THE GOAT CONNECTION
- #10 Monthly
newsletter of the GOLDEN GATE GOATS
October - 2004
Wednesday, October 6th
Englander Sports Pub
GOOD GUYS 2005
OMIGODITSGOOD! Recipe Corner
Greetings Everyone,Last weekend's weather certainly makes us aware that summer is about out of here.
Hope those of you that went to Cherries had a great time.
Good news on Good Guys for next year:
Several members have volunteered to be event coordinators. It would be nice to
get a few more people involved, this is a BIG job. We will be discussing this at
our next meeting. I am very happy that GGG will be able to continue hosting this
event. Thank You.
Looking forward to October, on the 6th we have our next club meeting at The
Englander in San Leandro. Among the topics we will be discussing; GGuys 2005,
voting results pertaining to the NEW GTO being GGG eligible, a date and location
for our Jan 05 meeting and our event choosing process for 2005. Several members
have shown interest in participating in the Wednesday Night Drags at Infineon
Raceway. We will plan some dates for 2005. The next 3 meetings are all very
important and define what we will be doing next year. October meeting in San
Leandro, November meeting in Redwood City, no meeting in December and we will
decide the date and location for the January, 2005, meeting on October 6th. The
Englander seems to work well, we should consider it for a possible January
meeting location. Please plan to be there…………….
On Saturday October 16th, we will have our Fall Picnic hosted by The
Sanderson’s and The Blake’s. See this newsletter for information. This is always
a very well attended event, kindly RSVP as requested so your event coordinators
know who will be coming and can plan accordingly.
This covers everything for now………........
See ya in the Fast lane;
GOLDEN GATE GOATS EVENT PICTURES
have a picture hosting site that has lots of event pictures. These can be
downloaded to your own computer or you can order pictures directly from the
site. Pictures can be viewed at:
Car of the Month article assignments
This is your opportunity to share your GTO story with the club members.
Send your articles to Jim Lent @ email@example.com or snail mail to Jim Lent, 118 Iris Court, Hercules CA 94547.
Articles, with at least three pictures, should be sent to:
118 Iris Court
Hercules, CA 94547
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GOLDEN GATE GOATS EMAIL LIST
The GGGOATS frequently uses an email list to get out information
about events that may not have been available when the newsletter went to press.
This has proved very useful and, if you have an email account,
you might want to join the list. Sometimes people change their email accounts
and forget to let us know. If you would like to join or rejoin the list then
please send me an email with your correct email address.
Please send additions or
corrections to: email@example.com
CHANGES, MISSPELLINGS, ETC.
IF WE HAVEN'T GOT YOUR INFORMATION MIXED UP YET, JUST GIVE US
TIME. WE ARE WORKING AS FAST AS WE CAN.
Please contact Jim Lent with any name, address, phone number
or vehicle corrections or changes. (510) 799-6096.
SNAIL MAIL: Jim Lent
118 Iris Court
Hercules, CA 94547
GOOD GUYS 2005
Good Guys June 2005 Show Event Coordinators Requirements
These are the areas that we need to cover in performing our hosting duties for
the Good Guys All American get-together. We have given each position a brief
description along with some personal observations. This was put together
primarily by Jim Lent with input from John Mekisich.
Head Coordinator and Scheduler
This person acts as the liason between Golden Gate Goats and Good Guys. You are
ultimately responsible for everything pertaining to our hosting club duties,
before during and after the show. This person gathers information from all
members that sign up to participate, tracks it and forwards it to GGuys
approximately 3 weeks prior to the show. GGuys typically have shows going on all
over the country and your contact may be tough to get a hold of. Be relentless
in your attempts to contact them. Then follow up to be sure they received what
you sent. ASSUME NOTHING. We typically have sign up sheets at our meetings,
however a lot of e mail correspondence between members and yourself is required
as members will both e mail and call you. You are responsible for ordering event
T’s as well. Prior to the show, GGuys will send you their coverage requirements
for the show. The last several years, they have requested far more coverage than
we typically provide. As a result of this, I have had to negotiate this area
each of those years. Once this is agreed upon, you are responsible for setting
up the work schedules for each day to insure adequate coverage, photocopy and
distributing it to our group each morning at our rendezvous point. Your real
challenge will come at the show dealing with no shows, members not reporting for
their work assignments, etc. It is your responsibility to make any and all
adjustments that may be required to insure the proper head count each hour. A
good analogy to this would be performing as a juggler. Through it all, keep in
mind that this is THEIR show and it is OUR privilege to host it. Work through
any challenges that may arise. GGG has earned a lot of respect from GGuys over
the last eight years and they want us to be their host club.
The areas of coverage are typically not physically defined until the Friday
prior to the show. You will need to meet with GGuys and walk the show along with
the rest of your team members Friday afternoon. THIS IS MANDATORY, ABSOLUTELY NO
This lead position will need to be performed by a single person or couple for
both days. At the show you will need to constantly be in contact with your other
team members and monitor all of our areas of responsibility to make sure
everything is being handled properly. The buck stops with you. Your focus at the
show needs to be on performing your responsibilities, you will not have a lot of
time for much else, I assure you.
Gate Assignment Coordinator
Meets with GGuys Friday afternoon to determine exactly where members will be
stationed and what their duties will be at the various gate locations. Friday
afternoon is also the time when the golf carts are collected and parked at the
museum area to allow for quick start each morning. (We found that two smaller
carts, as opposed to one larger one, allowed for much better delivery and
flexibility in 2004).
Responsibilities include delivering club workers from the host club area to the
gates from 6 a.m. to noon on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday is typically a
much calmer day as there are less participants and they arrive at a slower pace.
Naturally two carts would require that at least two people volunteer for this
position. These coordinators need to work closely with the Head Scheduler to
address any lapses in coverage as they occur. This position requires your
constant attention from the minute we enter the fairgrounds until the end of our
coverage. Any issues that arrive must be communicated to the Head Scheduler to
pass on to GGuys as they occur.
These persons as we mentioned, need to walk the show with GGuys on Friday
afternoon being sure that their directions are completely understood. Trying to
figure this out on Saturday morning would result is absolute chaos. It would be
possible for groups to only work Saturday or Sunday, but the Saturday group
would need to meet with GGuys on Friday afternoon. THIS MEETING IS MANDATORY,
ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS. The Sunday group will need to meet with the Saturday
coordinators on SATURDAY to see where each gate is physically located, review
placement of people etc. The Sunday coordinators should plan on spending
whatever time is necessary to be up to speed. The only exception would be to
attend Friday afternoons meeting, otherwise anyone planning on attending the
show Sunday only SHOULD NOT volunteer for this position. Sorry, it just won’t
T Shirt Coordinator
Arranges to physically pick up the shirts for club members that have volunteered
soon enough in advance. Responsible for separating, bagging and labeling so
members can pick them up at the show each day. Jim Lent has handled this in
years past and will continue in this role.
Specialty Areas Coordinator
Meets with GGuys Friday afternoon to determine exactly where the 5 to 6
specialty areas will be located, where members are to be stationed and what
their responsibilities will be. GGuys may still be putting their plan together
so please be patient. Coordinators responsibilities include making sure that
club members are directed to their work areas from 6 a.m. until noon on
Saturday. This person(s) needs to verify that the proper cars are being allowed
to park in these designated areas as well as to monitor how quickly they fill
up. Be prepared to make any changes GGuys may require communicating this with
the Head Scheduler. Issues will arise sometimes requiring GGuys to get involved.
Sunday’s duties are much different however every bit as demanding. We are to
have members assigned to the Winners Circle from 6 until noon, to check in award
winners from Saturday ( verify correct paperwork ) and get them parked correctly
on the front lawn area. Be prepared for GGuys to ask you at the very last minute
for coverage until 2p.m. It is very important that these cars are lined up in
straight rows with adequate spacing. Easier said than done. GGuys are very
concerned that this area presents itself well and will let you know if something
is amiss. Be forewarned, some of these owners can display some major attitude if
you ask them to move their car, park closer to the next car etc. Be aware that
the radical cars in attendance typically are award winners. Asking an owner to
re locate a 3000 horsepower blown alcohol car can be a very interesting ( loud ?
) experience. Concentrate on row alignment from the start, verify it with GGuys
and we are good to go. Saturdays coordinators must meet with GGuys on Friday
afternoon. THIS MEETING IS MANDATORY, ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS ARE ALLOWED. Once
again, trying to figure this out at 5:30 on Saturday morning will result in
chaos. Sundays duties could be handled by someone coming Sunday only as there
would be adequate time to meet with the Head Scheduler first thing that morning.
Responsible for purchasing, delivery and preparation of all required supplies
for our club sponsored lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Those two sentences
say a lot, this requires a ton of work. Coordinator(s) should have access to
several coolers and be prepared to keep food cool, shop AGAIN Saturday night for
Sunday, etc. Our group can put away a serious amount of food.
These are the coordinator positions required to host this show. Yes, they are
somewhat involved, however our club gets tremendous recognition for the job we
do. Folks often ask “ Where are all the GTOs at the other shows’’ Hosting this
show the past eight years has had a huge effect on our ability to consistently
grow our membership. John Mekisich, Jim Lent and John Phillips have been your
team of coordinators for eight years and they all agree that Eight Is Indeed
In addition to having members participate as volunteers, we are asking that some
of you step up your level of participation to include Sunday. Sunday has been
historically challenging to handle as so many folks volunteer for Saturday only.
We fully understand that it is physically demanding to be at the show by 5:30
two mornings in a row and that you have many many many other things to do. This
is our Flagship Event, one weekend of the year, scheduled well in advance. Our
duties on Sunday are smaller in scope, however we typically have less than half
as many people show up than on Saturday with multiple no shows. We can use help
on Sunday all the way through the end of the show, so if you come on Sunday,
please plan on sticking around.
Teamwork is the key to making this show come together as planned. The entire
coordinator team must accept total responsibility for their areas and
communicate with their other team members as required throughout the weekend.
This requires a pro active hands on approach to planning and problem solving.
The show will most certainly go on, however you truly need to be at your best.
All volunteers will be required to attend any meetings scheduled for event
planning. THIS WILL BE MANDATORY, NO EXCEPTIONS ALLOWED. If any of you that have
volunteered have any second thoughts or concerns after reading this, please
contact us immediately.
Comments from your Prez.
As many of you know, 2005 will be the first year that we have had a change in
the event coordinator team for this event. Jim Lent, John Phillips and myself
will work with you to bring you up to speed with your areas of responsibility.
We are confident that our new team will do a splendid job. This is a major
undertaking, no two ways about it. At the conclusion of last years show in
saying goodbye and thanking them for this opportunity, I mentioned to GGuys
Event Director Harry Daviess that we would have a new team of coordinators for
2005. I gave him my personal assurance that we will be up to the task and I am
confident that we will. The bottom line is that I am ultimately responsible to
both GGG and GGuys. If any of our event coordinator volunteers for any reason
are unable to or simply not willing to meet our expectations, I will have no
other choice but to dismiss you. I will then have the task of making the
required changes to put us back on course.
Thanks for listening;
P.S. I have promised the GGuys that we would let them know, by Nov. 1, whether
we would continue as the host club. So, we need those willing to volunteer as
coordinators to inform us before then in order to confirm our decision.
Annual Golden Gate Goats Club Picnic - Oct. 16th at Del Valle East Bay Regional
Park in Livermore
Please bring family and friends (children most welcome) to the GGGoat's Annual
Picnic at Livermore Valley's beautiful Del Valle Regional Park on Oct. 16th,
2004. There will be lot's of family activities and loads of fun! Lay on the
beach, swim in the lake, take a paddle boat out, hike through the hills, go on
the wine cruise, catch some fish, try your hand at horse shoes, toss a Frisbee,
help your kids build a kite (simple kite kits will be provided) and fly it
(assuming we have sufficient winds), or just laze around and enjoy the fabulous
scenery in the beautiful surroundings. Their will be plenty of parking right
next to the picnic area so feel free to bring your car.
Del Valle is one of the East Bay's hidden jewels with a beach area for swimming,
rental boats, plenty of campsites if you want to camp, and beautiful scenery and
nature to enjoy. Located just a few miles South of Livermore in the surrounding
hills and minutes from all the Livermore Valley Wineries
http://www.livermorewine.com . There are plenty of local Hotels if you wish
to stay over -
Or golf locally at the Championship Poppy Ridge or Wente Golf Courses.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 925-455-4702, no later than
Oct. 8th, 2004 with how many people (adults & children) you'll be bringing.
Location: Del Valle East Bay Regional Park -http://www.norcalfishing.com/delvalle.html
Date: Oct. 16, 2004
Time: 10:30 AM till park closes (5 PM)
Eat: Around Noon
Raffle: Details provided at event
Livermore Wine Cruise: Approx. 2 PM (optional) - we're going to try and get some
What a nice rain we had yesterday. All of a sudden fall is near.
Here is a recipe to help ease you into the fall spirit.
Hope you enjoy.
Spicy Pumpkin Bread:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. finely chopped orange zest
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup pumpkin puree
Optional...add 1/2 cup of mini choc. chips, or toasted chopped walnuts, or if
walnuts added additional 1/2 cup raisins or currants. Can add
chopped candied Australian Ginger.
3/4 cup water
Zest of 1 orange
2 Tbs. finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Have all the ingredients at room temperature. Position a rack in the lower third
of an oven and preheat to 350°F. Grease a pumpkin loaf pan.
To make the bread, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt,
ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large bowl beat together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and
orange zest on medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs
and pumpkin puree and beat until incorporated another 2 to 3 minutes. Using a
rubber spatula, fold in the flour mixture in two additions just until smooth.
(if adding nuts, chips, raisins and or ginger add these with the last addition
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the top springs back when
touched and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55
minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together
the water, orange zest and ginger. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 3
minutes. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a glass measuring
Pour 1/2 cup of the orange-ginger mixture into a clean small saucepan (discard
the remaining mixture). Whisk in the granulated sugar. Bring to
a simmer over medium heat and cook, uncovered, for 2 minutes to thicken
Tap the loaf pan gently on a work surface to loosen the bread. Set the rack over
a sheet of waxed paper, invert the pan onto the rack and lift
off the pan. Turn the loaf over and, using a pastry brush, brush it with the
warm glaze. Let cool completely or serve slightly warm.
Welcome to these new members who have joined thethis month.
Golden Gate Goats
We look forward to meeting you at our club events.
|Mike & Glenda Meighan
|Mike & Stephanie Sherman
||Holoubkov, Czech Republic