News from President Yvonne;
Hi there Greater Midwest Classic members. The GMCMI rally in Branson was well represented by our members with 20 coaches in attendance. Our club had an impromptu social gathering one evening where new and prospective members were introduced and a great time was had by everyone there. A special thanks to Midge Glenna for organizing the event, and to all those who helped her and contributed food and help.
Many of us attended shows by groups such as The Oak Ridge Boys, a wonderful singing group called Six, and Mickey Gilley to name but a few. There was more free time provided for us at this rally to experience Branson and so we did not have as many tech sessions this time, but still had some important ones as well as the traditional open house, flea market, evening catered meals and ice cream socials. This change in schedule was a result of feedback from members in past rally’s requesting trying something new by going somewhere where there was entertainment. It is my understanding that next spring’s rally will be back to the more traditional format.
Jane Hasek has taken over the coordination of the t shirts, sweatshirts and other club clothing items. I want to say thank you to Jane for taking on this job for our club and thank you to Lucy Weidner for doing it before her. Once again we sold our clothing items at the flea market to help raise money for our treasury which helps keep our dues lower.
Many of our club members went on a two hour train ride which left from Branson and toured the Ozark Mountains and countryside. It was an enjoyable time and provided a scenic view of the area.
I hope to see many of you at our Christmas/Thanksgiving party. For those of you who may need to stay overnight here are a couple of choices for you to contact:
Best Western White Bear Country Inn- 4940 Highway 61, White Bear Lake, MN- Phone 651-429-5393
Holiday Inn Express- 1100 County Road E, Vadnais Heights, MN- Phone 651-484-2400
Editor’s note: The Holiday event is in St. Paul: we are going to tour the James J Hill house, which is across the street from Cathedral of St. Paul (one of the two domes in St. Paul.) Our tour starts at 11:00 AM. There is a lot of street parking on Summit Ave, but do not park in the Cathedral lot. You are welcome to come to the James J. Hill house early, pay the entry fee for our GMC tour, view parts of the house and the current Art Gallery Exhibit before the tour. Enter through the front door or for Handicap Accessibility use the exterior ramp entrance to the left of the building. Pictures may be taken if no flash is used. The tour lasts about one hour and 15 minutes.
After the tour, we are going to have lunch at the Manitou Station in the city of White Bear Lake. We have been there previously. Shopping after lunch, and desserts at Miller’s will round out the day.
We are excited and want to thank those who helped plan the upcoming rallies for 2014. Maybe we can do the FALL Rally on the West side of our territory.
SPRING --- ANOTHER WORKING RALLY
Steve Rasmussen’s home and shop, Northfield, MN
Dates: May 30, 31, & June 1. Early arrivals on Thursday, May 29th. Steve Rasmussen & John Biwersi, Rally Masters
SUMMER: --- McLeod County Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, MN 55350
Dates: July 18, 19, & 20th. Early arrivals on Thursday, July 17th. Rachel & Roger Stearns and Sandi Renk, Rally Masters
FALL --- To Be Announced
SPRING --- Montgomery, TX
Dates: Friday, March 21 - Thursday, March 27, 2014
Lake Conroe Event Center and KOA
Keep the ideas for rallies flowing and contact me for future rallies: Wayne Hasek, Vice President tele # 563-586-2554 ( H ) 319-269-8749
From Larry Johnson: I will be ordering name tags, price is $8 and dash plates are $27. Please let me know and I will get them. However, if you are new members, they are available to you at no charge. Contact Larry with details at 320-685-3457
GMCMI REPORT: From Lucy Weidner
Well, we had a great time in the wonderful “hills” of Branson. I’m sure many of our coaches were “shocked” and “awed” at the hard work they had to do to navigate their way to the campground!
153 coaches made it to Branson and we enjoyed great tech sessions, learned a lot about each other, saw some wonderful shows such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Mickey Gilley, Six, and had lots of laughs. The Hillbilly theme was carried out all through the week with attendees making their own solo cup wine glasses for the special dinner on Tuesday night. We had Hillbilly games compliments of Teri Gregg and her creative ideas with lots of participation. The Hatfield’s were victorious over the McCoy’s and received local products of jellies and molasses as prizes.
The Hillbilly dinner was lots of fun with folks 'dressin’ up in their best “bib and tucker” to drink their beverage of choice from their new “glasses”. The highlight of the evening was a special appearance by a new act coming to Branson. The Greater Midwest Classics Drill Team, with Randy Johnson, Roger Stearns, Wayne Hasek and led by Bob Miller, put on a wonderful exhibition of marching and chair presentation that was incomparable! Dressed in wild shorts, tank tops, striped socks, and hats, they strutted their stuff with abandon. Their final position of “Sit Down” brought the audience roaring to their feet to applaud them and of course laugh heartily as well. A big heartfelt thanks to these great and wonderful guys for being willing to share their talents and for all their hard work in learning this "show stopping act”. I’m humbled by their willingness to share themselves with others, be strong enough to enjoy the laughter, and not saying no when I asked them. You can see their wonderful performance by going to the GMCMI website.
The next GMCMI rally will be in Montgomery Texas and it will be cowboy theme so get your cowboy hats and boots all shined up. Tech sessions and activities that will take place at this convention will be based on what the Board learned at the membership meetings held in Branson.
As always, if you have ideas for presentations or are willing to be a presenter, just contact Kim Weeks. Just a little humor before I close, “why are cowboy hats turned up at the sides? So three cowboys can ride in the front seat together”! Hee Haw!! Hope to see you there.
As always please feel free to share comments with either Larry or I regarding GMCMI. You can reach us at 715-235-7422
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.
For Paying dues, Change of mailing address, or Email changes: Please notify Treasurer, Larry Johnson, 14451 Highway 23, Cold Spring, MN 56320-4613, ph 320-685-3457