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Lookingglass Corvette Club

Current Newsletter

PAST EVENTS:

July 2020: We are still unable to hold a meeting due to restrictions imposed by the governor, but we do have the following people who agreed to either continue to hold office or accepted an open position. Please support our board for 2020-2021 - President, Suzie Wildhaber; Vice President, Dawn Stilwell; Secretary, Jim Peterson; new treasurer, Gerald Farris; and Tammy Lochmann, Sgt. at Arms. A big thank you also to Mike Teague for serving as club treasurer the past year.

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS

No visitors due to no meetings since March.

Jim Ford presented several mock-ups of a possible club banner to be on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Since Jim did all the work, we voted that an image like his (hopefully) soon to be built 2020 Corvette should grace the banner. Thanks, Jim - you did a great job, much appreciated! The banner is currently on display at the museum, which IS open to visitors again. The previous banner will be raffled off at the next business meeting.

UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS (the following is an overview only, please check your newsletter or Yahoo or GroupWorks site reminders for details such as addresses, contact info, etc. This is done to protect our members' privacy, particularly when events take place at members' residences.)

2020 CLUB EVENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Sadly, most of our planned events have been canceled or postponed. Here is the status of each:

Annual Party has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All monies collected for this party will be held until such time as the party is rescheduled.

July 15: There will be a member gathering at World Wide Technologies for any member that wishes to attend. It's called "Hops and Hot Rods," and any driver and one passenger can get in free if you are driving a classic, hot rod, or just a cool car. $2 beer and special prices on food will be offered. Gates open at 5:30 and racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Management is going to attempt to park us all together so if you plan to attend, be there before the gates open to park with the club. If you want to race your car, cost is $20 and you must wear a helmet. You can come and go as you wish.

August 8: Annual Man-Cruz hosted by Manny Lopez and Pokie Wildhaber has been rescheduled to this date. Details are being formulated to enable the men of LGCC to gather and still abide by the social distancing and mask guidelines. More on this as plans are firmed - mark your calendars. A surge in COVID-19 may cancel the event again.

Brown County Ladies' Cruise - NEW dates are November 6-8; anyone who had reservations for the original dates should have received an email with the new dates. Any difference in the room rate will be addressed upon check-in. Karen Hardesty reported that she has 52 ladies in attendance and looks forward to a fun-filled weekend of touring, shopping, dining and drinks - and GIRLFRIENDS! Anyone wishing to have a "Girls Weekend" t-shirt or sweatshirt printed, please have it to Sandy Morris the month before the event; cost is $6 and you provide the shirt.

St. Jude's Drive - will be changed to August 21st and going from St. Louis and Effingham to Peoria instead of Memphis, due to the Corona virus.

Sept. 4-6 - Vettes for Vets originally planned for Memorial Day Weekend, Talladega Motor Speedway track day. Dawn currently has nine (9) cars/couples on her list. See details in the club newsletter for hotels, etc.

Bloomington Gold has been rescheduled to Sept. 11 & 12; new location in Indianapolis will be Lucas Oil Stadium (where the Colts play). This will now be an all indoor, all Corvette show. Some members have rebooked sleeping rooms at the Comfort Inn in Plainfield. Due to fewer members participating than in the past and with the change of date and venue, the board elected to cancel the private suite that we had voted to reserve for the club when the event was at Speedway. Bloomington has agreed to refund our money and the club will be reimbursed.

Monthly meetings cannot resume until a large group such as ours is deemed safe to meet. We are staying in touch with the KC for an update, but thus far, we are unable to meet at their location until further notice. We are entertaining other options for a possible meeting place but there are always mitigating circumstances. At this time, the KC can only hold gatherings with 50 or less in attendance. As we have many more members than that, we are still unable to hold a meeting at that location - indoors OR outdoors.

New Arrivals:

Members who have ordered 2020 models are still waiting impatiently for theirs to be delivered. Three members have received their C8s - John Mullane, Bob Kunz, and Rick Mestre. With the closures of all Big 3 assembly plants, those whose Corvettes have not yet made production will sadly have to wait a little longer. To those lucky folks who already took possession, congratulations!

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

Please welcome Steve Schmitt Chevrolet in Highland as our sponsor! Many of us already know Steve and his staff, having purchased cars or service from them in the past. FYI, Steve was our original sponsor during our inception in 1976 and is also the individual responsible for naming our club. It's great to have him back! When thinking about a purchase, talk with Steve, Chris, or Scott about a deal on a new Corvette or other GM product that they offer.

Please support the Corvette Museum's store when shopping for Corvette apparel or other items. You can do so by visiting www.corvettestore.com.

CARS FOR SALE OR CARS WANTED

None at this time.

Dues: Cost is $30 a year, pro-rated from the month you join until year's end. If you are unable to pay at the meeting, please send a check ASAP payable to LGCC, P.O. Box 82, Highland, IL 62249 or directly to Mike Teague, Treasurer. New members also pay a one-time $15 installation fee unless active military. Anyone whose dues are delinquent after the February meeting of each year, you will lose your membership privileges so please be prompt. Our secretary and treasurer are in the process of doing a little general housekeeping; if your dues are past due and as you are then no longer a current member, you will lose your Facebook and Yahoo/Groupworks site privileges until dues are up to date.

NEW round static cling club decals are now available for $2 each - free to all new members, especially those joining after we ran out of the old decals.

CAR SHOW WINNERS

None at this time.

Upcoming Swap Meets, Area Car Shows, Local & National Events

The following events will hopefully still take place - confirmation on their status is pending.

Sept. 11-12: Bloomington Gold, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN (now a two-day indoor event).

Sept. 11-13: Octane Tour; see March newsletter for more information.

Sept. 18-19: Corvette FunFest in Effingham has been condensed to 2 days instead of four. Registration should be opening soon. Hopefully this event is far enough down the line that it can take place.

For an on-line schedule of local and national car clubs, show information, and buying tips, you can visit St. Louis Car News' website: www.StLouisCarNews.com or Hemmings.com and check the Lakers' site.

Recurring Cruise-Ins

The following cruise-ins have most likely been either canceled or pushed out further into the summer months, pending COVID-19 guidelines for gatherings:

Syberg's Weds. cruise nights, O'Fallon, IL - these are canceled due to the virus.

Mexico Tipico car cruise, Lebanon, IL - 3rd Friday of each month, May - October. Cruises have been canceled for the year.

Piston Pushers' car cruise, 4th Saturday of the month from April thru October, 1254 University Dr., Edwardsville. 5-8 p.m., dash plaques, DJ music. Canceled due to virus.

Downtown Lebanon cruise "on the brick road" - held 1st Saturday of each month from May thru October, 6 - 8 p.m. Go really early if you want a good parking space, this fills up fast. Hosted by Lakers Car Club, this cruise resumes on July 4th with new rules for cruisers, including nose-in parking instead of backing in, and one-way street.

Dairy Queen cruise in, Troy, IL - starts 2nd Saturday in April through October. This cruise in has concluded for the season.

Culver's cruise-in, Collinsville, IL - 3rd Saturday of each month, beginning April thru October. Cruises have been postponed due to the virus for the time being.

Rusty Rodz cruise-in, downtown Highland on the square, held the last Saturday of each month, May thru October. First cruise in will take place Saturday, June 27th - 5-8 p.m.

Caffeine and Chrome at Gateway Classic Cars will be held the fourth Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. - noon. Free coffee and donuts. This has been canceled for the time being.

Silver Creek Saloon, Belleville, has a car cruise the 3rd Saturday night of each month, beginning in May and ending in October. Canceled for the time being.

Cook's Corner - LGCC Favorites!

Suzie Wildhaber's Tailgate Ham Sammies

Preheat oven to 350 and assemble the following:

1 pkg. Hawaiian rolls (the small ones)

3/4 lb. deli ham (NOT honey ham)

6 slices of Swiss cheese

3/8 c. butter

3/4 tsp Dijon mustard

3/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

3/4 tsp dried onion

Poppy seeds

Cut rolls in half and place bottoms of rolls in 9x12 pan. Quarter ham slices and place 3-4 thin slices on rolls. Cut cheese into quarters to fit rolls and place a piece on each roll. Put tops of rolls back on.

In a saucepan, combine butter, mustard, onion, and sauce and melt. Using a pastry brush or similar tool, brush butter mixture evenly over rolls. Sprinkle generously with poppy seeds and cover with foil. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 and bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm, room temperature, or cold. Turkey can be substituted for ham if preferred.

Next meeting: TBA - Our June meeting will not take place and July and August are also in question. We WILL have a "gathering" on July 15th at World Wide Technologies, though, so anything you would have discussed at a meeting can be brought up at that time for hopefully an August meeting. We will notify everyone via email or GroupWorks should the meeting status changes; we are in regular contact with the KC hall for any updates. Until we can all be together again, please take care of yourselves and stay well.

As a reminder, weather conditions that create treacherous driving may cause us to postpone our monthly meeting. We care about our members' safety, so if in doubt, contact the KC Hall to make sure of the meeting's status when Mother Nature is making the roads hazardous. In the meantime, let's hope good weather remains so that we can fill the parking lot with Corvettes at an upcoming meeting!

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Should you want additional information regarding joining our club, you can call 618-210-8341.

Please check out our sponsor, Steve Schmitt Chevy/Buick/GMC at www.steveschmittauto.com. They are located in Highland, IL and are ready to serve your automotive needs.

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