Pekin AMBUCS Newsletter • Issue 7: 2014-2015

Next Meeting

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Pekin Country Club
6:00 p.m. Drinks
6:30 p.m. Dinner

Program: Our guest speaker for October 28th will be Detective Mike Eeten of the Pekin Police Department. Mike is also the Public Information Officer for the Department and serves on the Crime Stoppers Task Force for Tazewell County. Mike was also the Director of the Pekin Night Out Against Crime program held on October 23rd at the AVANTI'S Dome.

For October 28th, our Branding Time Contest will be wear your favorite SPORTS TEAM HAT.

Last Week

We had 27 AMBUCS members and their guests attend our seventh meeting of the year. The meeting was held at the Pekin Country Club. It was Ladies' Night. Our theme for our Branding Time Contest was the most unusual or unique hat.

  • It was Ladies' Night and we had several in attendance.

  • We had four guests attend our meeting.

  • Jeff Dill is selling the AMBUC orange sports polo shirts for $30. If you need to order one please contact Jeff. He has these sizes left: L, XL, XXL

  • Donna Carlton Vish is the National BIG HAT President for AMBUCS. She was in attendance and gave a report. She loved our branding theme this year which is: "It's All About The BIG HAT". She loved our different theme nights and will be highlighting our Pekin Club in her next report.

  • Dave Craig won points for his Team by winning the most unique hat contest for the evening.

  • Jim Deverman introduced our speaker for the evening. It was Bob Hayley, the CEO of Pekin Hospital. Bob presented the Pekin Progressive Health Services Strategic Story for 2014. Bob shared how the health care services is changing rapidly. He spoke of the revolution taking place in health care in 2014. He shared the vision statement of Pekin Hospital and how in 2013 PH celebrated 100 years of community service in the City of Pekin. Currently PH employs 800 employees. Bob concluded his presentation by sharing the top 3 critical success factors for the hospital as it moves toward providing top health care services to our community.

50/50 - Jay Hall won our 50/50 drawing on October 21st. This is the second time this year Jay has won our 50/50 drawing.

Jay received a patch for our banner from National Big President Donna Carlton Vish. Jay's guests for the evening were Dawn Glidewell and Shawn Beecham.

Dennis' guest for the evening was Steve Bartels. Steve, a buyer for Gates Corporation in Galesburg,
is also our newest members.

AmTryke Updates

3 Showed to assemble 2 AmTrykes Thursday night - Larry, Mike and Jay (behind the camera).
They did it in record time! We will do this again next Thursday while our key leaders are at our National Convention in St. Louis. Plan to help out.

12 year old Maggie Callaway received her new AmTryke on Wednesday, Sept. 24 Easter Seals.

Jay Hall, Greg Neaveill, and Dave Craig presented an AmTryke at Easter Seals to a young girl from Pekin by the name of Carmen. The presentation also happened to be on Carmen's birthday so we were able to make this young girl very very happy.

Ricky Fryman's bike has been repaired and returned to Ricky.

We have two more AmTrykes to assemble on October 30th.

Read the Pekin Times article on Pekin AMBUCS AmTrykes that ran last week. - Click Here


Jeff Peterson was our representative on October 21st . He gave one bear to a 12 year old girl by the name of Amanda.

Our GoodBear Representative for October 28th is Bill Calvert.

Check your GoodBear Schedule for the year that Dennis Barron e-mailed to all Club members.

Branding Time Kicks Off – It's All About The Big Hat

During the month of October and November we are initiating our Branding Time Contest once again. Our theme is: It's All About The Big Hat. We have been divided into teams. Each team can earn weekly points. Teams and Rules were distributed at our meeting on October 21st . Each meeting night will have a hat contest. For October 28th our contest is your favorite SPORTS TEAM HAT worn. We encourage all members to wear a hat each night in order to get points for your team. We also encourage every member to bring a guest and a possible new member for the club. We currently have 31 active members in our Pekin Club. During the Branding Time our goal is to add at least 10 more new members.

Branding Time Contest – Simple Rules

    • 1 Point for each team member that wears a hat

    • 1 Point for each guest that wears a hat (Including Ladies' Night)

    • 3 Points for anyone that signs up a new member



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This and That

Jeff Dill is looking for a little $

The Big Hat Breakfast at the National Convention asks for an auction item. Jeff would like to put together a gift basket along with a GoodBear. Greg has the GoodBear covered - so open your wallet and help Jeff out - especially you Big Hatters.

The Wassons cashed-in on a sightseeing flight from Greg Neaveill on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Bert, Madison, and Shere, enjoyed a scenic flight around the area aboard Flight 20570.
Bert took the controls for a while and made flying look easy. After landing and changing seats,
Madison grabbed the yoke and took us on a brief, fun roller coaster ride. Two new pilots were born.

SAVE The Date

Our Christmas Party is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th. Location is to be determined still.

Future Programs

October 29 - November 1

National Convention

St. Louis

Tuesday, November 4

Rollie Reed, Midwest Food Bank

Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, November 11

Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Chamber of Commerce

Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, November 18

Ladies' Night - Steve Thompson,CEO of Easter Seals

Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, November 25

Jeff Krueger, warden at the Pekin Prison

Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, December 2


Pekin Country Club

Tuesday, December 9

Christmas Party


Wednesday, January 28

Bradley Braves vs. Drake University


April 16-18

2015 Central Regional Spring Conference


Friday, May 1

44th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction

Memorial Arena

If you have ideas for future programs, please contact Dennis Barron at or 202-8143.


The new editor for our newsletter is
Dave Craig
Phone 267-2506

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Click here to read the AMBUCS District 4C Governors 3rd Quarter Newsletter (February 2014).

2014 National Convention - St. Louis, MO

Mark Your Calendars Now!The AMBUC National Convention will be held October 29th – November 1st in 2014!!! It is in nearby St. Louis next fall and we need to get a good showing for this event, due to its proximity! Al Bedell from the Bloomington Cornbelters AMBUC group will be running for National President!

Pekin attendees who are confirmed registered are Dennis Barron, Jay Hall, Bill Calvert. Add your name to the list!

What are our AMBUCS neighbors in Bloomington/Normal doing? Find out at the website - They give away AmTrykes but they also like to build ramps.

Check out their Newsletter -




Pediatrics 4 North

Before you go, call


to make sure there are children on the floor. GoodBears and get well cards will be at the nurses' station.

2014-2015 GoodBears

We need people for
the open days

October 28
Bill Calvert

November 4
Dave Craig

November 11
Jeff Peterson

November 18
Jay Hall

November 25
Les Turner

December 2
Dave Craig

December 9
Bob Schmidt

December 16
Bob Schmidt

December 23
Greg Neaveill

December 30
Jay Hall

January 6
Dave Craig

January 13
Les Turner

January 20
Dennis Barron

January 27
Terry Finnegan

February 3
Dave Craig

February 10
Terry Finnegan

February 17
Jay Hall

February 24
Mike Gardner

March 3
Dennis Short

March 10
Bert Wasson

March 17
Larry Truckenmiller

March 24
Bill Calvert

March 31
Mike Gardner

April 7

April 14
Jay Hall

April 21
Bert Wasson

April 28
Dennis Barron

May 5
Jim Deverman

May 12

May 19
Bill Calvert

June 2
Bud Grimm

June 9

June 16

June 23

June 30
Bert Wasson

July 7

July 14

July 21

July 28

August 4

August 11

August 18
Bert Wasson

August 25