Pekin AMBUCS Newsletter • Issue 31: 2013-2014

Next Meeting

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Pekin Country Club

Big Hat Fish Fry and Auction
6:00 pm

Jim Deverman says "Don't Be Late!"

Todd Petri and Gordon Bauer say "Bring Cash."

Last Week

Jim Gerkin from Pekin Insurance joined us again to give us a presentation on an African Safari that he had taken in February 2013. We viewed a small sampling (~130) of the over 1200 images that he shot while on this adventure. The wildlife, the natives and the living accommodations were amazing. The photos of the artwork and the stories of the overnight "hotels" were simply mesmerizing. Jim did a great job with the display, assuring us that the real life scenery and memories were even more vivid that the photos showed. He also had printed on poster sized paper several images that were scattered around the room.


Dennis Barron will be covering for Les Turner


Finnegan Wins 50/50 Every Week.

Pat and Neale Hanley hand over $1,000!

Hey. That's Charlie Blye's!



Mike found more Stuff from his Softer Side!




The 50/50 was won by Terry Finnegan who promised to donate I back to the auction, although, Terry always leaves with the money!

43rd Annual Auction Updates

With 2 weeks or so left before the auction, we are only about 75% there towards having enough items to meet the goal set by auction chairman Bill Calvert. Big Hat Fish Fry and auction week needs to be kicked in to get the goal met!

Dennis Barron and his crew at Illinois American Water are now in charge of the delivery pickup line. The new hotline number is (309) 202-8771. Use this to schedule pickups of good quality used items. As a reminder, we do NOT take air conditioners, pianos, organs, refrigerators, console TV's, tube type TV's or computer monitors, or sofa sleepers!

Raffle tickets are available from Dr. Jeff Dill. You are responsible for $80 worth of tickets, whether you sell them or not.

The Dan Hampton autographed football jersey is being raffled off. See Dr. Jeff Dill for tickets.


The most valuable award last week went to Pat and Neale Hanley with their 2 used purses full of CASH!

The most unique award went to Charlie and Carol Blye and their statue!

The "El Crapo" award went to Mike Gardner who was finally able to win with 2 small sets of "pink" Christmas lights and a small wooden box with an "easter" rabbit on it!

Nine Showed Sunday to empty a house out and put the stuff into storage. Thanks to all who helped!


GoodBears were completed by Bill Calvert. There were 3 attempts made to discover no one on the floor!



Greg Neaveill delivered a special Goodbear presented to the new and improved Les Turner at Proctor (now Trinity Point Healthcare). Les was really excited to speak of "Maurine", when his wife's name is Carol. His "Maurine" pump was removed Wednesday and he was hoping to be released for home on Thursday. We wish you a great and speedy recovery. Hopefully we will drag him out to the Big Hat and the auction itself.

AmTryke Updates

Here's our updated AmTryke Sponsor Flyer.

Future Programs

Tues., Apr. 29

Auction Prep


Wed., Apr. 30

Auction Prep


Thur., May 1

Auction Prep & Goodfella's Post Arena

Arena / Goodfella's

Fri., May 2



Tues., May 6

Auction Recap

Pekin Country Club

Tues., May 13

Distribution of Funds

Pekin Country Club

Mon., May 19

Easter Seals AmTryke Rodeo for Therapists.


Tues., May 20

Awards Ceremony

Pekin Country Club

If you have ideas for future programs, please contact Jeff Peterson at or 657-2500.


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Drop me a note.

Dennis Barron, Secretary



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

2014 National Convention - St. Louis, MO

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!

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
353-0518 to make sure there are children on the floor. GoodBears and get well cards will be at the nurses' station.

2014 GoodBears

We need people for
the open days

April 22
Mike Gardner

April 29
Jay Hall

May 6
Larry Truckenmiller

May 13
Mike Franks

May 20
Dennis Barron

May 27
Terry Finnegan

June 3
Dave Craig

June 10
Jeff Dill

June 17
Dennis Barron

June 24
Les Turner

July 1
Jim Deverman

July 8
Mike Franks

July 15
Mike Gardner

July 22
Greg Neaveill

July 29
Bob Ehrich

August 5
Bert Wasson

August 12
Bill Calvert

August 19
Jack Steger

August 26
Mike Gardner