Pekin AMBUCS Newsletter • Issue 30: 2013-2014

Next Meeting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Pekin Country Club

6:00 p.m. Cocktails
6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program

Our last Ladies' Night before the Auction. Let's have some fun!

Program: African Safari by Jim Gerkin (Pekin Insurance)

Last Week

David Knight of Security Services presented a very informative presentation about concealed carry in Illinois and the training needed to carry and the needs of business owners to protect their laws and rights. David was also generous enough to donate a full 16 hour course to the auction that will be offered at the Big Hat coming up on April 22nd. David explained the rules and needs of someone wishing to carry and their rights and requirements. He also discussed personal preference information concerning handguns. The presentation was great! We will be talking about a group class shortly for those interested.


The most valuable award last week went to Auction Chairman Bill Calvert and his remote train set!

The most unique award went to Neil Hanley with the complete wicker style office and desk set.

The "El Crapo" award went to the Dr. Bob Schmidt, who donated the coffee airpot that "worked sometimes."


Signed Arnold Palmer

Mike continues to part with his softer side.

Finnegan says he's kicked the life
out of this one.

Dave gives up his Hanna Montana Collection.

Sure it works - sometimes!

Neale's office desk will never look the same!

It's an old crank cell phone - but it works!

It was just too big to bring to the meeting.

If you rub it right, you get 3 wishes!

Like new High Speed Rail Train Set.

Bockler digs deep for some priceless junque.

Mary Ann will never miss 'em.



The 50/50 was won by Dan Pfeifer of Dan Pfeifer State Farm at 1000 Court Street. He was a guest (and potential new member) brought by Dennis Barron.

Next Week

Big Hat Fish Fry and Auction is at 6 p.m. SHARP - Tuesday, April 22.
Don't miss the fun. Bring a Guest and bring some good Auction Items!

43rd Annual Auction Updates

With 4 weeks or so left before the auction, we are only about 40% there towards having enough items to meet the goal set by auction chairman Bill Calvert. We need more AMBUCS at the meeting with paperwork and DOUBLE merchant contracts! We really need to hit it hard to be able to get there.

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.

Auction packets were handed out to those who were at the meeting. Please see Les Turner for yours. There was a very polite reminder about paperwork (it gets grumpier the closer to auction we get).



Next Week: Bill Calvert




AmTryke Updates

Assembly Night - 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Truck Assembly Plant

Here's our updated AmTryke Sponsor Flyer.

Future Programs

Tues., Apr. 22

Big Hat Auction

Pekin Country Club

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.


Have an announcement? Want to put something in the newsletter?
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 15
Bill Calvert

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