MOCC President's Message

Another year has passed on. The Corvette world has seen glimpses of the future of Corvette, at least for the next few years. With the new ZR1, even maybe a convertible and exciting thoughts of the all new mid-engine Vette well into the process of becoming a reality, for those with enough cash of course!

We had a year of fun, making new acquaintances at various events, but also sadness with the loss of friends and family members. They will be missed very much. It was a year in which we also saw members leave and new ones come into our club. I hope this year "2018" will be just the beginning for the new members as they learn what the club is all about and what "Corvetting" can offer them.

The year began with the East Ohio Region banquet which recognizes Region members for their successes at the shows and the racing events where they accumulated the highest number of points for awards. Mid-Ohio Corvette Club finished in third place in 2017. Considering the competition we did GOOD! Thanks to the speed event folks in our club for all their efforts in those events.

May 20 and again in November we added two new fundraisers for our charity events. We worked for donations and shared good will with the general public at both the Blue Barn Winery and Elder Beerman department store, both located in Wooster. Each of these support the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio.

Our club held its 8th annual Christian Children’s Home of Ohio fundraising event Aug. 12. The weather again was beautiful and everyone seemed to have a great time. It never fails to reach my heart when the kids all have such great big smiles on their faces the entire time the Corvette folks are there to show off their “babies” and give rides to the kids. This show has been a crowd pleaser every year with fellow Vette owners as well since 2010.

August 13 we sponsored a show at the Outlet Mall in Lodi where trophies were earned and gift baskets were auctioned for another fundraiser, this time for the Club. (We use these type of funds to proudly provide the wonderful lunch enjoyed by everyone each August for the "Cruisin for the Kids" event.)

The week of August 21 many members attended the annual week-long NCCC Convention held at the Bowling Green Museum in Bowling Green, KY. September 2017 many members attended Track X at Bowling Green Museum’s race track for high speeds, low speeds and a show. October 7 a show was sponsored at Chevrolet of Wooster car dealership in conjunction with our fellow car lovers – classic "steel" cars. This was the second year for this show which is supported by members of MOCC the day before and the day of moving cars off the show lot and returning them to the lot to be viewed again by the customers. It has turned out to be a large show attended by a lot of people.

MOCC was proud to have donated funds supporting a drive by the East Ohio Region for a memorial which was dedicated on Oct. 14, Columbus Day, at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in support of our fallen hero’s buried there with honors. To see so many Corvette owners in attendance at the Memorial ceremony was wonderful. Anyone who has not seen this cemetery should take time to do so. The Memorial display is amazing in itself let alone the thousands of grave markers all in straight lines and white as the snow outside my window.

We are fortunate to have a member, Dee Simon, offer her skills and knowledge to develop and create and maintain our first Newsletter for our Club. She kindly offered to do the same with our Facebook page. We are grateful as this will allow prospective members to go on-line and read about MOCC’s activities and advantages offered by joining MOCC. Advantages – as you can see – there is always something to do with MOCC members and other Vette enthusiasts.

When I was thinking of things to put into this , my last President’s letter, I did think of this one important item. If I hadn’t joined a Corvette club how many of the wonderful members of all the different clubs I probably would have never met. It’s been an honor and a privilege to have been your President for the past seven years. We have a tremendous group of long-time and short-time members. It is my honor to turn over the steering wheel to new leadership driven by Joni Barkyoumb.

Save the Wave!!!

Jim Morrison

President