When you read this newsletter, it will be the last one before our club’s Charity Car Show to raise money for the Santa Clarita Coalition, which helps our military veterans returning home after serving their country. The coalition provides assistance and job/career training to enable veterans to meld back into civilian life after separation from active duty, and to become an active part of the community. The coalition helps the veteran find employment after completion of training, funded by the coalition, in their chosen profession. The money collected by the coalition takes the financial burden off the veteran and makes their transition from military life to civilian life a smooth transition. I can’t encourage you enough to be part of this great project, and you can do so by signing up for the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club’s 40th Anniversary Charity Car Show being held at Route 66 Classic Grill in Canyon Country on September 29th. Go to SCVCC.org and sign up to be part of this event. Bring your Vette to support a vet.
Earlier this month, the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club awarded its first ever “Honorary Membership” to two outstanding people, John and Sandra Macik. John and Sandra are owners of Santa Paula Chevrolet and have been active supporters of the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club for several years, giving freely of their time and service to help and support not only our club as a whole, but each member as well. John and Sandra have been longtime Corvette enthusiasts and were instrumental is bringing together three Corvette clubs to participate in BBQ gatherings hosted at Santa Paula Chevrolet. A result of John and Sandra’s love of the Corvette, they have been the catalyst that has created a bonding of three clubs. John and Sandra facilitated our first three-club fun run which started with a breakfast in Fillmore and ended with three Corvette clubs traveling as a one-mile long train of Corvettes to the Fort Tejon museum in Fort Tejon. Needless to say, the run was a tremendous success, and John and Sandra made it happen.
The Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club has gone through many changes over 40 years. There have been some rough times, some good times, and some better times, but with each change, the club has adapted and moved forward. As we near the end of our club’s 40th Anniversary year, I can honestly say that the changes which have taken place in recent years has been for the betterment of the club and will benefit the club in years to come. I guess the word “Change” should really be synonymous with “Evolved”. The club never really changes, it continually evolves. Like the Corvette which bonds us as one, the Corvette of 1953 and the Corvette of 2018 are still Corvettes, but they have changed/evolved. The Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club of 1978 is still the same club today, it hasn’t changed, it’s evolved. When a club stops evolving it becomes stagnant. If a club becomes stagnant, it stinks. If the club stinks, the club dies, and for that reason, we evolve. There are many new members with fresh ideas, and there are members who have a vision for the future of this great club, but they need encouragement to let their willingness to get involved be known. Start thinking about who you want the future leaders to be and encourage them to step up and get involved.
Enjoy the final days of summer, and I look forward to seeing you all at the Charity Car Show.