Club News – Santa Cruz Woodies

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Santa Cruz Woodies Helping The Community

Santa Cruz Woodies and their members are a community conscious group. Each year we raise funds for a number of charities at Woodies on the Wharf. One of those charities is the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The burn foundation was formed over 40 years ago.  At the age of eight, Alisa Ann was fatally injured in a back yard …

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Santa Cruz Woodies Boasts Three 2016 National Woodie Club Scholarship Winners

This year three of our Santa Cruz Woodies Next Generation won National Woodie Club scholarships. Their winning essays are included below along with notes from a very proud grandmother and mother. Please enjoy their winning essays; they each speak to the heart of our Santa Cruz Woodies family.   Our twins, Katie and Sarah Bolts, attended their first Woodies on the …

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Santa Cruz Woodie Club There to Help

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In 1971, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation was founded after Alisa was fatally burned in a backyard BBQ accident. Partnering with California Firefighters, the AARBF was established with the mission to enhance the lives of burn survivors and promote burn prevention. On Thursday, October 22nd, Phil Iatomase and Jim Vickery made a presentation to Samantha Cepeda, Development Manager of …

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In Memory of Rod Kleman 1947-2015

Santa Cruz Woodies has lost a beloved member of our club, Rod Kleman.  Rod was a lover of cars, especially woodies. He owned a couple of Ford gems.  Rod was an active member, serving a term as club President in 2009. He would also be seen at woodie events up and down the state. Our sympathy goes out to his …

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In Memory of George Benson

This year, on the 28th of June, Santa Cruz Woodies lost one of its long-term members and beloved friend, George Benson. George connected with Santa Cruz Woodies at the first “Woodies on the Wharf” event in 1995, and until this year, never missed one. For 20 years he made our coveted trophies and his wooden art has graced many of …

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Gary & Terry O’Connor – Cross Country Trips In The Woodie

Our first woodie ‘trip’ was to a family dinner at an Applebee’s in downtown Santa Rosa. I was very nervous, expanding a couple trips around the block to almost five miles. Then it turned out they were all in Petaluma! Another ten miles???? We can’t go that far!!!! We’ll never make it!!!  We made it and that started a series …

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Jim Vickery – Driven For Miles & Smiles

Growing up as a teenager in the muscle car era, you couldn’t help but become a car guy. The freedom of having a car opened the door to new experiences, one of those surfing. Always wanting a woodie, I settled for a 1958 Chevy 2 door wagon to tote my board to the beach. Skip forward about 20 years, Sue …

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Gerry Gamet – 1951 Ford… in rough shape

When we purchased our ‘Woodie’, I was really looking for a 1951 Ford Victoria with the hopes of replicating my first car that I built with my Dad.  Lots of memories always come flooding back about the time my Dad and I spent working on that car.  So, when I saw a very small ad listing a 1951 Ford Country …

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Don Iglesias – Woodie Addictions Start Early

When I was growing up in San Francisco, our family car was a 1951 Ford Woodie that my dad used for his furniture business and family outings. We also used to take our junk to the city dumps where my dad helped me score several old metal push cars, including a woodie. My love of cars has been lifelong and …

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