From the Driver’s Seat – Nov2017
NOVEMBER 2017 – It’s hard to believe that this year is coming to an end. I look at the calendar of last year, and I’m amazed at all this club has done, the events we’ve had, the places we’ve journeyed, and the sights we’ve seen. As I look back over the past year I’m proud to say that it’s been more of a large 12-month family event.
The year started off with concern of where we would meet as a club because of corporate greed, but we found a place, and we moved forward, as we always do. Our members have responded en masse to the wrath of Mother Nature to help those in need, and have done so willingly, and freely. Our members have come to the aid and assistance of our club family without a second of hesitation when one of us was in need, and we have all contributed to helping the community in which we live, helping those who need a hand. We all constantly work to improve the club, to make it better in every way possible, to avoid the mundane, and focus on the fantastic. That is what has made this club the success it is today.
The monthly activities which draw nearly half the membership as well as guests and guests at every event are great successes because of the Activities Committee people who work tirelessly to come up with ideas, and plans, to make these events successful. There is something for everyone, and nearly every member attends one of the events each month. Our Special Events people go above and beyond to provide the best for our members and guests, raise donations from the community, and ensure our functions/events are a success. In the age of cyber communication, we are ever evolving, and our communications are on track to keep everyone informed.
Some will call it change, but it’s not change, it’s evolution. In 1978, communications was “Word of Mouth”, and today it’s “Cyberspace”. Who knows what communications will be 10 years from now?
2018 will usher in not only a new year, and as ever, excitement of what the future holds. It will bring with it progress and improvement. Our club is no different. We look forward with anticipation of the progress and improvement we will experience as a club family. The club of today is not the club it was 10 years ago, and it will be a different club 10 years from now. We are an ever-evolving club, and that evolution is what makes our club unique, exciting, and desired. 2018 marks our 40th year as the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club, and the successes of the past will be our beacon to guide our progress for the new year and the years to come.
This club is a success, not because of the 13 club members on the Board of Directors, and those on the committees, but because of the other 87 members, the associate members, and those people seeking to become members that all make this club a success. In 2014 the Board of Directors focused on the operations of the club, it’s structure, its fiscal responsibility, and its moral obligations. The Board took a “Long Range Planning” approach as to where the club should be in the future, and started down the path. The path would not be easy, and may not be popular, but needed to be traveled. Because of that team effort, we are recognized by the community as an integral part of the City of Santa Clarita. Our club is sought after to be part of community events and activities, we are held in high esteem among other car clubs, respected by the business community, and coveted by the people we help.
Speaking on behalf of the entire Board of Directors, thank you for an outstanding 2017, and we wish each and every one of you a safe and joyous Merry Christmas, and a truly Happy New Year.
Dwight & Janene McDonald