April 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

Mid-Illinois Corvette Club

April 9, 2018

Membership Meeting Minutes

The April 9, 2018 meeting was called to order at 6:33 PM by club vice-president Jimmy Lowry in the absence of president Steve Rees. There were 62 members present and 1 guest, Ron Zimmerman. Welcome all!! The meeting was once again held at the temporary location for Uftring’s in the shop area.  If there are any corrections to information posted on the website, please send an e-mail to the club email - midillinoiscorvetteclub@gmail.com.

Program – No program.

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer John Hanson gave the treasurer’s report for March 31, 2018 including a detailed breakdown of all transactions.  A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept as presented. 

Secretary’s Report - The March 2018 meeting minutes, which were e-mailed to the membership or mailed to those not having e-mails, had no corrections needed.  A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept. 

Governor’s Report – Sandy Arnold reported that the NCCC “plastic” membership cards were mailed to all members in March.  If you did not receive yours, contact Sandy.  This will be the last year that the cards will be mailed.  Starting next year the cards will only be available electronically.

Activities – Chairman Rich Anderson reported that on April 14th the club will go to Sicily’s Pizza in Washburn.  It will be a buffet and they only accept cash. 

If you plan to go to “Vettes on the River” on August 25, you should register on Sunday, April 15th as they will be limiting the parking on the levee to the first 350 that are registered to make sure your Corvette is parked safely.  All others will park on the street.  They are expecting 600+ cars.

There are plans for a Kentucky Derby Party on May 5th  at Kep’s.

The JC Whitney Car Show in LaSalle will be on May 6th.

The last meeting for the St. Jude Drive is on May 8th - this is a mandatory meeting.

A 25th Club Anniversary party is planned for Saturday, June 23 at Timberlake. 

Rich also reminded everyone that help is still needed for the Car Show on May 26.  They need volunteers to go to several businesses in the Willow Knolls area and Peoria Heights asking for donations.  They are also in need of sponsors for a trophy which are $40.  Contact Rich if you are interested, or if you are able to help on the day of the show.  All proceeds go to St. Jude!!

Membership – We welcomed a new member tonight, Ron Zimmerman.  He stated his Corvette was a member before he was as his Corvette was formerly owned by one of our members!  Welcome Ron.  Our membership is now at 177 members in 98 households. 

Webmaster – Don Karnes and Rich are working on getting the website up to date.

Member Spotlight – Jimmy and Jessica Lowry & John and Connie Haase were in the Spotlight tonight.  Both of the guys stated that their love of Corvettes happened more by accident, but now they are true Corvette lovers.

Old Business – Reminder that the last meeting for the St. Jude Drive is on Tuesday, May 8th.  Mike Branham also mentioned that you can still reserve a seat on the bus until Fri, April 13th.

The 2018 Proposed By-Laws were approved by the members.   171 ballots were passed out/mailed and we received 119 back.  The new By-Laws will be e-mailed to the members or mailed to those not having e-mail.

New Business – Gary Uftring went with a group to the Chevrolet National Convention and was impressed by the changes coming up.  The redesign of the 2019 pickup is just one example.  They also learned that within the next 5 years, 50% of the cars will be all electric!

Work continues on the plans for the new dealership buildings – Chevrolet has to approve every inch of the new building.  There are 2 local contractors who are joining forces so the building can hopefully be done by January.  They are so appreciative for the support of the city and the firemen who worked long, hard hours to bring the fire under control.  Through the sale of T-shirts, they were able to donate thousands of dollars to the many fire departments that helped them so they could replace equipment that was damaged in the fire.

Announcements – Dan Hittenger had a “Thinking of You” card for Dale Nelson, one of the founding members of the club, and passed it around for everyone to sign.   Dale was in the nursing home but is now back at home.

Trivia and 50/50 – Trivia question:  In which year did Chevrolet not issue a Corvette due to remodeling? 

A) 1983,  B) 1973,  C) 1990,  D) 1966.  The correct answer was A) 1983 and was worth $20.  Dale Baillez answered correctly and donated it to the shoe fund.  Thanks Dale!

The 50/50 drawing was for $41.00 tonight and was won by Buddy Turner, who donated it back to the shoe fund. Thank you Buddy!

Adjournment - A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:37 PM.


Respectfully Submitted,

Marilyn Carls, MICC Secretary