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September meeting – location change

As per the August MIJC meeting, the regular September 7th meeting will be at a Jeep show event at the American Legion in Abingdon, Illinois (about an hour west of Peoria).  The show benefits the Deputy Troy Chisum Memorial Fund.  The cost is $20 per Jeep.  There will be food, entertainment and an auction.  The show runs from 12pm-11pm (registration is at 11am) and our meeting will be held at the normal time, 6pm.

Questions?  Want to caravan out there?  Hit the forum!

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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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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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Member pages updated

The member pages have been updated with the most current membership list.  Don’t see your name?  Perhaps you forgot to re-up for 2019.  Or maybe there was some kind of mistake.  Either way, your next action would be to shoot an email to our current MIJC Secretary, longtime member Fraser Yarker.

If everything is hunky-dory, take a look at your own page and please let me know if there’s anything you’d like changed.

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New Photos! Wait, what???

As you might be able to tell, I’ve been working on the website and forum today.  It’s been mostly techy crap you guys don’t care about, but when I was poking around some of the darker corners of our web space, I found some neglected photos from waaaaaaaay back in 2017.  So put on your old pair of Google Glass(es) and visit a piece of ancient history, back when the iPhone X had just been released, people were lining up out the door to order their Tesla Model 3‘s, and the Nintendo Switch was what all the youngsters wanted under the Christmas tree.

It just goes to prove that I haven’t forgotten how to post pictures.  Got some photos from a new or old MIJC event?  Let me know and we’ll try to get them up here for everyone to see.  If you’ve been around the club long enough to have the FTP instructions I used to distribute, they should still work.

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Contact us kinda working

The Contact Us form seems to be fixed… sorta.  It still seems to be blacklisting certain types of email addresses, and not allowing the messages to be sent.  Others go right through.  It all has to do with the “I’m not a robot” verification, or CAPTCHA.  I’ve tested the form so many times on my computer now that the site is suspecting me of being a robot, and asking me to click on “all the pictures with cars in them” (for example) each time in order to verify that I’m not.  So I’m not going to mess with it anymore.

I changed the error message to display my actual email address, so anyone who unsuccessfully tries to send us a message using that form will get that in return.  This is truly a “preaching to the choir” moment since almost everyone reading this post already knows how to contact me some other way.

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