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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

November 2022
 
Hello Club Members,
 
I would have never guessed that after 3 vaccinations and following all of the covid guidelines for the past 2 years, that I would test positive for the virus.  I am doing better, have now past my quarantine and am ready to get out of the house.  I still have no sense of smell and a lingering cough.  
 
I sure hated to miss our October event, but it looks like you all had a great time.  Our tour of The Bell Mansion happened because of the Honor Flight that I took to Washington D.C.  It turned out that my guardian for the day was none other than Angie Sturm, who is the owner of the Bell.  We spent a wonderful day together and our conversation led to how it would be a great event for our Thunderbird Club to tour the mansion.  Since Angie wouldn't take any money for our tour, so we made a donation in her name to The Honor Flight.  Angie has since become a volunteer at Honor Flight.  A huge thank you goes out to Angie!  
 
Go to our Facebook page to see lots of photos, courtesy of Di Hensch.  She took over that day, as we learned that our club Vice President was also sick that day and wouldn't be attending.  Thanks Di! 
 
As the mansion is reported to be haunted, it was a fitting way to end our season of Thunderbirding across the land.
 
Our year in review:
 
March 27th:  Club planning meeting at Ziano's Italian Eatery.  With a room full of excited club members, it was time to "Get this party started."
 
April 23rd, a trip to Auburn and a tour of The N.A.T.M.U.S Museum.  Afterwards lunch at Bo Dougie's BBQ.
 
May 14th was The Sweets, Hot Rods, and Freedom Car Show at Family Ford in Bluffton.  Hosts were Dan and Shari Shafer.  Gained new member Dan Farber.
 
May 22 was Thunderbird Appreciation Day, with a cruise in the country planned by club VP Keith Landis with a stop in Churubusco at The Majic Wand for lunch and ice cream. 
 
June 18th was a trip to The James Dean gravesite, a tour of The James Dean Museum in Fairmount, and lunch at The Ford Garage.  
 
July 16th was The Lawton Park Car Show.  Heavy rain in the AM.  A few members made it out when the sun began to shine.  
 
August 6th was The Wheels and Wieners Cruise-In at Pretty Lake.  Hosts were Ken and Di Hensch.  Another rainy day, but the sun made an appearance and all was well. 
 
August 10-14th was the VCTI Thunderbird Convention in Kansas City.  Club members Kevin and Diane Mark and Wayne Settlemeyer attended.  Wayne's Thunderbird Jr. was the hit of the show.
 
August 14th was a tour of beautiful Lake Wawasee and lunch aboard The S.S. Lily Pad II.  This has become a club favorite.
 
September 17th was The 26th Annual Ossian Car, Truck, and Bike Show at Mike Anderson Chevrolet.  As always our Thunderbirds were winners!
 
September 21st was The Bluffton Street Fair.
 
October 7-9th was The Annual Bloomington Rendezvous in Bloomington/Normal, Ill.  Attending were club members Kevin and Diane Mark, Wayne Settlemeyer, Phil Walter, and Roger Noll.
 
 
October 30th was a tour of The Bell Mansion a former funeral home in Fort Wayne.  
 
So that ends another fun year of belonging to Indiana's most active Thunderbird Club.
 
Some sad news, Club Members Larry and Helen Kwolek have sold their home in the Fort and are moving back to the Chicago area to be closer to their family.  Keep in touch, we will miss you!
 
I am pleased to announce our newest club members, they are Garry and Melodee Bowlby from New Paris, Indiana.  They are the proud owners of a 1962 Thunderbird Hardtop.  Welcome to the family!
 
So that ends our season, happy Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.  We will be back for our "After The Holidays" dinner, date to be determined.
 
THATS ALL THE NEWS FROM HOOSIERLAND, COME FLY WITH US!
 
Best regards, 
 
Roger Noll, President (for 23 years!!!)
HVTC

 

 

 

 

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