Another exciting year of “Camaraderie – Corvettes – Community” is before us in 2014. Rogue Valley Corvettes was founded in January of 2006 and making memories together should always remain as one of our priorities. “Having fun in all that we do” will be our focus. Our 2012-2013 officers certainly deserve our sincere appreciation for their efforts and leadership. It was a job well done. There will be a great list of events forthcoming on our web site with Roger Puhl chairing that committee and assisted by Marilyn Pack. Rogue Valley Corvettes membership event ideas are always welcomed and should be forwarded to Roger and Marilyn.
RVC will be assisting Rogue Valley Street Rods in door monitoring at the Expo and Dan Richards will perform public address system duties for the Southern Oregon Rod & Custom Show to be held February 8th & 9th. We will display 3 Corvettes at that event which is estimated to draw 8,000 attendees. As in previous years, the Medford Cruise Association has asked RVC to provide cruise route security for the Medford Cruise on June 14th. Our valuable participation in the 2013 cruise event helped raise $22,000 donated to charities in Southern Oregon which included Skills-USA. A “President’s Mystery Tour” will be scheduled for 2014 so be ready for that event. RVC will also be represented in the National Corvette Caravan heading to Bowling Green, Kentucky, in August. The Fall Classic remains as our major revenue source and it will require “all hands on deck” for that event scheduled for September 13th.
We will be developing a new web site which will provide an updated view into Rogue Valley Corvettes as we strive to be the premier Corvette organization in the Pacific Northwest. Our current web site must be replaced due to support issues and its age. A new accounting system will also be in place in 2014 which will be simple to understand, yet provide more detail of income, expenditures, and account balances. The new system will assist in our development of the yearly budget as well as provide detailed “Fall Classic Car Show” financial records.
President – 2014
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At the January 11th RVC club meeting at Black Bear Diner in Grants Pass, RVC President Jim Pack presented Ken Klumpp, the Skills USA Advisor at North Valley High School, with a check for $2500, a third of the net proceeds from the 2013 Fall Classic Car Show. Ken told the club members that our support over the past years has made an enormous difference to the program participants, enabling many of them to get the education they need to go forward in productive careers.
It has been an honor serving as President of Rogue Valley Corvettes the past two years.
We have done great things and we’ve had much fun. There are young people whose lives have been forever changed because of your hard work and your generosity. Numerous charitable endeavors are better off today because of your participation. Your commitment to Camaraderie, Corvettes and Community has solidified your Corvette club as one of the premier organizations in our region.
At our Christmas Celebration, I was able to thank some of those who have helped me as President and your club in general, over the past two years. Being President of a car club is not difficult if you’re surrounded by good people. I was lucky – I had great people around me.
Dave Guches and Tony Wiggins were always there for me to count on. I can’t list all that they’ve done for RVC the last two years.
Thanks, too, to those who served on the Board of Trustees – to a member, they’ve always had the club’s best interest at heart.
John Warren did a masterful job with the Fall Classic. Thanks to him and to all of you who helped make our show one of the region’s best.
Virginia Chamberlain has done a great job as Treasurer. Norma Grove was an outstanding Secretary. Bob Reinke deserves a special ‘thank-you’ – for in the face of his greatest challenge, he continued to give me good counsel and support.
Also at our Christmas Celebration, I took the opportunity to award the first-ever Rogue Valley Corvettes Stingray Lifetime Achievement Award to Marilyn Pack. There is no one more deserving.
Marilyn has given more of her time and energy to your Corvette club than anyone has. RVC is the club it is today due in large part to Marilyn’s devotion to Camaraderie, Corvettes and Community. The crowd at the Christmas party gave her a standing ovation. If you weren’t there, take a moment and thank Marilyn for all she does for your club. RVC owes her.
My time as President is short. The Board of Trustees and I are wrapping up some business items and preparing the transition to new officers. A newly-retired Jim Pack will take over as President. Pat Puhl will serve as Vice President. Susan Martin takes over as Treasurer. And Marilyn and Sharon Warren will share the duties of Secretary.
All of you can – and should – have input on what activities RVC schedules in 2014. I would encourage you to take part in the activity planning process or, at the very least, get information to your officers about an event or activity you think we should consider. In the past two years our members have taken part in Corvette events from Portland to Monterey. Get involved in the process!
It was a shame that the weather so impacted our Christmas Celebration. For those of you who did not attend, you missed a nice meal in a beautiful setting, surrounded by friends. I hope you have another opportunity to celebrate the season with people you enjoy.
And I hope that each of you has a wonderful Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year.
Lastly, RVC dues for 2014 are due in January. Renewal per couple is $60 – renewal for single memberships is $40. You can mail your dues to the club PO Box (PO Box 1268, Medford, OR 97501) or bring them to our yet-to-be scheduled January meeting.
Again, it was an honor serving as President of Rogue Valley Corvettes.
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A total team effort by our RVC members has put another Fall Classic in the history books. A big “Thank You” goes out to our members, TC Chevy, all our many sponsors, our vendors and the car enthusiasts that attended our show last Saturday. It all came together…once again…as a huge success! The feedback since the show from participants has been that our show is very relaxed, one of the friendliest shows in the area and fun for everyone.
And…Congratulations to all our trophy winners! Rogue Valley Corvettes picked “Best of Show” which was sponsored by Heritage Motors once again. Just ask Ron Semoni if a 1955 GMC Suburban can’t win a car show! That is one cool ride!
We made some changes this year that were well accepted. You never know how your decisions will be received until after the fact. Obviously, two of our changes this year made our car show better. Opening the event to all makes and models was a good thing for our show and may take a few more years for the general car show population to realize that we are no longer an all Chevy show. Also, our club decision this year to limit trophies and acknowledge everyone with beautiful plaques was very well received. Our club got many, many compliments on that decision. People were surprised and elated that they were acknowledged for participation in our show. After all…not everyone will go home with a beautiful trophy…but everyone will go home feeling good about their efforts and enthusiasm for the car or truck they love so much.
Being that it’s the 60th Anniversary of Corvette, our “Decades Display” was once again well received and interesting. Our club cars on display were beautiful and showed the diversity of Chevrolet’s designs and engineering improvements over the past 60 years. Corvette will always be one of those cars that catch your eye…and it doesn’t matter what C model you have…they’re all beautiful and have their own history. This attraction for Corvette will continue on when the new C7s start hitting the streets later this year. Just watch people point it out when they see one driving down the street. They will be surprised at the new design and be eager to see it up close. Isn’t that the way it’s always been and always will be? Even some Ford guys are impressed with the ageless designs and shear speed and acceleration of Corvettes. You know who they are! You just can’t wipe that grin off your face when you drive a Corvette!
Our car show was well attended this year. We had 115 registrations with only a few no shows. One lady sent in her registration with a check, then stated on the registration that she couldn’t come to the show and said please donate my check to “SkillsUSA”. How nice was that! There were 17 car clubs represented this year from Central California to the Portland, Oregon area. The Rogue Mustang and Classic Ford Club put on a “full court press” to show us that opening the show to FoMoCo (Ford Motor Company) and other car manufacturers was a good decision. We had participants this year from as far south as Oceano, California (630 miles from TC Chevy) and as far north as the Portland, Oregon area and Forest Grove (300 plus miles from TC Chevy). Our Fall Classic has participants coming from opposite ends of the West Coast and happy to do so…the spread is almost a 1,000 miles. The oldest car was a 1928 Ford Model A from Grants Pass. The newest car…I must imagine…was in the dreams of the people that listened to John Elegant’s 2014 Corvette C7 presentation in the TC Chevy showroom. (Thank you John for presenting the C7 tech talk)
The main reason for this car show is to help SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a program to help high school students learn skills, compete for scholarships and advance to higher levels of education in varying fields. Their mission is: To empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. This is only one program of many, but I can tell you that anything we can do to help the young people of our nation is a step in the right direction.
The other reason for having a car show is to have fun!!! Despite the warm weather…I think we accomplished that! Oh boy…did we accomplish that!!!
Rogue Valley Corvettes’ logo and mission is: Camaraderie, Corvettes, and Community. I think we’ve done a great job with that this year. What do you think?
Thanks to all our RVC members for making the 2013 8th Annual Fall Classic Car Show the best ever.
John Warren (and Sharon Warren)
2013 Fall Classic Chairman
The 4th of July Parade in Central Point was a good time this year. RVC had 11 cars and really good “tough” members. It’s not easy to get up early to be ready to be lined up by 7:30 a.m. so you can wait around for a while; although that gives us a good opportunity for the “camaraderie” part of RVC.
There was no “flyover” by the jets this year but we did have a single plane up there going over many times to make us feel good about this holiday!
Being a participant in this parade is far more fun than watching. You are truly amazed that so many thousands of people come out and sit on the curb, just to see what’s happening. Personally, I enjoy and admire the watchers that go up and sit on their roofs! That view is probably way better.
Our cars were dressed in their festival finery and looked even better than a Corvette usually looks.
After we finished showing off our cars we went for a short cruise out through Sam’s Valley then via Rogue River Drive to Miguel’s on the river in Shady Cove. Ten more members and friends showed up to do what we do best…eat! It was a perfect day on the river with a cool breeze and the margaritas were…most refreshing.