Mid-Illinois Corvette Club
November 12, 2018
Membership Meeting Minutes
The November 12, 2018 meeting was called to order at 6:31 PM by club president Steve Rees. There were 60
members present and 4 guests: Kayla Rees, Cregg Miyat, Dana Miyat & Joe Knapp. Welcome all!! If there are
any corrections to information posted on the website, please send to the club email -
The club continues to grow, and there are many activities to participate in. One of them is the dinner @ 5 at
Kep’s before the meeting. And there are many opportunities to volunteer – from serving on the board to leading
an event to helping with the St. Jude Car Show or Autocross. Without our volunteers, we would not exist.
Program – None.
Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer John Hanson gave a detailed report from the last month. There was no
discussion on the report. A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept.
Secretary’s Report - The October 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 – Guests also included Karla & Francis Richmond who are very active in the Auto Cross
functions. They worked with Sandy in securing the Pekin Airport so the club could host an Auto Cross next Sept
14 & 15, and they will help with our first event. This will be a fundraiser for the club, but many volunteers are
needed to make this a fun, safe event for all. Add the dates to your calendar for next year!!
Activities – All events are on the web, and Rich will generally send the e-mail invite a couple of weeks before
the event also.
November 17 – Tavern 41 on Sterling Ave in Peoria starting at 5.
November 24 – Ring the Bells for Salvation Army at Hy-Vee on Sheridan Rd.
November 24 – St. Jude Fundraiser – 4-8 p.m. at Panera on Sterling – 20% of proceeds go to St. Jude
December 1 – Ring the Bells at Hy-Vee
December 1 – Christmas party at Par-A-Dice
December 8 – Ring the Bells at Hy-Vee
If anyone has any ideas of places the club could go to, please let Rich know.
Membership - Our membership is now at 183 members in 101 households.
Webmaster - Please email any pictures you would like to have added to the website to Don Karnes @
Member Spotlight – John Hanson was in the spotlight tonight and started his love of Corvettes with his white
1957. He has had several of them since, but his current one, a 2016 Torch Z51, is his favorite. He showed video
of going to the Ron Fellows performance driving school & said it was nice that he could drive someone else’s car
instead of his own in that situation!
Bob Patten told how he & Becky Hughes have had many Corvettes over the years and how he has had his
professionally modified & painted with a special theme to honor veterans. He was looking for a club to join and
by chance found out about our club and joined in 2005.
Gary Uftring told how he started his career by pumping gas at age 13. He started working selling Mustangs at
John Bearce since Chevy wouldn’t hire him. By age 22, he was asked to be the General Manager, and continued
in that position for 10 yrs.
At that time, the Chevy dealership in Washington was for sale, but Gary had to raise a lot of money to buy it. He
sold his 5 Shelby mustangs, cashed in an insurance policy, and came up with enough money to buy the business.
In 84-85 they built the building that was destroyed in the January fire. He is now building a new state-of-the-art
building that will open soon.
Gary states that he was very fortunate in business – but he never treated it as “just a job”. He learned early on
that treating the customer right and being able to talk to people have been the biggest lessons he learned, and
those practices have served him well.
Old Business – Steve reminded everyone that the date for the St. Jude Drive next year is May 16 & 17.
Mourina Sweet will be taking 40 kids on Dec 6 th to pick out shoes, thanks to the generosity of the Club Shoe
Fund. If anyone wants to volunteer to be a part of this event, contact Mourina.
We have several Coupon Books available for $30 a book. Please see Jessica Lowry to purchase one.
New Business – Steve suggested that since Uftring’s will be moving in to their new building and December is
usually a slow month for the meeting, that we consider the Christmas party as the regular meeting for December.
A motion was made, seconded & approved by the members. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be
January 14 with the place to be announced later.
Announcements – None.
Trivia and 50/50 – Trivia question: What was the top speed of the 1998 Corvette?
A) 170 B) 175 C) 180 D) 185
The correct answer was B) 175, but was answered incorrectly.
The 50/50 drawing was for $51.00 tonight and was won by Johnnie Walker, who donated it back to the shoe
fund. Thank you Johnnie!
Adjournment - A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:43PM.