A TOUCH OF GLASS CORVETTE CLUB MEETING
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM by our President, Rick Richardson. Rick opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. After the pledge we stood for a moment of silence in honor of Dennis Jester, who had passed January 3, 2021. Rick asked if we had any new members or guests. No new members or guests. Rick welcomed all members to the new year, and started the meeting with 3 trivia questions. Bob Vehmeier answered the first question correctly. Larry Broden correctly answered the second question. No one got the third question.
Rick wished the club a better year 2021.
Treasurer’s Report: Rick asked Anita to read the treasurer’s report. Steve Minger made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as written and Larry Rinehart seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Minutes: Rick announced the minutes have been posted on the website and have been emailed to all of the members who have provided email addresses. Steve Minger made the motion to waive the reading of the minutes and to accept the minutes as written. Bob Vehmeier seconded the motion to waive the reading of the minutes. All were in favor of accepting the minutes as written and posted.
NCM Update: Nothing to report. Rich Gander asked Rick to announce to check the website for raffles.
Member Update Coordinator/Care Committe: Get well cards were sent out to Bob and Carol Hill, Betsy and Alan Wedge. Pauly had surgery on his vertebrae, and is doing well. A sympathy card was sent to Nadine Jester. Nadine would like to be an honorary member. She is planning to sell the ’99 Coupe. Steve and Charlene Minger and Doug and Maureen Brown celebrated December anniversaries. Maureen Brown and Pete Capponi have upcoming birthdays. Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to all who celebrated one in January through March.
Facebook: Betsy asked for members to keep posting pictures of places they have been. Pictures were posted of Chuck Cook’s new car and of him in the Daily Commercial paper and on Facebook. Cecil Clark did a fantastic job of presenting Chuck his 2021 C-8 Corvette.
Old Business: The Board voted to not collect any dues for the 2021 year for all 2020 members who had paid.
New Business: Event Coordinator is needed. Rick asked if anyone was interested. There were no volunteers at this time.
Luncheon at The Warehouse in Leesburg, January 24th . hosted by Steve Minger. Steve spoke to the members about the restaurant’s ambience, the food and the parking. If you aren’t going directly to the restaurant, we will meet at the bowling alley on Main Street leaving at 12:00 noon.
Future Events – Rides, Dinners etc. – Trip to Bowling Green in the spring. If anyone has a favorite diner or ride that they would like to host, suggestions are welcome. The trip to Bowling Green is questionable at this time.
Meeting with Vann Gannaway Chevrolet- The club and the dealership is looking forward to a long relationship. Amy Duffy informed the board members that Vann Gannaway has agreed to continue donating $1,000.00 to the club this year.
Rick told the members the club is renewing the contract with the church for the meeting space for another year at the cost of $300.00 a year. We have in the past donated $200.00 to the church youth group. Rick asked the members what would they like to do. Bob Vehmeier made the motion to for the club to donate $200.00 to the youth group. Larry Broden seconded the motion. All members were in favor of the motion.
Rick asked the members if they would be in agreement to donate $500.00 to Cornerstone Hospice, the same as we have done in the past few years. Bob made the motion to accept Rick's proposal and Bill seconded it. All members were in favor of the donation.
The club insurance is due to be renewed, February – February. The premium last year was $413.00, it will probably be 10-15% increase for the new policy, approximately $450/$475.00 for the year. The board felt it was needed and decided we will continue with the coverage unless there is a strong objection from the members. The members were in favor of renewing the policy.
Discussion of Honorary Memberships – Role of Honorary Members: This is something that can be reviewed yearly by the board. An Honorary Member can not vote or hold board position, but can hold a committee/volunteer position. Honorary members at this time are: Doug and Maureen Brown, Alan and Betsy Wedge (Facebook coordinator) and Nadine Jester.
Annual Club Picnic – March 27, 2021 Hickory Point Park: Bring your own lunch and beverage. The club has the entire upper level so we will be able to spread out. We will be under cover which allows us rain or shine.
Past Event Reports:
Club ride and Picnic ending at Lake Idamere Park on 11/22 - Everyone enjoyed the picnic area and bringing their own lunch and beverages worked out well. It was great to get out and forget about COVID for an afternoon!
Highway 441 Monthly Cruise-In - 1/6 - A good turnout, but nobody from our club attended.
Eustis Cruise-I 12/26 - No attendance from the club.
Cecil Clark Chevrolet – Chuck Cook’s C8 delivery: Chuck expressed his appreciation of the members who came to partake in the unveiling of his C8. He was completely surprised to see all the Corvettes rolling into the dealer's parking lot. He was overjoyed with the presence of so many of his club members. He gave a little spill about the lessons he has been taking to learn all about the techniques, devices and controls of the C8. This is a mean machine!
Ongoing Monthly Events: Bowling: The bowling alley has reopened at Lakeside Lanes. The club will continue to have bowling on the last Friday of the month, starting at 6:30 p.m. Cindy and Bob have not attended because of the COVID and lack of precautions at the alley.
Citrus Tower- 1st Saturday of the month - 5-8 P.M.
Hurricanes Dockside Grill – Tuesday (more information needed)
Highway 441 Monthly Cruise-In- 1st Wednesday of the month-5-8 P.M.
Sonic Cruise-In-3rd Saturday of the month 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Eustis Cruise-In – 4th Saturday of the month-5-8 P.M.
Gator Harley Davidson- 5th Saturday of the month 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Warehouse luncheon - 1/24 - 12 noon
St. Armands Circle - Cancelled again for this year
Congratulations to our birthday boy, Chuck cook who is turning 90 years young. Betsy W. briefly touched upon the media coverage of Chuck's C8 unveiling. Chuck got up and gave the members a little insight of what it is like to drive a C8. He was smiling from ear to ear, like a little kid in a toy store!
50/50: Bob and Cindy Vehmeier were the winners!
Planning Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at Vann Gannaway.
General Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at the UMAC Center in Tavares at 7:00 p.m.
Adjourned: Motion to adjourn at 7:48. All were in favor.