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The American Motors Club of Alberta

"Dedicated to Preservation and Restoration since 1994"

Here is a look back at the first five years of our Club and some of the significant events in our formative years.

It all started with a meeting that was convened with a core group of AMC enthusiasts on September 13, 1994, at the Edmonton Inn on Kingsway. 17 people attended that meeting and all agreed on the formation of a club for AMC fans.

It was decided that the club would not be a branch of another club, that it would be an independent and separate club, and that it would be Alberta based. The object of the Club, as Ken Ames put it in the first (October, '94) issue of the Newsletter, would be to "raise the profile of AMCs as worth automobiles, and to have fun".

It was also decided by unanimous vote that the Club would be open to anyone who owns any AMC car, or one of the cars of its predecessor companies — Nash, Hudson, Jeffries, etc. The Club also decided on its name — The AMCA — The American Motors Club of Alberta.

Meetings were to be once a month on the second Tuesday and were to be held at the Edmonton Inn. The 2nd meeting in October further defined the Club, and November's meeting saw elections and appointments to Club Directors: Rick Johnson as President, Peter Hill as Vice-President, John Crowe as Secretary-Treasurer, Glenn Rickerd as Events Coordinator  , Blair Supple as Public Relations/ Advertising, and Ken Ames as Newsletter Publisher.

As of the December meeting the Club counted 16 paid annual fees (at agreed $25). In April we published the Club by-laws in the Newsletter, and in May 1995, the AMCA was registered with the Province of Alberta as a non-profit club under the "Societies Act". Also in May the Club participated in the first of many "Show & Shines", and showed off six of our AMC vehicles.

In June the Club got out in force to "Autoganza" in Edmonton at Churchill Square. Nine of the AMC cars were on display and this event really made a splash, and contributed to two new members.

In September we celebrated our first anniversary and decided to celebrate with a Club gathering at the Reynolds Museum in Wetaskiwin where we cut into a birthday cake. This was, I believe, a very successful first year with Club events such as "Show & Shines", a rally in Victoria Park, a Charity car wash, and members cars featured in the "Memories" section of the [Edmonton} Journal and Sun newspapers. All this contributed to awareness of the AMCA and helped us attract new members and interest in the Club

Year 2

We have now grown to over thirty members in spite of losing some to transfers and the like. This is faster progress than many anticipated given the youth of the Club and the demographics involved with the small base of AMC owners

Ken Ames has listed our Club on the 'AMXFILES' website on the Internet. As a number of us own computers, we share the myriad of AMC information published on the 'Net. Club meetings are well attended and members share in the excellent information available on parts and technical tips. An enthusiastic "core" group develops that is always in attendance.

We have now attracted members from far and wide. Beyond Edmonton our membership extends to Calgary, Jasper, Rimbey, Lacombe, and even into Saskatchewan.

Annual elections are held in March '96 for the Club Directors. John Crowe is elected President, Rick Johnson as Vice President, Bob Wright as Treasurer, Peter Hill as Secretary, Blair remains as Events Coordinator Ken Ames as Newsletter Publisher.

Spring '96 comes with the AMCA co-sponsoring a May Show and Shine with Mel & Lee at London Drugs in St. Albert. The Club displays 8 cars and proudly hoists up its new Club Banner. In June we are invited to the 1st annual "Ramblin' in the Rockies".

This is to become a signature annual event as members gather from around the province in Jasper, Alberta, as guests of members Gerry and Heather Warrenchuk at the fabulous Pallisades. In the following years we stay the whole weekend in these ranch-style buildings located against the mountains of Jasper National Park. a bar-b-que, tours of the area, and a dip in the hot pools contribute to a great timne for all.

The summer of '96 sees the AMCA at more "Show and Shines" and our banner on display. By October we now have an AMCA lapel pin as well as a Club window decal for all members. In addition Rick Johnson is maintaining a photo alblum which displays pictures of member's cars taken at Club events'

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