Generations Corvette Club
Meeting called to order at 5:10pm by David Pratt at Mario’s Italian Restaurant, 2945 Matthews-Weddington Road, Matthews, NC.
Officers Present: David Pratt, Debi Pratt, Greg Tilley, Joan Hauck, and Margy Kessel. John Turner was not present due to previous commitment.
Last month’s meeting minutes were approved with no changes.
David Pratt – President – Welcomed everyone to Mario’s. David let Joan Hauck introduce new applicants Paul & Kim Prestis to our club. Paul & Kim live in Charlotte, and Paul was originally from New Jersey and his wife Kim from Kentucky. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Paul is a manufacturing manager, and Kim has worked temporary for the past 23 years. Paul and Kim have a 2014 arctic white Z51 coupe. Also present was another applicant, Michael Chase, the proud owner of a 2019 black ZR1 coupe. Michael is an accountant and lives in Fort Mill, SC.
Greg Tilley – Treasurer
- The club has $3,046.00 in our bank account, including $183 in our charity fund.
- Greg was advised that SGT Harmon recently retired from the Army (despite the news article saying he re-enlisted last June). SGT Harmon informed Greg that his position (82nd Airborne NCO liaison) at Walter Reed Military Medical Center was eliminated, so we will no longer have a contact person for the wounded warriors at Walter Reed. The position elimination decision was made because the 82nd Airborne is not actively deployed to overseas combat areas. Since we recently had collected money, t-shirts and magazines for this program, we will have to re-evaluate another option for our support. Greg mentioned the USO at Charlotte Airport as an option and will keep us updated for a decision to be made later.
Debi Pratt – Events Coordinator
- Debi mentioned a new charity PRDC (Piedmont Residential Development Center) which is part of Amazon Smile. PRDC is a non-profit organization that provides residential care for those with severe mental and physical disabilities. Whenever you do your Amazon shopping, part of the price of your purchase will be donated to PRDC. You will find the same selections and prices as you would on the regular amazon site.
- Debi also passed out the latest club events calendar which she explained is constantly being updated so always check the website to see updates.
- Debi distributed a list of North Carolina and South Carolina cruises for the months of May 2019 thru October 2019. Please review the list and if there is any particular cruises that you have an interest in, please bring it to our attention.
- May 4, 2019 - Rocky River Vineyards, 11685 Reed Mine Rd. Midland, NC 1 – 4 pm
Cancelled due to lack of interest; only three people sent in RSVP.We will try to visit this vineyard sometime in the future.
- May 30 – June 2, 2019 – Trip to Myrtle Beach, SC
David Pratt mentioned there was an extra room available but now has been reserved by another club member.
- June 8, 2019 - Ben Mynatt Customer Appreciation Day– Concord, NC 8:00am to 2:00pm
This is a fun event with food and music.If you arrive early, we can all park and display our cars together as a club.Details to follow – check club website.Strong member participation is encouraged since Ben Mynatt Chevrolet is our oldest sponsor.
- June 22, 2019 – Mt. Pleasant, NC
Parade is tentative – six Corvettes may be requested to carry girls (ages 2 to 18) in the parade.More details to follow from Greg Tilley.
- June 29, 2019 – 2nd Annual Knights of Columbus Classic Car Show – Concord, NC 8:30am to 2:00pm
Jim Stahl mentioned there is a 2nd Annual Knights of Columbus Classic Car Show on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church, 139 Manor Ave. SW, Concord, NC. Show hours are 8:30am to 2pm.Contact is Bob Wheeler (704) 793-4593.Must register by 10:30am with a $20 fee per car.There will be music and food available.All proceeds support local charities through the Knights of Columbus. For your information, the registration form lists those local charities.
- June 29, 2019 - Monthly Meeting at O’Charley’s, 1389 Concord Parkway North, Concord, NC
Since there is a 2-hour layover between the car show and our monthly meeting/dinner, Jim Stahl suggested meeting at Cabarrus Brewery in Concord or going to Jim’s house for a swim.
- July 4, 2019 – Baxter Village holiday parade
Information will be forthcoming.
- July 27, 2019 – Monthly Meeting
Tentatively set for O’Charley’s in Rock Hill, SC
John Turner – Vice President of Automotive
John in his absence asked David to advise members to contact Jim Stahl at 704-701-7262 if you are interested in attending the Knights of Columbus Classic Car Show in Concord, NC on June 29th. Jim will be taking a head count and setting up a rally point.
Joan Hauck – Vice President of Membership
Joan suggested having another auction at our annual picnic in September. She suggested that everyone bring a car-related item to donate to the auction, with the proceeds going to the club’s charity fund. More details to follow.
Old Business: None
- Debi Pratt mentioned there will be a Victory Lap Cruise-In on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 presented by Cook Out in Mooresville, NC, 6:00pm to 8:00pm. No entrance charge; there will be raffle prizes, games, live music, food trucks and discounted rental kart races for family fun. This event is free for both spectators and car entry.
- Jim Stahl enjoys going for weekend rides. If any members are interested, please contact Jim at 704-701-7262 and he will setup a rally point and maybe we can all enjoy a lunch out or ice cream or both.
- Greg Tilley reported that SGT Jonathan Grundy (82nd Airborne and life-time Generations member) is retiring from the US Army and moving to the Charlotte area this summer. Greg told Jon and his wife, Karen, that they are welcome to join us at any club events once they are settled in. His service dog, Willy (also an honorary club member) is welcome as well. Jon is the reason Generations had been sponsoring the wounded warriors of the 82nd Airborne recuperating at Walter Reed National Medical Center for the past 8 years. If you haven’t heard this story before, just ask Greg at any club event.
-- That’s the good news. The bad news is that Jon plans to sell his 1969 Fathom Green coupe after he moves here. Jon admitted he hasn’t been driving his Vette much after getting married and the birth of his daughter a couple years ago and another child on the way. The Fathom Green paint looks black or dark green, depending on the light. It has the original sidepipes, has functional t-tops and removable back window, and is an automatic transmission with a small block engine. I don’t know the mileage or his desired sale price. A photo is shown on club’s website. If you are interested in adding a chrome-bumper Corvette to your garage, you can contact Jon at either email@example.com or 910-818-9085. Club members are getting first shot at this Vette before he consigns it with either Streetside Classics or AutoBarn.
Greg Tilley motioned for the meeting to be closed and Debi Pratt seconded, so the meeting adjourned at 5:30pm. Dinner at Mario’s Italian Restaurant followed.