OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES, FRESNO,
CALIFORNIA (CHARTERED NOVEMBER 12, 1991)
The Central Valley Corvette Club was
chartered in 1991 for the owners of the only
real AMERICAN sports car, the awesome
CORVETTE. It's a social organization with
activities that provide enjoyment for the true
MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE HELD
AT 7:00 P.M. ON THE 3 RD TUESDAY
OF EVERY MONTH AT YOSEMITE
FALLS CAFE, 4278 W. ASHLAN AVE,
FRESNO CALIFORNIA. INTERESTED
CORVETTE ENTHUSIATS ARE
MORE THAN WELCOME TO
ATTEND THE MEETINGS AND MEET
Club activities include monthly meetings,
car shows, weekend Club activities,
overnighters, picnics, road rallies, summer
cruises, holiday get-to-gathers and more!
Eligibility for membership in CVC is
defined in Article III, section 1 of the
bylaws in part as follows: "Membership in
Central Valley Corvettes shall be open to all
Corvette owners who are sponsored by a
member in good standing. Additionally, a
prospective member must, within a three
month period , attend two consecutive
meetings, participate in two club sanctioned
social activities, pay current membership
dues and initiation fees, and be approved by
two- thirds vote of membership present at
any general membership meeting by secret
Sponsors shall be responsible for advising
prospective member of results. All
members must submit proof of personal
insurance in accordance with California
State Law upon application for
membership, and all members must be a
member of the association providing club
liability insurance for CENTRAL VALLEY
A prospective member who does not have a
sponsor will be provided one by the
membership committee. Non-members may
not participate in more than three meetings
or two sanctioned activities.
CVC membership dues are $67.00 plus an
initiation fee of $35.00. Membership entitles
two members at the same address voting
privileges at meetings (provided they are in
good standing) and membership rights.
Please feel free to contact the membership
chairperson, Diane Hayes (559)-559-591-
0844 or any officer on the following page.
Craig Hansen (Pam)
Pam Hansen (Craig)
Jeff Levine (Sarah)
Terri Parks (Fred)
Fred Parks (Terri)
Linda Laningham (Chuck)
Diane Hayes (Mike)
Pat Garrahan (Patrick)
It is interesting how a 10 to 15 year period can
drastically change the demographics of Central
Valley Corvettes. When Pam and I joined in 1997
there were over 100 members and as I recall only
two retired people: Jim and Dorothy Gregerson.
While the rest of us toiled at a career or
entrepreneurship, the Gregersons alternated time
between homes in Ahwahnee and Lake Havasu.
Remember how they came all the way home early
from Arizona just to attend our monthly meetings?
Now it is 16 years later. We have gone from 2% of
the membership retired to 60.5%. Of our current
roster of 78, that means 47 have retired and just 31
continue to work for a living. At this rate, the
numbers will rise even more dramatically in the
coming years. That’s because only 18 members are
under the age of 60. In fact we have just three
members in their 40’s, with 15 in their 50’s. A
staggering 41 people (53% of the entire club) are in
their 60’s, while 18 people (the same number of 40
and 50 year olds combined) are in their 70’s. At the
top of the list is Ed Kroeker who will be 82 in late
As to those 31 still working (39.5%), all of the 18
people under 60 still have jobs, 12 of the 41 in their
60’s are still employed and one of the 18 people
70+ still goes to the office. When you throw us all
into one bag, the average age of Central Valley
Corvettes has increased to 64.87 years.
In 1997, we only had a handful of people in their
mid 60’s as our oldest members. Today the mid
60’s is the clubs average age. Partly as a result, our
membership rolls have been trimmed by 27% and
the number of activities is down by 40%. Recalling
2000, CVC had 45 runs that year. It was rare to go
more than two weeks without an event. Now we
are lucky to have 25 to 30 runs and some months go
completely devoid of excursions.
There is not a lot we can do about turning back our
biological clock, but it is not too late to rejuvenate
our mental state of mine; start thinking about
planning a run or an activity. Get the Corvette out
when the occasion presents itself. Think of ways to
recruit younger members. If we don’t, I’m afraid
we will end up becoming nothing more than a knife
and fork club.
General meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by
President Craig Hansen.
Minutes from the January General meeting were
read by Terri Parks. A motion was made by Jo
Anne Krebs and seconded by Leigh Ann Severance
to accept the minutes as read.
Membership Chairman Diane Hays reported we
have 78 members. She reminded members about
the CVC business cards. She also said to let her
know if there are any corrections that need to be
made to the roster.
Treasurer Fred Parks gave the February Treasurer's
Vice President of Public Relations Jeff Levin
reported on the birthdays and anniversaries of the
Vice President of Activities Pam Hansen reported
the future runs: February mystery dinner,
Chukchansi, Corvettin' in the foothills, March
mystery dinner, Smoke House, Chaffee Zoo, Ed
Dena's car show, Gamblers' Classic, Cam Twister's
car show, Word from Home car show, and
In the absence of the Sergeant of Arms, Charlie
Fosnaugh, Skip Severance collected badge fines of
In the absence of our "In the News" reporter Jan
Pflepsen, Debbie Garrison reported the news
concerning our Corvette families.
Parliamentarian Linda Laningham had nothing to
Old Business: The debut of the of the C7 in Geneva
The Newsletter/Website Committee report was
tabled until next month.
New Business: Discussion on moving the General
meeting from 7:00 to 6:30.
Discussion on dropping the December General
Craig invited comments on the CB article.
Don Olson mentioned the Coalinga Airport races.
Raffle: Thank you to the following members for
donating raffle prizes; Anderson, Bird, Condley,
Danielsen, Dawson, Hall, Garrahan, Garrison,
Johnson, Krebs, Laningham, Null, Olson, Parkin,
Parks, Renna, and Severance.
The next Board meeting will be Wednesday
February 20th at 7:00 PM at the home of Linda and
The motion to adjourn the meeting was made by
Leigh Ann Severance and seconded by Linda
Meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by,
Terri Parks, Secretary
Look out here comes Spring and convertible weather. Many thanks to
those of you who have scheduled some new runs. Everyone, be sure to
check them out below and get them on your calendar. We still have two
potential runs without a leader: Kingsburg
Car Show and Clovis Rodeo Parade in April.
Gotta Run! Be blessed, Pam
Sun 3/10 Chukchansi, Lanninghams
Sat 3/16 Corvettin’ in the Foothills, Garrahans
Tues 3/19 General Meeting
Thurs 3/21 Board Meeting
Sun 3/24 Mystery Dinner, Capurros
Sat 3/30 Pub an Smokehouse and Ice Cream in Kingsburg, Nulls
Sat 4/6 Fresno Zoo, Condleys
Sat 4/13 Ed Dena Car Show, Dinuba, Hayes
Thurs-Sun 4/18-22 Gambler’s Classic, Laughlin, COB, Garrisons
Sat 4/27 Clovis Rodeo Parade (need a run leader)
Sun 4/28 The School House and Reedley Opera House-Birds and Halls
Sat 5/18 Cam Twister’s Car Show, Cooks
Fri-Sun 6/7-9 Auburn-Nevada City, Garrahans and Garrisons
Sun 6/30 Word From Home Car Show to support our troops, Hansens
Fri-Sun 7/12-14 Solvang, Capurros and Laninghams
Sun-Wed 8/18-28 Alaska Cruise – Goodalls and Garrahans
Fri-Sun 10/4-6 President’s Mystery Run – Craig Hansen
Thurs. 12/12 13 Christmas Party
3/29-4/13 Southwest Tour II, Hansens
There’s nothing we like better than Corvettin’ with our friends!
We’ll cruise through the foothills to the town of Dunlap and have lunch at
“TWINS VALLEY RESTAURANT”.
You can sign up at the
Meeting or CONTACT:
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Meet at Clovis Ave and Kings Canyon (SE corner) at 10:30 am.
Caravan to the Schoolhouse for Lunch
Show “The Valentine” at the Reedley Opera House at 2pm
$20 per person
Sharon Hall @ 259-0186 or email@example.com
ASAP- Need count for theater tickets!
Chuck and Sharon Hall
John and Linda Bird
WHEN: June 7-9, 2013
TIME: 8:30 a.m.
MEET AT HERNDON AND 99 by the TACO BELL
Make reservations at BEST WESTERN Golden Key
530-885-8611 CUT-OFF DATE May 7, 2013
Rooms are under Central Valley Corvettes.
1 King Bed @ $90.99 + Tax or 2 queen beds @ $110.99 + Tax
For more information contact:
PATRICK OR PAT GARRAHAN
SKIP OR VICKIE GARRISON
CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES
FRED PARKS MARCH 3
PATRICIA GARRAHAN MARCH 4
BOB COOK MARCH 5
SYLVIA JOHNSON MARCH 7
BOB MARINE MARCH 8
ANDY ANDERSON MARCH 14
VICKIE GARRISON MARCH 20
RICK TAVARES MARCH 26
JILL KROEKER-ROSEN MARCH 29
ED KROEKER MARCH 31
STEVE AND JILL ROSEN MARCH 19, 2000 13 YEARS
VOTE TO MOVE MONTHLY MEETINGS TO 6:30pm
During our February meeting, Central Valley Corvettes discussed moving our
monthly meetings from 7:00pm to 6:30pm. Several of our members live out of
Fresno and the change will allow them to return home at a more reasonable time.
CVC membership will vote on this proposal on March 19. Should this pass, then
our meetings will begin at 6:30pm beginning with the April 16 th monthly get
together. Be sure to attend this meeting in order to vote on this change.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR BADGES TO ALL
MEETINGS, CLUB EVENTS AND RUNS.
SUPPORT YOUR CLUB RAFFLE AND BRING A RAFFLE PRIZE
I’m Back!! I’m filling in for Jan Pfelpsen this
month while she and Gary take a well-deserved
vacation cruising the Western Caribbean. While
cruising they’ll see Roatan Island, visit the
country of Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. Hope
they have a great time and will give us a report
on their adventures next month
Missed Joyce and Ed Kroeker at the meeting,
Ed is recovering from a fall he took earlier in
the month. He had a severe urinary tract
infection causing him to be weak and dizzy and
fall head first in the bathroom. He was treated
for the infection but is still tired and had to use a
wheelchair and a walker for a few days. Joyce
said she always talks about making memories
but Ed’s Illness brought back a few bad ones.
While this was all going on, Joyce had the
stomach flu; glad to report that they’re both on
the mend. They are hoping to be well by the end
of March so they can attend the National
Demolition Association’s 40 th Annual
Convention in San Diego. The whole family is
scheduled to attend to see Jeff, Ed and Joyce’s
son, installed as President. There will be a
special dinner held on the Aircraft Carrier USS
Midway. The grandchildren are excited about
the trip as they like to look at all the big
equipment; but hard to say which they are
looking forward to more the big equipment or
day at Lego Land.
Keith and I also had the flu earlier this month
and I have to say this was the first time in all my
working years that I have ever missed more than
two days in a row being sick. So glad that that’s
Sad news for Lupe Dawson, she lost the last of
her 9 brothers this month. This is the brother
that lost his son to cancer earlier this year; he
also had cancer and just never recovered from
the loss of his son and his health just
deteriorated. Lupe and her sister from Michigan
are all that’s left of her siblings; our
condolences to Lupe, her sister and rest of their
Don and Sharon Condley lost one their beloved
dogs last month, their Hannah was only 10 but
she developed heart disease and poor little girl
couldn’t breathe so they had to put her to sleep.
We are so sorry for the loss of your cherished
I heard from Jill Kroeker-Rosen and she had
good news for us. Steve received a good report
from his doctors and the growth appears to be
shrinking. Great news since there has only been
a couple of cases of anyone else developing this
inflammation around an aortic stent sight. He’ll
continue on his medication and hopefully will
soon be able to have the stent removed from his
bladder. So send your prayers and good wishes
Sue Comer sent me a note to let know that
Sweetie of hers Dale, gave her a Maine Coon
kitty for their anniversary. She’s small version
of Toby, their cat that passed away last year.
They have named her Heidi because she hides
under the bed. Sue is spending some time at the
Coast but Dale was rear-ended on the way home
last Sunday. He was seeing the doctor this week
and getting an estimate on the damage to his
truck. Said the truck fared better than him;
nothing too serious, but he does have some
lower back pain and some neck pain.
Charlotte Renna reports her daughter and
roomie has moved into her own dream house.
She moved in 6 months after Joe passed away
and has been there for almost 3 years now.
Charlotte says she will miss Kathy and her two
grand pups and Sally the big fat cat (which we
never saw) and it was a good time for both of
them; now it’s now time for both of them to
grow up and be on their own. We wish Kathy
much happiness in her new home.
Chuck and Linda are proud Grandparents. Their
granddaughter Megan got married last month to
her Marine boyfriend and granddaughter
Amanda’s basketball team took championship
in their league and now they’ll being playing in
Division Playoffs. Good Luck to both of the
Chuck and Linda have also been doing a little
remodeling. They had wood flooring installed in
their entry and in the kitchen and it looks great.
Freida and Herbert are also finishing up some
remodeling; they did their master bathroom last
year and have had the guest bathroom
remodeled and now their updating their kitchen.
They have had new appliances installed, granite
countertops and the new flooring in the kitchen
floor is almost done; can’t wait to see it.
I sent Mary Ann Whitson a note asking if their
bathroom remodeling was finally done and she
said yes and it only took 17 weeks and 1 day!!
They were told it would take about 40 days to
complete and granted there were holidays
involved; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New
Year’s but they didn’t realize that meant 40
working days! They had planned to have the
other bathroom done but now think they are
going to wait for a while …. maybe forever. But
when they do have it redone they will use a
different contractor and will find out how many
real days it really should take.
If anyone is going to be in the Palm Springs area
before June be sure to check out the giant statue
of Marilyn Monroe in her iconic pose in the
white dress. Pat Garrahan had the opportunity to
see it when she was in Palm Springs for
Patrick’s cousin’s memorial service last month.
Don & Sylvia Johnson have sold their home in
Kingsburg, packed up everything and spent their
last evening in this area with us at the General
Meeting. By the time you read this they will be
back in Sequim, Washington. I’m sure you join
me in wishing them happiness and good luck.
We’ll miss you.
Well that’s it for me this month; I’ve enjoyed
filling in for Jan, thank you all for sending your
happenings. Please remember to send all your
Sunshine & Clouds to Jan; life is more fun when
you’re sharing it with your friends.
Your “Old” Gossip Girl,
1/2 lb butter
2 1/3 cups granulated sugar (superfine works best if you have it handy)
9 rounded tablespoons grated chocolate (approximately 3 standard
squares of baking chocolate, / 3 1/2 ounces of other chocolate)
5 rounded tablespoons / 1 3/4 ounces ground almonds
1 cup / 5 ounces of cold, sieved or riced cooked potato (see below for
specific directions about the potato)
2 1/2 cups / 10 ounces (plain flour is fine, but cake flour is better if you
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 rounded teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
2 medium or 3 small potatoes
For preparing the pan you'll bake in:
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
First prepare your cake pan. A tube pan like a Bundt pan works best for this
recipe. Butter it well inside, paying particular attention to any flutings or
crevices in the pan. Then mix the flour and cocoa together and use this
mixture to flour the inside of the pan.
Now prepare your cooked potato by one of these two methods:
Boil in unsalted water 2 medium-sized potatoes or 3 small potatoes in
their jackets, then drain, cool completely, peel, and rice or sieve.
An important note about the potatoes: Do not add them to the batter if
they are even slightly warm. If you do, the result will be a heavy cake that
may fail to rise, or only rise partway. Also: We have never tried this cake
with instant mashed potatoes. Better to play it safe and use the real thing.
1. Grate the chocolate on a fine grater, or pulse in a food processor.
2. Sift the flour once by itself. Then sift it a second time with the cinnamon,
baking powder and salt.
3. Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Separate the eggs. Add the yolks, one at a time, to the creamed
mixture, beating well after each one.
5. Stir in the grated chocolate and ground almonds. Add the tthoroughly
cooled and sieved potato and stir again.
6. Add the flour alternately with the milk, beating gently until smooth after
7. Whip the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the whipped egg whites
carefully into the cake mixture.
8. Spoon into the prepared Bundt pan / tube pan: tap gently once on the
counter to settle. Bake for 1 3/4 hours. Test for doneness with a
toothpick or skewer at the end of this time: bake for another 15 minutes
9. Remove from the oven and allow to rest in the pan for at least twenty
minutes before removing from the pan: then cool on a rack.
To finish, frost the chocolate cake with a chocolate-based icing, or (if you
prefer the simple approach) dust it with powdered sugar.
Last used to identify regular-production
Corvettes in 1976, the “Stingray” label will
again help define Chevrolet’s legendary
two-seater when the long-running breed’s
all-new C7 rendition goes on sale later this
“Stingray is one of the hallowed names in
automotive history,” said GM global design
vice president Ed Welburn during the C7’s
celebrated introduction last month at
Detroit’s North American International Auto
Show. “We knew we couldn’t use [it] unless
the new car truly lived up to the legacy.” No
problem. With an estimated 450
horsepower, the 2014 Stingray will rank as
the most powerful standard Corvette ever,
not to mention the stingiest on gas, thanks in
part to a long list of weight-saving
components, including a new aluminum
frame. All-time best braking and cornering
are promised as well.
That Chevy officials opted to unveil their
latest “best ’Vette yet” in January 2013 was
only right considering the event coincided
with the car’s 60th birthday.
Know anyone who was there in New York
in January 1953 when the first Corvette
debuted, in concept car form, onstage at
General Motors’ annual Motorama
extravaganza? It’s probably even harder
these days to find one of the “preferred”
first-year buyers. Only 300 1953 Corvettes
were built — all featuring white exteriors
and red interiors — on a makeshift assembly
line in Flint, Mich.
All also featured a Powerglide-backed
“Stovebolt” six-cylinder beneath their
forward-hinged fiberglass hoods, and this
limiting combination, which remained in
effect after production moved to St. Louis in
1954, almost killed off the Corvette before it
had a real chance to roll. Chevy’s new-for-
1955 small-block V-8 (and a three-speed
manual transmission) surely helped save the
day, as did the emergence of Zora Arkus-
Duntov, the Corvette’s first chief engineer.
A new, better-received body appeared in
1956, followed by optional fuel injection
and an optional four-speed stick in 1957,
and the hits just kept coming from there.
Some 1.5 million Corvettes later,
Chevrolet’s proud legacy will, as the C7
name implies, evolve into its seventh
generation this fall. The first, the so-called
“solid-axle” run (consisting exclusively of
convertibles) ended in 1962. Expressed in
two words the first time around, the original
Sting Ray debuted in 1963 along with a new
coupe body and independent rear
suspension. These second-generation
Corvettes, built through 1967, are
commonly called “mid-year” models today.
Some enthusiasts call third-generation
models “Sharks” in honor of the 1965 Mako
Shark II showcar that predicted the
Corvette’s 1968 restyle. Still the longest of
the seven model runs, this generation
remained on the market up through 1982,
with Corvette production moving east from
Missouri to its present location in Bowling
Green, Ky., the previous year. Chevrolet
officials then opted to skip the 1983 model
designation due to delays encountered
during development of the fourth-generation
Corvette, which debuted as a 1984 model
then retired in 1996.
The radically redesigned fifth generation
was initially slated to make the scene in
August 1992, just in time to help mark the
Corvette’s 40th birthday. But stumbling
blocks again took their toll, pushing the big
date back to 1997.
It was during this protracted crawl to market
that the Corvette’s generational “code
names” came into vogue, and once “C5”
became popularized it logically followed to
retroactively identify the preceding groups
accordingly. The C6 then appeared in 2005
to do its predecessor one better.
Now we await the C7 Sting Ray. If only we
humans could look even half as good in our
Irish Blessings and Sayings
With Ireland being famous for its Saints and Scholars, it comes as no surprise that it’s also a
country famous for its blessings.
Some blessing may be hundreds of years old when others could have been created last week by
some bloke sitting in Papua New Guinea, so what is an Irish blessing?
For one thing, an Irish Blessing is about welcoming, warmth and turning a negative situation into
a positive one. It’s no wonder the people in Ireland tried to stay positive with its long history of
Here are some examples of Irish Blessings you may see:
May the roads rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall softly upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hallow of His hand.
May you be poor in misfortunes,
and rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness,
from this day forward,
May good luck be your friend,
In whatever you do,
And may trouble be always,
A stranger to you.
May you always have work for your hands to do,
May your pockets hold always a coin or two,
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane,
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain,
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue,
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
May the sun shine all day long,
Everything go right and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
And may all the wishes you wish come true.
May the friendships you make be those which endure
And all of your grey clouds be small ones for sure.
And trusting in Him to Whom we all pray,
May a song fill your heart every step of the way.
“May God grant you always...A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you, faithful friends near you,
And, whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.”
May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The foresight to know where you are going,
And the insight to know when you have gone too far”
“May God give you...For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile,
For every care a promise and a blessing in each trial,
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share,
For every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”
May you never forget what is worth remembering,
Nor ever remember what is best forgotten”
“ “May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live”
Wherever you go and whatever you do, May the luck of the Irish be there with you.
I wish healing upon you,
The healing of Mary with me,
Mary, Michael and Brighid,
Be with me all three.
Patrick got caught
with a little ice
cream for the road!
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