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CORSA’s Customer Service Policies

Returns and Refunds

Membership Dues. No refund of dues or donations shall be made under any circumstances.

Convention Registration Fees and Merchandise. We understand plans can change. If you are unable to attend the convention, please write us canceling your registration (e-mails will be accepted). All convention registration fees and merchandise are completely refundable prior to the pre-registration deadline. After the pre-registration deadline and before the start of the convention, we will refund your individual or family registration fees, car event registration fees, convention merchandise, and any fees for swap meet spaces or indoor vendor tables. We cannot refund tickets for convention tours or the awards banquet if we have purchased those services on your behalf and are unable to use them. After the start of the convention, no refund of registration fees or convention merchandise will be made.

Club Merchandise. We take customer satisfaction seriously. Our policy is simple: We want you to be happy with every merchandise order. If you are not completely satisfied with the merchandise received, please contact us at 630/257-6530. We will provide you with a return authorization number and Return Material Authorization form that must accompany the merchandise returned for prompt processing.

Please forward all authorized returns to:
CORSA Returns Department
PO Box 607
Lemont IL 60439-0607

CORSA Merchandise Delivery Standards

CORSA will make every effort to ship the items that you order in a timely fashion. The CORSA Merchandise Chair is a member who volunteers their services to the club. In some cases, it may make take as long as six or seven weeks for you to receive your CORSA Merchandise order. We appreciate your patience.

Please contact the CORSA National Office at 630/257-6530 with any questions or concerns.

These policies are effective May 1, 2007.


CORSA Online Privacy Policy

Your privacy and security are important to CORSA, and we are committed to safeguarding any information that you share with us. In order to provide our services, we must obtain certain personal information from you regarding your identity and payment methods. We promise to keep this information secure and to use it only as you authorize. This page explains what information we need and how we protect it.

We do not gather any personal information if you are merely visiting our web site. You can read about our products and services without having to volunteer any information about yourself.

We only request your personal and financial information at the time that you register to purchase our services or merchandise. We collect only the information you knowingly provide to us or specifically authorize us to obtain on your behalf, in order to verify your identity and payment information.

For the purpose of address and credit verification where necessary, we may exchange information with credit reporting agencies, reputable reference sources, and clearinghouse services. Our authorized employees will access your personal and financial information when necessary to comply with your requests, maintain your accounts, or otherwise meet your needs. We treat information concerning our former customers the same way we treat information about our current customers.

We may also disclose or report personal information as permitted by law, for example, if we believe in good faith that it is required to do so in order to comply with legal process, protect and defend our rights or property, or enforce the terms of our service with you.

We have multiple levels and kinds of security, designed to protect your information. Your information is protected both online and offline using technologic and physical measures.

The use of “cookies” is an industry standard that can make the web surfing experience more convenient and valuable you. A cookie is a piece of information which a web server stores on your own computer. Cookies cannot be used to steal information from you or harm your computer. If you disable cookies from your web browser, some features of our web site may not work for you.

Your login name with your password is your private key into your account. It is your responsibility to protect your password and your computer while it is logged on to our site.

Our web site contains links to other web sites. Such links are provided solely as a convenience to you. CORSA does not endorse any products or services offered on those sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites. CORSA is not responsible for any personal or financial information that you provide to such other parties.

The information contained in this policy is subject to change. The effective date of this policy, as stated below, indicates the last time this policy was revised. Checking the effective date allows you to determine whether there have been changes since the last time you reviewed the policy.

Effective Date: This policy was last modified on May 1, 2007.


CORSA Publications

This web page describes periodicals published by CORSA, past and present.  They are available online to CORSA members, right here on this website.  Log in with your Username and Password and then you'll see a link to our Publication Archives on the navigation menu.

1969-1970 - The Preliminary Newsletters

The history of CORSA publications began before CORSA was founded. When founder Richard Langworth was promoting interest in a national Corvair club in 1969-1970, Langworth and Jon Ramer composed mimeographed sheets that were simply called “Preliminary Newsletters”.  There were four issues mailed.


1970-1972 - CORSA Bulletin, CORSA News, and The Windmill

After CORSA was formed in 1970 the first true newsletters were published.  The first three newsletters, after the preliminary newsletters, were published by Jon Ramer. The first two of these were titled CORSA Bulletin, the third CORSA News.

The Windmill starts with the fourth issue. Which begins with the new editor, Allen LaDriere, thanking Jon Ramer for his service with the first three newsletters. The first 10 issues featured drawings, no photos, by primarily Robert C. Lichty, but other artist such as Rick Norris and Jim Newell were also featured.

Beginning with the May-June 1972  issue of The Windmill Mark Ellis became editor and photographs were introduced to the newsletter.  They were double sheets of plain paper printed and folded, mailed monthly. Allen LaDriere served as Editor until April 1972 when Mark Ellis took over.

1971-1978 - The CORSA Quarterly

In 1971 another publication was created in addition to the monthly newsletters. It was a magazine with art and color published four times a year called the CORSA Quarterly. This contained feature material that was not timely such as history articles and road test reprints. (The CORSA Communiqués was used for advertising, news stories, and Society business.) There were 28 issues published over seven years, always edited by Tony Fiore.


1972-1978 - The CORSA Communiqués

In November 1972 the monthly paper newsletter was renamed CORSA Communiqués. Mark Ellis continued as Editor. In June 1974 the Editor job was taken over by Ed Connolly, and a few months later by Mrs. Scotty Smathers who continued until 1978.

1978-Present - The CORSA Communique

By 1978 the Corvair Society of America had grown to 6,000 members and a six-figure annual budget. It was now possible to publish a monthly magazine and so both the Communiqués and the Quarterly were ended and replaced by a monthly magazine called the CORSA Communique. The first issue was September 1978 and it has been published in the same form ever since. Whereas previous publications were produced by volunteers who may have received some nominal compensation, CORSA began in 1978 to pay for management services and publishing by a professional outside vendor. Marcus Associated Services. Al Audleman served as Managing Editor, while Tony Fiore and Mrs. Scotty Smathers volunteered as Contributing Editors for a while. Bob Helt was CORSA’s Technical Editor through most of the 1970s and into the 1980s; Larry Claypool took over that job and has served ever since. Dave Newell worked as Corvair History Editor, officially and unofficially, throughout all the years of CORSA.

communiqueAt the beginning of 1984 the management as well as the publishing duties were taken over by Association Management Center. The staff of volunteer Editors was unchanged.

gold quill 2007In 1987 the production of the Communique was taken over by longtime CORSA members Mike McGowan and Harry Jensen. Mike had been the volunteer Feature Editor before that. Their commitment was to produce a Corvair magazine of the highest accuracy and quality. Relying on volunteer Editors and contributors, the Communique has been published that way for almost 25 years. It is a frequent recipient of the “Golden Quill Award” bestowed by Old Cars News & Marketplace, the newspaper of the old car hobby.

For a sample copy of the Communique, click here

Note:  Current CORSA Members enjoy access to a growing downaloadable archive of past publications in PDF form.

Contributing Authors:  Mike McGowan, Terry Kalp, and Gary Moore


Communique Display Ads

Advertising Rates and Terms

Single Insertion
Six Months
Full page
1/2 page
1/3 page
1/4 page
1/6 page
1/8 page

Six month rate is a discount for prepaid space reservation in consecutive issues or alternating issues during a one-year period. It effectively gives a 1/6 discount for regular patronage. Ad shape or content may be changed monthly. Inquire about special positions, covers, or color.

Specifications: Basic display rates assume camera-ready copy: typeset, art in place. Halftone screens no finer than 133 line. Negatives ready for stripping give best reproduction quality; RC slicks and pasteups are also acceptable. Actual published sizes as follows (in inches, width x height):

Full page
7-1/2 x 9-7/8
1/2 page
3-9/16 x 9-7/8
4-7/8 x 7-1/8
7-1/2 x 4-3/4
1/3 page
3-9/16 x 6-3/8
4-7/8 x 4-3/4
2-5/16 x 9-7/8
1/4 page
3-9/16 x 4-3/4
4-7/8 x 3-9/16
7-1/2 x 2-3/8
1/6 page
3-9/16 x 3-1/16
4-7/8 x 2-1/4
2-5/16 x 4-3/4
1/8 page
3-9/16 x 2-1/4
4-7/8 x 1-11/16
2-5/16 x 3-9/16

Not all sizes fit in all sections of the magazine. lf you have a preference, match ad size to column width or inquire regarding limitations. If copy is not camera ready, we will compose and set from typed copy and supplied art. There is no charge for regular accounts. Send sketch of ad for price quote on layout.

Deadlines: Published monthly for delivery about the first day of issue month. Deadline for commercial ads is the first day of preceding month, i.e., February 1 for March issue.

Billing: Full payment must accompany each ad, unless other arrangements are made. Space and production costs must be paid before ad is published. Make checks payable to Corvair Society of America.

Effective January 2005



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