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Club  Meeting Minutes

Valley British Auto Club

Monthly Dinner Meeting Notes


June 4, 2024

Yosemite Falls Restaurant, Clovis, CA

Attendance: 17

Treasurer’s Report: Club balance $6714.64. Club dues of $35.00 are due this month. If writing a check, please make amount payable to “Valley British Auto Club”, not “VBAC”. The bank does not like the shortened version.

VP Martin reported the club received a nice letter of recognition from the Valley Veterans Association for our contribution to their organization. Martin had the letter for viewing by the club.

Some upcoming events:

  • Jun. 14: California Armenian Home Car Show, Fresno, CA

  • Aug. 10: Clovis Elks Car Show, Clovis, CA

  • Aug. 12-16: Monterey Car Week, Monterey, CA. (Includes Little Car Show, Aug 14, Pacific Grove)

  • Sept. 28: Ironstone Concourse de Elegance, Murphy, CA; Reno British Car Show, Reno, NV


Next meeting: Jul 2, Old Spaghetti Factory, Fresno, CA

Meeting Adjourned 8:00 p.m.


L. Zerwig/Secretary

May 7, 2024

Diciccio’s, Cedar & Nees, Fresno, CA

Attendance: 23

Treasurer’s Report: Club balance $8479.82, Upcoming expenses $1600.00 donation to Central Valley Veterans, Membership 79, July 1st is club renewal.

Jon recognized Buddy from Buddy’s Hotel, for his contribution prize to the Roundup last month

Jon passed around an appreciation and recognition plaque that will be mailed to Marty Hardison for his work on the outstanding website of the VBAC.

There were 65 paid entries to this year’s Roundup. $4343 was taken in, $1691 in expenses, $1142 made. This Friday, May 10, available members of the Steering Committee will present a check for $1600.00 to the Central Valley Veterans.

Jon mentioned some money saving ideas discussed at the last Steering Committee Meeting. The club will make an effort to minimize or eliminate printed advertising and go electronic. We will strive to use the Website, Facebook, etc. to get the word out to club members of any upcoming activities. Due to Joanie’s health, Jon is asking for a volunteer to step up and take over the Facebook duties.

Anyone that desires a nametag, please contact Steve.

Due to his change of business address, Jay is eligible to become a member of BOOT (Business Owners of Old Town). This will give the VBAC a powerful voice in matters concerning future Roundups.

With the weather getting nicer, there will be numerous activities to consider with our LBCs. Some events to consider:

  • Saturday, May 18: Clovis Old Town Motorama. Biggest car show in Clovis, ~ 400 entries expected

  • Sunday, May 19: Dixon British Car Show & Swap Meet, Dixon, CA

  • Saturday, May 25: Russ & Tammy setting up an Ice Cream Run to Superior Dairy, Hanford, CA

  • August 18: Hot August Nights

  • August 14: Little Car Show, Pacific Grove, CA

  • Saturday, Sept. 28: Ironstone Concours de Elegance, Murphys, CA; Reno British Show, Reno, NV

  • 1st & 2nd Saturdays of the month: Cars & Coffee, Fresno, CA


Martin reported the highlights of the run he organized on April 20. The VBAC was joined by some members of the Miata Club. The weather was outstanding. Fantastic run through Orange Cove, Orosi, back through Wonder Valley with greenery everywhere. Very good food at the restaurant for lunch.

Meeting adjourned ~ 8:15 p.m.

L. Zerwig/Secretary
April 2,  2024

Seven Bar & Grill, 25 Shaw Ave., Clovis, CA

Attendance: 23

Treasurer’s Report: $8894.94 in account prior to donation of $1600 to Valley Veterans from Roundup. 61 pre show entrees, 4 day of show. 26 shirts were pre ordered, 29 shirts were sold.

Major topic was follow-up information concerning the Clovis Roundup.

Jon reported the winners of the show awards:

  • Furthest Driven: Stephen Brook, Reno, NV 1973 Triumph TR-6

  • Best Unrestored: Scott Musser, Fresno, CA 1970 MGB-GT

  • Best Restored by Owner: Mike West, Fresno, CA 1976 Jaguar XJ6

  • Best Modern British Vehicle: Russell Couch, San Jose, CA 2008 Aston Martin DB9

  • Best MG: Peter Patriquin, Fresno, CA 1973 MGB

  • Participant’s Choice: Robert Milner, Manteca, CA 1967 MGB-GT

  • President’s Award: Ray Liter, Manteca, CA 1980 Triumph TR-8

Jon recognized 2 club members that donated ‘big’ items for the raffle: Thanks to Peter Patriquin for his donation of the electric scooter and Jim Parnagian for his ‘Peelz mandarin paks.

Future events coming up. Check the website and e-mail for details:

Kastner Show, Queen’s English, Dixon Show, Elks Club Car Show, Reno Car Show

Work is being done on the history of the VBAC. Original members Dan Dunham & Mike Splivalo have contributed and Kurt Lanze has a number of photos and newsletters of the past that he is putting together. Another member that was mentioned was our webmaster, Marty Hardison, that I have yet to contact for his information. More to follow.

Richard mentioned that the hills east of us are ‘spectacular’. Martin is planning a nice run in the near future to incorporate a visit. Stay tuned. This will be a good one.

Meeting adjourned ~8:15 p.m.


L. Zerwig/Secretary

March 5,  2024

Ovidios Italian Restaurant, 3097 W. Bullard, Fresno, CA

Attendance: 19

Treasurer’s Report: $7534.08 in account, 35 Roundup entrees, 26 shirt orders

Jon welcomed new members Ron & Kathy Goodlad.

Jon reported he has moved the VBAC trailer from Sandie’s residence to Derrel’s Mini Storage @ Villa & Herndon. The trailer will be there for about a month, after which time, it will be relocated to Jon Frame’s residence. Thanks, Jon!

Roundup plans continue to take shape. Preliminary set up to occur @ 6:00 a.m., Mar. 24. Cars will be allowed for placement at 8:00 a.m. Help will be needed for this task.

Russ & Tammy will work on registration. Marilynne has offered to help. Jay has all paperwork needed.

Joanie & Gwen will be @ the raffle booth. Raffle money needs to be kept separate from other funds. All raffle money will be going 100% to Valley Vets. Jon passed around a page that has all raffle prizes listed.

Steve has gathered the trophies and delivered them to Jon. Jon stated they are very attractive awards.

Martin reminded everyone that the older club tee shirts are on sale for $5.00.

Marilynne suggested a future run to the historical town of Hornitos. This will be looked into after the Roundup.

Rare Earth Coffee Roastery offered a raffle prize to the club. Jon encouraged the club to trade there for premium coffee. They are located close to Crow & Wolf.

Meeting adjourned ~ 8:30 p.m.

Larry Zerwig/Secretary

Feb. 6, 2024

Cool Hand Luke's, 955 Shaw Ave., Clovis, CA

Attendance: 18

Treasurer's Report: $6492.38 in account. 14 Roundup entrees (7MGs), 13 shirts sold

Secretary's Report: Minutes review from January's Meeting. Martin & Larry will do a 'dry run' of proposed Roundup run on February 24. Results will be reported at next General Meeting. 

Any members needing a badge should see Jon. Steve reported the badges for club members are $12.00.

Bill V.D. reported on the Kars & Koffee event on Jan. 13. 9 Brit cars showed for this event and the organizers heartily welcomed the VBAC. Bill suggested that, in future participation, our group show up at 7:45 so all our cars can park together. This is a continuing event: a number of car enthusiasts meeting on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 8:00 a.m. at the Fort Washington & Friant area.

This Saturday, Feb.10, Russ has organized a run for Drive Your Triumph Day. This will be in conjunction with Kars & Koffee. The run will start about 10:00 a.m., but show up early (9:30 or earlier) to visit & have a photo op. All Triumph folks (and Triumph friends) are urged to come out. Please E-mail Russ if you plan on attending. His contact info is on the VBAC website.

Jon reported on the past weekend Fresno County Wine & Chocolate Tour. The weather was a major down factor and everyone was disappointed that there were no food facilities on the tour until reaching 2 Ravens at which time everyone visited the Red Caboose. Good reports on the wine quality were lacking. A bright spot that Jon mentioned was Gibson Winery donated a case of wine for a Roundup raffle prize.

There are a number of past Roundup shirts and VBAC club shirts available for $5.00. Contact Jay if interested.

Things are shaping up for the Roundup. Keep in mind everyone's help is needed and much appreciated for helping out at the booth. Please volunteer to help out the 'regulars'. The B.O.O.T. folks and the Valley Veterans appreciate our involvement and the more people actively participate, the more we can contribute to the vets. We need to have some members actively 'working the crowd' to sell raffle tickets and to let the crowd at least be aware of the prizes and the benefit of the sale they provide. If interested, please contact Jon or Martin.

Tammy suggested a flyer showing the raffle prizes be provided so a member could show a potential customer, who then would be encouraged to visit the raffle table. Jon said he is planning to do this.

Jon recognized Tammy for her work on making sure we have a facility for our dinner meetings. Tammy has offered to continuing doing this. Thanks to all that contributed the list of the 23 restaurants considered.

Next  meeting will be March 5, Ovidio's Restaurant, 3097 W. Bullard, Fresno. 

Meeting adjourned ~ 8:30 p.m.

Larry Zerwig/Secretary

January    2,  2024

Woodward American Grill, 9433 N. Ft. Washington Rd., Fresno, CA

Attendance: 19

Treasurer’s Report: Jay reports the club has a balance of $7427.94 and 76 members. Financially in good shape for the upcoming British Roundup.

Pres. Jon reported that plans are continuing for the Roundup. The design for the tee shirt has been finalized. The VBAC logo will be on the left breast; on the back will be a frontal view of an MGA, MG-TC, and an MGB below the Clovis logo. The shirts have been designed to recognize the 100 year anniversary of the MG company. The colors will be white on red. Check out the shirts on the E-mail from Jon.

At the present time, we have two major contributors for our raffle prizes: A firearm will be donated from Tony’s (close to Ruby’s Bar on Pollasky). The owner of Tony’s has suggested that raffle tickets be purchased at his store. Our own club member, Peter, has volunteered to contribute an electrical scooter from his company. This scooter is worth ~$1600.00. Additional ‘big ticket’ prizes, including the VARA driving training, are being negotiated upon.

Jon mentioned the Steering Committee will be meeting next week for additional planning. Martin wants to discuss trophies and categories. Larry & Martin will present a preliminary run for consideration.

Jon has organized a Wine & Chocolate Run on Sunday, Feb.4. He is planning a gathering spot for the run. Check your E-mail for further plans, information.

Marty has been doing a great job reorganizing the website. Check out all his work. Continue to submit your bios and vehicle photos to Marty.

Next dinner meeting will be Feb. 6 at a location to be determined.

Meeting adjourned ~8:30 p.m.

Larry Zerwig/Secretary

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