Hello Club Members,
The Corona Virus is still having an effect in our area, and we are using precautions whenever possible at our events. There have been a few car shows/cruise-in's open up that we have been able to attend.
On July 11th we attended a Car Show in Auburn that was hosted by The Shifters Car Club. Attending were Larry and Helen Kwolek, 2003 James Bond Edition Thunderbird, Carlos and Gina Rodriguez, 2003 Desert Sky Blue Thunderbird, Lowell Lepper, 1955 Thunderbird, and myself, driving my 1966 Diamond Blue Convertible. It was a very warm day, but with some shade trees and a gentle breeze, we made it through the day just fine. Congratulations to Lowell, for placing in the top 20 Cars.
July 18th was the annual Lawton Park Car Show in Ft. Wayne hosted by The Mizpah Shriners Car Club, with proceeds going to The Shriners Hospital. We had a great turnout from the club including Amy Minnich, 2005 Chrysler Crossfire, Lowell Lepper, 1955 Thunderbird, Jim McCann, 1957 Thunderbird, Bud Gibson, 1964 Mercury Monterey Convertible, Gary Nordmann, 2002 Thunderbird, Greg Minnich, 1955 Thunderbird, and myself driving my 2004 Merlot. Winning awards in the top 50 were Lowell and Jim. Winning in top 15, 2000 and newer class were Gary and myself. Greg won one of the top 'Specialty Awards.' Our club also won $50.00 for 2nd place in club participation that we donated back to the Shriners Hospital. All in all, a very good day!
On July 26th was our lunch cruise aboard The S.S. Lilypad II on beautiful Lake Wawasee. Another great turnout with warm temperatures and bright blue skies. Joining us were Bill and Kathy Crowley, Bud and Freda Gibson, Gene and Beth Kline, Ken and Diana Hensch, Gerold and Dorothy German with 2 guests, Larry Sneary, and myself and Carol Coffield. Unfortunately, Carlos and Gina Rodriguez driving from Kokomo, ran into an unexpected detour on US 33 that made them miss the boat. They did hang around after having lunch at The Frog so we did at least get to talk with them for a while. Sorry that happened! It was a very pleasant day and our lunch was delish! Our thanks to club member Larry Sneary who, with his connections with The Frog Restaurant, made this event possible.
We aren't known as "Indiana's most active Thunderbird Club" for nothing....Our NEXT event will be a Cruise-In on August 8th, hosted by The Pretty Lake Conservation Club. It is from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. You should have all gotten a flyer on directions of how to get there. AFTER the Cruise-In, we are invited by club members Ken and Di Hensch to their home on Pretty Lake for our Club Picnic. They are providing the meat, tableware, bonfire by the lake and pontoon rides. What to bring, a side dish, or desert/snack to share, beverage, chair, swimsuit for the bathing suit contest, (kidding) towel and anything necessary to have a good time. Again, directions to the house are on the flyer, so if you didn't get one, just let me know. NOTE: Di Hensch will stay at the house during the car show, for anyone wanting to drop off food aitems the might need refrigeration.
I am proud to say that our club still continues to grow with gaining the following members this year. They are: Sherri Hepler from Fort Wayne, 2005 Anniversary Thunderbird, Sam and Judy Marquardt from FWA, 2002 Inspiration Yellow Thunderbird, Billy McDonald from Paoli, IN. 2005 Anniversary Edition Thunderbird, Richard and Mary Ann Pishnuff, from Osceola, IN. 2002 Inspiration Yellow Thunderbird and Corvettes, Gary and Christine Nordmann, from Auburn, 2002 Torch Red Thunderbird, Carlos and Gina Rodriguez from Kokomo, IN. 2003 Desert Sky Blue Thunderbird, (Gina is also ITC's Great Lakes Regional Advisor) John and Mary Taylor from Mooresville, IN. owners of a 1930 Model A quarter ton truck, and John Vinzant from Gary, IN. who is Bird less at the moment. Welcome, welcome to all of our new members!!
I have received word that The Annual Bloomington Rendezvous hosted by The Land of Lincoln Thunderbird Club has been cancelled. Illinois and Indiana are now experiencing an increase of Crona Virus cases. We all hope that the sooner the better we can be rid of this nightmare.
That's all the news from Hoosierland, COME FLY WITH US!
Roger Noll, President