Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Auburn Rally Pictures


Many thanks go to Rally Masters Penny Johnson, John Saalwaechter, and Margo & Tony Brandenburg, for a great July Rally…….fellowship, campfires, pizza, car shows, and entertainment.


Sunday, July 11, 2021

Great July Rally


Many thanks go to Darlene & Jack Gebhart, Margo & Tony Brandenburg, Penny Johnson, and John Saalwaechter for a great July Rally……..

fellowship, campfires, pizza, car shows, and entertainment.

Get ready to vote.....


Get ready to vote—the following slate of members has been submitted for consideration to serve as officers in 2022. Election of officers will be held at the September Rally.


President             Jack Gebhart

Ex Vice Pres        Gary Lewellen

North VP              Doug Tilmann

Central VP           Susan Krinn

South VP             Bettie Wessel

Secretary             Peggy Reese

Treasurer             Billie Fordeck

Nat'l Director        Steve Ruster

Alt Nat'l Director   Betty Tilmann  


Nomination Committee

Roberta Covington

Pat Lewellen

Suzi Pluhar






Join us for a great time in Portland, Indiana. We have some exciting things planned for you. Thursday is arrival day, so we will have a hotdog meal for you with plenty of time for fellowship. Side dishes are welcome if you would like to bring one. 

Friday morning at 10 a.m. we will go to the Levi & Catharine Coffin House and Museum. This was the Grand Central Station for the Underground Railroad. Then we will head out to Fountain Acres Amish Store. It’s a fun place to visit. Friday night at 5:30 supper will be catered by Fisher’s of Portland. A great feast of pulled pork, cole slaw, green beans, cheesy potatoes, and cherry cheesecake delight is planned. This will be held at the Fairgrounds. Bring your own drinks. 

Saturday morning we will visit Swiss Village Heritage Museum in Berne. We can stop at the Filling Station on our way back for lunch, snack or drinks. Then Saturday afternoon we will visit the Portland Museum of Soldiers. Dinner on your own. We have a Bingo game planned for Saturday night. 

Sunday is Donuts and Devotions and goodbyes. 

Rally Masters - Phil and Nancy Wilcox and Richard and Linda Wible We will have a time and detailed schedule for you on arrival.


Traveling to International Rally in Gillette, WY

Thanks to our roving reporters, Doug Tilmann, Steve Ruster, and Jerry Covington, they have reported that a mini caravan was formed at Coralville, Iowa.  The Covingtons, and Ruster joined the Tilmanns in the Walmart parking lot before heading out for Gillette.  Jerry  Covington and Steve Ruster will again be serving on the parking crew.  The Boyers are attending and Ross is representing the club as the National Director.  Others attending are Dane Bailey, Fordecks, Lewises, and Hardacres, so the club is well represented at the Internation Rally.
Stay tuned for additional highlights of the events and activities at the rally.


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Join Us In July--Auburn, IN July 8th - 11th, 2021


Come join us for a weekend of exploring the historic town of Auburn, IN and DeKalb County.  Auburn is known as the "Home of the Classics" for their role in the early automotive industry and the annual Kruse Auto Auctions that attracts bidders from all over the world.

We will enjoy Friday evening at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater with The Joe O Band.  Saturday the Auburn Shifters Car Club Car Show will be at the fairgrounds.

Auburn is known for their museums... and they are open! There will be free time to visit these "Must See Museums", such as the Cord Duesenberg Auto, National Auto and Truck, Kruse's National Military History, and the Auto/Carriage Museums, to name a few.  If you are interested in Monster Trucks and up for a short drive, there is a new international Monster Truck Museum and Hall of Fame in Butler, IN.  If you enjoy historic homes/buildings, a self-guided sidewalk tour will provide a view and history of 44 structures in the historic district of the city.

So come join us for a weekend of exploring the fascinating town of Auburn and, best of all, hanging out with your Hoosier Cruiser Friends!

John & Penny,Tony & Margo, Jack & Darlene

Thursday, May 20, 2021

With Deepest Sympathy

With deepest sympathy

Harry DeCausemaker reported that Ron Krebs passed away.  He and his wife were members quite awhile
ago.  The club wishes to express their sympathy to the family.

Exploring the Delights in Charlestown.......

The rally began on Wednesday with members gathering at the Rally Master’s site. After welcoming everyone those attending were treated to “Walking Tacos”.

Thursday began with an excellent breakfast of biscuits, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, juice, and coffee. Yum!  Then we drove to the Huber Winery and Distillery for a tour and tasting. The 7th generation of Hubers are running the fruit farm and vineyard.  They have been in business since 1843  when Simon Huber began farming in southern Indiana.

Friday included a “Clue Party” at Culberson Mansion.  Hoosier Cruisers walked through the 20,000 sq. ft. mansion looking for clues to solve who the murder was, who the victim was and what was used as a weapon.  It was a challenge and great fun.   That evening we had a hot dog super with coney sauce, chips, cole slaw, and ice cream sundaes.

Saturday we toured Schmipff’s Confectionery.  It opened its doors in 1891 by Gustav Schmipff and has continued at the same location.  We got to see them make lemon drops using some machinery from the 1900’s.  The drops were delicious.   The day ended at Cluckers where we had chicken strips, French fries, salads, and pie. After the meal a business meeting was held.

The rally ended on Sunday with devotions by Melanie Boyer and singing lead by Dane Bailey. Great way to end the rally.




Sunday, February 21, 2021

Exciting May Rally Planned at Charlestown State Park

 Hoosier Cruisers Rally May 12-16, 2021

Charlestown State Park Campground

We are all ready for spring which we hope is just around the corner. Our May Rally will be held at Charlestown State Park campground on May12-16, 2021. Everyone will have to make their own reservations by calling 812-256-5600 or by going online at We will be camping in the Mulberry Loop and rally masters will be on sites #121 and #122. There are a few sites left in the full hook up section and plenty of sites in 50 amp electric only section. 

We will start off on Wednesday evening with a meet and greet followed by walking tacos for supper. Thursday morning your rally masters will provide breakfast of biscuits and gravy. We will spend the afternoon at Huber Winery. There are many activities going on such as farmers market, tractor rides, ice cream parlor and the Starlight Cafe. We will be able to take a tour and have a wine tasting for $15.00 per person. There are about 15 stairs to get down to the wine cellar so be aware if you feel mobility would be an issue. Supper will be on your own. 

Friday we will go to the beautiful Culbertson Mansion for a Clue Party. The Culbertson Mansion was built in 1894 and was completely restored in 1995. The party will include participants searching throughout the mansion for clues to discover who did it! Unfortunately it will involve 3 floors of the mansion so it may be more than some will want to do. The cost for the party is $25.00 per person. If you don’t want to do the party due to taking the stairs you may tour the downstairs and watch the Clue Movie which will be playing for $20.00. Other optional activities in the area include the Carnegie Center for Art and History (free), Town Clock Church (free), Falls of the Ohio State Park (free). We will return to the campground for happy hour and a hot dog roast. 

Saturday we will tour (free) Schimpff’s Confectionery which has been making candy for 128 years. The delightful couple who own the store will explain some of the ins and outs for candy making and how it has been done for many years. There also will be opportunities to tour the Howard Steamboat Museum ($8), the Vintage Fire Museum ($5), walk across the Ohio River on the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge (free) and shop. We will have a dinner (cost $15 per person) and business meeting on Saturday evening but details are still being worked out. 

We will bid farewell after donuts and devotions on Sunday morning. The rally masters are looking forward to a fun filled weekend. We are still having to work around the covid restrictions but hopefully some of those will be lifted by May. One activity we are hoping to include is a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center but at this time they are not doing tours because of covid. If it changes we will put it into our plan. We need registrations back by 4/22/21. 

Please join us as it has been long winter. If you have questions contact us. Jerry and Roberta Covington 765-748-3747 Greg and Bettie Wessel 812-341-1156

Check your Hoosier Cruisers Newsletter for registration and waiver form.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Alan Neireiter Illness


Linda Murphy shared this information about Alan Neireiter who was a very new member of the Hoosier Cruisers,but a long time FMCA member and volunteer at GLAMARAMA. On July 30th, he has been either hospitalized or in rehab. If you know Alan you may want to contact Linda for more information.

The club wishes Alan a speedy recovery.