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President’s Letter

March 2012

As a former college basketball coach, I think teamwork is a thing of beauty.

At last month’s Southern Oregon Rod and Custom Show, Rogue Valley Corvettes showed as much teamwork as the great UCLA Dynasty teams of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Coach Wooden would have been proud.

The Rod and Custom Show is the region’s grandest indoor car event, and RVC’s drive-in theater-themed club display was a tremendous hit. Many of our club members teamed up to make it happen.

Morris and Virginia loaned us our theater ‘screen’ – whom else has a spare 65” TV? Dave Stickland’s Red Elk Enterprises paid for the black back-drop that gave us the dark-of-night look we needed. John Bucchino created speakers for each car that were outstanding. Car owners Lori Hale, Greg Danner, Kent and Barbara Colahan and the Bucchinos brought their cars to the event. And on the days we had to set-up and tear-down the display, we had almost more help than we needed. Besides the Bucchinos and Danner, we also had Ron Seering, Dave Guches, Morris and Stickland helping out.

We didn’t set any picks or trap at the wings, but it was a thing of beauty.

Our friends at Rogue Valley Street Rods appreciated our club display and all of our members who volunteered their time to assist with the show. RVC’s dedication to our Community shined brightly. I, for one, talked to hundreds of people who stopped by who were impressed not only with our cars and our display, but with our contributions to Skills USA.

To those of you who provided cars – thank-you. And to those of you who made the display possible – thank-you. And to those who volunteered your most precious resource – time – I thank-you, too.

Spring is in the air. Warmer temperatures and my sinuses prove that.

As the weather gets (hopefully) progressively better, let’s keep our eyes and ears open for windows of opportunity – chances for spur-of-the-moment Corvette cruises that can be pulled off with a few phone calls and emails. Anyone can initiate a spur-of-the-moment cruise. Anyone – even you.

On March 17th, RVC Events Czar Marilyn Pack will lead our band of merry Corvette enthusiasts to Wolf Creek for a lunch-run. I hope you and your Corvette will join us.

Sincerely,

Dan Richards

President

Rogue Valley Corvettes

RVC Presidents Letter – February 2012

Dear Members,

 
The good folks at Webster’s Dictionary define ‘Camaraderie’ as, “A spirit of friendly good fellowship …” 
 
At Rogue Valley Corvettes, ‘Camaraderie’ defines us.
 
A cornerstone of the foundation that your club stands on, Camaraderie adorns our logo. The word is – literally and figuratively – sewn into the very fabric of RVC. 
 
After our January meeting in Grants Pass, I had the opportunity to visit with two guests who had attended the luncheon. The prospective members and I visited for some time about our club, our cars, our jobs and interests. It was when I asked them how they’d learned about RVC that I was most intrigued – and proud.
 
They had been driving their new Corvette through Medford one Sunday afternoon, as they passed by a fleet of 10 RVC Corvettes parked at local eatery. Interested in what they’d seen, the couple turned around to get a better look.
 
And a better look – at ‘Camaraderie’ – they got.
 
As the couple looked over the cars, they were approached by some RVC members who invited them inside. There, the couple met numerous members of our club and they saw first-hand the relationships we have with one another and how we approach other car enthusiasts. And they liked what they saw.
 
That Sunday afternoon won’t necessarily standout when the history of our club is written, and the couple may or may not ever join RVC. But what went on that day, with those two people, is exactly what should go on with our club every chance we get.
 
Greg Danner had organized the spur-of-the-moment lunch-run. Nine other RVC couples joined him and Susan Martin for lunch and a cruise to Applegate Lake. Those folks had their cars out. They were enjoying them. And they were enjoying the ‘spirit of friendly good fellowship’ when the parked Corvettes caught the eyes of the passers-by.
 
Not only were we out, enjoying our cars and each other – we reached out to some Corvette nuts we didn’t know. We invited them to join us. And we let them see us for who we are. That, my friends, is what will sustain our club for years to come.
 
February is a big month in our local car culture. The Southern Oregon Rod and Custom Show celebrates its 35th year the weekend of February 18-19 – and RVC is celebrating with them by having a Club Display at this years show.  
 
On the evening of the 18th, RVC members will gather at Medford’s Red Lobster for dinner. Come by the fairgrounds and see your club display and join us for dinner afterwards.
 
And let ‘Camaraderie’ continue to define us.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dan Richards
President
Rogue Valley Corvettes

Presidents Letter – January 1, 2012

Dear Members,

 
It is an honor to address you as President of Rogue Valley Corvettes.
 
In six quick years, Rogue Valley Corvettes has established itself as one of the premier organizations in Southern Oregon’s car culture – due in large part to those who have served before me. 
 
Mary Kush and Jim Pack have given RVC great leadership since our inception. Though Mary and Jim have different leadership styles, each has played an invaluable role for RVC. They, and the officers who served with them – Bob Cambas, Candy Christie, Colleen Tozer, Diane Sheldon, Donalyn Cambas, Sharon Warren, Debbie Reinke, Colin Carnegie, Terri Kraatz, Helen Jacobson, Ron Seering and Marilyn Pack – have pointed our club in a tremendous direction.
 
Bob Reinke, Virginia Chamberlain and Norma Grove volunteered to run, and have been elected, as RVC officers for 2012. I appreciate their willingness to serve RVC and I look forward to working with them this year.
 
All of us as RVC Members owe our past and present officers a debt of gratitude. I’ll use this platform to officially say “Thank-you!”
 
2012 should be RVC’s best year ever. We should strive to improve on what we do – strive to have more fun, drive more miles, make more friendships in and out of our club, and do all we can to make even more of a difference in our communities.
 
I have been so very impressed with RVC’s willingness to ‘give’. The Fall Classic, of course, is our most public and prominent ‘charitable event’ – but we do so much more than that.
 
In the last year, we not only raised thousands of dollars for Skills USA at the Fall Classic All Chevy Show, we donated over 100 coats to Coats for Kids. We donated 250 pounds of food to ACCESS. We gave to Toys for Tots. And we very generously passed that hat when the Skills USA students needed more money for travel expenses.
 
We give – a lot. And it feels good. It proves RVC’s commitment to ‘Community’ all year long.
 
As hard as we work at making a difference in our community, we need to work even harder at having fun. That’s why Rogue Valley Corvettes exists – it’s where a bunch of like-minded Corvette enthusiasts come together to share the ‘Corvette experience’, the ‘Corvette lifestyle’. It’s the ‘Camaraderie’ we reference so often.
 
Camaraderie – with our members and with car enthusiasts we meet along our way – is the lifeblood of RVC. We need to do everything we can to foster and grow it among ourselves and those we come into contact with as a club. It will define us.
 
We drive the coolest cars on the planet. The Corvette is the common denominator that has brought us all together. Each of us has a ‘Corvette story’ – a ‘Corvette Confession’, if you will – to give. I want us to share those Corvette stories with one another. I want our entire club to know how it is that you became a Corvette enthusiast.
 
At our January meeting in Grants Pass, you will hear more than one Corvette Confession. I hope you will consider sharing your story with us.
 
Lastly, I ask that each of you consider giving as much to the club as you take. 
 
If you’ve ever enjoyed an RVC event, consider hosting one. If you’ve had fun in a caravan of Corvettes heading to the coast, think about leading one to the mountains. Volunteer for a committee. Host a party in your garage. Initiate a spur-of-the-moment run for ice cream. Find a way for us to make more of an impact in our communities. And do whatever you can to make new members feel welcome.
 
It’s your club. Make a difference.
 
Happy New Year!
 
Sincerely,
 
Dan Richards
President
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