History - 2006

Indian River Corvette Club officers for 2006:
  President - Richard Kesler
  Vice President - Frank Baudo
  Secretary - Mary Derby
  Treasurer - Ro Bryant
  Officer at Large - Bill Ulisky
  Activities Directors - Bonnie Pfiester and Sue Smith

Board appointed officers:
 Webmaster - Tom Quina
 Newsletter Editor - Hollyann Quina
 Membership Chairman - Ro Bryant
 Historian - Lucy Kesler

President Richard Kesler's goal in 2006 for club members stressed the members having fun while participating in Corvette events.  Record attendance at many of the activities, included 43 at the November General Membership meeting, 48 at the Mystery Dinner Run in January and 39 in October.  Strong friendships were formed and are evident as the members enjoy a common bond, the love of cars, especially the Corvette. 

Mystery Dinner Runs were held the last Tuesday of the month and were hosted by Ron and Mary Derby,  Steve and Bonnie Pfiester, Harry and Linda Fallon, Karl and Bonnie Steene, Dan and Ro Bryant (2), Richard and Lucy Kesler, Frank and Connie Baudo, Terry and Sue Smith, and Wayne and Eva Sandlin.

A Luau , hosted by Dan and Ro Bryant,  included  the 80th birthday celebration of Betty Skeleton Erde, our club celebrity.  Approximately 55 members and  invited guests attended.  This event and the annual Christmas Party with approximately 70 present were the best attended functions of the Indian River Corvette Club during the year.

The club's generosity was reflected in donations to the Women's Refuge Center and a $400 donation to Toy for Tots.

A By Laws Committee was formed and proposed new By Laws to be voted on in 2007.

General membership meetings are held the second Friday at the Carriage House.  Board of Directors meetings, held every other month at Ay Jalisco, were moved to Service Chevrolet in July.  Service Chevrolet, the club's corporate sponsor, held a grand re-opening in April when renovations were completed.  The dealership suffered extensive damage during the 2004 hurricanes.  Fifteen club cars were displayed at the grand re-opening.

The club again participated in Vero's St. Patrick's Day and Christmas Parades with Dick Cantner serving as our parade coordinator.  Bill Ulisky coordinated the Sebastian July 4th parade.

Bill Ulisky and Sue Smith filled Board positions vacated by Rob Callery (Officer-at-Large) and Cathie Callery  (Activities Director).  Frank Baudo was elected Vice President when Harry Butler's resigned because his position with Dell computers required extensive travel causing frequent absences from Board meetings.

Other events that  members enjoyed throughout the year were:  NCRS show in Old Town (Kissimmee)  and Rolex 24 hours at Daytona in January; Andretti Thrill Park in February; "Under the Oaks Antique Car Show" and 21st Annual Italian Food Festival in March; Vettes at the Port (Canaveral) in April; Vettes at the Light (Ponce Inlet) and Stuart Corvette Club's 8th Annual River Cruise-In in May; Ecklers shows in May and in October; Corvette Lovers Dance in June; Bloomington Gold (St. Charles, IL) in June; Corvettes at Carlisle (PA) in August, Octobervettes at Old Town (Kissimmee) in October; Vettes on the Avenue (Melbourne), Silver Springs and Corvettes in Paradise (Islamorada) shows in November; and other activities.

There were 60 memberships with a total of 111 members in 2006, a record to-date for the Indian River Corvette Club.

From February 2000 through 2002, Nancy Dunne served at the first club historian,   Lucy Kesler became historian in 2003, serving through 2006 and writing the club's history since inception in the fall of 1999.

Compiled by Lucy Kesler, Historian

Last Modified: Sunday, March 15, 2015