October Meeting Change

As discussed in the forum, the time and location for the October meeting has changed.  We are converting our regular monthly meeting over to a weenie roast at The Martins in Pekin at 4pm on October 1st.  Please bring your own chairs and drinks.  Thanks to Jill and Jon for hosting this event!

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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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Old videos

Jill had some old MIJC videos in her collection that I just captured into files… Check them out in the forum.

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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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New members

Welcome to recent new members Kevin & Cora Smith, Mike Irrera, and Dan, Pamela & Ryan Hughes!  We look forward to seeing you at the next club event.

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Photos online!

MIJC_05_14_2016_Badlands_Matt_Brown_039I’ve been trying to catch up with photos from this year over the past week… Now online are new photos from the annual banquet back in January (courtesy of Jeff Fitch and Larry Wilson), Flat Nasty in March (courtesy of Dan Brown, Matt Brown and Daren Cordell), and our most recent trip to the Badlands last weekend (courtesy of Matt Brown).  If we can keep this pace up, we’ll have enough to do a video this year.

I think I’ve identified part of the problem with getting pictures: people work entirely off their smartphones these days.  Don’t get me wrong… phones have pretty nice cameras in them and they’re always with you, so they are particularly convenient.  The problem is that while phones are really good at sending individual pictures via text message or email, or posting them to social media, they do not provide a terribly good way to move a bunch of pictures and videos at once, directly to someone (like me) who needs them.  Take a look at this article for Android or this one for iPhone.  In these articles you’ll find tips and instructions for getting your pictures loaded onto your computer, where you can then burn a disc of them, put them on a USB flash drive, or transfer them to me via FTP (easier than you think… contact me for directions).  Google Drive and Dropbox are also good solutions that are available on both mobile platforms and do not necessarily require a computer.  Share your links for those services to my work email address, dlennie@bradley.edu.

So why can’t I just pull them off Facebook/Flickr/Shutterfly/whatever?  For the following reasons:

  • I need photos at the full resolution at which they were taken.  Sometimes we crop down a bit or add the pan and zoom moves, both of which require extra resolution on the original photo so it won’t end up looking blurry.  Uploading photos to a website downsizes them to a smaller resolution.  Videos also get downsized when they are posted/emailed/texted, and they are difficult to download from viewing sites like Youtube or Facebook.
  • It’s tedious to pull one photo at a time from these types of sites.  These sites are designed for viewing, not downloading.  It’s possible to download them, but I have to individually view and save each picture.  Same goes for email.  On our FTP site, Google Drive, Dropbox, or a physical medium like a CD or USB drive, I can grab all of them at once.
  • We need a LOT of photos to make the video.  Giving me 5 or 6 select images from one event is great, but I’d really rather have everything you shot, even shots that look fairly similar or are multi-burst photos.  You’d be surprised what we can do with the photos and videos you don’t think make the cut.

A few other basics as you’re headed out with your camera/smartphone… horizontal photos work better for us than vertical, and NEVER take videos vertically.  It is difficult to integrate vertical videos into our horizontal presentation, and what’s more, Jeeps are more horizontal than vertical anyway (insert hill climb bragging to contradict that here).  Taking videos horizontally is advice for life, really.  Unless you have your TV mounted vertically on the wall.

Of course, if you have a ton of photos from MIJC events and just can’t figure any of this tech stuff out, please don’t hesitate to contact me for help.

It’s still early in the year… we start collating materials for the video around December 1st.  So take lots of pictures this year and get them to me!