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Volume 25 Issue 12

The Southwest Vette Gazette is published monthly by the Southwest Florida Corvette Club, Inc








SUE BURCH 936-3165


GREG ZAISER 458-0851


BEV DOBBINS 283-1452



Sponsored by AUTOWORLD


25th Anniversary Year
TWELFTH Edition,
December, 2006

A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.

"Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-75, pushing the pedal even more.

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw the state trooper behind him, blue lights flashing and siren blaring.

He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this," and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.

Pulling in behind him, the trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at his watch and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."

The old gentleman paused. Then said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."

"Have a good day, Sir," replied the trooper.

MINUTES – November 12, 2006
Ernest called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. 24 members present, and three guests, Taylor Boyd, Ray and Kathy Rainey.
Sue Burch was absent…please e-mail Sue if you want a copy of the report
Ramona Milam: we have 47 members and 37 cars.

Governor’s Report; No report


***Jan. 7 4th Annual Classic Car Show 2007, Ft. Myers Toyota and Corvettes on the Gulf to benefit Children’s Hospital at Health Park. ***
January 18th - 21st The 2007 NCRS Winter Regional Meet will be held in OLD TOWN, Kissimmee This link will give you information and hotel accommodation numbers.
Jan. 27, 07 Reflections in Glass XXIV, Coconut Creek and Pompano Beach Fl.
Jan. 27, 2007 Cape Coral Seahawks annual Carfest. Registration 9-12. show 12-4. Awards at 3:00 PM. For info please call
458-0996 or 214-2276. $150 award to club with most cars.
January 21, 2007 11th Annual Wonderful World of Corvettes, Kissimmee

Feb. 25 Corvettes of Charlotte Cty. Vette & Chevy Show on the River, Gilchrist Park, Punta Gorda.
Mar. 10, 07 West Coast Muscle Car Club, Sugden Pk. Naples FL
***Mar. 24 Corvettes in the Sunshine, IV, Homosassa, FL., sponsored by Citrus County Corvette Club. ***
*** indicates CLUB EVENT

Nov. 19th Thanksgiving Family 5 cars attending. There was at least a month’s worth of food and gifts. The family was very appreciative. Only problem, a shell rock road…hadn’t been graded in a long time. Not good traveling for low slung Vettes. Dinner at Red’s. Thank you, Dan & Joanne Irons for organizing this again this year.

Dec. 2 Club Christmas Party at the Oasis. 23 members and 2 guests (Taylor & Millie Boyd) attended. The private party room was great. The food was exceptional, and every one had a good time. Special thank you to Debbie McClellan and Jill Zaiser for arranging the Christmas stocking treats.

Dec. 3 Corvettes on the Gulf “Rock til you Drop” car show in downtown Fort Myers. 1200 cars…this show gets bigger and better every year. They made money for Progeria Research.
Dec. 12 Cape Coral Rehab Center on Del Prado. We had 11 Vettes on display in the parking lot from 1pm til 3pm. Dom & Joan DiBattista organized the trip and had 120 bags of goodies for the patients. Dan Irons took charge of distribution with various club members helping out. Hot Dogs and juice were served. Eileen Nielson brought a kitty to visit with the patients and we all left with a good feeling and a job well done. Thanks to our donations, a discount from the $ Plus store and a $100 donation from a Pink Hat lady, Diana Arpad, the total amount to spend came to $475, all but $1.89 was spent. Thanks to Dom & Joan for their good work. Please remember to visit the Dollar Plus in the Publix Shopping Center on Hancock Bridge Pkwy. and Santa Barbara and say thanks, also. They have offered to help again next year, we’ll just start sooner.

During the break, the Club recognized Joanne and Dan Irons, with a congratulations cake. They are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on December 15.
Best wishes, Joanne and Dan, and 50 more.

This news was received just prior to the Tuesday meeting. The Pastor of the Church where we meet needs the meeting room for their Board meeting on the second Tuesday of the month.

Our Club has agreed to move our meeting to the
In January. our meeting will be January16th.

Debbie and Ernest had a sample of the logo that will be embroidered on the new Club shirts. They also brought samples of sizes, which were tried on and sizes settled on.
We’ll do it again at the next meeting and then place our orders.

We decided to have our annual Garage Sale Fundraiser on February 3, 2007. Debbie and Ernest again graciously agreed to let us use their garage. Start saving up your no longer needed odds and ends for the big sale. Bill has agreed to again bring the Bloody Marys

Armando Sampedro has entered our Club into the Southwest Florida Corvette Forum He is our moderator for the site and we ask all of you to try it out and sign up. He’ll post our newsletter there and he and Dom will see to it that all our coming events are listed there also. If you have any questions about the site or how to navigate it, please contact Armando at

Marc Erwin will be working on our website while he is on vacation.

Don’t forget Rudy and Eileen’s invitation to the Boat Parade on December 17th.
“Parade starts at 7:00PM I suggest arriving around 6:00PM.
Bring your chairs. We will have Beer, Soda, Sloppy Joes, and Potato Salad.

Address is 5205 Tiffany Ct. Cape Coral.
From the Cape Coral Bridge, Continue on Cape Coral Pkwy. turn Left on Coronado Pkwy.
then Right on El Dorado Pkwy. then Right on Tiffany Ct.

House is at the very end of the street.


Rudy and Eileen Nielson &
Christine Nielson and Sam Muraskin

Thanks for the invitation, Rudy & Eileen, and Christine and Sam.

JANUARY 7 Corvettes on the Gulf Toyota Car Show Club Event, corner of Colonial Blvd. and Fowler Street.
Pre-registration ends one week before show. Registration information at or Kevin Nichols 938-3100
!!!!Let’s support our sister club.!!!!
We will leave Bob Evans at 8:30am. Anyone coming for breakfast should be there early enough to leave with us.

We will be making the NCRS show in Kissimmee on Jan. 19-20-and 21 a Club Event. A sign up sheet will be passed around at the next meeting, JANUARY 16, and you can get further information at January 18th - 21st The 2007 NCRS Winter Regional Meet will be held in OLD TOWN, Kissimmee
Save this date: Tuesday, Feb. 13th

The Promotion committee for the Edison Festival of Lights Car Show consists of Armando Sampedro, Rudy Nielson, and Dom DiBattista.
Dom and Dan Irons will look into the cost of a 4x8 banner that we will need. T-Shirts for registrants will be provided by The Festival of Lights as will printed flyers for us to hand out. They will advertise in the newspapers with an insert on January 26th. There will also be ads during the week on radio and TV. On Saturday, January 27th, we have been offered a booth at the Harborside Convention Center in Ft. Myers during the Edison Day of Discovery. They are expecting 3500 people. Also a booth is available on Feb. 9 and 10 during the Downtown Block Party . We need to have information for the ballots for the car show to submit for printing to the Edison Festival Committee … and a list of volunteers to man the booths during both events

Don’t forget, all members are invited to a Christmas Eve Buffet at Bill & Judy Galewski’s house. All those of you who will not be with friends or family on Christmas, come and join us

Buffet beginning 6:30 PM 1103 NW 18th Street
Please RSVP 574-2571
Directions: North on Chiquita past Pine Island Road, past Diplomat, to NW 17th St. Turn right… at first stop sign, (NW 12th Ave.) turn left. This will take you onto NW 18th Street.
We are in the middle of the Block, on the left.

North on Del Prado or Santa Barbara to Diplomat. West on Diplomat, past Nelson,
over bridge to NW 9th Place. Turn right on NW 9th Place. This will take you
onto NW 18th Street. We are in the middle of the block, on the right.


We have 14 members signed up so far. Each participant will pay $15 to join. We will weigh in on January 16th and will weigh out at our March 24th meeting. There will be a first, second and third prize. Eileen Nielson has agreed to be the weigh-in and weigh-out manager. The prizes will be awarded on percentage of weight lost and ALL weights will be confidential. SIDE BETS AND CHALLENGES WILL BE ALLOWED.

Since this is a dynamic Club, we encourage all ideas and proposals for future projects and events from all members. Please do not hesitate to let us know what you would like to do.

We need some ideas for fund raisers for the future. Please e-mail any board member with your ideas.

50-50 Dave Newman won $21 .
Congratulations, Dave


Dec. 15 Dan & Joanne Irons 50th Anniv.
Dec. 18 Debbie McClellan Birthday
Dec. 19 Skip Burch Birthday
Jan. 1 Greg Zaiser Birthday
Jan. 12 Robert Duschl Birthday
Jan 13 Bill & Judy Galewski Anniv.
January 16 Third Tuesday, see you there.
TREATS… Finally…..
Dom and Joan DiBattista. SERVED BEFORE WEIGH-IN.


4105 Fowler Street
Ft. Myers, FL 33901
(239) 938-0040
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Monti M. Long, President
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