Rogue Valley Corvettes

Camaraderie – Corvettes – Community

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 is a Hit at 35th Annual Rod and Custom Show

Rogue Valley Corvettes was front and center – and behind the scenes – during the 35th Annual Southern Oregon Rod and Custom Show, February 18 -19 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Point.

Five RVC cars were dramatically displayed in an almost-life-size-like drive-in theatre that included a car culture movie classic, some Bucchino-built limited edition speakers and a display of club trophies.
RVC Charter Member Dave Stickland’s Red Elk Enterprises paid for the black back-drop that gave the scene the after-dark feel it needed. The back-drop was a subtle, but very important, piece to the drive-in theatre puzzle. Dave’s generosity, as always, was greatly appreciated.

Numerous RVC members volunteered to work the area’s biggest annual indoor car show, manning everything from doors, to ticket booths, to the PA system.

“RVC had a great weekend,” said President Dan Richards. “Our club display was a hit with everyone who attended the show and our members really stepped up to help our friends at Rogue Valley Street Rods put the show on.”

“We couldn’t do this without your Corvette club’s help,” said John Marvel, RVSR member who coordinates the staffing of the show. “We really appreciate your help!”

In the drive-in display, the car culture cult classic “American Graffiti” played on as Lori Hale’s ’54, Dan Richards’ ’62, Kent and Barbara Colahan’s ’64, John and Mary Jo Bucchino’s ’65 and Greg Danner’s ’72 shined brightly under the lights of the main floor.

“It was really cool,” Richards said. “Peoples’ eyes lit up when they saw the cars and realized they were parked at a drive-in. American Graffiti was the perfect movie for us to show.”

On Saturday night of the show, nearly 30 RVC members and guests attended a dinner social at Medford’s Red Lobster, hosted by Lori Hale. “We had a great dinner with good friends,” Hale said. “It’s a great part of our Rod and Custom Show weekend.”

Each of the RVC cars displayed were awarded Sponsor Plaques and the RVC Club Display placed second among the most club displays the show has ever had. “I thought we did very well for our first attempt at a club display,” Richards said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to have another club display next year.”

RVC has a great relationship with Rogue Valley Street Rods, and has assisted with the Rod and Custom Show for the past five years.

RVC Will Help Celebrate 35th Annual Rod and Custom Show

The Rogue Valley’s premier indoor car event – The Southern Oregon Rod and Custom Show – celebrates its 35th year February 18th and 19th. And Rogue Valley Corvettes is proud to be a part of the show.

Rogue Valley Street Rods has hosted the show for three-plus decades and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for their charities. This year, RVC will help them commemorate the 35th Annual Show with a club display.

Five RVC Corvettes – Lori Hale’s ’54, Dan Richards’ 62, Kent and Barbara Colahan’s ’64 coupe, John and Mary Jo Bucchino’s ’65 coupe, and Greg Danner’s ’72 big block – will grace the main floor at this year’s show.

Set up in a drive-in theatre-like atmosphere, the RVC cars – complete with Bucchino-designed drive-in theatre speakers – will transport visitors back to the glory days of Corvettes, rock n’ roll and the classic American drive-in theatre.

“We’re excited to help our friends at Rogue Valley Street Rods celebrate the 35th Anniversary Rod and Custom Show,” said RVC President Dan Richards. “Their club has a great history of putting on a wonderful show and raising a lot of money for Southern Oregon children.” The Rod and Custom show benefits the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center of Oregon – and this year they could eclipse the $500,000 mark of charitable donations raised.

“So many children have benefited from Rogue Valley Street Rods’ efforts. And the Rod and Custom Show is one of the annual highlights of our local car culture. We’re just happy to be involved,” Richards added.

The Rod and Custom Show is held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Central Point. 8,000 visitors are expected at this year’s show.

For more information, go to http://roguevalleystreetrods.com/

 

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
Rogue Valley Corvettes

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