Hey you… yeah, you! The new guy who found this site. Are you interested in joining? You probably read about us but now you’re wondering what to do next. If you own a Jeep (or specifically as per Article 3, you own a vehicle titled as a Jeep), you’re qualified. New members are always welcome at our regular meetings and cruise-ins. Bring a filled-out membership form with you and we’ll get you squared away.
Returning members… it’s getting close to renewal time. As per our bylaws, returning members must renew by the end of January to avoid the $10 penalty fee. Bring your membership form to the next meeting along with cash or a check made out to Mid-Illini Jeepers and give it to Jill Martin or Fraser Yarker.
Our next regular meeting is Saturday, November 7th at noon at Avanti’s in Pekin. EDIT: The November meeting has been cancelled. As we do every November meeting, nominations for executive board positions will be opened (and closed). The three board positions available this year are Vice President, Treasurer, and Safety Director. Our Vice President is currently Larry Haas, who was elected by special election in 2017 to fill a vacancy, and he is therefore not eligible for re-election having served 1-1/2 terms. Our Safety Director is Mike Peters, who was elected in 2016 and has served two terms. He is also not eligible to be re-elected. Fraser Yarker, elected in 2018, is our Treasurer and he is eligible to re-up for one more 2-year term, if he is willing to serve.
If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, have someone nominate you (or nominate yourself) at the November meeting. The election will be held at our December 5th meeting, also held at noon at Avanti’s in Pekin. All of this is laid out in our bylaws, and we don’t have much of a choice about the timing of it as we are required by our incorporation with the state to have our executive board in place by the start of the new year. Even changing the bylaws takes multiple meetings.
Although the winter months are usually devoid of wheeling trips, our usual last-hurrah November trip to the Badlands will be on Saturday, November 14th. November-trip-regular Justin Hartzell has already posted wondering aloud if anyone else wants to go. Post in the forum if you’re interested.
Yep, it’s new and different-looking. “But the old one looked fine,” you say. Maybe, but that theme had not been updated by the publisher since at least 2013, and little things were starting to break. A new look (theme) seems to have fixed a bunch of them. I was also starting to worry about security, and web vandalism.
If you see any issues on the site, please let me know. It’s a work in progress.
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!
The Hog Eat/picnic normally hosted at the Stearnes residence every summer has been cancelled, out of an abundance of caution. Jill says they hope to have it next year.
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.
And we’re back! Join us this Saturday, June 6th at 5pm at Sonic in Pekin for our delayed first summer cruise-in. We’ll meet, eat, then go for a cruise. Please note that both the location and time are different from what was originally scheduled. I have updated our online calendar to reflect the change.