WELCOME TO THE CADILLAC & LASALLE CLUB, INC.
The Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc. (CLC) is an international organization of over 7,000 members with 18,000+ collectible automobiles built by Cadillac. The Club provides activities and services for enthusiasts of all Cadillacs, from the single cylinder models to the exotic V-16's. Membership is open to persons anywhere in the world and ownership of a Cadillac is not required.
Who we are
The Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc. (CLC) was founded in Detroit in 1958. We are the largest active international organization for Cadillac enthusiasts, with almost 50 domestic regions, 18 international affiliate clubs, and eleven chapters that focus on special interests such as LaSalles, '41 Cadillacs, Allantés, Broughams, etc.
We were initially founded to encourage enthusiasts to maintain, preserve, and restore collectible Cadillacs and LaSalles built from 1902-1942. Now the CLC recognizes all vehicles built by Cadillac. We promote the development, collection, publication and exchange of helpful information pertaining to our cars. We also promote social fellowship for club members.
Keep CLC heritage alive
Seventy-three degrees, sunny, and not a cloud in the sky.
The board of directors picked the warmest location in the continental United States at the time for our winter board meeting. It was a welcome respite from the feet of snow and bitter cold the majority of us were experiencing this winter. The Club thanks Sandi and Phil Terry, our hosts, and the Sonoran Desert Region for a great event.
There were no issues I would consider major decided at the meeting. This means the Club is running well, and continues to strive for better, new and innovative services for our members. Our membership remains over 7,000 and is fairly steady, at a time many other clubs are losing members or struggling to maintain membership.
Several items of interest were presented at the meeting. Vice President of Information Technology Dave Rubin announced that the Club will be looking into providing an Internet-based electronic membership directory. The IT Committee will provide a short survey for Club members to complete on this subject. The purpose of this survey will be to discover how the current International Membership Directory is being used and how an Internet version of it can best be designed.
This is an important survey, and I hope all members will take a moment to fill it out. The survey is anonymous and will be available on the Club’s website from April 1–20.
If you are not computer-savvy, please ask a friend or family member to complete it on your behalf. I will remind you again about this next month!
Our Judging Certification program is under way, and we need both seasoned and rookie judges to participate. You may want to refresh your memory with the article describing it on page 20 of the April 2013 issue of The Self-Starter.
Four levels of judges have been instituted: Apprentice, Judge, Senior Judge and Master Judge. Any member can achieve the various levels based on things such as CLC judging experience, the information on the CLC judges’ questionnaire, knowledge and other judging experience. The Judging Manual, Questionnaire and Experience forms may be downloaded from the Club’s website, or may be requested from Chief Judge Carl Steig or the CLC Office.
The PDF of the Judging Manual may be downloaded to your tablet or smartphone, too. The Club’s judging video will be available on YouTube soon.
I personally am most excited about the progress of our museum’s building at Gilmore in Hickory Corners, Mich. Pictures of the daily progress may be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. $250,000 was raised last year, and that is our goal this year. If you are among the members who have not contributed yet, I am hopeful the reality of our own museum being completed this summer will motivate you to do so now. If you have contributed, thank you!
The museum will keep our Cadillac and LaSalle heritage alive for generations to come. This year’s National Driving Tour, hosted by my Indiana Region, will terminate at our museum, with the Grand Opening planned on Sept. 28.