By Mike Woodward, photos by Scott Hardy
This year’s Christmas party was once again held on December 14th at Falcon Point Country Club in Katy. Mike Woodward presided over the event and handed out the annual awards.
The 2019 Driver Award went to Gordon and Angie Bard, for the most round-trip miles driven in an MG to club sponsored events. Additionally, plaques were given to previous years’ winners of the Driver Award who did not receive them at the time, including:
2011 John and Nancy Youens
2012 Ray & Mary Dee Holtzapple
2014 Gordon & Angie Bard
2015 Bob & Kim Chalker
2016 Roger & Kaye Sykes
2017 Mike & Stephanie Woodward
2018 Dwight & Candy Dawson
The twelve members who received the 500 Mile Club Award for their extensive driving of 500 miles or more this year were Bob Chalker, Nick Roccaforte, John Blum, Alex Laverock, Scott Hardy, Walter Bernard, Ron Redding, Bob Schroeder, Ken Evesson, Mike Woodward, Dwight Dawson and Gordon Bard. Well done, drivers!
The Alan Rayne Memorial Award, AKA the “Broken Crankshaft Award,” was presented by Dwight Dawson to Gordon Bard. After receiving both this year’s Driver Award and 500 Mile Club Award, Gordon appropriately pointed that “You gotta drive it to break it!”
The Ralph Diebert Award went to Jim Early for the All-British Car Show’s most popular MG marque vehicle, his 1962 MGA MK II.
In recognition of their respective outstanding leadership and service to the club, Ron Redding was awarded the Board of Director’s Award by Mike Gentry; and Dwight Dawson received the President’s Award.
Finally, the first ever Back Seat Driver’s Award was presented to much-deserving Candy Dawson for her extraordinary behind-the-scenes work throughout the year.
In addition to the awards celebration and wonderful buffet lunch, the customary silent auction and food donation took place, along with a unique and fun gift exchange. Most important of all, our members enjoyed both the spirit of Christmas and the lasting MG friendships within the club.