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October 2008 Newsletter


 From The President – Bob Miller

    One last time, Greetings to all the Greater Midwest Classics members!!!  Well, as you know, I have been replaced, (thanks Howie) so this will be my final letter to you as your president.  It has been a great 2 years and much has happened during that time but as you know, our club is still doing great and we continue to attract new members.  For those of you who were not at our fall meeting, our new president is Howie Glenna and our new vice president is Lucy Weidner, Congratulations to both of you.

    If you were not at the fall rally, then you missed a great one.  Our own Bob and Marie Mesarchik were the rally masters and they did a wonderful job of providing us with a super rally.  The location was Rochester, Minnesota at a great campground on the south side of town.  We had a great turnout, with 30 coaches in attendance, which is one of the best attended rallies in my recollection.  Bob and Marie were on top of their “game” when planning this one starting with an extra day, which gave us more time to visit and enjoy each other’s company.  We did have our usual pot-luck, this time with singing including a number done by past presidents.  The following night we had a wonderful catered meal followed by entertainment provided by the “Turkey River All Stars”, a local group that has played for years including some very impressive locations around the country.  I think the highlight of the rally may have been a fantastic tour of the Mayo Clinic, which Bob helped lead.  I think we were all amazed at the Mayo story from the beginning to present times, which was told in a video presented in their large theater.  This was followed by a personal guided tour of their many buildings, all connected by what they call a subway, which is basically a way to connect all the buildings beneath the streets.  As a final part of this wonderful event, those who wanted to, could go to the top of the Plumber building where every so often, a man performs the task of playing the Carillon bells.  This entails him working a device that is connected to each of the many clappers of giant bells located at the top of the Plumber building thus playing songs that can be heard all over downtown.  We were able to watch the man perform and of course everyone except Jim Dall experienced hearing loss after due to the fact we were right by the bells (Jim just turned off his hearing aids).  The view of Rochester from the “top” was spectacular.  

    Another highlight was that Bob was able to get a reporter from the local Rochester newspaper, the Post Bulletin, to come out and do a special story about the GMC motorhomes.  We were expecting him to spend a half hour or so but instead, he was there for three hours interviewing members for his article, and even doing some video for a website feature.  The video can be seen at Local Life – And is very impressive.  On behalf of all of us in attendance, I just want to offer a special thanks to Bob and Marie for all their hard work and on this very successful rally.

    The next event is our Christmas party, hosted by Larry and Lucy Weidner in Menomonie, Wisconsin.  This promises to be another great event with the ability to attend a local theater group production where both Larry and Lucy play a significant role in the theater.  Please see the detail of this later in this letter.  I hope you will be able to attend.

    Recently both Howie and Lucy have had some major surgery and while I can report they are both doing well, the recovery is slower than expected and as a result, they need some help with next year’s rallies.  Yvonne and I have volunteered to be wagon masters at a spring rally, somewhere in southern Minnesota (suggestions welcome).  We still need volunteers for the summer and fall rallies.  Please consider helping out on this as it is vital to our clubs continued success.  Please contact either Howie or Lucy to help out.

    Lastly, I want to say THANK YOU to every member in our club.  Thank you for letting me be your president and for your support.  I have to say that in two years, I did not hear one negative comment about our club, the rallies, or anything else.  This is not because of me but rather the many people who have pitched in to help with all aspects of the club.  Thanks to each and every one of you, you know who you are.  I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Party and at next year’s rallies.  Happy “GMC”ing.

The Greater Midwest Classics GMC club salutes Bob Miller for the energetic and visionary way he has lead our club the past two years !

From Vice President – Howard Glenna, Chief Wagon Master



    Lucy and Larry Weidner are our wagon masters.  After dinner we have reservations at the historic (built in 1859), very nicely restored Mabel Tainter Theater for an evening play Arsenic and Old Lace.  Lucy and Larry have attended a play at this theater and say this is one of the nicest, most intimate theaters they have had the pleasure of attending.  Dinner is at 5:00 p.m.  The play will start at 7:30 pm.  

WHEN:       Saturday, November 15th, 2008

WHERE:    Stout Ale House                 MAKE CHECKS OUT TO STOUT ALE HOUSE             

                   1501 North Broadway  Then you can send them to Lucy or pay on the 15th

                   Menomonie, WI. 54751

TIME:         5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m:  Social Hour    Dinner @ 6:00 p.m.

Cost:          $16.00 for Buffet  --  Stuffed Chicken Breast, Sirloin Beef Tips, Salad, Garlic             Mash Potatoes, Coffee and water  -  (Other beverages are available at your cost)


SPECIAL    EVENT (your choice to attend)

Menomonie Theater Guild Production of Arsenic and Old Lace   7:30 p.m.

Ticket price is $16.77 which includes tax & facility fee. Make check out to Menomonie Theater Guild – then you can send it to Lucy or call for reservations and have the tickets sent to you.

    This theater is a historic landmark for Menomonie and Wisconsin and has been recently been awarded the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Historic Restoration Award for it’s outstanding renovations while maintaining the integrity of the history of this theater.    Our local community theater was instrumental in saving this theater from being made into a parking lot and this is the start of our 50thanniversary year!  Larry and Lucy are available to give backstage tours.

          Arsenic and Old Lace is a great comedy introducting the sweet, elderly Brewster sisters, their three nephews, Mortimer, a theater critic, Teddy (who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt), and the evil Jonathan.  Witty dialogue, madcap action and unforgettable characters combine to create a show that will have you chuckling in your seats!

          If you are interested in attending this event, you need to call the Mabel Tainter Box Office at 715-235-0001 Ext. 2 to purchase tickets.  Tell them you are with the GMC group and they will try and seat you as a group.  Main floor and balcony seating is available.  They will hold tickets for you at the box office or they can mail them to you.


Using I-94 and coming from either the east or west, get off at exit 41, Menomonie/Barron exit and head south.  Go through 2 stop lights and turn right into the driveway after McDonald’s.  You will see the sign for the restaurant.

If you are not using the Interstate and are coming from the north, get on highway 25 and go south until you come to Menomonie.  Go through 4 stoplights and turn right into the driveway after McDonald’s.

If you are coming from the south, get on highway 25 and head north.  Go all the way through the city as though you were heading for the Interstate.  You will see McDonald’s on your left.  Turn left into that driveway and the restaurant will be straight ahead.


ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION   (All are right off I-94 )

Americinn Motel                                    Holiday Manor Inn                   Country Inn & Suites

Jct. 94 & Hwy 25                                   Jct. 94 & Hwy 25                             320 Oak Ave.

715-235-4800                                        715-235-9651                              715-235-5664

Motel 6                                                  Super 8 Motel

2100 Stout St.                                       1622 N. Broadway

715-235-6901                                        715-235-8889

The following are the B & B’s which are located in other areas of Menomonie.

Country Comfort                        Hansen Heritage House Inn                   Oaklawn B & B

N5126   410th Ave.                                 919 13th St. SE              423 Technology Park Drive

715-233-0113                                         715-235-0119                         715-235-6155

This is located next to the Red Cedar

Bike/Walk Trail

Bob & Marlys Drewes would like to THANK all of the Midwest Classics members who sent cards, e-mails, personal greetings, and those that came to our 50th Anniversary Party.  This made our day a very special event. Thanks from Bob & Marlys

Editor’s Note: I will continue to make this newsletter better with your help.  Please let me know what you would like to see in it or items I need to include.  My email is:  my cell phone is 319-240-2460 and my address is Jane Hasek, 606 Center Street, Reinbeck, Iowa 50669.

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 rallies.  Share your ideas or volunteer to be a wagon master.  Their email is

Mailing address or Email change:  Please notify Treasurer, Sandi Renk, 1116 Rushmore Drive, Burnsville, MN 55306-8604 or email:  (Note this is a new email for Sandi) 

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.

Web site: has great information about our GMC club.  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 Fall rally), For Sale items, Rally’s etc..  Send Bob information for the web site:

Sweatshirts and Windbreakers can be obtained by contacting Dianne Moore at 563-332-5299.

Thank you to Norma Moses for donating the special tool to change hinge pins to the club.

Be one of the many individuals that give of their time to keep our GMC’s and club rolling along!!!



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