Our History

Founder, Jim Judd, started The Villages Convertible Club in February 2009.  A dozen convertible club owners showed up at the first meeting at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center.  Residents in attendance expressed an interest in driving their convertibles to restaurants around The Villages plus possible day tours to attractions around Central Florida.

 

The first club trip was advertised in April 2009 as "A Gulf Coast Adventure to include a remote beach, an archeological site, riverside lunch and a nature boat ride". Reservations were made & guaranteed for 24 seats on the boat. After 14 people signed up, a notice was put in the Daily Sun about the trip. Within 10 days, the sign up increased to over 72 members. Since there was only one boat available, the boat captain agreed to do three separate runs that day.

 

Later in 2009 the club incorporated as a Florida non-profit corporation and also obtained Federal IRS tax exemption as a 501(C)7 club.

 

We owe a huge thank you to  President Emeritus, Jim Judd and our former First Lady, Dee Judd for the many hours of work and dedication in starting The Villages Convertible Club! The club is still fortunate to have Jim and Dee as very active members and volunteers.

 

In 2013 the club reached close to 600 members.  At least two day trips and a dining out event were scheduled each month. The club took its first 3-day road trip led by Jim and Dee Judd to southern Georgia. The annual party filled the largest room in Laurel Manor with over 200 attending.

 

 

On February 11, 2013 the club lost one of its most active

volunteers: our beloved dining out host, Joe Yurfest.  The

great memories of  dining out with Joe will  keep us  all

smiling.

 

Thank you to current President Ron Kempf and First Lady,

Dot Kempf for taking the club forward. In 2014 the club

created this website and began to streamline administrative

work through online registrations for trips.

The Villages Convertible Club continued to expand in size and had over 900 members in 2016.  More volunteers stepped up to help and the number of trips and events expanded. The use of online technology expanded and a Communications Committee was formed to handle online postings, news, and emails.  Meetings were moved to the Eisenhower Recreation Center.

Officers and Chairs

The First Officers and Committee Chairs:

Jim Judd - President and Treasurer

Bonni Kuner-Roth - Secretary

Diana Ravas - Trip Planning

Joe Yurfest - Dining Out

Arch Simonson - Special Events

 

Officers and Chairs 2011:

Jim Judd - President

Don McGinnis - Membership and Treasurer

Remi Wrona - Marketing

Bev Garlipp - Communications

Joe Yurfest - Dining Out

Arch Simonson - Special Events

Joe Apichella - 50/50 Raffle

 

Officers and Chairs 2012:

Ron Kempf - President

Barb Claussen - Membership and Treasurer

Carl Back - Trip Planning

Jim Judd - Secretary

Bev Garlipp - Communications

Jim Silvey - Trip Planning Assistant

Joe Yurfest - Dining Out

Arch Simonson - Special Events

Joe Apichella - 50/50 Raffle

 

Officers and Chairs 2013:

Ron Kempf - President

Barb Claussen - Membership and Treasurer

Carl Back - Trip Planning

Judy Berge - Secretary

Bev Garlipp - Communications

Jim Silvey - Trip Planning Assistant

Pete Beinetti - Trip Coordinator

Arch Simonson - Special Events

Joe Apichella - 50/50 Raffle

 

Officers and Chairs 2014:

Ron Kempf - President

Jan Brown - Secretary and Membership

Bruce Yochim - Treasurer

Pete Beinetti - Trip Planning

Bev Garlipp - Communications

Arch Simonson - Special Events

Joe Apichella - 50/50 Raffle

 

 

Officers and Chairs 2015:

Ron Kempf - President

Jan Brown - Secretary and Membership

Bruce Yochim - Treasurer

Jane-Ellen Greenwood - Trip Planning

Bev Garlipp - Communications

Arch Simpson - Special Events

Joe Apichella - 50/50 Raffle

 

      At-Large Board Members 2015

      Michael Mathews

      Bill Whisenant

      Tom Soder

      Ken Hixon

 

 

Officers and Chairs 2016:

Ron Kempf - President

Jan Brown - Secretary and Membership

Bruce Yochim - Treasurer

Jane-Ellen Greenwood - Trip Planning

Bev Garlipp - Communications

Michael Mathews - Communications Assistant

Barbra Reynolds - Registration Assistant

George Otiz - Special Events

Joe Apichella - 50/50 Raffle

Tom Reynolds - 50/50 Raffle Assistant

Tom Soder - Dining Out

Roger and Jan Hall - Meeting Refreshments

 

 

Officers and Chairs 2017:

Bev Garlipp- President

Jan Brown - Secretary and Membership

Jim Hartman - Treasurer

Jane-Ellen Greenwood - Trip Planning

Len Stein- Communications

Michael Mathews - Webmaster

Barbra Reynolds - Registration Assistant

George Otiz - Special Events

Joe Apichella - 50/50 Raffle

Tom Reynolds - 50/50 Raffle Assistant

Tom Soder - Dining Out

Roger and Jan Hall - Meeting Refreshments

Sandy Bagby & Jane Mong- Solos Group

Steve Brown - Trip Planning Assistant

Jeff Hirsch - Points Keeper

Colleen Warren - Historian

 

 

 

     

Officers and Chairs 2018:

Bev Garlipp- President

Jan Brown - Secretary and Membership

Jim Hartman - Treasurer

Carl Chew - Trip Planning

Kathy Dolence- Communications

Janet Weese - Communications Assistant

Michael Mathews - Webmaster

Judy Gorman - Registration Assistant

George Otiz - Special Events

Joe Apichella - 50/50 Raffle

Tom Reynolds - 50/50 Raffle Assistant

Tom Soder & Anita Gallo - Dining Out

Len Stein - Lunch Host

Cheri and Ray Kent- Meeting Refreshments​

Steve Brown - Trip Planning Assistant​

Tom Soeder - Historian

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