Rogue Valley Corvettes
President’s Letter – March 17, 2020
Hello RVC members and other interested folks!
The year of 2019 ended with a great gathering of our members at Rogue Regency Hotel for our annual Christmas party. A good time was had by all who attended.
2020 started off with a well-attended January meeting at Black Bear Diner in Medford followed by an equally well attended February meeting at Mac’s Diner in Shady Cove.
Then we went into a tail-spin with the announcement of the Corona-Virus (Covid-19), and we’re still in its grip. The March meeting was cancelled and last Friday was called off. We don’t have any idea at this time how long this threat will last. Information/Disinformation concerning the duration and severity of measures being put in place abound in the news coverage we’re receiving.
In light of all that’s going on right now, we are in a total holding pattern. All meetings and activities are suspended until further notice. I and the other Officers and Board members will try our best to keep you informed of RVC developments as they arise.
Stay safe out there, and be careful!!
Presidents Letter July 2019
Hello Rogue Valley Corvette Club Members and friends.
Difficult to believe but the year is past its half waypoint. We can look back at a very active first half and look forward to many exciting things in store for the second half of the year.
Attendance for our regular club meetings has been fantastic with nearly 50 members joining up a number of times. We have tried to keep our meetings light hearted and brief as well as informative with Corvette news, past, present, and future.
Everyone is excited and anxious to view the new mid engine C8 premiering on July 18 in Los Angeles. Rumor has more than one member planning to step up to the new model.
One of our goals early in the year was to get individual members to “host” an event that was something that that member felt was special to them. Those events were definitely some of our best and most appreciated outings. We are hoping for even more of that type of participation in the future so new ideas are tried and enjoyed.
The first half had many highlights including several last Friday lunch events, Comedy Night dinner at Chadwicks, various winery trips, dinner at the Historic Prospect Hotel, road trips to Steamboat Inn and Howard Prairie Lake, multiple car show events, and one of the favorites, the Central Point 4th of July Parade.
Coming up will be a caravan to Sporthaven Marina in Brookings, a two-night caravan to Cascade Lakes Byway with stops at Sunriver, Bend, Crescent Lake, Eugene, and Kings Estate Winery. Another caravan to Mills Casino on the coast via Hwy 138 is planed for September. Don’t forget our club will be sending a contingent of cars along with the National Corvette Caravan to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Add to those plans are additional last Friday lunches, more winery trips, and our Christmas party at the Rogue Regency in December.
For those who have not already done so, go to our Facebook Page, “ Rogue Valley Corvette Club” then “like” the page so you can get reminders of upcoming events and photos of past activities. Please contact me if you are unfamiliar with the Facebook platform and have questions and/or concerns.
We want to welcome new members Rich and Anne Riddle of Talent and Bruce and Marilyn Jensen of Medford. Please introduce yourselves to them at the next event.
Remember to “Save the Wave”
Presidents Letter January 2019
As the New Year is in full swing, Rogue Valley Corvettes is planning for an event filled year with a lot of opportunities to drive our favorite cars in the coming months.
We welcome a new Board of Directors, which include myself as President, Craig Westby as Vice President, Don Silva, Tony Wiggins, and Dave Hartin. Our slate of officers again includes myself, Craig Westby, as well as Donna Garo as Treasurer, and Sande Silva as Secretary.
Our new social committee includes Cheri Doelger as Chairperson, Beth Lama as Spokesperson, Cherie Provancha as membership liaison, Nita Hartin, and Bill Carpenter.
The social committee has been hard at work for the past month planning and scheduling over 40 events for the upcoming year. Just some of the events planned are as follows:
- A two-day trip to Bend with a stop at the High Desert Museum and a road trip on The Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway and culminating with a drive to Eugene for an overnight stay and finally the next days return home a visit to Kings Estate Winery.
- Two separate visits to the Oregon Coast with one of them including an overnight stay at the Mill Resort and Casino in North Bend.
- A possible tour and overnight visit to Beale Air Force Base near Chico California
- A Jet Boat Excursion.
- Multiple Winery Trips and various restaurant visits
- In August Tony Wiggins will lead a group of Rogue Valley Corvette Club members on the Quinquennial Corvette Museum Caravan to Bowling Green Kentucky along with hundreds if not thousands of other Corvette enthusiasts.
- The above is just a small portion of our upcoming activities for 2019. You will not want to miss them.
Additional plans are for some changes to our website as well as more of an active Facebook Page presence to inform everyone of upcoming events as well as photos of past events.
Yes this will be a very busy year for the members of the Rogue Valley Corvette Club. Our club welcomes new members and all our friends to join in and celebrate driving our classic and new Corvettes.
Steve Tippin representing Klamath Falls Community College Foundation was present and accepted the Fall Classic car show donation check in the amount of $3,800. Steve thanked RVC for support of their program over the past years.
CHARTER MEMBER COMMITTEE SUGGESTIONS – Nov & Dec 2018 meetings
(Bold or italicized wording indicates modification and/or voting decisions of the membership)
(accepted) · Continue with lunch/dinner meetings (preferably no dinner meetings where driving at night is required).
(modified/accepted) · Email the agenda with bullet point discussion topics prior to the meeting.
(accepted) · Everyone use a microphone (we have hearing impaired members). Have 2 microphones available.
(accepted) · The President to set the tone for the meeting by following Roberts Rules of Order. The attendees need to be polite, do not interrupt speakers, wait to be acknowledged before speaking and limit side conversations.
(moved to “Activities“) · Have a Meeting Committee of two to three people to help set up the meetings. The responsibilities would be to:
(discarded) · Set the meeting time and prior to meeting place beverage/food orders. Have the meeting for about an hour and upon completion have the meal served and enjoy social time.
(accepted) · Allow time on the agenda for open discussions as well as have time to share past activities by one of the attendees and highlight upcoming events.
(accepted) · Email the minutes out to all members. (Less than half of the membership currently accesses the Members Only Section of the website where the minutes are posted. So they are not receiving information about what is happening in the club.)
(modified/accepted) · Have the appointed Social Chairperson form an Activities Committee in the next few months to take up the suggestions and plan a Preliminary Calendar for the year.
(modified/accepted) · Have the Social Chairperson identify a “back-up” chairperson from within the Activities Committee to fill-in if needed.
(modified/accepted) · Include in the Activities Committee planning:
o Mid-week runs (40 voted for this 5 said no)
o Plan last Friday Socials
o Try to plan at least one overnight “big” event like the Jet Boat in Gold Beach or the Spruce Goose excursion that was done in the past.
o Plan an event in cities where we have members but we don’t hold meetings – i.e. California, Shasta, and Klamath Falls.
(accepted) · Have different members host the various events. Part of their responsibilities would be to have a destination map available, review Cruise Etiquette, make reservations, if needed and promote participation.
o Email to the Host a copy of the sign-up sheet.
(modified/accepted) · Have an Activities Committee member identified to send out email Event Reminders.
(postponed for further discussion) · Discuss having a Phone Tree – could that work for RVC?
(moved/modified/accepted) · Have two to three Activities Committee members help set up the meetings. The responsibilities would be to:
o Identify Restaurants that have ample parking, a separate room and a willingness to fit to our needs. Limit to 3 -4 restaurants and then alternate throughout the year. Some that seem to fit our parameters from the past year are: Mac’s Diner, Centennial, Tap Rock, Bobbios and Grants Pass Golf Course. (Seek out other locations.)
o Establish a relationship with the restaurant manager and inquire about servers for the group.
o Rotate the locations so that we don’t do same place/twice in a row.
(postponed) * Discuss having a Phone Tree – could that work for RVC? Referred to 2019 Activities Committee for follow-up.
(accepted) · Get the members involved in the decision processes (form committees for feedback)
(modified/accepted) · Keep members informed:
o At the January meeting the Treasurer shall give members a list of reoccurring expenses for the club (i.e. Insurance, PO Box, and Web site Fee etc.)
o Email the meeting minutes to members. Email the minutes of Board of Trustee’s meeting to members.
o Communication is essential.
(modified/accepted) · Brainstorm ideas for Charitable donations
o We have $6,000 set aside for a rainy day fund from past Fall Classics. These monies need to be disbursed to Skills since all our advertising said we would donate to them. Funds will be distributed equally to the current Fall Classic recipients over the next 2 years. $1000 donation to each organization per year.
o Discuss other potential future charitable donations (some suggested were Toys for the Needy, food donations, etc…but for the club to decide). Committee to be formed in 2019 to address issue.
(modified/accepted) · Form a committee at the first of the year to discuss the RVC Website and Facebook
o Which of these communication Medias would be best for the club?
o Which would be used by members and also communicate to potential members?
o Which would be easier to manage?
o There currently are only 30 registered user names for the member’s only section. (35% of the total membership.) Project A says that the site gets minimal hits every month.
o It has been suggested that Facebook might be a better vehicle to post information and events.