MEMBERSHIP DINNER MEETING – 6 AUGUST 2015
OREGON REGION CLASSIC CAR CLUB OF AMERICA
Members and Guests present:
John & Georgia Mitchell, Rodger & Jan Eddy, Howard &
Evelyn Freedman, Bob & Frankie Douglas, Mona Marsh &
Orville Crull, Bob Earls & Lisa Nowak, Larry Schick, Ray
Dunford, Jeremy Wilson, John Imlay, Chris Cataldo, Mike
Eshaia, and Larry Cox.
Director John Mitchell called the meeting to order at
A motion was passed to have Secretary Larry Cox dispense
with reading of the July minutes.
Larry Cox reported a treasury general fund balance of
$6,383.12. There are also current balances of $9,831.28
in the Grand Classic fund and $1,800 in the September
Tour fund. Those funds will be depleted as payments are
made for associated costs.
Activities Director Georgia Mitchell reported that the
Grand Classic had been a great success and that our host
hotel, the Red Lion, had done a superb job at
accommodating many last minute changes.
Georgia initiated a discussion on the upcoming October
25th Annual Banquet Meeting and asked if we
wanted to change the venue from the Riverside Golf
Club. Bob Douglas suggested looking into the Tualatin
Country Club and Howard Freedman the Lake Oswego Golf
Club as options. Georgia will check them out.
Georgia asked for input on possibly changing from the
Heritage House for our annual Holiday Potluck in
December as we have somewhat outgrown that facility.
There were several suggestions but none that were
suitable for our potluck format. Rodger Eddy felt that
being packed in at the Heritage House made it more fun.
John Mitchell called on Bob Douglas to give an update on
the summer cruise-ins. Bob said that both the Courtyard
Village and Robison Home cruise-ins were a lot of fun
and much appreciated by the residents. He said that the
Washington Federal Savings & Loan cruise-in will be on
August 14th and that the free BBQ promised to
be very good.
John said that the annual Lake Oswego car show is coming
up on August 23rd.
John said that our next tour will be the annual fall
tour. Howard Freedman said that all registrants will
soon be receiving a bill for the tour tuition which
includes all lodging and many meals on the tour. The
total amount per couple is $1,341. Howard also gave us
a rundown of the tour itinerary. We will depart the
Tigard Fred Meyer at 8:30 am on Saturday, September 12th
and travel down the coast to Winchester Bay where we
will have a BBQ dinner on the dock and spend our first
night. On Sunday the 13th we travel on to
Gold Beach and spend our second night there. On Monday
the 14th we head for Eureka where we plan to
have dinner at the Carson House, a fabulous Victorian
mansion. On Tuesday morning we will see a private car
collection in Eureka before heading on to Scotia where
we will be spending two nights. During our time in
Scotia we will take a tour down thru the redwoods and
then up to Ferndale where we hope to go to a machine
shop that makes custom Packard parts. On Thursday the
17th we move on to the Oregon Caves and Cave
Junction. On Friday the 18th we drive to
Chiloquin where Chef Bob Douglas (and a few others) will
put on a picnic style BBQ dinner. Saturday the 19th
we will move on to Bend for our final night on the
road. Sunday the 20th we travel back to
Evelyn Freedman said that she knew of nothing new to
Old Business/New Business:
Howard also reported that Jeremy and Victoria Wilson are
putting together an article on the Grand Classic that
promises to be very nice.
John Mitchell asked if anyone present wanted to have
mailed the judging results for their car at the Grand
Classic. John Imlay, Jeremy Wilson and Mike Eshaia
John Mitchell called on our “Getting to Know You” person
of the month, Lisa Nowak. Lisa was raised in the
Columbia Gorge town of Corbett, Oregon. She graduated
from high school there in 1984 and now keeps busy doing
writing and landscaping. Her enjoyment of writing began
early in life when she was in the 7th grade.
After high school Lisa moved to Spokane to attend
college there. She also took a job as a nanny for a
family with two young girls. The girl’s father taught
Lisa how to do an oil change and other miscellaneous car
maintenance activities. The following year Lisa returned
to Oregon to attend the U of O in Eugene where she
continued to study journalism. During the summer she
spent much of her time at the Eugene Speedway and found
that she really enjoyed the culture of auto racing.
Lisa raced at the Eugene Speedway for two years and
worked at Shucks Auto Parts where she met Bob Earls.
Later Lisa moved to North Carolina and raced for the
next five years before getting homesick and moving back
to Portland. She raced at the Portland Speedway in the
limited sports class from 1995 to 2000. During what
turned out to be her last year at Portland Speedway,
Lisa was feeling burned out and asked a friend, Shane,
to drive her car. Shane went on to do very well at
racing. During that time Lisa was working for both the
Yale and Hyster lift truck companies. After that, Lisa
worked with Bob at his auto repair shop until they
closed that business. At that time she put up a sign in
her yard advertising to do yard work and landscaping and
she also enrolled in horticulture at Clark Community
College. She started by doing landscaping in her own
neighborhood but has since grown her business to include
a large list of clients.
Lisa has continued through the years to write every
chance she gets. She had worked on two books about
stock car racing while in North Carolina but she did not
complete them until later years. She has gone on to
write two more books of a similar theme that she calls
her “full throttle” series. As the result of a couple
publishing missteps, Lisa decided to self-publish her
work and has been very pleased with that approach. She
is currently working on her fifth book which is titled
“McCall Initiative” and which has a paranormal theme.
From what Lisa revealed about the plot, this book
promises to be a very interesting read.
Lisa’s research for McCall Initiative has led her to a
much broader knowledge and appreciation of former Oregon
governor Tom McCall and what he accomplished during his
time in office. That appreciation has led Lisa, Bob and
a few of their friends to start the Tom McCall Legacy
Project. It is easy to see that Lisa has had a very
interesting and varied life
Director John Mitchell closed the meeting by informing
us that the next membership meeting will also be our
yearly planning meeting and will be on September 3rd.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm.