OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES, FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (CHARTERED 11/12/91)
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 CORVETTES.
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, Dick Danielsen (559) 298-5229
or any officer on the following page.
Gary Pflepsen (Jan)
Skip Severance (LeighAnn)
VP-PUBLIC RELATIONS/ MEMBERSHIP
Dick Danielsen (Ruthie)
Debby Anderson (Terry)
Mike Lebda (Mary)
Craig Hansen (Pam)
Chuck Laningham (Linda)
Susan Walker (Del)
Charlie Fosnaugh (Kim)
Spring is here and the weather is great for
taking the Corvette for a spin in the country.
A big group of us did just that March 14 th on a
run put on by Skip and Leigh Ann Severance.
The drive up the foothills to Cat Haven was
beautiful and the big cats amazing. We all
learned a lot about these great creatures.
Lunch on the way up and ice cream on the
way down made it a perfect day.
Speaking of perfect days the annual picnic is
coming up May 3 rd . Great food, music, games
and Corvette fellowship await all who come
and it’s FREE.
Our numbers are growing. Welcome
prospective members Rick and Becky Helm
and Art and Nancy White. It’s great they
have an interest in the club and they will
bring two new 2015’s into our group. That
will bring us to five C7s in the club.
There was an article in the newsletter in
October, 2010 that detailed how to plan and
carry out a successful run. It was adapted
from a report prepared by Keith Garrison and
his committee in July 1998 and has a lot of
The article has been updated and is given to
new members and we will publish it in the
newsletter. (See page 9)
We have some interesting and fun runs
coming up so let’s sign up. The participation
by members so far this year has been
outstanding - keep it up.
See you at the next meeting April 21 st .
a.k.a.’The Big Egg’
Sgt. of Arms, Chuck Laningham collected .50
in badge fines.
Jan Pflepsen gave the Sunshine report.
We now have Business Cards for everyone to
have and hand out to perspective members.
Central Valley Corvettes
General Meeting Minutes
March 17, 2015
The General Meeting was called to order
at 6:30 by President Gary Pflepsen.
The minutes from the February General
Meeting were read by Debby Anderson. A
motion to accept the minutes as read was
made by Leigh Ann Severance and
seconded by Mike Henenfent.
Treasurer’s report was given by Mike
Lebda. He stated that a deposit has been
made for the food for our annual Picnic on
May 3 rd .
VP of Public Relations/Membership, Dick
Danielsen gave the Birthday and
Anniversary report. He also introduced
two guests: Art and Nancy White and
VP of Activities, Skip Severance went over
the list of runs and the leaders of each run
reported on how well they went and how
much fun was had.
We are looking for someone who is tech
savvy to be able to help Charlie with the
Next General Meeting will be April 21, 2015
Next Board Meeting will be March 24. 2015
at Skip Severance’s at 7:00 pm.
Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by
Chuck Laningham and seconded by Scott
Meeting was adjourned at 7:05
Respectfully submitted by,
Debby Anderson, Secretary
Raffle: Thank you to the following
members for donating raffle prizes: A & C
Anderson, T & D Anderson, Bird, Campos,
Comer, Condley, Danielsen, Dawson,
Garrahan, Garrison, Hall, Hayes,
Henderson, Henefent, Kroeker, Laningham,
Lebda, Null, Parkin, Pflepsen, Renna,
Parliamentarian, Craig Hansen had
nothing new to report.
March 17, 2015
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS
Jan De Mello-Pflepsen
Thanks again to all for the information to share with all CVC members.
1. From Kim Fosnaugh: “So sorry to miss everybody this week at the meeting. I
desperately need to get away from home (not Charlie) so we have hopped
onto a cruise this week San Francisco to Ensenada and back.”
Sounds like cabin fever to me!
2. Freddy and Paula had some very frightening news from their son about one
month ago. Their daughter-in-law was expecting to deliver in early May. She
had an emergency and ended up with an emergency C-section. The baby was
born weighing 2 pounds 2 ounces on Feb 4 th . His name is Gabriel and is the
first grandchild. Post-delivery the dtr-in-law, Danielle, was in a coma for 9
days. She has recovered and is in rehab.
3. Now Danielle is feeling much better and little Gabriel is growing. Because
Danielle was confined to ICU so long, her husband had to introduce Mom to
baby Gabriel. It was a very emotional time with tears all around. Needless to
say our prayers go out to the Fams and their family.
4. Freida Null phoned me last nite with some very interesting travel news.
Freida and Herb have just returned home with a month long vacation with 6
other couples. They went to New Orleans and sailed on the American Queen
Paddle Boat. Their travels included a tip to Bowling Green, Kentucky and then
on to Nashville. Freida had the good fortune to go back stage at the Grand
Ole Opry and visit with performers. She also had the privilege of standing on
the stage where celebrities stand and she sang a song. (That must have been
good!) While the other couples went home Freida and Herb went on to
Mississippi to visit with family for 3 days and then on to Branson, Missouri
where she saw 2 wonderful shows. From that point they returned home to
Selma with many wonderful memories. Thanks to all, JAN
Kathy Marine - April 1 st
Jeff Levine - April 28 th
Allyn Goodall - April 7 th
LeighAnn Severance - April 29 th
David & Julie Sons - April 12 th
- 29 Years
Emilio Garcia & Lori Cameron – April 14 th – 8 Years
Gary & Jan Phlepsen – April 15 th – 4 Years
Chuck & Sharon Hall – April 20 th – 30 Years
Rudy & Hermie Hernandez – April 21 st – 24 Years
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR NAME BADGES TO:
ALL MEETINGS, CLUB EVENTS AND RUNS (25µ FINE EA.)
SUPPORT YOUR CLUB RAFFLE AND BRING A RAFFLE PRIZE!
AND BE SURE AND RECOMEND OUR WEB SITE REGULARY
Cooking with Charlotte!
by Charlotte Renna
CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES
HOW TO PUT ON A RUN
Decide what you want to do, coordinate dates and details with the VP of Activities
and then feel free to ask for help from a more experienced member.
Call the destinations cities visitor bureau and get recommended hotels and
restaurants and any known scheduled activities in the area for that same date. On
the pre-run give yourself enough time to visit some of these. Also check AAA travel
books and the internet. When arrangements are finalized with the hotel and
restaurants, try to get a group discount, get prices including taxes, types of rooms
and get a contract if available.
Establish a run fee based on everything that will have to be paid for like hospitality
room, food, refreshments, gifts, raffle prizes, bottle water, snacks, etc. You don’t
want to have to come up with the money yourself. If you go over, the money can be
put in the treasury.
Get with the Newsletter person and get a flyer in the newsletter a few months in
advance and talk it up at the meetings. Have a sign up sheet and collect any money
in advance of the run. Checks should be made out to CVC.
Depending on the run you may want to put together a tour packet that includes
maps, time lines, scheduled stops, cell phone numbers of leaders and sweep and
give it out the first morning. Make sure your sweep has everything you have just in
case he has to take over the run. People get sick, cars break, etc.
When you pre-run it, if necessary, keep track of distances and times between rest
stops, gas stops, food stops, alternate routes, etc. If you are getting help see if they
want to go with you on the pre-run.
A few days before the run call all hotels, restaurants, tours, etc just to make sure
everything is still a go.
Remember doing runs is what this club is all about, do your best to plan everything,
ask for help and have fun.
AND REMEMBER FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR MEMBERS, WE SHOULD NOT DRINK
WHEN YOU ARE READY TO PLAN A RUN OR IF YOU
NEED A MORE DETAILED VERSION OF THIS WRITE-UP
CONTACT THE VP OF ACTIVITIES
IF YOU NEED HELP, ASK ANY MEMBER
CVC Activities Schedule
Here are the runs that are currently scheduled.
Apr 11 Mystery Dinner Run Pflepsen/Walker
Apr 18 Kern County Raceway Hall’s
Apr 25 Clovis Rodeo Parade Fosnaugh
May 2 Cam Twisters Car Show Renna
May 3 CVC Picnic Kroekerville Board
May 16 Corvettes Foothill & Feed Run Kozera’s
June 28 Word from Home Car Show Hansen
July 24-26 Ventura Anderson’s/Garrahan’s
Oct 25-29 Presidents Mystery Tour Pflepsen’s
Dec 10 th Christmas Party Garrison’s
Dec 13 th Hay Ride Renna
Feb 7, 2016 Super Bowl Party Anderson’s
Aug 27-Sep 11, 2016 North by North West Hansen’s
GENERAL MEETING ALWAYS 3 RD TUESDAY 6:30pm
BOARD MEETING ALWAYS 4 TH TUESDAY 7:00pm
And don’t forget Dominos
for the Ladies (Contact Frieda Null)
(Contact Charlie Fosnaugh)
A 120 acre multi-use facility in Bakersfield, CA at Enos Lane and I-5.
Meet up with the Hall’s at Denny’s parking lot, Jensen & 99 before 1:30 pm
We will leave at 1:30 sharp for Hwy 41 south to I-5 south to Taft Exit near track.
Corvettes will do 2 laps around the track between 5:00 to 6:00. Race is at 7pm.
Each member receives Nascar tickets for the race. Pulled Pork, Hamburgers,
Hot Dogs, etc. available for purchase for dinner at the track. No food may be
brought in. Overnight hotels 3 miles north at Best Western ~$85 (800-528-1234)
or Vagabond Inn ~ $50 (661-764 -5221) available per nite. There is an IHOP and
a Chevron Station nearby also. COB is doing a 50/50 raffle as a fundraiser.
For more information call Chuck Hall @ 301-4795
I WANT YOUR CORVETTE
In the Clovis Rodeo’s
101 st Annual Parade !
Saturday, April 25, 2015
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 25, 2015
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 hour until we are called on to line up.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-2876
Or Co-Chair : Mike Lebda at email@example.com or 905-9971
Sign up by the April 21 st Meeting!
Please Join Us
for Our 2nd Annual
Central Valley Corvettes
Sunday, May 3, 2015
From: 1 to 4 p.m. @
4627 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, CA 93725
(Lots of Parking & Shade available)
Bring your own SALSA (we have the chips)
Bring a DESSERT for a CONTEST
(If you would like to be in it, to win it!)
Games with prizes also!
RSVP: 559-970-2232 (SKIP)
CORVETTE ONE DAY EVENT
SAVE THE DATE - Saturday May 16, 2015
You will not want to miss this day of CORVETTE enthusiasts enjoying their cars.
What: Corvettes Speed & Feed Run. Not really a race, just a lower foothill run to enjoy the
views and our favorite cars, OUR CORVETTES! Then some free food, drinks, car ogling,
conversation, and maybe even some activities to participate in or enjoy watching.
Where: Start at Hwy 168 & Temperance (Park & Ride lot)
When: Saturday May 16, 2015 ----- 11 am
IMPORTANT! Please arrive a little early as we will leave at 11 am sharp!
Cost: NONE – ALL FREE! -- Just Show Up With Your CORVETTE
REQUIRED FOR ATTENDANCE: YOUR CORVETTE AND RSVP
We must have a notice of your attendance to be able to make sure that we have enough food and
drink for all that attend so please let us know if you plan to attend ……. Thank You.
RSVP by Wednesday May 6, 2015 by calling: 559 260 0304 or 559 876 2519
OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Or sign up at the CVC meeting.
8 th Annual Word From Home
Car Show to Support Our Troops
care packages delivered!
Car Show &
Sunday, June 28, 2015
5:00 P.M. til Dark
Assembly of God Church
35849 Ave 13 ½
NW Corner of Road 36
and Ave 13 ½
To enter your car call
Pam Hansen (559) 474-2330
‘In the Garage’ with Charlie Fosnaugh
Gold Chrome-Wrapped Corvette
is as Flashy as They Come
When it comes to tuning an already fast and good-looking machine such as the Corvette,
chances are most people will go for stickier rubber, larger wheels or a horsepower bump.
That doesn't apply to the owner of this flashy Forgiato widebody Chevrolet Corvette though.
During our test-drive of the C7 Corvette with the Z51 Performance Package, we were
enthralled by the 460 horsepower of the LT1 Small-Block V8 and the poised chassis. But then
again, the jaw-dropping visuals of the Stingray are more enticing than the performance.
For this reason alone, I'm trying to understand why did the owner of this $150,000 Forgiato
widebody Corvette upped the tuning ante to such lengths that he also commissioned a gold
wrap for his pride and joy. Thankfully though, a matte black wrap has been applied to
contrast the gold wrap to some extent.
Overall, it's hard to get over this 'Vette's "Look at me!" credentials
An interesting detail we found out by watching the video below is that London-based Gold &
Co. has sponsored the car. The British outfit is well known for its gold-plated iPhone 6s,
iPads and BlackBerry terminals, but putting its name on a gold-wrapped Corvette is
This being a Forgiato-enhanced product, the alloy wheels are also made by the tuner. On
this occasion, the company's F2.21-ECL forged wheels were used. The F2.21-ECL range
varies from 20 to 26 inches and can be personalized in 11 ways according to each and every
Now press play on the link below and watch this gold-wrapped 'Vette in action. Burnouts and
• Torch Red Convertable
• Jet Black Interior
• Fully Loaded
• less than 100 Miles on it
• MSRP $80,410
• CVC Price, only $73,637