April Meeting

avantis-color-logo-transpOur regular meeting for the month of April is coming up Saturday, April 2nd.  This will be the last “winter meeting” for the season, as next month we begin our Saturday evening cruise-in’s.  So join us at Avanti’s in Pekin at noon for a bite and a conversation.  The Pekin Avanti’s is one of the largest in the area, and they do a great job accommodating our (sometimes unpredictable) large group.  Just tell the hostess you’re with the Jeep Club.  New members considering joining the club are always welcome.

If you’re jonesing for even more MIJC action between meetings and outings, be sure to check out our long-standing “Traveling Tuesday” get-together, which happens on most Tuesdays.  It started around 10 years ago as Taco Tuesday, named after the Tuesday night special at the now-closed Hoppers in Morton.  After trying several other semi-regular spots in the area, it morphed into Traveling Tuesday; the group meets at different restaurants each Tuesday at 7pm.  Check out the forum to find out the next scheduled location or suggest one yourself.

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Membership List Updated

I updated the list of members on the site yesterday.  Take a look at yours and see if it’s up to date (Frank just can’t believe what he sees on his page).  Got a new vehicle or an additional one?  Need to update a photo or add new specs or special features?  Let me know and I’d be happy to do that for you (you can also use Facebook to message me if that’s easier).  If you don’t see your name listed, most likely it means that you forgot to re-up your membership for 2016.  Contact us and we’ll get that squared away.

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Flat Nasty coming up

MIJC_04-04-2015_Flat_Nasty_Matt_Brown_142The club’s annual Easter Weekend trip to Flat Nasty is coming up later this month, March 24-27.  Good Friday = an extra wheeling day.  There are mobile homes near the park that the group normally books for accommodations; if you are planning on going, you need to pipe up on the forum so we know how many to reserve (cost is spread among the participants).  Meals are also being planned.  Join the conversation and join the trip!

Also coming up is Steinjäger’s Jeep Blitz being held at their headquarters April 15-17 in nearby Bushnell, Illinois, about an hour west of Peoria.  This isn’t an official club event but several of our members are attending.  Pre-registration is encouraged.

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Inspections March 5

MIJC_03-07-2015_Inspections_Daren_Cordell_004Inspections are coming up soon, Saturday March 5 at 12:30 at Uftring Jeep in North Pekin.  Line up at the service entrance and we’ll cram everyone’s Jeep inside.  Why do we do inspections?  Well, like most events, it’s an excuse to get together and eat (the club provides lunch).  But it’s also a good icebreaker after the winter dry spell, and a chance to show off any upgrades you’ve completed.  And of course, we’ll also take a look at safety and mechanical issues that may be present on your Jeep.  We are grateful to the folks at Uftring who let us invade their shop for an afternoon so we can have a dry, warm place to hold this event.

For an idea of what we’re looking at, visit the About Us page and download the inspection form.  This was revised by Jon last year to take a harder look at the realistic problems that lifted and regularly-wheeled Jeeps develop.  So if you haven’t been to inspections in a couple years or more, take a look before you go.

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Schedule available and calendar updated

By popular complaint, the schedule page has now been updated to include all official MIJC events for 2016.  Please note that when you are looking at the calendar, each row starts with Monday (Saturday and Sunday are grouped at the end).  You can also download a PDF of the calendar from that page for easy posting on your fridge or the inside of your Jeep’s windshield.  As with any club activity, please check the forum before making travel plans for any MIJC trip.  Hope to see everyone at some club events this year!

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MIJC Banquet – January 23

MIJC_01-11-14_Annual_Banquet_Jeff_Fitch_003The deadline for banquet reservations has been extended to this Saturday, January 9th.  The cost is $5 per adult and child 10 and over.  Families are welcome.  The banquet is open to any member who joined during or before calendar year 2015.  The club takes care of the main course and sodas; there is a cash bar if you would like adult libations.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Reservation money can go to Jill; you should have gotten an email reminder from her today if you’re a slacker like me.

The banquet will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at 6pm at the American Legion in Pekin.

Edit: The club does not pay for sodas.  I was thinking of another event.  Soda is available at the bar.

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December Meeting

The only event for December is our monthly meeting on December 5th at noon, held at our usual winter meeting spot, Avanti’s in Pekin.  Continuing our annual tradition, the club will be buying a pizza lunch for all in attendance since we will be voting in our new officers.  Since there is only one person nominated for each position, it’s more of an approval, but it’s still an important part of installing leadership in our club.  Jon Martin is the presidential nominee, Al Wallace will continue as the Events Coordinator and Frank Struwe will continue as Secretary.  Replacing Jon as Treasurer will be Jill Martin, who will serve out the remainder of Jon’s term for 2016, after which she will be eligible for re-election.  The club extends its thanks to those willing to serve in these important positions.

The December meeting is also where you can renew your club membership.  Bring cash or a check and we’ll have membership forms for you.  The membership fee is $30 for the year.  If you don’t renew at the meeting, you need to do it at the banquet in January or otherwise by January 31st so that you do not incur the $10 penalty, as laid out in our bylaws.  Why do we do this?  If we didn’t, we’d have stragglers who would forget to pay until mid-year, then they’d want to pro-rate a partial membership since they didn’t “join” until later; this is something we only offer to new members.  Having club members to renew at the start of the year keeps our books straight and is fair to the other members.  So just bring $30 with you to the December meeting and be done with it!

We will also be discussing the annual banquet.  There will be a cost of $5 per person (adults and kids 10 and over).  As always, there will be raffles and giveaways at the banquet so you’ll probably get most of that back unless you’re bringing a lot of family with you.  This deposit can also be paid at the December meeting.

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