Precision Alignment & Brake in Temecula, where…
Several Awards Were Given
Let’s start off with a hearty thank-you from about 50 stalwart COTV members who joined an equal number of Drifters for Scott and Stephanie Dittmer’s Second Annual Customer Appreciation Day. All in attendance will tell you that the event was a resounding success. Although the group consists of two separate clubs, a love of cars is shared by all and there are also some cross-over connections. Ted Carli was a member of COTV for some time and is very active in the Drifters. Dayton Taylor is a member of both clubs. Debbie and Dave O’Donnell are the daughter and son-in-law of our very own Ted and Judy Venn and many of us see them and their beautiful car at lots of local events and have got to know them well. They were even a COTV Sponsor at one time.
We all dodged a bullet with the weather, which has been difficult to forecast, even for the professionals. There were probably fewer attendees than expected due to concerns about getting the cars wet and dirty. Since March 17th is not just Precision Day, but also Saint Patrick’s Day, there were more green shirts, beads, and silly hats (and some silly socks) than you can shake a stick at. Look among the photos for a view of Ray’s Irish attire and Al’s holiday hat. Curt and Darlena even brought along their delightful labradoodle, with his green-ish scarf. The party itself was set up inside the shop and people put their chairs wherever they could. Some even sat right near the central restroom, with its flashing red light to announce that it was occupied. The “fascinating” Patty Crowther and Susan Lokken had well-located seats between the food and the activities. Rob would also like to thank Susan Lokken for assisting with photos and saving him from getting out of his chair.
The event started with a Pledge of Allegiance and a remembrance of all the veterans among us and lost to us. Glenn Crowther had brought his sound system along with a huge range of music, but Scott had also asked Cynthia Lee to come and sing classic ballads, as she did at our Holiday Party just a few months ago.
As we are coming to expect, Scott did a tremendous job organizing on his end and there were more than enough burgers, hot-dogs and drinks to go around. We all matched his generosity by loading up the tables with various salads, baked beans, chips and dips, crackers and cheese, and, of course, lots and lots of dessert in the shape of brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and some good-for-you fruit options.
In addition to the bounty of food, there were some opportunities to spend money on a variety of unusual sort of car related items, as well as a regular cash 50/50, which came up to $220 or $110 to the winner. After the rush for the cooked food had slowed down, Scott proceeded with the prize segment of the day. Paul Garcia of the Drifters was the lucky winner of the 50/50 and Scott then donated the other half or $110 to Cynthia Lee, our songstress. A number of tickets were drawn for a choice between two items, a bird feeder made of re-purposed license plates and a huge car key holder made of horseshoes in the shape of a shamrock and painted green. (You have to see it to understand that one!) Bill Stedfield, Marilyn Glenore and John Vara won bird feeders and Rose Streets and Marilyn Glenore won the shamrocks. Marilyn then re-gifted her bird feeder to Rose who had shown an interest. The even more unusual prize was a converted drive-in theater speaker with Wi-Fi and Blue Tooth capability. The speakers came from a theater in Hutchinson, Kansas. The first three went to members of the Drifters and the final prize of the day went to our own Rob Weber who can add this item to his memorabilia/paraphernalia collection.
Thanks again to Scott, Stephanie and Chris Dittmer for a tremendous day. We appreciate you too!