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Newsletter, November-2010

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From The President – Howard “Howie” Glenna

Greetings to all the Greater Midwest Classics members!
    This is the last newsletter I will be writing. It is the end of my term as President and with the election over (our club elections) I am a lame duck President. It has been a very positive experience being your Vice President and then becoming your President. It has allowed me to get to know many of you better and I must say we have a great club with some of the best people. If you have not considered being an officer in the Greater Midwest Classics, think it over, you are missing a great opportunity.

    Your new President, Lucy Weidner has and will continue to bring a lot of life to our club. Our new Vice President, Yvonne Miller, has got to be our most experienced officer. She is one of our original founders. And by the way, we will be celebrating our 20th year as the Greater Midwest Classic club next year.

    A great big thank you to all who have helped make things happen in our organization. The back bone of any club has to be the treasurer and the secretary but where would we be without the newsletter and the membership book as well as the helping hands we have had at the rallies. What about the job of T-shirts and sweat shirts and bringing them to our rallies. As you can see we have some good people giving a lot of extra effort to make things happen.

    We are looking forward to the next event on our calendar, our Christmas Party, Wednesday, December 1, 2010. It will be held at the Manitou Station restaurant, White Bear Lake, Minnesota. I have been to this restaurant and they do a nice job.

    The Fall Rally with GMC International was well attended. We had 34 members and one visitor at our dinner and meeting. We all had the opportunity to go to many seminars as well as meet with vendors who help keep our coaches operating properly. The flea market always brings some interesting items to the surface.
 
    A good number of us joined the Great Lakers Rally in Springfield, Illinois after the GMCMI Rally. We got a chance to be with the oldest GMC club and see how they do things. They will be celebrating 35 years next year. A big thank you to the Great Lakers for including us in their Fall Rally! The highlight of Springfield for me was the Lincoln Museum, it was unbelievable.

    From Vice President – Lucy Weidner.
What a great time we all had at the DuQuoin, Illinois Fairgrounds at the GMCMI Rally. It was spectacular weather, great camping facilities with big trees that provided shade, green grass, lovely lakes (with lots of catfish!), great sunrises and geese that landed every day. The guys had wonderful tech sessions; the ladies did many crafts and under the direction and support of Teresa Dall, made over 50 fleece blankets to be shared in the community. Ice Cream socials were very popular and even if you didn’t indulge, the chance to reconnect with friends and make new ones was one of the highlights of our time there.
   
    Larry and I stepped in to do the parking for JR and Jeanne, and we certainly learned how hard of a job it is and appreciated the support we received from them as we stumbled through. All in all, we didn’t have anyone upset with us, so our time on the firing line was worry free!
 
    One evening we had a potluck and the club brought chicken and sides and a couple of the gals supplied us with “yummy” desserts. First timers and new members joined us and the whole evening was filled with fun and laughter. Howard, Midge, Sandi and Anita White were great organizers and I thank them for all their help and support.

    “So you might be a redneck if…..was a hit with lots of laughs, funny gags, and it took on a life of its own as the evening progressed.
 
    I would like to thank Howard for his great leadership as Vice President and President of our group. He made many connections with new members and brought some of our seasoned members to our local meetings. I hope he will continue to reach out to those who have been so important to our history and make sure I don’t go off on some wild tangent as your new President.

    On a more serious note, I would like to comment about the dues situation for our organization. I have learned that our dues year runs from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. Making sure your renewals are paid to the Treasurer by January 1st of the next year has been somewhat of a problem because many of you go South for the winter and don’t receive your mail until you return. This presents a problem for the creation of the Membership Directory. The Membership Directory should be available as soon after January 1st as possible so we have current information. By not receiving your dues until after April 1st it makes this impossible to happen. Our new Treasurer, Larry Johnson, will be sending out reminders and hopes they make it to your home before you leave. Only those members whose dues that have been received by the deadline will be put in the Membership Directory. I would like to propose that the dues year change from what we currently are doing to run from July 1st to June 30th so our members can receive their dues notice before they leave for the winter. I’d appreciate your thoughts on this idea.

    Lastly, we often get the question about why we have to have a membership in FMCA. FMCA is required as a condition for membership in our local organization. This is because we are a Chapter, chartered under FMCA. The FMCA Charter and membership provides two important benefits to us as a Club. First, the umbrella liability insurance allows us to hold group rallies at both public and private facilities. The second direct benefit is the medical evacuation and coach driver program for individual members. This is a benefit that some of our members have used. Occasionally there are club members that drop their FMCA membership and desire to keep their membership in our local Chapter. I urge you not to consider this as it weakens both organizations and could cost our club the loss of FMCA Chapter status and resulting Club benefits.

    OK, serious stuff is done and our next joyous occasion will be the Christmas party. Our new Vice President, Yvonne Miller will be sharing the important information elsewhere in the newsletter.

    I look forward to serving as your new President, and welcome any suggestions or concerns you may have with regard to our future journey.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Hi everyone! This year’s Christmas Party is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1st at Manitou Station in White Bear Lake, MN. We will begin at 12:00 noon so we have plenty of time for conversation and good times together. We will have the room until 4:00 pm so we can spend some time together after the meal. We look forward to seeing everyone there. Your Christmas committee is Margaret Biwersi, Sandi Renk and Yvonne Miller.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 1st
Time: 12:00 Noon
Where: Manitou Station,
21714 4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN
http://www.manitoustation.com/home.html is their website.
Buffet Lunch $20.00 per person and Cash Bar

Reservations: Yvonne Miller at 651-429-6152 by Friday, November 26th.

Local Hotel: White Bear Country Inn Best Western (Closest one, 3 blocks away)
4940 Highway 61 North
White Bear Lake, MN
Phone 651-429-5393
ASK FOR GMC MOTORHOME CLUB RATE which is $49.00.

2011 RALLIES

2011 SPRING RALLY: Will be held May 12, 13, 14, & 15, 2011 at Cushions Peak in Houston, Minnesota. www.camppeak.com is their website. Rally Master will be Sandi Renk. Visits to a round barn and lefse factory are some of the activities.

2011 SUMMER RALLY: Will be held July 14, 15, 16, & 17, 2011 at the Redwood City Park in Redwood Falls Minnesota. John Parker will be the Rally Master.

2011 FALL RALLY: We are looking at a Rolling Rally after the GMCMI Convention in Goshen, Indiana. We have a committee working on the “rolling” rally.

All things are subject to change depending on how life goes. If anyone has a great place for us to visit and have a rally, please let me know, nothing is set in stone!
Thanks; Lucy Weidner, Vice President

Our hats go off to Randy Johnson for entering the Pinewood Derby at the GMCMI Rally in DuQuoin, Illinois. His coach even had a “Moke” inside.  Three couples in our club who entered the “Hats, Boots, and Bandanas” Great Chili Cook-Off contest for best Chili and presentation. Howard and Midge Glenna did a “white lightning” chili, Larry and Lucy Weidner did a “venison” chili (ask them about the hunter and the deer), and Wayne and Jane Hasek did a “Krazy Jane’s” chili. Glenna’s and Weidner’s came home as winners

Editor: You can contact me in Harpers Ferry, by phone:-563-586-2554 or cell 319-240-2460

Midge Glenna is sunshine lady so send her the name of anyone needing a little sunshine and Midge will send them a card. Her phone # is: 715-426-5650.

For paying dues or change of mailing address, or Email changes: Please notify Treasurer, Larry Johnson, 14451 Highway 23, Cold Spring, MN 56320-4613
 
The club website www.gmcmidwestclassics.org has great information about our GMC club and how to join. Visit it often and share with perspective members. Bob Drewes has done an excellent job with our web site. News, photos (look at the new ones from the Summer Rally), For Sale items, Rally’s etc..
Send Bob information for the web site by calling 605-997-2550