As your newly-elected president, I am thrilled beyond measure and a little daunted by the big shoes of past presidents that I have to fill. It was only ten years ago that my husband, Scott, and I attended our first CJC meeting. It was the holiday weekend in Charleston, SC where we received a warm welcome. Friendships began that weekend still remain intact today. One couple in particular, Frank and Joan Zamaroni, encouraged us beyond just attending the monthly meetings. Frank counseled Scott in the finer points of preparing our Jaguar for shows and Joan prepped me for the position of club secretary. Then Jerry Tester and Phyllis Watts encouraged me to run for VP-Events. Any success I had in these positions was due to members’ help and counsel throughout the years. Now it’s 2017 and things have never been better! Jaguar sales are up 92% over 2015. Jaguar announced entry in the futuristic Formula E world championship with the race car named the I-TYPE 1. Panasonic and Lear Corporation are on board as major sponsors. Who doesn’t love to save money? JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) special offers – discounts – are now available online at www.jlrprivateoffer.com. After you register, you’ll see the offers available. The most recent offer was $5,000 off a new 2016 XJ if ordered by January 3. The 2017 calendar year kicks off with our membership orientation meeting on February 4th at the Starmount Forest Country Club, 1 Sam Snead Drive, Greensboro, NC. At this meeting, we will discuss the CJC meetings and events for 2017. If you are new to CJC and want to learn more about membership benefits, this is the meeting to come and ask questions. Once again, a big ‘thank you’ to Mimi Morton who has done all of the work on this meeting. I look forward to a year filled with new and old friends, events, car shows, road trips, and very short meetings.