[DeTomaso] Fun Rally 2018
marshallgsmith at sbcglobal.net
Tue Dec 19 14:19:32 EST 2017
I don't believe this is destined to be "....another crappy little cat fight".
Michael Shortt tried to change POCA and eliminate the secrecy and poor treatment of its members. Unfortunately, Michael had an 'edge' about him and he became the greater of two evils.
Ed also has tried to change POCA and has done a wonderful job making POCA a better organization with his new website and social media efforts which has truly put the organization and the Pantera on the map. And this year's Fun Rally was one of the best yet thanks to Ed. Unfortunately, POCA treated him as it has many of its members so rather than threaten, Ed has moved on.
Ed's new club is great for the Pantera and its owners! It will offer more activities with an emphasis on having fun. It is also a new attitude in general. Unfortunately, it is on the West Coast where 'all' Fun Rallys have been. Hopefully, Ed's efforts will spill to the East Coast with more activities for the Pantera and its peeps.
POCA should embrace Ed's new club as an extension of an organization that exists to further the enthusiasm and knowledge of the Pantera and organize more reachable activities for its owners.
Hopefully POCA won't try to make it a cat fight but it seems it is always the one in the soiled litter and trying to stay right there.
On Sat, 12/16/17, Dave Londry <davel at emspace.com> wrote:
Subject: Re: [DeTomaso] Fun Rally 2018
To: detomaso at server.detomasolist.com
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11:59 AM
Accompanied by image of Michael
S. laughing his head off as we wind up
another crappy little catfight.
11:50 AM, Stephen Nelson wrote:
> All of
this seems sad and stupid. I think I will go work on my
Daytona and pretend I don't care that the Board seems to
have little interest in the rank and file. Hmmm - felt
that way before with a POCA board. Hmmm.
> From: DeTomaso [mailto:detomaso-bounces at server.detomasolist.com]
On Behalf Of Laurie Ferrari via DeTomaso
> Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 10:52
> To: edducati at mac.com;
detomaso at detomasolist.com
> Subject: [DeTomaso] Fun Rally 2018
Well.... in light of all this, of which I honestly am not
overly surprised, having been on the Board... but..... I
think it would be of interest to know who actually supplied
the research behind the post you quote. Doesn't seem
like Gerry would mistake facts in such a way. Kind of
leaves little doubt that there is a faction that is
attempting to control decisions with little, if any, regard
to what the membership has voted upon. All who attended know
how actually beautiful the Monterey event was and how
excellent, the Hyatt Regency. Also, if, as you say,
Monterey was a much larger revenue producer for the Club,
then it's even more difficult to understand the
change. It'd be of interest to know who on our Board
is getting pointers from the FBI?
would also like to question WHY the phone number that
enables members to listen to meetings as part of the move
for transparency... has an access code listed on the POCA
Website that was not valid, at last attempt.
> Yours truly,
> The POCA BOD decided
to go to Las Vegas because we did not have anyone that could
facilitate the event in Monterey. The D'Orazios cannot
attend May 16-June 3 and Josette runs the store and is in
Charge of membership registration. No-One volunteered to run
the event. We were ready to vote on Monterey if anyone
volunteered to do so....No-One came forward. ......the
alternative was Las Vegas at the Orleans / new Boutique
hotel with dates that we all could attend and host. The
proposal was voted on that said Las Vegas in 2018 and
Monterey in 2019.
> We are still
negotiating with two Las Vegas Hotels.....details
> Las Vegas will feature an
event at SpeedVegas, Antique Auto Museum tour , Car Show and
> Respectfully trying to
get the word out.
> Gerry Romack
> I was asked at the banquet at the last Fun
Rally if I would do Monterey again, I said yes absolutely,
so I was making plans to make an even better event, only to
find out that actions were being taken to go to Las Vegas
despite all of my efforts to go forward with Monterey. I was
elected by the POCA board to be the Fun Rally Committee and
as such it was evident to me that Las Vegas would not be a
viable option. Despite my disagreement with ever going back
to Las Vegas plans were being made without my involvement
what so ever. In addition, Monterey was being looked at by
John Tomlin of PCNC without my involvement, I also found
this out after the fact. It became clear that I was not
wanted as the Fun Rally Committee and my opinions did not
matter any longer. This is why 1 month ago I stepped down
from as Fun Rally Committee Chairman.
I was 100% completely ready to do another Monterey, and have
always let the board know this. As a matter of fact, the
POCA survey that was put out; Monterey was the number 1
choice. The excuses that the SCCA could not give us the
track event in writing is hog wash, the SCCA event has been
held that same weekend for the last 5 years and my contact
at SCCA told me last July that it would be the same weekend
in 2018. I told the board this information. Monterey kept
getting put off so we lost the big ballroom at the Hyatt,
but the hotel gave me an alternate that could have worked, I
actually drove up to Monterey 6 weeks ago and had a look. So
I was ready to go and things were stalled as Vegas was being
> So saying that no one stepped forward or
volunteered to do Monterey again if completely false.
I am wondering why is it that every successful Fun Rally the
people that are asked to volunteer their time to do an epic
event never want to do it again, hence ask Gil Mares about
Phoenix, ask Marshall Smith about San Diego. Gil actually
quit POCA and SDP will never do another event.
After the board vote to go back to Las Vegas on Dec. 8th, I
decided to step down as Public Relations Director from the
POCA board and for the sake of the DeTomaso community I was
going to do Monterey again in 2018. I stepped down because
it would have been seen as a conflict of interest It was
not a spiteful act, it is for the further enrichment of the
marque and the people that stand behind it, it is why I
chose Forza DeTomaso - The Force behind the Marque.
I just want to be clear about this because the above
statement is really insulting.
> Kind regards,
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