Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club Newsletter August 2002Editor's Corner By Richard Sulik, Editor
This August, 2002 edi-tion of the Vintage JapaneseMotorcycle Club Newsletter marks my inaugural effort asyour new Editor. I have ac-cepted this responsibility at thedirect, and I might add, persis-tent, request of Jim Townsend,the VJMC President. A shorttime after this occurred, I men-tioned to an acquaintance that Ihad been designated as thenew Editor of the VJMC News-letter. He guffawed, and said:"How did that happen? Wereyou the only one who wasn't atthe meeting?". Ta-Boom!But Seriously Folks -- Ihumbly follow a long series of newsletter editors who haveserved the club well. Jim Town-send has said that while theclub is made up of you, themembers, he noted that theNewsletter is the primary "Face"that the Club presents to itsmembers, the country, and theworld. Thanks to Jay Horine'sefforts, that has been a veryhandsome face, indeed. I mightwalk in his footsteps, but I'llnever fill his shoes. Neverthe-less, I'll attempt to continue totry and make the "Face" that wepresent to the world shine. Inthat regard, I'll be trying somechanges from time to time, start-ing now, which hopefully will beimprovements, and that bringsme to my next topic: New Edito-rial Policies:
Acknowledgment of Submis-sions:
It shall be the policy of the Editor that all contributionswill be acknowledged in a timelymanner.While space considera-tions dictate that not every con-tribution will appear in the verynext issue of the Newsletter,contributors are asked to under-stand that the Editor appreciateshaving a reservoir of materialfrom which to draw on in theproduction of future Newsletters.And, contributors should be as-sured that all material submittedwill be considered for publica-tion.Also, while the Editor will strive to produce a "Bal-anced" Newsletter, membersshould realize that the Editor cannot publish what is not beingsubmitted: If you want to seemore technical articles, thenyou, the members, will have towrite them up and send them in.Bill "Mr. Honda" Silver has beendoing a superb job carrying wa-ter for the Club in the Honda"Technical" arena. Likewisewith the many Action Adventure/Comedy stories provided by Bill"Doc Speed" Melvin. If you likethese types of articles, consider writing one up and submitting it.And, it doesn't have to be astory; it can be an essay, a dis-course, or just a "rumination" onsome topic relating to vintageJapanese motorcycles. For example, if you want todiscourse on why the little,small-bore bikes should, or should not, be valued, or countenanced with the samelevel of respect as the larger displacement machines, by allmeans, crank it up and send itin; I'll be glad to see it.And, while the Editor reservesthe right to make customaryeditorial changes (such as cor-rections to spelling and punctua-tion), every effort will be madenot to violate the spirit or intentof the writer.
Thenew Editor has noticed that theClub has lacked an importantmechanism for its operation: AFeedback mechanism. In truth,a Feedback Mechanism of sortshas always been in place:When people like what they seein the Newsletter, they send intheir money and join, or renewtheir membership, and the Clubprospers. Conversely, whenthey cease liking what they see,they cease sending in their re-newal money, and the Clubwithers. This Feedback Mecha-nism, while effective, is crude,and it is difficult to spot trends inthe level of member satisfactionexcept over long periods of time. To rectify this shortcom-ing, space will be provided inthe Newsletter for "Letters ToThe Editor". Accordingly, mem-bers are encouraged to forwardtheir thoughts and comments tothe Editor. While the "Letters tothe Editor" section is not in-tended as a "Gripe Session"
, valid topics to address to theEditor are reasonable, non-inflammatory comments regard-ing what you like, or don't like,about the Newsletter, or Clubactivities (or the lack thereof)
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