The DeSoto Owners Club of Maryland, Inc. is a non-profit, social "car club" organization (IRS Non Profit 501(c)(7) Social Club) founded in 1976, and is a chapter of the National DeSoto Club. The club has an award-winning, bi-monthly publication, "DeSoto Diary" for our members. There are monthly club breakfast, luncheon meetings and various sponsored/co-sponsored car shows and other events (such as routine vehicle workshops) in the MD, DC, VA, PA, and DE areas. You do not have to own a DeSoto to be a member! We welcome all who appreciate the marque, even those who choose to modify their DeSotos. Our members are diverse and spread out beyond the Maryland region. Most of our members are MOPAR centric since DeSoto was a Chrysler product, but they often have other vehicle interests including orphan vehicles, such as: AMC, Studebaker, Packard, Plymouth, Edsel, Hudson, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac.
2022 marks our 46 YEARS of DESOTO ADVENTURES of OUR CLUB! Many Thanks to Club Founder Mr. J Francis Werneth, along with his wife Margaret, for having the wherewithal to create a club just for DeSoto that has stood the test of time. Sad to say, our beloved founder passed away on January 7, 2022 at age 87. You can read more here: https://www.marzullofuneralchapel.com/obituary/J-Werneth
The 2022 NATIONAL DESOTO CONVENTION was a HUGE SUCCESS! If you have any questions about that past event, please Contact Convention Chairman: Regis Bodnar @ 724.433.2645 (8AM-9PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time.) OR email: NdcAltoonaConvention@outlook.com
Our Club's Mission
The DeSoto Owners Club of Maryland (DOCM), Inc. is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of the DeSoto Automobile by the Chrysler Corporation, model years from 1929 to 1961.
Did you miss the 2016 National DeSoto Club (NDC) Convention held in Maryland? Learn more about our 2016 National DeSoto Club's National Convention on the 2016 National DeSoto Convention tab! DID YOU MISS OUR CARAVAN driving out to the 2017 NDC Convention in San Diego, CA via the Mother Road, Route 66; or the 2018 CARAVAN TO BRANSON, MO? We also had members drive out to Hutchinson, Kansas in 2019. The national convention for 2020 was rescheduled to Brookfield, Wisconsin, July 28 - August 1, 2021 and we visited The Henry Ford in Dearborn with our caravan. For 2022, our chapter sponsored the NATIONAL DESOTO CONVENTION: JUNE 15-19, ALTOONA PENNSYLVANIA --- ALLEGHENY ADVENTURES AWAIT YOU! " WE HAD A GREAT TIME!!!
There's planning for 2023 to have the NDC Convention in CANADA. Eh, Are you up for the drive?
We do road trips to conventions; Let us know of your interests at DeSotoClubMD@gmail.com
Club-sponsored/Co-Sponsored EVENTS 2022 (This page was last updated on 8/2/2022): All workshops, meetings and luncheons are subject to pandemic guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing as prescribed at the time & location of the event!
JANUARY 15 SATURDAY AND 20 THURSDAY: YES, TWO DOCM CLUB WORKSHOPS; Murrays' Garage, Millersville, MD. Contact Mike Bianco if you plan on attending and if you are bringing a vehicle to work on. LADIES LUNCH To Be Determined based on interest. This activity is for MEMBERS ONLY and Their Guests, with priority given to working on DeSotos to get our cars ready for the National Convention in PA!
FEBRUARY 3 AND 24: YES< TWO DOCM CLUB WORKSHOPS; Murray's Garage, Millersville, MD. See Details above.
MARCH 19: SPECIAL EVENT, DOCM CLUB WORKSHOP AND LUNCHEON OUTING! 10:30- CLUB MEMBERS meet at HELLAS Restaurant, 8498 Veterans Hwy, Millersville, MD; Www.hellasrestaurantandlounge.com.
MARCH 24: DOCM CLUB WORKSHOPS; 10AM Murray’s Garage, Millersville, MD.
APRIL 14 THURS: DOCM CLUB WORKSHOPS; 10AM Murray’s Garage, Millersville, MD. See details above.
APRIL 15: Your SPRING FLING CAR MEET REGISTRATION is due!!!
APRIL 21 THURS: DOCM CLUB WORKSHOPS; 10:30AM, Start at Hellas Restaurant for MEETING LUNCHEON and then to Murray’s Garage, Millersville, MD. NOTE: THE ORIGINAL 4/23 DATE IS CANCELLED!!! Contact Club Secretary Cheryl by APRIL 19th if you are attending the LUNCHEON!
APRIL 30th: SPRING FLING CAR SHOW AND LUNCHEON, co-sponsored with the Mid-Atlantic Region Plymouth Owners Club! Parkton, MD.
MAY 12 & 19: DOCM CLUB WORKSHOPS; 10AM at Murray's Garage, Millersville, MD.
JUNE 9th: THE LAST WORKSHOP BEFORE THE CONVENTION! 10AM at Murray's Garage, Millersville, MD.
JUNE 12th: Early Bird Roadtrip/Caravan to the Altoona, PA NDC CONVENTION with stops on the Lincoln Highway.
JUNE 15th -19th: The DeSoto National Club National Convention in Altoona, PA! Car show is on the Saturday, June 18th at The Lakemont Park along with another car show!
JULY 16, SAT, DOCM WORKSHOP with luncheon.
AUGUST 11, THURSDAY, (DATE CHANGE from SATURDAY), WORKSHOP only. Contact Mike Bianco if you plan on bringing a vehicle to work on. NO LUNCHEON OUTING, just work on vehicles!
AUGUST 13, DOCM has been invited to join the Packard Club for an Ice Cream Run to Prigel Family Creamery AND Boordy Vineyards.
SEPTEMBER 9-10: DOCM and Plymouth Owners Club Classic Auto Mall and AACA Museum ROAD TRIP.
SEPTEMBER 17, DOCM-Club Picnic, Rain Date: September 18 Hosts: Willis and Jan Terrett, Millersville, MD
SEPTEMBER 24: DOCM WORKSHOP is CANCELLED.
OCTOBER 16-20: FALL DRIVING TOUR to ALTOONA PA. Special hotel rate $85+ tax.
OCTOBER 22: DOCM WORKSHOP ONLY.
DECEMBER: Date TBD, ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON.
See the calendar tab for other events and details.
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Our club is Not affiliated with the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Corporation, The Chrysler Corporation, Stellantis N.V. (or any subsequent mergers), or The State of Maryland.