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February – March Events

Coming soon to a Jeep near you…

Our February meeting is a “normal” one, on Saturday, February 2nd at Avanti’s in Pekin at noon. Come have some lunch, approve the Club Schedule, and discuss upcoming events. At this point, nothing else is scheduled in February.

Our March meeting is combined with our annual Inspections event, which will (probably) be held at Uftring Jeep in Pekin, (probably) at around 12:30 on Saturday, March 2nd.  Correction: Inspections will be held at Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Morton at 12:30 on Saturday, March 2nd.  The club will (probably) provide lunch. There’s a bunch of probably’s because none of it has been approved yet, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be. If you’re new to the club and have never experienced Inspections, take a look at the form we use. Some of it is safety-related and on-road functions, some is mechanical. Even if you don’t regularly wheel your Jeep, oversized tires and a lift can be hard on drivetrain and suspension components. Even stock Jeeps wear parts out eventually. We hope to try to catch problems on your rig before they become bigger. Also, the Uftring sales guys like to come out of the showroom and gawk at our rides.

Wheeling-wise, later in March we’ve got a day trip to The Badlands for March 16th, and a trip to Colchester Quarry at the end of the month. The former rock quarry near Macomb, Illinois is privately owned, but former MIJC member John Gage has invited us back to wheel. The last time we were there was March of 2010, when it poured rain and everything was slicker than snot! Wow, and that was back when we used to take photos at events too! But it was still a good time. Since this event is on private land we will not post the location publicly, but watch the forum and we’ll send directions to participants via email or meet up somewhere and caravan there.

Lastly, a business item… if you haven’t already, please renew your club membership by the end of January! The cost for a full year is $30 per family. As per our bylaws, there is an extra $10 fee if you renew after January 31st. We have had to enforce this before, and it has caused some sour grapes in the past. Please just renew now while you’re thinking of it. You can download the form, print it, fill it out, and mail it to Fraser Yarker, our current Treasurer. His mailing address is at the bottom of the form. New members, on the other hand, can join anytime, and your dues will be pro-rated depending on when you join.

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2019 Schedule Posted

Happy new year, members! The proposed (soon to be approved, hopefully) approved schedule has been integrated into our online calendar, and a new PDF is available for downloading/printing. If you’re like me, you pick out some events now that you’d like to go to and stick them in your Google calendar or whatever personal scheduling mechanism you use.

If any changes are passed at the February meeting (Saturday 2/2, 12pm, Avanti’s in Pekin), the changes will then be made online here.

For any club event, even ordinary meetings, it’s a good idea to watch both our home page and the forum for notification or discussion of cancellations, changes, or travel arrangements.

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Officers, Membership and the Banquet

First a quick recap… In our own extremely uneventful version of the national midterm elections, new club officers were nominated and elected.  Please offer your support and congratulations to:

  • Larry Haas has been re-elected for a second term as Vice President.
  • Fraser Yarker has been elected to Treasurer.
  • Mike Peters has been re-elected for a second term as Safety Director.

Any officer is eligible to serve two consecutive two-year terms at the will of the club.  For more information on how our elections work, visit the Bylaws page.

December is a quiet month for the club, with colder weather shutting down wheeling season and family time around the holidays keeping many of us busy.  Our regular monthly meeting (at which we elected our officers) has passed, and there are no wheeling events scheduled.  You could still suggest something if you like… for example, the Midwest Jeep Thing club based out of St. Louis sponsors a day of wheeling at A&S Proving Grounds, the now-private land formerly known as Rockport Off-Road Park Washita Off-Road Park.  This event takes place on New Year’s Day.  The land is no longer a park available to the public, so this is a once-or-twice-a-year kind of thing.  Rockport used to do a New Year’s Day event every year and several MIJC members used to participate regularly Back In The Day.  (EDIT: Matt Brown reminds me this was actually Washita!)  So if you’ve got an itch to do some wheeling, post in the forum and sell it!

In January we don’t have our normal start of the month meeting, but instead we celebrate the previous year with our annual banquet.  This year it will be held on Saturday, January 19th, 6pm, at our usual location, the American Legion in Pekin.  You need to RSVP to Jill Martin by January 10th.  You should have received an email from her, but you can also download the form here and mail it with your deposit ($5 per person).  Any member who (re)joined in calendar year 2018 can come to the banquet.  MIJC provides the main course but please bring a dish to pass.  Jill and Jon Martin also host a pre-banquet party open to all club members at their house at 3pm.

December and January is also the time to renew your membership.  The cost is $30 per family.  You can also download our membership form and send it to Jill along with your banquet form and a check.  If you’re new to the club, as per our bylaws, you need to rejoin by the end of January or there is a $10 penalty fee when you do re-up.  Don’t make us enforce it!

There are no other scheduled events for January.  Our next regular meeting will be February 2nd, 12pm at our usual location of Avanti’s in Pekin.

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September – October Events

Wow, I can’t believe we’re talking about October already.  Well, first let’s address September.  Labor Day Weekend is our annual trip to Land Between The Lakes, not to be confused with Land O’ Lakes, which is butter, and not a place we can wheel.  I think I make that joke every year… I appear to be running out of material.  Anyway, planning is underway in the forum for that trip, so if you want to go, it would be good to let your intentions be known to the group.

The following weekend, on Saturday, September 8th, we’ve got our final cruise-in of the summer to Cranwill’s Drive-In in Pekin at 6pm.  Later in the month on September 29th we have a scheduled trip to Moonlight Racing in Sullivan, Missouri.  This park is still new-to-us… we were supposed to go a year ago but our chosen weekend conflicted with a race going on at the park, so we didn’t go.  Watch the forum for travel plans.

Moving to a busy October, on Saturday October 6th is our fall weenie roast at the Martins’ house in Pekin, time TBD.  This also serves as the monthly meeting.  October 13th is a trip to Potowatomi in Fulton, Missouri, and the Duke’s Halloween Run will be on October 27th this year.  As with all our trips, watch the forum for travel plans.  Our Facebook group page is nice for social chats but the forum is our official trip-planning site.

Saturday, November 3rd we’re back to our normal meeting spot, Avanti’s in Pekin at 12:00 noon.  The November meeting is also when we open (and close) nominations for officers, with our official elections being held at the December meeting.  As per our bylaws, Vice President, Safety Director, and Treasurer must be nominated this year.  Larry Haas is eligible for another two-year term as VP, if he wishes to be re-elected.  Mike Peters is eligible for another term as Safety Director.  Jill Martin must be replaced as Treasurer, as she has served 1-1/2 terms (due to a mid-term vacated position and special election).  It’s early now, but worth thinking about who we might nominate.  Not sure what these people really do?  Check the bylaws, or talk to a, well, “seasoned” MIJC member.

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Hog Eat Date Change

Due to a conflict, the annual Hog Eat at the Stearnes’ residence has been moved to this coming weekend, Saturday August 4th.  Please RSVP to Jill… see the forum for more details.  The meeting/cruise-in, previously scheduled for this Saturday at the Dream Hut, has been cancelled.  More accurately, the meeting will be held at the Hog Eat.

Our thanks to the Stearnes for hosting this event at their home each year!

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July-August Events

Summer summer summer… like a merry-go-round.  Looking ahead the next few months, in July we have our annual 4th of July outing to Duke’s Off-Road Ranch, which is on the weekend of July 7th since the 4th falls in the middle of the week.  If you’ve never been, Duke’s is private property and we don’t publish the location, so post in the forum if you’re interested in going.  The holiday and Duke’s outing pushes our regular meeting back to July 14th, which is a cruise-in at Lou’s Drive-In in Peoria.  They do have one in East Peoria at the old Sonic on Washington, but we’ll be at the original location.  That’ll be at 6pm.  The following weekend on July 21st we’ve got a trip planned to the Hillbillie Ranch in Jerseyville, Illinois.

We’re off on July 28th, so you’ll have to keep yourself busy that weekend, but we return August 4th for another cruise/meeting in Bartonville at the Dream Hut.  August 11th is a trip to perennial MIJC favorite The Badlands in Attica, Indiana, and the 18th is the tentative day for the MIJC Picnic & Hog Eat at the Stearnes’ home in Pekin.  Peeking ahead just a little further, Labor Day weekend has our usual trip to Land Between The Lakes.  As with all outings, watch the forum for group travel and lodging plans.

The weather’s nice… get out and do some wheeling!

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Member pages updated. MEMBER PAGES UPDATED????

It’s June, Dave.  We re-up in January.  What took so long?  Meh… life gets in the way.  Whether you’ve been a member for 20 years or less than one, take a look at your member page and see how accurate it is.  I actually just made some changes to my own.  There’s a loose format for these pages but I can put whatever you want on there, within reason.  Let me know if you have any changes by emailing any Jeep stats, pictures, etc. to

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