Rogue Valley Corvettes
33 Corvette enthusiasts from the Rogue Valley and beyond came together April 22 for the first-ever RVC Social/Business Meeting at Elmer’s in Medford. “We couldn’t have had a better turnout or more enthusiasm — it was great,” said RVC President Mary Kush….
Jim and Sherry Dalziel, the first people outside of the charter group to join RVC, came all the way from Arcata, CA. to be at the inaugural meeting. “We couldn’t miss being at the first meeting,” said Sherry. “We’re not sure how many RVC meetings and events we’ll make, but we had to be here for this. We’re very excited about the new club.”
The Dalziels and their 2004 black convertible weren’t the only new members by the end of the night — John and Mary Jo Bucchino (Grants Pass/’65 red coupe), Steve Hunter and Madelon Cahill (Eagle Point/’00 red convertible), John and Darlene Koughan (Grants Pass/’04 silver coupe), Paul and Gioia Uhlenkott (Grants Pass/’02 black coupe), and Larry and Andrea Tupper (Grants Pass/’72 gold coupe) all joined RVC by evening’s end.
Other attendees included Morey and Lori Hale, Scott and JoAnn Lloyd, Craig and Merry Reeves, Bruce and Colleen Tozer, and Diane Westby.
The evening began with an informal social half-hour, followed by good food and tremendous service by the Elmer’s staff. After dinner, President Kush and other RVC Charter Members introduced the club to the crowd.
Charter Members, new members and attendees topped off the night with a white cake with strawberry filling made by Ruby Howard. The cake, which was an exact replica of the RVC logo, was a hit. “That cake was beautiful and very, very good,” said Charter Member Terri Kraatz. “Ruby did a great job!”
RVC’s first meeting was exciting, enthusiastic and successful. And everyone there had their cake — and ate it, too.
Rogue Valley Corvettes — it has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
In early January of this year, a group Corvette enthusiasts came together to form what would become Rogue Valley Corvettes, Inc. It didn’t happen overnight. Or without debate. And not without a tremendous amount of work by a number of people….
Starting a Corvette club from scratch — and doing it right — is tough, don’t let anyone fool you. There are forms to be filled out. Decisions to be made. Arguments to have. And more forms to complete. There are constitutions to be written and by-laws to be agreed upon. And more forms to be filled out — and then filed. With the state. And the feds.
We had to come up with a name for our new club. That only took us about a week. Next, we needed a domain name for our website. There went another week. It wasn’t that we couldn’t agree on names or decisions — that wasn’t it at all. We’d have a meeting, tackle some issue, come to a decision and then go home. Then — usually one by one — we’d think about what we’d done and come to the conclusion that we could do it better. So we’d go back to drawing board.
We designed a logo, stationary, and business cards, too. We picked out shirts and looked at hats and jackets. We debated — I can’t tell you how many times — over what dues should be to join RVC. We talked about image and perception. About how meetings should be held. We discussed what kinds of events we want to participate in. We talked about places we want to go — about how we should drive on our way there. And how we should act once we arrive. I think you’ll like what we came up with.
Rogue Valley Corvettes is not a rebuilt or restored old Corvette club. It’s new — brand new. Ordered from the factory and delivered at the museum new. This is a C6 with paddle-shift and plastic still on the seats new. Take a whiff — we still have that new car smell.
RVC is not only new, it’s different as well. Take our term-limits for officers, for example — you won’t see the same people year in and year out making decisions that impact the club or holding its purse strings. Or, how about our commitment to the communities of Southern Oregon? It’s right there on our logo — you can’t miss it. We will be involved in our communities and we will give back to those communities whenever we can. And how about our Ambassador Program. Every Corvette club on the planet strives for camaraderie among its members — we’re super-charging the camaraderie-thing by entering into ambassadorships with Corvette clubs across our region. Our relationship with these clubs will be unique.
This was my first — and hopefully only — time being involved on the ground floor of a car club. I believe we have built a foundation that will stand the test of time. I think we have set a course which, if maintained, will lead RVC down a successful, fun, and fulfilling path for its members.
Colin Carnegie, Bill and Candy Christie, Werner and Terri Kraatz, Bob and Mary Kush, Jim and Marilyn Pack, Dave Stickland and I — the Charter Members of RVC — share a passion for the Corvette. That passion pumps through the veins of RVC. And it will always.
We look forward to sharing the Corvette Passion with every RVC member. We look forward to sharing it with you.
RVC is that new C6 paddle-shift, plastic still on the seats, ordered from the factory and delivered at the museum beauty — take us for a spin.
You’re gonna like us.
The inaugural team of elected officers is in place to lead Rogue Valley Corvettes through what is sure to be an exciting first year.
President Mary Kush, Vice President Jim Pack and Treasurer Colin Carnegie will lead RVC. Also on the governing team is Secretary Candy Christie and Activities Chair Marilyn Pack.
Charter Member Dave Stickland is heading up RVC’s Ambassador Program, as well as acting as coordinator of RVC apparel and merchandising. Colin Carnegie and Dan Richards are working on RVC’s website. Terri Kraatz is assisting as an editor.
Kush, Pack and Richards are the first members of the RVC Board of Trustees. Two additional trustees will be added from the membership ranks.
Additional volunteers will be needed as this first year gets under way.