10/23/2018 Meeting Minutes

JPC MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES

October 23, 2018

The meeting was called to order by President Sandy McCall at 7:33PM

Board Members Present:

Sandy McCall

Bob Wagner

Candi Wenzon

Joe Hill

Absent:Greg Buss

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Introduction of Host/Hostess

Hugh Brandt served as host.

Introduction of Guests & Associates

None

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

None

Announcements

None

President’s Report

“Motorcycle Trivia” was played.  Winners were as follows:

  1. Steve Penczak

What decade did “Trick or Treat gain popularity?

Mid to late 1930’s!

  1. George Barrington

How many children have been harmed or killed by Halloween candy?

None!

  1. Bill Hominick

What is the average number of pieces of candy handed to each child?

Two!

VP Reports – Bob Wagner

                              Let Bob know if you need a 2019 events calendar.

Meetings & Programs:  H. Brandt

None

Editor:  S. Penczak

Steve thanked contributors but asks that when you submit an article or  photo,  please include the following:  date, where taken, whether a lunch or breakfast event.

Tour Director:  G. Gauss

10/28 is the last scheduled breakfast ride and Rick Tymczuk will lead.

Thanks to all who led rides this year.  As soon as you are done with riding for the year, please send your mileage information to George.

Communications:  L. Vicker

She had nothing to report.

AMA/Membership:  G. Barrington

George officially “retires” from serving as AMA rep at the end of this year.  Thanks for all of your years of service, George!

Bill Hominick and Ron Carlow purchased their back patches today………..congratulations to them upon becoming full members.  Once Bill and Annie Berger and Dave Ewing buy theirs, we will have no other associates waiting for membership.

Speak Up

None

Birthdays

Sandy McCall and Ron Carlow were honored with our birthday song!

Unfinished Business:

  1. Event Financial Reports

None

  1. Anniversary Party Plans – S. McCall

We’ll have a full house for our 40th party at Lou Malnati’s/Elk Grove on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1pm-4pm.  The menu includes 3 different kinds of deep dish pizza, 2 salads, 2 pastas, cookie/ice cream and cake desserts, cola and diet cola, coffee and tea.  Dress is casual and many items will be raffled off.

Program – “Motorcycle Tales”– Hugh Brandt

Hugh received many laughs as he told us about purchasing his very first Honda 350 in Columbia, S. America while he worked there on contract……He had no experience riding a motorcycle but went on to ride 20,000 miles back home to the states (definitely not a direct route!).  He showed us all his first license, a 1970 plate from Panama.

50/50 & Door Prizes

On a bike:           Bill Hominick.

50/50:                 $ 25was won by Bill Hominick

Several door prizes were given to the Early Arrivals ticket holders.

New Business:

  1. Event Budget Requests – None
  1. Rent/Elks Club 2019 – S. McCall

Greg Buss spoke with Sally and price of monthly meetings will remain the same at $0.

  1. Holiday Party 12/08 – J. Mumford

The party will take place at the Rose Garden/Elk Grove.  Cost will be $30 to include DJ, Lenny.  11/20 is the deadline to pay……..flyer on the web.

Good of the Order & Adjournment

Various kudos and comments were offered.

Reminders:

Cruiser Coffee is:             Thursday November 15th

JPC Meeting is:                Tuesday November 27th 

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Candi Wenzon, Secretary

09/25/2018 Meeting Minutes

JPC MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES

September 25, 2018

The meeting was called to order by President Sandy McCall at 7:31PM

Board Members Present:

Greg Buss

Sandy McCall

Candi Wenzon

Joe Hill

Absent: Bob Wagner (emergency due to storm damage)

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Introduction of Host/Hostess

Hugh Brandt served as host.

Introduction of Guests & Associates

Ron Carlow

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

None

Announcements

None

President’s Report

“Motorcycle Trivia” was played.  Winners were as follows:

  1. Greg Buss
  2. Joe Hill
  3. George Barrington

VP Reports – Bob Wagner

Meetings & Programs:  H. Brandt

We have all of the volunteers needed to be monthly speaker for the remainder of the year.

Editor:  S. Penczak, Is waiting on one report.

Tour Director:  G. Gauss

All breakfast rides have leaders through the October rides.  One or two may be needed if we ride into November.

Communications:  L. Vicker

Nothing to report.

AMA/Membership:  G. Barrington

AMA did not invite the “Road” division to the AMA Congress this year…….There was no communication about the reason for them dropping road riders.

Annie and Bill Berger and Ron Carlow are now members and may purchase their vests, patches and name pins.

Speak Up            None

Birthdays:          A few absent members had birthdays in September.

Unfinished Business:

  1. Event Financial Reports

None

  1. Laying of the Bricks/Door County 9/8 – H. Brandt

The turnout was excellent.  Gary Cooper’s daughter, Karen, attended.  Hugh presented the $1000 donation from the JPC’s to the park and Huge along with Joni Brandt, bought a brick for “Parrish”, who was a former member of the JPC’s. Sara, was contacted by Lynn Vicker through Facebook and told that a brick was laid for Tom at the Motorcycle Memorial Park.

  1. Anniversary Party Plans – S. McCall

Communication about this 11/3 event went out to current members and will be sent out to former members on Oct. 1st.  Seating is limited to the first 50 paid reservations.  The $10/person cost will be refunded to each person at the conclusion of the party at Lou Malnati’s.

  1. Annual Planning Meeting for 2019 – S. McCall

A few additional events were added.  Calendars will be distributed at the October meeting.

Motion to accept 2019 Calendar:            Greg Buss

Second:                                                            Candi Wenzon

Discussion:                                                     Events can always be added

Motion passed unanimously.

PLEASE NOTE: The vote on moving the Sunday Breakfast Meetings to the Hoffman Estates McDonald’s on a  year-round on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month should have been inserted here……If I remember correctly the vote of the members present was 10 to 8 in favor. It was suggested by the Board that another survey be send out.

Program – “Motorcycle Tales”– Lynn Vicker

Lynn spoke of her experience appearing to her son’s grade school class in June of 1988 about “motorcycle safety.”

50/50 & Door Prizes

On a bike:           None

50/50:                 $ 25was won by Hugh Brandt

Several door prizes were given to the Early Arrival ticket holders.

New Business:

  1. Event Budget Requests – None
  1. December Meeting – S. McCall

Sandy suggested that since the December fourth Tuesday fell on 12/25, that we not have a December meeting.

Motion to forego a December meeting: Sandy McCall

Second:                                                                           Greg Buss

Discussion:                                                                    None

Motion passed unanimously.

Good of the Order & Adjournment

Various kudos and comments were offered.

Reminders:

Cruiser Coffee is:             Thursday October 18th

JPC Meeting is:                Tuesday October 23rd

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Candi Wenzon, Secretary

Escorted out of Town

2018 Memorial Brick Laying.

Lynn and I went to the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial for the brick laying. I think there was 28 cruisers there.

It was quite impressive. There were a lot of other bikes, clubs, and family members. Gary’s daughter (Karen) rode Gary’s GW up to the memorial and back and had Gary’s vest and favorite hat with her. She is quite a gal.

We came home the same day.

One Hot Sticky Day in August we Found Ourselves in Kirkland.

Sometimes the phrase “It’s a small world!” can come to mind when one least expects it.

One hot sticky August day, when we were ready for lunch, we found ourselves in Kirkland, Il.  We decided to check out Kirkland Family Restaurant, a tiny place we had never been to before.

In front of the restaurant we saw a Harley and a side car rig that caught our attention.  The owners were just leaving and stopped to talk with us as we admired the side car rig.  It was unusual to say the least.  The side car owner was Kurt from Oregon (IL) and his buddy, the Harley owner, was Paul from Huntley. Kurt explained to us that the side car was an old Harley frame, and the engine was a VW (crate motor) with transaxle sitting behind the tub. It had car wheels and tires with the front tire and wheel a little smaller than the rears. There was power to both rear wheels. It was beautiful.

Kurt made the whole side hack himself. We asked how he came to have all the knowledge to make and put all these parts together. His answer was that back in the day when they were young they always wondered what they would wind up doing for a living. They used to take on what they called “50” day jobs. You know, work a  job here, work a job there, couple months here, couple months there, as  a carpenter, and then a mechanic, an auto painter, auto body repair, machinist, and then a welder.  Kurt then went back to machinist and retired as a machinist.

Kurt and Paul are long time friends and meet for breakfast routinely at the Kirkland Family Restaurant.

We mentioned that we had bikes and we and that we belong to a MC club.

Immediately Kurt asked us the name of the club and we said JPC.  He asked “Do you know Gary Cooper?”   We said yes but he just recently passed away.  Paul and Kurt knew that Gary died recently. In fact, they were childhood friends having grown up in Wood Dale.  They even went to high school together!

Kurt said he actually made the first “rubber band trailer” frame for Gary before Gary started selling them.  He told us he also built Al and Janet Gutenschwager’s trike.

It turns out that Kurt, Paul, Gary, Al and Janet (Gary’s sister), all grew up in Wood Dale.   Kurt and Paul have fond memories of their friendship with Gary.   In fact, they took many motorcycle camping trips to Door County and Apple River even before the founding of the Jerseypine Cruisers.    They told us the story of how it was that Gary decided to start a motorcycle club for riders of all brands of bikes.   Here we are 40 years later and the Jerseypine Cruisers owe it’s existence to that dream of Cooper’s.

It’s a small world!

Respectfully submitted by Lynn and Ken Vicker

A SPACE-AGE FIX CAN SAVE YOU FROM A SKID

A SPACE-AGE FIX CAN SAVE YOU FROM A SKID

The phrase “Houston, we have a problem” may not be a normal part of your motorcycling verbal repertoire. A space-age fix to bail you out of a potential disaster, though, may soon be a very real part of the safety gear that keeps you upright and on the road.

One prominent original equipment manufacturer is testing a jet thruster – yep, a thruster – you know, those things that fire in microbursts to keep a space vehicle on its proper trajectory and out of trouble. This thruster will fire when your bike is about to go into a skid. Its purpose is to help you avoid a very serious case of road rash – or worse.

When you’re heading into a skid, your motorcycle is leaned far enough over that you lose lateral tire friction and the bike begins to slide. Maybe you hit a patch of gravel or sand in a curve and the loss of traction tips your bike much further than you intended.

The answer, according to the physics geniuses, is to apply what they call repulsion force intervention which counteracts the slide path and stabilizes the motorcycle enough that the skid actually stops.

So is the bike going to have a couple of mini-jet engines bolted to the frame? Not likely. This thruster is more like an air bag. Instead of inflating to cushion you from impact, this kind of air bag expels the air it contains in a concentrated burst that provides sufficient force to counter the skid. There’s enough air to save your bacon just one time. Then, it has to be replaced.

If this is starting to sound like an expensive extra, just think of it this way – if you can afford one of these bikes, a replacement air thruster isn’t going to ruffle your bank account. Not to mention the issue of how much it’ll save you in co-pays for medical care following a bad skid with the wrong side down.

True, it may not be a lunar lander and it won’t exactly put you into orbit. On the other hand, it’s enough space technology to keep you from experiencing a very hard landing.

Reprinted from the Summer 2018 issue of the Foremost Insurance Group magazine.

2018-4th of July Parade & Picnic.

I can’t say anything about the Parade because I did not attend but I can tell you about the picnic.

For 2018 the 4th of July Picnic was held at George and Bev’s house in Des Plaines. As past year the party was held here Bev did all the preliminary work, which means the greater majority of it, and George handled the Bar-B-Q grill. Again the food was outstanding, beer flowed like water, water flowed like water and deserts were magnificent.

The conversation, as at any Cruiser event was all over the board, from solving the world’s woes to why Honda’s are superior to Harley’s. (They just are, that’s why!)

If you want more say-so volunteer to be editor next year.

A hardy and well deserved “Thank-You” to Bev and George for once again opening their house and hearts to us Cruisers’ so that we may partake of our good friends and give us an opportunity to get to better know some of our newer members.

Most of you don’t know this but George handed me a can of Spam as Lu and I were leaving the party. I had been bugging him for a couple of weeks about serving Spamburgers instead of boring old Hamburgers. So to show him I appreciated the gesture I took a photo of me preparing my Spam & eggs on the morning of the 5th. Thanks George.

Photos and story by: The Editor   (SLP)