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Sac Volvo Club Changes: Call for Photos (for Social Media)!

posted Apr 9, 2017, 5:28 PM by E Brown

Update to the Changes Progress & Call for Volunteers e-mail and website announcement sent Monday, January 23, 2017:
http://www.sacvolvoclub.org/Home/news/sacvolvoclubchangesprogresscallforvolunteers

Message from Mike Baker, Sac Volvo Club Social Media Manager:

Hey guys,

As part of SacVCOA's new social media efforts, we've established a Facebook page, Instagram account and are once again using our Twitter account.

If you haven't already checked us out on social media, feel free to do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/SacVolvoClub/
Instagram/Twitter: @SacVolvoClub

In an effort to help promote the club and our events, we would like a wide array of photos that we can use to share and show some of the fun times we've had over the years. However, there are currently only so many images available to us for social media.

That's where you guys come in. What we are looking for is members of the community who are willing to share their photos for us to use on our social media accounts. All photos will be properly credited per SacVCOA Social Media and Photo/Video policies, both of which can be found by clicking here.

Photos may be shared on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. If you would like to give us permission to use your photos, contact me here: Contact Us, Attention: Mike Baker. Please be sure to include any specifics about how you would like to be credited or if you have any particular limitations you would like us to take with your photos.

Thanks, and I can't wait to see your photos!

Sac Volvo Club Changes Progress & Call for Volunteers!

posted Jan 23, 2017, 8:48 PM by E Brown

Following up with the Changes Begin e-mail and website announcement sent on Friday, November 18, 2016:
http://www.sacvolvoclub.org/Home/news/sacvolvoclubchangesbegin2017davismeetweekendupdate

Some progress and updates to report:

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Sac Volvo Club Forum: Current Changes

http://forum.sacvolvoclub.org/

The conversion to Classified / Marketplace is complete!

A number of changes have also been made to the forum per the new Sac Volvo Club Policies and to facilitate discussions across our social media pages:

-The Forum now has three sections:
  • About This Forum
    • New and updated Help Topics added
  • Sac Volvo Club
    • Events
  • Classifieds / Marketplace
    • This is the place to post For Sale and Wanted Ads!
    • Check out the New Classified Ads Format Test and share your thoughts!
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Sac Volvo Club Websites: Remodel Update / New Google Sites Announcement

The Sac Volvo Club websites are created through Classic Google Sites.

On November 9, 2016, Google announced that the New Google Sites is available to everyone and discussed a migration timeline:

https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2016/11/a-totally-rebuilt-google-sitesnow.html

Copy and paste from above link RE: Classic to New Google Sites migration:

"Please note:
  • In 2017, we’ll provide and recommend options to migrate your sites from the classic Sites to the new Sites.
  • Beginning in 2018, we’ll send a timeline and instructions regarding the gradual process to shut down the classic Sites. The specific date for the shutdown of the classic Sites has yet to be set, but we’ll inform you at least one year in advance of that shutdown."

A comparison of Classic versus New Google Sites Features as compiled by a Google Sites Help Forum Top Contributor:

http://www.steegle.com/google-sites/classic-comparison

The Sac Volvo Club Website Re-Design Team is monitoring the developments and will delay re-designing the main Sac Volvo Club website until we learn more about the New Google Sites development / migration.

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Sac Volvo Club Open Positions / Volunteers Needed:

The Sac Volvo Club Communications Team is growing and would love to have you join the team to contribute to this new chapter in our growth and ensure continued access to our media when the unexpected happens!

As a volunteer run organization, we encourage you to contribute what you can and have multiple positions open to reduce individual work-load and time commitments!

Webmaster(s) / Co-Webmaster(s)- Two (or more) positions open

The migration of Classic Google Sites to New Google Sites is a perfect opportunity for a new lead webmaster and/or co-webmasters to join the team to take the website in a new direction and facilitate the migration!

Interested?

Explore the New Google Sites through Google Drive (when logged in to your Google Account):

New --> More --> Google Sites

Added bonus?
The websites are our primary point of contact for our members and Volvo enthusiasts around the world-- Help set the creative and content direction for the New Google Sites versions of the Sac Volvo Club websites!

Sac Volvo Club Forum Moderator(s)- Two (or more) positions open

Facilitate event discussions, answer questions, help problem-solve issues, ensure Sac Volvo Club policies are being followed, and generally help keep the forum a nice place to be!

Added bonus?
Be the first to know about new Classified Ads posted to the forum!

Volvo Forum Ambassadors- Multiple positions open

Are you an active member in good standing in one of the Volvo Forum communities?

Help us (and volvie!) spread the word about Sac Volvo Club Events as well as let us know what is important to your community as a Volvo Forum Ambassador!

Added bonus?
Be the first to know about Sac Volvo Club news, events, and happenings!

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Share your Thoughts

As always, we want to hear from you!

If you have any questions, suggestions, thoughts, and/or ideas about these changes, or updates, 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 Changes Begin & 2017 Davis Meet Weekend Update!

posted Nov 18, 2016, 1:40 AM by E Brown

Lots of good news to report!

In this season of giving thanks, we thought we would add to your Volvo list of happy thoughts!

Sac Volvo Club Changes have begun and the 2017 Davis Meet Weekend date has been set!

This announcement contains the following topics:


SacVCOA Changes


Policies


Following up with the Changes Update e-mail and website announcement sent on Monday, November 14, 2016:
http://www.sacvolvoclub.org/Home/news/sacvolvoclubchangesupdate

The Policies have been posted to the Sac Volvo Club Website:



Social Media


The Sac Volvo Club now has a Facebook and an Instagram account!

Connect with us and join the conversation:

These links can be found anytime in the website footer:
http://www.sacvolvoclub.org/Home#connect


Next Steps


The Sac Volvo Club Forum will be converted to Classifieds / Marketplace only.

And, the main Sac Volvo Club website update / re-model process will begin.



2017 Davis Meet Weekend


Date Set


Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Sunday, April 30, 2017

Saturday will be A-La-Carte Events. 
(Similar to 2015's events: Cars & Coffee, Scenic Drive, Lunch, Go-Kart Racing, Dinner)

Sunday is the Davis Car Show & Swap Meet.


Website Remodel Reveal


Updated with Davis 2017 event information (and re-designed to be more visually appealing and mobile friendly)!



Sponsors and Volunteers Needed


The success of the show depends on the time, talent, and contributions of our sponsors and volunteers!

If you are able to contribute and/or interested in joining the team (or know any one that is), please let us know!

Full details posted on the new Davis Meet Weekend Website:
http://davis.sacvolvoclub.org/



Share your Thoughts


As always, we want to hear from you!

If you have any questions, suggestions, thoughts, and/or ideas about these changes, or updates, please feel free to contact us at any time:

Contact Us

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 Changes Update

posted Nov 14, 2016, 12:07 PM by E Brown   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 12:17 PM ]

Some updates to report from the original SacVCOA "Changes Revealed" website announcement:
http://www.sacvolvoclub.org/Home/news/sacvolvoclubchangesrevealed

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After much discussion and multiple review processes, the Sac Volvo Club's new positive polices for identity, branding, and community building are ready for publication and will be posted to the website on Friday, November 18, 2016!
  • About Us
  • Social Media Policy
  • Photo / Video Policy
  • Classifieds / Forum Policy
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use / Disclaimers
  • Ethics Statement
Following the Policies publication, the other planned changes will follow:
-The following social media accounts will go live / be managed by Mike Baker, Social Media Manager:
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
-The SacVCOA Websites will be updated for visual appeal and mobile use
-The SacVCOA Forum will be modified to Classifieds / Marketplace only

The Teams:

Policy Sub-Planning Committee:
-Elizabeth Brown, Webmaster
-Mike Baker, Social Media Manager
-Gary Sellstrom, Planning Committee
-Sheldon Carpenter, Member Volunteer
-Michal Vachuska, Member Volunteer

Website Re-Design Sub-Planning Committee:
-Elizabeth Brown, Webmaster
-Mike Baker, Social Media Manager
-Gary Sellstrom, Planning Committee
-Sheldon Carpenter, Member Volunteer

Big Shout-Out to everyone that helped contribute to these ideas and changes!

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 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 Feb 27, 2017, 12:59 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.

    https://goo.gl/photos/3QnRXssy8j7ksKRa6
    Awards sorted and ready to be presented.
    From 2014 Davis Car Show Winners

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.


    https://goo.gl/photos/3QnRXssy8j7ksKRa6
    Close-up of Best of Show Award.
    From 2014 Davis Car Show Winners

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.


    Al and Carmen Simons graciously and expertly tabulated the People's Choice voting results.
    https://goo.gl/photos/3QnRXssy8j7ksKRa6
    From
    2014 Davis Car Show Winners

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.


    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

    https://goo.gl/photos/3QnRXssy8j7ksKRa6
    All Award Winners.
    From 2014 Davis Car Show Winners

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.


    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 Feb 27, 2017, 1:07 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.

    https://goo.gl/photos/HaCCRbfh7m1bwX3T8
    Awards sorted and ready to be presented.
    From
    2013 Davis Car Show Winners

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.


    https://goo.gl/photos/HaCCRbfh7m1bwX3T8
    Best in Show Award.
    From 2013 Davis Car Show Winners

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.


    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)


    https://goo.gl/photos/HaCCRbfh7m1bwX3T8
    All Award Winners. Photo by Aaron Mowbray.
    From 2013 Davis Car Show Winners

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.



    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 Feb 27, 2017, 1:15 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.


    https://goo.gl/photos/mJqeHNSwEnhpZzSG8
    Awards sorted and ready to be presented.
    From
    2012 Davis Car Show Winners

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.



    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.


    https://goo.gl/photos/mJqeHNSwEnhpZzSG8
    Judges meeting.
    From
    2012 Davis Car Show Winners

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.



    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


    https://goo.gl/photos/mJqeHNSwEnhpZzSG8
    All Award Winners. Photo by Dick Thomas.
    From 2012 Davis Car Show Winners

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.



    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 Feb 27, 2017, 1:28 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.



    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.



    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.


    https://goo.gl/photos/tURYUawc9iLqBWB2A
    3rd Annual (Sacramento) Davis Autocross Front Gate.
    From
    Sac Volvo Club's New Logo & Banner

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.


    https://goo.gl/photos/tURYUawc9iLqBWB2A
    14th Annual Davis Car Show & Swap Meet Information Table.
    From Sac Volvo Club's New Logo & Banner

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.


    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.

    https://goo.gl/photos/tURYUawc9iLqBWB2A
    Ron Olsen's C30 at the 2012 3rd Annual (Sacramento) Davis Autocross.
    If you see him, be sure to thank him for his generosity!

    From Sac Volvo Club's New Logo & Banner

    The entire album and/or individual photos can be seen anytime by clicking on the above photo or link.


    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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