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Footnote:  President's Message page is a "throw-back" to the original T-Bird Times newsletter.


Trophy Award History

                  The idea for a ”most miles driven” trophy began back  in 2006. Then VCTC President, Fred Schmoyer thought it would be fun to have a friendly competition to promote driving of our classics. Our trophy was designed and crafted by club members George Lake and Fred Schmoyer.

                  Mileage is tracked for Classic Tbirds driven to club events simply by noting the mileage from member’s home to the club meeting location using Google Maps.  The noted mileage is doubled to create a round-trip total and then tabulated.  The club member who travels the most miles for the year has their name placed on the trophy and is awarded The Trophy for a year.


  1.      Usually, plan for guests to arrive by 1130 with things kicking off at 1200. It’s best if there is a dedicated/designated parking area for those driving classic and retro Tbirds. If meeting at a restaurant, the business management can often help identify and reserve a suitable area. When weather cooperates, we can have 10 or more classics at the event. Hosts should plan to arrive a bit early to confirm plans with the restaurant and direct parking.
  2.      For planning, usually 20-40 members attend our monthly events. If a head count is desired in advance, email notices can be sent requesting RSVP from those planning to attend. (Club officers will help with that.) Ideally, the meeting would be held in a room large enough to seat everyone comfortably. If in a restaurant, it’s best (though not required) if the area is separated in some way from other customers to facilitate group discussion and business.
  3.      Options for lunch can vary depending on the venue. Regardless of choice, hosts should talk to restaurant management to inform them of the overall plan and coordinate necessary details. Ordering and paying individually from the standard menu is one option. If going this route, it’s best to coordinate with restaurant management to make ordering and serving go smoothly without excessive delay. Selecting menu items in advance or catering a buffet line is another possibility. Another option depending on the venue is to determine/provide the main course and have attendees contribute to the meal by bringing a dish to share. Generally, try to keep costs for lunch around $25 per person. Meeting hosts can collect lunch fees from guests as they arrive, or guests can pay checks individually after lunch depending on which option was used.
  4.      At the meeting site, you can expect the club President to discuss the plan and manage timing to briefly conduct VCTC business and make any pertinent announcements prior to serving lunch. This business generally takes less than 15 minutes. When complete, lunch is served and expect the rest of the day to go smoothly as the servers do their thing and attendees can continue mixing, meeting and eating.
  5.      As an after-lunch option, consider if there are additional activities available at, or near the meeting location which can be visited following lunch. While not required, this can provide opportunities for attendees to visit places they otherwise would not have known about.


** Tips for Hosting **

See Below President's Message


Classic Thunderbird Club International Chapter #36








Bill Brown

J. Brown

Eric Best




Stan Hostetler

Lynn Hillman

Brenda Morrison / Carrie Hillman


Bill Brown & Stan Hostetler

Bill is a multiple winner (4 times)

and has the highest mileage total!

**     If you are interested in hosting a monthly club meeting, contact     **  Activities Coordinator: Lynn Hillman @ lm_hillman@mac.com

     President’s Report                                                                            November 2022

     The November 19th get-together was hosted by George Siecko at the beautiful Stonehouse Club House in Toano, Va. Carrie Hillman provided an awesome brisket and members brought out their favorite sides and desserts. It is easy to say that no one went home hungry. There were 29 members in attendance with 5 Classic birds, 5 Retro birds, and 1 vintage bird flown to the event.

     We had a short meeting with the main business being the election of officers for 2023. Lynn Hillman conducted this portion of the meeting in his capacity as spokesman for the nominating committee. The results were our current officers of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary were re-elected and the position of activity director was filled by Linda Twilley. I would like to take a moment to thank Lynn Hillman for his service as activities director, “Great Job” Lynn and “Thank You”. On behalf of all the officers, we thank you for your votes of confidence. We look forward to serving the club members in 2023.

     Our December meeting will be hosted by Lyn and Ron Padrick. The date is Saturday, 3 December, starting at 11:30. This event will close out our 2022 season with a tour of the historic 1735 plantation “Locust Level” home and barn. The hosts will be providing fried and baked chicken and members are requested to bring a side or dessert. Lyn Padrick needs a firm head count by Tuesday, 29 November to order up the chicken, so please send your RSVP and what side you are bringing.  For more details, please refer to the event menu on the webpage.

     Sunday, the 4th of December, will be the Williamsburg Christmas Parade. We have 6 Birds this year and I would like to thank those members for making this a great opportunity for thousands of parade goers to see and appreciate our Thunderbirds.

     Our annual Business Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, 14 Jan 2023. This event will be hosted by Bill and Linda Brown. The meeting will be held at Cesare’s Restaurante Italiano, 13301 River Bend Blvd, Chester, VA 23836.

     It is never too early to start planning the 2023 schedule. Just ask anyone who has hosted, it is fun and easy. We have a “How To” checklist on the webpage if you need assistance. We have many members who have hosted in the past that you might consider teaming up with, to make it even easier. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Linda Twilley, Activities Coordinator, at: lctwilley821@aol.com.

     Linda and I would like to take this moment to wish all of you a very “Merry Christmas” and may the beauty of the season bring you and your family joy and warm memories.

     Here are a few tidbits for the month of November concerning the history of the Ford Thunderbirds:

         11/21/2001- 2002 Thunderbird named Motor Trend Car of the Year

         11/ 5/2004- 50th Anniversary Edition unveiled at Wixom and Miami Car Shows

     I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the Locust Level Home of Lyn and Ron Padrick on December 3rd, and remember, IT’S ALL ABOUT FUN X 3!

     Bill Brown


Williamsburg Christmas Parade 2022

Hear Ye Hear Ye! 

     The 2022 Williamsburg Christmas Parade has been announced. The parade has changed from previous years and now will be in conjunction with the Williamsburg Grand Illumination.

     The start time will be 5pm, Sunday, 4 December. This is a great way to enjoy the parade and see the grand Illumination.

     I need a head count of any members that would be interested in participating. Just ask anyone who has been in the parade about how much fun it is.


Saturday, January 14th 2023


This is our annual Business Meeting. This event will be hosted by Bill and Linda Brown. The meeting will be held at Cesare’s Restaurante Italiano, 13301 Rivers Bend Blvd, Chester, VA  23836.

The Davidson's  April 2009

The Most Tbirds at a Club Event  20 Classics & 4 Retros

Thunderbird Appreciation Day 2019


November 2020


1st Award Winner

Russ Dolbear & Fred Schmoyer

"Trophy Love"

Nancy Schmoyer

George Lake

Photo taken at Graves Mt. Lodge  Syria, VA  2008



2007     Alice & Russ Dolbear

2008     Alice & Russ Dolbear

2009     Linda & Bill Brown

2010     Linda & Bill Brown

2011     Peg & Gene Marianetti

2012     Sue & Steve Patterson

2013     Nancy & Fred Schmoyer

2014     Carrie & Lynn Hillman

2015     Nancy & Fred Schmoyer

2016     Linda & Bill Brown

2017     Peg & Gene Marianetti

2018     Paula & Eric Best

2019     Lee & Stan Hostetler

2020     Defered - pandemic2021     Linda & Bill Brown                  510

Dedicated to the enjoyment, restoration, and preservation of the Classic Thunderbirds 1955,1956, and 1957



















Note:  Click on photos to enlarge and see more.

Saturday December 3rd

     Lyn and Ron Padrick will be hosting the December meeting at their home at    2 Davenport Road Cumberland, Virginia on Saturday December 3, 2022, beginning at 11:30 A. M.

     Lyn and Ron live in a 1735 planation “Locust Level” home. The house and barn will be open for you to tour!

     Our hosts will provide fried and baked chicken and attendees will be responsible for side dishes and dessert. Suggested sides:  baked beans, rice or mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls or biscuits.  Tea and coffee will be provided.

     Please indicate your intention to attend and the food you will be providing via email to the Padrick’s at  thechintzrabbit@gmail.com  by November 14th.  

     This is a unique opportunity to celebrate a T-Bird Christmas in a historic home.



From Rt. 288 at Westchester Commons, take Route 60 West for 35 miles.  

(through Powhatan County and into Cumberland County, through Cumberland Courthouse area)

Turn left onto VA Route 45 south.  

Go approx. 1 mile and turn left onto Davenport Road

2 Davenport Road will be immediate 1st driveway on the right

     (driveway flanked by brick columns)

     For those using modern devices (not the standard Esso map) the GPS coordinates are: 37.461442, -78.282627


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