Past Events 2020
June14 Flag Day Cruise to Senior Facilities
The weather cooperated wonderfully for the Valley Vette Corvette Club Flag
Day Senior cruise. Sunny skies and moderately cool temperatures met the
caravan of corvettes that reached 21 cars at the max. We cruised from the
southeast side of Appleton to the northwest corner in visiting six senior care
facilities. The residents of each location greeted us with joy and enthusiasm
amid engines revving, waving, horn honking, and beautiful smiles on both
sides! Everyone involved had a good time spreading joy to the residents and
caregivers of the senior care facilities.
As we traveled about the valley area we were also able to create our own unique version of a corvette Flag Day parade. It is unfortunate that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused so much disruption in the lives of so many. This was our small way to look toward a bit of normalcy in our corner of the world. Our little Flag Day parade was met by smiles and many thumbs up by passersby as we progressed through the streets.
At one point we were approached by Green Bay TV WFRV Channel 5 and WLUK Channel 11 for a quick interview and filming of our parade/cruise. Rhonda Foxx of WFRV asked what prompted our Flag Day parade. I answered, we had been in the Appleton Flag Day parade since the club started in 1984 and in its’ absence, this year we wanted to continue the tradition. I also said we wanted to visit some of the senior centers in the valley to spread some cheer to them and to us. They filmed the cars driving around the Ridgeview Highlands complex. It remains to be seen what, if any, of the filming will make it past the cutting room floor or when it might be aired.
I want to THANK all of the participants in the Valley Vette Corvette Club Flag Day Senior cruise for helping to spread cheer to the residents and caregivers of the senior centers. It also is important for us to support and recognize the sacrifices made by our military personnel over the years to keep us free. I think we did both today!
I believe we had a great, although a bit delayed, start to our corvette summer cruise season.
Skip and Debby Loofboro
April 18 Valley Vette Members Birthday Drive By
Thank you to all who participated in celebrating Jack Binder’s 78th Birthday today with a great showing of Corvettes and a few “Tin Cars” to round out the parade. We think we had 13 Corvettes and 2 tin cars which made for a block long procession. Passing by Jack’s home in single file, honking and wishing Happy Birthday, not once, but three times, certainly put a smile on Jack’s face and all those around him. For us, it was a wonderful opportunity to add a little surprise and joy to Jack’s day.
I really want to thank Valley Vettes members
who continue to remind me that we are more
than acquaintances, WE ARE GOOD FRIENDS.
February 14 Annual Spina Bifida Dance & Fundraiser
Eight club members attended in the dinner & social at the Beefeaters British Grille. Ten members plus extended families participated in the Spina Bifida benefit event, at the Grand Meridian in Appleton, February 14, 2020. Everyone enjoyed the ambiance and good food in the “Hunter’s Lodge” room at Beefeaters. Our group collected several nice items in the bucket raffles: Hillary & Darin won one of Dick Rank’s carved wood artwork pieces; Marty and Terry Lee won a basket of toys/young grandchild items; and Dick & Carol Rank won the three plaques featuring Green Bay quarterbacks; however, our group missed out on the big cash prizes this year. The Aaron Rogers autographed helmet, donated by Bergstrom, netted $325, in proceeds, in the "bucket" raffles. This benefit event was very well attended by the community and was a great fundraiser for the local Spina Bifida charity again this year. Hosted by Herb & Vi Grube, and Dick & Carol Rank.
January 18 Tin Car Dinner Social
The weather was not kind on the morning of the Tin Car Dinner Social. The end of a January snow storm greeted us with between 5 and 7 inches of the heavy white stuff. This is Wisconsin so one must be prepared for winter conditions. The storm was pretty much done by noon so driving conditions were not bad.
Twenty-one hardy souls met at the Otter Creek Sports Bar and Grill around 5PM on Saturday evening. We started with drinks and lively conversation among our friends from the club. You can’t get corvette club folks together without corvettes and car trips coming up in conversation. The “Route 66 drive”, that had been done by a number of club members, was one topic. I believe there were also some comments about some interesting drink selections (slippery nipple?).
Before the dinners arrived three gift cards for Otter Creek (The OC) were given away. The Garofalo’s and Phil Gross each won a $25 gift card. The Boswells won a $10 gift card that had been graciously donated by Sue Meyer. Once the food arrived the conversations slowed down, slightly. The special of the day, BBQ Ribs, was ordered by many and well appreciated! Everyone was pleased with their selections and greasy red fingers. The new “Thank-you stickers” made their first appearance and were added to everyone bill to show the owner of ‘The OC’ that we appreciate their support of our club. The evening passed quickly with eating, drinking, and pleasant conversation with good friends. It ended with hugs, handshakes, add wishes for safe travels home.
I hope everyone has a great February, I’m sure Debby and I will from sunny, warm Florida! There’s still a chance of seeing many Packer Backers in Florida for Super Bowl, here’s hoping. We will return to the frozen tundra in March.
Thanks to all who attended the Tin Car Dinner Social. It was a great time! Everyone who didn’t attend, think about taking advantage of any opportunities over the winter months to get together with your Valley Vettes Corvette Club friends.
Skip & Debby Loofboro