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November 2007 Newsletter


From The President – Bob Miller

November already---wow.  Where did summer and fall go? Hello to members and friends. I hope this finds everyone well and getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had a great fall rally in conjunction with the GMCMI rally at the Amana Colonies in Iowa. I know many attended as several club members were assisting GMCMI. Thanks to everyone who helped with parking, meal cleanup, and other jobs. Once again our club excelled at helping GMCMI with a Midwest area rally.
Our club meeting of Monday, September 17, was preceded by a meal of stack-ups, again prepared by Midge Glenna, and assisted by many other ladies of our club. Thank you, and especially Midge, for your work in making a much enjoyed meal.  Our official business included electing a new club secretary, Sue Witwer, who succeeds June McGrathDean Witwer was elected as chairman of the nominating committee succeeding Bob Miesarchik---who has been chairman for several years. Thank you June and Bob. Bob has graciously agreed to remain on the nominating committee as he has been invaluable in getting talented people to serve in various positions. The other important event that took place at Amana was finding a new newsletter editor. As most of you know, Sherry Moore has been our newsletter editor for three years and has done an excellent job including getting us online to receive the newsletter by e-mail if we so desire. You may also remember that she told me this spring that she was ready to step aside as editor.  It is not something that most people want to do for a long term due to the required time involved.  It is my pleasure to announce that Jane Hasek will become newsletter editor beginning in 2008.  Jane is uniquely qualified and I want to thank her for accepting this important position. Please give her any help she may need while learning the position. On behalf of everyone in the club, I wish to say a heartfelt Thank You to Sherry Moore who has worked hard to make our newsletter what it is today. Great job Sherry!!! Please give her your thanks the next time you see her. 
I believe that everyone who attended the fall rally had a good time as there were a many activities scheduled at the GMCMI rally. Our club continues to gain in membership.  We added several members during the rally---people in our area that did not know of us prior to the rally or were new GMC owners. Welcome new members.  I know you will find that we have a great club because the members themselves give the club its personality. (Editor’s note:  We have some fascinating members from various backgrounds and unusual experiences with a zest for living and exploring the world, sometimes in their GMC’s.)


Christma Christmas Party to be hosted by Lowell Olsen in Albert Lea ( See the end of the newsletter for details )

 The next event for the club is the Christmas party hosted by Lowell Olsen in Albert Lea, Minnesota. You remember Lowell who owns five coaches but drives his car to rallies!  The holiday party will be similar to last year and if you missed it then, try to make it this year as the “King” (Lowell) puts on a fun party. Thanks for agreeing to do this again this year, Lowell, as I know all of us really enjoyed last year’s event.  

I am happy to report that our club continues to be in great shape both financially and from a membership prospective. This is due mainly to our past officers, and especially Dean Witwer who organized things in such a manor as to make my job very easy. I am looking forward to next summer and some exciting things that Chief Wagon Master Howard Glenna has planed for our rallies. 
One of our former members, Norma Moses, has donated a tool to the club that her husband Darcy made. The tool is designed to change the hinge pins in our motor home doors so that we can take the slack out of worn pins by replacing them. As many of you know, Darcy Moses was ingenious at building things to help us maintain our coaches and we certainly miss him. Thank you so much Norma for giving the tool to our club. With this donation, we are going to start a club tool chest with unique tools that members can “check out” and use for a period of time. Presently, I have the door hinge pin tool and you can contact me if you want to use it. We are going to set up some guidelines on how we can run our club tool chest so that people will have a chance to check out a tool for a reasonable period of time and then return it for the next person. If you have any ideas on this please contact me or Howard Glenna. You may also have a tool that you may want to donate to the club and we will be happy to accept that as well. Maybe Bob Drewes will donate the wheel alignment tool he made (just kidding Bob.) 
Lastly, I want to thank everyone who contributed this year to making our club successful. There are too many people to mention but we know who you are and without you we could not continue, so thanks again for you time and efforts. Have a great holiday season and keep those GMC’s rolling.

From Vice President - Howard Glenna, Chief Wagon Master,
Christmas Gathering
, Wednesday, December 5, 2007, Albert Lea, Minnesota Albert Lea Elks Club    1811 South Broadway on City Route #65     Host – Lowell Olsen

From Lucy & Larry Weidner:  Want a holiday treat, interested in watching live theater in a beautiful historic theater?  If so, come to Menomonie and watch a holiday musical directed by one of your Midwest Classic members, Lucy Weidner.  Nuncrackers is the Nunsense Christmas musical which has those zany Little Sisters of Hoboken putting on a “live TV special” that has great songs, a home shopping network, the Nutcracker Ballet with a twist, and an audience
opportunity to appear on TV.  Dates for the performances are Dec. 7 at 7:30, Dec. 8 at 2:00 PM & 7:30, Dec. 9 at 2:00PM, Dec. 14 at 7:30PM, Dec. 15 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM, Dec. 16 at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Mabel Tainter Theater Box Office at 715-235-0001, Ext. 100.  If you are interested in information regarding restaurants or hotels, contact Lucy at or go to the Menomonie’s Chamber of Commerce website.  Let Larry and Lucy know if you are coming so they can say hello before the show.

Spring Rally, 2008, May 13 – 15 at Lake Okoboji near Sprit Lake, Iowa Wagonmasters – John and Pam Kragt  note for the Spring Rally---we are going to have the tool we got from Norma Moses and  some spare door hinge bushings.  We can install them in your coach if you come to the rally.  Put it on your calendar

Summer Rally, 2008, July 14 – 17 at Minnesota State Fair Grounds, St. Paul, Minnesota. This will be in conjunction with FMCA’s 80th International Convention

Fall Rally to be determined

Editor’s Note:   Be one of the many individuals that give of their time to keep our GMC’s and club rolling along. I have enjoyed my years as newsletter editor and thank former editor, Joe Mott, who encouraged me and patiently helped me to learn, along with Merv Vatland, Sandi Renk, Bob Drewes each who maintain meticulous address and email records, Bob Miller and Dean Witwer---who insisted we needed an electronic newsletter and Howard Glenna who graciously smooth's the way as Chief Wagon Master. What a great group of people the Greater Midwest Classics are!  I know that new editor Jane Hasek will do a great job of keeping you informed.  I returned from China on October 23 and absolutely know without any doubt that this is the greatest country in the world. Macau is well on the way to becoming the Las Vegas of Asia.  I will long remember sunset and the night view of Hong Kong Harbor.

Midge Glenna is sunshine lady so send her the name of anyone needing a little sunshine and Midge will send them a card.  Vice President Howard Glenna is always interested in locations and ideas for 2008 rallies.  Share your ideas or volunteer to be a wagon master.

Mailing Address or Email change:  Please notify Treasurer, Sandi Renk, 1116 Rushmore Drive, Burnsville, MN 55306-8604.                              

If you know someone that wishes to join Greater Midwest Classics, membership applications can be obtained by phone, email, or US mail to President Bob Miller, Bob Drewes, or newsletter editor.Sweatshirts and Windbreakers - New orders may be placed by contacting Dianne Moore at 563-332-5299.


For Sale

1976 Palm Beach.   Many upgrades.  $16,000 Don Holcomb, Perry, Iowa   515-465-4394   

1976 Eleganza  and a 1977 Eleganza, Lowell Olson,   507-373-9039 

1976  Eleganza,  $25,000, Ruby Monk,319-465-6270 or son Randy at 319-465-5794





King Lowell was making a list and checking it twice
while Marie, Bob and Darwin offer comment during 
the GMCMI rally at the Amana Colonies. 








Queen Randy displays his new purse that he won while Dad Joe tries to keep a straight face.  Will Randy take that purse along on the next Alaska fishing trip?  

Marlys Drewes did a wonderful job of heading up the Red Hat Tea and the women of Greater Midwest Classics thank you Marlys for a job well done.  The  afternoon tea was enjoyed by all.




Happy Hour 3:30pm, Dinner 5:00pm       Early arrival 12 Noon, ending at 8:00pm

Albert Lea Elks Club (507-373-7937)    1811 S Broadway (city route #65)

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

       Entertainment by Professional Storyteller

Menu Choices

Lemon Pepper Cod

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.

Questions:  call Lowell at 507-373-9039, leave message

Send your meal choices and money to:   Lowell Olson by November 30, 2007

807 Bridge Avenue, Albert Lea, MN  56007-2343

Area Motels

Ramada - 2306 E Main St                                507-373-6471

Super 8 - 2019 E Main St                                 507-373-0591

Countryside Inn - 2102 E Mains St                  507-373-2446

Country Inn & Suites – 2214 E Main St           507-373-5513

Holiday Inn Express  - 821 Plaza St.               507-373-4000

Comfort Inn 810 Happy Trails Ln                     507-377-1100

American Motel, 1313 State St N, # 13, Waseca MN         507-373-4324



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