Jaguar Drivers Club of North Texas

In early July of 2012 it was announced that the 2013 AGM would not be held in Mexico City. A call was soon put out from JCNA for proposals to host the AGM at an alternate site. Our treasurer, Gary Vaughan, had attended many AGMs and was intimately familiar with what would be involved. We felt that the DFW area, centrally located in the U.S. and providing several conference hotels near the airport, made it an attractive site. A meeting of the club officers was held after Gary quickly obtained proposed bids from some conference hotels. At the end of July, JDCNT submitted its proposal along with those from a few other clubs. In, early August, JDCNT learned that it would host the 2013 AGM. Gary continued to do an outstanding job of lining up and negotiating with the remaining vendors, developing schedules. And most of the club members pitched in to plan the activities and to volunteer their help in the months leading up to the meeting.
On Thursday, March 21 the board members began arriving and were treated to a sneak preview of the new Jaguar F-type at Park Place Jaguar, a local dealership. Park place also provided two beautiful new Jags, an XFR and an XJ, to be parked in the hotel portico. On Friday, the weather turned cold and rainy, even though the previous two weeks had provided lovely weather. This was no problem, since all of the events were to be held indoors, but we were disappointed that the attendees would not get to enjoy our mild spring weather in North Texas.
The 2013 Annual General Meeting was attended by 116 JCNA members, with delegates representing their respective 62 local clubs. Fifteen board members met in a board meeting on March 22 and 60 delegates attended the six hour general meeting on Saturday.
John Louden, a past club president, did an excellent job of lining up AGM sponsors. The title sponsor for the AGM was Jaguar Land Rover of North America, not only making a significant financial contribution, but also providing a brand new Jaguar F TYPE to be exhibited in the Grand Atrium, much to the delight of the attendees at the awards banquet. XK’s Unlimited, Jaguar Classic Parts, SNG Barratt and Sunair, all of whom had attractive exhibits in the registration area, were silver sponsors. Bronze sponsors included Coventry West, Hagerty Insurance, and Welsh Enterprises. Contributions to welcome bags were made by Seven Eleven Stores and Chase Bank.
On both Friday and Saturday afternoons, workshops were held in the hotel meeting rooms. It was generally standing-room-only for the highly informative presentations and related discussions. On Friday, Robert Stone from Dr. Pepper/Snapple talked about using social media as a club information source and JCNA president Dick Maury discussed planning a slalom. On Saturday afternoon Rock Browning from Mr. Jaguar discussed installing aftermarket air condition in in older Jaguars. Brian Blackwell talked about how to run a JCNA rally. Steve Kirby discussed the design and execution of club newsletters and Dave McDowell provided pointers about preparing one’s car for concourse competition.
After the workshops and between scheduled events attendees packed into the hospitality suite made friends, renew acquaintances and swap war stories over cocktails and snacks.
Cowboy Stadium Tour – On Friday afternoon, attendees were treated to a visit to Cowboy Stadium in Arlington. The stadium features the world’s largest column-free interior and was built at a cost of $ 1.2 billion. It the world’s largest high-definition video screens, stretching between the 20-yard lines, and a maximum standing-room capacity of 105,000. With its ten clubs and plethora of modern art displayed throughout the facility, it is a must-see attraction for visitors to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Unfortunately, the stadium was preparing for the regional finals of the NCAA tournament the following week, so the attendees did not get to stand on the field of play to marvel at this incredible structure.
In true Texas style, the stadium tour was followed by a ‘South of the Border” dinner. Fajitas and Enchiladas were enjoyed at a popular local country club only a few minutes from the stadium.
Side Trips - Judy Carvajal took on the responsibility of arranging tours for attendees who were not involved in the Saturday all-day AGM meeting. Fred Carvajal took a group to downtown Dallas to visit the John F Kennedy memorial and Sixth Floor Museum of the Texas School Book Depository. Another group, driven by Judy Carvajal and Judy Nichols, visited Grapevine Mills Mall, the largest outlet mall in North Texas. All of the tourists met up later to stroll the streets of historic downtown Grapevine, and to have lunch at Saltwater Willy’s.
Awards Banquet - Attendees at the awards banquet enjoyed cocktails in the Grand Atrium before dinner. A Silent Auction had been organized by Patti McClane of JOASW with items provided by members of the two local Jaguar clubs. These included art work, jewelry and miscellaneous Jaguar related paraphernalia. Virtually every item was taken home by some happy bidder.
However, the star of the cocktail hour was the all-new 2014 Jaguar F TYPE, a special preview exhibit provided by Jaguar USA. Gary Vaughan’s concourse champion E-type sat beside it, providing a striking historic contrast. Flashbulbs were popping as the guest gathered to have their pictures taken with this gorgeous new roadster in the background.
Banquet and Awards
One Hundred a Twenty plus people attended the awards banquet. Beautiful table decorations, designed around the AGM logo, were provided by Arlene Barclay. Dick Maury, JCNA president, served as the emcee for the evening’s activities. Fred Hammond from Jaguar USA talked about the current status of Jaguar and its future with the F TYPE. Ron Gaertner from the Virginia Jaguar club stimulated some enthusiasm for the upcoming JCNA Challenge Championship to be held in Richmond in June. Dennis Ekloff of The Jaguar Association of New England told the crowd about next year’s Annual General meeting to be held in Boston. Dick Maury, JCNA president, accompanied by Deanie Kennedy, then presented national awards for concourse, slalom and rally. Special awards for club websites and newsletters were also presented in several categories. Rob Thuss and Ed Avis received JCNA President’s awards and George Camp received the Andrew J.A. Whyte Service Award.
Photography for the AGM was provided by Glen Jarboe, John Louden and Teresa Ross.

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