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West Coast Willys is an information network for individuals with an interest in Willys and Jeep vehicles. 

From  Walt Mikolajcik WCW#1

The West Coast Willys Newsletter was started in 1994 as a result of a conversation I had with Paul Barry about needing a Willys organization here on the West Coast, where owners or enthusiasts of Willys, Jeep and Jeepster  could find people of similar interests,have a forum to find parts and get together at events, have a place for their photos, technical tips and personal stories about their connection to Willys and Jeep vehicles. My wife (Suzanne) and I published the newsletter and started the club with dues to cover the costs of printing and mailing the publication. From just 5 members the club grew and the first ten years were full of events and making great Willys and family friendships. The newsletter went from black and white to color on the the cover to 50% color in 2001. In 2001 my daughter, Anne de Ridder, took over publication of the newsletter and the membership for the club and the newsletter took on a whole new look. Anne won two regional awards for the newsletter and our membership spread across the country and world wide.  Her 13 years of hard work and innovative ideas have brought so many wonderful comments from the membership, she also introduced  the yearly membership magnets, WCW car magnets, and the full color newsletters, online newsletters and this ning site for our members to post photos and stay in contact. There are now some 1900+ members and keeping up with membership and the newsletter publication had become an overwhelming job. The cost of publication and mailing costs had also become an issue. 

The WCW newsletter you just got ( dated May 2015) was the last publication from WCW it was our 2014 magnet issue and is why we have not been collecting dues for the club as they were only used for publication and WCW will no longer be publishing a newsletter.  The WCW club is still active and you will never loose your number or affiliation (we are collecting no dues) .  We are now using this ning site and i will be sending flyers from time time to time to keep members up on events they might want to attend.  It has been a wonderful 20 years of correspondence and friendship for through the WCW newsletter and organization. Anne and I and our family want thank each and everyone of the wonderful people we have met and corresponded with it has been a great Willys and Jeep adventure and we look forward to seeing you at future events.

Our members have taken over sponsoring many yearly events that have taken on a life of their own, like Tom's Farm. Wrightwood, Willys America, the Whitewater Ranch, and Moab. The Midwest and East Coast members have included us and our members in their Jeep events. Anne and I had a chance to see the organization and planing of great yearly Willys events across the country when we attended Mid-West Willy reunion in Rowley Hills Michigan and visit the Chrysler museum, "what a great event"  

The new "Dispatcher" publication ( blue cover) you all should have received was conceived and organized by a group of our members that want to continue a nationwide Jeep and Willys Newsletter, it is not the WCW club and It is being published by Bill Norris and Kevin Banonis who also do the "Holy Toledo" calendar. You might have noticed the high quality printing and interesting content and we fully support their enthusiasm and endeavor. if you want to subscribe to the new Willys publication the information was in the newsletter or:  

The Dispatcher/ circulation Department 5189 Renshaw Drive, Troy, MI  48085

e-mail info@norris-banonis.com  and web site www.norris-banonis.com


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