Established in 1944 as the Catawba Valley Executives Club, the Catawba Valley Dinner Club is committed to bringing individuals together to enjoy the fellowship of old and new friends and be both stimulated and entertained by a series of regional and national dinner programs.
A wide range of speakers and guests are lined up for the 2013-2014 season, and our membership looks forward to welcoming you if you can join us for any program, hopefully all, that would be of interest to you. We promise you a pleasant evening, and we hope you will join us as we appreciate and learn about cultural and historical events, engage in informative discourse, and savor good food and conversation.
Learn more about some of our upcoming events by following the links to the right. See our entire 2013-2014 schedule on our Upcoming Events Calendar.
You can also make reservations for any of this season's gatherings by going to our Event RSVP page.
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March 20, 2014
Lake Hickory Country Club
6:00 p.m., Social, 6:30 p.m., Dinner, 7:30 p.m., Program
Program: The Magic and Mystery of NASCAR and Moonshining
Speaker: Tom Higgins
Known as the Dean of NASCAR Journalism, Tom Higgins long ago earned the respect of NASCAR pioneers. For four decades, Mr. Higgins has written about the origin of the sport and how it relates to the history of moonshining in this area. A writer and guest columnist for The Charlotte Observer, Mr. Higgins began his career in 1956 as a young sportswriter for the Asheville Times. Later in his career, The Observer assigned him year-round beats as the first full-time NASCAR writer where he was responsible for covering all outdoor and stock car racing. Mr. Higgins was also a field producer for ESPN2’s night motorsports program, and is considered by many to be “the sport’s greatest storyteller.” He was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame, and his good friend, Ned Jarrett, shared that “Tom was the voice of the sport when it came to the written word.” Affectionately known by his peers as “Pappy” Higgins, Tom has spoken at numerous events throughout the country, and the CVDC welcomes him as a first-time speaker for our group.