Annual Dinner = Success

Thanks to all who made the MIJC Annual Dinner a great success.  Al Wallace got the Broken Axle award for multiple breakages in Colchester and Moab.  Food was eaten, gift cards were given away and you all laughed at the video in all the right places.

If you weren’t able to make the dinner, talk to Jill Martin the next time you see her and get your complimentary DVD.  Additional DVD’s from this year as well as older videos going back to 2003 are also available for $5.  I will admit that some of the older ones are not as good as the last few years’ massive productions, but they all have their moments.  Jill’s got all the discs and will have them at the meetings.

Photos are now up from the dinner, courtesy of Carrie Strommen.  If you’ve got some to share, let me know!  As we start planning for this year’s trips, don’t forget to bring along your camera and take lots of pictures and video.  If you’re shooting video, I would encourage you to set your camera to widescreen (16:9) mode if it has that feature.  All future MIJC videos will be in high definition, as this year’s was. (side note: the video was shown in HD at the dinner, but the DVD is actually widescreen standard-def video.  MIJC Productions does not have Blu-Ray capability yet for distribution, and regular DVD’s do not support HD.)

Sadly, I did not have the time to keep a good production log as I did last year with The Blues Brothers, so I have no weekly articles to post here on the site for the next 6 months.  It’s too bad, but I promise I’ll keep better track for the ’11 video.  In the meantime, if you’ve got a project you’re working on that would be of good general interest and can take some photos of your work, let me know and we’ll make room!

Don’t forget to re-up your membership for 2011 by January 31st.  This can be done by mail; simply print out the application and drop it in the mail to Jill Martin with your $30 check made payable to the Mid-Illini Jeep Club.  Dues for returning members jump up to $40 after that date so do it now!  Dues for new members are pro-rated from the regular $30 rate for the number of months remaining in the year.

Lastly, the 2011 schedule is now online, for your vacation-picking pleasure.  Our next scheduled event is the regular meeting at Goodfellas on Saturday, February 5th at noon.