August-September Events

Although the Hog Eat has been cancelled, there are other events coming up you can participate in coming up in September.  Labor Day weekend is the club’s annual trip to Land Between The Lakes, and plans are already underway for that in the forum.  If you want to go, post up.

Our next event after that is the final cruise-in for the summer at Cranwill’s in Pekin, Saturday September 12th at 6pm.  A week later on September 19th we have a day trip scheduled for Colchester Quarry, one of the closest off-road venues for us at around 90 minutes from the Peoria area.  The (former) quarry is privately owned by someone outside the club who generously invites us to wheel on their land.  If you’re interested in attending please post on the forum and we’ll make sure you get directions.  Please be respectful so we keep getting invited back!

July Events

Coming up in July… the weekend of July 4th will be a trip to Duke’s Off-Road Ranch (aka Steve Vohs’ house in south-central Illinois).  Steve says it’s still on this year, so since there is no fireworks show in Peoria this year, consider doing some wheeling on his property.  Steve has some limited space inside his house or you can camp outside.  He would like to know a head count, so please post in the forum if you’re going (if there isn’t a thread yet, start one!).  If you’ve never been there, we can send you directions.  We don’t post the location of Steve’s house publicly for obvious reasons.

The following weekend (Saturday, July 11th) is the next of our monthly summer cruise-in’s, this one to Lou’s Drive-In in Peoria at 6pm.  Please note this is different from the original scheduled meeting at Sonic in Pekin; we swapped the June and July locations.


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.

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.

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.