October Events

Saturday, October 3rd, we go back to our winter meeting time and place: the Pekin Avanti’s at noon.  Join us in the back room for a bite and a quick meeting.  On October 10th we have a trip scheduled to Potowatomi in Fulton, MO.  It’s too far for a day trip, so plan on making a weekend of it if you want to go.  Keep an eye on the forum for details.

Our annual trip to Duke Winch’s place on 10/24 has been cancelled for this year, as Steve has a 6-month work trip to sunny Curaçao.  Not sure where that is?  Yeah, me neither… I had to look it up.  Turns out it’s just off the northern coast of Venezuela.  Or it’s just down the street at your local liquor store.  Whichever one it is, I’m sure Steve will be as pleased as (spiked) punch.  We’ll be thinking of you when there’s a foot of snow on the ground here, buddy.

As the year begins to wind down to an end, the time has come for me to make more urgent pleas for photos and video so that we have something to put together for the annual dinner.  What you see on the 2015 Photos page is more or less all I have.  I don’t want to overstate it, but if that’s all we get, there ain’t gonna be a video this year.  Last year, some planned extra photography at the October Duke Winch event got us another song for the video, and that event has been cancelled this year.  Please contact me and let me know what you’ve got, so we can make arrangements to get your media from you.

Lastly, the calendar on the Schedule page was apparently broken, displaying a mess of text of which very little sense could be made.  I think it broke during the last site update a couple weeks ago.  It’s now fixed.

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September Events

MIJC_09-08-12_Arkansas_Sally_Evans_038Coming up in September is a trip to Wheelin’ World in Eureka Springs, AR on September 5th (a.k.a. Labor Day Weekend).  Plans for that trip are being discussed in the forum.  Post up if you’re going!

As a result of the holiday weekend and the trip, our normal monthly meeting/cruise gets pushed back a week to September 12th.  Our final cruise-in will be to Cranwill’s in Pekin at 6pm.  Join us for some outside Jeep time before we are relegated to the back room at Avanti’s for the winter.

Lastly, on September 19th we’re headed to one of our favorite regular spots, The Badlands.  It will almost certainly be a Saturday day trip, although anything’s possible.  Remember when we used to stay overnight and camp at Summer’s campground every time?  That’s where we came up with the idea for KLAP (all-handclap radio).

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Member Pages Updated

Member pages have been updated… adding some new members from earlier this year as well as removing a few who did not re-up for 2015 (better late than never, right?).  Take a look at your own member page and let me know if I can update it for you.  Got some specs, features or a photo of your Jeep?  Send it on over and I’ll complete your page.

Incidentally, if you have not signed up for a forum account, you should.  The forum is where we discuss club business between meetings and more importantly, where travel plans for trips are made.  I’ll even save you some trouble… the “spam code” that the signup page will ask for is 7883.  It may seem silly, but requiring a human being to do something as simple as search for and enter that code makes it nearly impossible for an automated spam-bot to sign up for an account and post garbage to our forum.  Even posting the code publicly here doesn’t help the ‘bots.

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Hog Eat August 15th

MIJC_08_16_14_Hog_Eat_Larry_Wilson_019Our annual Hog Eat is coming up in a couple weeks, on August 15th starting at 3pm at the Stearnes’ house in Pekin.  Dinner will be served at 4:30.  Please bring a dish to share.  You should post here in the forum with how many people are coming and what dish you’ll be bringing, in order to avoid duplication.  There will be a bags tournament, perhaps some light wheeling in the backyard and there’s a swimming pool as well.  There’s plenty for kids to do so bring the whole family.  The club thanks Jill Martin and her folks for opening their house every year for this great event.

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July Cruise-in

Lou's Drive InOur summer cruise-in’s continue this Saturday, July 11th at Lou’s Drive-In in Peoria at 6pm.  Join us for food, a short meeting, and aimless driving around in search of ice cream.

Other events coming up… The Cliffs on July 18th (watch the forum for participation information), then our next meeting at the Dream Hut in Bartonville on August 1st.

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Upcoming Trips

MIJC_07-04-13_West_Peoria_Parade_Jeff_Fitch_003The club trip to Redbird State Recreation Area is coming up this weekend, June 20th.  Plans are being made for it in the forum.  On the July 4th holiday weekend, we’ve got the West Peoria 4th of July Parade and also our annual run down to Duke’s Off-Road Ranch.  Duke’s is actually private property owned by one of our members, so for obvious reasons we don’t publish the location.  But if you’re a club member and want to go, post up and we’ll send you directions.

And speaking of photos (wait, weren’t we?), I NEED THEM.  I only have a few events published so far.  I know there were at least a few cameras clicking on the Big Trip… don’t make me hunt you down.

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Tremont Turkey Festival Parade

MIJC_06-10-12_Tremont_Turkey_Jeff_Fitch_028The parade is this Sunday at 4pm.  You need to be there to line up no later than 3:30.  Our line up position has not been determined yet, but keep an eye on the forum and someone will post the location.  Or you can stop by parade headquarters and ask where the Mid-Illini Jeepers are supposed to be.  It’s always somewhere in the side streets south of route 9 near the township building.

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