TWIN RIVERS CORVETTE CLUB
4004 Old Cherry Point Road
New Bern, NC 28560
Next Monthly Meeting 2008 Officers
Tuesday, June 9, 2008 President Herb Hendrix
Half Time Pub & Grub Vice President Norm Tharrington
New Bern, NC @ 7 pm Treasurer Lynell Verch
Secretary Susan Tripp
Minutes – May 13, 2008 meeting.
The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Norm Tharrington, Vice President.
Invocation by Sid Purvis.
Vice President Tharrington welcomed the club members and guests. There were 53 members and guests present. The vice
president introduced and welcomed the guests. It is announced that 2008 is TRCC’s 15 anniversary and recognized the
charter members present, Earl Campbell, Paul Gaskins, Hank Engel, Jim Boyd, Jackie & Cookie Zaytoun, and Sid & Helen
Purvis (TRCC’s first female president).
SECRETARY’S REPORT. The minutes of the April meeting were approved as published in the April 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 an April starting balance for the month of $3817.68. Income
during the month was $1492.00. ($110.00 from 50/50 drawing, $525.00 in membership dues, $357.00 from Display 50/50
drawing, $500.00 from Joe Alcoke for sponsorship). Expenses were $11.95 to Yahoo for the website, $74.09 for the newsletter
and supplies, $167.70 for the display, $277.55 for the tent (July 4 event), $500.00 scholarship to Craven Community College
Foundation, $65.00 Lowe’s Motor Speedway, $25.00 refund overpayment of dues, $5.00 refund LMS trip not attended, and
$4.27 tickets for the 50/50. This leaves a month ending total of $4179.12 with $3979.12 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:
April 19. The annual TRCC car display was held at Joe Alcoke Chevrolet in New Bern. 106 cars were registered, which is the
highest number in the history of the TRCC annual display. The $500.00 Craven Community College automotive scholarship was
awarded to Patrick Peeples. Thanks to Willard and Jean West for their hard work and for making this year’s display such a huge
April 30- May 4. Bowling Green, KY trip. Norm and Martha Tharrington coordinated this trip to the Corvette factory and the
Corvette museum located near Bowling Green, KY with the help of Phyllis Casey. There were 16 cars and 31 people on the trip.
All who attended were able to see the unveiling of Mike Casey’s brick at the museum. Sid took the group back through the
mountains, which some say was “interesting.” After the trip, Phyllis took off by herself to tour the United States.
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.
May 25. Hooter’s Monthly event beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Morehead City.
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. For those who want to drive down on
Saturday morning, a group will be departing Twin Rivers Mall on Saturday, June 7 at 7:00 a.m. and will return on Saturday
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. Leave New Bern at 7:45 a.m., meet Phyllis Casey in Jacksonville, and depart Jacksonville at 9:00 a.m. If you
are interested in attending this trip, please call or email Norm as soon as possible for a head count by June 1, 2008. A head
count is needed for this trip.
July 4. Picnic at Bill White’s house. Begin gathering around 2:30 p.m. at Bill’s house. BBQ, chicken and slaw. Please bring
one covered dish (sides and desserts). Bill has also arranged a tour of Billy Brown’s garage, which was very enjoyable last year.
July. Norm is looking for someone to sponsor a trip to River Forest Manor in Belhaven. If you are interested, contact Norm.
August. Crystal Coast Jamboree. Someone is needed to sponsor this event. Contact Norm Tharrington if you are interested in
sponsoring this event.
August 2. Butch and Carla Lewis are arranging for the club to attend a dinner and show at Deadwood in Beargrass. This is a
western style dinner theater located outside of Bear Grass, NC. The cost is $25.00 per person (includes meal and show) and
the event begins at 6:15 pm. You may visit their website at www.deadwoodnc.com. The phone number is (252) 792-8938 and
ask for Dedra. They are holding 60 seats under the “TRCC” name until June 30 . Make your payment to Lynell. More
information on this at upcoming meetings.
August 23. Corvettes at Carlyle and possible trip through the NC Mountains. Terry Buck has reserved a block of hotel rooms.
More on this event at upcoming meetings. Contact Terry or Herb for more information.
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.
September 20. Crystal Coast Car Show. Cost is $20.00 for preregistration and $25.00 on the day of the show.
October 3-5. Maryland Corvette Club annual weekend event in Ocean City, MD, contact Ed Trott.
November 12. Florida Keys trip. Bill White is sponsoring this event. Tentative plans are to leave on November 12 , stop in
Georgia for a viewing of a beautiful micro mini car museum. Continue to Ocala, Florida for the first night, leave the next morning
for Marathon, Florida in the middle of the keys. Go to the TRCC reception that night and stay in Marathon’s Banana Bay Resort
for three nights. Go to Key West on Friday or Saturday. The rooms are $79.00 per night for an economy room, or $109.00 for
queen canopy bed overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from your balcony. Then on Sunday, leave and go North to Northern Florida
or Georgia. Come home on Monday. If you are interested, or have any questions, call Bill White at (252) 808-2198.
November 15. Phyllis Casey will arrange for the club to attend dinner and a show at the Duplin Winery. More on this at future
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 11-13. Shatley Springs Fall Mountain Cruise. Leave on Saturday at 8:00 am. This is our traditional fall mountain trip
and will be planned by Sid & Helen Purvis.
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).
Helen Purvis noted that Kay Kent is still doing “caps for courage” and donating to the oncology centers and that Kay could use
some money. Helen made a motion to give Kay $100.00 in memory of Bill Kent to help her with this project. Everyone approved
and the $100.00 will be sent to Kay Kent.
Herb is seeking volunteers for a Calling Committee to call members regarding club events.
Reminder: Don’t forget that there is ample parking at Joe Alcoke Chevrolet. At the May meeting, Half Time Pub & Grub had
arranged for us to have surround sound when speaking into the microphone, which worked very well.
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.
New members voted in at the May meeting: Linda Forcini, Larry Rinaldi, Ben & Leslie Wheat, Scott & Maria Ballyntin and Joe
Jim Boyd will have the new TRCC cards at the June meeting.
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.
Bill Hay won the 50/50 drawing and took home $78.00.
Dave Land from Joe Alcoke Chevrolet visited our meeting and told us about 2 new 2008 Corvettes on the way (1 yellow Z06 and
1 Black Convertible) and 1 used 2004 coupe. Contact Dave Land at (252) 638-6161 if interested. Also Dave Land gave away a
free Corvette Oil Change and Carla Lewis won that prize. Dave also reported that he was very pleased with the display and that
Joe Alcoke sold 6 cars on the day of the display!
No further business was presented and the meeting adjourned at 8:02 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.