September 2019 President’s Message
As I prepare another monthly message, I can’t help mentioning the pleasure I found this week with the changing season. I put down the top on the C1 and enjoyed a drive across our valley without the fear of 100-degree temperatures in my non-airconditioned convertible. I, for one, can do without summer. It was great when I was school age and was free from school, but now let me have spring or fall. Any weather is obviously fine for modern Corvettes with climate control as well as wipers. Corvettes are made for driving and we all need to do just that.
September was hot, but there was no evidence of global warming, just summer heat. We started the month with a great turnout at Vincenzo’s with some warm temperatures in our meeting place, but oh well. On the Saturday following the meeting we had another excellent showing of members and Corvettes for our Miniature Golf event in Ventura. Hoping to beat the heat closer to the shoreline, we found a hot day on the links too, but our sneakers didn’t melt. An enjoyable meal followed at Chapala Mexican Restaurant on 10th Street in Santa Paula. It was my first time there, but I’ll go back again.
Many of our members honored our friend Dan Colonello at his memorial the following week. Dan received military honors for his service to our country and we showed our respect with our assembly of Corvettes as well. We all will miss him and we offer Lydie our love and comfort in the days and months ahead.
Our Activities team had other items on the September calendar. Taste of the Town at The Outback on the Old Road and even more food at the annual lasagna-fest at the Ceo’s. Read all about it in this month’s Gazette.
Even beyond scheduled event and runs, from time to time our club is asked to support community functions and this week we provided six Corvettes (and drivers) for the Golden Valley High School Homecoming. Thanks to those who helped our club to shine again here in our valley. General Motors is anxious to enter a new era with the introduction of mid-engine Corvettes, but what about convertibles? A removable panel, either by hand or by power does not make a convertible. Where will the homecoming queen ride in the future? I had to ask!
Looking ahead, the Southwest Caravan hits the road for nine days in October and later in the month we are looking forward to the Fillmore & Western Railway Holiday/Pumpkin Liner event for the family. Shortly after that is our annual SLO weekend away. Fire up those Corvettes and join us. Fall is here and it’s a perfect time to be on the road, even in out outdated C1 – C7 models.