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Sac Volvo Club Changes Revealed!

posted Jun 26, 2016, 9:32 PM by E Brown   [ updated Jun 26, 2016, 9:46 PM ]

You may have noticed that the Sac Volvo Club has been hinting at changes to come recently and asking for volunteers to help...

Well, now we can reveal the details!

The Sac Volvo Club is seeking to grow and encourage new membership via online out-reach. 

This includes:
-The creation and re-formulation of a number of social media accounts
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google +
-Updating the website 
For visual appeal and mobile use
-Modifying the forum
Classified / Marketplace only
-Creating a new consistent brand identity across all platforms

As we make these changes, we want to be transparent in our process and encourage member participation. 

To date, we have:
-A new Planning Committee Member / Social Media Manager:
 Mike Baker
-A new Planning Committee / Communications Team Member:
Missy Puckett
-New Member Volunteers (A-Z First Name):
-Michal
-Nate
-Robert
-Sheldon
-Created a number of Sub-Planning Committees to stay organized
-Social Media
-Policy (write / review)
-Website Re-Design (Google Sites via Google Apps)

Big Shout-Out to Mike, Missy, and all our new Member Volunteers!

Welcome aboard everyone!

The Policy Sub-Planning Committee has also been busy developing a full range of positive polices for identity, branding, and community building.

To ensure consistency, we will post these policies to the website once they are all completed and have been reviewed by VCOA National.

  • About Us
  • Social Media Policy
  • Photo / Video Policy
  • Classifieds / Forum Policy
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use / Disclaimers
  • Ethics Statement

  • If you are interested in contributing towards these goals and would like to become a Planning Committee Member, Member Volunteer, and/or participate on one of the Sub-Planning Committees, please contact us.

    If you have any questions, suggestions, thoughts, and/or ideas about these changes, Sac Volvo Club Social Media, and/or Sac Volvo Club Website / online platforms, please feel free to contact us at any time:

    Mike Baker, Sac Volvo Club Social Media Manager

    Elizabeth Brown, Sac Volvo Club Webmaster

    Looking forward to seeing you all at the next event and/or online soon!

    Sac Volvo Club Photo Hosting Changes Coming and Slideshow Tests

    posted Mar 26, 2016, 1:35 PM by E Brown   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 1:41 PM ]


    Sac Volvo Club Photo Hosting Changes Coming


    On February 12, 2016, Google announced it was closing Picasa Web Albums to focus on Google Photos.
    Changes will start rolling out on May 1, 2016.

    Official Google Announcement:
    Google Moving on From Picasa Web Albums
    http://googlephotos.blogspot.com/2016/02/moving-on-from-picasa.html

    What does this mean for Sac Volvo Club Photos?

    • Google is creating an archive for Picasa Web Album data, so links to photos, photo albums, and slideshows should all still work during and after the transition.
    • Sac Volvo Club photos that were uploaded to Picasa Web Albums are currently also visible at Google Photos (one photo host, two different photo interfaces).
    • In case of any issues during or after the transition period, the Sac Volvo Club created an archive and back-up of the photos currently uploaded to Picasa Web Albums as well as the website.
    • There are a number of questions that remain unanswered at this time, and the Sac Volvo Club will continue to monitor this transition closely…

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    What about the Sac Volvo Club Website / Slideshows?

    • Google is also phasing out flash support, which means the current embedded slideshows will no longer function: https://developers.google.com/picasa-web/
    • Google Photos currently does not have the ability to create and embed slideshows, so this feature may be missing from the website for a while (if we chose to stick with Google Photos).
    • The Sac Volvo Club has been investigating slideshow alternatives that are easy to create, work across multiple platforms, can be embedded in Google Sites, and (preferably) allow for “unlisted” sharing.
      • These tests can be seen below.
      • If you are aware of any other alternatives, please let us know in the Comment / Feedback Form below.

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    Links:


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    SacVCOA Slideshow Tests


    Test Purpose:
    -Check visibility / usability across platforms / screen sizes.
    -See if photos / slideshows appear in search results.


    Test 1: Slideshow as PDF

    As created, it should open to a slideshow in Adobe Reader.
    However, it only shows as a PDF when embedded in the website.
    If you choose to download and view, please let me know if the slideshow function works.

    Notes:
    PDF public / hosted on the website.

    TheAdventureBegins-SlideshowTest1-PDF

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    Test 2: Slideshow as Unlisted YouTube Video Slideshow


    Notes:
    Photos uploaded to YouTube to create Slideshow are also added to Google Photos.
    Upload defaults are different than channel defaults.
    Slideshow automatic default is "Public" had to change to "Unlisted" after creating / during processing.
    Will need to create new slideshow if need to add / remove photos at a later date.

    SacVCOA Slideshow Test 2: Country Drive

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    Test 3: Slideshow as Google Slides Presentation (Direct Embed)


    Notes:
    Presentation is published / public.

    RRCrossing-SacVCOASlideshowTest3_GoogleSlides

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    Test 4: Slideshow as Google Slides Presentation (Slider Gadget Embed)


    Notes:
    Presentation is published / public.

    MeetAtAl'sPlace-SacVCOASlideshowTest4

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    Test 5: Google Photos Collection Direct Embed


    Notes:
    Album link is unlisted.
    Embed link still shows Picasa Web Album slideshow, not Google Photos album.
    Caption entered as "Information --> Description."
    Google Photos: storage > photo management.

    GasStation-SacVCOASlidehowTest5-GooglePhotos

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    Test 6: Google Photos Collection Embed via RSS Gadget


    No Test To Display
    Currently unable to generate RSS feed from Google Photos Collection / Album.

    And, gadget using Picasa Web Album RSS Feed could not generate feed (gadget did not work).
    Note that this gadget has worked on and off over the years, so the future of RSS and Google Photos is unknown.

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    Test 7: Google Drive Folder "Image Gallery" Direct Embed


    Notes:
    Folder link is unlisted.
    Photos uploaded to Google Drive count against storage-- will eventually need to pay for storage upgrades if use this method:
    https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375123?hl=en

    AirShow-SacVCOASlidshowTest7_GoogleDriveFolder

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    Also investigated:

    -Flickr / Photobucket (and related)
    -Shutterfly Share Sites
    -WowSlider / Galleria (and related)
    -Joomeo
    -Cincopa

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    SacVCOA Slideshow Test Feedback Form:

    SacVCOA Slideshow Test Feedback Form

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    Sac Volvo Club 2014 Davis Car Show Winners

    posted Mar 3, 2015, 2:30 AM by E Brown   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 2:31 AM ]

    The 16th Annual Davis Car Show featured People's Choice voting and had new award categories. Awards were given for first and second place in each model category as well as Special Awards sponsored by ipd, Elevate, and GROM Audio.

    2014 Davis Awards
    Awards sorted and ready to be presented.

    2014 Davis Award
    Close-up of Best of Show Award.

    Al and Carmen Simons graciously and expertly tabulated the People's Choice voting results.
    Tabulating People's Choice Results

    We are pleased to announce that a number of Sac Volvo Club members placed in their respective categories:

    140/160 (all) 1st Place: Gary Sellstrom
    240/260 (all) 2nd Place: Dean Manzyuk
    700/900 Series (all- including S90 & V90 from 1991-1998) 2nd Place: Wally & Marcia Russell
    IPD Choice: Bob Freedkin

    2014 Davis Award Winners
    All Award Winners.

    Congratulations everyone!

    For full event coverage and a complete list of car show winners, please see our 2014 Past Events page:

    Sac Volvo Club 2013 Davis Car Show Winners

    posted Mar 20, 2014, 6:49 PM by E Brown   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 2:01 AM ]

    The 15th Annual Davis Car Show was a judged event and this year featured new award categories. Awards were given for first and second place in stock and modified categories as well as Special Awards and People's Choice categories sponsored by ipd, Elevate, and GROM Audio.

    2013 Davis Awards
    Awards sorted and ready to be presented.

    2013 Davis Best in Show Award
    Best in Show Award.

    As with the judging last year, the judges were selected for their expertise with a particular Volvo model, were paired together, and in charge of a particular category in which their Volvo was not entered. Jon Manji, Sac Volvo Club Planning Committee Member, coordinated the judges and tabulated the results.

    We are pleased to announce that a number of Sac Volvo Club members placed in their respective categories:

    122 Stock- 1st Place: Rich & Ginger Himelright (1968 220)
    122 Stock- 2nd Place: Roger Fritch (1968 220)
    1800 Stock- 2nd Place: Jan Gersonde (1973 1800ES)
    140/164 Stock- 1st Place: Mike Peterson (1970 144)
    140/164 Modified- 1st Place: Gary Sellstrom (1974 144)
    240/260 Stock- 2nd Place: Al & Carmen Simons (1975 244GL)
    240/260 Modified- 1st Place: Fred Gallaher (1983 244GLT)
    700/900 Stock- 1st Place: Wally & Marcia Russell (1990 780)
    XC Class- Stock- 1st Place: Mark Baldwin (1998 V70XC)
    C30 Stock- 2nd Place: Ron Olsen (2009 C30)

    2013 Davis Award Winners
    All Award Winners. Photo by Aaron Mowbray. 

    Congratulations everyone!

    For full event coverage and a complete list of car show winners, please see our 2013 Past Events page:

    Sac Volvo Club 2012 Davis Car Show Winners

    posted Jun 12, 2012, 4:34 PM by E Brown   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 1:56 AM ]

    The 14th Annual Davis Car Show was a judged event and this year featured new award categories. Awards were given for first and second place in stock and modified categories.
    Awards sorted and ready to be presented!
    Awards sorted and ready to be presented.

    As with the judging last year, the judges were selected for their expertise with a particular Volvo model, were paired together, and in charge of a particular category in which their Volvo was not entered. Jon Manji, Sac Volvo Club Planning Committee Member, coordinated the judges and tabulated the results.
    Judges meeting.
    Judges meeting.

    We are pleased to announce that a number of Sac Volvo Club members placed in their respective categories:

    444/544 Modified 1st Place: Wally & Marcia Russell
    140/164 Modified 1st Place: Gary Sellstrom
    1800 Stock 1st Place: Mike Peterson
    240/260 Stock 2nd Place: Al & Carmen Simons
    700/900 Stock 1st Place: Allen Hsiao
    850/70 Series (1993-2000, includes C, S, V models) Modified 1st Place: Mark Baldwin
    C70, S60, V70 Series (2001-2009) Stock 2nd Place: Roman Cherenkov
    XC Class- All XC, XC60, XC70, XC90 Modified 1st Place: Ron Bertoli
    40/50 Series (all) Stock 1st Place: Theresa Kauer
    C30 Modified 1st Place: Justin Lee


    All Award Winners. Photo by Dick Thomas.

    Congratulations everyone!

    For full event coverage and a complete list of car show winners, please see our 2012 Past Events page:
    http://www.sacvolvoclub.org/Home/events/2012-past-events#M4a

    Sac Volvo Club's New Logo And Banner Unveiled

    posted Jun 12, 2012, 2:49 PM by E Brown   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 3:04 AM ]

    Our first full-size full-color banner was unveiled by Sac Volvo Club Planning Committee member Jon Manji on Friday, April 27, 2012, before the 3rd annual autocross course set-up officially got under way.

    Sac Volvo Club Banner Unveiling


    And, was displayed prominently at the entry gate of the 3rd Annual Autocross as well as near the information table at the 14th Annual Davis Car Show & Swap Meet.
    Sac Volvo Club's New Banner at the 3rd Annual (Sacramento) Davis Autocross Front Gate.
    3rd Annual (Sacramento) Davis Autocross Front Gate.
    Sac Volvo Club's New Banner at the 14th Annual Davis Car Show & Swap Meet.
    14th Annual Davis Car Show & Swap Meet Information Table. 


    Ron Olsen, C30 owner and Sac Volvo Club member, generously donated his time and talent to create a collection of logos for use in print and media.
    Ron Olsen's C30 at the 2012 3rd Annual (Sacramento) Davis Autocross. If you see him, be sure to thank him for his generosity!
    Ron Olsen's C30 at the 2012 3rd Annual (Sacramento) Davis Autocross. If you see him, be sure to thank him for his generosity!

    One of these new logos can also be seen on our Twitter account: http://twitter.com/SacVolvoClub

    Our original logo was created by Dave Barton, Southern California Volvo Club of America President, and donated as our website was being created / going public in April 2009.

    Ron Olsen logo 200w
    One of Ron Olsen's Logos-
    Donated April 2012
    Dave Barton Logo 200w
    Dave Barton's Logo-
    Donated April 2009

    Thank you to Dave, Ron and Jon!

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    The Sac Volvo Club runs on the efforts of its member-volunteers. We sincerely appreciate any and all contributions! If you have some time or a skill you would like to contribute, please let us know!
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    Sac Volvo Club Classifieds

    posted Mar 27, 2012, 8:24 PM by E Brown   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 1:54 AM ]

    Note:
    The Sac Volvo Club
    does not post for sale nor wanted ads to our mailing list.

    Looking to sell a Volvo car or part?
    Wondering what your Volvo car is worth?
    Looking for a specific Volvo part?

    Please refer to our Volvo Buying Guide and/or our Volvo Selling Guide as well as our Links, Volvo Forum Links, and Technical & Model-Specific Resources pages for resources, links, and suggestions.

    Then register (will open in a new tab/window) for our Sac Volvo Club forum to post your own for sale / wanted ads to our Classifieds/Marketplace section (at the bottom of the forum list).

    Screenshot of Registration Button on Sac Volvo Club Forum
    Sac Volvo Club Forum Registration
    Registration is free, but does require a valid e-mail address so that interested parties can contact you via Personal Message about your ad.

    If you are new to forums and need some help getting started, check out the About This Forum section for some forum basics and how-to topics.
    Here is an especially good place to start:
    Forum Newbies: Information and How-Tos To Help Get You Started
    (Includes help registering for the forum and starting a new topic.)



    Sac Volvo Club Forum links (will open in new tab/window):
    -Direct jump link to forum on Sac Volvo Club Website:    http://www.sacvolvoclub.org/Home/sac-volvo-club-forum#SVCF
    -Direct link to forum:
    http://sacvolvoclub.forumotion.net/


    Screenshot of Classifieds Section on Sac Volvo Club Forum
    Sac Volvo Club Forum Classifieds Screenshot


    Please do not contact Planning Committee Members nor join the mailing list asking to post your classified ad(s).
    The mailing list is reserved for club events and club related business only.
    .
    Thank you.

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    As you go through the process of buying and/or selling a Volvo car or part we would love to hear if you found this website helpful and/or if you have any tips, links, or suggestions to improve it for future use.

    You can either fill out our Website Feedback form or contact the webmaster directly or via Contact Emailer Forms.

    Sac Volvo Club 2011 Davis Car Show Winners

    posted Mar 27, 2012, 7:20 PM by E Brown   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 1:51 AM ]

    The 13th Annual Davis Car Show was a judged event this year, with the judges selected for their expertise with a particular Volvo model. Judges were paired together and in charge of a particular category in which their Volvo was not entered. Jon Manji, Sac Volvo Club Planning Committee Member, coordinated the judges and tabulated the results.

    Judges meeting.
    Judges Meeting.

    We are pleased to announce that two of our Planning Committee Members won their respective categories as well as the coveted Best of Show award!

    Wally Wins @ Davis 2011

    Rear Wheel Drive (200, 700, & 900 series):
       Stock, Wally & Marcia Russell, 1990 780

    Mark Wins @ Davis 2011

    P1 (pre-2000; 850, S, V, & C): 
       Modified, Mark Baldwin, 1997 850

    Best of Show: Mark Baldwin, 1997 850 

    Congratulations Wally and Mark!


    Passing the Torch: Sac Volvo Club Presidency 2011

    posted Mar 27, 2012, 5:58 PM by E Brown   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 1:48 AM ]

    Jeff Molander, our first Sac Volvo Club President since the Chapter was revived in 2008, is passing the torch at the end of 2010 to Mark Baldwin, a Sac Volvo Club founding Planning Committee member.

    Over the years Jeff lead the Chapter, he set the tone and grew the chapter in an inclusive family-friendly way. Everyone was welcome and everyone had a voice in the direction of the Chapter.

    We wish to thank Jeff for his dedication, passion, and leadership.


    We additionally look forward to Mark's enthusiasm, passion, and leadership as we continue to set the tone and grow the chapter.

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    To participate in the direction of the Sac Volvo Club, we invite you to attend our annual Sac Volvo Club Planning Meetings as well as our annual Swedish Day at IKEA lunch Planning Meetings.
    Check our event calendar on the Home Page for specifics.

    To read Jeff's thoughts about Passing the Torch, check out our President's Corner Archive:
    President's Corner Archive

    Sac Volvo Club 2010 Davis Car Show People's Choice Winners

    posted Mar 27, 2012, 3:56 PM by E Brown   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 1:47 AM ]

    The 12th Annual Davis Car Show and Swap Meet was especially gratifying for a number of our Sac Volvo Club Members!
    This year, the event winners were selected by People's Choice Ballot, and a number of our members won first place in their respective categories!

    PV 444/544: Wally Russell
    120: Jeff Molander
    1800: Jan Gersonde
    140/164 Series: Gary Sellstrom
    850 S/V/C70 P1: Mark Baldwin
    C30: Doug Kauer

    Additionally, our Chapter President, Jeff Molander, won Best of Show for his 1968 122S!

    Best of Show: Jeff Molander

    Congratulations everyone!


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