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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 Neigum (258-5742). Mailing address: CDT, Box 625, Bismarck, ND. 58502
January 2010

A happy frosty New Year to everyone!  If you have thoughts about deep cleaning your Vette while it's safely tucked away for the winter now is the time.  If it works for you, think about cleaning the carpets and mats, conditioning the leather and wiping the interior dash and etc. with a good cleaner.  Also if possible pull off the wheels and bring them into a warm area where you can really work them over.  If your garage or storage area is heated, find some good tunes that make you think about summer, open the doors of the Vette and clean the dickens out of it.  It will get you in a mind set to think about Spring which really is just around the corner!

Time to Pay Annual Dues
OK everyone it's time to cough up your annual dues for 2011.  The club gained a significant number of new members this past year and our final tally for 2010 was 60 paid members.  Outstanding!  If you are a current member, please get your dues payment of $30 to CDT, Box 625, Bismarck, ND 58502 within the next couple of weeks.  We want to do more fun things this year and memberships help us accomplish that goal.
Bring another Corvette friend!  Know anybody who drives a Vette, likes to socialize and have some fun?  Bring them to the next meeting and have them meet other members!

New Meeting Location!!
The next CDT monthly meeting will be held 7:00 PM Friday, February 11th at the Pizza Ranch in Mandan.  The Pizza Ranch is located on the south side of main street in Mandan as you approach downtown from the east.  They have a great buffet so come early and lets dine as a group.  They have reserved a special area for us to conduct our meeting.     
Consideration is being given to a CDT Corvette trip to the US/Canadian Rockies this summer.  The trip to Yellowstone/Black Hills was a great adventure last year and this trip would be structured in a similar manner.  If you are interested in participating please let President Gunsch know.  Planning will begin once there is an assessment of the level of interest.
CDT is 35 Years Old!!
Corvettes of Dakota Territory was founded in 1976 by area enthusiasts who had the insight, inspiration and passion to promote the experience of driving Corvettes.  CDT has established itself as one of the premier car clubs in the area and has been activley involved in community events through the years.  Happy birthday CDT!! 

Upcoming Events
Jan. 29:  Winter Wheels Car Show Jamestown Civic Center.  Info: or 701-320-9108.
Feb. 4-5:  Annual Cabin Fever Indoor Car Show-Riverwood RV, Corral Sales, and Moritz Sport and Marine in Mandan, ND.  Fri from 12-8PM, Sat. from 10am-4pm.  Free will donation to Mandan Heritage Plaza Project.
Feb. 5:  Dance to the Front Fenders-Seven Seas, Mandan 8pm.  Admission $5.
Feb. 11: CDT monthly meeting at Pizza Ranch in Mandan.  6pm Dinner. 7pm Meeting.
Feb. 25-27: Counts Car Club Annual Car Show-Rapid City Civic Center.  Info:
Mar. 19:  Wild About Wheels Car Show-Minot, ND Info: 701-240-6771.
Apr. 2-3:  Toppers Car Show-Fargo, ND Info:
Apr. 9-10:  Prime Steel Car Show-Grand Forks, ND Info:
June 3-5: Devils Run-Devils Lake, ND
June 9-10: Classtiques Rod Run 2011 Bismarck/Mandan. Info:
June 12: Buggies-N-Blues, Mandan, ND Info:
June 17-19: Back to the 50's-St. Paul, MN
July 9: JCCC Buffalo Rally-Jamestown, ND. 

Christmas Party Fun
The Christmas Party was held at the Seven Seas on Saturday, January 15th.  It was well attended with 38 people participating!  Hats off to the planning and decorating committee of Irene McCollom, JoAnn Wangler, Mary Neigum, Mary Siewert and Julie Horter.  The handcrafted Corvette centerpieces, chocolate Corvettes and table settings were simply awesome.  The Bingo games were fun and participants won some great door prizes.  The silent auction was very successful and proceeds will be used to fund the BSC automotive technology scholarship.  It was a great event.  If anyone has ideas for next years party, please share them with any of the people on the planning commitee or the officers.  What a great event!
CDT Featured Car Club at Buggies and Blues
Corvettes of Dakota Territory will be the featured car club this year at Buggies and Blues.  This is the biggest car show event in the Bismarck/Mandan area and we are smack dab inthe middle of it.  Planning for this event will begin as early as our next meeting.  We want maximum participation from our members and our club will be showcased on main street in the primary viewing area.  This is our day and we will certainly want to make a good impression.  Buggies and Blues T-shirts will feature some of our club members cars.  What a privilege!!  Give us your thoughts and ideas and lets have some fun in June with America's true sportscar!!

Meeting Minutes:
The January club meeting was held in conjunction with the annual Christmas Party at the Seven Seas.  The meeting was brought to order at 7:05 PM.  President Gunsch acknowledged the Christmas Party planning committee and sponsors who provided door prizes and items for the silent auction. 
A motion was made and apprved to accept the Secretaries report from last November. 
Bruce McCollom gave the Treasurer's report and said that the current club treasury balance was $3,085 with a final membership tabulation of 60.  A motion to approve the treasuer's report was made and approved by the attending membership.
Bruce McCollom covered the tax exempt status for the club and overviewed the IRS requirements to maintain our exempt status as a nonprofit organization. 
President Gunsch reviewed the club activities for the year 2010 and commented that it was probably one of the most active years  the club has had up to this point in time.  Cruise events increased significantly and were expanded from the traditional Tuesday nights to some weekends. 
New Business:
The floor was opened to the election of officers.  President Vickie Gunsch was nominated and elected to another term as President.
Vice President Val Wangler was nominated and elected to another term as Vice President.
Secretary Chuck Horter was nominated and elected to another term as Secretary.
Teasurer Bruce McCollom was nominated and elected to another term as Treasurer.
Trustee Mike Neigum was nominated and elected to another term as Trustee.
President Gunsch asked members who were present on the level of interest for a trip to Glacier/Jasper/Banff.  A number of people expressed interest and President Gunsch said that she would move ahead and gather additional trip information.
Meeting adjourned.
Corvette Fun Facts: 
1963  Birth of the Sting Ray
Virtually all-new from road to roof, the Sting Ray stunned the automotive world in 1963.  Like the very first Corvette, it was a "dream car" come true but more sophisticated than any previous Vette, blending world-class handling with unmistakable all-American style and performance.  It would have a great 5 year run that many still regard as one of the high points of Corvette history. 
The 1963 Sting Ray was an instant sensation and a certifiable blockbuster.  The inaugural Sting Ray ad read, "Only a man with a heart of stone could withstand temptation like this."  It was prophetic and Corvette sales would skyrocket to heights never imagined.  Drivetrains were carried over from the previous model consisting of four 327 V-8s and a trio of transmissions and received rave reviews. 
Ironically, the split back window for which the first Sting Ray would become so well known took a beating in the automotive press from both a design standpoint and because of the hampered rearward view.  Chevy listened and eliminated it after one year of production which only served to boost  the 63's value among future collectors.
Corvette Humor:
Reaching the end of a job interview, the human resource manager asked a young engineer fresh out of UND, "And what starting salary were you looking for?"  The engineer said, "In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package."  The interviewer said "Well, what would you say to a package of 5 weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years--say a red Corvette."  The engineer sat up straight and said ,"Wow!  Are you kidding?"  And the interviewer replied "Yeah, but you started it."
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