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 6.30 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, Charlie Fosnaugh (559) 299-
0547 or any officer on the following page.
Craig Hansen (Pam)
Pam Hansen (Craig)
Skip Severance (LeighAnn)
Kim Fosnaugh (Charlie)
Fred Parks (Terri)
Linda Laningham (Chuck)
Charlie Fosnaugh (Kim)
Lupe Dawson (Dave)
Leigh Ann Severance (Skip)
Charlie Fosnaugh (Kim)
un for president, some don’t live here anymore,
some live here part time, many don’t qualify because
they don’t attend enough meetings, some have
serious health issues or their spouse does, and some
of them just flat don’t want to be president.
his month, our club is faced with what I
consider to be an important vote to
possibly change the requirements to be
President of CVC. As you may know, I
was the one who asked for the change
to be brought before the group.
At present, a candidate in good standing must have
spent a year in one of the other four board positions
before being eligible to run for president. While this
has worked for the past 20+ years, I believe as the
club gets older it will be increasingly difficult to get a
previous board member to run for president.
Let’s examine the history of our presidents and their
board service. Since 1994 there are ten (10)
members still in the club that have served three (3)
or more years on the board. Eight of those ten have
already served as president including 4 years by
Charlotte Renna, 2 years by Keith Garrison and
another 2 years by Debbie Garrison. In addition John
Bird served 2 years, Linda Laningham did 2 years and
I am completing my second year, while Andy
Anderson and Patrick Garrahan each served 1 year.
This leaves only Pam Hansen and Terri Parks who
have three or more years on the board and have not
Meanwhile CVC has seen forty (40) people serve 1 or
2 years on the board. However twenty-five (25) of
those people are no longer in the club. Out of this
group only Peggy Cook served one year as president
in 2006 before serving as secretary in 2005.
If you look at the other fourteen people eligible to
Every year, it seems our parliamentarian has to work
very hard at convincing a nominated qualified
candidate to run for president. Within three years
CVC will have more members north of seventy (70)
than under seventy. As the club ages and the eligible
pool of presidential candidates remains slim, I see
voting “yes” as giving the club an option that it
presently does not have.
CVC has fifty-six (56) members who have not served
on the board and at the moment cannot run for
president. Many of these people have served on
other boards, owned and managed their own
business, or served as school administrators. In
addition there are people who have spent many years
in the club and know how it functions, but have not
been an office holder. Keep in mind when a person
gets elected, they attend and observe the November
board meeting prior to taking office. The incoming
president also attends and observes the December
general meeting before taking the reins at the end of
the meeting. Another help is the past-president or
parliamentarian is there for the next year to offer
guidance and support. Last, but not least, a
candidate under the new rules would still have to be
nominated, accept the nomination and then win to
Some may view this proposal as a threat against the
status-quo or feel it is not necessary. But I believe as
the club continues to age, this is an option that may
very well come into play. Change is not easy for some
people and it takes a 2/3rds vote of the present
members to rewrite an existing bylaw.
Lupe Dawson, Sergeant at Arms collected $2.75.
Debbie Garrison shared the current news from our
Corvette members’ families for Jan Pflepsen, our In
the News reporter.
Parliamentarian Linda Laningham reported she
mailed information to all members on the
proposed By-Laws changes to be discussed and
voted on at a special meeting held during our
March general meeting.
Central Valley Corvettes
General Meeting Minutes
February 18, 2014
President Craig Hansen called the General
Meeting to order at 6:34pm. The minutes from
the December general meeting were read by Kim
Fosnaugh. Chuck Laningham made a motion to
accept the minutes as read which was seconded
by Chuck Hall.
Membership Chairman, Charlie Fosnaugh invited
new members Debby & Terry Anderson up front
and had their sponsor Freida Null present them
with their CVC Bag and badges. Charlie
announced we currently have 82 members.
Treasurer Fred Parks gave the Treasurer’s report.
Don Olson asked what our savings is by having
our Newsletter on-line versus mailing it out. Fred
responded we are saving approximately $120 per
Skip Severance, Vice President of Public Relations
reported our Board had approved the purchase of
a CB radio to have available for prospective and
new members to use on CVC runs. Skip purchased
the radio and has it ready to go.
In the absence of Pam Hansen, Vice President of
Activities, Patricia Garrahan filled in and had
Ruthie report on her Ladies Domino gathering in
January and other members report on upcoming
runs including, a movie day, Blossom Trail Run,
Southwest Tour, Laughlin Run, Quilt Show, Clovis
Rodeo Parade and Presidents Mystery Run.
Charlie Fosnaugh offered the remaining CVC
calendars for sale at half price since they are only
10 month calendars at this point and reminded
everyone the deadline for information to be posted
on the website is by the end of each month.
Greg Krebs thanked CVC and Charlie Fosnaugh for
helping to sell his corvette thru the website. Greg
also mentioned that his CB was available to the
The next Board meeting will be held the 4th
Tuesday of the month, February 25th at the
Laningham’s in Selma.
The next General meeting will be March 18th.
Jo Anne Krebs motioned to adjourn the meeting
and was seconded by Ruthie Danielsen.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:23pm
Respectfully submitted by,
Kim Fosnaugh, Secretary
Raffle: Thank you to the following members for
donating raffle prizes; Debby & Terry Anderson,
Bird, Dawson, Fosnaugh, Garrahan, Garrison, Hall,
Hansen, Hayes, Krebs, Kroeker, Laningham, Null,
Olson, Parkin and Renna.
ATTENTION CVC MEMBERS
A Special Meeting will be held on March 18, 2014 at the regular CVC General Meeting at
6:30 p.m. to discuss and to vote on proposed By-Law Amendments. All members are
eligible to vote, so please try to attend.
These are the proposed changes:
Page 2 Article IV. Officers and their election Section 1
Officers: The Officers of this organization shall be a president, a vice-president/ activities
coordinator, a vice-president/public relations, a secretary, and a treasurer. All shall be valid
regular members of Central Valley Corvettes. The president must have at least one-year
prior service as an officer of Central Valley Corvettes.
Proposed By-Law Amendment:
Officers: The officers of this organization shall be a president, a vice-president/activities
coordinator, a vice – president/public relations, a secretary, and a treasurer. All shall be valid
regular members of Central Valley Corvettes.
The president must have at least one year prior service as an officer of Central Valley
Corvettes or at least one year prior service on a qualifying non-profit board, corporate board,
or a member of Central Valley Corvettes for two years in good standing as determined by
Central Valley Corvettes.
The reason for proposed By-Law change: It is difficult to get members to run for the board
and especially for President.
Membership will vote for present By-Law or proposed By- Law amendment.
Page 3 Article V. Board of Directors Section 5
Quorum: Two-thirds of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for
the transaction for business at any meeting of the Board.
Proposed By-Law Amendment:
Quorum: Three members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the
transition of business at any meeting of the board.
The reason for proposed By-Law change: Since we have 5 members of the board, two-thirds
would 3.35 members.
Also, sometimes only 3 board members are able to attend meetings.
Membership will vote for present By-Law or proposed By-Law amendment.
Amendments to By-Laws require a vote of two-thirds of the regular members present at
the Annual and/or a Special Meeting.
The By-Laws Committee
JAN & GARY ARE ON THEIR TRIP TO THE PANAMA CANAL,
SO I’LL BE FILLING IN THIS MONTH. I CAN’T WAIT TO
HEAR ALL ABOUT THEIR TRIP WHEN THEY GET BACK.
OF COURSE BY NOW WE’VE ALL HEARD ABOUT THE
SINKHOLE AT THE CORVETTE MUSEUM AND THE LOSS
OF 8 PRIZED CARS. I HAVE AN UPDATE: ACCORDING TO
THEIR WEBSITE THEY ARE GOING TO BE TAKING 2-3
WEEKS TO STABILIZE AND SECURE THE AREA AND THEN
THEY WILL BEGIN TO RECOVER THE CARS. THEY
ANTICIPATE THAT TO TAKE 4-6 DAYS AFTERWHICH THEY
WILL BEGIN THE PROCESS OF RELACING EARTH AND
THE FLOOR SYSTEM. THEY ARE STILL LOOKING
FORWARD TO CELEBRATING THE 20 TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE OPENING OF THE CORVETTE MUSEUM SCHEDULED
FOR AUGUST 27 TH THRU 30 TH LATER THIS YEAR. ON A
SIDE NOTE FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON’T ALREADY
KNOW; KEITH AND I, SKIP & VICKIE AND FORMER
MEMBER RICHARD MULLINS WERE THERE, SEPTEMBER
4, 2001. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!
BACK TO THE NEWS OF WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH OUR
MEMBERS: RECENTLY GREG & JO ANNE KREBS
ANNOUCED THAT THEY WERE SELLING THEIR BEAUTIFUL
CORVETTE AND OF COURSE EVEYONE WANTED TO
KNOW WHAT KIND OF CORVETTE THEY WERE BUYING
NEXT. THEY WERE A LITTLE VAQUE BECAUSE THEY
STILL HAD SOME DECISIONS TO MAKE. THEY ARE BUYING
SOMETHING BUT IT’S BIGGER THAN A CORVETTE; THEY
ARE MOVING TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND BUYING A
HOUSE SO THEY CAN BE CLOSER TO THEIR SON,
DAUGHTER IN LAW AND OF COURSE THAT BEAUTIFUL
GRANDDAUGHTER THEY CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF. THEY
SAY IT WAS A DIFFICULT DECISION BECAUSE THEY’LL BE
LEAVING SO MANY WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND A PLACE
THEY REALLY ENOYED BUT ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO
BEING CLOSE TO FAMILY AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS
AND ALL THE FUTURE HAS TO OFFER. PLEASE JOIN ME IN
WISHING THEM WELL.
JULIE SONS’ MOM FELL AND BROKE HER HIP EARLIER
THIS MONTH. SHE DID SURGERY AND PUT IN A TITANIUM
ROD AND PIN. THEY HAD TRANSFERRED TO A SKILLED
CARE FACILITY AND AS SOON AS SHE WAS ABLE TO
WALK 150 FT THEY WOULD BE TRANSFERRING HER TO
SAN JOAQUIN REHAB CENTER FOR EXTENSIVE
TREATMENT. JULIE SAYS IT’S GOING TO BE LONG ROAD
TO RECOVERY SO LET’S KEEP JULIE’S MOM IN OUR
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
RUTHIE DANIELSEN HAD SURGERY ON HER HAND TO
HAVE SOME TENDON REPAIR; THEY PUT A HARD CAST
ON HER HAND AND WRIST. IT WAS VERY PAINFUL BUT
JUST RECENTLY THEY PUT ON A SOFT CAST AND IS
DOING MUCH BETTER AND HOPEFULLY IS RECOVERING
DIANE HAYES ALSO HAS HAD SURGERY ON HER RIGHT
AND HAND SAYES IT’S BEEN A CHALLENGE SINCE THAT’S
HER DOMINANT HAND BUT RUTHIE WAS GOOD ENOUGH
TO GIVE HER A FEW POINTERS BEFORE SURGERY
WHICH WAS BEEN A BIG HELP. SHE ALSO SAID SHE’S
DOING FINE BUT WILL BE GLAD WHEN IT’S ALL OVER AND
CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HOW GREAT MIKE HAS BEEN.
GOD IS GOOD.
IT WAS GREAT TO SEE GAIL AND RICK TAVARES AT THE
MEETING. GAIL HAS HAD A CHALLENGING MONTH. SHE
HAD EMERGENCY GALL BLADDER SURGERY AND SPENT
4 DAYS AT ST AGNES, WAS DISCHARGED AND WENT
BACK IN ON THE SAME DAY FOR 4 MORE DAYSTO REPAIR
A LEAK. RICK TOLD THE FINANCIAL ADVOCATE THAT IT
SHOULD BE CONSIDERED 1 VISIT SINCE IT SHOULD BE
LIKE WARRANTY WORK ON A CAR. SHE IS ON THE MEND
AND FEELING BETTER EVERY DAY.
RICK IS ON NEW CHEMO TREATMENTS AND THEY ARE
GOING OK. THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AN
APPOINTMENT ON MARCH 3 RD AT STANFORD MEDICAL
CENTER IN PALO ALTO TO SEE IF RICK’S A GOOD
CANDIDATE FOR A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT. SO
LET’S SEND ALL OUR POSITIVE THOUGHTS THEIR WAY
AND KEEP HIM IN OUR PRAYERS.
GAIL WANTED TO THANK EVERYONE REMEMBERING
WITH THEM BOTH WITH GOOD THOUGHTS, CARDS &
KEITH & SKIP’S SISTER SHIRLEY IN UTAH ISN’T DOING SO
WELL, SHE’S BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL SINCE JANUARY
AND WAS RECENTLY TRANSFERRED TO A REHAB
FACILITY. THEY ARE ANTICIPATING A 2-3 MONTH
RECOVERY. THEY ARE HOPING SHE WILL BE RELEASED
AROUND THE SAME TIME AS OUR LAUGHLIN TRIP SO WE
GARRISONS’ ARE EXTENDING OUR TRIP TO GO OUT TO
UTAH AND SEE HER.
GORDON CAPURRO FILLED US IN ON THEIR
GRANDDAUGHTER KATIE’S SUCCESS IN GYMNASTICS.
I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU ALL WELL AND HAVING ALL
KINDS OF EXPERIENCES THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH US
YOUR GOSSIP GIRL,
HAPPY 3 rd Fred Parks
March Birthdays! 4th Patricia Garrahan
5 th Bob Cook
7 th Sylvia Johnson
8 th Bob Marine
14 th Andy Anderson
20 th Vickie Garrison
26 th Rick Tavares
29 th Jill Rosen
31 st Ed Kroeker
March Anniversaries: 19 th Steve and Jill Rosen 14 years !
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR NAME BADGES TO ALL
MEETINGS, CLUB EVENTS AND RUNS.
SUPPORT YOUR CLUB RAFFLE AND BRING A RAFFLE PRIZE!
BE SURE AND VISIT OUR WEB SITE REGULARY AT:
Anybody gotta run? We need you to make our club successful.
Skip wanted me to remind you of the monthly “Power Hour” at Chic-Fil-A on Blackstone on the
second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
Thurs - Sun 4/10-13
Saturday June 14
Sunday June 29
Monday Sep 29-10/3
March Meet, Famoso Raceway - Severances
Southwest Tour II - Hansens
Lunch and Quilt Show – Garrisons
Laughlin Run – Garrisons, Lanninghams
100 th Annual Clovis Rodeo Parade – Fosnaughs & Lebdas
Great Central Valley Chili Cook Off – Halls
Word From Home Car Show – Hansens
President’s Mystery Run to Huron
Christmas Party at Piccadilly Inn – Halls
Christmas Hay Ride – Renna, Garrisons
Soon to be scheduled – Zoo Run - Walkers
Club meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30, and the Board meets on the fourth
Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Plan a run and be blessed, Pam
I WANT YOUR CORVETTE
In the Clovis Rodeo’s
100 th Annual Parade !
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Judy’s Donuts in The Trading Post Center on the SE corner of Herndon & Clovis Ave.
Time: Donuts & Coffee from 7:45 to 8:00 am - No later than 8:00 am, Saturday, April 26, 2014
We leave at 8:10 am to the parade staging area (Jefferson, just west of Sunnyside).
We MUST be in place on Jefferson before 8:30 am as they close all of the streets
in that area at that time.
We will wait on Jefferson approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours until we are called on (w/other vettes)
Wear/Bring: Your Patriotic Cap & CVC Shirt / American Flags & Decor, Water, Chair, Sunscreen, etc.
ABSOLUTELY NO BURN-OUT OF TIRES. If one car spins its tires, we will all be escorted off
the parade route and never be invited back again. No throwing of candy or trinkets. (Only
walkers may hand out goodies). Yes, you MAY honk, wave, smile, & rev your engine in neutral!
We will meet up after the Parade at Red Robin, SE corner Shaw/Clovis for lunch / Ice Cream
Contact: Charlie Fosnaugh at email@example.com or 281-2876
Co-Chair: Mike Lebda @ 905-9971 Sign up by April 22nd!
(I know you read this last year, but I thought they were worth repeating again. Charlie)
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 misery.
Here are some examples of Irish Blessings for you:
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.
CVC Blossom Trail Run, 2-22-14
Photos by Pat Garrahan
Photos by Pat Garrahan