TWIN RIVERS CORVETTE CLUB NEWSLETTER 4004 Old Cherry Point Road New Bern, NC 28560 Website: www.twinriverscorvetteclub.com MARCH 2008 Next Monthly Meeting 2008 Officers Tuesday, April 8, 2008 President Herb Hendrix Half Time Pub & Grub Vice President Norm Tharrington New Bern, NC @ 7 pm Treasurer Lynell Verch Secretary Susan Tripp ***Reminder: Annual membership dues are due. Please pay Lynell Verch. Annual membership dues are $25.00 per couple.*** IMPORTANT: We will have a “trial run” for our meetings on April 8, 2008 at 7 pm at Half Time Pub & Grub. You can park in the back parking lot of Joe Alcoke Chevrolet. After our meeting, we will take a vote from the members to decide if this will be our new meeting place. Minutes – March 11, 2008 meeting. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Herb Hendrix, President. Invocation by Sid Purvis. President Hendrix welcomed the club members and guests. There were 66 members and guests present. The president introduced and welcomed the guests. Thanks to Willard and Jean for reserving the front parking and marking off the parking spaces on our meeting night. The President commented that fellowship is a big part of our club’s personality. *** SECRETARY’S REPORT. The minutes of the March meeting were approved as published in the February 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. Thanks to Sid and Helen Purvis for filling in for me at this month’s meeting while I was feeling under the weather. *** TREASURER’S REPORT. Lynell Verch, treasurer, reported a February starting balance for the month of $2570.16. Income during the month was $680.00. (Lowe’s Motor Speedway Tour $15.00, 50/50 drawing proceeds of $90.00 and annual dues of $575.00). Expenses were $11.95 to Yahoo for the website, $41.12 for the newsletter, $86.84 for secretary supplies and stamps, $100.00 for the brick at the NCM for Mike Casey, $73.00 Club’s portion of the trophy for the Toy Run and $366.70 for the plaques for the Car Display in April. This leaves a month ending total of $2570.55 with $2370.55 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: February 23. Raleigh, NC trip. Bill and Gail White coordinated this event. Bill reported that 50 people attended this event. March 9. Coastal Plains Raceway. The Cape Fear Corvette Club invited our members to the Coastal Plains Raceway and several of our members ran their Vettes down the drag strip. March 15. Herb arranged for our club to meet for dinner at Half Time Pub & Grub at 5:00 PM to check the place out for a possible new meeting place. About 20 members attended dinner at Half Time and commented that the food was good and that it seemed large enough to accommodate our club. March 16. St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New Bern. Al Kindler coordinated this event. TRCC showed good participation with 18 Corvettes. The parade was well organized and parade was over in about 30 minutes. After the parade, most of the participants went to Half Time Pub & Grub. After the restaurant, three cars continued on to Attitudes Pub and Grill in River Bend where the Twin Rivers Shag Club was having their St. Patty’s Day Party. March 27-29. NASCAR theme trip. Mark and Susan Tripp have planned a trip to the Charlotte area. This will include a tour of the Lowes Motor Speedway, a visit to the Hendrick Motorsports Complex, a visit to Action Performance, a tour of JR Motorsports (Dale Earnhardt, Jr’s race shop), a meal at Lancaster’s BBQ in Mooresville, a meal at the Richard Childress Winery, and maybe some shopping at Concord Mills. A schedule with hotel arrangements was handed out at the January meeting and included in the January newsletter. The deadline to sign up for this even has passed. March 30. The Hooters drive-in starts back up. 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 8. The regular monthly meeting at Hams at 7:00 PM. Usually members begin gathering around 6:00 PM. April 19. The annual TRCC car display at Joe Alcoke Chevrolet in New Bern. Willard and Jean West are the event coordinators. Please begin collecting door prizes for the display and bring to the April meeting. 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 and John Mitchell will cook 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 Cooke Zaytoun will be assisting with registration, need men to help with parking cars, and you can bring door prizes to the display. 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. Several members have expressed an interest in 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. If enough interest is shown, this outing may include an add-on trip through the NC/TN mountains with a run on the back roads and possibly the Cherohala Parkway and back through Murphy on scenic Hwy 64. You also need to make your hotel reservations, if st you have not already done so. The deadline to make hotel reservations is April 1, 2008. March 31 is the cut-off date to sign up for this trip. Contract Norm if you plan to attend and have not signed up. 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. 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. July. Picnic at Bill White’s house. August 2. Butch and Carla Lewis discussed the club possibly attending 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 speed Sid. October. Shatley Springs Fall Mountain Cruise. 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). ***** OLD BUSINESS: No old business was discussed. ***** NEW BUSINESS: New members voted in – Larry & Pam Brodsky. The president extended a welcome. We look forward to having them at future events and getting to know them better. Herb is seeking volunteers for a Calling Committee to call members regarding club events. ***** 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. Glenn Cauvin won the 50/50 drawing with $92.00 going to Glenn and $92.00 going to the club. Lorine Peace got a new 2008 Red Corvette Coupe. Bill Hay got a new C6 Silver Convertible. For sale: 1. Original AC raised gas cap for a 75 - 77 Vette. Not new, but in good shape. $5.00 2. Chevy/GM original bell housing, p/n 3858403. Not new, but as new. $45.00 3. AutoMeter Tach, model-Street Tach. 0-8K RPM, 3-3/4", current model, sells for $90.00. Mine not new, but as new. $65.00. 4. Autolite spark plugs, platinum, 4 ea, p/n AP-104. New in box. Free to any one that can use them. Contact Sid Purvis. 252-349-3333 cell. 252-636-2488 nights. email@example.com No further business was presented and the meeting adjourned at 8:05 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. We are also trying to find a New Bern vendor, if anyone has a recommendation, let me know. For a club name badge, place the order with Phyllis Casey. For a club car flag see Gail White.
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