WELCOME TO SOVETTE.COM
As Chevrolet rolls out the Seventh-Generation Corvette, let us welcome you to the Second-Generation website for Southern Oregon Corvette Association (SOCA).
Like Chevrolet did with the Corvette, SOCA assembled a team to begin building the next generation of its website long before it was ready to hit the streets. We partnered with Accurate Design Services of Medford, OR to start construction from the ground up. Both teams had quite a task before them.
The new Corvette needed to be quicker, easy to operate and powerful, sovette.com needed the same qualities. The C7 had to reflect its 50 plus-year heritage. Sovette.com needed to reflect the 41 year history of our club. The C7 Corvette must compete globally. Sovette.com will also reach around the globe. The next generation of Corvette had to take the car to a new level. Our new website had to take us places we’ve never been before. And it will. In style.
"Our newly redesigned website, sovette.com, will be a tremendous tool for us as an organization," SOCA Past President Sandee Anderson said. "We’ll reach people now who otherwise would never have heard of us."
The new Corvette is not without controversy. You either like the headlights and taillights, or you don’t . Whether to build a totally new website also caused much discussion among our membership - in the end, the membership voted to allocate resources for the project.
"I don’t own a computer, I don’t go on-line," said founding member Don Hubbard. "But, I know a well-done website will benefit the club and I’m all for it." Hubbard said.
Hubbard, who was at the original SOCA meeting on June 12, 1974, used to follow Corvette owners home to tell them about the club. With sovette.com we can tell millions of people -- in the Northwest, across the US and around the world -- about us, about our activities, upcoming events, recent happenings, and all things Southern Oregon Corvette.
The anticipation surrounding the C7 was intense. Many SOCA members were also eagerly anticipating the new sovette.com. We hope those members -- and the rest of the world-wide web -- were not disappointed. Like the C7 Corvette, sovette.com will be easy on the eyes. The new Corvette will out perform the C6. Sovette.com will far out perform the website that preceded it.
Over time, Chevrolet will make modifications -- slight modifications, most likely -- to the C7, in an attempt to better their effort at redesigning the legendary car. Sovette.com, too, will be a work in progress. We will modify. We will ‘tweak’. We’ll take the feedback and response that we get to this website and try to better our efforts as well.
With interest and input from our members,
and a a lot of work by the committee,
this is what we’ve come up with so far.
This is sovette.com...
Enjoy the Ride!
12 corvettes from our Southern Oregon Corvette Association ventured out on a cold rainy eveing to take part in the annual Grants Pass Christmas parade on 6th Street.
In spite of the rain and cold temperatures the camaraderie of the SOCA was sure to be noticed by the number of parade watchers that lined the streets of downtown Grants Pass.
After the parade some of our members met at Wild River Pizza for a fun gathering.
Thank you all who participated.
Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
Our Christmas party was held at the Grants Pass golf club, club house on Sunday Dec 15th.
The decorating committee and Christmas shoppers chaired by Sandy, Robin,Terry and Sharon did a terrific job bringing the Christmas spirit into the club house. The Christmas party was a huge success with approximately 48 members having a good time taking photos, talking and sharing good times and stories along with laughter and lots of smiles.
The dinner was very delicious with chicken Marsala, prime rib,
fresh vegetables,mashed potatoes and gravy and a fresh salad and cheese cake. The kitchen staff did a exceptional job in providing us with a delicious Christmas feast. Our waitress Joy and the team that assisted her were very good to us. The service was excellent.
We used some of the raffle prizes as unique center pieces for our tables.
Gifts were flowing through the room. Cathy gave Dennis a surprise
Super man protector in case he decides to fall again. So no more falling for Dennis.
Dave and Julie Allen came all the way from Southern California to join us for our Christmas party. So good to see them on this very special evening. Thank you Dave and Julie for being with us.
Thank you Cathy and Sheron for the gift exchange. (Great Job) A big thanks goes out to our volunteers for a wonderful job and succeeding in making our Annual Christmas party truly a memorable success for everyone.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
PRESIDENTS RUN AND SOCIAL
PRESIDENTS RUN WAS ATTENDED BY 7 CORVETTES ON OUR LITTLE RUN BEFORE OUR SOCIAL AT TEXAS ROADHOUSE IN MEDFORD.
WE ALL MET AT ABBY'S PIZZA PARKING LOT ON WILLIAMS HIGHWAY IN GRANTS PASS. OFF WE WENT ARRIVING AT BEAUTIFUL APPLEGATE LAKE. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR A RUN WITH THE CORVETTES. WE SPENT SOME TIME WALKING AROUND & ENJOYING THE WILDLIFE & BEAUTIFUL LAKE SCENERY BEFORE HEADING OFF TO TEXAS ROADHOUSE IN MEDFORD.
28 MEMBERS JOINED TOGETHER FOR A EVENING OF CHIT CHAT & A JUST PLAIN FUN EVENING. TOPPED OFF WITH A WONDERFUL WARM MEAL WITH ALL THE FIXING'S. NOT TO MENTION GREAT SERVICE WAS PROVIDED FOR 28 HUNGRY FOLKS.
Corvette Social Oct 19, 2019 At Si Casa Flores, Grants Pass, Oregon.
Twenty-seven SOCA members met at Si Casa Flores for a great Saturday evening get together.
Enjoying each others company friendship along with good food & drinks, laughs & smiles.
CRESCENT CITY CAR SHOW
Six SOCA Member cars traveled to Crescent City for the annual Sea Cruise Classic Car Show on Saturday Oct 5th, enjoying a beautiful blue-sky day with light sea breezes-perfect weather for the show.
Five cars were entered in the Show. Frank and Robin Miranda's 1990 ZR1 coupe, Dan and Karen Calvert's 2005 convertible, Ron Jones 1970 coupe. John Castle's 1962 convertible and Tom Agee's 2017 Z06. The Calvert, Castle, and Agee Corvettes received awards in their respective classes, thanks in part to their owners meticulous cleaning and detailing performed after arriving at the Show grounds.
Our social on September 21st was at The Point Pub and Grill in Central Point. We had a great turn out. Lots of good food and brew were enjoyed along with good friends.
To round out the evening Rob Hill with the support of his lovely wife Blanca, provided us with a awesome slide show of the caravan SOCA members that went to corvette museum anniversary weekend in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Rob and Blanca Hill painstaking put together for us to enjoy.
To top the presentation off Rob entertained us by singing a personal song about corvettes and playing his guitar. (Great Job)
Another great SOCA social.
JIM SIGEL SHOW
We had a great time at the Jim Sigel Show on Saturday Sept 14 with 30 corvettes. Our staging area was at Banner Bank. Parking of the corvettes went very smoothly.
Our goal was to raise money for a Bronze Legacy Sculpture of Brady Adams. Brady Adams was a legislator who did many things for our community.
Great food was provided by Papa Terra's Barbecue. Savage Dogs provided us with drinks, hot dogs, and polish dogs.
Another great time with our friends from the Southern Oregon Corvette Association. Today was a beautiful day for a corvette car show. Lots and lots of nice raffle prizes.
Thank you to all our volunteers. Thank you to all who participated.
CAVE JUNCTION PARADE
Seven SOCA Corvettes were in the parade in Cave Junction on Labor Day. Carmela was our lead for the parade. Good job Carmela!
We left at 7:30 am from Red Robin in Grants Pass for Cave Junction.
The theme was love of the valley. A great day for a parade.
Especially since it was a candy throw. It’s always exciting to see the little ones grab as much candy as they can.
After the parade we met at Carlos Restaurant in Cave Junction.
Great time with our friends. Thank you all for participating.
28TH BIENNIAL CORVETTE WEEKEND
Our July SOCA meeting entailed filling bags for registration. Bags were filled with donated items for our up and coming Corvette Weekend.
What a HUGE success our Corvette Weekend was! Friday was registration day; we welcomed Corvette enthusiasts from California, Idaho, Washington and as far away as Arizona. Thank you to Len & Marga Atlas for always making things run smoothly and to all her helpers. We couldn't have done it without you.
After registration our car wash was a pleasing sight for those that drove their beautiful cars from far away. Donations were accepted and all proceeds went to our Candlelighters. Thank you David Allen for organizing this event. Thank you to Dave York, Bill Martino, Willie Dister, Dan Calvert and his nephew, Bill Lackey, Robert Thiel, Darrin Clark for washing cars. Much thanks to Cathy York, Julie Allen, Sharon Hook, Elaine Ellis for taking donations. Thanks to Patrick Smith, Teri Lavery and Marlene Ellison for selling raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets.
After the car wash was completed we had our Blind Golf Cart race. What a Hoot!!! Everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you Cathy Cardoza and helpers for making this event so much fun.
A free shuttle to Wildlife Images guided tour was provided by Dave Siddon, thank you Wildlife Images for providing this service.
Saturday was an early start for all our SOCA members as we had to be at the Riverside Park to get cars parked, Pop ups set up, raffle prizes set out and gift baskets. Sandi Anderson was in charge of the raffle tent. Thank you to all volunteers who helped sell the 50/50 tickets and more raffle tickets. The gift baskets were so beautifully put together we wanted to keep them for ourselves!
We had a new booth set up this year with wonderful deserts and goodies made by our own Carmela. Along with all of Carmela's goodies we'd like to thank Elmer's restaurant for kindly providing us with free coffee and water. What a treat!! Her hard work brought in $200.00 worth of donations! Thank you so much Carmela.
A nice surprise from our Mayor Roy Lindsay who came to award a trophy for Mayor's choice! Thank you Mr. Mayor Roy Lindsay.
Later in the afternoon it was time for our Funkahana, always a favorite event. It was so funny to see the participants trying to throw the roll of toilet tissues into the bowl, missing several times. Great job Len as always and a big thank you to all the volunteers.
The jet boat dinner cruise with Hellgate Jetboat Excursion was enjoyed by all that went. A Wild and Wet ride included a fantastic dinner!
Our awards breakfast on Sunday is never a disappointment. Breakfast was served at the Tap Rock convention center, thank you for allowing us the use of your facilities. Bill and Fleeta Lackey were in charge of the beautiful trophies this year and they did a fantastic job. We met so many friendly and fun people. Thanks to all that traveled to our SOCA event and participated. We couldn't have raised the money without each and everyone of you. much gratitude to those who opened their hearts and their wallets to make all of this possible.
Until we meet again, we wish all of you safe travels home and hope you'll come back in 2021 for more fun.
The Southern Oregon Corvette Association had a enjoyable dinner at the Wolf Creek Inn with a total of 35 people.We went on a run before our gathering. All 16 cars drove out to Wimer then out East Evans to Elderberry Flats then Galesville.
Wolf creek Inn was our destination. We showed our cars between 4:00 and 6:00.
We enjoyed our barbecue chicken and ribs ,potatoes , Beans and cabbage salad. A yummy peach cobbler was served for dessert.
Thank you Dave for all your hard work on putting our social together for us. A huge success.
The food was excellent and especially the service.
Thank you all who participated.
4TH OF JULY
Our day started with staging at the Eagle Point High School, sixteen cars participated. Skies were clear and blue as the military did a roaring fly over for our 4th of July parade route. Wow! What a Show!!! There were hundreds of people lining the route all cheering, smiling and waving as the SOCA Corvettes made their way through the town.
After the Parade we drove to Sweet Tea Express in Central Point for lunch, chit-chatting about our days events. Enjoying one another's company. Thank you to all that participated.
HOT AUGUST AFTERNOON
Saturday Aug 17th was an exceptional summer afternoon to have a backyard BBQ on the lovely Corvette lined grounds of the home of John & Janet Peterson.
John & Janet Peterson along with Bill and Fleeta Lackey helped create a outstanding Tri Tip & Chicken BBQ finger linking good, feast fit for a king. Along with array of side dishes brought by the Corvette Club Members. It was a tough decision to decide which dish to dip into. Rounded out with a scrumptious ChocolateRaspberry Sheet Cake along with ice cream for dessert. It was nice to see everyone sitting around the beautiful in bloom flower gardens,chatting, joking and laughing with one another having a good time.
A big thank you to our hosts John & Janet Peterson for opening up their home to us and Bill and Fleeta Lackey assisting them for putting this all together for us. Our 2nd Annual Summer BBQ.
I know the SOCA Membership appreciates your putting this all together for us.
GOLD DUST PARADE
Southern Oregon Corvette Association was a part of the Gold Dust parade in Gold Hill.
Lots of fun enjoying our time with all. We had 17 cars in parade. 8 of us stayed to show our cars. (fun day)
Thank you all who participated.
Southern Oregon Corvette Association had 26 cars at the Boatnik Parade. Great turnout.
We all met at the staging area by the library.
So much fun making the cars look nice and visiting with everyone.
After the parade we all headed to Red Robin for a nice lunch.
Service was great. So was the food.
Thank you all who participated in the Boatnik Parade.
Lots of fun
Our social this month was in Jacksonville at Bella Union restaurant and saloon.
One my favorite places . We had our own room upstairs that overlooks California street with doors that open up to a balcony.
We had a Italian buffet featuring fettuccini primavera and spaghetti with meatballs ,bella bread and a salad. Plus a delicious cheesecake and a brownie.
Our service was excellent and so was the food. What a exciting place and a great atmosphere .
MAGICAL MERLIN PARADE
Magical Merlin Parade was another huge success, we had a total of 21 cars.
Our staging area was at the colonial Bank in Merlin. Then off to Pat and Kerry’s for morning coffee and breakfast goodies. Time to visit and get our cars ready for parade. I can’t forget making sure we had lots of candy. Thank you Pat and Kerry for opening your house for the Southern Oregon Corvette Association.
After the parade we headed up to 7- Feathers.
We all had a enjoyable day.
We had 30 people at our social. Wonderful turnout.
We loved the Point Pub and Grill in Central Point . Waiter and waitress did a excellent job. Very efficient. Dinner was served in a timely manner. Food was great.
Good times with our corvette friends.
PEAR BLOSSOM PARADE 2019
Our Southern Oregon Corvette Association participated in the Pear Blossom parade again this year.
We had around 20 cars in the parade. We started our gathering at Macy's. Second stop staging area. .Then on to parade. The parade went very smoothly.
Its always fun getting all the cars ready for parade. Visiting with everyone is especially fun. Everyone loved the corvettes. We got a lot of thumbs up.
We ended our day at the road house Grill. We even took a drive after lunch. Good times with good friends.
Thank you Sheron and Dora (Great Job)
Thank you all who participated.
FEBRUARY SOCIAL 2019
Southern Oregon Corvette Assoc. had a exciting social at the black bear diner in Grants Pass.
Dave presented a couple of video's on Corvette work shops on WW11 which is how Myron Scott came up with the name Chevrolet Corvette. The second video was a brief rundown on the corvette from C1-C7.
Thank You Dave for sharing. Very interesting and enjoyable.
Our food was great and so was the service.
JANUARY SOCIAL 2019
Our first social of the year with the Southern Oregon Corvette Association. We had a good turn out with 25 to 30 people in spite of our weather.
Our social was in Jacksonville at Las Palmas Mexican restaurant. The food was great and so was the service.
Thank you all who participated. Great time with good friends. Looking forward to our next social.