2017- JPC Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial Ride

2017- JPC Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial Ride

We had a wonderful day at the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial. We had a great turn out with beautiful weather. We shared some wonderful memories and great stories of our recently departed members. May they ride all together and look down and bless us all. They are all missed.

Mike Lisciandrello

2017-Overnight to Parke County, Indiana

2017-Overnight to Parke County, Indiana

Wind, showers, dense fog, warm temperatures and sunshine…we had it all on the Fall Overnight. Six of us left on Saturday from Randall’s Pancake House in South Elgin. Rick left Flo with us and headed to Des Plaines to get a new tire to replace the one with a nail in it and planned to meet us in Danville for lunch. We meandered through the back roads towards Danville, fighting the 28 mph headwinds all the way. Although windy, the temperatures were in the 80’s. We were just about finished with lunch at Jocko’s when Rick walked in. Des Plaines did not have the tire he wanted, but they had taken a bike in trade that week with a wheel and tire that was the same, so they took off the wheel and put it on Rick’s bike and he was on his way to meet us. We arrived in Terre Haute just before the rain showers started. Luckily, there was a restaurant within walking distance so we walked across the parking lot in the drizzle, which had stopped by the time we walked back.

Sunday morning we woke to dense fog. One could not see across the parking lot! We delayed our departure for the covered bridges and started out an hour later. It was still foggy, but the visibility was better. By the time we got to the Rockville Visitor’s Center, the fog had lifted and the sun was shining. We did portions of the four different routes. We managed to see or drive through 11 of the 31 covered bridges. Many of the bridges are on gravel roads and therefore not easily accessible by motorcycle. The roads in Parke County are very scenic and curvy but not particularly well maintained. However, this time we did not see any orange painted circles around the potholes like we previously encountered. We were surprised and delighted to find one road that was freshly repaved. Now, they just need to start repaving the other ninety-nine percent of the roads!

If you ever find yourself in Rockville at mealtime, be sure to stop at Benjamin’s. When we stopped for lunch on Sunday, the parking lot was very full. Even without advanced reservations our group was seated without delay. Bill complimented the well-run kitchen as all our food was delivered in a timely mnner and at the same time. The portions were huge! Rick and I had salads that neither of us could even eat half of it.

We arrived back at the motel around 4 p.m. and relaxed until dinner, which turned out to be a good thing. Most of the group decided to walk to the Texas Roadhouse, which was just down the block on the corner. Well, that’s where it was six years ago. That location was closed and they moved to a new building a couple of blocks further down. There’s nothing like working up an appetite! Good thing we had taken the rig, as Steve called “shotgun” for the ride back to the motel.

Luckily on Monday morning, we did not have fog. We took off early to make a breakfast stop in Arthur, IL at Yoder’s Kitchen. Shortly after we crossed into Illinois, the fog set in. It was not as dense as the previous morning and visibility was better as well, but it makes for a long 100 miles. The food at Yoder’s was delicious. One could enjoy the breakfast buffet or order off the menu. Ken ordered a cinnamon roll that was the size of a salad plate and it had icing on top and it was pooled all around it. After a hearty breakfast, we headed in a northerly direction where people starting splitting off when we came to Dwight. Some of us stopped for lunch, but Hugh said he had eaten more in the three days than he had in a month! Good food, good roads, good friends and all kinds of weather conditions…that is what motorcycle touring is all about!

Sandy McCall

8/22/2017 Meeting Minutes

August 22, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Greg Buss at 7:31 p.m.

Board Members Present:
Joe Hill’
Greg Buss
Sandy McCall
Bill Mumford
Bob Wagner
Lynn Vicker


Introduction of Hosts:
Shirlee and Hermin Vazquez

Introduction of Guests & Prospective Members:
Bill and Annie Berger, Ron Carlo

Additions/Deletions to Agenda:
Moving wall under unfinished business g.

Frank and Candi are on vacation in SD and Frank became very ill this morning. He has sepsis in the blood. He is currently in ICU, but his vitals are improving.

President’s report:
Last few weeks we had good attendance at the Sunday breakfast rides. We’re having 20-25 people,

VP Chapter Management Report: Bob Wagner
Meeting & Programs: Willhavea program in September.
Editor: we’re receiving blog items. Keepthemcoming!

VP Community Relations Report: Lynn Vicker
Tour Directors:The Sunday rides are big. If someone wishes to lead a different ride, feel free to break into smaller groups, which makes it easier for restaurants. Autism ride is Sept. 16th. Look at the Autism website for more details

VP Individual Involvement Report:CandiWenzon
Cookie awards were given to ride leaders during the month of August.
Membership (G Barrington)
a. AMA
b. Membership – we have a new perspective member: Ron Carlo
c. Speak Up none
d. Birthdays – birthdays for August were announced

Unfinished Business:
a. Event financial reports: none
b. Constitution review committee – The committee established rules including 100% agreement to the changes, they used the old constitution as a guide, they agreed the club is top heavy, membership will have a greater voice, and bylaws and constitution were combined. George presented a petition signed by members. Members have received a copy of proposed new constitution via email to review the new constitution. A special meeting will be held on September 12, 2017 at the Elks Clubto go over the constitution The vote will be whether the constitution will be accepted.
Motion to accept petition: Bob
Second: Joe
Discussion: none
Motion: Passed unanimously
c. Wildcat Mountain – Great time. Sixteen people were present. Lots of good roads.
d. Dirt Racing – Greg will wait inside the entrance by the stands. The group will be near the top in the middle of the track.
e. WI Motorcycle Memorial – The ceremony will be September 16th at 2p.m. for the laying of the bricks. A group ride will leave from IHop at Lake Cook Road and Route 83 at 7 a.m. There will be a ride up to Door and back. Take a look at the website: WImotorcycle.org There is availability at the Days Inn in Green Bay on Saturday.
f. Sept. 24th leaving at 6:30 from McDonalds for the Memorial Ride.More details to follow.
g. Moving of the Vietnam wall – Sept. 27 Leaving at 7:30 from the IHop in Buffalo Grove. Will escort the semi to Des Plaines.If you plan to attend or can help, contact Greg.


50/50 & Door Prizes
On a bike: Steve Penczak
50/50:Joe Hill won $31
Several door prizes were given to various ticket holders.

New Business:
a. Event budget requests: none
b.Fall Overnight – It will be a three day event going to Parke County, IN. Both nights will be spent inTerre Haute. On Sunday, we’ll take a scenic ride throughout Parke County on rustic secondary roads and view several covered bridges. We will leave fromRandall’s Pancake House in South Elgin at 8:30 a.m. Anticipated mileage is 250 miles each day. We are staying at the Super 8 Motel in Terre Haute. A block of rooms is being held until September 5th..
c. Lunch ride –October 14th. Leaving from HE-destination is Chestnut Mountain, A flyer will be forthcoming with the details.
d. Halloween potluck – October 28th. Waiting for information regarding a location. Details will be forthcoming.
e. Planning for 2018 –events were suggested for 2018. People may still put events on the calendar next month

Good of the Order & Adjournment
Ken V looking for hosts Bob C & Marge volunteered
Bob C has his bike fixed and it is riding “good”
Jean thanked Lynn for telling us about Frank
Shirlee thanked Mike L for the pre-ride to Door
Joe F – people showing up in cars should not be razzed. It’s about getting together and not what you ride,

The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sandy McCall

September 2017 Minutes.

September 26, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Greg Buss at 7:30 PM

Board Members Present:
Joe Hill’
Greg Buss
Sandy McCall
Bob Wagner
Lynn Vicker
Candi Wenzon

Absent: Bill Mumford

Introduction of Hosts:
Bob Crosson and Marge Anderson

Introduction of Guests & Prospective Members:
Bill and Annie Berger, Ron Carlow, Dave Ewing

Additions/Deletions to Agenda:


President’s report:
We have the Elks Lodge for next year.

VP Chapter Management Report: Bob Wagner
No report

VP Community Relations Report: Lynn Vicker
Tour Directors:Lots of good rides; Wednesday lunch rides are quite popular.
The Sunday ride on October 8th will leave from HE instead of Des Plaines,

VP Individual Involvement Report:CandiWenzon
Cookie awards were given to ride leaders during the month of September.
Membership (G Barrington)
a. AMA – At the meeting in Ohio there were two important things. AMA is restructuring and will affect the road clubs. At this point it is not known how it will affect the road clubs.
A question was asked at seminar: How do you define/classify motorcycle? Slingshot is classified as auto cycle. What effect will the sub set of motorcycles have? Insurance rates? Licensing?
b. Membership- No report
c. Speak Up- nothing
d. Birthdays – birthdays for September were announced

Unfinished Business:
a. Event financial reports: no report
b. The minutes from the special meeting minutes on September 12, 2017 were read.
Motion to accept minutes: Joe
Second: Bob
Discussion: None
Passed unanimously
c. Constitution vote
Motion to accept constitution as is: Bob
-Opposition to proposal: in the proposal, there is nothing mentioned about who creates the budget; no mention of insurance in proposal as is stated in current constitution, has a problem with process of becoming a regular member, eliminated a few directors, such as Color Guard- where will members buy club stuff?, has a problem with accepting a flawed document, not sure about members making motions and voting, and putting the patch on any vest; we should speak with one voice and it has served us for38 years
-insurance issue is important
-committee does not want to throw the baby out with the bathwater and wants to get the proposed constitution approved and then will address the insurance issue and the budget through the new process; thereis a provision for getting rid of people
-how did committee deem it necessary to change the vest?
-putting patch on any item is ludacris

Vote: in favor =15 Opposed = 4 New Constitution accepted.

d. Dirt Races – good turnout, 12 people; had a good time
e. Motorcycle Memorial in Door County – 7 stones scheduled, including our 2 stones for Mike and Andy. 16 people attended. There was a food frenzy there.
f. Memorial Run- pictures sent to web; good turnout.
g. Moving of the Vietnam Wall – leaving IHOP at Lake Cook & 83 at 7 a.m. or meet at 3002 Route 120 in McHenry
h. Fall Overnight – It will be a three-day event going to Parke County, IN. Both nights will be spent in Terre Haute. On Sunday, we’ll take a scenic ride throughout Parke County on rustic secondary roads and view several covered bridges. We will leave from Randall’s Pancake House in South Elgin at 8:30 a.m. Anticipated mileage is 250 miles each day. We are staying at the Super 8 Motel in Terre Haute. The block of rooms has been released.

Oct 8, 2017-Breakfast Run

This coming Sunday (October 8th) I will lead a breakfast run:

Leave Point – Hoffman Estates Mc Donald’s, Rt. 72, 1 block east of Barrington Road.

Time – KSU (Kick Stands Up) 8:30 AM.

Destination – EAA fly in, drive in, ride in breakfast at Poplar Grove Airport, 5175 Orth Road, Poplar Grove, IL.

Cost – $7.00 for adults.

Hours – 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

All you can eat breakfast including pancakes, waffles, eggs, sausage, coffee, milk and juice.
Free airplane rides for ages 8-17 (weather permitting).

Museum on premises.

Proceeds go to fund the EAA Chapter 1414 educational youth and community building activities.

There will be planes landing and taking off in addition to some on display. Lets add a few motorcycles to the mix!

See you then.

Ken Vicker

9/20/2017 – Wednesday Lunch Ride

At precisely 9:30 am, 9 bikes and 9 riders (Steve, Hugh, Candi, Frank, Greg, Tom, Ken V., Dave and Ken M.) departed from the Hoffman Estates McD’s on a leisurely, laid-back 2 hour, 95 mile ride through the scenic canyon and hill country(?) of beautiful western Illinois. We were headed to Mt. Morris, ILL for a leisurely lunch at White Pines State Park, Resort and Restaurant. Our reservations were for 12:15 pm and even with a comfort-stop along the way our group came pulling in just before noon. We made good time on our 95 mile ride as, after we cleared the urban areas, we were on mostly untraveled country roads. The weather cooperated with us this day giving us bright, if somewhat warm (96°) riding weather.
In spite of our early arrival we were seated immediately by the lodges friendly Wait-Staff. After a hearty lunch and lots of conversation we headed out to the parking lot to head for home.
Ken V. (thanks Ken) volunteered to lead the ride home taking us down US-2 along the river towards Rockford and then headed east on the back roads towards our respective homes.

The Moving Viet Nam wall is Coming to Des Plaines

The Moving Vietnam Wall will be coming to Des Plaines from the McHenry County VFW Hall off of Rt. 120 on September 27, 2017, beginning at 9:00AM for a briefing, then KSU at 10:00AM.

The escort will be led by the State Police and other police agencies. The JPC’s have been asked to join other M/C groups to escort the wall to Des Plaines. The semi-truck will travel through about 13 towns at 25 mph. It will take about an hour and a half to get to Lake Park in Des Plaines. We should be arriving there by 11:30AM.

Location of the McHenry County VFW Hall is: 3002 IL-120, McHenry, IL. We will be leaving the Buffalo Grove IHOP (Lake Cook Rd and 83) at 7:30 AM sharp for the McHenry County VFW. If it is easier for those that live further west, you might want to ride to the McHenry VFW to meet us. Help will also be needed at Lake Park in Des Plaines to assemble the wall.

If you plan to go or to help, please RSVP to Greg Buss at 847-751-0387 as soon as possible.

8/30/2017 – Wednesday Lunch Ride

8/30/2017 – Wednesday Lunch Ride
At precisely 10 am, 9 bikes and 9 riders (Hugh, Steve, Bob, The other Bob, Joe {no, not that Joe}, George, The other Steve, Tom and Dave) departed from the Hoffman Estates McD’s on a leisurely, laid-back 2 ½ hour, 75 mile scenic ride. We were headed to Waterford, WI for ‘Spam Burgers’ at a VFW hall d/b/a The DMZ Bunker Restaurant. I should also mention that the days weather was almost perfect, bright and sunny with mid 70s temps.

Upon our arrival we were met by former Cruiser Cosmo giving us a count of 10 for lunch. Being a relatively popular local place for lunch there was no room for us in the bar so they opened the back room where there was plenty of seating room for our group.

I am sorry to report that only 4 of us were courageous enough to order the Spam Burgers while 6 others “wimped-out” and ordered mundane, average lunches.

After an almost 2 hour lunch we broke into a couple of smaller groups and headed our separate ways to home.