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October-November Events

Pumpkin spice-flavored everything is here, and that must mean that Fall is still 2 months away.  Here’s a rundown of the events coming up in October and November.  You can always look further ahead in the calendar (or behind, if you like) by heading to the Schedule Page.

  • Our regular meeting is replaced by a weenie roast, held at The Martin residence on October 5th.  Time TBD; watch the forum.
  • The weekend of October 19th there’s a club trip scheduled to Potawatomi in Fulton, Missouri.  See note below.
  • The annual Duke’s Off-Road Ranch Halloween Run is scheduled for the weekend of November 2nd.
  • Our normal first-Saturday-of-the-month meeting is pushed back to November 9th at 12pm at Avanti’s in Pekin, our regular winter meeting spot.  This meeting is when we will need to nominate officers for the following year.  The positions available this year are:
  • On November 23rd the club has a trip planned to The Badlands in Attica, Indiana.

All three officers were elected in 2017 and are eligible to serve a second two-year term if they agree to it.  In the event of multiple candidates nominated for a position, elections will be held at the December meeting.  Unopposed candidates will be approved for office at the December meeting.  All of these procedures, along with the duties of each officer position, can be found in our bylaws.

Due to a large part of the land at Potawatomi being sold off and no longer available for wheeling, there is talk of changing this trip to a new park, also in central Missouri.  See the forum for details.

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Flat Nasty 2019 Photos

Check it out… photos from Will Watson from the club’s trip to Flat Nasty this past April!

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August-September Events

We begin August with another summer cruise-in, this one to The Dream Hut in Bartonville.  It starts at 6pm on Saturday, August 3rd.  When it’s over, you should (shameless plug here) rush home, turn on your TV and watch the St. Jude Telethon, and give a few bucks if you can.  It’s on until midnight, and you should definitely watch THE ENTIRE THING.  Or fall asleep trying.

The 2019 Big Trip to Estes Park, Colorado starts that day as well.  If you want to make some last minute plans to go with the group, better announce your intentions now in the forum.  The trip lasts the entire week, returning the weekend of 8/10.  August 10th also has a tentative placeholder for something called the “Not So Far To Travel Trip”.  I don’t think we’ve made any specific plans for that.  If you’re interested in going on a day or weekend wheeling trip, post your idea in the forum and gauge interest.

Saturday, August 24th is our annual Picnic & Hog Eat at the Stearnes residence.  More concrete plans are forthcoming, but plan on bringing a dish to share.  We usually start the festivities in the late afternoon.  There will be swimming and games; very family-friendly.

At the end of the month and into September, Labor Day weekend will be a trip to Land Between The Lakes in Kentucky.  Watch the forum for travel plans, as usual.

In September, we have our final cruise-in for the summer on Saturday, September 7th at 6pm.  This one will be at Cranwill’s in Pekin.  EDIT: location changed to Abingdon.  See this post for details.  Saturday 9/21 we’ve got a trip to Moonlight Racing in Sullivan, Missouri.  Peeking into October, our regular meeting is replaced with a weenie roast at Jill & Jon’s house on Saturday, October 5th.

All these events and more can be viewed in calendar form on the Schedule page.  Always check the forum before showing up anywhere in case of rescheduling or outright cancellation.

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I’m on top of it, really

I found some photos on my hard drive from 2016, courtesy of our own Frank Struwe, wherein the usual suspects from the club visited Potawatomi in Fulton, Missouri.  Slipped by the to-do list, they did.  Responsible thing, I have done.  Enjoy them, you will.

EDIT: And MORE from the Big Trip to Colorado in 2016, courtesy of John Geiselman.

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June-July Events

It’s summertime!  Well not officially quite yet, but June is at least the unofficial start of summer.  First up for the club is a meeting coming up this Saturday, June 2nd, 6pm, at Sonic in Pekin.  It’s a cruise-in, actually, so bring your appetite and be sure to pace yourself for ice cream at the end.  Later in the month on Saturday, June 22nd we have a day-trip to The Badlands in Attica, Indiana planned.  This is a good starter park if you’ve never been wheeling, and it’s not very far away.  Keep an eye on the forum for travel info.

In July, the holiday weekend pushes our normal meeting back to Saturday, July 13th, 6pm at Lou’s Drive-In in Peoria.  The first weekend in July will be our annual 4th of July trip to Duke’s Off-Road Ranch, owned by our own Steve Vohs.  Later in the month is a trip to Hillbillie Ranch in Jerseyville, Illinois on Saturday, July 27th.  If you’re keeping score at home, that’s a little north of St. Louis.

Lastly, peeking into August, the next cruise-in/meeting will be Saturday, August 3rd at 6pm at the Dream Hut in Bartonville.

As always, please check the forum for last minute changes before making travel plans.  Take your top off and get out there… lots to see and do!

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March-April Events

Spring is finally starting to peek out from behind a stubborn winter, and with it comes the wheeling season.  Coming up at the end of the month (March 30th) is a day trip to Colchester Quarry, which is private land near Macomb, Illinois.  Wheeling is by invite-only, and MIJC member John Gage has asked us back.  The last time the MIJC went was in 2010, and it was pretty rainy.  It was so long ago that even I had my Jeep there, complete with its recently-completed “costume” as the BluesmobileTom Evans also had an interesting time with a failed ball joint, and we had to extract it to flat ground on an improvised log skid.  Hopefully the weather is better this year.  Plans are underway for this trip on the forum so post up if you want to go.

In April, our final regular meeting for the spring will be on Saturday the 6th, 12:00, at our usual location… Avanti’s in Pekin.  In May our cruise-ins start up for 2019.  Later in the month we’ve got one of our long-time traditional yearly trips to Flat Nasty in Jadwin, Missouri, which will be the long Easter weekend.  This Mini-Big-Trip is always a good time.  Participants have already reserved the trailers we always use for accommodations.  Space is limited if you want to stay with the group, so if you want to go, get on the forum and announce your intentions.

Getting into the start of May, our first cruise-in for 2019 will be Saturday, May 4th at 6pm at Our Inn Place in Pekin.  Hope to see you there.

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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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