2019 Club Minutes

MINUTES OF OCTOBER MEETING - 10/8/19

The meeting was called to order by President Randy Duncan at 7:00 pm. Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked everyone to silence their cell phones.  There were 44 people in attendance, including all officers except Marketing co-director Jae Kennedy.  New members John and Kathy Pahl, and guests Bob Raker and Ernie and Carol Nilander (sp?) introduced themselves. We also welcomed Julie and Ken Burdette, Liz Brannon and Ron Welshons, and Jim and Jerri Lewis back to the desert following their "summer break."

Upcoming Lunch and Dinner Events are:

DINNER NIGHT OUT: October 17th, The Nest, 75188 CA-111, Indian Wells, CA 92210, at 6:30pm. If you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting, contact Joan Lake at 1234jlake@gmail.com or at 760-702-0199. If you sign up and cannot make it, please let Joan know.

DIVA LUNCHEON:  October 25th, Palm Tree Palace, 79660 CA-111 Set 103, La Quinta, CA 92253, at 11:30 am. Contact Joyce Sosebee at casamaxemo@gmail.com or at 760-485-4567 if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it, please let Joyce know.

STUD LUNCH:  October 25th, The Roblero Pit, 79410 CA-111 #112, La Quinta, CA 92253, at 11:30. Contact Mike Nichols at aspenca@verizon.net if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it, please let Mike know.

VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT: Bruce Kirshner asked to deliver his report under New Business.

GOVERNOR'S REPORT: Tom Pinard reported that NCCC membership renewals for 2020 will open on October 15th, and membership payments are due no later December 1st.  New members who joined NCCC from October through December 2019 will have their membership payments applied to 2020, and will not be charged for 2019.

TREASURER'S REPORT:  Kim Singer reported income and expenses for the periods August 8th through September 10th, and September 10th through October 8th. A motion to accept the report was made by Joan Lake, seconded by Lou Latragna, and approved.

SECRETARY'S REPORT: Ron Singer reported that minutes of the September 10th meeting were emailed to all members on September 12th. There were no additions or corrections to these minutes. Bruce Kirshner moved to accept the minutes as submitted, seconded by Joyce Sosebee, and approved.

EDITOR'S REPORT/MARKETING REPORT:  Diane Duncan, Editor, reported that her outgoing Club email was now working. She did note, however, that for unknown reasons some Club emails were being delivered to members' spam/junk mail boxes. She asked everyone to check their spam/junk mailboxes for these emails. Garry Dean, Marketing co-director, had Club merchandise on display, including pink Club hats now in stock. He also has a box full of unclaimed name badges. Members who have not received their name badges should contact Garry. As always, a full selection of Club merchandise and pricing can be viewed online at PalmSpringsCorvetteClub.com.  Just download and fill out an order form (be sure to list color and size(s)), and mail it along with a check for payment to Garry at 38320 Chuperosa Lane, Cathedral City, CA  92234. Contact Garry at 31bowtie@gmail.com if you have any questions.

OLD BUSINESS

On September 21st, a run to attend the Route 66 Cruisin' Reunion in Ontario was cancelled due to a lack of sign-ups. Mike and Vicki Nichols did attend the event, featuring a 7 block display of classic cars and hot rods along Euclid Blvd. 

On September 28th, Mike and Vicki Nichols hosted a run to the Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido for lunch and to see The Addams Family play. It was very entertaining and everyone had a great time. Thank you Mike and Vicki!

On October 6th, Joan Lake attended the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City (BGCCC) International Meatball Festival. Our Club supports the BGCCC with proceeds of the annual Spring Autocross event, and in the past we participated in their Meatball Festival as well. Previously, the Festival included a car show which was not held this year. As a result, Joan was the only Club member who attended this year. Let's try to support the BGCCC throughout the year!

NEW BUSINESS/UPCOMING RUNS & EVENTS

Randy once again reminded everyone that nominations for 2020 Club officers would be held in November. Under PSCC bylaws, Randy is "termed out" as President and, after several years of dedicated service, Diane is no longer going to serve as Editor. Kim and Ron Singer are also taking a hiatus from their respective positions as Treasurer and Secretary.  We therefore have several Board positions that must be filled for the Club to continue operating next year. Bruce Kirshner asked everyone to do some serious soul searching, and think about what the PSCC means to each of you personally. We have so many good friends, good times and worthy charities supported thanks to the Club. We need people to step up and work together to keep this great organization viable in the future.

Ron Singer reported that the Palm Springs High School homecoming parade will be held on Wednesday afternoon, 10/23, and the homecoming game will be held on Friday evening, 10/25. Kim Singer has about 15 cars signed-up to drive Princesses and local dignitaries in the parade down Palm Canyon Drive, and 9 cars signed-up to drive Princesses around the PSHS stadium before the homecoming game. Following the parade, participating Club members are invited to enjoy refreshments at the Antigua Kitchen & Bar, 105 S. Palm Canyon Dr. To thank us for our participation, Palm Springs High School also makes a generous donation towards Club sponsored charities. Kim will be sending out an email with more details soon.

Joyce Sosebee reported that our Annual Christmas Party will be held on December 14th at the Heritage Palms Country Club. Tickets are $55 per person, which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing and a door prize raffle. There will also be a no-host bar. If you, or someone you know, is interested in donating door prizes for this event, contact Joyce at casamaxemo@gmail.com or at 760-485-4567.

Upcoming Runs and Events

October 18th: Day run through Box Canyon and Joshua Tree with sightseeing, finishing up at Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown for lunch. Contact Bruce Kirshner at bandtcasa@earthlink.net if you're interested in participating.

October 26th: 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Car Show at the Palm Springs Air Museum, sponsored by the Desert Classic Car Association. To enter your car in the show, phone 760-346-1984 or email driwasherik@aol.com. For more details, go online at https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/programs/halloween-themed-car-show-chili-tasting/, or contact Stan Moreno at 760-908-9981.

November 2nd: Cars n' Coffee at the Sip Coffee House & Juice Bar, 44100 Jefferson St #302, Indio, CA 92201 beginning 7:30(ish) am; then plan to join us at 9:15 for a breakfast buffet ($18 per person) at the Big Rock Pub, 79940 Westward Ho Dr, Indio, CA 92201. Contact Joyce Sosebee at casamaxemo@gmail.com to sign-up for the buffet.

November 9th: Bakersfield Veterans Charity Car Show will be held from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Northwest Promenade, 8660 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93312. The entry fee is $40 per car.

November 11th: Palm Springs Veteran's Day Parade. Club participation is limited to 8 cars and is fully subscribed at this time. Contact Bruce Kirshner or Stan Moreno for details.

November 13th: Run to San Diego along mountain roads with an overnight stay on Shelter Island. Attend an evening performance of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park and lunch the next day at the C Level Restaurant on Harbor Island. Bruce and Terri Kirshner are hosting this event, for which hotel reservations and play tickets have already been purchased by those who signed up.

December 14th: PSCC's Annual Christmas Party will be held in the main ballroom of the Heritage Palms Country Club, 44291 S Heritage Palms Dr., Indio CA, 92201, at 6 pm. 

COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

·        The Club received a letter from BreastCancer.org acknowledging our $1395 donation in memory of Deanna Baldwin. Randy presented the letter to Sam.

·        Liz Brannon offered to purchase a gift on behalf of the Club for Dan and Ashleigh Jessup, celebrating the birth of their daughter, Elleigh.

·        El Paseo Cruise Night and the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce will host the 55th Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade on Sunday, October 27th, at 1:00pm. Paul Aragon was contacted about having some of our Corvettes lead the parade. If you'd like to participate, contact Paul at phasmooth@aol.com.

·        Ron Welshons announced that Omega Motorsports is sponsoring the NoFlyArizona Half-Mile Rolling Start Race at the Gila Bend, AZ, airport on October 13th (https://www.omegamotorsport.com/copy-of-noflyzone-arizona). If you're interested in participating, contact Ron at rwwelshons@gmail.com.

 

The 50/50 raffle cash prize of $73 was won by Gayle Brune.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

NEXT MEETING:  November 12th, 2019, at Jessup's Auto Plaza.

Respectfully submitted by Ron Singer, Secretary. 

10/10/19

MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER MEETING - 9/10/19

The meeting was called to order by President Randy Duncan at 7:00 pm. Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked everyone to silence their cell phones. There were 42 people in attendance, including all officers except Vice President Bruce Kirshner, Treasurer Kim Singer and Marketing co-director Jae Kennedy. New members Dave Trovato, Bruce Anderson and Dave Zigal introduced themselves, as did Brian and Lori Toop who are visiting members of the British Columbia Corvette Club. Also, John Babashoff introduced his guest, Carol. 

Upcoming Lunch and Dinner Events are: 

DINNER NIGHT OUT: September 19th , Sammy's Woodfired Pizza & Grill in the Gardens at El Paseo, 73595 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260, at 6:30pm. If you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting, contact Carmel Carbone at carmelanncarbone@aol.com or at 760-774-8009. If you sign up and cannot make it, please let Carmel know. 

DIVA LUNCHEON: September 27th , Mimi's Bistro & Bakery, 79765 CA-111, La Quinta, CA 92253, at 11:30 am. Contact Joyce Sosebee at casamaxemo@gmail.com or at 760-485-4567 if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it, please let Joyce know. 

STUD LUNCH: September 27th . Location to be announced. 

VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT: No report as Bruce Kirshner was not in attendance. 

GOVERNOR'S REPORT: Tom Pinard reported that the NCCC National Governor's Meeting was held on September 6th and 7 th in St. Louis, MO. Tom noted that there are currently more than 18,400 NCCC members nationwide. Also, new members joining NCCC in the remainder of 2019 will have this year's dues waived. 

TREASURER'S REPORT: No report as Kim Singer was not in attendance. Next month's Treasurer's report will include the financial results for this month. 

SECRETARY'S REPORT: Ron Singer reported that the minutes of the August 2019 meeting were emailed to all members. There were no additions or corrections to these minutes. Lou Latragna moved to accept the minutes as submitted, seconded by Stan Moreno, and approved. 

EDITOR'S REPORT/MARKETING REPORT: Diane Duncan, Editor, had nothing new to report. Garry Dean, Marketing codirector, had a variety of Club merchandise on display. He also has a box full of unclaimed name badges. Members who have not received their name badges should contact Garry. As always, a full selection of Club merchandise and pricing can be viewed online at PalmSpringsCorvetteClub.com. Just download and fill out an order form (be sure to list color and size(s)), and mail it along with a check for payment to Garry at 38320 Chuperosa Lane, Cathedral City, CA 92234. Contact Garry at 31bowtie@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

OLD BUSINESS: Tom Pinard reported on the Newport Beach run on Monday, August 19th . Fourteen members attended this event organized by Bruce Kirshner. Cruising down to beautiful Newport Beach, they rented two electric Duffy Boats and spent three hours motoring around Newport Harbor viewing the lavish homes and yachts while enjoying drinks, food and desserts brought on board. Returning to port, they made a leisurely driving tour of Lido Island and surroundings, ending up a Sabatino's Sausage Company for a delicious al fresco Italian dinner. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed the day. Thank you, Bruce, for planning this event. On August 31st, Randy and Diane Duncan organized an impromptu run up to Idyllwild for lunch and to enjoy the cool mountain air. Four couples made this run, and Randy noted that it was nice to have just a small group visiting together. At the end of August, Mike and Vicki Nichols, Lou and Karen Latragna, Mary and Jerry Wharton, and Kory and Betty Teoman, caravanned cross-country to attend the National Corvette Museum's 25th anniversary celebration in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on August 29th through 31st . They shared many memorable adventures along their journey, including poor Vicki's near arrest in Memphis for coming to the defense of Mary and Jerry Wharton in a parking dispute. Lesson learned: Don't mess with PSCC Divas! 

NEW BUSINESS/UPCOMING RUNS & EVENTS 

September 21st: Route 66 Cruisin' Reunion. Ron and Kim Singer are organizing an afternoon run to attend this classic car and hot rod show with food vendors and entertainment, held along tree-shaded Euclid Avenue in Ontario. Following this event, we plan to have dinner at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga. Watch for a sign up email with further details. 

September 28th: The Addams Family Play at the Welk Resort in Escondido is fully subscribed and paid for. If you didn't sign up already, there are no more spots available. Contact Vicki Nichols at aspenca@verizon.net if you have any questions. 

September 28th: 29Palms Desert Oasis Car Show, 10 am to 3 pm at Luckie Park in 29 Palms (Utah Trail between Two Mile Rd & Joe Davis Dr.). Vintage and custom cars, trucks, motorcycles, food vendors, music, fun. Admission is free. 

October 5th: Cars n' Coffee at Sip's. This is our first Saturday of the month get together following summer break. Meet at Sip Coffee House & Juice Bar, 44100 Jefferson St #302, Indio, CA 92201 beginning 7(ish) am, and then plan to join us for breakfast. Breakfast location and time will be emailed to everyone later this month. 

October 5th: Palm Springs Crusin' Association hosts their monthly car show at the Westfield Mall beginning at 1 pm. 

October 6th: Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City International Meatball Festival will be held from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at their headquarters, 32141 Whispering Palms Trail, Cathedral City, CA 92234. Tickets are $15 per person. Note that this year's event is NOT being held at Sammy's Grill and there will NOT be a car show at the BGCCC facility. 

October 18th: Day run through Box Canyon and Joshua Tree with sightseeing, finishing up at Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown for lunch. 

October 26th : 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Car Show at the Palm Springs Air Museum, sponsored by the Desert Classic Car Association. If you're interested in attending, you can reply to the August 29th Club email or contact Stan Moreno at 760-908-9981. November 9th: Bakersfield Veterans Charity Car Show will be held from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Northwest Promenade, 8660 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93312. The entry fee is $40 per car. 

November 11th: Palm Springs Veteran's Day Parade. Club participation is limited to six(?) cars and is fully subscribed at this time. The Club will buy a banner to place on the lead car. Contact Bruce Kirshner or Stan Moreno for details. November 13th: Run to San Diego along mountain roads with an overnight stay on Shelter Island. Attend an evening performance of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park and lunch the next day at the C Level Restaurant on Harbor Island. 

December 14th: PSCC's Annual Christmas Party will be held in the main ballroom of the Heritage Palms Country Club, 44291 S Heritage Palms Dr., Indio CA, 92201, at 6 pm. Tickets are $55 per person. Watch for details in future emails. 

August 28th - 30th, 2020: The 2020 Sea to Sky - Wheels & Rails, All Corvette Weekend Event will be sponsored by the British Columbia Corvette Club. Visiting BCCC members Lori and Brian Toop, who attended our meeting, described all the exciting activities they have planned at this beautiful venue in Squamish, BC, and invited our Club to participate. This is a great opportunity to escape the desert heat and enjoy the comradery of other Corvette owners next summer! Watch for details in future emails. 

COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS  Congratulations to Dan and Ashleigh Jessup on the birth of their daughter, Elleigh! The Palm Springs Corvette Club wishes you and your family all the best!  Paul Aragon saw a compact speaker system at Costco that would be appropriate for club meetings. He noted that it's difficult for the people in the back of the room to hear, and this system can easily be transported in a Corvette to meetings and other functions. It operates on a battery, so it will not have to be plugged in at the meetings. It is like a suitcase in that it has wheels and a handle that pulls out so it can be pulled along. After a brief discussion, we agreed to have Paul purchase the system for the Club. Ron Singer also suggested that we donate the current speaker system, which is heavy and difficult to transport and store, to the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City.  Tom Pinard and Hazel Stearns announced that they are selling their condo in Palm Springs. Contact them if you know of someone who might be interested. The 50/50 raffle cash prize of $81 was won by Dave Trovato, who graciously donated his winnings back to the Club in support of our sponsored charity, the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm. NEXT 

MEETING: October 8 th, 2019, at Jessup's Auto Plaza. Respectfully submitted by Ron Singer, Secretary. 9/12/19

MINUTES OF JUNE MEETING - 7/9/19

The meeting was called to order by President Randy Duncan at 7:01 pm. Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked everyone to silence their cell phones.  He asked everyone in attendance to remain standing for a moment of silence in memory of Deanna Baldwin, who passed away last week. There were 26 people in attendance, including all officers except Officer-at-Large Joyce Sosebee and Marketing co-director Jae Kennedy.  New member Gary Morrissett introduced his wife, Lana, who was attending her first Club meeting.

Upcoming Lunch and Dinner Events are:

DINNER NIGHT OUT: July 18th, Palm Tree Palace, 79660 CA-111 #103, La Quinta, CA 92253, at 6:30pm. If you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting, contact Joan Lake at 1234jlake@gmail.com or at 760-702-0199. If you sign up and cannot make it, please let Joan know.

DIVA LUNCHEON:  July 26th, Fresh Agave, 73325 CA-111, Palm Desert, CA 92260, at 11:30 am. Contact Vicki Nichols at aspenca@verizon.net if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it, please let Vicki know.

STUD LUNCH:  July 26th, Casuelas Cafe, 73703 CA-111, Palm Desert, CA 92260, at 11:30 am. Contact Mike Nichols at aspenca@verizon.net if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it, please let Mike know.

GOVERNOR'S REPORT: Tom Pinard reported that the NCCC's 60thAnniversary Convention is being held in Denver this week. Tom is continuing to work with NCCC to verify that all of our members are included on the NCCC membership rolls, but their computer system is down at the present time. Tom also announced that he and Mike Nichols will be attending the reveal of the new mid-engine Corvette in Orange County on July 18th. We're hoping for lots of pictures!

VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT: Bruce Kirshner mentioned that he was contacted by a representative from LifeStream Blood Bank who is interested in sponsoring a charity car show on Saturday, December 14th, and would like the Club to participate. Since there isn't much information about this event at present, we will defer a decision until we learn more about it. (But isn't our Annual Christmas Party scheduled on that date?)

TREASURER'S REPORT:  Kim Singer reported income and expenses for the period June 11th through July 9th.  A motion to accept the report was made by Kory Teoman, seconded by Joan Lake, and approved.

SECRETARY'S REPORT: Ron Singer reported that the minutes of the June 2019 meeting were emailed to all members on June 13th. There were no additions or corrections to these minutes. Bruce Kirshner moved to accept the minutes as submitted, seconded by Lou Latragna, and approved.

EDITOR'S REPORT/MARKETING REPORT:  When asked if she had anything new to report, Diane Duncan, Editor, replied: "No sir, I have nothing to report." Garry Dean, Marketing co-director, noted that the price for Club logo hats is $15. As always, a full selection of Club merchandise and pricing can be viewed online at PalmSpringsCorvetteClub.com.  Just download and fill out an order form (be sure to list color and size(s)), and mail it along with a check for payment to Garry at 38320 Chuperosa Lane, Cathedral City, CA  92234. Contact Garry at 31bowtie@gmail.com if you have any questions.

OLD BUSINESS:  On June 22nd, Tom Pinard and Hazel Stearns hosted a Romp to Victorville to watch vintage cars arrive at the first pit stop along the 2019 Hemmings Motor News Great Race route from Riverside to Tacoma Washington. From there, we caravanned to Hazel's home for a wonderful afternoon of refreshments and relaxation. Thank you both for hosting this event, and thanks to Bruce Kirshner for leading the run up to Victorville.

On July 4th, Randy and Diane Duncan hosted a Club run to Idyllwild to participate in their Fourth of July Parade. The weather there was cool and perfect for a parade. Thirteen beautifully decorated Corvettes traveled the parade route to the cheers of many onlookers. Following the parade, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch on the patio at Tommy's Kitchen in Idyllwild.

NEW BUSINESS/UPCOMING RUNS & EVENTS

Randy mentioned that, due to travel plans and other possible commitments, Kim Singer may at times not be available to perform her Board duties as Treasurer this fall. To ensure continuity in the Treasurer's position for the remainder of the year, he proposed making Karen Latragna a signatory on the Club bank account so Karen could step in for Kim when she was unavailable.  Randy made a motion to add Karen Latragna as a signatory to the Club Bank account. The motion was seconded by Kory Teoman and unanimously approved by the members.

Upcoming runs and events:

Vice President Bruce Kirshner has planned several great runs and events for this summer and fall. They include:

July 28th: The Petersen Automotive Museum is presenting a tribute to Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the performance Corvette. We'll caravan to the Museum to view their Corvette Car Show and attend panel discussions. General Admission is $16 per person. The dinner location will depend on the number of Club members attending, and will be decided later.

August 18th: Duffy Boat Rentals at Newport Beach to beat the desert heat! We'll cruise down to Newport Beach, rent electric Duffy Boats, and motor up and down the channels of Newport Harbor for two hours. We'll have dinner either in Newport Beach or back in the desert, to be determined later.

October 18th: Day run through Box Canyon and Joshua Tree with sightseeing, finishing up at Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown for lunch.

November 13th: Run to San Diego along mountain roads with an overnight stay on Shelter Island. Attend an evening performance of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park and lunch the next day at the C Level Restaurant on Harbor Island.

For further details regarding these runs and events, contact Bruce at bandtcasa@earthlink.net (or refer to the "Summaries of Future Runs" email sent out on 7/10).

Other upcoming runs and events include:

Late August, 2019: 2019 Corvette Caravan to Bowling Green.  The National Corvette Caravan is a celebration of America's Sports Car, culminating in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum.

October 26th: The Palm Springs Air Museum will sponsor its 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Car Show. Further details will be made available at a later date.

COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

·         Randy announced that there will be a Celebration of Life in memory of Deanna Baldwin later this month. He will be in touch with Sam to determine how our Club can best commemorate her passing.  (Please refer to Diane's 7/11 email for a recent update).

·         Stan Moreno suggested we make a run to the new Lion's Dragstrip Museum at Price Transfer in Long Beach. He will gather more information and get back to us.

·         Vicki and Mike Nichols are attending a matinee performance of The Addams Family Musical in Escondido on September 28th. Contact Vicki at aspenca@verizon.net if you're interested in joining them for lunch and a show.

·         Although the Club isn't participating in Cars n' Coffee at Sips until October, we're still getting together for our "First Saturday of the Month" breakfasts. Ron and Kim Singer are planning the next breakfast get together for August 3rd. Watch for details in a future email.

The 50/50 raffle cash prize of $45 was won by Kory Teoman, who donated his winnings back to the Club for ALS.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

NEXT MEETING:  August 13th, 2019, at Jessup's Auto Plaza.

Respectfully submitted by Ron Singer, Secretary. 

7/12/19

MINUTES OF JUNE MEETING - 6/11/19

The meeting was called to order by President Randy Duncan at 7:01 pm. Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked everyone to silence their cell phones.  There were 36 people in attendance, including all current officers except Marketing co-director Jae Kennedy.  In light of Bob Livon's recent resignation as Vice President, Randy reported that Bruce Kirshner expressed an interest in assuming that position.  Randy introduced a motion to install Bruce as Vice President. The motion was seconded by Madeline Martin and unanimously approved by voice vote. Congratulations to Vice President Kirshner! There were no new members or guests to introduce, but everyone extended a warm welcome to members Mike and Nancy Smith who were down from Canada for a short visit.

Upcoming Lunch and Dinner Events are:

DINNER NIGHT OUT: June 20th, Billy Reed's Restaurant, 1800 N Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262, at 6:30pm. Contact Diane Duncan at palmspringscorvetteclub@gmail.com , call her at 760-218-6502, or simply hit the "reply button" on the June 13th Dinner Night Out email if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it please let Diane know.

DIVA LUNCHEON:  June 28th, Palm's Cafe, 79255 CA-111 suite 6, La Quinta, CA 92253, at 11:30 am. Contact Joyce Sosebee at casamaxemo@gmail.com , or (760) 485-4567, if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it please let Joyce know.

STUD LUNCH:  June 28th, The Roblero Pit, 79410 Hwy 111, Suite 112, La Quinta, CA 92253, at 11:30 am. Contact Mike Nichols at aspenca@verizon.net , call him at (760) 861-1354, or simply hit the "reply button" on the June 13th Stud Lunch email if you're interested in attending. If you sign up and cannot make it please let Mike know.

GOVERNOR'S REPORT: Tom Pinard reported that he was unable to attend the last Regional Governor's Meeting, but they held it without him anyway.  Tom noted that he would like to see our club receive more publicity in the NCCC Blue Bars Magazine, since we are the largest club in the West Coast Region.

VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT: Bruce Kirshner thanked everyone for their support in electing him as our new Vice President. He encouraged everyone to make suggestions and tell him what you think about the events we have planned.

TREASURER'S REPORT:  Kim Singer reported income and expenses for the period May 14th through June 11th. She noted that on May 16th the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City received a check for $9,000 from the proceeds of our 2019 Autocross Event. A motion to accept the report was made by Kory Teoman, seconded by Lou Latragna, and approved.

SECRETARY'S REPORT: Ron Singer reported that the minutes of the May 2019 meeting were emailed to all members on May 18th. There were no additions or corrections to the minutes. Paul Aragon moved to accept the minutes as submitted, seconded by Joan Lake, and approved.

EDITOR'S REPORT/MARKETING REPORT:  When asked if she had anything new to report, Diane Duncan, Editor, replied: "Nope". Garry Dean, Marketing co-director, displayed a few items of Club merchandise at the meeting. As always, a full selection of Club merchandise and pricing can be viewed online at PalmSpringsCorvetteClub.com.  Just download and fill out an order form (be sure to list color and size(s)), and mail it along with a check for payment to Garry at 38320 Chuperosa Lane, Cathedral City, CA  92234. Contact him at 31bowtie@gmail.com if you have any questions.

OLD BUSINESS:  On May 16th, Randy along with several Club members attended the Annual Awards Dinner for the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City. He presented them with a check for $9,000 from the proceeds of our 2019 Autocross Event, together with some individual donations from generous Club members. Randy noted that the BGCCC has a lot of expenses and they really appreciate the Club's support of their mission.

On May 19th, the 42nd Annual Plastic Fantastic Car Show sponsored by the North County (San Diego) Corvette Club was held at the Embarcadero Marina Park North. Our planned run to this event didn't materialize due to weather concerns; however Bill Slaughter and Madeline Martin did make the trip. They said our absence was noted by the NCoCC.

NEW BUSINESS/UPCOMING RUNS & EVENTS

Bruce Kirshner asked if there was any interest in 3 runs he's considering: The first would be a day run through Box Canyon and Joshua Tree. The second would be an overnight run to San Diego along mountain roads with a stay on Shelter Island. The third would be a day run to Newport Beach with Duffy Boats rentals to see the homes and boats along Newport Bay. By a show of hands, most members expressed an interest in all 3 of these events.

Upcoming runs and events include:

June 15th: The 2019 Roadster Show and Swap at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona. The main attraction will be the hundreds of 1936 and older open cars of all types and makes; some original, some modified, but all of the highest quality and completely finished with glossy paint painstakingly restored to the owner's preference.  Admission is $20 per person. Contact Bruce Kirshner at 909-262-1985 if you're interested in attending.

June 22nd: Tom Pinard and Hazel Stearns are hosting a Great Race Romp to the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville. There, the 2019 Hemmings Motor News Great Race from Riverside to Tacoma, Washington will be making its first pit stop. We'll have an opportunity to view the vintage vehicles on display at the Museum at lunchtime, followed by a relaxing get together at Hazel's home nearby. Anyone interested in attending should gather at the North Meeting Place (along Paul St., next to the ARCO Station on 22755 Palm Dr., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240) for a 9:30 am departure. Contact Bruce Kirshner at 909-262-1985 for additional information and directions.

July 4th: The Idyllwild Fourth of July Parade will be hosted by Randy and Diane Duncan this year. Watch for more information!

July 6th: The Broken Yolk, 78430 Hwy 111 La Quinta, CA 92253, at 9:30 am. Although we won't be attending Cars n' Coffee at Sip's during the summer months, Paul and Joyce have organized another breakfast get together at the Broken Yolk on the first Saturday in July. Contact Joyce at casamaxemo@gmail.com , or (760) 485-4567, if you're interested in attending.

Late August, 2019: 2019 Corvette Caravan to Bowling Green.  The National Corvette Caravan is a celebration of America's Sports Car, culminating in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Hosted only once every five years, the next event is slated for Labor Day Weekend 2019 and will mark the Museum's 25th Anniversary. For additional information, visit the National Corvette Museum web site at www.corvettemuseum.org/event/anniversary-celebration/

October 26th: The Palm Springs Air Museum will sponsor its 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Car Show. Further details will be made available at a later date.

COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

·         Kory Teoman noted that the real reason the European Union is banning sales of Corvettes and Camaros in Europe is not due to pollution concerns, but rather because they fear the new mid-engine Corvette will dominate racing circuits over Lambos and Ferraris.

·         Since Joyce will be out of town for the summer, anyone interested in hosting the first-Saturday breakfasts for August and September should contact her at casamaxemo@gmail.com , or (760) 485-4567.

·         Quote of the evening made by President Randy Duncan: "We're all here because we're not all there."

The 50/50 raffle cash prize of $74 was won by Garry Dean.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:46 pm.

NEXT MEETING:  July 9th, 2019, at Jessup's Auto Plaza.

Respectfully submitted by Ron Singer, Secretary. 

6/13/19

MINUTES OF MARCH MEETING - 3/12/19

The meeting was called to order by President Randy Duncan at 7:02 pm. Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance.  He welcomed everyone and requested that cell phones be turned off during the meeting. There were 39 people in attendance, including all officers except Marketing co-director Jae Kennedy.  Guests Robert Russell from Palm Desert and Liz and Bob Campbell from Ontario Canada were introduced and welcomed.

Upcoming Lunch and Dinner Events are:

DINNER NIGHT OUT: March 21st, Billy Reed's Restaurant, 1800 N Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, at 6:30pm. Contact Joan Lake at 1234jlake@gmail.com, or (760) 702-0199, if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it please let Joan know.

DIVA LUNCHEON:  March 29th, Cups Café, 77912 Country Club Dr., Unit 3, Palm Desert, at 11:30 am. Contact Liz Brannon at lizbrannon13@gmail.com , or (760) 898-8300, if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it please let Liz know.

STUD LUNCH:  March 29th, Olive Garden, 72225 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert at 11:30am. Contact Mike at mjsmith3@shaw.ca if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it please let Mike know.

VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT:  Bob Livon had nothing new to report. He did congratulate and thank everyone who volunteered at our 20th Annual Spring Fling Autocross event.

GOVERNOR'S REPORT: Tom Pinard reported that our Club currently has 154 members registered with NCCC (that's according to the NCCC's February 23rd, 2019, Membership Report), and we are still the largest Corvette Club in the West Coast Region! Tom also announced that, beginning this year, he is presenting a Governor's Award to recognize individual volunteer effort at our annual Autocross.  This year's award went to Kim and Ron Singer, who are learning to operate the timing system for future Autocross events with the departure of Jane and Dan Gilmond who have performed this function for many years. Kim and Ron deeply appreciate this gesture, and also want to thank Jane and Dan for all they've done to support Autocross through the years.

TREASURER'S REPORT:  Kim Singer reported income and expenses for two periods: January 8th through February 12th, and February 12th through March 12th. The latter report contained preliminary financial results from Autocross. (A final Autocross Financial Report will be made once all revenues and expenses are submitted). A motion to accept both reports was made by Joan Lake, seconded by Lou Latragna, and approved.

SECRETARY'S REPORT: Ron Singer reported that the minutes of the February 2019 meeting were emailed to all members on February 19th, but then revised and resent on February 21st. There were no further additions or corrections to the revised minutes. Joyce Sosebee moved to accept the revised minutes, seconded by Lou Latragna, and approved.

EDITOR'S REPORT/MARKETING REPORT:  Diane Duncan, Editor, reported that she was having issues with gmail. The latest Desert Vettes Newsletter was emailed to the membership, but was returned, one-by-one, to Diane. She is working to resolve this issue.

Garry Dean, Marketing co-director, displayed and took orders for a new, buttoned Camp Shirt, available with a heavier or a lighter-weight material, in four colors, for only $35 each. As always, Club merchandise and pricing can be viewed online at PalmSpringsCorvetteClub.com.  Just download and fill out an order form (be sure to list color and size(s)), and mail it along with a check for payment to Jae Kennedy at her new address: 1093 Pine Country Court, Prescott AZ, 86303. You can contact Garry at 31bowtie@gmail.com with any questions.

OLD BUSINESSMike Smith reported that the 20th Annual Spring Fling Autocross, held on March 10th and 11th at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, was a great success. The membership response to his request for volunteers to help set up and work the weekend was outstanding, the driver and spectator turnout was great, and although the weather was a bit cool, it was perfect for both cars and track conditions. Dan Gilmond led the course set-up crew on Friday, March 8th, and they completed the task in record time. As this event is our main fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City, a lot of kids were there to assist, and they did a fine job both Saturday and Sunday. Ron Whelshons mentioned that he worked with them and they were really nice kids. Altogether, there were more than 1,250 laps run and registration revenues topped last year's total. We did have some additional expenses this year, including the purchase of new helmets and a heavy-duty power cord to ensure an adequate electricity supply for the event's electronic equipment. Mike emphasized that anyone who made purchases of supplies or equipment for the Autocross needs to give or email their receipts to him at mjsmith3@shaw.ca as soon as possible so he can authorize reimbursement and we can finalize our financial reporting.

Randy also announced that we will be purchasing award plaques for the Sonic Drive-In in Cathedral City, who's been donating lunches to all the Boys and Girls Club volunteers at Autocross for many years, and for the Pacific Coast Corvette Club in Lake Forest (Orange County) who drove out to Indio and then back home both days to participate in and support our club event. Both deserve our recognition and thanks!

NEW BUSINESS/UPCOMING RUNS & EVENTS

Upcoming runs and events include:

March 24th: A Poker Cruise/Temecula Winery Lunch/ Ice Cream Social is being planned by Mike Smith. Tentatively, the cruise will make a stop at the Pala Casino, then travel on to a winery in Temecula for lunch, and end up at Doe and Jimmy Huff's home for an old-fashioned ice cream social. The Poker Cruise will cost $10 per hand, and each player will get two cards before we leave. Each card will receive 5 hole-punches to make a poker hand. The total pot will be shared as follows: 1st place: 50%, 2nd place: 30%, and 3rd place: 20%. Mike will email more information soon. To sign up, contact Mike at mjsmith3@shaw.ca or (780) 405-1096.

March 28th: Romp to the Roses. Tom Pinard and Hazel Stearns are planning this cruise to the beautiful Descanso Gardens in La Canada followed by a tour of Tournament House, the Wrigley Mansion in Pasadena which is headquarters for the Tournament of Roses.  There are already 13 or 14 cars signed up for this event. Refer to the email Diane sent on March 12th for more details. If you're interested in participating, contact Hazel Stearns at c21hazel@aol.com. NOTE: The cut-off date for signing up is now March 21st.

May 19th: 42nd Annual Plastic Fantastic Car Show sponsored by the North County (San Diego) Corvette Club will be held at the Embarcadero Marina Park North (behind Seaport Village). For additional information, visit their web site at www.ncocc.com.

Late August, 2019: 2019 Corvette Caravan to Bowling Green.  The National Corvette Caravan is a celebration of America's Sports Car, culminating in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Hosted only once every five years, the next event is slated for Labor Day Weekend 2019 and will mark the Museum's 25th Anniversary. For additional information, visit the National Corvette Museum web site at www.corvettemuseum.org/event/anniversary-celebration/. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

With great sadness, Randy announced the passing of long time PSCC member Dennis Carbone, husband of Carmel Carbone, and of Jae Kennedy's mother. We send our sincere condolences to both their families.

The 50/50 raffle cash prize of $78 was won by Ron Whelshons.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 pm.

NEXT MEETING:  April 9, 2019, at Jessup's Auto Plaza.

Respectfully submitted by Ron Singer, Secretary. 

3/14/19


MINUTES OF FEBRUARY MEETING - 2/12/19

This meeting was hosted by MasterShield Paint Protection & Window Tint at their Palm Desert facility. Before the meeting was called to order, the MasterShield Team provided the club with a buffet dinner of sandwiches, side dishes and drinks, followed by a demonstration of their auto paint protection products.  Norm Miller had a protective film installed on the hood of his yellow 2017 convertible, but not by MasterShield. Not long after, the edges of the film began to raise-up due to a less than quality installation. The Mastershield Team demonstrated the removal of the old film and the installation of 3M Expel. The emphasis here was on the quality of MasterShield's installation process by their highly skilled and certified technicians.  MasterShield not only uses the highest quality paint protection products, but takes pride in their high quality installation standards and ongoing customer care as well. In addition to paint protection products, the MasterShield Team also presented a demonstration of their exceptional window tinting materials, which they install not only on automobiles, but also on residential and commercial buildings.

 

The meeting was then called to order by President Randy Duncan at 7:00 pm. Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance.  He welcomed everyone and requested that cell phones be turned off during the meeting (More on this later!) There were more than 80 people in attendance, including all officers except Marketing co-director Jae Kennedy.  New members Jerry and Pam Mergenthaler and Paul Ofer introduced themselves and were welcomed by the club.  Guests included former Club members Les and Pat Oesterreich, and Craig and Stephanie (Last name?) from Palm Desert who were also introduced and welcomed.

Upcoming Lunch and Dinner Events are:

DINNER NIGHT OUT: February 21st, Solano's Bar & Grill (Formerly Villagio's) 37029 Cook St., Palm Desert at 6:30pm. Contact  Joan Lake at 1234jlake@gmail.com, or (760) 702-0199, if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it please let Joan know.

DIVA LUNCHEON:  February 22nd, at the Olive Garden, 72225 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert at 11:30am. Contact Liz Brannon at lizbrannon13@gmail.com , or (760) 898-8300, if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it please let Liz know.

STUD LUNCH:  Mike Smith will email details. (NOTE: On February 16th Mike sent the following email:

"Corvette Studs for February 22 Stud Lunch will be going to Woody's of Palm Springs because, it is that time of year again..…the McCormick Auction "FREE Day Friday." A number of Studs say they are going to the Auction so, why not have our Lunch in Palm Springs. Woody's is located 405 South Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs. Parking is available behind off South Indian Canyon Palm Springs. There are some parking spots in front of Woody's on S. Palm Canyon Drive. Lunch is: Noon sharp so we get in before the rush! Confirmed: single cheques and tip will be 18% and included in your bill.")

Contact Mike at mjsmith3@shaw.ca if you're interested in attending the Auction and Stud Lunch.

VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT:  Bob Livon had nothing new to report.

GOVERNOR'S REPORT: Tom Pinard reported that the 2019 NCCC Convention will be held in Denver on July 7-12, 2019. He indicated there may be a caravan to Denver organized along a southern route. More information about the 2019 Convention is available at https://www.corvettesnccc.org/2019Convention/Convention2019.html.

TREASURER'S REPORT:  Kim Singer reported income and expenses for the period November 13th, 2018, through January 8th, 2019. This report will be combined with next month's, and presented at the March meeting for approval.

SECRETARY'S REPORT: Ron Singer reported that the minutes of the January 2019 meeting were emailed to all members. Joyce Sosebee noted the following correction regarding the Diva Luncheon on January 25th: The luncheon speaker was from Unity Home in Joshua Tree, not Union Station Homeless Services. Joan Lake moved to accept the corrected minutes, seconded by Mary Wharton and approved.

EDITOR'S REPORT/MARKETING REPORT:  Diane Duncan, Editor, inquired as to whether members were receiving club emails. No one indicated that this was a problem. If you think you're not receiving all club email communications, contact Diane to see if she has your correct email address.

Garry Dean, Marketing co-director, reminded members that he has an assortment of club t-shirts available for purchase. As always, Club merchandise and pricing can be viewed online at PalmSpringsCorvetteClub.com.  Just download and fill out an order form (be sure to list color and size(s)), and mail it along with a check for payment to Jae Kennedy at her new address: 1093 Pine Country Court, Prescott AZ, 86303. You can contact Garry at 31bowtie@gmail.com with any questions.

OLD BUSINESSOn February 2nd, Mike Smith led a cruise to the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar. The museum collection featured rare collectibles ranging from mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection, one of America's five greatest automobile collections containing over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997. Although 31 members were scheduled to attend, only 11 made the trek, mainly due to the heavy rain. Among those attending, only John Kent braved the foul weather to drive his Corvette. Way to go, John! Before touring the museum, the group dined on delicious Italian fare and a great buffet at Caruso's Italian Kitchen in Sylmar. Check out the February Desert Vettes Newsletter for pictures of the Nethercutt!

On February 2nd, Cars n' Coffee at Sip's Coffee House was rained out. Let's hope for nicer weather in March!

On February 9th, the 2019 Dr. George Charity Car Show was held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The weather was chilly in the morning, but dry all day. Over 1,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles were on display. Mike Smith did a great job of planning for our club, and we had 26 member Corvettes together in a perfect location.  In addition to the PSCC cars, one of Bob Behlman's friends joined us with his beautifully restored 1953 Corvette which won an event trophy!

NEW BUSINESS/UPCOMING RUNS & EVENTS

Upcoming runs and events include:

February 23rd: 13th Annual La Quinta Car Show will be held at La Quinta Community Park from 11am to 4pm. There is no charge to attend. By a show of hands, it appears only Stan Moreno is planning to attend at this time.

Tentative End of February: Landers Orchid Farm Cruise. This perennial favorite is being planned by Mike Smith.  Watch for details.

March 9th & 10th: 20th Annual Spring Fling Autocross. Mike Smith reported that he's had a great response to his request for volunteers to help out this year. Mike is slotting people into the various positions, with most previous volunteers assigned to the same jobs as last year. If you volunteered and have not yet been told of your assignment, Mike will be contacting you. The Autocross course set up will begin at 11:30 am on Friday, March 8th, headed by Dan Gilmond.  On the 9thand 10th, volunteers are asked to report at 7:30 am to prepare for a 9:00 am opening.  This event is our main fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City and there will be a lot of kids there to help out. Remember, it would be great for every member to register their Corvette and make at least one run through the course in support of this fundraising effort. If you do, consider taking one of the kids who volunteer along with you on the track and give them the thrill of a lifetime! Watch for future emails as the event date approaches, and contact Mike Smith at mjsmith3@shaw.ca if you have any questions!

End of March: A Cruise to Lake Henshaw is being planned by Mike Smith, to be led by Randy Duncan. Details will be emailed.

May 19th: 42nd Annual Plastic Fantastic Car Show sponsored by the North County (San Diego) Corvette Club will be held at the Embarcadero Marina Park North (behind Seaport Village). For additional information, visit their web site at www.ncocc.com.

Late August, 2019: 2019 Corvette Caravan to Bowling Green.  The National Corvette Caravan is a celebration of America's Sports Car, culminating in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Hosted only once every five years, the next event is slated for Labor Day Weekend 2019 and will mark the Museum's 25th Anniversary. For additional information, visit the National Corvette Museum web site at www.corvettemuseum.org/event/anniversary-celebration/

 

In closing comments, MasterShield held a drawing and gave away five gift certificates towards the purchase of their products. Randy thanked Kim and the MasterShield Team for dinner and product demonstrations. If any club members would like further information about MasterShield products, or schedule an installation, they should email MasterShield (kim@mastershieldprotection.com) or phone them at (760) 772-3072.

The 50/50 raffle cash prize of $120 was won by Hazel Stearns.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:54 pm.

NEXT MEETING:  March 12, 2019, at Jessup's Auto Plaza.

Post Script: Finally, a most wondrous thing happened at this meeting!  As usual, at the start of the meeting, President Randy Duncan admonished members to silence their cell phones or be subject to a $5 fine levied by the Divas. Well, guess whose cell phone rang during the meeting? Yup! It was President Duncan's! And the moment was forever captured for posterity by yours truly.

 

Respectfully submitted   by Ron Singer, Secretary.


MINUTES OF JANUARY MEETING - 1/8/19

The meeting was called to order by President Randy Duncan at 7:04 pm. Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance.  He welcomed everyone and requested that cell phones be turned off during the meeting. There were 71 people in attendance, including all officers except Marketing co-director Jae Kennedy.  New members John and Diana Doyle, Jerry and Margaret Moss, and Duane and Dixie Rons introduced themselves and were welcomed by the club.  Guests Dwight Green, Loren Leesmyer, and Mike and Sharon Condon were also introduced and welcomed. Randy introduced the newly elected Board to the membership and thanked our outgoing Governor Sam Baldwin for his years of service.


Sign-up lists were circulated for:

DINNER NIGHT OUT: January 17th, Enzo's Bistro and Bar, 78121 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta at 6:30pm. Contact Joan Lake at 1234jlake@gmail.com or (760) 702-0199 if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it please let Joan know.

DIVA LUNCHEON:  January 25th, Antigua Kitchen & Bar, 105 S. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, at 11:30am. There will be a speaker from Union Station Homeless Services, recipient of the Divas' 2018 charity donation. Contact Joyce Sosebee at casamaxemo@gmail.com if you're interested in attending and didn't sign up at the meeting. If you sign up and cannot make it please let Joyce know.

STUD LUNCH:  Mike Smith will email details soon.

VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT:  Bob Livon, our newly elected Vice President, greeted the membership and had nothing to report.

GOVERNOR'S REPORT: Tom Pinard, our newly elected Governor, reported that the next NCCC West Coast Region meeting will be held in Victorville on February 2nd.  All members are welcome to attend.

TREASURER'S REPORT:  Kim Singer reported on income and expenses for the period November 13th, 2018, through January 8th, 2019. Primary sources of income consisted of 2019 membership dues and Christmas Party reservations. Primary expenses were dues payments to NCCC, payments to Heritage Palms for the Christmas Party and our annual donation to the ALS Golden West Chapter. George Hartnett moved to accept the report, seconded by Joan Lake and approved.  

SECRETARY'S REPORT: Ron Singer reported that the minutes of the November 2018 meeting were emailed to all members. There were no changes or corrections noted.  Doe Huff moved to accept the minutes, seconded by Dan Gilmond and approved.

EDITOR'S REPORT/MARKETING REPORT:  Diane Duncan, Editor, reported on our growing social media presence. The Autocross Facebook page has received 634 "Likes" and the PSCC Members Only page has received many views.

Garry Dean, Marketing co-director, reported that he still has many name tags to be picked up. Garry also reminded members that they can have our club logo embroidered onto their personal items for $10. Club merchandise and pricing can be viewed online at PalmSpringsCorvetteClub.com.  Just download and fill out an order form (be sure to list color and size(s)), and mail it along with a check for payment to Jae Kennedy at her new address: 1093 Pine Country Court, Prescott AZ, 86303. You can contact Garry at 31bowtie@gmail.com with any questions.

OLD BUSINESS:  On December 1st, our annual Christmas Party was held at the Heritage Palms Golf Club in Indio. Joyce Sosebee, Joan Lake, Carmel Carbone and Jeane Shannahan did a fantastic job of planning and organizing a very enjoyable evening. The décor, food, and entertainment were the best ever! Thank you, ladies!

On December 12th and 13th, Mike Smith led a run to and tour of Edwards Air Force Base in Lancaster. There were 22 members in attendance. On the 12th, they cruised up to the Roundtable Clubhouse in Highland, where a delicious lunch was served by Mike and Vicki Nichols' granddaughter. Once in Lancaster, they toured the Willow Springs Race Track and drove down the Musical Road, which plays the William Tell Overture when traveling a 55 mph. Dinner was at Olive's Mediterranean Café, a gem of a restaurant with great food and a wonderful staff. On the 13th, they drove to the Base and met their tour guide Derrick Brown, aka Denzel Washington, who led a day long bus tour of this amazing facility. A special thank you to Mike, who inherited this run from Randy who in turn inherited it from Carl Cewinski.

On December 19th, 21 members cruised to the Mission Inn in Riverside to see Christmas lights. Following an early dinner at the Marriott's C3 Restaurant, they viewed an amazing light display covering an entire city block, both inside and outside of the Mission Inn. Afterwards, everyone returned to the C3 Restaurant for dessert. It was a delightful evening!


NEW BUSINESS/UPCOMING RUNS & EVENTS

Note: Because a number of members will be on the NCCC Corvette Boat Cruise this month, there won't be a run scheduled.

Upcoming runs and events include:

February 2nd: Nethercutt Museum Tour Located in Sylmar, the Nethercutt Museum collection features rare collectibles ranging from mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection, one of America's five greatest automobile collections containing over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997. Mike Smith will provide details soon.

February 9th: Dr. George Charity Car Show will be held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The Palm Springs Crusin' Association will be sending out confirmation numbers to those who already registered beginning this week. Joan Lake is in charge of raffles for the PSCA and would appreciate volunteers to help sell raffle tickets at the event. Contact Joan at 1234jlake@gmail.com or (760) 702-0199 if you'd like to volunteer. Since our club will have a reserved parking area, we will meet at Gerald Ford Elementary School, located at 44210 Warner Trail in Indian Wells, on Saturday morning and drive to the Tennis Garden together (Meeting time to be announced). The show starts 9:00am and the Award Ceremony will begin at 2:00pm. Exit gates open at 3:00pm to leave. Contact Mike Smith at mjsmith3@shaw.ca for details.

February 23rd: 13th Annual La Quinta Car Show will be held at La Quinta Community Park from 11am to 4pm. There is no charge to attend. If you'd like to show your car at this event, visit https://www.lqcarshow.com/ for details.

March 9th & 10th: 20th Annual Spring Fling Autocross. Mike Smith is looking for volunteers to work with Dan Gilmond on setting up the course Friday, March 8th, and to staff various event positions on the 9thand 10th. The more volunteers he gets, the easier it will be for everyone to rotate through the jobs. This event is our main fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City and there will be a lot of kids there to help out. Dan Gilmond would like to see every member register their Corvette and make at least one run through the course to support this fundraising effort. Paul Aragon suggested taking one of the kids who volunteer along with you on the track and give them the thrill of a lifetime. Contact Mike Smith at mjsmith3@shaw.ca to sign up as a volunteer for at least one day!

May 19th: 42nd Annual Plastic Fantastic Car Show sponsored by the North County (San Diego) Corvette Club will be held at the Embarcadero Marina Park North (behind Seaport Village). For additional information, visit their web site at www.ncocc.com.

Late August, 2019: 2019 Corvette Caravan to Bowling Green.  The National Corvette Caravan is a celebration of America's Sports Car, culminating in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Hosted only once every five years, the next event is slated for Labor Day Weekend 2019 and will mark the Museum's 25th Anniversary.  Registration opened September 12th. For more information, contact Randy at randy@randallduncan.com.


In closing comments, Norm Miller announced that his wife, Rose Kingsley, will be in concert at the Indian Wells Theater, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus on February 10th at 2pm. Contact Norm at Hello@rosekingsley.com for more information and to purchase tickets.


The 50/50 raffle cash prize of $100 was won by John Babashoff. Please note that due to his cell phone ringing during the meeting, a fine of $5 was levied and deducted from his winnings. This represents the first income of 2019 for the Divas' charity collection. The Divas thank you, John!

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

NEXT MEETING:  February 12, 2019, to be held at MasterShield, 78-015 Wildcat Dr #102, Palm Desert.

Respectfully submitted by Ron Singer, Secretary.

1/9/19