A Message from the President
Barler, 2016 President
Well, here we are; it's February and a
new year and a new president for
W.S.S.C. are now in place. Yep; it's me
Miles, and both Nora and I are looking
forward to a fabulous year for W.S.S.C.,
the Roaring ‘57', and the award-winning
"Team ‘57" competition drivers.
Nora and I started off the year with a
fabulous opportunity. We were able to
go to Pasadena, CA and spend three days helping to decorate
the Rose Parade float for the Shriner's Hospitals for
Children. It was an absolutely fantastic experience. We both
have newfound respect and great admiration for the people
who made every one of the 42 floats in the parade
possible. Flowers from Thailand, Hawaii, Chile, Peru, and a
dozen other places graced the floats. Two floats, Miracle-
Gro® and the students of Cal Poly Tech University used
materials which were 100% California grown. The students
from Cal Poly were also the only group to design, fabricate,
construct, and completely decorate their float by themselves.
Their crew was made up of over 100 students from two
different campuses. More about this fantastic experience later.
As the Past President's Ball is tomorrow, we will be looking
forward to seeing everyone. This is a wonderful event and it is
a true honor to preside over the event this year as president. I
will be pleased to present the "Man of the Year" trophy to our
Baby Past President, Shawn Fizer. Shawn did a great job as
president in 2015. I hope I can carry on the tradition
established by Shawn and all those presidents who went
before him and continue to help W.S.S.C. grow and prosper.
Part of the effort to grow our membership will be directed at
the spring and fall Shrine ceremonials where we will be giving
"A Ticket to Ride" to each of the new nobles to take a spin in
one of our ‘57s. I will also be calling each of those new nobles
after the ceremony to invite them to join us for dinner at one
of our monthly meetings.
Parades will be starting in a couple of weeks, with the Forest
Park parade. We are going to book as many parades as we
can. The 4th of July weekend will be an exciting one; with the
extra long weekend there will be plenty of opportunities to
parade. We spent some serious cash getting the parade truck in
good running order and the trailer is in for work now. We will
be ready to go for a great parade season. The Frosty and
Friends Parade in Westmont will be here before we know it.
Speaking of fall, the award-winning "Team ‘57,” will be
headed to Indianapolis in September to defend our 1st place
performance. Anyone interested in joining us please let our
team manager, Chuck "The Clutch" Graening, or myself know
as soon as possible. I'm sure "Clutch" will want to start
practice for a new routine soon. Medinah has already released
hotel reservation information.
Well, that's it for now. Looking forward to seeing all of you at
as many of our events as you can make; the more the merrier.
President “Miles of Smiles” Barler