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May 2009 Newsletter


From The President – Howard “Howie” Glenna

     Greetings to all the Greater Midwest Classics members!!  I hope you had a great winter.  For those of you who don’t travel in the winter, it’s time to get our motorhomes up and running for another year.  As I write this letter I have the engine out of mine and sitting on the stand trying to fix my oil leak.  I hope I have it back together in time.  Since our Christmas gathering, I’m sure we have many stories to share.  Bob (spelled with one “o”) and Marlys have a transmission story; Leon and Helen Lieder have an epic engine story followed by coming home to a flooded basement; Larry and Lucy Weidner and their trip to the International with their torque converter issues; and of course our former President Bob Miller and his wife Yvonne and their torque converter issues.  These are just a few of the stories I’ve heard and I’m looking forward to gathering with friends around our motorhomes and hearing more of them.  We should have a lot of fun getting caught up!  One last item I’ve Heard is that John and Pam Kragt are definitely going to Alaska this summer.

     As an added note, I have changed providers for email in an effort to improve my web access and have a new email address: (So far I’ve not found it to be much better).


     The Spring 2009 rally for the GMC Greater Midwest Classics will be held May 29-31, 2009 at Kiesler’s Campground in Waseca, MN (Waseca is 10 miles west of Owatonna on Highway 14).  Early arrival is available on May 28th.

     Make reservations for the rally directly with the campground at 507-835-3179, or visit the website at  We have both full hookups and electric/water reserved.  Please mention the GMC group & hookup requested when you call in your reservation and make a deposit.  You can come on May 28th for early arrival.  It’s not too late to make reservations and hopefully our very good rate of $22.00 + tax per night will still be available. (Reservation deadline was May 1st.)   This includes our use of their heated recreation hall.  This includes our use of their heated recreation hall.  


     THURSDAY – MAY 28    Early Arrivals

     FRIDAY – MAY 29

          5:30 PM   -  Potluck/Social Hour.  Bring your own meat to grill and a dish to pass.

          8:00 PM   -  Bingo (sponsored by Kiesler’s)

    SATURDAY – MAY 30 

          7:30 AM  -  Coffee.  Omelets in a bag.  Please bring a cup of fresh fruit.

                          Meeting to follow breakfast

         NOON        Lunch on your own

        6:00 PM  -  Dinner at Olde Towne Eatery

        7:00 PM  -  DJ – MC Express

   SUNDAY – MAY 31 

         8:00 AM  --  Coffee and conversation.  CHECK OUT TIME IS 5:00 PM

 From Vice President –Lucy Weidner, Chief Wagon Master

     Greetings to all of you.  Hopefully you all had a wonderful winter and are looking forward to spring.  Some additional notes on the Spring Rally: There are a couple of events that are being sponsored by Kiesler’s during our stay.  It’s listed as Mardi Gras and Scrapbooking Weekend.  You can see that Bingo is a scheduled activity on Friday night.  On Saturday morning between 9 & 10 they will set up for a scrapbooking seminar.  You can participate if you choose, or just stay and visit for a while.  Otherwise we hope to utilize their large space for either a “story telling” opportunity that may appeal to the guys or the women could use that space for a women’s featured session.  On Saturday evening they will have a DJ who plays music from the 60’s to now.  We are invited to join in for dancing and laughing if we choose.  Additionally, there is “A TOUCH OF COUNTRY CLASS” Southern Minnesota’s largest craft sale and DAM DAYS only 15 minutes away.  For our dinner on Saturday evening, we will be seated in the dinning room and I need to give them a head count so they can make arrangements for seating.  So I will need to contact those of you who will be coming to the rally to see if you will be eating with us.  We will also be talking about future rally dates and sites when we meet.  We’d like to make plans for a least a year in advance, so please bring your thinking caps!!  Until then, take care, safe trip and see you in Waseca!  LUCY (and Larry too!)  PS The eye is doing well, the tumor is shrinking!  My email address is:   



     SPRING RALLY  --  MAY 29-31, WASECA, MN




     Dean & Cherie Klakoski, 2738 Brown Street, Portage, IN

     Vern & Darlene Maslow, 112 375th Ave. NE, Stanchfield, MN

    Keith & Patti Fasilakes, 5131 Greenwood Drive, Mounds View, MN

 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.    You can contact me in Harpers Ferry, Iowa via PO Box 262, 705 North 1st Street, Harpers Ferry, Iowa 52146, phone: 563-586-2554 & email  or  We use our cell phones and Jane’s is 319/240-2460 and Wayne’s is 319/269-8749.  You can get us anytime by either email or our cell phones and we check the land line phone at Harpers Ferry fairly regular.

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.   

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

If you know someone that wishes to join Greater Midwest Classics, membership applications can be obtained by phone, email, or US mail to President Howard Glenna, Bob Drewes, or newsletter editor.

Web site: Our club's website, 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 Christmas party), 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.

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

For Sale

More information on these coaches for sale can be found on the website:     

1974 Canyon lands.  Fritz Kruschel, Woodbury, MN. Ph. 612-739-7038

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

1978 Royal.  Many upgrades, rear twin beds, 51,000 miles. Bob LaCasse  651-894-4215

1977 Eleganza II.  Joe or Randy at 605-396-2466 or email:

1977 Palm Beach.  Martin Leubke, Garretson, SD  605-261-7309

1973 Canyonlands:  Rush City, MN.  320-358-3330




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