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 ENTHUSIAST 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 a
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 as per CVC
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, Ruthie Danielsen 284-6260
or any officer on the following page.
VP-PUBLIC RELATIONS/ MEMBERSHIP
Mission Statement / Officers..... 2-3
A Word from our President........4-5
Secretary’s Minutes..................... 6
Membership Message………….……. 7
Birthdays & Anniversaries............ 8
In the Garage w/Charlie….…….….. 9
CVC Activities............................ 10
CVC Event Flyers.................. 11-19
Del Walker Remembrance…….20-28
Laughlin Run Pics …………..…. 29-51
Mariposa Lunch Run Pics …….52-66
Clovis Rodeo Parade Pics……..67-84
From our Sponsor, Ed Dena....... 85
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS - NEWS
WEBSITE & NEWSLETTER EDITOR
…a word from our President!
Although we have had a few runs thus far this year,
May really kicks off our “run season”. Don’t fail to
take a few preventative measures early on to
hopefully avoid potential vehicle problems down
the road. If you haven’t done so lately, check your
oil life readout. It may be time to change your oil.
Check your tires for proper inflation and remaining
tread depth. How old are your tires? No reputable
tire shop will repair a tire more than five years old.
Sometimes the age of your tires rather than tread
depth is the determining factor regarding tire
replacement. Take a look at the wear pattern on
your tires and if it has been a while, you may want
to consider having the alignment checked. Have
the battery checked. Do you keep your battery on
a battery tender? On average, battery life is 5-6
years. If you haven’t had your Corvette serviced
recently, check your Owner’s Manual for
recommended fluid change intervals and be sure
to have you mechanic examine your belts and
hoses. Obviously, regardless of how well you
maintain your car, something can still go wrong.
But, I think the saying is “an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure”. Obviously, a run without
an unnecessary breakdown is much more fun!
Although we only had three runs in April, the run
leaders are to be complemented on the great jobs
they did! Corvettes of Bakersfield did not do their
Laughlin event this year; however, Keith and
Debbie, in my opinion, put together a fantastic
Laughlin run. Starting with dinner the first night, a
jet boat trip the following day to Lake Havasu and
the London Bridge, a drive to Oatman and beyond
on Route 66 to Kingman for lunch and a visit to the
Route 66 Museum, a dinner cruise on the river, all
followed by a free day prior to returning home,
made for a really fun five days. Not only that, but
they arranged for perfect weather the entire time!
Next up, Glenn and Lorraine accomplished their first
CVC run with a trip to the 1850 restaurant in
Mariposa for lunch, followed by a visit to the
Mariposa Museum and History Center (great
exhibits pertaining to the early mining days in and
around the Mariposa area), and, finally, a stop for
ice cream at Reimer’s in Oakhurst on the way
home. The event was well planned and executed
and Glenn and Lorraine were also able to control
the weather and prevent rain on all the Corvettes!
Last, but certainly not least, Charlie and Kim led the
club again in our annual participation in the Clovis
Rodeo Parade. It was a perfect day for a parade
and a great many people turned out to watch. The
Corvettes always seem to be a crowd favorite. After
the parade, everyone met for lunch at Red Robin in
the Sierra Vista Shopping Center. A good time was
had by all……………. and a big “thank you” to Charlie
and Kim for making all the arrangements. The only
improvement would be if Charlie bought donuts for
everyone at Judy’s!
Actually, we did have another event in April and that
was attendance at a celebration of life for our friend
and fellow club member, Del Walker. Our club was
well represented. Del was a part of our Corvette
family and we are all the better for having crossed
paths with him. He will be missed. See all of you at
the May meeting. Save the wave!
General Meeting Minutes 4-16-19
After a moment of silence in remembrance of a CVC
member, the General meeting was called to order
by Dick Danielsen at 6:28 PM. Without further
electrical malfunctions, Dick opened the meeting by
having the minutes read.
Secretary – Kathy Marine read minutes from the
March General meeting. The March minutes were
approved as read. Dave Dukes made a motion to
accept the minutes; Gary Pflepsen seconded the
Treasurer’s Report - Lynn Henenfent gave the
Treasurer’s report. She also stated $285.00 was
collect in raffle ticket sales which triggered a very
VP of Public Relations/Membership – Ruthie
Danielsen announced birthdays and anniversaries.
Just as Spring sprung and wild flowers bloomed in
April, so did six members’ birthdays. Happy birthdays
to you! When it comes to anniversaries, it’s no
April Fools joke that four couples are still in wedded
bliss and a $25.00 Yosemite gift card was up for
grabs. Since the happy couples must be present to
win, it was a 50/50 chance, Steve and Lydia Garcia
vs. Gary and Jan Pflepsen. It was too close to call ---
Congratulations to the Pflepsen on being lucky
winners of the anniversary gift card draw; and, to
the Garcia’s, Son’s, and Hall’s who share in April
anniversaries. Ruthie went on to present Steve and
Lydia Garcia with a $50.00 gift card for sponsoring
Larry and Janet King who officially became
members. Ruthie also introduced Larry’s and
Janet’s guest, Michael and Jennie King (a brother
and sister-in-law) who own a 2016 Blue corvette
and live in Fresno. Welcome Michael and Jennie!
VP of Activities – Mike Lebda informed the
members of future runs and activities. Each run
leader gave a brief synopsis of their run and
provided members with any updated information.
See Run/Activity Schedule published in the
newsletter for future planned runs or contact run
leaders with any questions regarding their run.
President Mystery Run – June 6-9 - Dick gave a
review of this “mystery” without giving away any
secrets as he stressed CB radios are required and
no refunds for cancellations after 30-days from
date of departure. Whoa, what a minute, did Dick
just say “desert?” But then Ruthie said
Cars in the Park Dinuba Car Show – June 8 -
Members are strongly encouraged to participate to
show support for Ed Dena and his sponsorship of
Car Show at Ed Dena’s – September 7 - Members
are again strongly encouraged to participate to show
support for Ed Dena and Valley Childrens Hospital, a
charitable cause. Mike Lebda diplomatically
reminded members of a fee deadline for a run they
signed up for. Charlotte Renna expressed
importance of members’ participation on runs they
commit to, members’ obligation to inform run
leaders should they need to cancel, and cost
commitments by run sponsors. As a follow-up to
recently held runs, Mike asked each run leader to
reflect on the highlights for members’ enjoyment.
Debbie Garrison described the April 3-7, Laughlin run
that included a Jet Boat ride up the Colorado River to
Lake Havasu and the London Bridge, and all it’s
beautiful scenery along the way, a corvette ride to
Oatman, AZ, where donkeys roam freely, travels on
historic route 66 to Kingman, AZ, lunch at Mister D’s
50s diner and Route 66 museum visit, a dinner
cruise, and gambling. It was so much fun, and lots of
Jeff and Stephanie Engleman’s March 24, brunch run
to Chukchansi Casino, Oakhurst, was a success. Not
only did participants have a large selection of
delectable buffet items to enjoy; some tested their
luck, going home with a little extra cash in their
pockets; and perhaps, some leaving with slightly
empty pockets too but knowing it was good food,
great company, and a wonderful day for a corvette
Old Business: Dick confirmed that bylaws have been
updated as voted on. Each member should have
received an email with the updated bylaws.
Members to let Dick know if they did not receive
email. Dick reminded members to write checks out
to Central Valley Corvette per bank request. Dick
asked Andy Anderson, Parliamentarian, for
information or comments. Andy had no
comments at this time.
New Business: Dick informed members who may
need CB equipment, installed or fixed, of a business
in Fresno called Dynamite Car Audio. He
recommended Dynamite Car Audio based on their
knowledge and quality workmanship. Business
cards were available. Dick opened floor for
additional new business discussion. No new
business was offered.
Sunshine and Clouds: Linda Laningham wondered
the room, visiting each table so members can
update club on life happenings and events. Lots of
information was shared. Linda wished everyone a
happy and safe Easter, keeping all those that have
passed deep within our hearts.
Sergeant-of-Arms: Chuck Laningham collected
$2.50 in badge fines although some interesting
negotiating and haggling took place.
Next General Meeting: To be held at Yosemite Falls
Café, May 21, 2019, at 6:30 PM.
Next Board Meeting: April postponed. Will
readjourn in May.
General Meeting Adjourned: Chuck Laningham
made a motion to adjourn meeting at 7:30 PM.
Joyce Kroeker seconded the motion.
Kathy Marine, Club Secretary
Thank you to the following members for donating
raffle prizes. It is appreciated! Anderson, Danielsen,
Derringer, Fosnaugh, J&S Garcia, Garrahan,
Garrison, Henderson, Kroeker, Laningham, Marine,
Null, Parks, Renna & Tavares
Dear CVC Members,
It seems that Spring has sprung and Summer is insisting that she be
recognized. At least we enjoyed some really nice weather during the
Spring part. There are fun things coming this month and I hope you will
sign up and enjoy each other on the upcoming events. Movies, food, fun
and good company…something you could talk about with neighbors and
people you meet who have Corvettes and enjoy going places in them.
Who knows, you could be talking to a prospective new member! I
encourage you to try!
Ruthie Danielsen, V.P. Public Relations & Membership
y Ruthie Danielsen
Freida Null, 5/03 – Terri Parks, 5/04 – Lynne Henenfent, 5/04 – Chuck Hall, 5/5
Joyce Kroeker, 5/10 – Connie Anderson, 5/13 – Dale Comer, 5/14 – Mike Hayes, 5/22
Emily Piercy, 5/26 – Glenn Henderson, 5/27 and Dick Danielsen, 5/29
Keith & Debbie Garrison, 5/10/92 – 27 Years
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR CVC NAME BADGE or a CVC LOGO SHIRT WITH
YOUR NAME ON IT TO ALL CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS!
(NOW a 50₵ FINE without it)
SUPPORT YOUR CLUB RAFFLE AND BRING A RAFFLE PRIZE!
AND BE SURE AND RECOMMEND OUR WEB SITE REGULARLY AT:
‘In the Garage’ w/Charlie
[Video] Next-Generation Chevy Corvette C8 Makes a Surprise
Appearance at the National Corvette Museum Bash
The upcoming mid-engine Corvette model made a rare public
appearance prior to its official debut in July
The official unveiling of the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette C8 isn’t set to happen
until July 18. However, attendees at this past weekend’s Michelin National Corvette
Museum Bash received an unprecedented look at the Corvette C8, as the model made
an appearance at the event. Of course, the new Corvette C8 was decked out in a
camouflaged exterior coating, which obscured some of the finer design details of the
vehicle. Furthermore, the Corvette never came to a complete stop as it drove by.
Nevertheless, it’s one of the best looks that anybody has gotten of the newest version
of the Corvette. You can witness the Corvette C8’s appearance at the Michelin
National Corvette Museum Bash by clicking on the video below:
The camera-shy Corvette C8 makes a rare appearance. Photo: National Corvette Museum
BY SEAN SZYMKOWSKI — APR 29, 2019
Corvette Runs for 2019 have seen brand new people and people who have not put on runs
for a while putting on runs. We are also going to new places and places we haven’t visited
for quite some time. Other people talk to me about putting on runs for the first time. If you
are thinking about a run, our board is here to help. You may also think about teaming up with
one of our members who has experience in putting on runs. If you are ready to announce a
run be sure to run it by me to make sure there are no conflicts with other events.
Mike Lebda, VP Activities, Central Valley Corvettes
Date(s): Events in 2019: Time: Run Leaders:
May 1 Movie Nite: Avengers Endgame 5:30 pm Fosnaugh’s
May 4 6 th Annual CVC Picnic, Kroekerville 11:30am Null/Henderson
June 6-9 President’s Mystery Run TBD Danielsen’s
June 8 Dinuba Car Show in the Park TBD Hayes
June 22 Bass Lake Dinner Run 3:15 pm Henderson’s
July 14 Golden Chain Theater Melodrama 10:30 am Engelman’s
8/22 – 9/13 6 th National Corvette Caravan to 6:45 am Fosnaugh’s
The 25 th Annual National Corvette Museum Celebration!
Sept 7 Happy Hearts Car Show, Ed Dena’s 7:00 am Hayes
Sept 29 Snelling Car Show TBD Renna
Oct 26 Pot Luck Dinner 5:30 pm Dukes
GENERAL MEETING ALWAYS 3 RD TUESDAY 6:30 PM
BOARD MEETING IS THE TUESDAY FOLLOWING THE
GENERAL MEETING AT 7:00PM
Dominos 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month
Please Join us
For our 6 th Annual
CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES
Saturday May 4 th
Starts 11:30 am to?
Lunch at 12:30 pm
4627 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, CA 93725
There will be a salsa contest and a dessert contest with prizes!
Balloon Toss, Corn-Holer (Bean Bag game) and other games and Prizes
Includes a Catered Mexican Lunch
$5.00 per person by April meeting
Sign up at the Club Meeting
Info: 269-2283 Freida Null
786-9781 Glenn Henderson
2019 PRESIDENT’S MYSTERY RUN
WHEN: THURSDAY, JUNE 6 TH – SUNDAY, JUNE 9 TH
WHERE: DID YOU REALLY THINK THAT INFO WOULD BE HERE??
COST HAS NOT BEEN FINALIZED YET; HOWEVER, IT WILL BE IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD OF $700 PER COUPLE AND WILL INCLUDE 3 NIGHTS LODGING,
BREAKFAST ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY, 1 DINNER, AND 1
ATTRACTION. ALSO, THERE WILL BE A 5 OR 6 DOLLAR RUN FEE PER CAR. OTHER
ACTIVITIES/ATTRACTIONS ARE INVOLVED BUT ARE NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR
PAYMENT---NOTHING EXPENSIVE HOWEVER.
IF YOU SIGN UP FOR THE TRIP AND FIND YOU NEED TO CANCEL LESS THAN 30
DAYS FROM THE START OF THE RUN (THURSDAY, JUNE 6TH), THERE IS NO
REFUND! YOUR ONLY OPTION WOULD BE TO GET SOMEONE TO TAKE YOUR
PLACE. FACILITIES WHEREVER WE ARE GOING REQUIRE A FIRM ROOM COUNT
AND PAYMENT 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF ARRIVAL (YOU WOULD NOT THINK A
CAMPGROUND IN DEATH VALLEY WOULD BE SO PICKY....BUT THEY ARE!)
A SIGN-UP SHEET WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE MARCH MEETING AND THE APRIL
MEETING WILL BE THE CUT-OFF FOR SIGNING UP AND PAYING FOR THE RUN.
VERY IMPORTANT----BECAUSE OF ROOM AVAILABILITY AT THE LOCATION
AND TIME OF YEAR OF THE RUN, THIS TRIP IS LIMITED TO 20 CARS
(THERE ARE TWO RUN LEADERS WHICH LEAVES 18 SPACES)
Bass Lake Dinner Run
Saturday June 22, 2019
We will leave from Fresno at 3:30pm from the Sportsman’s
Warehouse parking lot at Friant Rd. and Fresno St. (8468 N.
Friant Rd. Fresno) and drive to our destination at Ducey’s on
the lake at Bass Lake Pines Resort. (39255 Marina Dr. Bass
Lake CA 93604) They have a great atmosphere with a view
of the lake, and wonderful food.
It is a pretty drive, and since we will be eating at 5:00pm,
and the days are the longest then, we should be home
For more information call Glenn Henderson at 786-9781
Golden Chain Theater Melodrama
Sunday July 14, 2019
We will leave from Fresno at 10:45 am from the parking lot of Sportsman's
Warehouse at 8468 N. Friant Road, Fresno. From there we will travel to
Oakhurst and have lunch at El Cid Mexican Restaurant. Reimer's ice cream is
right next door for desert. Then we travel a short distance to the Golden
Chain Theater to see the 2 pm matinee Melodrama “Here Comes the Cows”.
We will have a reserved section for our group at the restaurant and theater.
Cost is $14 per person for the Melodrama payable by the MAY 21 st meeting.
Be ready for a fun time!
About the Melodrama:
In the grand tradition of old fashioned western melodrama, ‘Here Come The
Cows’ has heroes to cheer, villains to boo with the added bonus of a
“genuine” cattle stampede live on stage! What could be more fun? Audience
participation is encouraged, making for an interactive theatre experience. So
come meet the townspeople of Mesa, AZ where it is so hot the cows are
producing evaporated milk and the chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs!
For more information contact:
Jeff Engelman 907-1200
Stephanie Engelman 907-3501
2019 National Corvette Caravan
All roads lead to Bowling Green, Kentucky for the 25th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum
We now have 7 Corvettes booked and registered from CVC!
And here is our Caravan Captain's new ZR1
National Corvette Caravan added 2 new photos — National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, KY
Who is ready for the 2019 Corvette Caravan? We can tell you Captain Don Herzer is! Check out the
graphics he has on his brand new 2019 ZR1 that he picked up at the National Corvette Museum through
the R8C Delivery program! Congrats and Thank You Don! We will be following this Corvette to B.G. KY!
All roads lead to Bowling Green!
TIME FOR A
POTLUCK AT THE DUKE’S
It has been awhile so lets have another party at the
Duke’s and of course some great entertainment.
OCTOBER 26 TH
As usual, drinks and paper goods will be provided.
There will be a signup at the next meeting so think
about what you want to bring to the potluck including
main dishes or deserts.
THE RICHIE BLUE BAND
Again Lori and Dave have lined up great entertainment
from 6pm to 9pm. There will be a fee of $5 per person
to help cover the cost.
Pictures by Charlie & Kim