2019 Club Minutes


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!


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.