General Meeting – June 2019

Corvettes of Bakersfield, Inc.

General Meeting

6/11/2019 at Three Way Chevrolet

6:37 P.M.  Meeting called to order

42 members in attendance.  3 Guests

President, Bob Vella –Thank you to our sponsor, 3 Way Chevrolet, for sponsoring us and allowing us to meet in the current room.

Flag Salute – Led by John Silliman. Held a moment of silence for the loss of Don Slauson and Charlene Neri, the daughter of member Gary Hurst.

Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Shared by Bob Vella

Prizes & Refreshments:  The Brotts brought the prizes and Dale Frye and Annie Bailey provided refreshments.

Getting To Know You:  Shirley Nicholas Vella

Minutes – Denise Hollister motioned to approve the minutes from last month’s meeting.  Kathy Gallego made a second.  Motion passed.

Larry Young/First Vice-President:  Not here.

Dick Compton/Second Vice-President:  Talked to Mike Thomas of 3-Way Chevrolet about Sponsorship for the car show.  Thomas will get back to us.

Kim Miller/Secretary:  Nothing to share

Betsy Slauson/Membership – Not here.  Bob reminded everyone that July is membership renewal month.  Rate is $65/couple and $55/individual.

Carl Lange /Treasurer Report– Carl presented the monthly report indicating $18,628.75 total funds in the accounts.

John Silliman/Sergeant At Arms – Passed out a flyer by Tony Ennis as a Save The Date for the Wine Run in the Fall.

Virgil Miller/Webmaster – Nothing new to present.

Adrian Medina/Newsletter – The Event Chronicles is on the website and has been updated.

Danny Ellison/Events –  Another $240 was gained at the Seven Oaks Brunch for the Christmas Party Fund.  The fund now has a total of $1,111 in it.

Reminder that on the first Thursday of every month the club has committed to representation at Chuy’s Cruise-in.  The first Thursday of next month is the 4th of July.  No one will be attending.  We will move our participation to the second Thursday, July 11th.

On Thursday 6/19/2019 8:00AM the Corvette’s Owner Breakfast will be held at Links at RiverLakes Ranch Clubhouse.  The menu includes a full breakfast.

Summer Solstice will be celebrated on 6/21/2019 at The Habit at Brimhall Rd/Allen Rd.  A flyer has been posted on the website and emailed to members with a bar code.  Use this bar code when you place your order and the club will get 20% of the sale.  Share this flyer with family, friends or anyone else who may go to The Habit on 6/21.

Veterans Charity Car Show – Virgil Miller told us we need more volunteers in order to put on this car show.  The sign-up sheet was passed around again.  The Olive Drab Car Club will be helping us with parking.  It was suggested we contact and possibly get help from the Sheriff’s Office and Bakersfield Police Department Explorers.   Virgil also made a push for assistance obtaining raffle prizes and sponsors.

New Business/Bob Vella – Bob relayed his appreciation for club members who helped make his time as President enjoyable.  Next month Tony Ennis is responsible for snacks and Chevy Garza will bring prizes.

Ballots were passed out and returned for counting.  While tabulations were taking place, a couple of videos of events from the past month were shown.

The vote resulted in the following for 2019/2020 Board of Directors:

President – Larry Young

Vice-President – Bill Dean

Secretary – Kim Miller

Treasurer – Carl Lange

Sergeant At Arms – David Kielty

Membership – Betsy Slauson

Webmaster – Virgil Miller

Social Media/Chronicles – Adrian Medina

Events – Open

Public Relations – Open

Meeting adjourned at 7:52 PM

Minutes provided by club secretary, Kim Miller

COB Night at Chuy’s Thursday Night Cruise-in

COB Night at Chuy’s Thursday Night Cruise-in

We had 17 member Corvettes in attendance and 4 others who are not members or were members to be at the Chuy’s Thursday Night Cruisin. Root beer floats were served and a good time was had by all on this very warm evening. We got there early enough to have a very nice spot with shade from a large tree. One of our members to be even brought along a gorgeous ZR1. Thank you very much to Donna and Danny for supplying the delicious root beer floats and to Lillian for helping to serve. We will do this again soon.

For more photos of this event, click on this link to our Flickr page:

Civil War Reenactment at Fort Tejon, California

Civil War Reenactment at Fort Tejon, California

We had a fun day today at the Civil War re-enactment being held at Fort Tejon, 30 minutes south of Bakersfield. Several Corvettes of Bakersfield members made a last minute run through the Grapevine to the Fort established in the mid 1800s. As soon as we got out of our cars we were greeted by a tremendous explosion of a cannon booming in the distance. As we walked in, we were greeted by people dressed as pioneers and soldiers from the old days. Ask any one of them a question about the history and they would give you a detailed description of how life was in those old days and what parts they played. It was a very educational and fun trip and the weather couldn’t have been any better. It was a super nice 70° in the mountains and the green grass was gorgeous under the giant oak trees. I encourage anybody who is a history buff or whose kids are learning about the Civil War to attend one of these events. We had a great time.

For more photos of this event, click on this link to our Flickr page:

General Meeting – May 2019

Corvettes of Bakersfield, Inc.

General Meeting

5/14/2019 at Three Way Chevrolet

6:39 P.M.  Meeting called to order

36 members in attendance.

President, Bob Vella –Thank you to our sponsor, 3 Way Chevrolet, for sponsoring us and allowing us to meet in the current room.

Flag Salute – Led by John Silliman. 

Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Shared by Bob Vella

Getting To Know You:  Mark Newton

Minutes – Tim Garcia motioned to approve the minutes from last month’s meeting.  Adrian Medina made a second.  Motion passed.

Larry Young/First Vice President  – Nominating committee has completed the ballots.  There are two running for president and only one running for vice-president.  The Public Relations and Events Coordinator positions need to be filled.  Larry will not be here next month due to prior plans.

Betsy Slauson/Membership – We have added four new members bringing the total to 129 members.  Membership renewals, at $75, are scheduled to go out.

Carl Lange /Treasurer Report– Carl presented the monthly report indicating $17,223.62 total funds in the accounts.

John Silliman/Sergeant At Arms – Collected for no name badges and reminded everyone to sign the attendance log. 

Virgil Miller/Webmaster – A classified section has been added to the website.

Adrian Medina/Newsletter – The newsletter has transformed to a blog on the website.  Encouraged everyone to view it.

Danny Ellison/Events –  The Chili Cook-off on 5/18/2019 has been cancelled along with the Santa Paula run on 6/2/2019.  Danny advised that $871 has been raised to offset the members’ price of the annual Christmas Party.  Michael Rouw gave Carl an additional $500, raised at the McNally’s event, to go towards the Christmas Party fund.

Brunch of Corvettes at Seven Oaks Country Club will be on 5/26/2019. We received permission to have six of our vehicles displayed on the grass at the event.  The Millers (C1), Terry Romanoff (C2), Annie Bailey (C4), Roger Buckels (C5), Ron Burrow (C6) and Dale Frye (C7) need to be there by 1:30 to get their vehicles in place.

On the first Thursday of each month during the summer, Chuy’s will be hosting a cruise-in for car club members.  We encourage everyone to attend.  Additionally, the Corvette Owner’s Breakfast at the Links at Riverlakes Ranch will be tomorrow, 5/15/2019, and the Summer Solstice at the Habit Burger Grill on Calloway Dr. on 6/21/2019.

Danny has created a My Corvette – Members Only page on Facebook. Contact him if you are interested in more information.

On 6/8/19, there will be a car show at Chuys put on by Larry Thomas.  This is information only but would encourage attendance.  Also, The Firehouse on Calloway Dr. will be hosting a car club gathering on Friday nights from 6:00-10:00.  The first one will be on 5/17/2019.  More options for more fun!

Veterans Charity Car Show – Virgil Miller reminded us we need sponsors for the car show, please send him any leads. California Pinups & Patriots will be handling the 50/50 raffle and will have a Little Miss Corvette contest. The Olive Drab Drivers will help with parking in exchange for entry fees.

New Business/Bob Vella – Bakersfield Car Club Council has dropped the Corvettes of Bakersfield.  Bob presented synopsis of his meeting with the Council.  Virgil motioned that COB withdraw, formally, from the BCCC.  Mark Newton made a second.  There was discussion.  BCCC kicked us out, we accept.  All in favor, no opposition.

Gambler’s Classic – The Riverside Hotel contacted Bob regarding the event and asked if we still wanted the reserved dates.  Bob asked those in attendance if anyone was interested in pursuing this.  No hands.  Bob will notify the Riverside Hotel of our decision to decline.

Next month’s refreshments will be handled by Dale Frye and the Brotts will handle the prizes.

Carl advised we have 12 spots reserved for next year’s Streets of Bakersfield.  Ten are still open.  Contact Carl if you are interested.

Ceramic coating drawing will be held at the Christmas Party.  The Wine Run, handled by Tony Ennis, will be on 9/28/2019.

Meeting adjourned at 8:28 PM

Minutes provided by club secretary, Kim Miller

Board Minutes – June 2019

Corvettes of Bakersfield, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting

6/4/19 at Lorene’s on 23rd St.

Call to order:        6:08 PM by President Vella

Present:     Bob Vella, Virgil & Kim Miller, Dick Compton, Danny Ellison, John Silliman and Adrian Medina

Absent:       Don & Betsy Slauson, Larry Young, and Carl Lange

Guest:         Linda McNitt

Minutes:     John moved to approve minutes from last BOD meeting, Danny seconded.  Motion passed.

Treasurer:  Carl was not present and will be gone next week for the general meeting also.  No treasurer’s report.  Carl gave Bob the ballots for the elections next week.

2nd VP:        Dick asked about Laughlin and was told that at this point the event will not be happening.  The has been no interest from anyone to head it up.

Events:       This Thursday night, the club will be gathering at Chuy’s for their weekly event.  Danny is going to bring out ice cream.  He will be there at 4:30.  The Summer Solstice Event is on 6/21/2019 at The Habit.  The Firehouse on Calloway as started a monthly event.  Do we want to commit to that?

Membership:        Betsy is not in attendance.  No report.

Sgt. At Arms:  John advised nothing to report.

Webmaster:  Virgil advised the membership pricing has been updated.

Vettes For Vets:   Jeff Salters, of Salty’s, is interested in sponsoring this event.  The general consensus was that this is a sticky situation since the event is being hosted at Chuy’s.  We need to be care and get more information (i.e. what is he expecting out of it, what specifically does he want to do).

Surf City Corvettes of Sunset Beach has reached out to Virgil and he will get back to them.  Three Way Chevrolet pays us $1,200/year as a sponsor.  Dick will contact Mike Thomas/sales and set up a meeting regarding an event sponsorship

Getting to Know You:  Four people have declined Danny request to participate in this for next month.  Everyone agreed this was a popular part of the general meeting and would like to have it continued.  Bob and Danny will talk later with new ideas.

Newsletter: The Chronicles are up to date and Adrian will post last weekend’s Civil War Event at Fort Tejon soon.  Adrian suggested our logo be updated since the C8 has come out.  It was suggested that maybe it be simpler…???  Food for thought. 

Next Meeting:  Those signed up for refreshments and prizes have been notified.

Adjourn:     6:30 PM