July – August Events

Lou's Drive InComing up for the next month or so…

This Saturday, July 12th, is our monthly meeting & cruise-in.  This month we meet up at Lou’s Drive-In in Peoria at 6pm.  July 19th is the club’s outing to The Cliffs in Marseilles, Illinois.  Skip a week (you can find something to do on your own that weekend) and we’re back on August 2nd with our next cruise-in at the Dream Hut in Bartonville at 6pm.

Looking a bit further ahead, Saturday, August 16th is the annual Hog Eat, hosted by Jill Martin & family.  Time is TBA.  If you’ve never been, it’s a potluck kind of arrangement so start thinking about what you want to bring (the club provides meat and drinks).  There’s a pool, lots of activities and a bit of wheeling might break out in the creek.  Like all MIJC events, families are welcome.

It goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway: if you want to arrange a trip of your own, call an audible on the forum and see who else wants to go.

One last thing while I have the floor: I need PHOTOS!  We’ve been on a few trips lately but I’ve not gotten much photographic proof.  Please upload them to our FTP site if you know how or if not, contact me and I’ll send you directions.  It’s super easy and can be done from any computer… no computer science degree required.

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June Events

MIJC_6-09-13_Tremont_Turkey_Jill_Martin_001While a good chunk of the club is enjoying Moab, let’s figure out the rest of the month.  First up is the Tremont Turkey Festival parade, which is this Sunday (June 8th).  Watch this post in the forum for details, but it looks like we’d need to line up around 3-3:30.  This is a BIG parade with thousands of spectators so if yer gonna bring candy to throw, bring a decent amount of it!  Next up is our monthly cruise-in on Saturday, June 14th at 6pm.  This month we’ll be meeting at Sonic in East Peoria.  The weekend of June 21st is the club’s trip to Redbird State Riding Area in Dugger, Indiana.  I’ve been there and  it’s a good time with a nice clean campground nearby.

Coming up the weekend of July 4th is another club excursion down to Duke’s Off-Road Ranch.  July 4th falls on a Friday this year so you have extra time to go down to Steve’s place and break something.  If you’re staying local that weekend, take your Jeep over to the West Peoria 4th of July Parade.  The parade steps off at 10am; line up between 8:30 and 9:45.  Parade info (like our lineup position) is available near the corner of Rohmann and Swords in West Peoria.

Don’t forget you can always check the Calendar Page for all the club’s upcoming events for the year.

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May Events

MIJC_05-24-13_Louie_Louie_Chad_Howell_001Two events coming up in May… occurring on the same weekend, actually.  The first is the annual Louie Louie Parade on Friday, May 23, benefitting St. Jude.  Line up in the Peoria Civic Center’s Fulton Street parking lot around 2 or 3pm by 3:30pm.  The relatively short parade winds through the downtown area starting at 4:15pm, ending at the Riverfront.  Bring some candy to throw for the kids.

That same weekend, the club will be heading to the Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch (SMORR).  Watch the home page and the forum for information.  The weather’s getting nicer… come on out and do something fun!

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Flat Nasty Photos Online

MIJC_04-19-14_Flat_Nasty_Daren_Cordell_124Photos are online from our recent trip to Flat Nasty, courtesy of Will Watson and Daren Cordell.  Got some to share?  We need them for the annual video!  Contact me and I can send you instructions.

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Meeting this Saturday 5/3/14

MIJC_05-07-11_Cruise_Andy_Gennette_003Join us for our first meeting/cruise-in of 2014 at Our Inn Place in Pekin, this Saturday at 6pm.  Jon and Jill are also having a post-meeting get-together at their house (also in Pekin) afterwards; all are welcome.  Bring a chair and beverages (to the after-party) if you like.

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Photos online

MIJC_03-22-14_Badlands_Dan_Barding_003Photos are now up from Inspections (thank you Jeff Fitch EDIT: and Larry Wilson) and our trip to the Badlands this past weekend (thanks Dan Barding).  If you have photos to share… you know the drill.  Or maybe you don’t… contact me and I’ll send instructions.  Uploading via FTP is super-easy and it’s the easiest way for us to get the best-quality photos from you for the website and the annual video.

BTW, Jeff takes a pretty good photo.  I’ll be adding some of the portraits he took at inspections to member pages.  If you see one there or anywhere on the site that you’d like to have on your member profile page, just let me know.  Or send one of your own.  All you folks with a grey silhouette of a Jeep on your member page… I’m looking at you!

We’ve got a busy few weeks coming up.  Our next scheduled event is to Duke’s Off-Road Ranch on April 5th (forum link), then our club meeting at EP’s Timeout on April 12th, followed by Flat Nasty on April 17th (forum link).  Get out and have some fun!

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Badlands – March 22

MIJC_03-16-13_Badlands_Bill_Gangloff_016The club’s first scheduled trip for 2014 is next weekend to The Badlands.  It’s usually just a day trip on Saturday, although you can get more ambitious if you like and stay the night.  It also usually involves a stop at The Beef House just inside the Indiana border.  If you’re new to the club and have never wheeled before, The Badlands is a good park to go to.  Plans are underway in the forum.

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