It’s truly an honor to be part of the Cleveland International Film Festival. The Northern Ohio Chapter participated as a Community Partner which helped expose the club, not only locally but to the world.
Club president Bernie Golias gave a brief summary of the AACA and the purpose of the Chapter to a sold out audiences on March 24th and 25th prior to the showing of the documentary “Drive in Movie Memories”. The crowd showed an interest in the club as patrons requested additional information after the film’s viewing.
This year’s Film Festival attracted over 85,000 attendees to view over 160 full length films from 60 countries. The Festival ran from March 22 to April 1 having nine cinemas playing almost simultaneously from early morning to late in the evening. Members who participated said it was a fun experience and are looking forward to the opportunity again next year.
On March 10th the local home schoolers of Medina,Ohio asked Bernie Golias, President of the AACA Northern Ohio Chapter to present the history of Alexander Winton, aCleveland automobile pioneer and industrialist. The students were captivated by the interesting history of the automobile and its impact on the automobile industry. The many “firsts” of Mr. Winton’s that Golias spoke of seemed to intrigue the audience.
The school kids made display boards depicting some of the famous cars such as Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, Batmobile, and Herbie. Fun facts and information were also presented. “I learned a lot about Alexander Winton and how it was back then. I thought it was interesting how the car evolved over the years.” said Joey Cooper, 11 yrs old.
It’s exciting when one of our very own members achieves their goal with the help of other members. This goal had nothing to do with an engine overhaul or paint job- how’s about a $1500.00 student scholarship from AACA. Yes, James Waite achieved his goal with the help of Betty Manolio and Morrie Dannenhirsh who sponsored James in one of the AACA student scholarship programs. James received his scholarship at the annual meeting banquet held in Philadelphia on February 11.
James will be graduating from Ohio Technical College, Cleveland, Ohio this year with an Associate degree in Automobile Restorations. James said that he wanted to enhance his skills and become a small job specialist. He has four ASE certificates relating to suspensions, steering, brakes and engine repair. He’s also knowledgeable in spray painting, researching and tinting older colors.
James is especially interested in cars from the late 1920’s thru 1930’s, but also has a liking to late 1950’s and 60’s cars.
We wish James a successful career in his automotive field of interest and hope that he inspires others to take advantage of the programs that our club has to offer.