More than 70 people attended the annual meeting of the Antique and Classic Boat Society on September 13th in Port Huron, Michigan. The first part of the day, the Chapter Roundtable, included two topics, Youth Boat Building Programs, and the future of the International Boat Show. Lou Ronca (Sunnyland Chapter), Mark Svoboda (Blackhawk Chapter), Winfred Ginter (Lake Hopatcong Chapter), and Ed Fairchild (Water Wonderland Chapter) presented information about their Youth Boat Building programs.

Kirk Smith, Boat Show Chair and Jeff Funk, Chair of the Judging Committee, led a discussion on the future of the boat show and the judging system.

This year’s annual membership meeting was an opportunity to update the members on the recent changes in governance based on the recommendations from the Committee on Growth and Services (COGS). President Rich Lepping spoke about the process which took nearly 3 years to re-engineer the structure of organization. Dan Gyoerkoe, Executive Director talked specifically about operations and positioning the organization for growth.

Committee reports followed then the floor was open for questions from ACBS members. Meeting minutes and committee reports are available through

After the meeting was adjourned, Rich Lepping led a new board member orientation. ACBS is happy to welcome Scott Mason from Lake Tapps, WA (Pacific Northwest Chapter), Rob Cassell from Canyon Country, CA (Southern California Chapter), and Stephanie Ryan from Cross Junction, VA (Chesapeake Bay Chapter). Stephanie replaced Jack Lynett as the legal counsel for ACBS.

The board members and staff gave a heartfelt thank you to Jack Lynett for 19 years of service as legal counsel for ACBS.

Rich Lepping gives his final report as President of ACBS.

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