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November 2006 Newsletter


Greater Midwest Classics …on the road again 

From The President:  Our new web site is the step that changes club communications from a complex expensive task to a continually updated system requiring a fraction of the cost to maintain, compared to our original hardcopy newsletter.  Webmaster Bob Drewes has made this possible with his technological knowledge and coordinated efforts with other GMC clubs using similar on-line format.  Bring up the web site and see what has been accomplished to date.  The “What’s New” section is used to alert membership of newsworthy items by you sending your input to the webmaster for screening and insertion.  Future web site additions, like the membership data base, may be included in a section accessible only by password.  Our website continues to be a works-in-progress.  At this point in time, we are realizing only a few of the many benefits the future web site will bring.  Please contribute by forwarding suggestions to be considered for future growth.  Bob can evaluate your suggestions and work them in as the system grows….Dean Witwer

The 2006 Fall rally was held September 8 – 10 at South Isle Campground, about two miles south of Isle, Minnesota.  Isle is located in the southeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs and know locally as the Walleye capital of the world.  Wagonmasters were Don and June McGrath and Fritz and Elaine Kruschel and Ward and Bev Lewis. There were 21 coaches plus 2 SOB’s in attendance.  The Friday night potluck was followed by an innovative breakfast pizza baked at a local pizza parlor.  Saturday morning technical sessions were paired with story telling session for the ladies.  Bob Drewes brought testing equipment to check the voltage and frequency output of the Onan generator. The tester also would check for ground fault interference, and several coaches had a ground fault problem.  Many of the generators tested needed to be reset. The afternoon featured a World Series beanbag baseball game played by two teams of eleven members each.  It was a high scoring game featuring some excellent pitching by both teams.  The lead seesawed back and forth but was finally won by the red team.  The beanbag baseball game was provided by Ward and Bev Lewis and Merv and Evelyn Vatland.  Ward and Bev Lewis brought all the makings and cooked a wonderful salmon nugget supper with all the trimmings---including chocolate brownies. Evening entertainment was provided by Juanita and Wayne Hutschmidt, playing and singing show tunes from the twenties through the sixties.  They are friends of the Dall’s and graciously provided outstanding music and sang only for their supper.  The dance floor was filled by the GMC couples. Sunday morning featured fresh baked goods from a local bakery and then everyone departed for home.  See you at the Christmas Party in Albert Lea….Don and June McGrath.

Elected Officers for 2007 are Bob Miller, Pres; Howard Glenna, V Pres; Sandi Renk, Treasurer; 
and June McGrath, Secretary. Support these members in their duties for the coming year.

President Dean Witwer presented Bob Drewes a plaque in appreciation of Bob’s work in creating and maintaining the club website.  Bob gives much of his time and talent to the club and has developed a wonderful means of communication among club membership.  Thanks so much Bob.  Club President Dean Witwer also recognized Howard Glenna for suggesting and coordinating the design and format for our new personal identification and coach badges. And Marie Mesarchik audited the treasurer’s books prior to 2007 transfer.  Marie previously was treasurer of the club and the club is appreciative of her help.  Thanks to President Witwer for recognizing volunteer service, your editor included.  Many give of their time to make the club function.

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Eugene R. Johnson on July 31, 2006.  Eugene died at home surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with asbestosis. 

Chuck Kokesh submitted to surgery in recent months and now seems to be turning the corner and making a recovery.  We hope he can bring himself back to the like new condition in which he keeps his GMC coach. President Dean Witwer quips that Chuck always did believe in new parts.  Duane and Ruth Christopherson visited the Kokesh’s in September on their return to Arizona.  

GMC Greater Midwest Classic members, Bergquist, Bird, Biwersi, Dable, Dall, DeVries, Drewes, L. Johnson, McGrath, and P. Moore attended the GMC International fall rally in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  Bob Drewes (Ms. Macerator) and Pat Moore (Ms.Bogies) appeared as two of thirty entries in the womanless beauty contest, and looked appropriately ridiculous.  The pageant was enjoyed by all and provided much laughter and entertainment. 

Sweatshirts and Windbreakers - New orders may be placed by contacting Dianne Moore at 563-332-5299 or ordering at rally.

For Sale

1976 Eleganza updates, 109,000 miles     1977 Eleganza, 43,000 miles,   Lowell Olson, 507-373-9039 

1976 GMC Eleganza, $25,000, Ruby Monk, 324 ½ East First Street, Monticello IA 52310-1503

319-465-6270 or Son Randy at 319-465-5794

1977 GMC Royal, $15,000 or best offer,  Gail Brodil, 651-686-4606

Engines for Sale:  1971 455 with G heads low rise intake.  Two 455 short blocks.  One Tornado transmission with

final drive.  One J head.  Package deal, $800/offer.  John Noterman, 952-496-1088,

1976 Glenbrook, $13,500, 46K, Nice clean original condition, new Alcoa’s, Bridgestone Tires.  New Brakes, Airbags,

Wheel Bearings, Manifolds, etc.  $4,000 in new parts.  Dick Hyland, Champlin, MN 763-421-8497


Host, Lowell Olson

 Albert Lea Elks Club (507-373-7937)

1811 S Broadway (city route #65)

Albert Lea, MN

Exit 22 from #90 (Bridge Ave) or Exit 8 from #35 (Broadway)

Happy Hour 3:30pm, Dinner 4:30pm

Early arrival 12 Noon, ending at 8:00pm

Entertainment by Professional Storyteller

Menu Choices

 Boneless Pork Chop,  bacon wrapped and broiled.

 Seafood Alfredo on Fettuccini w/cheese sauce.

One-Half Golden Brown Chicken, dark or all white.

Fresh Tender Cooked Vegetables on Fettuccini with parmesan cheese sauce.

Drink, Potato, Salad Bar and Desert served with all meals

 Price is $15 per person for meal, gratuities and entertainment.

Send your meal choices and money to:

Lowell Olson

807 Bridge Avenue, Albert Lea, MN  56007-2343

If you have questions about the Christmas party, call Lowell Olson or Dean Witwer

 Area Motels

Ramada                     2306 E Main St         507-373-6471

Motel 65                    1611 S Broadway      507-373-9792

Super 8                      2019 E Main St         507-373-0591

Countryside Inn         2102 E Mains St        507-373-2446

Spring 2007 Rally Date
June 5,6,7th (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday) at the Yogi Bear Campground just East of Sioux Falls, SD on I-90. A planned tour of EROS (Earth Resources Observation & Science) facility is planned. This facility collects all the images from the satellites that circle the globe. Rally masters are Bob & Marlys Drewes and other members in the area. 

President’s Annual Report, September, 2006

Fall Rally Balance History:  2002-$4423, 2003-$3888, 2004-$3287, 2005-$2813, 2006-$3653 2006 increased balance due to dues increase of $600/year and newsletter savings of $450/year. The club is financially secure for the foreseeable future.  The club needs to establish a continuing membership recruiting program.  The last four years have been both challenging and enjoyable.  Thanks to the club officers, volunteers, and the membership for giving me the opportunity to be President…Dean

GMC Motorhomes International Seeking Convention Manager

The GMC International Board has appointed a search committee for a convention manager.  The members of that committee are George Baxter (206 940 2340), Don Brown (765 463 3815), Fred Hudspeth (903 509 2495), Dave Lenzi (810 653 3902) and Emery Stora (505 660 9507). They would welcome a phone call from anyone who may be qualified and interested in the role---or perhaps to recommend such a candidate.   While management of conventions requires a broad array of executive skills, these deserve special consideration:  Interpersonal skills - vital to retaining current members and recruiting new members. Serve as the” go-to" person at GMCMI conventions. Maintain effective working relationships with other GMC Motorhome clubs, vendors, Internet groups and FMCA for preservation and enjoyment of GMC Motorhome ownership.   Convention program planning and execution.  Computer skills required.  Compensation for the convention manager is $17,500/year. That is half of Emery's current compensation. The other half will go to Billy Massey for the membership roles he will be performing. The GMCMI convention manager plans and manages two conventions each year and is a key player in the site selection process.



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