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CELEBRATING COTV’S 15th ANNIVERSARY!

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COTV and Paradise Celebrate COTV’s 15th Anniversary

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August is for many the last hurrah of the summer season. At COTV, August is Lou Long month as this has become the month when Lou puts together his version of a Mystery Lunch Run. This year was even more special, since it also marked the 15th anniversary of the Club. So Lou planned the event, to include over 60 cars in drone photos, a nice drive and a great lunch and worked with the COTV Leadership Team to provide an additional bonus of the chance to win one of 10 special prizes. He was also supported by the lovely (and soon to be Mrs. Lou Long) Julie, who took care of raffle tickets and waiver forms, was the voice on the radio, and who was heard telling someone she would also sell them a Cadillac today. An all round talent who is a perfect match for Super Lou!

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The day started with “coffee and donuts” at the dealership. The meeting time was posted as 8:45am, but by 8:15am there were already a dozen or more cars in place. Some members brought more than one Corvette (Buote, Priebe, Steed) and so we had the earlier models of the 60s as well as their C-6 and C-7 cars. There were RSVPs for 62 cars and over 90 COTV folks, but we never actually did a count as the lines kept on changing and people kept on arriving. Some of the founding members of COTV were there: Don and Bev Weeks, Vance Weir and Susan Reichardt, Willie Nagle, Joe and Rosemary Priebe, and Bill and Sandi Steed.

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The majority of attendees have been around the Club for at least a few years, but there were a number of new faces as well. John Mollway brought his son Pierce. The Sparks’ grandson, Austin, joined us. Marti Schoemann brought her brother-in-law, Patrick. Mickey Diehl had her friend, Karen, as her ride-along. Steve Glenore was joined by his friend, Liz. Ed and Marie Filardo have been among the missing for a while, so they were welcomed back into the crowd. We thought the blue-haired lady was a new face, but it turned out to be Darlena Stevens, trying out a new fuller version of a look she debuted earlier in the year. Bruce Mofford also had a ride-along, Vickie, who was introduced to him by Sue Lokken. One prominent face who was missing in action was our President, Glenn Crowther – we all hope he is feeling better soon.

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Several very new faces were in attendance for part or all of the event. Casey Cannon came to the dealership, filled out an application, and left to take care of his sick wife. James Gilbert, who last stopped by on an MLR about 6 months ago, took an application form with him this time. Murray and Eva Gruber and their service dog, Angelique, came in a car with no plates yet and stayed for lunch. Since they shared a table with new members Terry and Jan Munn, James Gilbert and our Membership Guy, John McDermott, we are sure they all got all the information they needed on COTV.

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The reasonably short drive from the dealership to lunch led us out and around Temecula, back down the 215 south to Old Town Temecula and the patio at Baily’s, where we had 6-8 entrees to select from. The restaurant was closed except to our private party so we had the full attention of the kitchen and the wait staff. As always, someone’s table has to be the last served but everyone seemed to be enjoying the food. Midway through the meal, Lou announced the drawing of prize tickets, which gave the winner a detail at Paradise: John Vara, Bruce Mofford (how did he win twice?), Dave Hellman, Linda Wilson, Skip Hipp, Vance Weir, Hans and Alma Boers, Austin (the Sparks grandson who is probably too young to drive but whose grandfather isn’t), and Chuck Calagna.

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All in all it was another Lou Long special of a day. Thanks, Lou. Do we really have to wait a whole year to see what he will do next time?

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