The April 2016 meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM by Club President Kevin Stremlau. There were 65 members and 6 guests present. The guests tonight were Mark Christopher, Richard Doro, Ken & Sheri Baker, and Jerry & Shirley Metz. Welcome all!! Kevin asked everyone “What inspires you?” His example was those who participated in the 12 hrs at Sebring, winning 5 straight consecutive endurance races for Corvette racing in the GTML class. It is all about teamwork – we as a club should take inspiration from them to do great things – raise money for the charities we support and have fun doing it!! He wished Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to all members who are celebrating in April, especially Dee & George Taylor who are celebrating their 60th on April 16th.
Secretary’s Report – The March 2016 meeting minutes as printed in the Newsletter were reviewed with no corrections. A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept. Just a reminder, paper copies will only be made for the 10 members not having a computer.
Treasurer’s Report – MICC Treasurer, Mourina Sweet, gave the report for February 29, 2016 including a detailed breakdown of all transactions. A copy was passed around for all members to review. There were no questions. A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept as presented. The balances in the accounts will no longer be printed in the newsletter; if anyone has any questions you can contact Mourina.
Activities – Activities Chairman Jim Gehrig reminded everyone about the drive to Destihl Restaurant this Saturday with a stop in Mackinaw for ice cream on the return trip. The following Sunday, April 24th we will be going to the Pontiac Museums and then to Dwight for an early dinner at Station 343. Details for these trips and future trips can be found on the web. Jim did want to remind everyone that plans to go to Bowling Green or the Quad cities to call and reserve your hotel room, and also to pay Moe for the factory tour/box lunch, and the Circa 21 tickets. Pricing for all the events will be on the invite you get from Jim, and will NOT be printed in the newsletter or on the web. Check the calendar for all upcoming events, and those still in the planning stage. The car show is coming up the end of May and volunteers are needed. Elaine specifically asked for 10 volunteers to help count the ballots as they have to be counted in a timely manner. For those interested in the Bloomington Gold there are still 9 rooms left for Friday & Saturday night. Jim organized a last minute “flash event” at Sombrerito on Friday night, April 7th and had 22 in attendance!!
Membership – Tracy Adamson passed around the membership list & asked members to check their information for accuracy. When Tracy gets it updated, she will email the new list. We had 5 new members join: Richard Doro, Ken & Sheri Baker, and Jerry & Shirley Metz. That brings our total membership to 152 in 86 households. Remember that the member list will NOT be on the website due to privacy issues.
Newsletter – Mourina reminded everyone that if there is anything you would like put in the newsletter, please send it to her by the 25th of the month. If she receives it after that date it will be held over until the next month.
Webmaster – Jim has populated the website with pictures of the club members. If he hasn’t gotten your picture yet, beware – come with your best smile!! Check the website often, pictures and information is continually changing. We also still need pictures of members with their cars for the web.
Governor’s Report – Governor Sandy Arnold attended the Midwest Regional last week. She still needs 6 people to work on June 5th at West Quincy, and 6 people to work on June 18th at Rantoul. If you can help, please let her know. Kevin commented that the drive to Quincy is a fun, scenic drive.
Program – None.
Old Business – Mourina asked that if members have anything to donate for the car show it can be given to her at the meeting, or contact her & she will make arrangements to pick it up. Items are needed ASAP. Also, the club is still in need of trophy sponsors at $40 per car class. Connie Durham suggested that if anyone bought one of the Dining Out books and has coupons that will not be used, please tear them out of the book & give them to Moe – these can be used to put in the goodie bags which they will be packing on May 20th.
New Business – Car show, Car show, Car show – May 28th, this is our BIG fundraising event of the year to support St. Jude – volunteers are what makes the car show the success it has been in the past!! It is NOT too late to sign up for the St. Jude Corvette Drive in May. Last year $120,000 was raised, with a total of $323,000 in the last 4 years. A new goal has been set, let’s see if we can surpass that goal!! The 3rd and final driver meeting will be help at Uftring’s on Tuesday, May 3. New drivers will meet at 5 pm, followed by a MANDATORY safety meeting for all at 6 pm.
Announcements – Condolences to the family of Nancy Stone. Nancy & her late husband were members of our club until they relocated to FL several years ago. We still need pictures from approximately 40 members and their cars. John Haase expressed thanks for the collection at last month’s meeting to help his stepson & another Uftring employee who are undergoing severe health issues, they are truly grateful. Someone suggested having a printed copy of the upcoming events. All of this information is available on the web & can be printed at home to bring to the meeting.
Trivia and 50/50 – Trivia question: Of the 300 (some sources argue 314) Corvettes hand built in 1953, how many were sold because of “average” performance at a relatively high price of $3,513? The popular Jaguar XK120 sold for $3,345; $168 less than the Corvette. A) 167 B) 183 C) 192 D) 211.
The correct answer was B) 183 and was worth $20. Larry Fauber answered correctly and donated it back to the fund for John Haase’s stepson. Thanks Larry!
The 50/50 drawing was for $54.00 tonight and was won by Roger Carls, who donated it back to the shoe fund. Thank you Roger!
Adjournment – A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 PM.