The Sixth Year - 2005

HISTORY OF THE INDIAN RIVER CORVETTE CLUB

Indian River Corvette Club Officers for 2005:

  President  - Rob Callery
  Vice President - Bill Ulisky
  Secretary - Betty Brousseau
  Treasurer - Ro Bryant
  Activities Directors - Sue Smith and Hollyann Quina
  Officer-at-Large - Harry Butler

Board Appointees:

  Webmaster - Tom Quina
  Newsletter Editor- Richard Kesler
  Membership Chairman - Ro Bryant
  Historian - Lucy Kesler

Under President Rob Callery's leadership, the Indian River Corvette Club continued to evolve with the membership enjoying a variety of activities.

Service Chevrolet became our official corporate sponsor donating $500 to the Club  The money was applied toward the purchase of a brick at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.  The large-sized brick was designed by Wayne and Eva Sandlin.  Club members, Dan and Ro Bryant, owners of Paradise Central, Inc., continued to sponsor and support  Club activities, such as the Christmas party.  This annual event has the highest participation from Club members than any other function during the year.

General membership meetings are on the second Friday at the Carriage House.  Board meetings are scheduled every other month at Ay! Jalisco Restaurant in Miracle Mile.

Hosts of Mystery Dinner Runs, held the last Tuesday of the month, were:  Terry and Sue Smith (2), Harry Butler, Lou and Sandy Ericsson, Karl and Bonnie Steene, Betty Brousseau and Vi Smith, Dick and Lucy Kesler, Tom and Hollyann Quina, Bobby and Amy Harp, Rob and Cathie Callery.

Once again, the Club participated in Vero's St. Patrick's Day and Christmas parades and the 4th of July parade in Sebastian.  Members enjoyed the Andretti Thrill Park in Melbourne, Eckler's Spring Show, Silver Spring's Show, an economy run and Poker run  to Marsh Landing, Firefighter's Indian River County Fair, Vettes on the Avenue in Melbourne, Rods and Rides in Vero, and 12 hours at Sebring, as well as other events.

A popular activity, "A Taste of His Own Medicine", a 1947 murder mystery in an English setting, was planned by activities directors, Sue Smith and Hollyann Quina.  Club members assumed the acting roles in the mystery.  Dan and Ro Bryant and Terry and Sue Smith opened their homes for the appetizers and salads respectively.  Steve and Bonnie Pfiester of Longevity Health Club and Spa provided the site for the dinner and dancing.

Betty Skeleton Erde was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio.  Rob and Cathie Callery were honored to be among  Betty's guests at this formal event.  She has received many awards for her achievements in the process of setting 17 aviation and racecar records.  Nearly 35 years after retiring, Betty still holds more combined aircraft and automotive records than anyone in history.  The Indian River Corvette Club is deeply honored to have her as a member.

Webmaster Tom Quina continues to do an exemplary job building the Club's database and increasing the number of "links" to other Corvette-related sites.

Richard Kesler has been the newsletter editor since inception of the Club in 1999.  He reports on Club activities as well as history, facts, and statistics of interest to Corvette owners.  The newsletter is e-mailed once a month to members.

Harry Butler continued with "open road" racing in Texas and in Nevada, often with daughter, Stacey, as navigator.  He placed third in two of these races driving his modified l996 Corvette..  He and Rob Callery participated in some High Performance Driving Experience Races, ie., Homestead and Sebring.  Rob, driving his race-bred 2004 Commemorative Edition Z06, also attended some Sports Car Club of America Solo II Auto Crosses in Ft. Pierce.

Despite another hurricane in October which caused considerable damage throughout the county, the spirit of Indian River Corvette Club's 51 memberships remains undaunted.

The Indian River Corvette Club Officers elected for 2006 are:

  President - Richard Kesler
  Vice President - Harry Butler
  Secretary - Mary Derby
  Treasurer - Ro Bryant

  Officer-at-Large - Rob Callery
  Activities Directors - Bonnie Pfiester and Cathie Callery

Compiled by Lucy Kesler, Historian
January, 2006

Last Modified: Sunday, March 15, 2015