May 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

Mid-Illinois Corvette Club

May 14, 2018

Membership Meeting Minutes

The May 14, 2018 meeting was called to order at 6:36 PM by club president Steve Rees.  There were 56 members present and 6 guests:  Steve & Judy McWilliams, and Ryan & Amy Jones and family. Welcome all!!  Steve made mention of the fact that all of our equipment that was lost in the fire has been replaced thanks to the insurance from Uftring’s.  If there are any corrections to information posted on the website, please send an e-mail to the club email - midillinoiscorvetteclub@gmail.com.

Program – Rick Wolfe from Automotion Auto Detailing offered many tips on keeping your car looking good:  Wash the bugs off after a day on the road.  Don’t wash your car in the sun.  If you get polish on the black trim, a Magic Eraser (used lightly) will remove it.  It is best NOT to use a polish on the black trim as that will only attract dust.  For your windows, flour sack towels (Wal-Mart) work really well.  Do NOT use Armor All on your convertible top – best to let it dry naturally.  Most importantly, enjoy the clean car!!

Ryan and Amy Jones and their children expressed their thanks to the club for their St. Jude support.  Amy was a St. Jude patient when she was younger and is so grateful for the care she received - all at no charge to her family which she estimated would have been well over a million dollars.  This will be her 21st year and Ryan’s 27th year to participate in the St. Jude Run.

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer John Hanson gave the treasurer’s report for April 30, 2018 including a detailed breakdown of all transactions.  A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept as presented.  John asked if members wanted to hear the full report of all transactions.  It was voted on and approved to continue with the detailed report.

Secretary’s Report - The April 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 still needs volunteers to drive to Quincy and work the autocross on Sunday, May 20th.   She also asked if there were any suggestions for autocross venues in our area – if you know of any, please let Sandy know.  Gary Uftring was again nominated for the Roger Clancy Humanitarian Award.  Her full Governor’s report can be found on the web.

Activities – Rich Anderson mentioned the activities for the coming month: 

The St. Jude Drive will leave at 7 on Thursday, May 17th from Uftring’s.  Anyone is welcome to attend the send-off for the drivers.

May 25 - Louie - Louie Parade, Downtown Peoria

May 26 - St. Jude Car Show 

June 2 - Kartville with dinner to follow

June 3 - 25th Anniversary Car Picture at Uftring’s lot

Rich also reminded everyone that help is still needed for the Car Show.  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!!

Check the web and your email often for activity updates!

Linda Picton reminded everyone that after the car show the workers will gather at Palanza’s in Sunnyland.  She will need a count of who will be going so they can be prepared.

Membership – Our membership is now at 175 members in 97 households. 

Webmaster – No report

Member Spotlight – None

Old Business – In hopes of eliminating our inventory, ladies visors are on sale for $5 and men’s hats for $15.  Contact Jimmy Lowry if you are interested.

It was proposed by Sue McMorris that the club pay $250 for the Porta Potties that had to be rented for the Car Show since there will not be any access to restrooms this year.  Normally, all expenses for the car show are paid for from the profits, but she felt that since the club was in good financial shape we should absorb the cost.  A motion was made, seconded, and voted on to approve.

New Business – None.

Announcements – None.

Trivia and 50/50 – Since someone has been circling the answer on the Trivia question as it is being passed around, Jimmy elected not to draw a name.  He reminded everyone that this is supposed to be fun and not to spoil it for the rest of the members.

The 50/50 drawing was for $36.00 tonight and was won by Steve Rees, who donated it back to the shoe fund. Thank you Steve!

Adjournment - A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Marilyn Carls,

MICC Secretary

 

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

 

 

March 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

  Mid-Illinois Corvette Club

March 12, 2018

Membership Meeting Minutes

 

The March 12, 2018 meeting was called to order at 6:33PM by club president Steve Rees. There were 55 members present. Welcome all!! The meeting was held at the temporary location for Uftring’s in the shop area.  They have certainly come a long way in the 2 months since the fire.  Steve wished Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary to all those celebrating in March.  This information will be on the screen before the meetings, and is also posted on the website.  If there are any corrections, please send an e-mail to the club email - midillinoiscorvetteclub@gmail.com.

 

Program – Ed Saari gave a presentation on Chula Vista Resort which will be hosting the Corvette Adventures on June 6-9.  It is a 3 day event with drives scheduled for each day that you can choose from.  In the evening there are dinners you can attend and riverboat dinner cruises.  On Saturdaythere is a parade through Wisconsin Dells.  The Fall Corvette Adventures is Sept 14th-16 & features the fall colors of the Wisconsin area.  For more information, go to www.corvetteadventures.com.

 

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer John Hanson gave the treasurer’s report for February 28, 2018 including a detailed breakdown of all transactions.  A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept as presented. 

 

The 2017 Audit Report was completed by the committee and reported on to the membership.  President Steve Rees reported that after acknowledging the committee has completed a thorough analysis of the 2017 Treasury account, small discrepancies were uncovered, and procedures are being modified to eliminate this problem in the future.  The Treasury Account was in balance.  There was a motion made, seconded, and approved to accept the Audit report.

 

Secretary’s Report - The February 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 charity raffle for NCCC was cancelled as not enough tickets were sold.  If you purchased a ticket, you have three choices: to donate the money from your ticket to St. Jude directly, have the money returned to you, or have six raffle tickets for a signed guitar with all the proceeds going directly to St. Jude.

 

Volunteers are needed for the Great Rivers Autocross on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Quincy Airport.  Contact Sandy if you are interested.

 

Sandy also needs volunteers for the MWR Fundraiser Autocross on Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend.  Let Sandy know if you are available.

 

NCCC membership “plastic” cards will be sent to all members in March.  Beginning next year the cards will only be available electronically.

 

Activities – Activities chairman Rich Anderson reported that on April 14th the club will go to Sicily’s Pizza in Washburn. 

 

Steve has set up a MICC Fundraiser to benefit St. Jude on April 5th from 4-7 pm at J. Draper Glass.  It is a Hands-On Mini Heart Making Event.  The cost is $75/person ($25 of every ticket sold goes to St. Jude).  Food and water will be provided (BYOB).  You must register by Monday, April 2nd at:

https://www.jdraperglass.com/product/the-mid-illinois-corvette-club-benefit/.

 

There are plans for a Kentucky Derby Party on May 5th.  Start shopping now for that “perfect” hat.

 

Rich also plans to go to the Black Hills Corvette Classic in July.  If there is enough interest, he will make it a club event.  Also Vettes on the River is August 25th.  Let Rich or anyone on the Activities Committee know if you are interested.

 

Check the web and your e-mail for future events that are being planned.

 

Mourina said help is still needed for the Car Show on May 26th.  Any donated door prizes need to be turned in by mid May as the Goody Bags will be made up on May 15th.  Sign-up sheets are available at the meetings, or contact a committee member.  It is not too early to pre-register your car for the show.

 

Membership – Our membership is now at 174 members in 96 households. 

 

Webmaster – If your picture is not on the web, please get with Don Karnes to get your picture taken – always nice to be able to put a name with a face.

 

Member Spotlight – Bill and Pam Wallinger & Buddy and Stephanie Turner highlighted how their love of Corvettes evolved, and how their wives were mostly to blame for the purchases!

 

Old Business – Reminder that the 2nd meeting for the St. Jude Drive is on Tuesday, March 20th.  There are currently 64 cars registered from Peoria & Effingham – they are hoping to reach 75.

 

The 2018 Proposed By-Laws ballot was given to members to vote on.  Those not picked up at the meeting will be mailed on March 13th and will have to be postmarked by March 31st in order to be counted.  New By-Laws will be given at the April meeting.

 

New Business – The fundraiser for St. Jude on April 5th at J. Draper Glass was explained by Steve.

 

Announcements – The St. Jude Drive will be on May 17/18 this year. It is not too late to sign up and help the kids.

 

It was brought up that one of the founding members of the club, Dale Nelson, will be celebrating his 88th birthday on July 20th.  He is currently living at Heddington Oaks if you would like to send a card.

 

Trivia and 50/50 – Trivia question:  What was the last year of the Split Bumper?

A) 1987,  B) 1973,  C) 1958,  D) 1969.  The correct answer was B) 1973 and was worth $10.  Bill Wallinger guessed incorrectly.  Next month it will be worth $20.

 

The 50/50 drawing was for $35.00 tonight and was won by Harry Sweet, who donated it back to the shoe fund. Thank you Harry!

 

Adjournment - A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 PM.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Marilyn Carls, MICC Secretary

 

February 2018 Governors Report

Governor’s Report
February 23-25, 2018
Again this year we will participate in the Great Rivers Autocross. The date and location of the autocross
has changed to Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Quincy Airport. We need volunteers for this event. Further
details will follow.
NCCC membership “plastic” cards will be sent to all members in March. Beginning next year the cards
will only be available electronically.
There is a new membership application. It was suggested that when registering a new member to send
them a “Welcome to the Club” email to make sure their email address is correct. The new member
application should be accompanied by a club check with our club number printed on it and a control
sheet.
Ballots for elections were destroyed with a print copy of the results will be held by the RE.
We discussed the budget for the MWR and felt it important that there would be no additional
unplanned expenses. Everything should be included in the budget.
Joan Thomas was appointed Web Master, again this year.
Discussed was a standing rule change regarding who would accept new members when the database is
closed. That will fall on the RMD.
Volunteers are needed for the MWR Fundraiser Memorial Day weekend in Rantoul. If you are available
please let me know. WE have donated 6 sanctions for these events.
NCCC has switched to GoDaddy for the website. We can also post our car show on the MWR website
and NCCC Facebook page at Members Only. Login is NCCCMember. Password is 1996GrandSport.
Any information you want to add must be formatted correctly to be used.
At the convention there will be available a high speed event along with instructors.
The NCCC has 17,388 members. Mid-Illinois is the 19 th largest club in the NCCC.
This year there are 104 racing numbers, 23 sanctioned racing dates and 225 racing events in our region.
Would anyone be interested in a sanctioned Ralleye in Milan, IL. ?

Sandy Arnold
Governor 391

February 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

  Mid-Illinois Corvette Club

February 12, 2018

Membership Meeting Minutes

 The February 12, 2018 meeting was called to order at 6:31 PM by club president Steve Rees. There were 47 members present. Welcome all!! The meeting was again held at Five Points in Washington since Uftring’s was not available due to the January fire that destroyed their buildings.  Steve wished Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary to all those celebrating in February, especially Larry & Diana Mooney who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary on Feb 17th.  This information will be on the screen before the meetings, and is also posted on the website.  If there are any corrections, please send an e-mail to the club email -midillinoiscorvetteclub@gmail.com.

 

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer John Hanson gave the treasurer’s report for January 31, 2018 including a detailed breakdown of all transactions.  A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept as presented.  The 2018 budget was passed out to the members, voted on, and approved.

 

Secretary’s Report - The January 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.  Members like that the minutes are now being sent to them on e-mail, with no negative feedback on the procedure.

 

Activities – Activities chairman Rich Anderson reported that the club has events planned for March 3rd at the Comedy Club, and March 10th dinner at Noodles & Company and a show at Peoria Players.  If interested, you can sign up on the web and purchase tickets online.  Check the web for future events that are being planned.

 

Other events that the club may be considering are:  Corvette Adventures on June 7-9, Bloomington Gold on June 21, Black Hills Corvette Show July 17-21, and Vettes on the River August 25th.  Let Rich or anyone on the Activities Committee know if you are interested.

 

Peggy Karnes asked if anyone was interested in going to Circa 21 in Rock Island to see “Mamma Mia” after “Vettes on the River” in August.  If there is enough interest, she will call the hotel to get some rooms reserved.

 

Mourina Sweet said sign-up sheets for helping at the Car Show on May 26th were on the table, along with a “thank you” letter to give to the donors that you get donations from.

 

Membership – We had 2 new members join this month, Mike & Amy McCoy.  This brings our membership total to 176. 

 

Webmaster – Don Karnes is our new webmaster and photographer.  If your picture is not on the web, please get with Don to get your picture taken – always nice to be able to put a name with a face.

 

Governor’s Report – Sandy Arnold reminded everyone of the raffle for NCCC.  A $50 ticket will get you a chance for $40,000 cash, or money towards a new Corvette.  All proceeds go to St. Jude.  Contact Sandy if you need a ticket.

 

Program – John Haase gave some tips on “Bringing your Corvette Out Of Storage”.  Clean it, wax it, put air in the tires, fill up the tank, drive it as much as you can & ENJOY!  While the car is still in storage, he doesn’t recommend starting it, but keep the battery charged.

 

John also updated the club on the progress Uftring’s is making in the 30 days since the fire.  They are operating out of the old WalMart location just East of their dealership.  He showed pictures of their temporary location and how it is coming together nicely.  All of the new equipment is “State of the Art” and will be moved to the new dealership once it is built.

 

Gary again thanked everyone for their support, and noted that the “team members” are what makes Uftring’s special.

 

Member Spotlight – Sandy and Mike Arnold & Rich and Mary Anderson gave interesting details on how their love of Corvettes evolved.

 

Old Business – Reminder that the 1st meeting for the St. Jude Drive is on Tuesday, Feb 13th.

 

New Business – Jimmy Lowry had volunteered to fill the VP position vacated by Dan Hittinger.  A motion was made, seconded, and members voted for Jimmy to fill the position.

 

The ballots from the last election were in a sealed envelope and needed membership approval to destroy them.  A motion was made, seconded, and approved to destroy the ballots.

 

This year will be the 25th anniversary of the club and it was suggested that we purchase 200 lapel pins at a cost of $4 each for a total of $800.  These would be given to each member.  A motion was made, seconded, and voted that the club would purchase these pins.  There are also tentative plans for an anniversary party on June 23rd at Timberlake.

 

Announcements – The St. Jude Drive will be on May 17/18 this year. It is not too early to sign up and start soliciting.

 

Trivia and 50/50 – Trivia question:  What was the year of the Corvette first major body change?

A) 1955   B) 1997   C) 1963   D) 1953.  The correct answer was C) 1963 and was worth $40.  Buddy Turner answered correctly and donated it back to the shoe fund. Thanks Buddy!

 

The 50/50 drawing was for $36.00 tonight and was won by Ray Fauber, who donated it back to the shoe fund. Thank you Ray!

 

Adjournment - A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:38 PM.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Marilyn Carls, MICC Secretary

 

 

 

January 2018 Minutes

 

  Mid-Illinois Corvette Club

January 8, 2018

Membership Meeting Minutes

 

The January 8, 2018 meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM by our new club president Steve Rees. There were 51 members present and 3 guests. Welcome all!! The meeting was held at Five Points in Washington since Uftring’s was not available due to the fire that destroyed their buildings. Steve thanked the members from the former board for their service to the club. He welcomes any emails or texts with any comments. He urged participation by ALL members, and thanked all those that have volunteered in the past. He expressed thanks to Gary Uftring in particular, for his service to the community and the club, especially in light of their recent fire. Gary spoke about the awesome community support they have received, and promised that they would rebuild and be better than before! Jim Becker asked if there was anything the club could do – Gary just asked members to “have fun and keep the camaraderie active”.

 

Treasurer’s Report – New MICC Treasurer, John Hanson, gave the treasurer’s report for December 31, 2017 including a detailed breakdown of all transactions. A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept as presented.

 

Moe presented a check for $353 that was collected from the bus drivers for the shoe fund. The kids were able to pick out 65 pairs of shoes when they went on their shopping trip. Thanks to all!

 

Secretary’s Report - The December 2017 meeting minutes as posted on the website were reviewed with one correction – the coupon books sold for $30, not $25 as stated. A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept.

 

Activities – Our new activities chairman, Rich Anderson, welcomed everyone to the first event this year on Saturday, January 13th at Sky Harbor. Rich will be the chairman for the Car Show this year, but asked for volunteers. He also asked that if anyone wants to volunteer to host a group event he would appreciate it. From his survey it was determined that people like eating out, tours, scenic drives, and overnight trips, but would like to see new places added instead of the same old thing.

 

Membership – Steve reported that we are starting 2018 with 172 members in 94 households. Tracy sent a new e-mail listing the middle of December to all members. If there are any corrections, please let Tracy know. 

 

Newsletter – Please send all information for the Newsletter by the 25th of the month.

 

Webmaster – No report.

 

Governor’s Report – Sandy Arnold had checked with NCCC to see if our insurance with them would cover the inventory lost in the fire – it does not. Gary said all items lost would be covered under Uftring’s insurance. Our equipment in the storage unit in Morton IS covered.

 

Program – Steve presented a report on “Top Tier Fuels” for Corvettes. There are many stations that sell it, Costco Warehouse being one of them.

 

Steve is hoping to add a new segment to the meeting where club members will be “spotlighted” each month. This month it was Steve & Colette Rees and Dan & Sherie Hittinger.

 

Old Business – The club Rang The Bells for the Salvation Army and collected $521.07. They had a late start on it last fall & could only do it for 2 days, they’re hoping to do better this coming year.

 

Rex McMorris brought up the use of CB radios when on club trips like they used to do.

 

New Business – Our new VP, Dan Hittinger, told the club that due to his & Sherie’s jobs, they would be moving to Cary NC and he was resigning his position. We wish them both the best of luck in their new endeavors. They will remain members of the club for the current year and hope to meet up on a club trip if possible. If anyone is interested in filling the position, please let Steve know.

 

The club supports 4 charities: The St. Jude Drive, The Car Show, Shoe Fund, and Salvation Army Bell Ringing – it was voted that we would continue to support these 4 charities.

 

Steve asked for volunteers for the By-Laws committee. We need 3-5 people for this task. Moe volunteered.

 

It was brought up about how much old inventory we have. The plan is to have a sale to clear out this merchandise which includes coats, shirts, stickers, wrist bands, caps & visors.

 

Announcements – The St. Jude Drive will be on May 17/18 this year. It is not too early to sign up and start soliciting.

 

Our guests tonight included Joe Knapp, Mike McCoy, and Rod Wand. Rod has a 2017 grey Z06 and he joined the club!

    

Trivia and 50/50 – No Trivia or 50-50 this month.

 

Adjournment - A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:39 PM.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Marilyn Carls, MICC Secretary

 

2017 Christmas Party

Seventy four members shared a good time at Alexander's Steak House for the 2017 Christmas Party. All the ladies were on Santa's Nice List and received a fresh flower. Unfortunately the men were on the Naughty List and received nothing..

Condolences to Becky Hughes-Westhafer

The club wishes to express our condolences to Becky (Bob Patten's girlfriend) in the loss of her son, David Hughes, on December 8, 2017. Arrangements are being handled by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.