Sacramento Section

Section President Messages

My Fellow Sacramento MBCA Members:

Pursuant to my Oncologist's Order, I am being admitted to Sutter Hospital in Sacramento for at least a month.

Due to this Medical Emergency, I extended my resignation to our Western Regional Director and the Board of MBCA - Sacramento Section effective immediately.

Please support our new President, Mike Proctor, and the other Board Members.  

Nancy and I hope to see you at an MBCA Event in the Future.

Creighton Fong

March 21, 2019

President of Sacramento Section

Creighton Fong

To all Members:

Just a quick update:

1. Thanks to all that have submitted names of their Associate Members.  This helps me and other officers being able to greet the both of you by first names.  The only problem, which is MBCA's problem is that thee is no way to get their emails, if they wish to receive their own copy of any correspondence from National or Section, onto our club roster.  (Hopefully they will update this soon.)  If you wish to have the Associate Member's email on our roster, you will need to contact MBCO National Offfice (800) 637-2360.


2. Remember our FSD tomorrow - again, Rain or Shine:

Meeting  at Starbucks 505 Davis Street. Vacaville, CA 95688.

We will depart promptly at 10am so arrive early for tire kicking and catching up. Our drive will take us on some back roads we have traveled before but in the opposite direction than normal. The drive is just about 60 miles from the start to our finish in the little town of Winters, Ca. Here we will have a no host lunch at the restaurant of your choice. The selection includes The Putah Creek Cafe, Ocean Restaurant (Chinese), Tomats California Cuisine, Preserve Bar & Eatery, Ficelle (Mexican) and more. Bring your favorite or most reliable Mercedes and join us for some winter time wandering.

Official Lunch will be at the Putah Creek Cafe, 1 Main St Winters

If there is a big crowd the other restaurants are an option.

3. The next Board of Directors Meeting will be held this Wednesday, February 6 at the Event/Community Center at the Raley's location at 4650 Natomas Blvd., Sacramento beginning at 11:00 a.m.


All members are invited and get involved to help the Board guide our Section through 2019

I have enclosed the Agenda for your information as to what will be discussed.  If you have any comments, suggestions and cannot attend the meeting, please forward them to me or another Board Member.  The only restriction for non-Board Members is that you cannot vote for anything that requires Board approval.  Again, if you wish to volunteer to be on any committee, including heading up the committee; e.g. Social, 50th Anniversary, Holiday Party - also let us know.


If you plan to attend, please let me know as there is limitation on space.





President of Sacramento Section

Creighton Fong, President

Happy New Year to all that did not participate in Jan's FSD.  We had a great time with 8 cars and 14 members on a dry January Sunday from Granite Bay to Shingle Springs.  Remember our Feb FSD being led by Kirk Summitt along with his navigator Judy - info can be found in our Dec Capitol Star Newsletter and our Website. A followup email that will be sent closer to the date.

Speaking of FSD, John Williams will be handling our March FSD and this information will be available soon on our website along with an email followup prior to the drive.

On Wednesday, Feb 6 our Section will have its first 2019 Board Meeting.  The meeting is open to all members with an agenda that includes planning the remainder of 2019 Driving, Technical and Social Events - including our Big 50 and Holiday Celebration. 

The meeting will be held in the Event Center (Community Room) located inside Raleys on 4650 Natomas Blvd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a no-host lunch for those that want to get a sandwich, coffee/pastry or whatever is for sale there to eat/drink.

Scheduled for Sat. June 15 is a special Wine and Cheese Event for a maximum of 20 people to be held at Judd's Hill Winery in Napa.  Detailed information appears at the end of this email and reservations are now being taken for the remaining 18 spots open.

As this Section is every member's Club, I just want to update everyone on our "Not For Profit Tax Status" (Tax-Exempt) and our status with MBCA.  In conversations with the Franchise Tax Board, our Club's Tax-Exempt status was revoked in 2017 due to non filing of our organization's annual reporting for 2014 through 2016 and also 2017.  Our Treasurer, Pam and myself should be completing and filing all the remaining past due forms with any applicable penalties and/or fines in addition to reapplying for our Tax-Exempt status by the end of this month.  Our Year End 2018 forms will also be filed at that time bringing our Section completely up to date.  Pursuant to the notice that were sent in the past to our Club, we have a maximum exposure of $800 per year for Franchise Taxes - hopefully we will not have this imposed on us.  Our requirements as a MBCA Section is to have a minimum of a quarterly newsletter to members sent by mail and/or electronically and submitting a yearly report of cash flow.  Completing these requirements will result in our Section receiving our quarterly rebate, which comes from membership fees paid to MBCA,  We are now current with all reporting and our 2018 Cash Flow Report will be flied by the end of this month resulting in having received all rebates due our Section for 2018.

Speaking about MBCA and membership fees;

1. Please insure that your profile information is up to date with MBCA which maintains our Section's Membership Database.  This includes your correct address, email, phone number and optionally your Associate Member's information and your inventory of Mercedes vehicles.

2. Extra month's membership if your renewal is received by MBCA before January 31: Renew for 2 years - receive an extra month's membership; Renew for 3 years - receive two extra month's membership.  You can renew online or contact MBCA NBO for more information.

The Section has had, among other Mercedes items two banners which have not been seen for many years (and some items lost).  I asked if any member would possibly construct a collapsible stand/holder so that the banner can be transported and displayed at our Events.  Well, as a good wife, Pam volunteered her husband Urban Janssen.  Urban has now completed this project and will bring and unveil it at Feb's FSD.  Additionally, Urban not only donated his time in designing and constructing the stand, but has contributed the cost of the materials he purchased - Thanks Urban & Pam!!  (Note: It is planned that we will have on our website a voluntary picture roster of members and their car/cars with our banner as well as updating the current pictures.on our website.)

In closing, for those that did not hear, congratulations to Allen Wrenn - the winner of the 2018 MBCA Raffle - albeit, the number of entries did not meet the number required, so no new 2019 Mercedes for Allen to let everyone test drive, but he did win in lieu of the MBZ - $$$$!!

See everyone at Your Feb FSD and/or Board Meeting. 




MBCA Sacramento Section – President’s Special Event

Nancy & I belong to various wine clubs in the Napa Valley.  I was able to secure a great discount for a Private Mercedes Group “Wine and Food in Balance Seminar” to be held at Judds Hill Winery in Napa on Saturday, June 15, 2019 beginning when our caravan arrives there between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Our drive to Napa is still being planned, but will leave from Davis/Winters via the Lake Berryessa area to Napa.


Judds Hill Winery it is a boutique winery that also will be celebrating an Anniversary in 2019 – their 30th.  The Finkelstein family were previous owners of Whitehall Lane Winery, also in Napa Valley.


What is a “Wine and Food in Balance Seminar”?  It is a casual and fun seminar, led by a professional wine educator who will give you all the skills you need to confidently pair wine with your favorite foods.  By understanding the dominant features found in different wines and how they are impacted by various food flavors, a new level of food and wine pairing confidence will be achieved by every participant in this 90-minute plus wine and food flavors tasting experience.  During this seminar, five Judds Hill wines will be paired with various food selections, each different that will enhance the wine experience.  Additional wine tasting and purchase of wines at a discount will also be available to those that attend.

Tickets to this Seminar/Tasting are normally $65 per person as noted on their website, however we have arranged this Private Mercedes Group Event at a cost of $50 per member and, also $50 for one guest.  This event is limited on a first come basis to twenty (20) Sacramento Section Members and guests – actually 18 spaces as Nancy & I will be going, until March 1, 2019.  (After March 1 – this event will be opened to additional guests and other MBCA Sections and other Mercedes Clubs on space available basis.) 


Additional information about Judds Hill Winery can be found at  


To reserve your space for this Wine Experience, please complete and mail the reservation form along with a check, payable to MBCA Sacramento Section to our Treasurer:  Pamela Janssen, 326 Elliot St., Woodland, CA  95695.


(Note: If you need further information, feel free to contact me - Creighton)



MCBA Judds Hill Winery – Wine and Food in Balance Seminar


Member Name:       _______________________________________


Other Name:            _______________________________________



                                          Total Attendees ____  X $50.00 =  $______






President of Sacramento Section

Creighton Fong - President

President’s Message  – November 2018

Until such time we produce a Club Newsletter more frequent that Quarterly, a monthly President’s Message will be sent via Email and also posted on our Website.

Our Club had a very successful meeting on October 20 with our special guests and co-hosts, Steve Ross – National MBCA VP and our own Lance Taylor-Warren – Regional Director.  This hosted luncheon’s cost of $610 was offset by MBCA Regional’s subsidy of $350 resulting in a net cost to our Club of $270.

At the meeting our election of officers was held with the following members elected for 2019:

President – Creighton Fong

Vice President – Michael Proctor

Secretary – Bobbie Wiesner

Treasurer – Pamela Janssen


Additionally three members have volunteered for our Club’s very important positions:

Bill Brandt – Newsletter

Allen Wren – Historian

Anthony Funaro – Roadmaster


With the above positions being filled, the Club still needs volunteers to assume the following areas:

Director of Communications


Membership Chairman

Social Director

MBZ Dealer Liaison


(Contact me to volunteer or to obtain more information)



Upcoming Club Dates



Saturday, Nov 10              -First Annual President’s Drive/Lunch (Please see following map and

                                                detailed route directions – these are normal roads and part of either the Placer

                                                County Wine Road and/or Placer Mandarin Orange Trail).  This information is also

                                                available on our Website.  Again, we meet at Peets Coffee in Granite Bay and conclude

                                                at Kristen’s Biergarten in Rocklin.


Wednesday, Nov 14       -Membership Meeting – This meeting will principally be our Planning Meeting

for 2019.  We already got a jumpstart at the October meeting with volunteers

for some driving events, however, we still need to complete our 2019 Schedule

of Driving and other Club Activities/Events including a minimum of two dinner

venues, one for next December’s Holiday Party and another mid-year.  Each

Mercedes Club has a Planning Meeting to put together a calendar that must

be submitted to their Regional Director by year end so that the RD can schedule

and plan a Regional Event and advise other clubs in his region of their events.

If you are interested in something to do or somewhere to go – chances are at

least one other member is also interested and we can possibly make this a Club

function!  Additionally, we will need to fill out the remainder of our volunteer

positions/committees again, more than one person serving together as a

committee can fill the position – and be more fun!  So come to the meeting which will

be held in the conference room at the Mercedes of Rocklin (Von Housen Dealership)

4747 Granite Dr. in Rocklin beginning at 10:30 a.m.


                                                -Board of Directors Meeting.  Members of the Board will have a short meeting

                                                after the General Membership Meeting.  The Board will be discussing a revision

                                                to our outdated By-Laws that will have our Club conform with other MBCA Sections

                                                which will be brought to a membership vote no later than March 31, 2019. 

We will also discuss the distribution of our Newsletter – Capitol Star, planning  

additional events for our 50th Anniversary and reviewing our financial position.


Saturday, December 1   -Holiday Gala Dinner at Marriot Hotel in Rancho Cordova.  Information on

                                                Website/Newsletter.  Again, there will be a no-host bar and corkage, passed

                                                hors d’oeuvrers and hosted wine on the table with your selected entrée.  If more

                                                information is needed, please contact Bobbie Wiesner (916) 952-9171.



Update Your Membership Profile with MCBA


Associate Members – A MBCA Member is defined as an Active Member, however, a Family (Associate) Member

                                                (over 18 and residing at the same residence) can be added at no cost and have all the

                                                privileges of the Active Member.


Email and Address   – Please insure that your Email is correct as Club information will be sent to the Email on File


Mercedes Ownership – If you bought or sold your Mercedes, this information should be updated.


To make any of the above changes, or to change other areas in your profile, please contact the MBCA National Office at (800) 637-2360.















Sacramento Mercedes Club Annual President's Drive

November 10, 2018 (Arrive by 9:45 a.m. Drivers' Meet / Start Engines 10:00 a.m.)

Meeting Place - Peet's Coffee @ Quarry Pond Shopping Center, 5550 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay  (916) 783-3113

Lunch (approx Noon) - Kathrin's Biergarten  4810 Granite Dr Ste 1A,  Rocklin, California, CA 95677

(916) 251-7502 /


 Mileage Traveled




Exit Parking Lot turning right onto Douglas Blvd and get in Left Lane



Turn left onto Barton Rd. (First Stop Light)



Barton Rd. curves to the left, then at Stop Sign make right turn continue on Barton Rd.



At "T" make a slight right onto Brace Rd.



Make a left onto Horsehoe Bar Rd.



Make an immediate left to continue on Horsehoe Bar Rd. and cross over I80



Make right onto Taylor Rd.



At I80 Intersection, make a slight left onto Ophir Rd.



Make a left onto Wise Rd. (Caution - room for 1 car at stop sign to make 320 degree turn)



Make a right onto Baxter Grade Rd.



Make a left at the "T" onto Mt. Vernon Rd.



Make a right onto Mt. Pleasant Rd.



Make a right onto Big Ben Rd.



Make a right at the "T" onto McCourtney Rd.



Make a left onto Camp Far West Rd.



Make a right onto Riosa Rd.



Make a left onto Sheridan-Lincoln Blvd. (Used to be Highway 65 - before the "Bypass")



Make a left onto West Wise Rd.



Make a right onto Garden Bar Rd.



At "T" make a left onto Fruitvale Rd.



Make a right onto Fowler Rd.



At "T" make a right onto Highway 193



At stop sign, make a left onto Sierra College Blvd.



Make a right onto Granite Dr.



Wave to Von Housen MBZ of Rocklin Dealership on the left



Make a right into Parking Lot  - Park your MBZ along wall at end of lot - Pictures!!









President of Sacramento Section

Creighton Fong, President

To: My Fellow Members

Since the beginning of the year, there has been an absence of Section information to our members through all means of communication; our Newsletter, our Website and Emails.  Additionally, our Section has had only one 2018 Event which was held in January that was reported in The Star.  This is changing immediately with this issue of our Newsletter and announcement of Events scheduled for the remainder of the year.

Our Section’s Newsletter should be our most important means of communication between the Board and the Section’s Membership.  It is anticipated that additional Section announcements and information will soon be available on our Website and communicated to members through Email.

For this Newsletter,  I want introduce the current Board.;  I’m Creighton Fong and with Nancy, my wife, have been members of the Sacramento Section for the last seven years and previously members of the San Francisco Section.  My past involvement with Car Clubs and Classic Cars has been as President of the Jaguar Clubs in both San Francisco and Sacramento, a docent for the Blackhawk Auto Museum and involvement in many Car related events.  In past Section driving events, we have driven our ML500, SLK350 or C230.  I became your President in September upon the vacancy of the President’s office.

Our Section’s Treasurer is Don Wiesner who has been a Member of our section since 2013.  Previously an owner of a SL550, his wife, Bobbie, now has the only Mercedes in their family – a GLC350.   Don joined the Board as our Treasurer at the beginning of the year.

Additionally, our Region has a new Regional Director, Lance Taylor-Warren.   Lance has been a member of our Section since 2009 along with being a member of the Reno Section in the past.  (Lance also served as Regional Director in 2011.)  He currently resides in Reno with his wife, Lori, and their C300. 

By now, each of you should have received in the mail an invitation from Lance regarding a Hosted Luncheon on October 20.  If you have not received the invitation, please contact Lance (775-722-3274 or [email protected]).  The Club Pheasant restaurant will have a no-host bar available.  This hosted luncheon will be jointly funded by our Section’s Treasury, and in part subsidized with funds from MBCA. 

The luncheon will begin with an introduction of Steve Ross, VP MBCA and possibly others from the MBCA National Board, Lance will continue and make a short presentation relating to MBCA, Section Clubs – their operations and the importance of being active by participating in Club events and involved in the operations of the Club.  Comments and Questions/Answers will follow as time permits before lunch being served.

After lunch, our Director of Elections, Bill Brandt, will then introduce the candidates he has received nominations for our 2019 Board positions and will then accept nominations from the floor.  We do need volunteers to step up and become candidates for these four positions of leadership within our Section.  Any member can nominate themselves or nominate another member, however, please confirm with that person that they accept the nomination.  Thanks Bill for spearheading our election process.

The following Officers are our Section’s elected Officers: 

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer

Following is our Election Timetable:

Up to October 19 – Nominations for our 2019 Board received by our Director of Elections

                                    Please either email Bill ([email protected]) or by mail with all nominations

October 20 - Announcement of Candidates at the Luncheon.  Nominations will then be accepted from the floor.  (Note: By precedent over the years, a quorum is not required for an election, so voting will take place at this luncheon unless an objection from a member is made.)

In addition to the above elected offices, the following voluntary positions/committees are needed by our Section immediately:

  1. Webmaster (includes Section Emails)
  2. Membership (includes Welcome and Sunshine)
  3. Newsletter Editor (currently process of mailing done by an outside source; and can continue)
  4. Historian
  5. Social
  6. Others as needed

(If anyone can step up NOW and assume any of these positions for the remainder of 2018 and also 2019, please contact me as soon as possible at [email protected], you do not have to wait for the luncheon meeting!)

Our Section has accomplished and enjoyed being together as a Club since 1966 with active members sharing a common appreciation of Mercedes vehicles.  Through my conversations with National, Regional and previous Board Members following are what this Section should be doing as a Club again:

  1. A minimum of a Quarterly Newsletter.  In the interim, additional communication will be sent via email or updated on the website relative to our Section, Mercedes and/or MBCA, once a responsible person assumes this very important position in our Club.
  2. Lunches and dinners; one being a gala holiday get together and one or more during the year, perhaps a Chinese New Year Banquet, a Spring or Summer Solstice Picnic or barbeque, Octoberfest, or other themed holiday/seasonal social gatherings. Again, please see the announcement of our Gala Holiday Party on December 1 in this Newsletter.
  3. One or more scheduled driving events each calendar quarter in addition to the resumption of our First Sunday Drives.  A possible driving event that may include an overnighter to a coastal location to escape the Hot August Nights in the Sacramento area.  Again, please see the announcement of our next scheduled drive, The First Annual President’s Drive on Saturday, November 10.
  4. Possibly a joint Regional Event with San Francisco and/or Reno Sections.

Maintaining a viable volunteer based viable organization with a shared interest (Mercedes vehicles) should not have to entail the work of only ONE or A FEW, but participation of many members working together as a team. Therefore, please consider and submit your name as a candidate for one of the four Board Positions or for one of the very important voluntary positions/committees - you will enjoy the fruits of your participation and appreciation of the Club’s membership! 

I would like to thank Bill Brandt for being our Guest Editor for this issue of our Newsletter and securing the venue for the October Luncheon and to our Treasurer, Don Wiesner and his wife Bobbie for arranging our Holiday Dinner.  We have been working very hard over the last week to insure that there will be a Sacramento Section Event for each month remaining in 2018 for our members to participate and enjoy.

In closing, please again remember to:

  1. Submit your RSVP, with menu selection to Lance for the Luncheon on October 20
  2. Submitting your name as a candidate for our 2019 Board
  3. Plan on joining our Inaugural President’s Drive on November 10
  4. Join us for our Gala Holiday Party on December 1

Regards and hope to see you at one/two/or all of our upcoming events – I will be there!






President of Sacramento Section

Creighton Fong, President