DeSoto Club 

of Maryland (MD)



The DeSoto Owners Club of Maryland, Inc. ("DOCM") 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, including Florida, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.  Most of our members are MOPAR centric since DeSoto was a Chrysler product, but they often have other vehicle interests including orphan vehicles: AMC, Studebaker, Packard, Plymouth, Edsel, Hudson, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac. 

Our DeSoto Club marks 47 YEARS of DeSoto adventures in 2023! We were formed before a national club was developed. 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 about the many accomplishments of his life and how he supported the car collector hobby in many ways:


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 once again sponsored the NATIONAL DESOTO CONVENTION, in ALTOONA PENNSYLVANIA, themed "ALLEGHENY ADVENTURES AWAIT YOU! "   WE HAD A GREAT TIME!!!  

LAST year's NATIONAL DESOTO CLUB National Convention WAS in Chatham, Ontario, CANADA, JULY 26-30, 2023!   The coordinator was Kevin Stiles at  

 In 2024, plans are being developed for a national convention in NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA.  Are you up for the drive, Cajun-style? or  visit 

 As you can see, we do road trips to conventions; Let us know of your interests at


Club-sponsored/Co-Sponsored EVENTS (This page was last updated on 2/4/2024): All workshops, meetings and luncheons are subject to health guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing as prescribed at the time & location of the event!


DEC 14th, THURS: The Annual DOCM Holiday Luncheon & Food Drive, The Kings Contrivance Restaurant, Columbia, MD.  


JAN 4: DOCM Workshop at Cole's Garage, Coleus Dr, Millersville, MD, 10AM & A Ladies Outing (TBD).  Contact Mike Bianco if you plan on bringing a vehicle to work on. Contact Cheryl "CheChe" Bianco about the ladies outing. 

FEB 10:  DOCM Workshop at Cole's Garage, Coleus Dr, Millersville, MD, 10AM.  Contact Mike Bianco if you plan on bringing a vehicle to work on

MAR 10: Visit & tour to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD + lunch outing. A joint event with Plymouth Owners Club members.

APR 27: DOCM & POC Spring Fling Car Show & Luncheon. 9am -3pm, Casa Mia’s Restaurant, 17417 York Road, Parkton, MD

See the calendar tab (pull down menu under "More") for other events and details.

NOTE:  Some of the above items may be retained for historical reference so you can see what the club does each year.  Also, we migrated from "" to this NEW DOMAIN name and site format.  Feel free to contact the club to point out anything that is not appearing correctly at .  Thank you, The Webmaster.

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.