Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Those is attendance enjoyed a harty meal and their last hurrah for 2008.
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Hoosier Cruisers attending the dinner in Anderson are already excited about the upcoming 2009 rallies. Check the blog for the upcoming rallies and mark you calendars.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
The Andersons and the Wessels have been busy planning the October Rally for 2009. Both families visited the Winchester Speedway to see what is in store for the Hoosier Cruisers next year. The speedway is the world's fastest half-mile track and some of the best open-wheel drivers race in Winchester. The "Old Timer's Weekend" was held at the end of September. Fans were treated to 65 vintage race cars that were built between 1937 and 1980. These cars took some hot laps around the track, although the laps were made under the yellow flag. Just seeing these cars made the trip to Winchester worthwhile.
As you can see Frank and Greg were fascinated with the racing machines from the past.
In addition to the speed way, Frank and Jackie have been working to schedule several tours including Ghyslain Chocolate Shop, Frank Miller Lumber Company, Workhorse Chassis factory, Cardinal Ethanol plant, and Astral casket factory. There should be something for every one.
Although this will be the October Rally, it will probably be held at the end of September. This promises to be a "must attend" rally.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Dues continue to be $15.00 and are payable to our new treasurer:
23256 Greenleaf Blvd.
Elkhart, IN 46514
You won't want to miss a single rally. Please send your dues promptly so that our membership list will be accurate when submitted to FMCA.
Monday, October 6, 2008
The nights and mornings were pleasantly cool and that called for campfires every morning and evening. Dick Minniear showed us how to make the campfires even more beautiful with blue and green flames. If you take a foot length of copper tubing with holes drilled in it, put a length of garden hose in it, and place it in the fire you will have colored flames.
As you can see the Hoosier Cruisers enjoy a good party. Friday night members were invited to a Luau and you can see that they really got into dressing up for the occasion. Van even wore a Parrot Head for the dinner. The roasted pig and sides were excellent and no one left hungry.
Van and Sandy were the winners of the Corn Hole Toss tournament. The grand prize was a cruise. Little did they know that the cruise was across one of the lakes in the campground, and they had to do the rowing.
Hoosier Cruisers were treated to a new experience, "panning for gold". Vicki, campground owner, gave an introductory coarse in panning for gold. She explained how the gold and gems found in the area had come from Canada. They were moved by glaciers and the gold is called "placer gold". It is 22 to 24 karat gold.
After practicing in the shelterhouse, members were transported to a nearby stream to try their luck.
Don Orman was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. The proceeds of this year's drawings will be donated to the Riley Childrens Hospital. The club will be donating approximately $150.
HOOSIER CRUISERS OFFICERS - 2009
PRESIDENT ------------------------------GREG WESSEL
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT---------RICHARD HAHN
NAT’L. DIRECTOR--------------------JERRY HARDACRE
ALT. NAT’L DIRECTOR---------------MELANIE BOYER
NORTH V. PRES.------------------ROSEANNE GARDNER
CENTRAL V. PRES.-------------------------GARY HAND
SOUTHERN V. PRES------JUDY HOHL & MARY REMLEY
*NEWSLETTER EDITOR ----------CHERYL SCHMIEDT
Sunday, September 7, 2008
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The September Rally offered a wide variety of activities and events. Participants could choose one or all of the offerings. Tours included a seed company, candy shop, museum, lapidary shop, tractor pull, glass making, antique cars, and great food.
Becks Seed Company uses scientific methods to continuously improve the yield and resistance to diseases of their crops. Robots are even used to stack the bags of seed.
Those attending learned how hybrid plants are made from inbred plants. When the seed corn is grown and then picked from the fields of seed corn, the corn must be inspected and sorted by hand.
Below, one of the Becks Seed workers plants individual seeds to be grown in the greenhouse. These plants will be used in experimental plots to improve the traits of the plants being grown.
Tipton was selected as the rally site by Rally Masters Bill and Judy Asbury, and Assistant Rally Masters Bob and Rosalie Gollner because the Pork Festival was being held. We had many opportunities to try several pork entrees. The pork chops and pulled pork was excellent!
You may notice that Jim and Steve are deep in conversation with a local sheriff. No, they were not detained by the law.
Jerry and Jim look on as the owner of the House of Glass creates a paper weight. He uses shards of colored glass with crystal clear glass to make the one of a kind ornaments.
We visited the Spencer Lapidary shop where the owner cuts and polishes rocks/gems into perfect orbs. He has been contracted by NASA and other companies to produce spheres.
The candymaker and owner of the Venus Chocolate Shop makes mouth watering chocolate. She uses recipes that were passed down to her from her father. Whether you tried chocolate clusters of chocolate creams you were left with the craving for more. At age 72 she works six days a week and said that she plans to live to 100.
As usual the rally participants enjoyed good food and fellowship. They were also treated by Rev. Bubba who retold several fractured Bible stories. Needless to say the crowd was rolling in the aisles with his antics.
Visiting the Elwood Haynes Museum is like stepping back in time. The mansion contained original furnishings and the 1905 Model L Haynes. Mr. Haynes made his first trial run on his new automobile in 1894. In 1898 Mr. Haynes and Apperson formed a partnership known as the Haynes-Apperson Automobile Company. He is also known for his contribution in developing and producing stainless steel and Stellite alloys.
Bob and Rosalie Gollner opened their private museum of rare automobiles. They are pictured in front of a Maxwell that Bob has restored.
Members were fortunate in being able to view very rare antique automobiles manufactured by the Cole automobile company. Bob Gollner was on hand to explain the the mechanics of the Haynes and Apperson vehicles.
The Gollners were gracious hosts and allowed Hoosier Cruisers to drive or ride in the cars that were part of the private collection. What a thrill to actually ride in autos that were produced in the early 1900's.
Many thanks go to Bill and Judy Asbury, and Bob and Rosalie Gollner for a spectacular rally.
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