Holiday Party at the Cooperage (Dec. 10, 2017)

The Tin Lizzies celebrated the annual holiday party on Sunday, December 10th beginning at 12:30PM.  Sharon Dominguez organized the event and we had sixty-four members and six Model T’s at the Cooperage restaurant on Lomas Blvd. in Albuquerque.  The menu included an extensive salad bar, a choice of entrees: Prime Rib au Jus, Columbian Salmon, Grilled Hawaiian Chicken, Top Sirloin & Shrimp Scampi, and a delicious selection of deserts.

After the luncheon, the Tin Lizzies president, Vaughn Rockafellow, thanked the 2017 club officers and board members for their service and handed out certificates of appreciation.   Next, Mark Dominguez, our 2016 president, swore in the 2018 Tin Lizzies of Albuquerque officers and Board of Directors.  This swearing in ceremony was decidedly “tongue-in-cheek” – humorously conducted with oaths taken on a Model T Service Manual!

President: Kirk Peterson, Vice President: Larry Azevedo, Treasurer: Marilyn Duncan, Secretary: Sharon Dominguez.

Board of Directors: Dave Ferro, Vern Willan, and Paul Duncan

Vaughn also presented the “President’s Award” to the club member who had made outstanding contributions to the club.  This year’s recipient was long-time Tin Lizzie member Linda Riel, who has tirelessly volunteered for duties as varied as hospitality, refreshment coordination, telephone duty, and newsletter editor.  Thank you and congratulations Linda!

Dr. Paul Duncan (Board of Directors member, 2017-2018) presented Dr. Larry Azevedo (current MTFCA board member and former Rosenthal Award winner) with a 1920’s-era photo of a Model T with the body of a camera in recognition of Larry’s generosity in opening his shop (approximately twice a month) to fellow club members and assisting them with their projects.  “Work Days a Larry’s Garage” are legendary, and one of the primary reasons why our MTFCA chapter is among the most active in the country!

Sharon Dominguez had composed a delightful variation on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with Model T parts substituted for the normal “Partridge in a Pear Tree, Turtle Doves, French Hens, etc.”  As per the original, it’s a cumulative song with each of the Tin Lizzie luncheon tables building on top of the previous versus.  It was a lot of fun and a great group participation activity!

At this luncheon the club collected a total of $428 for this year’s holiday donation for two previously agreed upon charities: the St Felix Pantry and CLN Kids. The festivities ended around 3PM and the consensus was the the food was terrific and everyone had a wonderful time!

Many thanks to Sharon Dominguez for organizing this delightful holiday event.