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Volume 26 Issue 7

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

Sponsored by America's First Home
Gene Suggs
Division President


Judy Galewski 239-574-2571
VP Ways & Means:
Marshall Lieberman 239-762-2882
VP Competition:
Dominic DiBattista 239-574-8204
Joan DiBattista 239-574-8204
Sue Burch 239-936-3165
NCCC Governor:
Bev Dobbins 239-283-1452
Web Master & Club Photographer
Linda Duschl
Public Relations Chairperson
Armando Sampedro
E-mail address:

July President’s Message

We had a good meeting on Tuesday night. For those of you who were not there, we are planning on having our Christmas party on the Captain J.P. Cruise Boat, Saturday, December 1st...details are in the newsletter. Since it was a short meeting…here is a story that all might enjoy…I know we women will…

Bubba and Ray (Tennessee mechanical engineers) were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up.
A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. We're supposed to find the height of the flagpole," said Bubba, "but we
don't have a ladder." The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down. Then she took a tape measure from her pocket, took a
measurement, announced, "Eighteen feet, six inches," and walked away. Ray shook his head and laughed. "Ain't that just like a woman! We ask for the height and she gives us the length!"

Bubba and Junior are currently doing government work supervising the
reconstruction New Orleans Levees.

Judy Galewski

Meeting Minutes for July 16, 2007

The meeting was called to order by
Judy Galewski at 7:02 PM.

Judy asked if there were any corrections to last month’s newsletter – a motion was made that June’s newsletter stands approved as circulated.


Sue Burch read our current expenses and bank balance. If anyone would like a copy
of the report, please contact Sue.


Marshall Lieberman announced that we have 62 members and 44 cars and we have 34 NCCC members.

At the request of Sue Burch & Marshall
Lieberman, the club voted to hold paperwork for three years. All old data can be destroyed.


Bev Dobbins advised us that we did not wind the Web site NCCC competition. We were disappointed. However, we all feel Linda is a winner! She is doing a great job on the site. Also, there will not be a Governor’s meeting until September. Bev did submit the request for our NCCC event in January 2008.

Bev will be having a board meeting at her house on August 4 for the Board to start the planning of the NCCC event.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIRPERSON REPORT - Armando Sampedro reported that parking at Mango Mania was pretty good for the Corvettes.

On Sunday, August 5th, there is an event in Davie, Florida – Cruisin – Lunch. There are 38 Vettes signed up and will be meeting at various turnpike exchanges. The Bracketts will be representing our club and for more information, check Corvette Forum Com.

Armanado also reminded everyone about August 11th - Ft Myers River Cruise.

Check the site – for a preview of the C7 Vette in the Winding Road Magazine.

There will be more information appearing on the Corvette site about 2009 Bowling Green event.

The emission testing may be brought back into the state. He will keep you posted.


Dom DiBattista was not able to attend the meeting. Joan discussed upcoming events and requested the members’ review the last few pages of the Newsletter and check the link sites for more information about the events that they may want to do as a club event.

The Club has decided to make the following Club Events –

Sunday, August 19th - Club Picnic -
Debbie & Ernest have offered their home
for the picnic. BYOB and a dish. If you
did not sign up to bring dish, please
contact Debbie and let her know what
you will be bringing. Thank you.

Sunday, September 9th – Corvettes In Venice
If you are planning to go up the day before,
You can stay at either Hampton Inn for
About $89 a night # 941-488-5900 or the
Holiday Inn for about $69 a night

Saturday, October 6th – Columbus Parade
Meeting place and time to be determined

NOTE: For other Corvette events, check the last few pages of the Vette Gazette for dates and Web sites.


Edison Festival of Lights –
We will be putting on a car show in
conjunction with the craft event on
Sunday, February 17, 2008.

NCCC Concourse –
We will need to select a charity.
It will be an open car show and only
NCCC cars will be judged.
Registration fee to be determined.

Rehabilitation Center for the seniors -
The club has voted to put on a mini
car show for the seniors again this year
and bring them a small Xmas gift.
The member voted that each member
would donate $10 and the club will
donate $100.

Xmas Party –
The club has voted to have the Xmas
Party on the JP Cruise Ship. It will be
on Saturday – 12/01, the cost is $35.02 per
person, this includes tax & tip. Time 7:30
to 10:30. Music, food and dancing will be
on two decks. Cash bar. They require a
20% deposit to hold the reservations.

Please note: The membership dues will be due in October. We will need to have the
By-laws changed and more information will be in the August Newsletter.

Linda Duschl, our Web Master & Club Photographer requested members to send her photos that you have taken at various events and she will put them on the web site.

50/50 - The lucky winner was -
Judy Galewski and she graciously
donated her winnings to the
Senior Rehab Center Xmas
Event. Thank you.

You can see Debbie to place your order for club shirts. The cost is $30 and there are sample shirts for you to check sizing.
Debbie can be reached at 239-458-9119.

Two of our members have requested that –


Debbie & Ernest will be married 40 years and will be re-newing their wedding vows. The club has been invited to share in this very special event.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for
September 15th.

Remember this is your spot if you have something you want to sell. It does not have to be just parts for the Vette.


Marc Erwin
Jim Brackett
Ken Cina
Mike Swayze
Roger Wisniewski
Sandi Schofield
Dwyane Addis
Fran Cina

Fran & Ken Cina
Julie & Matt Draper

If missed anyone, especially our new members, for their birthday or anniversary,
please let me know.

Enjoy your special day

Don’t forget to bring new hats for –
Barbara’s Friends at the Health Park – Oncology Department for the children that are receiving treatment for cancer.

Don’t forget when you are out shopping to pick up a hat or two and bring them to our meeting .

1. What year was Corvette production first simultaneously done in two different locations?
2. What model year never was recognized in production?

Answers to last month’ Trivia
1. 1,000
2. 1974
William L. Mitchell
Part I

Here is another strong willed leader appearing on the scene, which sure bodied well for Corvette.

As a young boy having moved to New York he began sketching scenes of exotic cars he noticed at big hotels. His drawings so impressed Harley Earl that he was hired at GM in 1935 and within a year he headed the Cadillac design studio.

In the following years, he worked closely with Earl and was groomed to replace the old master and did in 1958.

Though a dominate and sometimes difficult leader, Mitchell’s position at GM carried heavy push. The very late 50’s and very early 60’s showed little major change in styling for Corvette. The main reason was that Chevrolet had other priorities – The Corvair for one (Ed Coles’ technically advanced compact) and the Chevy II.

However, Bill Mitchell sure had an ace up his sleeve with development of his Stingray Racer – the old XP-87. He purchased the “white mule” for $500 in 1959. Here was the first use of “Sting Ray” to the Corvette world. Mitchell would have to campaign the Corvette Racer with his own money and he did.

Wow how this racer would influence Corvette from 1963 and on was amazing.

To be continued

Linda Duschel

Date – August 21st
Meeting time – 7:00 PM
When – THIRD Tuesday of the Month
Place - Ft. Myers Christian Church
5916 Winkler Rd., Ft. Myers

After the 4th of July Parade, during lunch,
Bruce Vogel was happy to share his recipe for Seafood Chowder with Joanne Irons and she thought that you would like to have this one.

Seafood Chowder

1 pound tilapia
1 pound popcorn shrimp
1 pound baby scallops
(Or you can use regular size scallops)
Boil the above

16 ounces cream
1 – 15 ounce can Clam Chowder -
(Generic – Publix)

Add the cream slowly as you might want a little less. Simmer, and then add the seafood. If you want it richer, add a ¼ stick of butter.

Bruce received this recipe from an employee of Captain Con’s restaurant.


We’re happy to hear that Dave Newman is doing much better.

Harold Hoover is still under the weather and could use some cheering up from his friends.
Please send a card to let him know we wish him well.

If you are aware that one of our members is ill, just had surgery or a death in the family, please let your secretary know, we will put the information in the newsletter or e-mail our members, so we can all send cards to help cheer them up. Thank you

If you know of anyone interested in purchasing a new home, please, refer him or her to our sponsor:

America's First Home
Gary Neubauer
VP of Sales
Office (239) 939-3360
Cell (239) 229-2117

Please take a few minutes and review the following information. If any event is of interest to you, use the link and visit the site. We’ll be looking for input for future club events at our monthly meetings. If you would like to E-mail a suggestion I’d appreciate it. Thanks, Dom

Upcoming Events & Site Links

(Club events are shown in red)
August 2007

10th –12th National Corvette Homecoming

19th – Club Picnic
Debbie & Ernest have offered their home for the club picnic. BYOB and a dish.
A sign up sheet for the dish that you will be bringing will be past around at the
next meeting.
September 2007

3rd Corvettes @ the Pier St, Petersburg

9th Corvettes In Venice

22nd 10th Annual Dimmitt Corvette Show Clearwater

29th Cypress Gardens Corvette Club Concourse
October 2007

6th Columbus Day Parade in Cape Coral
this is a club event & more info. Will follow

27th Roger’s Cruizin Orlando

20th Cape Kennedy Corvette Club Concourse

13th Corvettes On The Gulf Annual Show (8am-3pm)
101 SW Pine Island Rd. Roger Dean Chevy

November 2007
4th Corvettes in Motion Fun Run & Show Homosassa

10th & 11th Corvette Garden Party Clearwater

18th Corvettes of Naples Annual Vette Together for Charity Car & Truck Show @ the Riverview Corp. Center on Hwy 41 in Bonita Springs, just North of the Imperial River Bridge. Show open to ALL cars and trucks.

These are links to car shows in the state of Florida:
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