2019 Club Minutes

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