President’s Letter April 2018
The April meeting at Mac’s Diner in Shady Cove was terrific and 41 Corvette enthusiasts were in attendance. Once again, Mac’s Diner provided excellent service and great food. The social portion of the meeting was something to witness as hugs among members were taking place everywhere. A couple of guests were perhaps surprised by what they saw taking place in this group which was actually less than half of our membership. As you all know, these meetings are recorded for the business portion accuracy. There was so much laughter and frivolity that we may have to turn up the recorder to capture a speaker’s dialog. The “Fall Classic” t-shirt modeling by Steve Vedder was a hoot. I think perhaps he has missed his calling in life by not being an entertainer. John Doelger and Kerry Provancha continue to bring humor to our lives with the monthly meeting joke. John and Sharon Warren’s return trip experience from Mexico must be presented to RVC. I think they should have bought burros to ride as the Tundra took a severe beating.
I can’t say enough about how caring our group is for one another and how proud it makes me. I just received word that Kent Colahan’s health issue has made an unbelievable turn for the better. His immune system is low and he must limit contact with others, but communication from RVC membership is very important. A positive attitude is critical in facing challenges like this and Kent possesses that strong trait. A number of us have faced life threatening situations and it really brings to the forefront of what is important in life. In my opinion, it’s God, Family, & Friends. I could write a book on what RVC has done for our membership in the past and I hope that it never stops. Let’s not let trivial issues limit us to enjoying life to the fullest as life can be over very quickly as we have recently witnessed.
There are RVC activities coming at us from every angle and “thanks” goes to all of you who responded to activities suggestions in the recent questionnaire. If you need to get the itch of going fast out of your system, attend the Rogue Karting event on April 23rd. Car show invitations are everywhere. The Rogue River Jet Boat ride from Gold Beach will be great fun, but move fast in securing overnight lodging. There are plans for RVC meetings coming up at the McLeod’s and Warren’s homes and don’t miss those.
There are a number of individuals seeking membership in RVC, so please introduce yourself and offer seating with you at the meetings, or events, if possible. You may be astonished at the backgrounds of our membership. Thank you for all the phone calls and cards regarding the recent ordeal that “ Mother Marilyn” endured.
Warm regards to all
President’s Letter March 2018
The results of our recent RVC questionnaire on activities and operations will be in review at the end of March. The results will subsequently be openly discussed at our meeting on April 14th. Sande Silva, RVC Social Chairperson, along with an activities committee, will be reviewing questionnaire responses for new ideas and activities suggestions. Craig Westby, Vice President, is advisor to all RVC committees as per By-Laws and he is available to assist if needed.
The proposed By-Laws Changes as discussed at our March 10th RVC meeting failed to pass due to a failure to meet the two-thirds minimum membership approval voting requirement for amendments. All measures, with the exception of the lowering of the quorum percentage from 25% to 15% would have passed in this past election. By-Laws are to be reviewed each year in October and voted on by the membership in November.
A valid question was put forth at our March 10th meeting regarding the RVC 2018 budget for activities. The $800 total budget for activities was in part, a result of costs not being submitted to RVC by members that were hosting our meetings, or events, which were conducted in their homes. Those costs should not be the sole responsibility of the hosts when good judgment is utilized. There are typically 4 to 5 meetings, or events, per year that are hosted by gracious RVC members in their homes.
Our recent purchase of the $140.00 Audio 2000’s P/A system from Amazon for our regular meetings was not satisfactory due to the failure of it’s two wireless microphones as well as a malfunction within the sound system unit itself. The system had a 1 year warranty and it was returned to Amazon for a credit. We will be utilizing our much larger Yamaha Stagepas 300 P/A system with Shure wireless microphone in the interim. The Yamaha system has been terrific in it’s performance for 12 years and the sound quality is excellent as we all know. It appears the old adage of “you get what you pay for” may still be valid in electronics.
Spring has arrived, but weather snow warnings for Southern Oregon continued this past week. Studded tires for Corvettes on the Siskiyous might be a business opportunity.
President’s Letter February 2018
We were very honored at our February 10th meeting by a special presentation to our Vietnam Veterans from Mike Whitfield from Rogue Valley Veterans and Community Outreach. Mike presented “Quilts of Valor” and “Appreciation Certificates” to RVC members who were deployed to Vietnam during the war. The recipients were Bruce Archer, Morris Chamberlain, Rick Geagan, Dave Guches, Bob Fleischman, Rod Rancik, and Paul Uhlenkott. RVC was very proud to have these veterans stand before us and receive the recognition they so valiantly deserve. Some of these individuals had never received a simple grateful “Thank You for Your Service” upon returning home from that war.
Matt Boren, Skills-USA advisor for Eagle Point High School, brought a former Skills student and his son who is now currently enrolled in the Skills Program to that same meeting. Matt gave an excellent overview of his Skills program and the important role that RVC has played enabling his students to compete at Oregon and national competition events. Eagle Point High School has done extremely well at these events and Matt Boren has been a driving force in preparing these students for their careers in the work place. A special “Thank You” goes to Matt for his determination and leadership in assisting our Southern Oregon youth in their path of future successes.
I have always been proud of the caring nature of Rogue Valley Corvettes members for one another and the outpouring of concern for Linda Guches has been overwhelming. Please keep both Linda and Dave in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of her surgical recovery.
RVC can once again be commended for our generosity in assisting in providing much needed items for approximately 50 homeless veterans in Southern Oregon. The bags of hand-out items ranging from toiletries to socks, blankets and energy bars was very much appreciated by Mike Whitfield from RVVCO. Snow has been falling in recent days and baby it’s cold outside.
President’s Letter January 2018
I wish to welcome Rogue Valley Corvettes membership to an exciting new year as we pursue that dream of “Making Corvette Memories Together” in 2018. The founding principals of our organization are quite clear in our red, white, & blue logo, by-laws and job descriptions which provide the guidance for our involvement in Camaraderie – Corvettes – Community. RVC is a non profit, educational, recreational, and social club of Corvette owners and enthusiasts. Our biggest strength, however, is the greatest group of individuals that comprise our organization that I have ever encountered. The members have repeatedly shown their pride in belonging to RVC and their concern for one another. If you do not like the firm handshakes, or the many hugs that you will receive, then perhaps it’s time for some introspection. I am so proud of the great qualities that exist in each one of you. Get to know fellow members and you will be amazed at their backgrounds and what they have accomplished. As RVC has grown in size, I will bet there are members that you struggle to remember their names. Wear your name badges and introduce yourself. Sit with different members at meetings and you will be amazed at their backgrounds and the fact that we are all drawn together because of a world class automobile, Corvette. RVC has assembled the “A Team” of Officers, Board of Trustees and Appointees for 2018 and they are excited to assist in building an even better organization for our membership. We look forward to continue to build the finest Corvette club in the Pacific Northwest. That goal can only be accomplished through teamwork and the active participation of our membership in RVC.
We will have forthcoming questionnaires on what activities you enjoy, meeting location preferences, meeting procedures, community involvement activities, charities, and Fall Classic Car Show improvements. Enthusiasm for what we do and membership participation are the key elements to the success of Rogue Valley Corvettes. That’s where those “Corvette Memories” are developed. This is your club, the direction you would like RVC to pursue and above all “Having Fun and Pride in What We Do”. There were sincere ideas put forth at out January 7th meeting regarding a few by-law changes and I ask that you please give thought to those discussions and proposals put forth. Your opinions matter and the “A-Team” will be listening to what is forthcoming from our membership questionnaires. An “outside of the box” suggestion for a change that has merit will certainly be explored. As mentioned in our January meeting, please make certain that you have full access to the RVC website.
Jim Pack, President
The summer is heating up and we’ve had so many fun events so far, and there are many
more upcoming events to join in and enjoy with your fellow members. Club participation
so far has been phenomenal, and I hope that this continues into the Fall and Winter. It’s
important to attend the meeting this month at Rod McLeod’s home -see Sande’s email to
get the directions and time – we will be discussing the upcoming Fall Classic and other
important issues regarding club activities. All members are encouraged to attend.
The Bend car show was a great success, Dan Richards won an award for best C7 convertible,
and some of our members were fortunate to win auction items (go Sande!). Sorry that
Connie and I couldn’t be there – unexpected business interfered.
We also had a great run with 17 cars to Crescent City for lunch at the Chart Room on the 30th
– a wonderful respite from the heat in the Valley!
On a personal note, Connie and I would like to invite all of our Corvette friends to attend our
wedding on August 21st at 7pm at Cobblestone Mobile and RV park in Medford. Please RSVP
to Connie’s email – email@example.com – by 8/14/2016, so we can plan for food and guests
(appetizers and dessert – NO GIFTS PLEASE!).
Save the wave!
Ron Seering, Pres!