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, Charlotte Renna (559)323-0153
or any officer on the following page.
Gary Pflepsen (Jan)
Skip Severance (LeighAnn)
Debby Anderson (Terry)
Mike Lebda (Mary)
Craig Hansen (Pam)
Chuck Laningham (Linda)
Mission Statement / Officers....2-3
A Word from our President.........4
Sunshine & Clouds..................6-7
Birthdays & Anniversaries...........8
New Members & Guests..............9
Cookin’ with Tom................10-12
In the Garage w/Jeff...........14-15
CVC Event Flyers................17-23
Wine & Vintages Run.......... 28-35
Clovis Rodeo Parade........... 36-39
Our Sponsor Ed Dena...............40
Susan Walker (Del)
Charlie Fosnaugh (Kim)
Jan and I had the good fortune to be
able to go on the “Gamblers Classic”
run to Laughlin this year. The run is put
on by Corvettes of Bakersfield and they
do an outstanding job. Other than
some high winds that hindered the
poker run the activities were a lot of
fun. Some money was won, some lost
and we even managed to get in a game
of golf. I would highly recommend to
any newer members who haven’t been
to go next year if they put it on again.
It’s too bad the run was the same
weekend as the Clovis Rodeo Parade. I
really missed my annual doughnut!
By the time you read this the annual
picnic will have happened. It’s a great
reflection on the club that our treasury
is healthy enough to fund the picnic,
Christmas party and also make an
annual contribution to charity.
The money we have saved by doing the
Newsletter on line, (thanks Charlie), and
member support of the monthly raffle
have been instrumental in maintaining
our fiscal health. Thanks to the members
who buy tickets, those who donate such
neat prizes and Susan Walker who sells
the tickets for making the raffle such a
I’m putting the finishing touches on the
Mystery Run. The cutoff for signing up
and paying the run fee, $650, is the May
17 th general meeting. Meeting time and
place will be provided when we get closer
to the run.
See you all at the next meeting.
October 22nd has been set as the date
for our Twenty Fifth Anniversary Party at
the Garrahan’s. Charlotte and her party
committee will be providing more info as
time goes on.
See you all at the next meeting.
Parliamentarian Craig Hansen stated that we
will have nominations in 5 months. Craig
also told us that preview of all the wonderful
places they are going, there is going to be a
meeting & slide show on May 28 th at 12:00
at Yosemite Falls.
Sgt. at Arms Chuck Laningham collected
$1.75 in missing badge fees.
Sunshine and Clouds report was given by Jan
Central Valley Corvettes
General Meeting Minutes
April 19, 2016
The General meeting was called to order at
6:30 by President Gary Pflepsen.
The minutes from the March meeting were
read by Debby Anderson, Secretary. Dick
Danielsen made a motion to accept the
minutes as read and it was seconded by
Del Walker. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report was given by Mike
VP of Activities, Skip Severance had the run
leaders report on the previous month’s
runs. The upcoming runs are the Kerman
Car Show April 30 th , Club Picnic May 1 st ,
Word from Home Car Show June 26 th
Presidents Mystery Tour July 6-9, North by
Northwest Tour Aug 27 to Sept 11 th .
VP of PR/Membership Charlotte Renna
gave the Birthday and Anniversary report.
Visitors tonight were Diane Tjerrild, Bob
Peluso, Dave & Lori Dukes for their second
meeting. First time visitors were Steve
Garcia, Kathy Renna and Ralph Morgan.
We voted in Bob, Diane, Dave & Lori as
new members tonight.
Charlotte informed us that the committee is
meeting and currently working on some
really special things for the 25 th Anniversary
Since we have more members in the club,
Mike thought we needed to increase the
Picnic budget so we voted to increase funds
to $1900 for the 2016 Club picnic. Keith
Garrison made a motion to accept the
increase and Scott Parkin seconded it.
The next General Meeting will be Tuesday,
May 17, 2016
The next Board Meeting will be Tuesday,
April 26 th at Mike Lebda’s house at 7:00 pm.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made
by Craig Hansen and seconded by Jeff
Meeting adjourned at 7:10
Respectfully submitted by,
Debby Anderson, Secretary
April 19, 2016
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS
Jan De Mello-Pflepsen
THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE MESSAGES! I KNOW YOU TOOK TIME OUT OF YOUR
BUSY DAY TO SEND ME YOUR INFORMATION……
1. FROM MARY ANN WHITSON: ON APRIL 1 ST (NO JOKE) ROY WAS TAKING THEIR DOG
Shadow FOR A WALK AND SHE BEGAN SNARLING AT A DOG ON THE OTHER SIDE OF
A GATED FENCE. ROY TRIED TO GET HER UNDER CONTROL, LOST HIS BALANCE AND
FELL INTO THE CURB, TAKING A LARGE CHUNK OF SKIN OFF HIS ARM. BEING ON A
BLOOD THINNER, HE KNEW HE HAD TO GET HOME TO HAVE MARY ANN BANDAGE
HIS WOUND. BY HE TIME HE GOT HOME THE ARM WAS QUITE SWOLLEN AND ROY
THOUGHT HE HAD FRACTURED THE ARM. SO IT WAS OFF TO THE ER FOR X-RAYS.
THE ARM WAS NOT FRACTURED, BUT 2 RIBS WERE. THE FOREARM HAD A LARGE
HEMATOMA. THE NURSES PATCHED HIM AND SENT THEM HOME. TWO DAYS
LATER, ROY AWAKENED WITH COUGHING AND SHIVERING, SO BACK TO ER WHERE
HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH PNEUMONIA AND WAS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL
FOR A WEEK. MEANWHILE, THE HEMATOMA KEPT GETTING LARGER, SO THEY HAD
A SURGEON CUT IT OUT. NOW HE HAS TWO BROKEN RIBS AND A LARGE WOUND
ON HIS LEFT FOREARM TO HEAL UP FROM. AND YES, HE STILL LOVES HIS DOG AND
NO WE ARE NOT GETTING RID OF HER.
2. NOW FOR SOME HAPPY NEWS!! DAVID AND JULIE SONS RENEWED THEIR WEDDING
VOWS. THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION WAS HELD IN THEIR BEAUTIFUL BACK
YARD. BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, WONDERFUL FRIENDS, MUSIC AND GREAT FOOD.
PASTOR DEAN RUTHERFORD OF NORTHSIDE OFFICIATED AT THE SERVICE. 30 YEARS
OF MEMORIES. CONGRATULATIONS. SUCH VERY SPECIAL NEWS FOR SUNSHINE
3. MIKE AND LYNN HENENFENT ARE ON THE GO AGAIN!! THEY WILL BE AWAY UNTIL
MAY 3 RD . UNFORTUNATELY, THAT MEANS THEY WILL MISS THE KROEKERVILLE
PICNIC THIS YEAR. THEY ARE FLYING TO FRANKFORT, KY TO MEET UP WITH FRIENDS
AND THEN TAKING A ROAD TRIP TO THE DEEP SOUTH. THE PLAN IS TO TOUR
3. (continnued) SAVANNAH, GA AND CHARLESTON, S. CAROLINA AND SEE ANYTHING
OF INTEREST. SOOOOO, HELLO TO OUR CLUB FAMILY AND SEE YOU ALL IN MAY.
4. AND NOW SOME SAD NEWS REGARDING MARCI JARVIS. IT SEEMS THAT MARCI
BROKE HER LEG (AGAIN) AND IS IN SAH WAITING TO MEET WITH THE DOCTORS TO
SEE IF SHE WILL NEED ADDITIONAL SURGERY. AS SOON AS THERE IS MORE
INFORMATION, IT WILL BE SENT TO ALL CVC MEMBERS.
5. AND NOW FOR THE LATEST UPDATE REGARDING OUR DEAR ED KROEKER. ED WAS
HAVING DINNER AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT AND FELL WHILE EXITING THE
BUILDING. HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL. HE STILL HAS LOTS OF PAIN
WITH BROKEN RIBS. HOME HEALTH CAR HAS BEEN HELPING WITH HIS CARE. PER
JOYCE; SHE SAYS THE NEXT TIME SHE MARRIES, IT WILL BE A SMALL LITTLE GUYS –
MUCH EASIER TO HELP AROUND. …ED HAD A SIX DAYS STAY IN THE HOSPITAL. HE
TAKES A LICKING AND KEEPS ON TICKING!!
6. AND FINALLY, SOME VERY EXCITING NEWS ABOUT OUR CVC ROOKIES, DEL AND
SUSAN WALKER. THEY TRAVELLED TO LAUGHLIN FOR THE BAKERSFIELD CORVETTE
CLUB EVENT. THEY INVITED GARY AND I TO PLAY GOLF WITH THEM. I MIGHT AD
THE WINDS WERE BLOWING AT 30 TO 40 MPH SO THIS WAS NOT GOING TO BE A
SIMPLE GOLF GAME. DURING PLAY, DEL MANAGED TO HIT AN EAGLE ON A PAR 4
AND A PAR 5. THIS MEANS HE HIT THE GOLF BALL IN THE HOLE 2 SHOTS LESS
THAN THE PAR 4 AND PAR 5. THEN, HE HIT A SHOT THAT LANDS LESS THAN 1
FOOT FROM THE PIN TO COMPLETE A HOLE IN 1 ON A PAR 4. NOW FOR AN
EXAMPLE ON WHY THEY ARE ROOKIES: THEY DID NOT REALIZE THAT THEY NEEDED
TO PREREGISTER TO ATTEND ALL ACTIVITIES OF THE BAKERSFIELD EVENT. AFTER
SOME DEGREE OF PANIC, AND FEAR THEY HAD TO GO HOME, DEBBIE GARRISON
MANAGED TO GET THEM REGISTERED. THE NEXT EVENING AT THE AWARDS
CEREMONY THE WALKERS WON $500.00 FOR FIRST PLACE IN THE POKER RUN.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THE LUCK??
7. OTHER MEMBERS WON RAFFLE PRIZES, INCLUDING FOUR PRIZES BY RUTH AND
DICK DANIELSEN. WOW! WHAT A FUN WEEKEND!!!
y Charlotte Renna
Lynne Henenfent, 4/04 – Terri Parks, 5/04 – Chuck Hall, 5/10 and Joyce Kroeker, 5/10
Keith & Debbie Garrison, 5/10/92 – 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
New members Dave and Lori Dukes
New member Diane Tjerrild
New member Bob Peluso
Guest Ralph Morgan
Guests Kathy Renna and Steve Garcia
Cooking with Tom !
Quick & Easy – Avocado, Roasted Corn & Shrimp
Special Ingredients: Stuffing Tomatoes
Start with your favorite: Shrimp, Chicken Salad, etc.
Buy @ Farmers market, Shaw & Blackstone, Fresno
Buy @ Clovis Farmers Market, Clovis
Grow it, Sierra View Nursery, 559-325-2929
Restaurant of the Month:
1468 Clovis Ave, Clovis, 559-322-8922
Corvette Foodies, please send me your comments on any above.
Thanks, Tom Jarvis
Some great old expressions from an old friend of mine!
Heavens to Murgatroyd!
Would you recognize the word Murgatroyd? - Heavens to Murgatroyd! Lost Words from our
childhood: Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really!
The other day, a not so elderly (65) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy
and he looked at her quizzically and said what the heck is a Jalopy? OMG -
he had never heard of the word jalopy!! She knew she was old but not that old.
Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle - by R.L.
About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because
of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included "Don't touch that dial,"
"Carbon copy," "You sound like a broken record” and "Hung out to dry."
Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We'd put on our best bib and tucker to
straighten up and fly right - Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy
moley! We were "in like Flynn" and living the "life of Riley", and even a regular guy couldn't
accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all “the tea in China"!
Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell?
Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A, of spats, knickers, fedoras,
poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers. Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here, but he
We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, well I'll be
a monkey's uncle!/This is a fine kettle of fish! - we discover that the words we grew up with,
the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from
our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.
Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind. We blink and they're gone.
Where have all those phrases gone?
Long gone: Pshaw/The milkman did it/Hey! It's your nickel. Don't forget to pull the
chain/Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I'll see you in the
funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels/Heavens to Murgatroyd!
It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.
This can be disturbing stuff! We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeful
times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other
end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once
did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and
now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It's one of the greatest advantages
of aging. See ya later, alligator! R.L.
‘In the Garage’ by Jeff Levine
The Origins of the Big Tank Corvette
Back in the 1960s, Chevrolet was not in the business of racing. The SCCA had a
ban on factory-sponsored racecars, but that didn’t stop GM’s Chief Engineer
Zora Arkus-Duntov. Duntov did his best to conjure up a high performance
package for Corvette that would enable the car to compete with Shelbys Fordpowered
Cobra at the racetracks. That package was designated RPO Z06
1966 Big Tank Corvette
When the all-new for ’63 Sting Ray debuted, the coupe (when equipped with
the L84 360 horsepower 327 small-block, a $430.40 option) could be
ordered with the Z06 Special Performance Equipment package. Shelling out
another $1,818 (on top of the Corvette’s $4,252 base price and that
aforementioned engine cost) got you a beefier-than-stock front sway bar, a
vacuum brake booster, dual master cylinder, sintered metallic brake linings,
power-assisted Alfin drums cooled by front air scoops and vented backing
plates, and larger diameter heavy duty shocks and springs. It also netted you
a 36.5 gallon fuel tank (stock tanks were mere 20 gallon units), ensuring
more track time and less refueling time. These Corvettes came to be known
as “Big Tanks”– ready for the racetrack right off the assembly line.
The Z06 package was initially available only on coupes, as the oversized tank
would not fit on the convertibles. Later in the model year however, the Z06
option package could be had on the soft top cars as well, sans the big tank. In
1963, just 199 Corvettes were ordered with RPO Z06. The option would not
be offered on a Corvette again until 2001. Although the Z06 option was not
available on any of the other mid-year Corvettes, you could check enough
option boxes at the time of ordering to get a similarly-equipped Sting Ray.
And after 1964, you could also order those goodies with a big-block engine.
Enter our feature car…
Roger Judski of Roger’s Corvette Center in Maitland, FL, has owned this 1966
427, 425 horsepower Big Tank Corvette since 1984. It has recently returned
from Texas where it received a full body-off restoration to NCRS standards
by the well-known Naber’s Brothers of Houston. It’s the final piece to Roger’s
collection of big-block Corvettes and what he refers to as the “Dream Team”.
This particular Sting Ray, finished in gorgeous Nassau Blue applied by the
experts at Burke Corvettes in Orlando, is extremely rare and valuable. It’s
one of only 66 Corvette coupes produced in 1966 with the N03 option – the
36.5 gallon fuel tank. The odometer reads just 42,030 miles. The additional
convenience option of power windows and the appearance option of factory
cast aluminum knock-off wheels make this one very special order Corvette.
The 425 horsepower 427 was a $312.85 option in ’66, and the 36.5 gallon
fuel tank stickered for $198.05. Expensive at the time, but comparatively,
those costs seem like pocket change today. Article from:Eckler’s Pitstop Blog
CVC Activities Schedule
Here are the runs that are currently scheduled. Call me with your run ideas.
May 1 Annual Kroekerville Picnic Board
May 28 Northwest Preview Meeting Hansen’s
Jun 11 Grizzly Den Mariposa Lunch Run Hall’s
Jun 26 Word from Home Car Show Hansen’s
Jul 6-9 Presidents Mystery Tour Pflepsen
Aug 27-Sep 11 North by North West Tour Hansen’s
Oct 22 CVC 25 th Anniversary Party Garrahan’s
Dec 8 Christmas Party Garrison’s
Dec 11 Hay Ride Renna
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Lunch Severance
GENERAL MEETING ALWAYS 3 RD TUESDAY 6:30pm
BOARD MEETING ALWAYS 4 TH TUESDAY 7:00pm
Dominos 2 nd & 4 th Thursday of the Month
CVC 3 rd Annual Picnic at Kroekerville
May 1, 2016
Back by popular demand, good food,
music, desert contest, games & more.
It was a GREAT picnic again! Pictures next month!
May 28th at Noon
Yosemite Falls Café
4728 W. Ashlan, Fresno
(Off Highway 99 at Ashlan)
Contact Craig Hansen
For Lunch Reservation
Grizzlies Den Lunch Run
Saturday, June 11th
To: The Grizzlies Den in Mariposa
3125 Triangle Road, Mariposa, CA 95338
Meet at: Villagio Village Shopping Center
S/W corner of Blackstone & Nees in the West
end of the parking lot by Pismos at 10:30 am
We’re leaving by 11:00 – don’t be late!
Lunch will be Burgers, Sandwiches, etc.
Contact Run Leaders: Chuck & Sharon Hall
301-4795 or 259-0186 or firstname.lastname@example.org
9 th Annual Word From Home
Car Show to Support Our Troops
care packages delivered!
Car Show &
Sunday, June 26, 2016
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
9 th Annual Word From Home Car Show
and Freedom Celebra6on to Support Our Troops
Sunday June 26, 2016 5:00 P.M. 6l Dark
Lifetree Assembly of God Church 35849 Ave 13 ½ Madera Ranchos
Call Pam Hansen (559) 474-‐2330 for more informaIon
BARBEQUE CHICKEN, HAMBURGERS AND HOTDOGS
Vehicle InformaIon – Year________________ Make_______________________Model ___________________________
Fee Enclosed $20.00 preregistraIon checks payable to Lifetree Assembly of God Church.
In considera,on of the acceptance of the right to par,cipate, entrants by the execu,on of this entry form release and discharge the sponsors and their representa,ves
from any and all known damages, injuries, losses, and/or claims from any causes whatsoever that may be suffered by entrant to his person or property. Further, each entrant
expressly agrees to indemnify all of the forgoing from any and all liability occasioned or resul,ng from the conduct of entrants or any par,cipant assis,ng or
coopera,ng with entrant under the discre,on or control of entrants. Sorry no Refunds on entry fee.
COST: $650 PER COUPLE
DESTINATION: YOU’RE LOOKING AT IT!!!
SIGN UP AND PAY CVC BY THE MAY 17 MEETING
READ ALL ABOUT IT !!
Central Valley Corvettes turns 25!
Come Celebrate on October 22, 2016
at Pat and Patricia Garrahan’
In 1991, a group of corvette enthusiast
gathered together to make a better world for
themselves & fellow corvette lovers. During
this year, up to Oct, when this wonderful event
happened, you will read articles to remind you
of how this came to be and you will hear about
events and the people that made them happen.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE!!
Thanks to Charlotte Renna for organizing this evening run and
providing the goodies and deserts afterwards!
This place was just packet with antiques! (and I don’t mean us)
We even had a serenade by a Barber Shop Quartet.
Click on the picture below for a song!
We hope to go back to this amazing establishment!
Thank you to Colonel Linder for this great evening.
Click below for a movie from Andy’s sister, Tammy!
• Torch Red Convertable
• Jet Black Interior
• Fully Loaded
• less than 100 Miles on it
• MSRP $80,410
• CVC Price, only $73,637