Before we get started, I'd like to personally thank out Site Owner, Jeff Keacher, for coming home from work tonight, and hitting the code work to make this happen. What you see and read here is visible to ALL registered members EXCEPT big_news_1 and Hans.
DON'T SHARE OR LEAK THIS INFORMATION TO EITHER OF THESE BOZOS!
This Forum has been about people helping people for a LONG time. This was started by our founder, and has been pursued with a vengeance by the Staff and members of this forum ever since. And we have a couple cool things going on behind the scenes that we should all have the opportunity to participate in.
(ben) has long been a fantastic person and strong contributing member of this Forum. His attitude and character have impressed many. While I haven't met him personally, I have spoken on the phone with him. The impact he'* had on members have sparked some to want to help a person making a big personal and financial sacrifice to better his life. And a failing transmission is looming......so a couple members of this Forum put their heads together, and decided to do something for him. And one of them drives a Ford, not a Bonneville.
For those that need a bit more info on Ben, he'* the author of this:
The Bonneville Coxswains
Ben wrote this article with his HEART. It sums up what he feels about this Forum.
I'll leave it to others in this topic to write more about WHO Ben is and what he means to us.
Join us (along with a prominent Vendor) in trying to do something cool for Ben. His transmission needs some help, and we can help make it happen. There are others that may need help too, but this is just a new beginning. Let'* show what this Forum is capable of. More details will follow.
Hans is the potato-head that opened his doors to the cars heading to WCBF from the nether-regions. He literally made the trek possible for at least 5 members. He fed them, housed them, and made sure they had their rest. But it'* his CHARACTER and personality that draws people to him. Unlike Ben (above), I've actually met Hans. Nothing sticks to him. Insults and bad karma roll off him like melted butter off of a teflon pan. He was a class act at WCBF.
And then THIS happened:
Regardless of his positive attitude, members have come forward (privately) wanting to show their moral support for a class act.
Both of these members are good people. Among the best. I have the greatest respect and admiration for both. I see this as an opportunity to pay it forward. Let the attitude and personality of all of us reflect what this Forum is about.
At this point, I'm starting 2 new topics below this one, and leaving it to the members here to take it to the next level. MyLittleBlackBird and Harofreak00 for the effort on Ben'* behalf, and driverjohn2005 on Hans'* behalf.
To make it REALLY work, our site Treasurer, Mike1995 will be starting a post here as well in the next 24 hours with specific instructions on how to help/donate towards the benefit of both of these members.
When the time comes, and arrangements are made, don't feel badly or anything else negative if you can't afford more than $10, $20, or less or more, or don't feel it'* justified. What YOU feel is right, is what'* right for you. What YOU feel is appropriate will be respect by all.
When the time comes, and the links and instructions are up, all donations are PRIVATE and will not be shared by the Treasurer, not even with the Admins or the Site Owner. This is your choice, and purely confidential.