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September-October Events

Coming up on the long Labor Day weekend we’ve got a trip to Land Between The Lakes, planning for which is going on in the forum so post up if you’re going.  Not to be confused with Land O’ Lakes, which is butter.  The holiday weekend (and the trip) pushes back our regular club meeting to Saturday, September 9th at 6pm, which will be our final cruise-in for the summer at Cranwill’s in Pekin.  On September 23rd we have a trip to a new (to us) park, Moonlight Racing in Sullivan, Missouri.  That’s a little further than our usual day trips so watch the forum for travel arrangements.

Our October meeting on October 7th is a weenie roast hosted by Jon and Jill Martin at their house at 4pm.  The following weekend (October 14) is a club trip to Potawatomi Off-Road Park in Fulton, Missouri followed up by our annual Halloween trip to Duke’s Off-Road Ranch at the end of the month (October 28).

I’ll go ahead and spill into November for our regular meeting on November 4th, noon, at Avanti’s in Pekin, only because it is at that meeting that we nominate new officers and it’s worth some consideration.  For those of you new to the club processes, nominations close after the November meeting with elections held at the December meeting.  It’s rare that we have elections with multiple candidates to choose from for one position, but we go through the process regardless and we have had an actual election or two in the past.  Think about who we want to have in these important leadership positions.  The three positions up for election this year are President, Secretary and Events Coordinator.  Jon Martin (president) and Frank Struwe (secretary) are both eligible for another 2-year term.  Al Wallace (events coordinator) has served the maximum two terms and will need to be replaced.  All our current officers can be found on the Officers page and if you want to read about our various internal processes, including duties of officers and elections, visit the Bylaws page.

Last but certainly not least, send your good vibes to longtime member Tom Evans, who had a heart attack earlier this month and is on the mend.  We look forward to seeing you back out soon, Tom!

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May-June Events

It’s finally here, ladies and gentlemen… the first MIJC cruise-in of 2017.  Join us at Our Inn Place in Pekin Saturday, May 6th at 6pm for a bite to eat, a scenic tour of the back alleys of Pekin, and ice cream.  Later in the month on Memorial Day Weekend is a trip to MIJC member Duke Winch‘s place in southern Illinois.  We don’t post the location publicly, so if you’ve not been there before, ask for directions.  The trip will be 50% wheeling and 50% trail cleanup, something that’s necessary every spring to keep the trails navigable.  Watch the forum for travel arrangements.

If you’d prefer something more local, come for the Louie Louie Parade in downtown Peoria.  This short parade, which has been hacking off downtown commuters for years, kicks off at 4:30.  The proceeds benefit St. Jude and the club has already donated $200.  Come to the Civic Center Fulton Lot (enter at the corner of Fulton and Monroe) no later than 4pm; earlier if you want to sit and socialize for a bit.  The gatekeepers will tell you where to line up in the lot but we’re usually off to the left, towards the back of the lot.  Bring candy for the kids!

June 3rd is our next cruise-in at Sonic in Pekin.  Starting June 10th is the club’s annual Big Trip, a week-long adventure to Moab.  This has been in the planning for months on the forum, so if you’re just hearing about it now you may need to wait until next year.  For those of you not going on The Big Trip, consider the slightly more tame Tremont Turkey Festival Parade on Sunday, June 11th.  This is a parade of considerable length with thousands of attendees… a great place to show off your ride and chuck candy at little kids.  Watch the forum for details on where and when to line up, which will be on one of the side streets in Tremont.  The parade kicks off at 4pm but they start closing off streets well before that.

At the end of June/start of July is the club’s annual trek to Duke Winch’s Off-Road Ranch and Dun Did ‘Er Campground (and No-Good Clothes Shop and Pancake House).  This normally encompasses the 4th of July weekend but this year the calendar is not cooperating with that, as July 4th falls on a Tuesday.  So this is when it is.  The trips to Duke’s can sometimes depend on his sometimes very demanding work schedule, so always check the forum before you head south.

I don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, so I’ll cut it off there for now and save some for the next post.  You can always check the Schedule page for our complete lineup of club events big and small; there’s also a downloadable 1-page PDF link on that page as well.  Or if you’ve got a free weekend and want to wheel, call an audible and post in the forum.  I’m sure someone will come watch you break yer stuff.

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March-April Events

Spring seems to have sprung a bit early, and that’s good news for Jeeps.  Coming up on March 18th we’ve got a trip to The Badlands in Indiana.  Travel plans are already underway on the forum.  On April 1st (no foolin’) we’ve got our regular club meeting, in our usual spot at the Avanti’s in Pekin at 12:00.  This will be the last indoor meeting for the winter, as we start up our warm-weather cruise-in’s with the May meeting.

In April we’ve got two trips planned, the first being our annual trek to Flat Nasty in Missouri for the long Easter weekend (April 13-16).  Arrival for most is typically sometime on Thursday with 2-3 days of wheeling on tap and lots of food, with departure sometime on Sunday.  The club usually rents a few mobile homes near the park, so please post on the forum if you are going.  The club also kicks in some money for food, so we’ll need to have a good head count on who’s going.  The following weekend (April 22nd) is a day trip to The Cliffs.  Again, as with all MIJC trips, please watch the forum for travel plans.

Don’t forget you can see all our upcoming events on the Schedule page.  Browse the calendar month by month or download a one-page PDF suitable for framing.

Get out and do something in the nice weather!  I guess I should take my own advice.  Don’t judge me!  Parts are on order.

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Also in October…

We’ve got our weenie roast meeting on October 1st, but also a few other events coming up as well.  The weekend of October 8th the club is headed to Potowatomi in Fulton, Missouri.  The club has been going to this park for years and it’s always a good time.  Our annual outing to Duke Winch’s Offroad Park (Steve Vohs‘ house) on October 29th is suddenly hanging in the balance due to Steve’s work commitments, so keep an eye on the forum to see if we are still doing it as we get closer.  Steve, I thought you retired a long time ago!

Looking ahead, our regular meeting for November is on November 5th at noon at our usual spot, Avanti’s in Pekin, and our final scheduled wheeling event for 2016 will be The Badlands on Saturday, November 12th.  What’s fun about The Badlands in November, you say?  Well, it’s not very crowded, so there are fewer ATV’s and bikes buzzing around.  It’s also not hot, or what some of us call a FAT (Frank-Approved Temperature).  It’s no fun if it rains, so let’s hope for a crisp, autumn day.  Watch the forum for travel plans.

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August-September Events

13900357_294987967559207_3956351264909132016_nWhile a chunk of the club is enjoying the scenery out in Colorado, let’s take a look at what’s coming up the next couple months.  This Saturday (August 6th) is our monthly meeting/cruise, this time at the Dream Hut in Bartonville at 6pm.  Join us for a bite and a drive.  The following Saturday (August 13th) is the annual MIJC Hog Eat at the Stearnes’ house.  Much like the banquet, the club will provide the main dish but please bring a side to share.  There’s lots to do, including swimming, a bags tournament and some light wheeling.  Please RSVP so that we know how much food to buy.  You can do this by emailing Jill or posting in the forum.  You might also post what your side dish will be, in order to ensure a good variety.  This is a great event every year and we are always appreciative of the Stearnes family for hosting it.

On Saturday, August 20th, we’ve got a trip to The Cliffs scheduled.  Keep an eye on the forum for information on that.  Labor Day weekend we’ve got a trip to Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky; a travel plan discussion has already started in the forum.  And lastly, our final cruise-in for the summer will be on Saturday, September 10th at 6pm, this time to Cranwill’s in Pekin.

There are lots of weekends still unspoken for, so if you want to put a trip together, get on the forum and go for it!

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June-July Events

MIJC_6-09-13_Tremont_Turkey_Jill_Martin_001Coming up on Sunday, June 12th is the club’s participation in the Tremont Turkey Festival Parade, a HUGE parade with thousands of onlookers.  Our lineup position is usually one of the side streets north of Route 9 in Tremont, but the exact location varies year to year.  Keep an eye on the forum or here for our unofficial parade liaison to provide that information, which may be the morning of the parade.

Although our trip to Washita has been cancelled, club members are planning a trip to S.M.O.R.R. in Seymour, Missouri on the weekend of June 25th.  If you want to go, join the conversation on the forum.

Coming up on the long July 4th weekend is a trip to Duke’s Off-Road Ranch, aka Steve Vohs‘ house.  Watch the forum for information on that.  For those of you who are not that adventurous, the club also participates in the West Peoria July 4th Parade.  Again, lineup position varies from year to year, so keep an eye on the forum or the main website for more information.  The holiday weekend also disturbs our regular first-Saturday-of-the-month meeting date, so our monthly club meeting/cruise-in will be Saturday, July 9th at Lou’s Drive-In on Knoxville in Peoria.

Pick an event or two and have some fun this summer!

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May & June Events

The summer months are when we do all the fun stuff.  Let’s take a look ahead at the next month or so.

Coming up soon is the Louie Louie Parade, a very short parade in downtown Peoria on Friday, May 27 that benefits St. Jude.  Come to the Civic Center Fulton lot (enter at the corner of Fulton and Monroe) and ask where the MIJC should line up.  Get there between 3:30 and 4 for a 4:30 start and bring some candy to toss.  Edit: We line up in Parade Block #1, the ESPN Block.

Also that same weekend (Memorial Day) the club is headed to Steve Vohs‘ house near Nokomis, Illinois for a trail ride/trail cleanup event.  All MIJC members are welcome, but in order to keep the bad guys away we don’t post the location of Steve’s house online.  Contact us and we’ll get you directions.  The club is picking up the tab for food but it never hurts to bring some goodies to share with the group.  There is also a discussion on what kind of trail work needs to be done that Al started on the forum.

Looking ahead to June, Saturday June 4th is our next cruise-in at Sonic in Pekin starting at 6pm.  Come have a bite to eat, cruise down that weird grassy alley near 14th Street Hardware, then get some ice cream.  Lastly (for now), the Tremont Turkey Festival is on Sunday, June 12th… more details on that in the forum when we get closer.

All of our events for the year can be found on the Schedule, which is viewable as a calendar on that page or there’s also a link to download a PDF file that’s a fridge-friendly list.  Before making travel plans for any MIJC event, it’s best to hop on the forum and see what everyone else’s plans are.  Events are sometimes cancelled or changed due to bad weather or occasionally lack of interest.

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