensel, Secretary/Treasurer and Lucille Wandke, our first Activities person. By September the club had added six new members. December was the first Christmas Party, complete with Santa. 1971 ended with 24 members.
In 1984 the Wisconsin Region hosted the 7th Middle West Meet. We called it "The Blue Ribbon Meet" and it was held in Oconomocwoc. This was our first adventure at hosting a Meet. Since then, we have hosted three more. In June of 1992, we hosted the 16th Middle West Meet, we called it "A Week In The Country." It was held at the Country Inn in Pewaukee. In June of 2002 we again hosted. It was the 26th Middle West Meet and called "On the Road Again." This Meet was held in Janesville. The most recent, in 2013, took place in Lake Geneva and the theme was “Meet us at the Lake.”
A lot of good times and good friends have come about since the beginning of the Wisconsin Region. Let's hope there will be many more for all of us for years to come.