Greetings from your 2021 President, Nancy Atkinson.  While you have not heard from the board for a few months we have been holding virtual monthly board meetings.  I have been experiencing computer and email difficulties the first part of the year but seem to have everything ironed out.

I would like to catch you up and introduce your officers and board.  The 2021 officers are:  Nancy Atkinson, President; Gary Page, Vice President; Vesta Scott-Carter, Secretary; Lois Robinson, Treasurer; and Gary Page Membership.  Your board members are Ron Baker, Bob Doran, Ron Foster, Corey Graham, Mike Hunsley, Rob Ogden, and Jeff Schonbrun.  If at any time you would like to participate in a board meeting let me know and we can arrange for that to happen.  We encourage club members to participate in Mustangs Northwest activities to help keep the vitality of club healthy.

The board and officers have kept attune to the ever-changing pandemic conditions.  While there is positive progress in getting the vaccines administered, it remains a terribly slow process to get this Covid-19 slowed and stopped especially with the variants popping up now.  While the state of Washington is in phase three, this phase would not allow us to hold a show as it limits outdoor gatherings to <50 people.  We are following the phase guidelines set by the state of Washington.  This means we will not be holding the Spring Into Summer at Remlinger this May.  The board has also decided that since there is still so much uncertainty regarding these phases and the movement in and out of the phases at any time that we will not be holding a 2021 Round Up.  You may or may not realize that the Round Up committee begins planning, contacting sponsors, creating artwork, etc. in October.  Yes, it takes time to organize and plan a quality show.  Also, if we had begun planning last October, committed cash for these plans and had the phases reversed on us we could have lost that cash which we are not ready to realize a loss at this time.  The board would be devastated if we held a show and discovered that someone came down with Covid because of participating in our show.  We do not like this anymore than you.

We do want to keep you engaged and make available to you the opportunity to participate in some cruises since phase three allows for more activities and spring is here.  We have decided to create some cruise opportunities, get them organized and ready to put in place the minute we see a good weather window.  While it is preferrable to bring out the Mustangs, it is not mandatory.  And when we say cruise, we mean cruising together in a group and staying in a group.  Some of my greatest memories is cruising to shows with a group of Mustangs.  It is so much fun when we can enjoy the experience by staying together.  Some of the ideas we are thinking about are a cruise to Remlinger (since they have been so good in allowing us to hold our SIS in their parking lot) and have lunch there; a cruise to the new museum in Enumclaw, the Thunderdome; cruise to Marymoor Park in Redmond for a picnic; cruise to the tulip fields; Snohomish to Monroe is a nice back road for a cruise; Woodinville to Duvall back road is a nice run for a cruise; and a cruise to the Maltby food bank to make a donation and possibly eat at the Maltby Cafe.  If you are thinking of a route, we welcome your thoughts.  Please let us know we would love to hear from you.  The board is working on creating routes and complete the plan for each cruise.  When we see a weekend without rain and hopefully some sun, we will send out an eblast to let you know that we will be cruising, the date and time and meeting place.  It is our hope that you feel you can participate in these cruises.  Since we will be gathering outside, we hope to have warmer weather for these cruises.

The board is still working on a new venue for Round Up.   We are looking at North Seattle College.  Since everything has been closed it has been difficult making contacts.  We hope to be in contact with the right people this next month.  I have asked for a committee to help with this search.  If you would like to join in this project, please contact us.

Last year we sent out a survey.  We received about 20 responses.  That represents about 20% of the membership.  I will be sending out the results in the April message.  Then we will be sending out another survey in hopes for more participation.  We are trying to get your input so that we can develop plans around that input to make this club more enjoyable for you.

We also hope to begin the in person general meetings as soon as we enter phase four.  Get those Mustangs shined up and ready for cruising!

Nancy Atkinson
President, Mustangs Northwest

Written by MustangAdmin