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from a recent email from the CT AROC chapter:

The July issue of Veloce Espresso will be mailed soon, (real soon, now) but here's an advanced notice of upcoming events.
July 19th is the Third Thursday meeting for officers and anyone interested in attending, quaffing a few and "fine dining". It will be held at "Gabriele Ristorante", 326 Boston Post Road, Orange, next to (behind?) the world famous Christmas Tree Shop. So if the meeting's dull -- go shopping. The festivities start officially at 7:00 PM. We'll talk; we'll plan; we'll have a drink; we'll plot; we'll scheme; we'll eat. What more could you ask for?

On Sunday the 22nd, we'll gather at Laurel Diner in Southbury at 8:00 AM, eat the country's best corned beef hash and/or home fries (according to Gourmet Magazine AND me), and thus fortified we'll caravan to route 7 and the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market. There'll be hundreds of vendors and and lots of good things to haggle over.
The Laurel Diner is on Main Street South between exits 14 nad 15 off I-84. Across the street is the town's memorial and the former library where additional parking is available.
Hope to see you.

Contact: [email protected]
 

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CT events sound great... didn't realize there was an active CT chapter of AROC. How does one get on the e-mail distribution list?
 

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I would contact Randy at the email address in the first post - you can join AROC and they will assign you to the Connecticut chapter unless you request otherwise.

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from a recent email from the CT AROC chapter:

The July issue of Veloce Espresso will be mailed soon, (real soon, now) but here's an advanced notice of upcoming events.
July 19th is the Third Thursday meeting for officers and anyone interested in attending, quaffing a few and "fine dining". It will be held at "Gabriele Ristorante", 326 Boston Post Road, Orange, next to (behind?) the world famous Christmas Tree Shop. So if the meeting's dull -- go shopping. The festivities start officially at 7:00 PM. We'll talk; we'll plan; we'll have a drink; we'll plot; we'll scheme; we'll eat. What more could you ask for?

On Sunday the 22nd, we'll gather at Laurel Diner in Southbury at 8:00 AM, eat the country's best corned beef hash and/or home fries (according to Gourmet Magazine AND me), and thus fortified we'll caravan to route 7 and the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market. There'll be hundreds of vendors and and lots of good things to haggle over.
The Laurel Diner is on Main Street South between exits 14 nad 15 off I-84. Across the street is the town's memorial and the former library where additional parking is available.
Hope to see you.

Contact: [email protected]
Mmmm, corned beef hash. I'm in! Been looking for some CT events, since AONE things mostly seem to be around Boston.

-Rob
 

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My wife and I just moved from Long Island to Litchfield, CT, and I've been trying to find information about the CT chapter, but it has not been easy.
 

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My wife and I just moved from Long Island to Litchfield, CT, and I've been trying to find information about the CT chapter, but it has not been easy.
Welcome to the neighborhood! I live on the West side of Torrington, just a few miles from the Litchfield green. Nice collection of Alfas you're bringing to town.

When I joined AROC, I affiliated with the New England chapter, because it seemed like they were more active than the Connecticut chapter, but since all the events are 2+ hours away, I'm not sure that made any difference.

Maybe we'll see more CT Alfisti drawn out onto the open in this thread.

-Rob
 

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It would be nice to see some of the 26 or so CT members of the BB at some time or another.

As luck would have it, I won't be around for the "hash & home fries" meet.
 

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Hey Fred (lowmileage), I move to CT to get away from you and you track me down (just kidding).

Next time you feel like exercising your gorgeous GTV drive on up and I'll show you my heated four-car garage.
 

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I think this calls for an organized drive:). I used to live in Litchfield (Morris, more precisely) and some of the roads in that part of the state are perfect Alfa territory.
 

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I think this calls for an organized drive:). I used to live in Litchfield (Morris, more precisely) and some of the roads in that part of the state are perfect Alfa territory.
Do you still live nearby, MLC? I've been in Torrington for 3 years since moving back from Colorado (I'm from CT originally, but East of the river), but most activities take me towards Hartford, so I haven't gotten to know the roads around here that well.

I'm willing to help organize a get-together (drive-together?) if I can get some guidance on a route.
 

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Do you still live nearby, MLC? I've been in Torrington for 3 years since moving back from Colorado (I'm from CT originally, but East of the river), but most activities take me towards Hartford, so I haven't gotten to know the roads around here that well.

I'm willing to help organize a get-together (drive-together?) if I can get some guidance on a route.
East of the River huh? I live southeast of Hartford now.

IMO, the following guidelines should be followed when planning one of these drives:

1. Pick a destination. Usually an interesting place to stop and have lunch and chat.

2. Find a route that has as many sharp turns and as few stops as possible. Even if this means criss-crossing a more direct route on your way toward the destination. No one minds since the idea is to have a fun drive rather than finding the quickest way to the destination.

3. Avoid populated areas as much as possible.

From Litchfield, one could go West toward Lake Waramaug and Hopkins Vinyard. I might even go Morris, Lakeside, Washington Depot, and then New Preston. Another option would be to go Northwest towards Cornwall, and then turn Southwest, stopping in Kent for lunch (I always liked the Bulls Bridge Inn).

Part of the fun will be getting into your spider and experimenting with different routes:) If you organize a drive and give enough notice, I'll definitely be there.

Michael.
 

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Litchfield county run

I have a rally route that runs from Naugatuck out through Litchfield County and could be set to end somewhere out there that we would like to gather to eat. Pretty route with low amounts of traffic and no unpaved (although I love unpaved roads). It was put together last summer as a very straightforward component to an SCCA event for people who do not regularly compete in rallies. Litchfield county is definitely the best area of the state for this sort of fun.

I live in South Windsor and have been quite active with the AONE crowd.

Mark Ziburis

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I would contact Randy at the email address in the first post - you can join AROC and they will assign you to the Connecticut chapter unless you request otherwise.

Paul
ASFAIK, AROC does not assign anyone to any particular chapter, you must specify the the chapter or chapters that you wish to join or affiliate with and pay the appropriate yearly dues in addition to the AROC annual dues. If assigning everyone to a chapter that did not pay local chapter dues or specify a specific chapter there is one chapter, that I know of, that would have a huge population since they do not charge additional dues on top of the AROC annual dues.

When I joined AROC the membership form listed all the chapters and their annual dues so you knew how much to add to your national AROC dues. That appears to no longer be the case, the form only asks if you wish to associate with a local chapter and which one. I tried both Detroit and AONE to see if I could find the form with the complete listing. No luck. What I did discover is that the links on both local chapter sites take you to the AROC "closed" store page. Any link off the AROC site other than the home page where you click "Join" also takes you to the "closed" store site. Kind of hard to join with help like that.

You're better off printing off the form and mailing it after you call and ask for the information that is missing to tell you how much money to send. Kind of a frustrating way to attract new members.
 

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Cheryl,

It is my impression one can currently affiliate with as many chapters as they wish providing they pay $15 per additional chapter. My move from Long Island to Connecticut coincided with renewal of my AROC membership, and I sent in a check for $30 more than the normal dues and requested that I retain my affiliation with NYAROC while additionally affiliating with AONE and CT. Yesterday I received both the AONE and CT news letters, so it seems to have worked.
 

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Cheryl,

It is my impression one can currently affiliate with as many chapters as they wish providing they pay $15 per additional chapter. My move from Long Island to Connecticut coincided with renewal of my AROC membership, and I sent in a check for $30 more than the normal dues and requested that I retain my affiliation with NYAROC while additionally affiliating with AONE and CT. Yesterday I received both the AONE and CT news letters, so it seems to have worked.
It's quite possible AROC may have changed their procedure on how they charge for chapter dues; however I wouldn't think that the "new" open board would want to dictate to local chapters what they were required to charge per year in local dues. You have always been allowed to associate with as many chapters as you wanted to as long as you paid the local chapter dues that were established by the individual local chapters. Incidentally, that's one way that board members are elected out of another chapter when they have too many representatives from their "preferred" current chapter on the board. I know of one situation now that falls in that category, and it is perfectly legal as is running by petition to get more than two people on the board from a chapter. It just looks like they're not from the same chapter because they have an affiliation with an additional chapter that they were nominated from or ran by petition from.

AFAIK, it's always been up to the local chapter to determine what they wanted to charge. If you go to the AONE website, http://www.velocissima.com/, and click on "Join" you will see that you owe $65; $60 to National AROC and an additional $5 to AONE; so just off hand I'd say you overpaid or donated an additional $10 to AONE. I don't know about the New York chapter's due schedule. I'm sure AONE will appreciate your additional $10, providing the funds find their way to AONE. The chapter I belong to charges no additional dues over the regular national AROC dues, so it would be kind of foolish for me to send AROC an additional $15 that may not be funneled back to my local chapter. I'd be better off donating the $15 directly to my chapter.
 

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Whether I overpaid or donated, it is a bargain either way. The original intent of this thread was CT chapter activities.
 

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Whether I overpaid or donated, it is a bargain either way. The original intent of this thread was CT chapter activities.
I agree, I didn't post the original comment that I responded to. In retrospect, maybe, I should have posted "Your comment is off-topic as well as informationally incorrect, start a new thread as my response;" but that doesn't sound very polite to me nor does it address the incorrect information that was posted. Or I could have just left it as is and ignored that it was incorrect.

Back to Connecticut events....I thought belonging to the Connecticut chapter and how to join it, was possibly, included under that heading; apparently, not.
 

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I have a rally route that runs from Naugatuck out through Litchfield County and could be set to end somewhere out there that we would like to gather to eat. Pretty route with low amounts of traffic and no unpaved (although I love unpaved roads). It was put together last summer as a very straightforward component to an SCCA event for people who do not regularly compete in rallies. Litchfield county is definitely the best area of the state for this sort of fun.

I live in South Windsor and have been quite active with the AONE crowd.

Mark Ziburis
Thanks, Mark. Since I'm new at this, I like the idea of using an already established route for my first attempt. That way, all I have to do is pick a place for lunch, and do a little shopping for a post-drive feed at my place. I'll send you a PM with my email address, so we can talk about the route details off-line.

Michael (MLC), thanks for your advice on planning a route. Whenever I have a chance, I drive around and test out various routes, so I hope I'm making progress on that front. I like the ideas you're throwing out, and if anyone else listening has favorite roads or stops in the area, let's hear them.

I'm thinking of using Mark's route later this Summer, and then hopefully I can put something of my own together for early Fall.

I plan on attending the event starting in Southbury this Sunday, and I look forward to meeting whoever else can make it.

-Rob
 
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