TWIN RIVERS CORVETTE CLUB
4004 Old Cherry Point Road
New Bern, NC 28560
Next Monthly Meeting 2008 Officers
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 President Herb Hendrix
Half Time Pub & Grub Vice President Norm Tharrington
New Bern, NC @ 7 pm Treasurer Lynell Verch
Secretary Susan Tripp
Minutes – April 7, 2008 meeting.
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Herb Hendrix, President.
Invocation by Sid Purvis.
President Hendrix welcomed the club members and guests to Half Time Pub & Grub. There were 80 members and guests
present. The president introduced and welcomed the guests. Our guests were Steve and Anna Bose, Larry and Linda Guaralti
and Bruce and Sherry Wayne.
SECRETARY’S REPORT. The minutes of the March meeting were approved as published with a few corrections as noted by
Susan Tripp, in the March newsletter. All present reported receiving a copy of the newsletter in the mail. Hard copies of the club
by-laws, newsletter, and membership list were available. Short notice items and reminders go out by e-mail from the president
or those heading up a particular activity so watch for e-mail with TRCC in the subject line. Please note - If you send an e-mail
regarding club functions, please put TRCC in the subject line to provide a heads-up.
TREASURER’S REPORT. Lynell Verch, treasurer, reported a March starting balance for the month of $2,570.55. Income
during the month was $1,453.00. ($92.00 from 50/50 drawing, $55.00 for Lowe’s Motor Speedway trip, $1,131.00 from members
going to Bowling Green, KY, and $175.00 in membership dues). Expenses were $11.95 to Yahoo for the website, $120.14 for
the (February and March) newsletters and supplies, $73.78 for drinks for the April Display. This leaves a month ending total of
$3,817.68 with $3,617.68 in the club general fund and $200.00 in the national museum brick fund.
SOCIAL COMMITTEE REPORT.
Norm Tharrington, Vice President and social director, gave a report on the club’s social activities. Several recent events were
reviewed and several upcoming events were outlined. Following are highlights of the events covered:
March 27-29. NASCAR theme trip. Mark and Susan Tripp gave a summary of the events that took place on this trip. A total of
9 cars joined this event and a good time was had by all who attended.
April 27. Join us at Hooters in Morehead City at 3:00 PM for a meal, good fellowship and look at some nice cars.
April 5 & 6. Ronnie Moore provided information about the “Maxton Mile” being held in Maxton, NC at the airfield. It is
coordinated by the East Coast Timing Association. Contact Ronnie for more information (252) 259-7110.
April 19. The annual TRCC car display at Joe Alcoke Chevrolet in New Bern. Willard and Jean West are the event
coordinators. As the club members voted last year for an annual donation, the club will present Craven Community College with
a $500.00 scholarship. Joe Alcoke Chevrolet is our club sponsor and we need to have good participation. Jean and Willard will
get the drinks, Ron Underwood will get the chips, Bill Powers will get the hot dogs, and John Mitchell will cook the hot dogs.
Plan to be at Joe Alcoke Chevrolet at 8:30 am if helping with the display. Jean West, Susan Tripp, Helen Purvis, Delores
Mooring and Cookie Zaytoun will be assisting with registration, need men to help with parking cars, and you can bring door
prizes to the display. Please make sure that you put a note on your door prizes of whom it was given by. Willard West reported
that this year, instead of only having the first two rows in the front lot, we will have the first three rows, and we want to fill them
up! Willard also brought a sign to the meeting that was made by Joey Pontiff at JoeSigns and Joey provided the Club a discount
of 10 signs for $100.00. The Club voted to purchase the signs. The signs do not have specific dates, only “this Saturday” so
that they can be used every year. If you have not done so, please fill out your registration form and send it Willard West at
firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 1022, New Bern, NC 28563. When you arrive at the display, present to the registration
table in the show room and check-in prior to parking your car. If you can’t stay for the display, you can drop your car off that
April 26. Fun in the Sun car show at Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh. Begins at 8:00 am.
April 30- May 4. Bowling Green, KY trip. Norm and Martha Tharrington are planning and coordinating a trip to the Corvette
factory and the Corvette museum located near Bowling Green, KY. Phyllis Casey is also assisting with this trip. Norm covered
the current trip plans and indicated several exciting functions were being planned including a special VIP Corvette factory tour,
group car pictures with logo at the museum, a brick ceremony, and private dinning arranged by the museum. Those going will be
able to view the club bricks in the museum walkway. Sid is arranging the trip back home (leave Bowling Green at 7:30 am sharp
on May 3rd) including a route through the NC/TN mountains with a run on the back roads, through Sweet Water, TN, Robinsville,
Franklin and Hendersonville. Spend the night in Hendersonville and leave at 8:30 am sharp on May 4 , through mountains and
arrive back in New Bern around 4:30 pm. If you try to keep up with 6 speed Sid, you better make sure your belts are pulled
tight!! To those who are going on this trip, bring your marine radios, provide Norm with your cell phone number, and
wear a white shirt for the photo at the museum on Thursday.
May 3. Wilson Classic Car Show.
May 24-25. Maggie Valley-Vettes in the Valley Corvette Show. Herb Hendrix has done a great job in planning this trip in
previous years. Those that have attended before enjoyed the event. For the past three years the club has attended. Marion
Hamel, President of Smokey Events, has encouraged the club to again take part in this event. Last year there were over 300
Corvettes from 16 different states attending. Additional activities are being planned for this year by the Smokey Events
organization. Marion’s e-mail is email@example.com 828-926-0201. You can find all the details on their web site. A
poll of interest will be taken at upcoming meetings.
June 6-7. Myrtle Beach All Corvette Car Show being held at the Hard Rock Cafe. This club has brought a large number of cars
to our past displays and also provided outstanding support for our December Toy Run. We need to reciprocate and support their
event. For the last several years we have had some to depart on Friday afternoon and some on Saturday morning. Brochures
and registration forms will be available along with more details at upcoming meetings.
June 14. Myrtle Beach Club will meet us at the Battleship in Wilmington at 10:00 am. We will tour the Battleship and then
cruise to lunch. If you are interested in attending this trip, please call or email Norm as soon as possible for a head count.
July 4. Picnic at Bill White’s house. BBQ, chicken and slaw.
August 2. Butch and Carla Lewis are arranging for the club to attend a dinner and show at Deadwood in Beargrass. The cost
is $25.00 per person and the event begins at 6:15 pm. More information on this at upcoming meetings.
August 23. Corvettes at Carlyle and possible trip through the NC Mountains. Terry Buck is going to book some hotel rooms.
More on this event at upcoming meetings.
August 28. Note from Sid Purvis: Speed Tech Auto Racing School- Lowes Motor Speedway, Charlotte/Concord, NC. Some
members plan to attend a program at Lowes Speedway that involves driving NASCAR cars. The current plans are to do the
Randy Baker NASCAR experience on Thursday-AM, August 28. This will allow travel on Wednesday afternoon or night, do the
program on Thursday morning, and return home Thursday night. We will be doing the Qualifier program that is 8- 12 laps. The
cost is $399.00. If you do not want to drive, but want a NASCAR experience, 3 Hot Laps with an instructor driving is available for
$129.00. We must make our reservations right away as the programs are being sold out. The number for Speed Tech
reservations is: 1-877-807-7333. Make your own individual reservations for the NASCAR experience. As of this week, openings
are available, but book soon if you plan to take part. A Speed Inn motel is near by. Since it is unclear how many will be going no
rooms have been blocked, but call now and make your own individual reservations for August 27. The Sleep Inn is located at
7821 Gateway Lane, Concord, NC (Close to the Speedway). The motel number is: 704-979-8800. Rooms are now available, but
book early. If you have any questions, please call me. Sid Purvis 252-349-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, as much as I would enjoy this, I will not be able to go this year. I have developed a rather severe high frequency
hearing loss along with a constant ringing in the ears. I have been advised to avoid loud noises and especially continuous
duration noises, such as in a race car. I guess I had too much exposure to race cars and guns in the early years without any
hearing protection. So be advised, use hearing protection when around loud noises. The killer part is the hearing loss only
shows up later. I hope those going will enjoy the driving as much as we have enjoyed it in the past. Sid-sometimes known as 6
September 20. Crystal Coast Car Show. Cost is $20.00 for preregistration and $25.00 on the day of the show.
November/December. Phyllis Casey will arrange for the club to attend dinner and a show at the Duplin Winery. More on this at
November/December. Susan Tripp is arranging for the club to attend dinner at Mike’s Farm on a Sunday afternoon. After
dinner, we will take a hayride through the Festival of Christmas Lights. More on this at future meetings.
October. Shatley Springs Fall Mountain Cruise. This is our traditional fall mountain trip and will be planned by Sid & Helen
December 6. The Mike Casey Memorial Christmas Toy Run.
Norm asked for those with ideas or wishing to plan an event to contact him to get it on the schedule. Norm requested that
members brainstorm about some weekend afternoon events (not overnight).
No old business was discussed.
Herb is seeking volunteers for a Calling Committee to call members regarding club events.
During the April meeting, a majority of TRCC members present voted to move the meeting location to Half Time Pub & Grub.
Next club meeting will be on May 13, 2008 at Half Time Pub & Grub. A few details will need to be tweaked in the coming
months, but Half Time appeared to accommodate our group nicely. Don’t forget that there is ample parking at Joe Alcoke
A message from Herb:
Even though Half Time Pub & Grub allows smoking at the bar, please refrain from smoking inside, you may be sitting
next to a non-smoker or someone with a health problem. There is plenty of space outside to smoke.
During the meeting, please keep private conversations down to a minimum. Besides being rude, it is disruptive and
makes it hard for other people to hear what is being said.
CORVETTE HAPPENINGS AND MISCELLANEOUS CLUB ITEMS.
Several members gave a report of current personal activities:
Ricky Green has a nice 1992 coupe for sale. The car is in excellent shape. Call Ricky if interested. 252-249-0067.
Terry Buck is looking for a nice C3 or C4 for his niece.
No further business was presented and the meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.
CLUB INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS:
Club business size cards are available. They are nice to hand out to prospective members or Corvette contacts.
Club windshield decals are available. Each new member gets a free decal. Additional ones are $1.00.
New club members desiring club attire: D & S Embroidery in Newport does our club logo work. They will do their hats or shirts
or put the logo and name on items that you provide. They are also working on a large logo for coats. If any member needs club
attire contact DS&S Embroidery and Screen-printing, 9l6 Roberts Rd. Newport, N. C. The telephone number is 252-223-2667
and e-mail is; email@example.com. Directions to their location: turn right at the traffic light in Newport on Hwy 70 at the
Wilco station, go one to two miles on right and you will see their building. The turn around time is about 5 to l0 days. The
manager’s name is Ed Hojilla.
Another option for club attire: Kirkmans Graphics in Bridgeton will also embroider shirts, etc. for us. He will do a shirt that you
bring in or you can purchase a shirt from Kirkmans.
For a club name badge, place the order with Phyllis Casey. For a club car flag see Gail White.