How it all began
In September 2004, Louis Johnson of Cary, N. C. and a proud owner of a 1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible, wanted to learn more about how to form a new Cadillac Region affiliated with the National Cadillac and LaSalle Club. He thought that there are many Cadillac Owners who would like to be able to talk about their cars, show their cars, and learn more about them through a network of club members who all share some of the same desires. He learned that the only Region in North Carolina was based in the Western area of the state and that was too far away to be of value to the folks Down East who wanted to be able have some of the benefits that a club can offer.
Louis contacted the President of the Cadillac and LaSalle Club to learn how to setup a new Region and was referred to our former Southeastern Regions VP, Mr. Lee Herbermann. Lee was very helpful in getting this North Carolina Eastern Region up and running and we are grateful to him for his past help and support.
In the fall of 2005, Louis met Paul Simcock of Raleigh at a car show and learned that Paul and he had the same thoughts about forming a new CLC Region and after several conversations and meetings, Louis and Paul decided there was enough interest in Eastern North Carolina to have a meeting to explore the possibilities of making this dream come true.
Paul agreed to act as President & Moderator of a meeting and Louis agreed to help get out notices and would act as a Secretary and Treasurer of such a group if it was successful. A group of Cadillac Owners and Lovers gathered at McCall’s Barbeque Restaurant in Clayton on February 25, 2006 for our Club’s first meeting and meal together.
At our first meeting, Paul Simcock was elected President, Al Felton – VP (deceased), Louis Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer (deceased), Brian Watkins – Event Planner and Ed Dougherty – Newsletter Editor.
There were 16 people at the first meeting and 11 Cadillacs & LaSalles.
The rest is history and we have continued to grow and become a CLC Region with many ideas for increasing our membership in the future. We are always accepting and looking for new members who share the Love and Heritage of the CADILLAC AND LA SALLE automobiles.
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