April meeting cancelled

If you’ve been keeping up on world events you probably noticed we’re living in a pretty weird time right now.  Pursuant to the governor’s order to stay at home and avoid unnecessary exposure to others, our next meeting on Saturday, April 4th is cancelled.  The trip to Flat Nasty on Easter weekend while past the current date Illinois will be “reopened,” is also in jeopardy.  A decision will be made by Sunday, April 5th has been canceled.  I always say watch the forum before you make travel plans, but now it’s particularly important.  Watch the forum to check on the status of any upcoming events.

We are hopeful that the pandemic will resolve itself soon and we can return to our normal lives, jobs, and activities.  Until then, stay safe and stay healthy.

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February-March Events

Saturday, February 1st is our next regular meeting, which will be at noon at Avanti’s in Pekin.  Among the topics of discussion at that meeting will be some pre-production details for the inspection meeting in March, which should be at Sam Leman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Morton at or around 12:30pm on Saturday, March 7th.  If you haven’t been to inspections in a couple years or more, this is a new location; we had it there last year as well.  However, this is unconfirmed.  This post will be updated when it is confirmed, and/or watch the forum.

On Saturday, March 21st we have our first wheeling event for 2020, at The Badlands in Attica, Indiana.  Watch the forum for travel details.

And if you haven’t renewed your membership, you really need to do it now.

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Membership Renewal & Annual Banquet

It’s that time of year to renew your MIJC membership.  For a paltry $30 you can continue to enjoy the benefits of being a member of the Mid-Illini Jeepers for 2020.  As per our bylaws, current (2019) members must renew by the end of January.  If you renew after January 31st, it costs an extra $10.  New members, which for this purpose is defined as anyone who was not a member during calendar year 2019, may join anytime in 2020 without penalty.  For a new member joining later in the year, your membership is pro-rated at $2.50 per month.

So why the $10 penalty for renewals?  It’s pretty easy to see how an unscrupulous returning member might try to take advantage of the pro-rated policy, which is only for new members.  Such attempts are exactly why this policy was implemented years ago.

You can renew in any of the following ways:

  • Print out a membership form and mail it to the address on the form.  Include a check for your dues.
  • Print out a membership form and bring it to the MIJC Banquet in January, along with your dues (cash or check).
  • Show up to the banquet empty-handed but flush with cash, fill out a form there, and submit it with your dues.

Why can’t you renew your membership online?  Filling out the form is the easy part; we could integrate that into our site without much trouble.  Processing payment is the problem.

Regarding the banquet… it will be held on Saturday, January 18th at 6pm at the Pekin VFW Hall, which is south of town.  Please note this is a different location than previous years.  Our usual spot was not available on the 18th.  Please RSVP to Jill Martin by January 11th.  There is a $5 per-adult cost, which you could include with your membership application.  The club provides the main course; please bring a dish to share.  The Martins are also generously hosting their usual pre-banquet party at their house at 4pm-ish, and all members are welcome.

The banquet is a celebration for members who joined anytime during or before 2019.  If you’re a new member looking to join, hold off until the next regular meeting, which is on Saturday, February 1st at 12pm.

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“Contact us” page fixed

It’s been broken for awhile, but it’s now fixed, complete with “I’m not a robot” verification.  So if you’re a robot, don’t even bother trying.  The email function on the forum should also now be working.  This enables things like self-service password resets and private message notifications, if you have them enabled.  If you are still having trouble, please let me know… I would like to get these issues resolved once and for all!

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2020 Schedule Online

The approved club schedule for 2020 has been added to the online calendar.  You can also download a PDF if you like.  Please note that there are two tentative dates for The Big Trip; discussion on the forum is ongoing.

As with all our events, always check the forum before any event to plan travel and make sure the event hasn’t been cancelled for weather or other reasons.

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Forum offline

The forum will be offline for the next hour or two while I update the software.  (posted Friday 11/15 4pm)

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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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