Columbia Chapter is based in Castlegar; however our club membership
consists of members from all around the West Kootenays in southern
British Columbia (www.kootenaysbc.com); Trail, Nelson, Christina Lake, Fruitvale, Warfield, Genelle and Castlegar.
The Columbia Chapter has monthly club meetings in the months of October
to March with a pot luck dinner after each meeting, held on the second
Sunday of every month. In the months of April to September the
club has at least one club 'mini' tour coordinated by the club Tour
Chair and many assistants. The club also receives invites from
local cities and communities to participate in their local event days
such as the 'Show & Shines'.
For more information about the Columbia Chapter club please contact one
of our executive members (listed below) by telephone, e-mail, or mail.
Christina Lake is the venue for our annual campout which is held on the
September Labour Day weekend. This weekend is an enjoyable, fun- filled
weekend with loads of socializing and 'show off your car' events.
Unfortunately, the Christina Lake Campout for 2010 has been cancelled.
|| Pat Gallagher 250-365-2437 firstname.lastname@example.org|
||Gordon Bos 250-365-2646 email@example.com
Emil Garay 250-365-5003
|Ike Braga 250-365-1575 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Jean Pisacreta 250-352-5074 email@example.com
|Judy Black 250-447-6581 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Christina Lake Chairs
|Gord Bos 250-365-2646 email@example.com
Herb & Jean Friedel
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||Rick Hahn 250-365-3612 email@example.com
|Laresa Altenhoff 250-693-2201 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Ike Braga 250-365-2463 email@example.com
|Ron Garay 250-492-5674 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laresa Altenhoff 250-693-2201 email@example.com
Sunday, 3p.m., Oct.-Mar., St. David's United Church, 614 Christina Place., Castlegar, BC.
September on tours.
|c/o Secretary - Laresa Altenhoff
Box 303 Genelle, B.C. V0G 1G0
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Car Club of
All in Peridot the Gems of the Kootenays
30th Anniversary - 2008
CLICK HERE FOR 2008 PHOTOS Labour Day Weekend 2008 saw the Vintage Car Club of
Canada - Columbia Chapter celebrate their 30th anniversary of hosting a
campout at the Christina Lake Pines Campground. The weekend
started with registration and a wine & cheese get together of old
and new friends from all over the province and northwest USA. The
management and staff of the Christina Lake Pines Campground brought in
two slab cakes Friday evening to celebrate the occasion and they also
donated a trophy to the couple whose car drove the farthest and took
part in one of the two tours on Saturday. Winners of the trophy
were George and Marianna Westinghouse of Parksville in their 1947
Packard Deluxe Clipper 4 door sedan. George and Marianna were
members of the Columbia Chapter for many years and transferred to the
Nanaimo Chapter two years ago and were back for this special occasion.
They are pictured below.
After a breakfast served by the Okanagan Chapter on Saturday morning
the cars lined up for a long tour, headed by Mike and Jan Burroughs in
their 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 2 door hardtop, which took the
participants from Christina Lake to Grand Forks and then up through the
North Forks and back to Grand Forks and onto the Owl Mountain
Ranch. The short tour was headed by Joe and Pat Tatangelo in
their 1968 Chevrolet Impala Convertible which took these participants
through the area by the school and then through Lavelley Point area
before heading down to the Owl Mountain Ranch. The ranch
management and staff had buggy rides, refreshments and BBQ hamburgers
on hand for the groups. All the cars made it through the tours
with only minor ailments [like all of us who are getting older they
tend to get more aches and pains than the newer models!].
Saturday evening a banquet and dance was held at the Community Hall
with Frank Hurley as MC for the night - he has been doing it for many
years. Jerry Van Ooyen and her crew took on the catering and the food
was delicious as always. The music was done by John Vere and Liz
who, from past experience, know the group likes the oldies but
goodies. Table centres were made by Adele Salsman. A great
number of the group dressed according to the age of their car so there
was everything from flappers to poodle skirts; top hats to leather
jackets. Nikki and Jim Butler were celebrating their anniversary
so dressed as a bride and groom vintage mid-1930's - like their car -
and had a 'Just Married' poster on the back of their car. A skit
was presented by the Okanagan Chapter members, who have never missed
putting a skit on as long as they have been coming - it is great
entertainment. A table cloth was signed by many of the people in
attendance for Harvey and Fay Jack, long time participants, who were
unable to attend because of a slight accident prior to the
weekend. We also missed Dan and Idelle Watkin from Kelowna -
Idelle ended up with a medical condition after starting out for the
campout and had to return to Kelowna for an operation. We hope
both Idelle and Harvey are up and around soon.
The campout has always been geared for families and this year we had
more children under the age of 15 attend than we have had for a long
time. Our youngest was only 4 months old and, if tradition holds,
will continue to come until she is OLD. Two of the women who came
- Brenda Salstrom and Kathy McRae have been attending every year since
they were born. Now Brenda's son and Kathy's two sons are
attending. It is great to watch the young people pick up where
their parents leave off.
Sunday started with a breakfast hosted by the Kootenay Lake Chapter
with help from the Cranbrook group under the direction of Ed Hart and
Linda Holloway. Their theme was the 1950's and all were dressed
up with gathered skirts, poodle skirts, blue jeans, T-shirts, saddle
shoes and penny loafers. The food was great too!
After breakfast the cars gathered in the school yard for the annual
'Show and Shine' and car games overseen by Tom Pisacreta and Brian
Beaudoin plus many helpers. The Christina Lake Fire Department
attended with their truck and also manned a grill with food and
refreshments for the crowd. The public was invited to attend and
the weather was great so the turnout was wonderful. In the
afternoon there was a swap meet and the Valve Cover Races. The
winner of the Valve Cover Races was four year old Ella Casparis of
Kelowna - Congratulations Ella!
Ike Braga has always looked after the Sunday BBQ roasts and has had his
son apprenticing for the last few years. This year Ike's son Kyle
advised his dad that he would be in charge of the BBQing and he did a
great job - the meal was excellent
The supper hour saw the Columbia Chapter host a BBQ at the Pines;
disbursement of the Chinese Auction items; final door prize
presentations and Trophy presentations. Mike Burroughs makes all
the trophies and they are works of art. Winners were:
- Valve Cover Races - Ella Casparis, Okanagan Chapter
- Longest Driven/Tour Award - George and Marianna Westinghouse, Nanaimo Chapter
- Christina Lake Pines Campground Special Award for
the car that was driven the furthest to attend the 30th anniversary
campout - George and Marianna Westinghouse, Nanaimo Chapter
- Car Games - Frank Hurley, USA
- Hard Luck Trophy - Bernie Lawson [1940 Cadillac stopped in Beaverdale with a distributor problem]
- Lincoln Sandner Memorial - presented by Mrs. Sylvia
Sandner to Frank Hurley for his 1908 Reo for the oldest car attending
the campout that took part in a tour.
- Favorite Canadian - Mike and Judy Guido of Cranbrook driving a 1956 Mercury
Favorite American - John and Doris Walters of Puyallup, Washington driving a 1954 Ford .
The winners of the draw of the various sponsors and donators of
door prizes to attend the BBQ Supper were Bruce & Linda Gamble,
owner/operators of the local Lakeside General Store and Tempo Gas
Station. A draw for a pocket rocket mini motor bike was won by
Wes Robson of Trail, B.C. The final presentation was an Air
Hockey Table donated by Leo and Adele Salsman of Trail. They
wanted it to go to one of the children, 15 or under, that were
attending the campout. The name drawn was their grandson, four
year old Isaac Dawson, who ran up to the mike and said, 'I already have
one, I want you to draw another name.' How's that for
generosity? As a result, Milo Smienk of the Kootenay Lake Chapter won
Monday morning saw the windup with a breakfast hosted by the Columbia
Chapter. 30th Anniversary cake table centres for each table were
made by Jean Pisacreta and Heath Beaudoin and were beautiful.
They also made a huge slab cake that was served as dessert at the BBQ.
These campout weekends would not be the success they are without the
continued support from our community. The businesses and the
volunteers that take part help to make it the success it is and we
would like to express our sincere thanks to each and every one of them.