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August 2009 Newsletter


From The President – Howard “Howie” Glenna

    The Duluth Rally was “air conditioned” with a little rain, but it did not dampen the spirits of the members in their 18 coaches.  Some enjoyed it so much they moved to an RV site downtown Duluth near the lift bridge for another day.  We also had six coaches at the Glenna’s the night before, had a great time and caravanned to Duluth the next day.  I want to thank our wagon masters Bob and Yvonne Miller and Jim and Teresa Dall.  GREAT JOB!!
    The Fall Rally is in Menomonie, Wisconsin at the Irvington Campground, E4176 County Road D.  Lucy and Larry Weidner are the wagon masters with what ever help Midge and I can be to assist.  MAKE NOTE OF THESE DATES AS THE LAST NEWSLETTER HAD THE DATES LISTED INCORRECT.  THE CORRECT DATES ARE SEPTEMBER 11 – 12 – 13 WITH EARLY ARRIVALS ON THE 10TH The Glenna’s are only one hour away from Menomonie so come stay with us on September 9th and we can go to Menomonie together on the 10th
    After the Menomonie Rally we are going to the GMC Motorhomes International Convention in Pueblo, Colorado, September 27th to October 2, 2009.  For those who would like to caravan to Pueblo we have a plan.  Leave the Glenna’s Sunday morning, September 20th to over-night with Jim and Anita White in the Wakonda, South Dakota area.  Monday morning the 21st we will drive to Minden, Nebraska to spend two nights in a great Museum and RV park, departing Minden the morning of the 23rd of September.  Join us at any stop along the way. 
The GREATER MIDWEST CLASSIC CHRISTMAS PARTY IS DECEMBER 12TH, 2009.  It will be held in Rochester, Minnesota at the Rochester Senior Citizens Center from 1 – 5 PM.  Bob & Marie Mesarchik have a great party planned.  You do not want to miss the party. 
    One last comment:  At the Duluth Rally we had guests from “down-under” Australia.  Rob and Helen Mueller have two GMC Coaches, one in Australia and one in the USA and they travel around both countries.  Fun people and there is some discussion about getting a group of GMC’ers to RV in Australia.  Bob Miller has agreed to keep us up to date on these ideas.

From Past President Bob & Yvonne Miller
As most of you know we were the wagon masters at the most recent Rally near Duluth.  In spite of some rain, most people seemed to have a good time.  We were very surprised when special guests, (now new members) Rob and Helen Mueller showed up for the rally.  The Mueller’s are from Australia and spend time during our summer (their winter) touring the USA in their GMC motorhome meeting new people and visiting new areas of the country.  We first met Rob last year at the International rally in Santa Rosa, and then later met Helen at the International rally in Delaware.  They are very enjoyable people and we welcome them as new members of our club.  After the rally they followed us home where Rob used my garage to change oil and grease the coach.  The four of us then went out to dinner and then they stayed overnight in our driveway before heading south on Saturday.  We enjoyed getting to know them better and look forward to seeing them again.
    Rob announced at our business meeting that they were going to investigate putting together a motorhome sightseeing trip in Australia for any GMC’ers who may be interested.  Those attending would rent motorhomes and Rob and Helen would plan a tour of several weeks in Australia including the outback, the Great Barrier Reef, etc.  Total time would be approximately four weeks and if there is enough interest, it would begin sometime in January 2011.  This sounds like an opportunity of a lifetime if they can make this happen.  They will keep us posted on their research regarding this project, including a “ball park” estimate of costs.  On a separate note, they have an identical GMC in Australia (except for the right had drive) which is a 75 Avion model, in fact they are only 2 serial numbers apart which Rob says is totally coincidence.  We certainly hope that they can make this a reality for those who would like to participate in such a trip.

Vice President – Lucy Weidner Greetings to all! 
    First off, I want to apologize to the group for the confusion regarding the Fall Rally dates.  I guess I type faster than I think and I didn’t use a proof-reader.  Please note the Fall Rally information included in this newsletter has the correct dates.
    A huge thanks to Bob and Marie Mesarchik for arranging the Christmas Party.  Mark you calendars for Saturday, December 12th, that’s the date.  More information will be coming in the next newsletter.  Still working on future Rally dates and sites and have had some people come and talk to me about their willingness to host one in the future.  If you’re worried that arranging one of these events can be overwhelming, try and do the Christmas party, it’s a little easier. Interested in joining us as we head out to Pueblo, Colorado?  Contact the Glenna’s, Miller’s or Weidner’s for more information.
    If you have items to share or if you have questions, just call me at 715-235-7422 or email me at See you in Menomonie.  Safe travels to all! Lucy (& Larry 2)

2009 FALL RALLY at MENOMONIE, WI at the Irvington Campground
Directions: From Menomonie, South 1 mile on State Road 25 to County Road D, west 1 mile to the campground. Coming from the South, watch for County Road D, take a left on CR D for a mile to the campground. It will be on your right, just before the river. You need to call the Irvington Campground at 715-505-5202 or 715-235-1338 to make  your own reservations.  Tell them you’re with the GMC’ers.  $22 water and electric, or $25 for full hook-ups.  Go to the Website for GPS coordinates.  DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE, PHONE RESERVATIONS ONLY. The deadlineis Sept. 4th, 2009.
Thursday, Sept. 10th 
Early Arrivals
    Friday, Sept. 11th
6:00 PM--Potluck/Social Hour Bring your own meat to grill, dish to pass, as well as plates and eating utensils.
    Saturday, Sept. 12th
8:00 AM--
Omelet in a bag. Bring 1 cup of fruit, your eating utensils and plates.
        Business Meeting will follow the breakfast
10:00 AM--
Technical discussions.  Topics to be determined by the group.
NOON--Lunch on your own
        2:00 PM--
Bullfrog Fish Farm visit.  We will have a tour & engage in some local color with Herbie. For those who    are interested, fishing will follow the tour.
 Supper will follow--includes appetizers, grilled trout & seasonal vegetables.  
COST:  $14.50 per person.  Beverages on sale. 
    Sunday, Sept. 13th
8:00 AM -Yogurt, juice, coffee, & conversation. CHECK OUT IS NOON. HAPPY TRAILS TO ALL
Other activities you may enjoy:  Dunn County Historical Society--  Classic Car Display

Red Cedar Bike Trial--BRING BIKES. The campground is located right next to the Red Cedar Bike trail.  If you’re a Wisconsin resident make sure you have your State trail pass, otherwise you can purchase a daily pass for $4.00 in the office of the campground.  We can do a group ride at anytime or as people want.  The Red Cedar trail is a flat crushed rock trail.
Fall Rally--September 11-13, Menomonie, WI    (Early arrival 9/10).
    Fall GMCMI Rally--September 27-October 2, Pueblo, CO  
Christmas Party--Saturday, December 12th, Rochester, MN
Currently GMC Greater Midwest Classics club has 145 members and 78 coaches. 

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. 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 &  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 Pres. Howard Glenna   Bob Drewes at  or the 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 Summer Rally), For Sale items, Rally’s etc.  Send information for the web site to Bob at     
    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 along!!!!!

For Sale

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

1973 GMC 23 ft Glacier, Dan & Dixie Gilbertson, Austin,MN 507-437-7481

1976 Glenbrook, Dick Hyland, Champlin, MN 763-421-8497    

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

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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