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Current Newsletter

We are sad to report the passing of member Bill Outten. Bill had been an active member for a number of years and was a wealth of information when it came to fixing almost anything. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 3 at Richeson Funeral in Troy, IL with visitation at 10:00 and service at 11:00. Memorials may be made to the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis. Our deepest sympathy to his family; we will all miss our friend.


Breakfast at Uncle Linny's on Feb. 9th was followed by a trip up the River Road to the information center on bald eagles. After watching two films about eagles and points of interest in the area, we journeyed towards Hardin and did see a few eagles on the river at the viewing area of the Barefoot Restaurant. After that, we crossed the river aboard the Brussels Ferry and headed home. Thanks to Bob Vincent for setting it up and to Pokie for the suggestion.

Feb. 18 - Third round of line dance lessons courtesy of Jerry and Betty Wilson. Had a nice turnout of members and the dances taught at the previous two sessions were reviewed. It was a fun time, thanks to the Wilsons for their patience and also to Peggy Bohnenstiehl for the use of the St. Jacob hall.

March 10: Annual LGCC party, themed "St. Patrick's Day," was a big success with a good turnout, plenty of food and beverages, great desserts, and live music for our dancing pleasure. Our thanks to the party chairperson, Sandy Morris, for her vision and leadership, and her little Irish minions for their hard work creating decorations and also all those who showed up before the party to help place the decorations. Great job by all, including our caterers, Cygan Delaney, and the band, Backroads Band. Thanks to all!


No visitors at the March meeting.

UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS (the following is an overview only, please check your newsletter or Yahoo 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.)


April 4: Ladies' lunch at Josephine's Tea Room in Godfrey, meet there at 11:00 a.m. Reservations are for 20, if you plan to attend, please let Lana Cooper know so that she can ensure there is sufficient seating for everyone.

April 20-21: Brown County Ladies' Trip: Any unclaimed rooms will be released March 20th so if you'd like to go, please call 800-772-5249 to book your room. The group name is LGCC and the code is 5234, $99/night.

June 16: Pre-Bloomington party at the Astrauskas' garage. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. and bring a dish to share, your beverage of choice, and chairs. Angus dogs will be furnished as the main course.

June 21-23: Bloomington Gold, Indianapolis Speedway. The club will once again have two climate controlled suites for members to relax, dine, cool off, dry off, warm up (you never know what the weather is going to be). Registration is now open and can be done on-line or over the phone.

August 11: Night at the races, Fairmount Park. We have reservations for 90; the cost is $22.95/person for seating along the windows of the Black Stallion Room, buffet with desserts and soft drinks, and racing program. Suzie Wildhaber will begin a sign-up sheet at the March meeting and begin collecting payment at the April meeting.

Aug. 17-19: Return to Galena, IL. At this time, rooms have been secured at both the Best Western and the Ramada just down the street. Best Western may be full by now but Ramada still has space. A trip to Field of Dreams is planned, and if you are interested in taking the trolley tour of Galena, let Kathy Janes know so that she can make the proper arrangements for our group. Great American history, shopping, and restaurants await!

Sept. 6-19: 13 day Alaskan cruise, planned by Gary & Sue Mersinger. Cost is $3546/person (air fares, trip insurance, and land excursion costs are NOT included) See your newsletter for details.

Sept. 20-23: 25th anniversary of Corvette FunFest in Effingham. Details to follow as the event draws closer.

October 18-22: Return to Lynchburg, TN for the Jack Daniel's BBQ, followed by Tail of the Dragon. First night's stay is planned for Nashville, TN. More on this as plans progress.

New Arrivals:

Congratulations to Ricky and Lori Grey on the purchase of their new Grand Sport - it's RED, of course! And an automatic too - Lori is thrilled, to say the least.


Members, as a reminder, the following officers cannot repeat their current roles in 2018-2019: John Mullane, President; Dave Newell, VP; Shelia Heizer, Treasurer; and Kendall Willis, Sergeant at Arms. Only Kathy Janes, our club secretary, can hold her office for another term. Therefore, please be thinking of someone you feel would represent the club well in those positions, as nominations will begin in April with elections in May and new officers take over in June.

Bobby's Frozen Custard will be re-opening for the season at 11:00 a.m. March 10th! This has become a popular gathering spot for club members on Sunday evenings. We are all looking forward to these fun get-togethers and a Bobby's Turtle Sundae - and with Daylight Savings Time beginning the very next day, that means an extra hour of daylight each evening too.

Manny Lopez is looking for a few good men to help plan the 10th annual Man Cruz. Those interested need to contact him to assist or offer ideas of any kind.

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 or clicking on the link below:


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. 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.

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.


None at this time.

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


4/1/18: Annual Easter car show, Forest Park - upper and lower Muny lots, St. Louis.

4/8/18: Annual April Fool's Automotive Swap Meet, Gateway Grizzlies Stadium, Sauget, IL. Gates open to vendors at 5:00 a.m., public at 7:00 a.m. Swap spaces are $20 preregistered, or $25 day of meet. Car corral $20 each. Call Donna at 618-887-4492 (evenings or weekends) for more information.

April 21: Car-Diac Car show, Zoar UCC, 9103 D Road, Columbia, IL. Registration 9 to noon, show 9-2. $10 to enter your car. Open to all cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

June 21-23: Bloomington Gold Corvette Show, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (see information under upcoming events).

Sept. 20-23: Corvette FunFest, Mid America Motorworks campus, Effingham, IL.

For an on-line schedule of local and national car clubs, show information, and buying tips, you can visit St. Louis Car News' website:

Recurring Cruise-Ins

O'Fallon KC Hall will begin hosting classic car displays every Weds. evening (weather permitting) beginning in May, from 4:30 - 9 p.m. Brats, wings, burgers, $2.00 longnecks, $2.50 rail drinks and wine specials. Cruises have concluded for the year.

New Baden cruise-in/car show, held at Three Way Creations Shed, 6th & E. Hanover Street, 6:00 p.m. every 1st and 3rd Friday from April thru October. This has concluded for the year.

Edison's in Edwardsville is holding car cruises, 4th Saturday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Sponsored by Piston Pushers. This cruise has now concluded.

Randy's House of BBQ car cruise, Highland - 2nd Friday of each month beginning in April and running thru October, 6-9 p.m. Rib specials will continue as in the past; they will be serving fish through Lent as well. This event has concluded for the year.

Huddle House car cruise, Mascoutah, IL - 2nd Saturday of each month beginning May thru October, 6-9 p.m. Sponsored by Piston Pushers. Concluded for the year.

Downtown Lebanon cruise "on the bricks" - held 1st Saturday of each month from May thru October, 6 - 9 p.m. Go really early if you want a good parking space, this fills up fast. Hosted by Lakers Car Club. Concluded for the year.

Culver's cruise-in, Collinsville, IL - 3rd Saturday of each month, beginning April thru October. Last cruise for the year is October 21st.

Rusty Rodz cruise-ins will begin at its new location, Sonic Drive-In, Highland, held the last Saturday of each month, May thru October. Last cruise of the year is October 28.

Cars & Coffee at Gateway Classic Cars will be held the fourth Saturday of each month, starting in March, from 9 a.m. - noon. Free coffee and donuts.

Bad Boyz cruise-in, last Friday of each month, April through October. Held at the Dairy Queen in Caseyville, IL. Last cruise is October 27.

Silver Creek Saloon, Belleville, has a car cruise the 3rd Saturday night of each month, beginning in May. Cruises have now concluded until next year.

Cook's Corner - LGCC Favorites!

Suzie Wildhaber's Little Smokies in Sweet Crescents

2 pkgs. Little Smokies

2 tubes Crescent rolls

1 stick of butter, melted

3 tbs. brown sugar

3 tbs. honey

Mix together melted butter, sugar, and honey.

Roll out crescents and cut each triangle into halves (can do thirds if you prefer)

Roll each weenie up in the dough.

Spray or line and spray a 9x13 pan. Place rolled weenies close together in pan.

Pour butter mixture evenly over weenies. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until dough is browned. Serve warm.

Special posthumous thanks to Mary Ann Myers who shared this recipe with me during a Barrett Jackson party at Jim & Sandy Shepard's home. We all miss her so much!

Next meeting: Thursday, April 5th, 7:30 p.m.

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 the next meeting!

Most of the graphic images on this website are courtesy of Angelfire's Animation Factory.

Should you want additional information regarding joining our club, you can contact us via email at the "email me" link below, or call 618-654-9919.

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


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