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October 2011 Newsletter

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Next Meeting: 4th Thursday of the month.  October 27, 7 PM
Go Chevrolet
- 7320 North Broadway near I-25 and the Boulder Turnpike.

Guest Presenters - Limit of 2 presentations per meeting, please make arrangements with the President at least a day in advance to be placed on the agenda and to see if the limit has been reached for this month.

Important Note: A portion of the October club meeting may be closed to non-members.

2011 Down the Road Corvette Club Officers
President Vacant
Vice President Dave Burritt
Interim Vice President Dave Burritt    
Treasurer Gail Krusen Secretary Jani Shoemaker
Governor Nancy Burritt and Phil Olbert
303-465-4664 and 303-929-3960
Board Members

Mike Perito
Phil Olbert
Mike Shoemaker


Newsletter Info (Deadline the 15th)

303 459-2220
Official Club Address
Down the Road Corvettes
15875 Quandary Loop
Broomfield, CO 80023

From the Interim Vice-Prez....

Well, the last week has been an interesting and difficult one for me. This is probably a first for the club where this will be both the first and last message from the president, or VP acting as president, or whatever I am.

Anyway, unlike most messages this will not be a ra ra message.

As you know, our VP resigned his position from the club last Wednesday (10/19/11) and also resigned from the club. He also parked the DownTheRoadCorvettes.net and DownTheRoadCorvettes.com domains and has stated he will park the DownTheRoadCorvettes.org domain on this Thursday (10/27). He has also informed us of his desire for us to stop using "Down the Road Corvettes" in our club name.

A board meeting was held on Thursday (10/20) and the board exercised its authority in selecting an interim Vice President and they asked me if I would be willing and I accepted. Not quite knowing what I was getting myself into.

On Friday I reached out to our president to get together in person so we could discuss everything that was going on. We both agreed that was a good idea and to meet on Monday (10/24). However, on Saturday (10/22) he turned in his resignation so we did not have our meeting.

The board voted on several actions on Thursday to, among other things, protect the clubs assets (e.g., domains, club name, etc.). A subcommittee was formed which was charted to contact an attorney for guidance.

The subcommittee met with an attorney (Robert Wareham (also running for District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District)) on Monday (10/24). A full readout will be given at the meeting on Thursday. However, I will tell you that he indicated all the actions the board did were legal and proper. The attorney did not charge the club for this initial meeting.

This coming meeting is the last meeting of the year and also when we select the leadership for the next year.

I hope as many people as possible can make it to the meeting. It may be the most important meeting in the history of the club.

This is also the meeting when dues are due for next year. I know most people have not paid their dues and I cannot really blame them. Many people think the club is totally off course and are doubting if the course can be corrected. Some of you have already contacted me and indicated you are not planning to renew your membership. I understand your frustration but do hope you attend the meeting and reconsider.

The only thing I ask is to give the club a chance to correct its course. Remember all the camaraderie that we used to have. The club is so much more than the sum of its parts.

I look forward to when this difficult year is behind us and we get back to enjoying our Corvettes and more importantly enjoying each other. This club is worth saving.

I would like to make one request to everyone who attends the meeting. Please try to keep emotions out of the discussions. This will be hard because many of us care so deeply about this club.

Finally, as you know, I have invited Tim to the meeting so that he can share his thoughts around the domains and the "Down the Road Corvettes" club name. Face to face dialogs are usually much more produtive than emails. I talked to many people about this request and I received a huge variety in opinions. In the end, I followed my gut and it told me that I should ask Tim to the meeting because it was the right thing to do.

I want you to know that while everyone may not agree with my decisions over the last week I have been trying to do the right thing for the club. I also want to apologize to anyone that I may have offended or upset regarding my two responses to Richard's emails.

Finally, a portion of this meeting may be closed to non-members. I am still working on the agenda.

UPDATE (5:15 pm 10/25): Tim has replied to my invitation and said he would not be attending the meeting but would be willing to talk to me. I just got off the phone with him. We had a very cordial discussion and I think all the issues have been resolved. Details will be at the meeting.


David Burritt
Interim VP of DtRC

Miscellaneous ramblings from the Editor:


Minutes of the September 2011 Meeting




A quorum of 15 members were present.


The minutes were approved.


The treasurer reported the account balances as of August 31st and the report was approved.


Torca has sanctioned the Autocross this year at the State Patrol Track and DCA is going to help
Elections are soon for NCCC
Allstandings are posted on the NCCC Website


Nothing to report, someone needs to update the brochures.


Dues are $80/couple and $50/individual and should be paid by the October meeting


No report - Ambassador absent


Sept. 23rd is the last race.


a.Prarie View High School Home Coming on Oct 7th at 6:15pm
b. Discussion on corn maze night – Cathy will organize
c. Sno Big Deal – no report since committee not at meeting
d. Sept 14 – leave for Monterry CA race. Contact Rich for reservations
e. Sept 24 – Mystery Meal with Mike and Jani Shoemaker – cost is $10
f. Sno Big Deal – Nov 19th – No one present to report from committee
g. Dec 10 – Holiday Dinner at Old Neighorhood in Arvada
h. Snacks - Thank you to Dave and Wanda Chadwick for bringing snacks tonight, October – Bill and Cathy Schultz


Mike won a Halloween Candle, bag, and candy, $42 was collected
Thank you to Cody (Chadwick’s grandson) for selecting tonight’s winner





a. Nominations from tonight’s meeting. A governor is still needed.
President - Bill Schultz
Vice President - Mike Davis

b. Discussions about board meeting. The board met and not futher action is warranted for expulsion of Mike Davis.

c. Motion made by Joe, second from Bill and Approved
"The club diirects the President, Richard Loch, to officially notify Mike Davis in writing the text of the motion approved in reference to expulsion of Mike Davis at the Sept. 8, 2011 Board Meeting. Note should be sent by October 1, 2011 to Mike Davis and copied to all board members."

d. Absentee Ballots
The board met and approve the following “Absentee Ballots can be requested in advance from secretary prior to October 1, 2011 and must be returned by 7:00pm October 27, 2011. Original ballots must be in a sealed envelope with name and signature on outside of envelope. Motion by Nancy, Second from Gail – Voted and Approved”

e. Discussions on how to submit by-law changes. It was just suggested that it may be better to notify the board members to review before taking to the entire membership

Meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by Jani S.

Club News:

November Birthdays:

Tanya Roach
November 2nd
David Burritt
November 4th

Upcoming Events

Rather than try to put the entire schedule in here, I've opted to include items both NCCC and otherwise into a close up schedule. If you want to see the entire NCCC schedule, please go to the Rocky Mountain NCCC regional site at http://www.rmrnccc.org/

November 5th

Veterans Day Parade


November 6th

Sno'Flakes Rallye


November 12th

9 Cares / Colorado Shares Food Drive


November 19th

Sno Big Deal Car Shows


November 20th

Turkey Rallye


In the news section

September Mystery Meal

From Mike and Jani Shoemaker

We were excited to lead a mystery meal and enjoyed having 15 members join us that beautiful fall day. Lunch was in Elizabeth Colorado and a special visit was arranged at the Rambler Ranch. Terry has 115 acres with his personal collection of over 340 fully restored cars in 3 buildings and hundreds of other cars in his junk yard.. We enjoyed ice cream at his 1950's gas station too.

Thank you to everyone who came and made our day another fun filled one with DtRC members.




Committee Updates

Social Committee

From the Social Committee

See the notes from the club meeting and the DtRC schedule for a list of what's coming up.

Governor's Report

By Nancy B.

Dues: Are due at the meeting.  $80 per couple and $50 per single if my memory is at all good.  I need to get all the paperwork done and the club checks delivered to the RMD prior to Nov. 15th – so in order for me to do that – the deadline is going to be Nov. 2nd.  Checks can be given to Gail, Cathy or myself.  If you have questions let me know.

A few notes from the governors meeting:

Ballots were counted and the 2012 Regional Officers are:

Regional Executive – Pete U.

Regional Membership Direction – Ellouise M

Regional Competition Director – Walt J

Secretary – Cherly C

Treasurer – Barb R

I don’t want to publish last names – if anyone doesn’t know the person and wants more info email me and I’ll send you more info.

-- Several attendees mentioned that they use the NCCC discount at Sears and have saved some significant amounts.  The details are on the NCCC website but I understood it to be that you called a special phone number to get the merchandise at a discount.

-- The Convention this year in the Chicago area was very well attended and everyone had a great time.

-- Convention next year (2012) is in Topeka Kansas – so one of the more convenient locations for those of us out west.  Start date of the convention is June 23.

-- 2013 is out for vote for a go or no/go for Bowling Green.  They will be trying a new format of a shorter convention, to allow travel to take place on the weekends, and people to not have to take so much time off of work.  It sounds like the tentative plans have the convention itself be 5 days. 

There is a Corvette Hallmark ornament out this year in celebration of the 100th anniversay of GM.  It is a black and some sort of C6.  Ellouise had one at the meeting for people to look at. 


Drag Racing Report

By Joan B.

No report

TORCA AutoCross Report

By Dave Burritt

I attended the Torca Autocross at the CSP track on 10/22. As you recall, this was the event we decided not to hold and Torca was willing to take it on.

I was the only DtRC member who attended. The weather was really nice. At times a bit windy. The course Torca setup was really fast. They had 5 shicanes and nothing else.

Since this was my first autocross for the year I really felt rusty so I did not push things and the end result was slow times but a car that stayed on the track. This was more than several of the other drivers could say. There were several spinouts and few decided to try a shortcut through the weeds.

Torca also invited a Mustang club so there were about a half dozen metal cars, including a Datsun which also ended up in the weeds.

DCA did the timing using the Axware system (same type of system we have) and they had lots of problems. The race did not get over until after 6:00. There is a good chance we would have had the same type of problems because it turns out there is an issue with the type of USB duplicator they used and we may have used the same type if we had held the race (we didn't need a USB duplicator when using John's equipment). Fortunately, DCA was able to use their backup system to keep the race going. 

Anyway, it is good information to know in case DtRC holds a race next year.

I would guess they had about 50 cars. All in all it was a good time and nice to connect with some of the racers in the other clubs. I am really happy that it worked out for Torca.

Dave Burritt

Merchandise Report

By Mike and Martha P.

No report

NCM Ambassador's Report

No report

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2011 Committees:

Dealer Rep  Mike K.
Membership & Directory  Cathy S. / Nancy B.
Social Committee  Mary Kay K.
Merchandise Committee  Mike and Martha P.
Rally Committee  Pat B. and Fancy L.
Show Committee Vacant
Corvette Museum Ambassador  Vacant
Webmaster  Mike P.
Newsletter Jani S.
Drag Racing Competition Director  Joan B.
Autocross Competition Director Vacant
Caravan Coordinator and Bones carrier  Bill S.
Sno'Big Deal Extravaganza   Pat B.
Tim's Challenge Committee  MaryKay, Pat, Martha and Fancy
Roving Reporter/Photographer  Bill S.

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