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Lookingglass Corvette Club

Current Newsletter

PAST EVENTS:

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Parade, chaired by Ken Koehn. Thanks to all who volunteered to carry a dignitary at the request of Missouri Athletic Club - it was a beautiful day and pretty neat to see our members on television too.

Nov. 11: Veteran's Day golf scramble was sold out, per chairman Joe Revelle. Thanks to those members displaying their beautiful Corvettes at the golf course, especially those who had already participated in the Veterans parade in St. Louis.

Nov. 12: Brunch at Wang Gang, followed by garage tour at Randy Gori's. After a terrific brunch at Wang Gang, we ventured to the Gori garage which was filled with classic sports cars. The tour was to be concluded by a trip up the river road, but the weather was rainy and cold - will save the cruise for another nicer day. Many thanks to Wally Suchanek for planning and especially Randy Gori for hosting. It was a well attended and fun event.

Nov. 18: Annual Santa parade in Granite City - a handful of members braved the bad weather to participate in the parade, followed by a meal at Ravanelli's. Thanks to Mark Yehling for planning.

Nov. 19: Line dancing lessons for anyone wanting to learn or just brush up on your moves, taught by Betty and Jerry Wilson. About 20 to 30 members put on their dancing shoes and gave it the old college try...some better than others! All in all, though, a fun event - thanks to Peggy Bohnenstiehl for getting the hall for us, the Wilsons for their patience and dance expertise in teaching those of us with two left feet, and everybody who brought the delicious snacks to share.

Dec. 2: LGCC displayed our Corvettes inside Gateway Classic Car's O'Fallon facility as part of their holiday charity event. We had 20 beautiful Corvettes on display and one gorgeous 55 Chevy. Thanks to all who participated and also brought toys for Toys for Tots. The pickup truck they wanted to fill was overflowing with toys and games, and the catered food by The Beast, The Mansion, Bella Milano, and Reg El was excellent. There were also vendors with products to sell. They hope to have an even bigger event next year.

Dec. 7: Our annual Christmas cheer meeting was jam packed with members. After presenting checks to our four charities (Partners for Pets, Fisher House, Coping for Life, and Cops & Kids), a brief business meeting was held. After adjournment, the members all enjoyed a wonderful buffet supplied by Cygan Delaney Catering of Highland and a multitude of desserts supplied by our own members. Once again, non-perishable food items were donated by our generous members, which will be donated to a local pantry. Thanks to Suzie Wildhaber for organizing the event, but mostly to everyone who came to celebrate the season with good friends.

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS

No visitors attended the December 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.)

OTHER EVENTS:

2018 EVENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Feb. 4: Super Bowl party at Mark & Kathy Janes' house. They will provide Mark's famous chicken wings! Please bring your favorite libation and a dish to share. Even if you are boycotting pro football this year, come anyway - there are other things to do besides watch the game.

March 10: Save the date for the annual club party! Theme will be St Patty's Day and tickets will go on sale at the January meeting ($50/couple, $25/single). Members and spouses/significant others only! Cost includes buffet dinner, open bar, live music, 50/50, and prizes for best Irish costumes. Sandy Morris is our creative chairman for this event; we appreciate Sandy and her committee members who put in a lot of thought and effort to make a great party every year.

May 2018: Plans are in the works for a bourbon trail tour in Kentucky, chaired by Peggy Anderson. More on this as plans evolve.

Aug. 17-19: Return to Galena, IL. Kathy Janes is currently working on securing housing for our group; please let her know if you are interested so that she can book a large enough block of rooms. At this time, rooms have been secured at both the Best Western and the Ramada just down the street.

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.

Autumn 2018 (date not yet known): Return to Lynchburg, TN for the Jack Daniel's BBQ, followed by Tail of the Dragon. More on this as plans progress.

New Arrivals:

Congratulations to Dave & Lisa Leonard on their new red Corvette roadster; also to Ron and Terry Hodel who just purchased a new silver Corvette roadster. Gorgeous cars - enjoy them!

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION WE HAVE A NEW SPONSOR! Please welcome Steve Schmitt Chevrolet in Highland! 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!

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

CARS FOR SALE OR CARS WANTED

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 March 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.

CAR SHOW WINNERS

None at this time.

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

2018:

January 7, 2018: 43rd annual swap meet, 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Will County Fairgrounds, 710 South West Street, Peotone, IL (formerly Bill Jacobs swap meet).

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.

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!

Happy autumn, everyone!

Next meeting: Thursday, January 4, 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!

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

Links

Mid-America, home of the Funfest
Check out your car's history on CarFax
Steve Schmitt Chevy/Buick/GMC, our sponsor
Corvette Museum Store
Music dedicated to Vietnam Vets

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