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Corvettes of Dakota Territory
President Vickie Gunsch (527-2134): Vice-President Val Wangler (222-8563): Secretary/Newsletter: Chuck & Julie Horter (258-6616):  Treasurer: Bruce McCollom (471 6022): Trustee: Mike LaLonde (471 3804). Mailing address: CDT, Box 625, Bismarck, ND. 58502

February 2010

Cost for yearly membership is only $30
For those who wish to continue receiving the newsletter
Please send your membership renewal to:
Box 625
Bismarck, ND 58502
Current membership list will be updated March 1!!

Upcoming Events
March 20:  Wild about Wheels Car Show - State Fair Grounds, Minot. Info: 701-240-6771
March 27:  Toppers Rod and Custom show - West Fargo. Info:
April 10-11: Prime Steel Car Show - Alerus Center, Grand Forks. Info: 218-779-5377 or
May 22: Pioneer Club “Acres of Steel” Car Show - Mainstreet, Mandan
May 23: Roughrider Chevrolet Association Car Show - Elk’s Club Parking Lot, Bismarck
June 4-6: Devils Run, Devils Lake. Info:
June 11-12:  Classtiques Rod Run 2010, Bismarck-Mandan. Info:
June 13:  Buggies-N-Blues, Mandan. Info:
June 18-20: MSRA Back to the 50’s, St. Paul MN. Info:
July 10: JCCC Buffalo Rally, Jamestown. Info: 701-320-9108
July 11-18: Corvettes of Dakota Territory Tour of Yellowstone and Spearfish Rally.  See Newsletter for info.
July 28: ND State Fair Car Show & Oldies Concert.  Open to cars 1990 and older.  2 people in vehicle get in free.  Info: 701-240-6771.

CDT Meeting Minutes Friday, February 12 Prime Steer Restaurant
7:00 PM
Members in attendance 18
A motion was made by Al Braun to approve the minutes of the January 12, 2010 CDT meeting.  The motion was seconded by Mike Neigum and motion carried.
Bruce McCollom was out of town and no treasures report was available.
Old Business
President Vickie Gunsch reviewed the Christmas Party event and consensus was given that everyone had a good time and that it was coordinated very well.  Decorations were great and the entertainment was fun.  Mike Lalonde stated that he already reserved the same room at the Seven Seas for next year’s party.  The party has been scheduled for the 3rd Saturday in January.
 Mike Gunsch overviewed the status of the by-law revisions.  He said that he was preparing a cover letter that outlined the process and the rationale for recommended changes.  He elaborated that recommended by-law revisions will be presented at the next meeting but will not be voted on until the following month.  Everyone will receive a copy of the proposed changes.  Gary Stefanovsky suggested that everyone including members who are not current with their dues receive a copy of the by-law changes.  It was decided that when a vote is conducted however, that only current members will be eligible to vote.
Rolly Mehlhoff overviewed the potential need for general liability insurance  and insurance for directors and officers.  He said that it is uncertain if we really need it and that it may not be necessary because of our limited exposure.  Mike Gunsch said that he was going to have a legal review of our by-laws and provide for an inclusion for immunity and inclusions.  It was stated that overall our exposure is minimal because we do not sponsor events and that buying event insurance is always an option. General liability insurance and officers and directors insurance would probably cost about $750 per year.  Other clubs such as the Roughrider Chevrolet Club have general liability but they in turn sponsor a car show.  It was stated that if we are serving and selling food or related products that insurance would be a must.  It was decided that we would seek a legal venue for appropriate by-law language that would provide for “hold Harmless” provisions.
President Vickie Gunsch said that current dues should be paid by March 1st so that membership lists could be updated.
President Vickie Gunsch overviewed the planned CDT caravan trip to Yellowstone Park and to the Spearfish Rally.  Departure would take place on Sunday, July 11 with the first leg going to Medora.  Arrangements for rooms and tickets for the musical are still being worked out.  Monday, July 12th would take us to Bozeman and a potential tour of Dave Ressler’s Corvette collection.  Tuesday, July 13th would go to West Yellowstone and Wednesday July 14th would take us to Thermopolis, Wy.  Thursday through Sunday would consist of participating in the Spearfish Rally.  Rooms have been booked for most of the locations except for Medora and Spearfish.  Vickie is still working on the Medora arrangements and Glenn Siewert is finalizing room arrangement at First Gold in Deadwood. To book rooms see list of available motels elsewhere in this newsletter.
Mike Neigum reported that he is working on the Tuesday Cruise Night schedule.  This year some of the trips may include local venues such as eating and driving between the two cities and possible “garage tours” hosted by some of our members.  If you are interested in hosting a cruise night at your home please send Mike an email.  Discussion also took place with respect to meeting the Minot and Fargo Corvette Clubs at locations in Garrison or Jamestown. 
Mike Lalonde reported that BSC will not be able to design a club logo.  Club members are encouraged to explore ideas and resources for making a new banner and logo for the organization. 
New Business
Mike Lalonde discussed a local community project called Amber’s Dream which is an effort by the Pioneer Car Club and MedCenter One to build a children’s hospital unit.  All of the area car clubs have been asked to donate towards the restoration of a 1938 Chevy Roadster which will be raffled off with the proceeds going to the Amber’s Dream project.  Chuck Horter said the project was worthwhile but that action should be deferred until March when we have an accurate treasurers report.  It was agreed to defer action until the March meeting.
Motion to Adjourn the meeting was made by Al Braun and seconded by Gary Stefanovsky.  Motion carried.

Yellowstone Caravan and Spearfish Rally
A limited number of motel rooms are now available.  Make your arrangements now!   
July 11, Medora (arrangements pending)
July 12, 2010 Best Western GranTree Inn, Bozeman, Mt
   Rate $119  Toll free number 1-800-324-5865.
July 13, 2010 Brandin Iron Inn, West Yellowstone, Mt
   Rate $108  406-646-9411
July 14, 2010 Best Western Plaza, Thermopolis, Wy
   Rate $126.90 307-864-2939
July 15-17 First Gold, Deadwood, SD (arrangements pending)
Christmas Party Caper
Mystery and intrigue surrounded the annual CDT Christmas Party silent auction event in January.  Rolly Mehlhoff and others were bidding on a prized Mike Lalonde Corvette racing photo when Rolly’s bid was unceremoniously altered from $10 to $40.  Controversy ensued and  no one admitted to the dastardly deed.  The investigation continues.  Stay tuned for further developments of the event now known as the Cunning Corvette Christmas Party Caper or Did Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Really Rig Rolly’s bid!
What’s in a name?
The origin of car names can be very interesting.  For example, Webster’s dictionary defines the following:
Corvette - a small fast warship.  (Cool!)
Thunderbird - any species of fowl with a bad case of flatulence.
Viper - a small poisonous snake with a bad overbite.
Thank goodness we own what we own.
Corvette Fun Facts: Model Year 1953 Continued
300 Corvettes were produced in 1953 and all were created equal:  Polo white with red interior.
Only two options were available on the Corvette:  A heater and an AM radio (with the antenna sandwiched into the fiberglass trunk lid.)
Corvette production moved from Flint, Michigan to St. Louis Missouri, in December 1953.
Life was simple in 1953.  Eisenhower was President, the Korean War was over and optimism flooded the country.  What a great year to introduce America’s true sports car.
Next meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 12th at the Prime Steer.  Mark your calendars!
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