CHARITY, CHUCK, WES, JOE, JERRI LYNN & JOHN, DENISE & MIKE, MARTY AND LYNNE & JOHN
If You’ve Been VERY, VERY GOOD
One of these Might BE Under Your Tree!
But Don’t Let The Boys
Anywhere Near the Lights!
COTV PREZ & THE LEADERSHIP TEAM SINGING
“DECK THE HALLS”
THE PREZ SHOWS OFF HIS BEST MOVES
Sunday Dec. 8th
Holiday Party 2019!
Once a year, whether we need to or not, the COTV gang dons their festive apparel and spends a wonderful evening talking, hugging everyone in sight, eating more than they should and even doing a little dancing.
It is difficult to recognize the same folks who are usually in jeans and baseball caps (you know who you are!) for one night wearing sequins, suits and bling. In our usual lifestyle we rarely get the opportunity to show that we can even really be stylish. John Randall and Wes Carroll looked great in tuxedos. Donna DeMarco was styling in a beautiful blue. Denise Re and Jerri Lynn Randall favored red. Mike Grayson and Randy Smith wore their favorite holiday sweaters. The rest of the pack weren’t too shabby either – there are just too many to mention!
We seemed to feel right at home for a multiple repeat night at Journey at Pechanga and the buffet dinner certainly has something for everyone. Our entertainment for a second year was Ron Johnson, a great musician/singer, who knows how to press all the right buttons for our group if the number of people on the dance floor is anything to go by. Hopefully he is another habit we can have for the holidays! We even had quite a few folks hang around until 9pm for the drawing for the holiday gift baskets – won by Hans and Alma Boers, Al and Vickie Hackworth, and Paul Saavedra and Margo Kasting. Congratulations!
Mike Re did a great job of putting the event together and is passing the baton for next year to another great organizer, Jim Sommars. What a wonderful way to end a great 2019! See you in 2020!
Pics from Darlena & Curt
Pics from Carole & Wes
40754 Winchester Rd, Temecula
First Saturday of the Month
Early Arrivals May Win…
Fellow COTV Santa’s Helpers and
Santa & Mrs. Santa
WE BROUGHT THE DONUTS……YOU BROUGHT LOTS AND LOTS OF TOYS.
The Marines were invited to join us for lunch
as well, but they had another pickup to make.
COTV Toys For Tots
December 1, 2019
COTV started off the holiday season with its annual Toys For Tots event with the Marines. This year we were pleased to have 3 sergeants in full dress uniform, Josh, Vern and Blake, join us with both a van and a pick-up truck. They were even on site and ready early so that we could be all set up before the first Corvettes arrived with their toys.
Around 70 COTV members came and went during the two hour delivery window and about 45-50 continued on to lunch afterwards. We filled about a dozen boxes with toys, which were jam packed into the van. A couple of bicycles went into the truck as the Marines proceeded to another pick-up appointment in Rainbow after they left us.
It was great to see the Bleekers in their Santa and Mrs. Claus outfits as they attracted small children who were passing through the parking lot with their parents, as well as the somewhat larger children in our own group. Some of our members had other commitments so did a drive-by and drop-off maneuver. Thanks to Chuck Calagna for coming before he headed to the hospital where his daughter was having surgery. Thanks also to Micha Grayson who came to chat with her COTV friends for a short while. It was also good to see Bob and Monica Clark, who are hoping to be more involved in club activities now that Bob has retired….again.
The lunch bunch headed to BJ’s in Menifee, for the second Sunday in a row, but we changed it up this time as we could order whatever we wanted instead of having the great pizza buffet Skip arranged for the MLR. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and company, even two weeks running. We look forward to another change as we go to Journey at Pechanga for the Holiday Party next Sunday, December 8. See you there.
Thanks to everyone who participated and showed how generous our Club can be. Next year, Marti Schoeman and the Randalls will be in charge and will ensure that this holiday habit continues. Please help them continue with another successful event in 2020.
Hosted by Skip Hipp
Mystery Lunch Run
November 24, 2019
It was the closing chapter in 2019’s book of MLRs, authored by Skip Hipp. Somehow, our November run is always larger than we expect with its close proximity to Thanksgiving, although this year because Turkey Day is later in the year, it fell on the Sunday before instead of the Sunday after.
Anyhow, we had a sizeable crowd of 26 Corvettes plus the Buotes’ Hunni Bun car and 49 COTV members. Some of our singles teamed up (Bill Stedfield and Bob Smith, Skip and John Meyer, the Buotes and Willie Nagle.) Norm and Ronette brought along two familiar faces, Eric and Missy Johnson, who after giving us a trial run for about a year (according to Eric) finally bit the bullet and decided to join. Dave Hellman was accompanied by his other “plus one”, his daughter Dana.
Today’s route took us along some familiar but favorite curvy roads through the back of Temecula, then onto Domenigoni Parkway for a brief moment before entering the “Valley of the Mastodons/Diamond Valley Lake”. We passed the Visitor Center and Museum and headed up and then down to the launch ramp parking area for a “rest stop.” After we had rested for a while, we headed back on Domenigoni, through parts of Menifee and over the 215 freeway before turning into the shopping center and heading to BJ’s Brewhouse.
The restaurant had arranged large tables for us in the separate dining room area and provided a never-ending buffet of salad and 4-6 types of deep dish pizza, plus drinks with plenty of refills. As soon as folks filled their plates, new pizzas appeared. At the end of the meal, they provided carry-out boxes for COTV members to take home the remaining pizza. It was a win-win situation, both lunch and dinner in one.
Thanks Skip, for a lovely day of sun, great roads, food and comraderie to round out 2019’s MLR calendar. We still have Toys for Tots and the Holiday Party to come in December, so we look forward to seeing everyone again before the year comes to a close.
November 20, 2019
It was a small but happy group of about 15-20 who met at the Yellow Basket in Temecula for the last Breakfast Social of 2019. Since we are experiencing the first rain in a while, there were no Corvettes in the parking lot. Most of us had used the windshield wipers at some point in the trip to the restaurant.
Of course, the Buotes and Watsons were there since they organized the event. But as always, Skip was the first in the parking lot until Rob and Daryl joined him. Then the rest trickled in (John and Annette, Chuck Calagna, Chuck Sherman, Jim Sommars, John and Jerri-Lynne, Bill Stedfield and John and Fritzi.) Don Weeks stopped by on his way to bowling but did not stay to eat.
Yellow Basket is a casual place with a well-priced menu and the senior breakfasts are not skimpy, as Skip and Daryl found out. You place your order and they bring it to your table. What more could you ask?
Because we had all arrived in dribs and drabs, we departed in the same fashion, rather than all at once. We are looking forward to getting together again for another meal on Sunday with Skip’s MLR. See you there!
COTV WON THE TROPHY FOR THE CLUB
WITH THE MOST CARS AT THE EVENT
THIS YEAR’S INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
VETTES for VETERANS
SECOND PLACE C7
Some Folks Who Won at the Raffle & Silent Auction
Vettes For Veterans
November 9, 2019
You couldn’t have asked for a better day to celebrate our veterans!
A large group of COTV members met at our usual place and set out for the Shoppes at Carlsbad for the North Coast Vettes’ Eighth Annual Vettes for Veterans event. The Club has raised more than $198,000 over the past seven years to benefit the Semper Fi Fund and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The show is judged by members of those two organizations. All participants who are veterans receive a laminated display card for their dashboards and the whole day revolves around service members, past and present.
COTV was represented by Leonard and Carol Buote, Charity Burrell, Chuck Calagna, Wes Carroll and Carole Schartoff, Glenn Crowther, Doug and Marilyn Glenore, Dave Hellman, Skip Hipp, Jeff and Denise Kilpatrick, John and Fritzi McDermott, Willie Nagle, Joe and Rosemary Priebe, Mike Re, Chuck Sherman, Jim Sommars, Bill Steed, Curt Stevens, John and Lynne Vara, and Rob and Daryl Weber. Dave Hellman met us there since he now lives in Carlsbad. John McDermott trailered his beautiful black ’69. We were also joined at the event by Bruce Ferrell and Jayne Bendel who live in Fallbrook and joined the Club on the spot. Welcome! Unfortunately, Don and Bev Weeks had to cancel and missed the fun. Leonard Buote and Joe Priebe even drove their ’66 and ’63, but kept up with the caravan.
Once we get set up in our places, it is time to head to Panera Bread and get coffee since most of us had not had time for much before the 7:30am departure. Of course, Joe Priebe always finds time to get his morning (or afternoon) coffee fix. By now, we know a lot of folks at this event since they are all from local clubs and we have attended their shows (like Plastic Fantastic) and even travelled with some of them. So there is time to chat and to wander around to view all the cars. An early lunch break sent most of us to either Islands or Panera for sustenance and also to get out of the warm sun (85 degrees) for a while.
Vettes for Veterans is also known for their elaborate raffle baskets and interesting Silent Auction items. Lucky winners of baskets included: Curt Stevens (2), Dave Hellman, and Bill Steed. Winners in the silent auction included: Glenn Crowther, Jeff Kilpatrick and Rob Weber.
After all the raffles were done, they got down to awards for the winning cars, selected by the veterans. All winners receive a framed certificate and CASH. Many winners return the cash to the North Coast Vettes to enrich the total cash donation. We had winners in C3 (John McDermott), C4 (Curt Stevens), and C7 (Mike Re – who said he didn’t even want his car judged!) COTV also won the award for the largest group of cars, at 20, beating North County, last year’s winner.
Hooray for us! We had a day of fun and a winning one at that. We look forward to 2020’s Vettes for Veterans.
40754 Winchester Rd, Temecula
First Saturday of the Month
Early Arrivals May Win…
Hosted by Ann & Tom Lontz
Mystery Lunch Run
October 27, 2019
Ann and Tom Lontz have taken ownership of the October MLR over the past few years and have even already signed up for 2020. We thank them for their string of past fun and food filled Sunday drives. This Sunday was another one to add to the list.
We had 31 cars RSVP, 4 who did not make it, but 3 new ones who came at the last moment, so it worked out pretty evenly. Among the participants were some new faces. Lana brought her friend Linda. They have been friends since their school days. Norm and Ronette brought a familiar face, Eric, and his co-driver. Don Sforzini brought Bonnie McDonald for a repeat MLR. Some of our newer members were in the group: Charity and Paul Birrell, Paul Saavedra and his daughter and Anthony and Carla Thomas. We also had new faces Scott Brunoehler and Amy Berling, more Canyon Lake folks.
Since Tom had experienced a recent medical issue, he and Ann did the check-in and then met us at the destination. They had made very seasonal instruction “packages”, in the shape of a pumpkin with the instructions as the stalk, so we all got a real souvenir of the fun day. Of course, Bruce Mofford wore his Batman outfit to remind us that Halloween is almost upon us.
John and Lynn served as leaders with the Webers bringing up the rear, not a new role for both couples. Since it was a relatively short run and the roads made for mid-range speed driving, no one got lost. We formed up at our usual spot along 79, then turned on Anza and did a kind of reverse trip from our usual, through the outskirts of Temecula, then along Sage and Wilson Valley Roads, to CA 371 (but not to Anza, etc.) instead heading along 79 again and finishing at the Warner Springs Golf Bar and Grill. On the way along 79 we saw a group of very old cars, driven by folks in original racing gear from the period of their cars. Both groups waved at each other. Some of them were at Warner Springs when we got there, as were a large motorcycle group. We just took over their parking places.
We have used this location as a rest stop on numerous occasions, but not as a lunch stop. We had tables out on the deck and realized that it was actually October, as it was cooler unless you were in the sun.
Since we had all pre-ordered our lunch from a list of 6 choices, the waitresses brought our orders out in groups: all the burgers first, then the club sandwiches, etc. As always, someone will be last, but it was generally pretty efficient.
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