News & Press: General

President's Message Sep 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017  
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I hope you and your family have been able to participate in a tour, Area meet, Regional show, or other activity in your Chevy or GMC this summer. It has been a wet summer in the Southeast…but our cars and trucks don’t melt! Best of all, we still have all kinds of fun fall activities to look forward to with cooler temperatures.

It won’t be long until our annual VCCA picnic and hospitality tent at Hershey, Pennsylvania. Be sure to send in your reservation for the Keystone Regionsponsored picnic before the September 25 deadline. At the meet itself, we always welcome help at the tent. It will be great to see you! Details are in the Calendar on page 8 or on our new website at

This fall, look around your area for local shows or cruise-ins you have rarely participated in. These are often mixed-make activities, but there are always Chevys and GMCs present, and their owners are looking for folks with a common interest. Your Chevy or GMC with its VCCA identification will surely be a conversation piece. Remember to have some VCCA applications handy; contact Member Services (see page 5) to get some, and remember we are happy to extend your membership free for every new member you find!

We are in the process of organizing a new East Florida Region near Daytona. We are looking for local members as well as snow birds who can participate when they are in the area. Please contact Gordon Keller at gkeller327@gmail. com for more information. Region membership helps you connect with other members in your area for advice, assistance, local sources for mechanical work, paint, upholstery, and, most of all, friendship and fun! We understand there are not Regions available everywhere and we are working to change that.

We are practicing what we preach: get involved; help promote the VCCA in nontraditional venues; get more Regions started; and participate in tours and shows.

I had a great time earlier in the season with the Carolina Crossroads Region on a three-day mountain tour in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia (stay tuned for a tour report in an upcoming G&D!). Alan and Sandra Banner, David and Mary Puett, and Dewy and Jane Bryan planned a terrific route, a great host hotel, and excellent meals. But the fellowship and fun of getting to know everyone is what made it really special. Plus, we signed up two new VCCA members on the tour.

We drove over 400 mountain road miles with no breakdowns! The earliest Chevy was a ’36 coupe and I’m proud to say my ’53 Bel Air didn’t let me down. I will continue to update you on my upcoming VCCA adventures at the Central and Northwest Meets.

I look forward to meeting you at one of these Meets or at Hershey!

We are grateful to the VCCA members who have recently donated to the new Vintage Chevrolet Heritage Foundation (VCHF), a charitable 501(c) (3) organization; donations are tax deductible. These donations have enabled us to move large collections of rare Chevrolet artifacts to our library.

If we don’t provide a safe accessible place for these irreplaceable items, future Chevrolet enthusiasts will not have full knowledge of our colorful Chevy history. For more information on how you too can donate to help “save the past for the future,” please contact VCHF Treasurer Jim Amos at We appreciate your support of the VCHF!

Yours through Chevrolet (and GMC),

Jim Gebhardt