July 4th West Peoria Parade

Fireworks---Flags---Fun and CANDY! And I mean a lot of candy. We had 11 Corvettes join in the July 4th West Peoria Parade this year to acknowledge the St. Jude Drive 2017. The lead car this year was Robyn and Lisa Jones with their white 2017 C7 Coupe which they had decorated (really Lisa did all the work with the decorations) in Red-White and Blue stars and decals. They even had patriotic music streaming from their car that was enjoyed by all.

We had sunny weather, many smiles and a lot of laughs. After the parade it has become tradition that we all go to the 50's Diner at the Metro Center and enjoy lunch. We reminisce on these very special moments to celebrate OUR COUNTRY and this years parade. We are Blessed to live in this country.... Home of the FREE because of the BRAVE. Photos taken at the event were posted on July 14.

Update About Jon Downing and Jim Weber

In February we alerted you to two community members who were in need. Jon Downing, John Haase's step son and Uftring Auto Group employee, was facing multiple myeloma. Jim Weber, also a Uftring Auto Group employee was battling Pulmonary Fibrosis after years of respiratory issues. At the December meeting they both came through to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and monetary support. Although they've both seen setbacks in their respective battles, they're currently doing well and it was very exciting to see them come speak to the members here at the end of 2016. Hopefully 2017 will see even more recovery for them!

Special Thanks to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers

These folks braved the cold to support the 2016 Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign:

John & Pam Morris who arranged for MICC to participate, John & Carol Steffen, Buddy & Stephanie Turner, Bryce Unruh, Kevin & Luann Stremlau, Bob Patten, Elaine Kasky, George & Dee Taylor, Peggy Karnes, Mike & Marlene Branham, Bob Picton, Steve Barton, Grant Barton, Jim Gilmore, Bob & Ev Hoffer, Dick & Kathee Hayes, Dan & Sherrie Hittinger, Bill & Pam Wallinger, Larry & Diana Mooney, Jim Lowry, Jessica Lowry, Garwin & Tena Shane, Roger & Marilyn Carls Jerry & Pam Kimble, Jim & Jean Dunlap, and Dave & Cris Cooper. 

A wonderful turn out to support a great cause! Thank you all for participating!

Activities Reminders for October 2016

Activity Reservations - Some activities require reservations. If you plan to attend an activity that requires reservations, please be sure to sign the activity sheet at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting for that particular activity or respond to the online invitation.

If you missed signing up or if you need to cancel, please contact the person coordinating the event or call Jim Gehrig at 309-249-4691 so reservations can be adjusted accordingly.

Dues - MICC/NCCC dues are payable at the October 2016 meeting. Please see Tracy Adamson to pay your dues. 

Christmas Party - Sat December 3, 2016 at Weaver Ridge Club House in Peoria, IL. Cost per person is $43 / $86 per couple, includes a 3 meat buffet of Smoked Prime Rib, Maple Pecan Chicken, Almond Maple Salmon, Penne Carbonara, Fettuccine Alfredo and twice baked potato casserole, salad, chef's choice vegetable, assorted desserts, coffee,and tea . There will be a cash bar with assorted bottled beer, wines and of course your favorite mixed drinks. Price includes tax and tip. Reservations must be confirmed and paid for at the November 14th monthly meeting. No refunds after Nov 28th.

Name Tags - We have lots of new members, new faces, and new names to remember. We have all been provided name tags; let's make an effort to wear them to activities and meetings, what a great way to put a name with a face! If you are not wearing your name tag on a lanyard, please wear it on the right side of your shirt or jacket. When you reach out your right hand to shake hands with someone, their eyes travel up your right arm directly to your name tag.

Restaurant Coupon Books are still available; see Sue McMorris.

NCCC Corvette Raffle Information and Form

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was chosen by the NCCC (National Council of Corvette Clubs) to receive the proceeds from the 2016 NCCC Charity Raffle. Raffle tickets are $50 each with 2,000 being sold. If all tickets are not sold then everyone will be refunded. Tickets are available by mail with a raffle ticket order form or at several venues this summer. I will have order forms at our meetings and the order form can also be found in the button below. If you are going to mail raffle tickets, they must be received by October 25, 2016. The raffle winner will be drawn on November 12, 2016 at the Governor’s Meeting in St. Louis, MO. The winner will receive a certificate valued at $54,000 to be used to purchase a new Corvette or $40,000 cash. 

Raffle tickets will be sold at Bloomington Gold, the 2016 NCCC Convention in Omaha, NE., Mid America MotorWorks Funfest, and Corvettes at Carlisle. They will also be available at the Governor’s Meetings in September and November.

Please share this information with friends, family, and anyone who might like to drive a new Corvette!

Any questions, please contact me at 309-472-0003 or at pastaqueens@yahoo.com

Sandy Arnold, Governor

MICC Club Shirts

The color of the shirt is called 'hyper blue', a bright royal blue. The club logo will be on the left front in black and white. A sample will be available at the monthly meetings.

We will be taking orders for the shirts at any regular monthly meeting and we ask that you pay for them when you order them.

Prices: (include tax and shipping)

Mens & ladies - small to XL - $29

Mens & ladies - 2XL - $31

Mens & ladies - 3XL - $33

Mens & ladies - 4XL - $35

Both versions of the hyper blue MICC shirt

Upcoming Elections and Dues

Check the new Blue Bars magazine for an article about MICC and the St. Jude Drive!

Election of Mid-Illinois Corvette Club Officers for 2017

Election of MICC Officers is fast approaching. Please consider running for an office. Nominations will be announced at the August membership meeting. Ballots will be available at the September membership meeting. You will be asked to sign for your ballot if you pick it up at the meeting. If you vote at the meeting you will deposit your ballot in a locked ballot box (new this year). Those not voting at the September meeting will receive their ballots in the mail. Mailed ballots must be returned and postmarked no later than Oct 15, 2016 in order to be counted. 

Mid-Illinois Corvette Club Dues

2017 NCCC/MICC annual renewal dues are payable by October 15, 2016. You may pay your dues at the September or October membership meetings. See Tracy Adamson for dues amounts and to make dues payments. Please make checks payable to Mid-Illinois Corvette Club and note in the memo line - 2017 dues.

Restaurant Coupon Books 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 'Peoria Dining Tour' coupon books have arrived and will be available at the September 2016 MICC membership meeting. The cost again this year is $30. If we sell 50 books we earn $10 for each book sold. If we sell 70 books we earn $12 for each book sold. 

Please remember this is a fundraiser for the St. Jude Corvette Drive. All proceeds go directly toward the $1000 sponsorship for the St. Jude Drive from Mid-Illinois Corvette Club. The more books we sell the more we can donate to St. Jude. 

These coupon books make wonderful birthday, anniversary, or Christmas gifts.