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)
Not yet filled.
knew one day after serving on the board that I
would be asked to take the reins of the
presidency of Central Valley Corvettes. Nine
years later that time has arrived.
Patrick Garrahan called and said everyone else who
had been nominated for the position had declined.
So I felt there wasn’t really a choice and telling
Patrick “no” was not an option. So here we go.
Since I like to plan ahead, one of my first thoughts
was where to go on the President’s Mystery Run?
The tough part is that CVC has been around for
twenty years and since the run usually involves
three days, it is almost always going to be
somewhere in California. So it is getting tougher to
find a new frontier to explore. That was a big
reason I accepted the nomination now, because in a
few more years we will have gone to just about
everywhere within a three-day window. The other
thing about this job is writing twenty-four articles
for the newsletter. Let’s see, one down and twenty-
three to go!
All kidding aside, Pam and I have been talking
about where we could take CVC and we have
already laid out three options. We may motor
through cities and towns you have already been to,
but hopefully there will be attractions, both man-
made and natural that you have not experienced.
It’s funny how my term doesn’t officially begin
until Linda says so during the December meeting
and already I am being told this job is for not one
year, but two years. It’s as if I’ve already been re-
elected for 2014!
If that is the case, I will gladly accept another term
as your president. But I hope everyone reading this
who has previously served time on the board, but
not as President, seriously consider doing your civic
duty for CVC in the future. For now you can relax
and if I am not impeached or die in office, you can
skate for a second year. But come 2015, one of you
needs to step up to the plate.
eneral meeting was called to order at 6:57
p.m. by President Linda Laningham. She
handed out and gifts and thanks to her board
and committee chairs.
Minutes from the November General meeting were
read by Terri Parks. A motion was made by
Charlotte Renna and seconded by Joyce Kroeker to
accept the minutes as read.
Membership chairman Diane Hays reminded
members that this was the last night to pay dues.
She reported membership stands at 78.
Treasurer Judy Capurro gave the November
Treasurer's report, and then turned over her duties to
Vice President of Public Relations Jan Pflepsen
reported on the birthdays and anniversaries of the
club members and then turned over her duties to
Vice President of Activities Keith Garrison reported
on the past runs.
The future runs are the Gambler's Classic, Alaskan
Cruise, and the Southwest Tour II. Then he turned
over his duties to the Pam Hanson
The collection of badge fines was waved in honor
of Christmas; much to the disappointment of the
new Sergeant at Arms Charlie Fosnaugh.
Our "Out & About Lady" Debbie Garrison reported
on the news and happenings of our Corvette
families. The new gossip lady is Jan Pflepsen.
Parliamentarian: Patrick Garrahan had nothing to
report. Linda Laningham will be the new
Old Business: None.
New Business: Patricia will now post in the
newsletter the specific deadline for the next month's
Linda turned over her gavel to new president Craig
Raffle: Thank you to the following members for
donating raffle prizes: Campos, Condley, Danielsen,
Dawson, Fam, Fosnaugh, Garrahan, Garrison,
Hayes, Johnson, Kroeker, Levine, Null, Olson,
Parks, Piercy, Pitt and Liberta, Renna, Severance,
and Yosemite Falls.
The next Board meeting will be Thursday
December 20th at 7:00 PM at the home of Craig and
The motion to adjourn the meeting was made by
Freddy Fam and seconded by Ed Kroeker.
Meeting adjourned at 8:02 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by,
Terri Parks, Secretary
Hey everyone, hope the Christmas Season
and New Year brings you much joy. We are
loving it especially with our wonderful
grandkids: Bella, Atticus and little Henry.
Was wondering if any of you “Gotta Run”
idea. We have a change in the Solvang run to
July 12 & 13, and we have a new “Valentine’s
Day Run” scheduled for 2/9/2013.
But we have no runs for May, June, Sept,
October (Halloween) and November. The
Christmas Party has been booked for this next
Think about doing a Friday or Saturday Niter or
an ice-cream run to Superior Dairy. How about
going to the Snow or the Sun?
Gotta run now, love you and be blessed.
Thurs-Fri., Jan 3-4 Lion King, S.F-Whitsons
Tues, Jan 15 General Meeting
Thurs, Jan 17 Board Meeting, Parks Home
Sat., Feb. 9 Valentine’s Run, Alejandro’s
Tues, Feb 19 General Meeting
Thurs, 21 Board Meeting
Sat., Mar 16 Corvettin’ in the Foothills
Tues. Mar. 19 General Meeting
Thurs, Mar .2 Board Meeting
Sat., Apr. 6 Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Thurs-Sun Gambler’s Classic
Apr, 18-22 Laughlin-C.O.B.
Sat, May 18 Cam Twister’s Car Show
Aug 18-28 Alaska Cruise-Goodalls,
Sat, Mar 29 Southwest Tours II
Sun, Apr 13 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:
Corvettes of Bakersfield's
18th Annual Gambler's Classic
April 18-‐20, 2013
at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort in Laughlin, Nevada
Driver's Name: _____________________________________________________________________
City:____________________________________________ State:_________ Zip:________________
Home Phone: ( )___________________________Cell:_________________________________
Corvette Year: _________ Color: ______________________ License Plate: ___________________
Club Affiliation: ____________________________________________________________________
The 18th Annual Gambler's Classic will be limited to the first 250 Corvettes. Any registrations received after
250 will be contacted to see if they want to be placed on a waiting list or have their registration returned.
Entry Fee for Full Event Includes: Free meet & greet Thurs. nite, Couple Single
Dinner Show (1 single, 2 couple), Car Show & Poker Run,
plus 1 t-‐shirt, 1 poker hand, goody bag and dash plaque. $180.00 $130.00
T-‐shirt size (circle 1): S M L XL XXL XXXL
Extra T-‐Shirt @ $15.00: S M L XL XXL XXXL $_______ $_______
Addi>onal Poker Hand(s): _______ @ $5.00 each $_______ $_______
Late Registra>on Fee: If postmarked aSer March 17th: $20.00 $_______ $_______
(T-‐shirt order guaranteed if registra
MIKE AND DIANE HAYES JANUARY 3 51 YEARS
CHARLIE AND KIM FOSNAUGH JANUARY 17 38 YEARS
DALE AND SUE COMER JANUARY 27 45 YEARS
TOM PIERCY JANUARY 8
DAVID SONS JANUARY 10
DEBBIE GARRISON JANUARY 22
JOYCE CAMPOS JANUARY 28
DON OLSON JANUARY 31
isa Strickland of South Carolina, daughter of Allyn and Marilyn Goodall, recently
won the first Limited Age Title in the Derby Amateur Championship of the
Southern Cutting Futurity held in Atlanta Ga. She and her mare, Dualin Smart,
brought in a cash prize of $2,933. This was her second limited showing of Dualin Smart.
Needless to say, the Goodalls are very proud of her and her mare!
May what you see in the mirror delight you and what others see in you delight t
May someone love you enough to forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes,
and tell the world about your virtues.
May the telemarketers wait to make their sales calls until you finish dinner,
May the commercials on TV not be louder than the program you have been
And may your check book and your budget balance - and include generous amounts
May you remember to say "I love you" at least once a day to your spouse, your
child, your parent, your siblings;
But not to your secretary, your nurse, your masseuse, your hairdresser, or your
And may we live in a world at peace and with the awareness of God's love in
every sunset, every flower's unfolding petals, every baby's smile, every lover's
kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
NOTE: BOARD MEETINGS WILL NOW BE HELD ON THE THURSDAY
FOLLOWING THE GENERAL MEETING.
‘TWAS THE MONTH
‘Twas the month after Christmas
and all through the house
Nothing would fit me,
not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd nibbled,
the eggnog I'd taste
All the holiday parties
had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales
there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store
(less a walk than a lumber).
I'd remember the marvelous
meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces,
and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls,
the bread and the cheese;
And the way I'd never said,
"No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself,
in my husband’s old shirt.
And prepared once again,
to do battle with dirt,
I said to myself,
as I only can
"You can't spend a winter
disguised as a man!"
So--away with the last
of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruitcake,
every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food
that I like must be banished;
Till all the additional
ounces have vanished.
I won't have a cookie—
not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew
on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits,
or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot
and quietly cry.
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome,
and life is a bore --
But isn't that what
January is for?
Unable to giggle,
no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all
and to all a good diet!
Crock Pot Peanut Clusters
1 - 12 oz. bag chocolate chips (semi sweet)
2 - 24 oz. pkgs. Ambrosia chocolate flavored bark
1 to 2 oz. semi sweet baking chocolate
Place above ingredients in slow cooker, cover and
melt on HIGH. (It takes about 1 hour.)
Stir well to blend; checking to make sure all of the
chocolate has melted.
Add: 2 cans Spanish peanuts (salted and roasted);
On a sheet of waxed paper, spoon out
teaspoonfuls- about ½ inches apart. Allow to cool
completely and store in air tight container or freeze
to store for a longer time.
It makes a lot!
Sweet ‘n Salty Almonds
1 Cup whole almonds
½ Cup sugar
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla
Combine whole almonds, ½ cup sugar, and
2 tablespoons butter or margarine in a heavy skillet.
Cook, over medium heat, stirring constantly until
almonds are toasted and melted sugar is golden
brown, about 15 minutes.
Stir in ½ teaspoon vanilla. Spread nuts on sheet of
aluminum foil, spread as thinly as possible.
Sprinkle lightly with salt, (I like to use fresh ground
sea salt or flaked salt, available at Sur La Table).
Cool, and then break into 2 to 3 nut clusters.
Store tightly covered.
1 (10-OZ.) Can refrigerated pizza
1 (9-OZ.) Package frozen spinach
(I used fresh spinach)
¼ Cup light mayonnaise
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Cup chopped red onion (I sliced
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon vinegar (Cider, red wine
2 Boneless, skinless chicken breast
½ Teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
4 Slices Provolone cheese
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Unroll the pizza dough and place in an
ungreased 15X10X1-inch baking pan.
Starting at the center, press out dough
to edges of pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Cool for 15 minutes or until
Meanwhile, cook spinach according to
package directions and drain well;
squeeze dry with paper towels
In a small bowl, combine the
mayonnaise and one of the garlic
cloves; mix well and refrigerate.
Heat the oil in a small saucepan over
medium-high heat until hot. Add
onion and cook while stirring for 2 or
3 minutes or until crisp-tender; add
sugar and vinegar. Reduce heat to
low; simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until
most of the liquid has evaporated,
Flatten the chicken breast halves
between two pieces of plastic wrap
until about ¼-inch thick. Sprinkle
chicken with Italian seasoning and the
other minced garlic clove.
Spray a large skillet with cooking
spray and heat over medium-high
heat until hot. Add the chicken; cook
8 minutes or until browned and juices
run clear, turning once.
Cut cooked pizza crust into 4
rectangles and remove from pan.
Spread each with the mayonnaise
mixture; top 2 rectangles with
chicken, spinach, onion mixture,
cheese and remaining rectangles, with
mayonnaise side down.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over
medium-high heat until hot. Place
sandwiches in the skillet, then place a
smaller skillet on top of sandwiches to
Cook 4-6 minutes or until crisp and
heated, turning once. Cut each warm
sandwich in half and serve.
Makes 2 Servings
(Omit the raw garlic in mayonnaise if
you are not a big garlic fan. It is also
great on Italian bread!)
The C6 Corvette will soon see its
hallowed production run come to an
end, but not without a little
excitement and fanfare first. 2013
will see Chevrolet release two special
Collector's Edition Corvette models as
a means of celebrating both the 60th
year of production for the trademark
vehicle, and also the final year of the
C6. The first of these special editions
will be the 60th Anniversary
Corvette, but it's the second that's
more exciting: the 427 Convertible,
which will be the fastest Convertible
Corvette ever produced.
"The 2013 model year will be historic
for Corvette, marking its 60th
Anniversary and the final year for the
current ‘C6’ generation," said Chris
Perry, who is the acting vice
president of Global Marketing and
Strategy for Chevrolet. Perry then
continued, "We couldn’t think of a
more fitting way to celebrate these
milestones than bringing back one of
the most-coveted combinations in
the brand’s history – the Corvette
convertible and a 427 cubic-inch
That's right, those math proficient
readers out there, 427 means 7.0L.
That means that in 2013 we'll see a
Corvette Convertible outfitted with
the 7.0L LS7 Corvette Z06 engine
rated at 505HP and 470 lb.-ft. of
torque. This engine, in conjunction
with other cues taken from the Z06
and Corvette ZR1 will combine to
make the 427 Convertible the
quickest and most impressive
Corvette convertible ever produced.
The LS7 power plant at the heart of
the new 427 Convertible isn't the
only thing to set this special edition
Corvette apart, either. The 427
Corvette Convertible--which, like the
Z06 will only be available in six-
speed manual transmission--features
a number of other components to
help make it a true performance
masterpiece. The 427 Convertible
utilizes the driveline and rear-axle
from the Z06 Corvette for a more
optimized driving experience than
the base C6 Convertible. In addition
to this Z06 driveline, the 427
Convertible will also utilize a rearmounted
battery as the Z06 does for
improved weight distribution, as well
as Chevrolet's highly respected
Magnetic Selective Ride Control
Suspension--a system that's rather
revolutionary in its construction and
function. The 19 and 20 inch front
and rear offset wheels will be of the
lightweight, machine-face Cup
variety seen on the PDE Performance
packages of the 2012 Z06 and ZR1,
and will be wrapped in the much
lauded Michelin PS2 Tires of Corvette
To better improve performance, and
offset the added weight of the
Convertible, the 427 Corvette
Convertible will also feature a great
deal of carbon fiber. Each piece is
dry carbon fiber that's vacuum
formed, just as Chevrolet has utilized
on the Z06 Carbon special edition
and ZR1. Up front, the "CFZ" Carbon
Fiber front splitter is optional, and
the 2011 Z06 Carbon raised Carbon
Fiber hood is standard. The sideskirt/rocker
panels, also of the "CFZ"
Carbon Fiber variety, are optional
down the side, but the special edition
Carbon Fiber Z06-Style fenders and
Carbon Fiber floor panels are
standard on the vehicle. With all
optional equipment, this special
edition 427 will certainly save a great
deal of unnecessary weight, and
feature a much improved--and very
performance minded--boost to
aerodynamics and drag and down
Oh, Julie! Pleeeze
don’t steal my prize!
56 CVC members and family arrived at my home to a power outage. Let’s see, what to do, what
to do. I’ll just go about my business, make the best of it, and let every man here see what they
can do about it. Somehow they managed to fix the problem. BLESS THEIR HEARTS. The
great thing is, if they couldn’t have fixed it, everyone would have eaten by candle light and made
the best of the situation. I JUST LOVE YOU PEOPLE. !!
Thanks to Keith & Debbie for setting up the trailer & Don for arranging for the hay from his
nephew. Andy & Connie helped by delivering it to the house.
Don, Connie, Lance & Linda won the drawing for the gift baskets.
I think everyone had a good time and enjoyed the food and the desserts. If you didn’t attend one
or both of the Christmas events, you lost out big time.
I personally had a fun evening and enjoyed working with my family to decorate and cook for the
party. Looking forward to a repeat performance next year, Charlotte Renna
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CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES
P. O. BOX 26591
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA 93729-6591