Western Kentucky Corvette Club
History of the Western Kentucky Corvette Club For 1999, the club members decided to retain the same officers that had been elected the previous year and had served since June of '98. The year 2000 saw several events added to the club's calendar. An overnight trip to the Knosville Expo and Pigeon Forge was taken. A cruise to Sikeston, MO to Lambert's House of "Throwed" Rolls was taken, and several members participated in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Walk at the Stadium of Champions. Several club members began talking about taking a Caribbean Cruise in Jan. of 2001. Officers elected for 2001 were : President, Ken Culwell; Vice-president, Anthony Underwood; Secretary, Patsy Brandon; Treasurer, Leigh Ann Underwood; Officer-at-Large, Bill Farrell. Elected to the Board of Directors were: Marty Greathouse, Stee Mallory, Beverly Vanderveer, J.D. Lingenfelter. Danny McLaoughlin, and Phyllis Burke. 2003 was another great recruiting year for the WKCC. We added 18 new members to our roster!! 2009 The other challenge for the club this year was planning, organizing, and conducting the first "Coalfield Cruise-in" in Madisonville, KY. It was a 3 day event with a car show, live band, and numerous other events.
It's amazing what can be accomplished with a little interest and a lot of persistence!! Several people in Hopkinsville that owned Corvettes had, at various times, mentioned the possibilitly of starting a Corvette Club.
together for an outing. Everyone agreed that it was a great idea. All that was missing was "Doing It!!"
In September 1997, Bill sent out 21 "red Corvette" invitations to people that he knew owned Corvettes. They were invited to go on a cruise to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY on the last Sunday of the month. Everyone was to meet at Arby's on 7
After several months of hearing no more about the formation of a club, Patsy Brandon called Bill Farrell in February of 1998 asked, "What happened to the idea of organizing a Corvette Club?" They decided that they just needed to jump in and try to get something going. Bill and she agreed to have a pre-organizational meeting at North Drive Middle School on March 3rd.
At the first organizational meeting, 32 people attended. We were thrilled to have such a great turnout. Bill Farrell moderated the meeting, and Patsy Brandon kept a record of the proceedings. (This they would pay for later.) Sue and John MeGee form Lebanon, TN attended. Sue was the membership chairperson for the southeast region, and she discussed various aspects of organizing a club. Mike Van Winkle, regional membership chairman for Indiana and Western KY, addressed the group about NCCC membership and distributed printed material related to Corvette Clubs. Other items on the agenda were: nomination of officers, club name suggestions, incorporation of the club, and a possible dues structure. A by-laws committee was selected to draft a sample by -laws for the organizatio. That committee consisted of Bill Farrell, Patsy Brandon, Brad Deason, Phyllis Burke, and Danny McLaughlin. Everyone in attendance agree to set the next meeting for the last Thursday in May, 1998.
At the second meeting, club officers were elected: Bill Farrell, President; David Gilliland, Vice President; Patsy Brandon, Secretary; Vicky Thomas, Treasurer; and Don Yoder, Officer-at-Large. Members elected tot eh Board of Directors were: Pphyllis Burke, Brad Deason, Phil Fuller, Keith Harmon, Danny McLaughlin; and Rhonda Greathouse. The drafted by-laws were read by Brad Deason with questions being asnwered by the by-laws' committee members. The by-laws were accepted with very few changes. The group then voted on a list of suggested names for the organization and agreed upon Western Kentucky Corvette Club. Dlub applications were distributed to those in attendance. It was decided that those who reutrned their dues and applicaion by July 1, 1998 would be"charter members". The Charter Members were: Bill and Ann Farrell, John and Patsy Brandon, David and Phyllis Burke, Donn and Patsy Yoder, Danny McLaughlin, Keith and Sheral Harmon, Marty and Rhonda Greathouse, Mark and Vicky Thomas, Joey and Diane Pendleton, David and Rita Gilliland, Brian Burkhead, Larry Wilson, Fred Taylor, Brad Deason, Phil and Glenda Fuller, Steve and Debbie Mallory, Barry Armstrong, David and Betty Hardwidk, Larry and Linda Stiill, Dennis Swain, Mike Danick, Ed Harris, J.D. and Betty Lingenfelter.
That first year was a busy one with trips to the Corvette Homecoming in Bowling green, Diamond Lakes, and the mid-America Funfest in Effingham, Illinois. The club conducted its first annual meeting and Bar BQ dinner at Patriot Chevrolet. A GM engineer from the Corvette plant was the guest speaker. The first of a tradition of mystery cruises was taken, and the club adopted its official logo, designed by Beverly Vandeveer. The first year of the Western Kentucky Corvette Club was deemed exceddingly successful. The members agreed that the foremost purpose of teh club would be social in nature with planned trips, fun events, and a variety of activities for the members to enjoy.
Also, the club held its first Sonic Cruise at the Sonic Drive-in Restaurant on
Another important event for '99 was the establishment of the club's own web site thanks to the efforts of Anthony Underwood, Danny MeLaughlin, and others.
Officers elected for 2000 were: President, Bill Farrell; Vice-president, Ken Culwell; Secretary, Patsy Brandon; Treasurer, Rhonda Greathouse; and Officer-at-Large, Mike Ousley. Members elected to the Board of Directors were: Marty Greathouse, Phyllis Burke, Steve Mallory, Phil Fuller, J.D. Lingenfelter, and Danny McLaughlin The end of the year was celebrated by the first of our annual Christmas pot luck dinner. Everyone brought gifts, and we played a gift-swapping game, called "Dirty Santa".
The big event for 2001 for several of the members was the Caribbean Cruise. Fifteen club members went on a 4-day cruise to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico Members who "cruised" on Carnival's "Ecstasy" were Bill and Anne Farrell, Anthony and Leigh Ann Underwood, John and Patsy Brandon, Mike and Brenda Ousley, Butch and Beverly Vanderveer, John Michael Morris, Phylllis Burke, Rhonda Greathouse, and Elaine Sparks. Some of the members took guests for a total of 18 in our group. We had such a great time that the idea to plan a cruise every other year was proposed.
In April, the group cruised to Lynchburg, TN to eat at Miss Mary Bo Bo;s Boarding House and tour the Jack Daniel's Distillery. Another "cruise" was taken in July. This was a dinner cruise down the Cumberland River on the riverboat General Jackson. After an afternoon at the Opry Mill's Mall, the group attended the Grand Ole Opry where we saw Vince, Gill, Allison Grauss and Union Station. It was a full day, but everyone had a great time.
In October, the club participated in the first "Cruise for Life" to raise money for Pennyroyal Hospice. Several local car clubs participated in the event. All of these new activities were in addition to yearly activities of the club like the Cancer Walk, the Jazz Festival, the Madisonville Veteran's Parade, our club picnic and Christmas party, and a group trip to Effingham.
At the October meetiing at Patriot Chevrolet, the club elected its officers for the year 2002. Those elected were: Bill Farrell, Pres.; Anthony Underwood, Vice President; Patsy Brandon, Secretary; Rhonda Greathouse, Treasurer. Ken Culwell, as past president, will serve as Officer at Large. New board members elected to 2 year terms were John Brandon, Keith Harmon, and Leigh Ann Underwood. They will serve with Phyllis Burke, Beverly Vanderdeer, and Marty Greathouse who have one year left on their term as board members.
The year 2002 was a great recruiting year for the club. 22 new members were added to our roster. Our club had grown so much that members were having a hard time keeping up with each other. So this year we ordered magnetic or pin name tags for every member. Wearing these at meetings and special events helped everyone learn the names of all the club members. True to our word, the club started discussing another "ocean" cruise for the year 2003. Tim Kittell was invited to the January meetiing to discuss options for another Caribbean cruise in Jan., 2003. In February we had a Daytona 500 party. Suzanne Greenfield won the winner's pot. We had lots of good food, a big screen T.V., and lots of fun at the old Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Hme building.
The club had 5 mystery cruises. One was an overnight cruise to Edenburgh, Indiana. The other mystery cruises consisted of a poker run to Milldale in Robertson Co., Tennessee, a cruise to Ashland City to Stratton's, a 50's style restaurant, a cruise to the "land between the lakes" - through the "trace" - to Miss Scarlett's Restaurant, and finally a cruise to the Garden of the Gods In Illinois. That last cruise involved ferrying across the Ohio and later driving to Evansville, Indiana for dinner at the Old Mill Restaurant. John and Patsy Brandon put 270 miles of their vette. Others probably put even more!!! It was a fun trip.
At our annual June picnic, we had a new activity-Hot Wheel Races. It was a triple elimination event, and everyone had a great time. In addition to these activities, the club participated in annual events such as the cancer walk, cookout in the park, the Madisonville Veteran's Parade, the Hospice cruise, Fun Fest trip to Effingham, Patriot Chev. meeting, and annual Christmas party and gift exchange. At the October meeting at Patriot, the new officers elected for 2003 were: Pres., Joe Allen; V.P., Phil Fuller; Sec., Patsy Brandon; Treas., P.J. Heisler; Officer-at-Large, Bill Farrell. Three new board members, David Burke, Ken Cullwell, and Brenda Ousley were elected to serve with John Brandon, Keith Harmon, and Leigh Ann Underwood, who had another year left on their term as board members.
The annual club picnic was again held at the Brandon’s, and the match box Corvette races were a big hit.
2007 began the 10th calendar year of the WKCC. How time has flown!!
2010 - Our big accomplishment this year was getting our new website up and running. There was a lot more to it than any of us anticipated, but thanks to the help of Tiffany Braden, we finally got the ball rolling!! We are very happy with the more updated look we have and the fact that Larry and I can work together to keep it updated.
Our mystery cruises took a hard hit from the weather in 2010. We had to cancel the first 3 that we planned due to rain. I don't mean a little sprinkle; I mean a downpour. When we were finally able to have one this year it was in August!! Everyone was so ready to go that we set a new record of 23 cars and 42 people participating in the only mystery cruise of 2010.
Several of our members returned to the Somernites Cruise-in for Corvettes at the end of September. The weather this year was perfect, and everyone had a great time. Several other of our members went to Effingham on that same weekend.
We had our annual picnic which was a lot of fun with the added Cornhole Tournament. We still raced our Hot Wheel Vettes and had a great Bar BQ dinner. Another trip to Sikeston, MO and Lambert's House of "Throwed" Rolls was fun.
At our annual October meeting at our sponsors, Patriot Chevrolet, we had a speaker from the Corvette plant, Steve Grilli, a great meal, and we elected new officers for 2011. Those newly elected officers are: Pres. - David Burke; V.P. - Gayle Chambers; Sec. - Patsy Brandon; Treas. - Judy Shemwell; Officer-at-Large - Brenda Ousley. New board members elected were Phil Fuller, Barry Marsh, and Mike Ousley.
We again participated in the Madisonville Veteran's Parade and the Hopkinsville Christmas Parade. We ended our year with our annual Christmas dinner at Oakland Manor where we had a great meal and great fun playing "Dirty Santa".
Our charity for 2010 was the "Shop with Cops" program. The Hopkinsville police use the donated funds to take local needy children shopping for Christmas for them and their families. We also conducted a food drive for that same charity.
We added 11 new members to our roster in 2010.
In 2011, some members of the WKCC took a trip to Nashville, Ind. This trip had been taken several years prior but was new to many of our members now.
The Wounded Warrior Project sponsored by the NCM drew participants from our and surrounding Corvette Clubs. The soldiers really enjoyed it , and it was a great salute to our fighting men and women.
This year a trip to Badgett theater in Grand Rivers was planned, and more than 20 members and guests made the trip. We attended the 50's show at the theater and then enjoyed a great dinner at Patti's.
In 2010, rain played havoc on our mystery cruises, but 2011 was the first year we have ever had to reschedule our picnic due to rain. It was reset for Oct.
Another trip to Somerset, Ky and the Somernites cruise-in for vettes was enjoyed by many in the club. The weather was beautiful, and a good time was had by all.
Our October meeting at Patriot Chevrolet was a huge success. 2011 being the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet, we had special guest speakers for our meeting. Dave Tatman, the new plant manager of the Corvette plant, gave a very interesting presentation explaining the many changes made at the plant to upgrade and remodel. Also speaking to us was Gary Cottrell, who is in charge of guest services and is the delivery manager at the NCM. We had 60 people attend, gave away lot of door prizes, had a great meal, and had a good time in general. Shop with cops was again selected as our charity for the year.
Officers for 2012 were elected: Pres., David Burke; V.P., Gayle Chambers; Sec., Patsy Brandon; and Treas., Judy Shemwell. The 3 board members elected to serve 2 year terms were: John Brandon, Paul Cerrati, and Brenda Chambers to serve with Barry Marsh, Phil Fuller, and Mike Ousley who have another year to serve. Brenda Ousley will again be the Officer-at-Large.
Following the Madisonville Veteran's Parade and the Christmas Parade in Hopkinsville, the WKCC capped off its year with its Christmas dinner at Oakland Manor.
2 new members were added to our roster in 2011with one of those living in New York state.
2012 began with the addition of 4 new members in the first couple of months.
Our first trip to "Bike Night" in Elkton, Ky was taken.
The year's first mystery cruise concluded in Auburn, Ky where the group ate at Federal Grove, a historic federal syle house where the food was delicious.
InJuly, several members attended the performance of Love Always, Patsy Cline at the Badgett Theater in Grand Rivers, followed by dinner at Patti's.
Another interesting trip for the club was a cruise to The Country Plantation in Greenville, KY. It is a beautiful home that specializes in hosting weddings and has buffet lunches on Sundays. Everyone really enjoyed that trip.
Our annual picnic was hosted this year by Bill and Cindy Allen of Dawson Springs. They were nice enough to invite the entire club to their home and provided a wonderful meal. Great fun for everyone!! Thanks to the Allens for their hospitality.
Our Patriot meeting in October was a huge success. Tom Hill, a GM engineer, was our guest speaker. That was special to most of us because Tom had spoken at one of our earliest Patriot meetings years
ago, and everyone was delighted to listen to him again.
We donated food and our "split the pot" profits to the Shop with Cops program again this year.
Our year ended with participation in the Madisonville Veteran's Parade and the Hopkinsville Christmas Parade. Our final gathering was again at Oakland Manor for our Christmas dinner and playing of "Dirty Santa".
A total of 12 new members were added to the WKCC rosters in 2012.
Officers for 2013 were elected at our Patriot meeting. They are Pres., David Burke; V.P., Gayle Chambers; Sec., Patsy Brandon; and Treas., Judy Shemwell.
New board members elected were: Phil Fuller, Barry Marsh, and Ronnie Cumbee. They will serve with John Brandon, Paul Cerrati, and Brenda Chambers who have a year left on their term.
Fletcher Ashby was elected Officer-at-Large.
In 2013, Brenda Ousley volunteered to take over the phote aspect of the WKCC website. She has worked hard to get member's car pictures on the site and pics of events the club has or attends.
Club members participated in our yearly volunteer day at the NCM, took our first mystery cruise to Shady Cliff Restaurant, and traveled to Somerset, KY for the annual Corvette weekend.
We also took another trip to Grand Rivers and the Badgett Theater to see their 60's show. Everyone loved it!!
Our second mystery cruise took us to Springfield, TN and Torino's Restaurant - yum, yum!!!
A new evernt that we added this year was a trip to the Antique Car and Truck Show in Greenville, KY. The group went to Philly's for dinner, sat up their chairs across from the old courthouse in downtown and listened to some great oldies music provided by a group from Nashville. That was a lot of fun!!!
A group of members traveled to Shaker Village for an overnight trip and tour of the village. They also went to the Keeneland Horse Park in Lexington. In addition, we had a group of members who went to the "Corvettes on the River" event sponsored by the Paducah, KY Corvette Club.
Our annual picnic was a huge success. We had the picnic at Jeff Davis State Park in Fairview, KY. Grilled
hamburgers and hotdogs were served with lots of goodies from the members that attended. The members played bingo for cash, and Cathy Wallace had a great day. Some played in a corn hole tournament for prizes. The corn hole tournament was won by Bill Allen and Patsy Brandon.
Our annual activities continued such as the Patriot Chevrolet meeting. It was again catered by 4 Seasons Catering. 64 members and guests attended including a speaker from the Corvette plant who drove a new 2014 Stingray Corvette to the event. The Veterans Parade in Madisonville, the Christmas Parade in Hopkinsville, and our annual Christmas dinner at Oakland Manor rounded out our annual events. After the Christmas parade, the participants were invited to Bruce and Cathy Wallace's house for lunch and to participate in the Trenton Christmas parade afterward.
Our annual trip to Sikeston, MO and Lambert's House of "Throwed" Rolls was taken, but this time the group went to Paducah first to attend an antique car auction.
At the Patriot meeting, officers and board members for 2014 were elected. They were: President - David Burke; V.P - Gayle Chambers; Sec. - Patsy Brandon; Treas. - Charoletta Marsh; Officer-at-Large - Dorris Lamb. Newly elected board members were: John Brandon, Paul Cerrati, and Brenda Ousley.
2013 was a busy year, and the club added 15 new members to its roster during the year for a total of 67 members. What a great recruiting year!!!
For 1999, the club members decided to retain the same officers that had been elected the previous year and had served since June of '98.In the fall of '99 the club had a 12x12 paver set in the entranceway to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
The year 2000 saw several events added to the club's calendar. An overnight trip to the Knosville Expo and Pigeon Forge was taken. A cruise to Sikeston, MO to Lambert's House of "Throwed" Rolls was taken, and several members participated in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Walk at the Stadium of Champions. Several club members began talking about taking a Caribbean Cruise in Jan. of 2001. Officers elected for 2001 were : President, Ken Culwell; Vice-president, Anthony Underwood; Secretary, Patsy Brandon; Treasurer, Leigh Ann Underwood; Officer-at-Large, Bill Farrell. Elected to the Board of Directors were: Marty Greathouse, Stee Mallory, Beverly Vanderveer, J.D. Lingenfelter. Danny McLaoughlin, and Phyllis Burke.
2003 was another great recruiting year for the WKCC. We added 18 new members to our roster!!
2009started with a bang or maybe I should say a crackle and pop. The ice storm in January caused the cancellation of our first meeting of the year. Many area residents were without electricity for weeks. Lots of damage to property and trees occurred.
The other challenge for the club this year was planning, organizing, and conducting the first "Coalfield Cruise-in" in Madisonville, KY. It was a 3 day event with a car show, live band, and numerous other events.