From The President – Bob Miller
We completed our Spring 07 rally last week and it was a great one. Thanks to Bob and Marlys Drewes for the outstanding job as lead wagon masters with help from Jim and Anita White, Martin Luebke and Darwin and Marlene Kreun. We tried a mid-week rally for the first time and it was a success with twenty-five coaches in attendance---including 2 SOB’s. We started with the usual first night pot luck followed by a next morning business meeting and tech session. In the afternoon we were treated to a tour of EROS which is a government run complex in the South Dakota countryside and employs some six hundred people who use various methods of recording data regarding world wide waters, land mass, and atmosphere to track changes, predict future needs, etc. Their main source is satellite photography which yields some incredible pictures. We all traveled together in a bus that Bob was able to get at no cost to us---still don’t know how he did that. It was an exceptional tour enjoyed by everyone. Wednesday evening we were treated to a super catered meal, arranged by Martin Luebke. By the time we left the winds had picked up and storm warnings had been issued. The storms never materialized so most of us slept through the night. The next morning we enjoyed a “breakfast in a bag” meal hosted by the Whites. Most of the members started for home after that, although several couples stayed another night and took in the sights at Sioux Falls. We had several new members and prospects in attendance so it was good to see our club continue to gain in interest and membership.
At the business meeting we took an informal survey of how many people liked the mid-week rally format and found that the majority did. If we switch to mid week it will be much easier to get good campgrounds at more reasonable rates so I think we need to consider mid-week rallies for next year. Let me know what you think about doing that. We talked about adding an extra day to the rally’s to have time to socialize and just relax and everyone seemed in favor of that as well. Many now are coming a day early so I think we should try to incorporate this by showing up a day early at the next rally and officially switch to a two day plus format next year. The remaining two rally’s this year are July 27th, 28th,and 29th at the Buffalo House Campground near Duluth and the Fall rally will be during the International rally September 16th through the 22nd at the Amana Colony in Iowa.
We have been contacted by GMC International to help out during their rally in September since it is in our membership area. We have done this several times in the past and I think we should do it again. We need to know is who is going to attend and if they are able to help out. Bob Drewes has volunteered to be our point person on this project so I would like to ask you to do the following: Please contact Bob and let him know (1) Are you planning on going to the International Fall Rally at Amana; (2) would you be willing to help out and (3) do you have any restrictions such as needing to work at a desk or table vs. something like helping with parking, etc. Contact Bob by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 605-997-2550. Please try to do this within a week of receiving this letter.
As a final note, I finished installing my 500 Caddy motor at 10:00pm the night before I left for South Dakota and outside of a few adjustments, it ran great. Nothing like getting finished at the last possible moment to raise your stress level. Remember, together we can make sure our club is fun, social, and informative about our wonderful GMC’s. Continue to have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you at the next rally near Duluth, Minnesota.
From Vice President - Howard Glenna
Duluth Rally- Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 27, 28, & 29, 2007
From Interstate 35 Exit 245 2590 Guss & Buffalo Valley Road, Duluth, Minnesota 55810 Buffalo House Camp Ground 218-628-7019, Ask for Scott who is coordinating the GMC Rally. $28 per night, water and electric only. One week prior notice for no cost cancellation. A good website: visitduluth.com The next exit north of 245 has a beautiful lookout area and information center. At the rally, get your packet describing local area attractions from Howard Glenna.
Wagon Masters Theresa & Jim Dall
Friday July 27 6:00 PM cook-out & pot-luck. Bring your choice of meat to cook, buns, utensils, and a side dish or dessert to share.
Saturday July 28 8:00 AM “Breakfast-in-a-bag”. All ingredients will be furnished but please bring you own plate & utensils and a cup of fruit for the fruit bowl.
Saturday Night Meal: Buffalo House Restaurant, Order from the Menu, Self-Pay.
Sunday July 29 8:00 AM; Coffee and rolls in the morning. Please bring a cup of fruit for the fruit bowl.
Allow extra time to explore Duluth & the North Shore of Lake Superior. Come early and stay a few extra days.
Midge and Howard Glenna need your help. Midge is sunshine lady so send her the name of any one needing a little sunshine and Midge will send them a card. Howard needs to know where and whatyou would like at our 2008 rallies. Share your ideas, and if possible, help by being a wagon master to host a 2008 rally.
The EROS Tour was enjoyed by all. One of the EROS technicians inspected a GMC antenna, although resulting reception improvement for the GMC is unknown.
Editor’s Note: The twin towers are of the Manhattan Condos where I will be staying during my first visit to Macau in October. President Bob Miller is searching for a newspaper editor as my replacement. I know there are several of you that have the computer and writing ability to fulfill this role and I would be happy to help anyone transition into this position.
Mailing Address or Email change: Please notify Treasurer, Sandi Renk, 1116 Rushmore Drive, Burnsville, MN 55306-8604. It was great to have Sandi and Dennis Renk with us at spring rally---keep fighting the good fight, Denny.
If you know someone that wishes to join, membership applications can be obtained by phone, email, or US mail to President Bob Miller, Bob Drewes, or newsletter editor Sherry Moore.
Sweatshirts and Windbreakers - New orders may be placed for next spring by contacting Dianne Moore at 563-332-5299 or ordering at spring rally for summer delivery.
GMC Great Midwest Classics 2007 Officers: President: Bob Miller, Vice President: Howard Glenna, Secretary: Sandi Renk, Newsletter Editor: Sherry Moore, Membership Book & Webmaster: Bob Drewes, FMCA Director: Howard Glenna, FMCA Alternate: Sherry Moore, Nominating Committee: Dean Witwer, Darrell Moore, Bob Mesarchik
From the Family of Laurie Amsden
We would like to thank you so much for the flowers that were sent
by the club to Mom's service. They were beautiful and lasted a very long
time. To all who thought of her these past weeks, we thank you so much. She
always looked forward to going to the rallies, to seeing new and old places,
but she especially looked forward to seeing her friends. She was truly
blessed with so many. Thank you again for all the thoughts, prayers, cards
and the wonderful flowers. Rick and Roxy Berqual