This week has proved to be a difficult one for our chapter. I have sad news to report.
Early yesterday morning,our longtime member and friend, Mary Crider, passed on. Mary had fought cancer valiantly for the past few years, and served as inspiration to all of us. I ask that you remember Mary’s husband Russ and their family in your thoughts and prayers. Below, you will find details of Mary’s arrangements:
Visitation, Friday, December 20th
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hursen Funeral Home
4001 Roosevelt Road, Hillside
Funeral service, Saturday, December 21st
Notre Dame de Chicago Church
1335 W. Harrison, Chicago
I must also report the passing of member Ron “Big Ron” Siciliano late last week. Ron loved being a part of our chapter, and had a fantastic sense of humor. I also ask that you remember Ron’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Below, you will find details of Ron’s memorial service:
Memorial Service Sunday, December 22nd
3 pm to 9 pm
Rago Brothers Funeral Home
624 N Western Ave, Chicago
I also extend the sympathy of our chapter to Roger Walczak on the loss of his mother, Mildred Walczak. I ask that you remember Roger and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Below, you will find details of Mrs. Walczak’s arrangements:
Visitation, Thursday, December 19th
3 pm to 9 pm
Lawn Funeral Home
7909 State Rd., Burbank
If you are able, I hope you will take some time to support our fellow chapter members and their families during these difficult times.
There are lots of things going on this Sunday, 12/1
First, the Toys for Tots Parade. If you are interested in riding, there are a couple of members meeting for breakfast at Los Comales (3623 South Archer Avenue) at 8 AM. Email Will, our treasurer, if interested in meeting him there (email@example.com).
If not up for riding in the parade, several members also help block intersections at 55th and 56th Streets and Western. If interested in joining this group, they are leaving from ILHD at 8:30 AM.
Later, everyone is invited to ILHD for our annual Chili Cook Off. If interested in entering, bring your chili, ALREADY HEATED, in a crock pot to the dealership by 11 AM. Bring any condiments you want to add. Everyone else is welcome to sample the chilis and decide which ones they like best. Judging begins at 11:30 AM.
Also at ILHD, there will be a bake sale so we need some folks to bring in goodies to sell.
At 1 PM there will be a Road Captains meeting at ILHD for those interested in learning more about helping out on Chapter rides next year.
Volunteers are needed for holiday gift wrapping on weekends through the holidays starting Sunday. Contact Pat for details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All proceeds will be donated to Illinois tornado relief efforts.
Pat, our Ladies of Harley (LOH) officer, is looking for volunteers this holiday season.
Holiday Gift Wrapping
Volunteers needed every Saturday and Sunday beginning December 1st and continuing through December 22nd. All wrapping materials provided by the dealership. Chapter members provide the pretty packaging. You don’t have to be a wrapping expert, but we’ll help you become a wrapping pro! Hours needed: 11 AM to 3 PM depending on business that day. Come for an hour . . . stay for the day! All help is greatly appreciated and a fun time for all.
LOH Bake Sale this Sunday (12/1)
Bakers needed this Sunday, December 1st, at dealership from 11 AM to 1 PM. Bring your favorite baked goods (individually wrapped) to sell. This coincides with the Chapter vs. Staff Chili Cook-Off.
All proceeds will benefit the Illinois tornado recovery efforts in Washington, Coal City and/or Diamond, Illinois. Help support our Illinois neighbors by donating a few hours of your time this holiday season.
Contact Pat (email@example.com) with questions or to participate in baking or gift wrapping or both!
Join the Illinois Route 66 Chapter for the final chapter meeting of 2013 this Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at the Coulter American Legion Post in LaGrange:
- Get your Illinois Route 66 Chapter Holiday Party tickets.
- Learn more about the Brookfield Zoo Christmas Tree decorating project.
- Sign up for the Illinois Route 66 HOG Pizza Party.
- Sign up to be a part of the LOH Christmas wrapping for charity.
- Find out how to participate in the annual Illinois Route 66 Chapter Chili Cook-Off.
- Hear more about the important Road Captain/Ride Safety meeting.
It’s a full evening of events, fun, and excitement.
Illinois Route 66 HOG Chapter November Meeting
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Coulter American Legion Post
900 S. LaGrange Rd., LaGrange (51st St. and LaGrange Rd.)
See you there!
Get your tickets now for the Illinois Route 66 Chapter Holiday Party. Join us for our end-of-year spectacular. With food, drinks, fun, friends, awards, and entertainment, you can’t go wrong. Mark your calendars and get your tickets!
Illinois Route 66 Chapter Holiday Party
Saturday, December 14, 2013
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Coulter American Legion Post
900 S. LaGrange Rd., LaGrange
Get tickets: E-Mail Pete at activities@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com
- HOG 4-Chapter Cook-Off ‘Battle Pasta’:Sunday, November 17 at Wild Fire Harley. Contestants should arrive by 11 a.m. Judging begins at 11:30 a.m. Show your chapter pride!
- Illinois Route 66 HOG Decoration-Making:Saturday, November 23, 12 noon – Help assemble decorations for the 2013 HOG tree. Meet at Illinois Harley-Davidson at 12 noon for fun with arts-and-crafts.
- Illinois Route 66 HOG Pizza Party:Saturday, November 23, 6 p.m., at Salerno’s 9301 W. 63rd, Hodgkins. YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE. For more information, contact Pete at activities@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
- Illinois Route 66 HOG Christmas Tree Decorating:Sunday, November 24, 9 a.m. Meet at JC George’s in LaGrange. We’ll have tasty breakfast and then head to Brookfield Zoo.
- Illinois Route 66 HOG Chili Cook-Off:Sunday, December 1. Illinois Harley-Davidson (check details out in the previous e-mail/post)
- LOH Christmas Wrapping:The Illinois Route 66 Chapter Ladies of Harley are again wrapping presents to benefit local charities. Your help is needed on weekends throughout the holiday season. For more information e-mail Pat at loh1@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Members of the 4 Windy City HOG Chapters will compete to see which Chapter has the best cooks!
The first cook off is being hosted by Wild Fire HD (120 West North Avenue in Villa Park) on Sunday, November 17. The dish is anything with pasta/noodles (i.e., spaghetti, lasagna, spaetzle, udon, lo mein, angel hair, orzo, macaroni, ramen, etc.).
If you would like to enter:
- Be at Wild Fire HD and register by 11:30.
- Make sure your dish is ready to serve — if a hot dish, bring heated in a crock pot or warming tray.
- At a minimum, bring enough to serve samples to 50 people.
- You are responsible for bringing any/all condiments for your dish.
- Bring a serving utensil.
- While you’re bringing things, bring a copy of the recipe too.
WFHD will supply electricity, spoons, plates/cups and beverages.
Judging begins at noon through 1:30 PM. Everyone that attends will get a tally sheet so they can score each dish they sample. Even if you aren’t entering the contest, stop by, sample the dishes and vote for the best (ours of course!). Bring your friends and family members too!
Questions? Reach out to Linda — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark you calendars! The next cook off will be at City Limits HD in Palatine on Sunday, December 29.
Our Chapter will depart from IL H-D at 7:30 am. Come fed, tanks full.
We will ride to Tinley Park Convention Center – Ride leaves from there at 10 am. travelling to the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno, IL (distance from IL H-D 50 miles). There is No Charge for the ride, but there is a request for donations of items on the wish list (click on link below). Monetary donations are also appreciated.
Tinley Park Conv. Center entrance: 183rd St., east of Harlem Ave.
Manteno 2013 wish list
All day bash at IL H-D costume or no, join in the fun.
Then from 5 pm to 8 pm H.O.G members (and those interested in becoming a member) & employees only! Join us for a night of monster mashing and gruel-some eating to celebrate the friendship between Route #66 H.O.G. members and Illinois Harley-Davidson. Dress in your scariest garb!
This Thursday: It’s the Pizzatober Chapter Meeting
On Thursday, October 17, our monthly Chapter meeting promises to be an exciting one. You don’t want to miss it. Here are some of the highlights on the agenda.
- End of the 2013 Mileage Challenge:Make sure you bring your ending mileage to participate in the 2013 Mileage Challenge. Whether you rode 1 mile or 25,000 miles, help our chapter reach our annual goal of riding to the moon. Challenge participants, regardless of your annual mileage, have a chance to win a prize, and we have a big announcement for all participants. Questions? Need to get your mileage in, but can’t make the meeting? Contact Head Road Captain Frank Kresica at headroadcaptain@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com
- Have some pizza:Our friends at Illinois Harley-Davidson are sending pizza to our monthly meeting. Make sure you come by and have a slice (or a few)!
- Get your Holiday Party tickets:Tickets for our 2013 Holiday Party are available Thursday. Join the Illinois Route 66 Chapter for our end-of-year bash! For only $25 get a meal, music, fun, and prizes (tickets cost 35% less than last year). The 2013 Holiday Party is Saturday, December 14.
- Elections:This is the last month for nominations for the positions of Director, Secretary, and Activities Officer. Plus, come and learn more about participating as an appointed chapter officer. Your help is needed!
See you Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Coulter American Legion Post, 900 S. LaGrange Rd. in LaGrange (51st St. and LaGrange Rd.).
Director, Illinois Route 66 HOG
Illinois HD is having an Open House this weekend and could use our help to coordinate parking, act as a greeter, etc. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Carol, the GM, at email@example.com and she will give you more details.
The Open House is Saturday, October 12th from 11 AM to 5 PM.
It’s our last scheduled Chapter ride of the season! We’re heading to the White Pines Inn in Oregon, IL.
Leaving from ILHD. Kick stands up at 9:30 AM so please arrive by 9:15 AM for a pre-ride meeting.
The cost for brunch is $10 for members, $16 for non-members. If you haven’t signed up already, please do so by emailing Pete (actvities@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com).
Jimmy Dyers will be leading a ride up to Oconomowoc, WI on Friday, September 27th. Ride will depart from the White Castle in Villa Park, IL (North Avenue and Addison). Kick stands up at noon so arrive by 11:45 AM. Come fed with tanks full and bladders empty. We’ll make a stop at the Poillucci’s in Woodstock, IL then head to the Olympia Spa and Resort from there.
If you haven’t pre-registered for the ride on Saturday, you can register at the hotel.
Hotel rates remain $65 per night for any last minute riders looking to stay, but you must mention the ride to get the rate.
Pat would like to know how many people are going, and if you are riding with the Chapter, so please email her (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RIDE TO SOUTH HAVEN, MICHIGAN LEAVE FROM ILLINOIS H-D KSU 8:30 am Tanks full/ bladders empty.
We are stopping at the Stray Dog in New Buffalo, MI for lunch, then on to South Haven for ice cream at Sherman’s. If you would like to join us and did not sign up at Thursday night’s meeting, please send an email to Pete: email@example.com
This is a pay your own way Chapter event. Members can bring a guest.
At our September Chapter meeting, nominations will be accepted for three primary officer positions:
Nominations will continue at the October meeting and elections, if needed, will be at the November meeting.
All current members are eligible to become an officer. It is a two year term. If you have any questions about the positions or responsibilities, feel free to contact any current or former officer.
I will not be running for Secretary this year. The other positions may also be open. If you would like to become more involved with the Chapter, please consider these opportunities.
We are also looking for a new Newsletter Editor.
Thanks for your consideration.
This Saturday, the Illinois Route 66 HOG Chapter rides to the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebration. Over the past few days I’ve finalized some details, and created an FAQ (really, a FAQ), which can be found below. See you Saturday!
9950 Joliet Road, Countryside
7 a.m. (arrive fed and fueled)
400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee
Kopp’s for Custard
7631 W. Layton, Greenfield, WI
7 p.m. (depart fed and fueled)
Q: Weren’t we going to arrive at Harley-Davidson Corporate Headquarters?
A: We were. The parade route changed the plan. We are now arriving at the Harley-Davidson Museum, which avoids us having to attempt to cut across the parade route.
Q: What time are we getting to Milwaukee?
A: We are not taking the interstate, so the trip to Milwaukee will take a little over three hours. Plan to arrive between 10 and 11 a.m. We will have a stop on the way to Milwaukee for gas and potty.
Q: Do I need a ticket to the 110th Anniversary Celebration to come on the ride?
A: No, absolutely not. The only location you’ll need advanced tickets to is the Summerfest Grounds. There are ample events throughout the Milwaukee area which do not require tickets. You can still get tickets to the event at: http://110.harley-davidson.com/events/milwaukee2013/ticketing. For more information on stuff you don’t need a ticket for you can go here: http://milwaukeerally.com/. If you’d like to visit the museum, there is an admission charge, and details are here: http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Content/Pages/HD_Museum/museum.html.
Q: Are there any formal plans for the Chapter in Milwaukee?
A: There are not. Options will likely include a trip to Harley-Davidson Headquarters on Juneau Avenue (again, no admission), and participation in the various Milwaukee Rally events. You can coordinate with Chapter members upon our arrival in Milwaukee.
Q: Do I have to leave the Milwaukee area with the Chapter?
A: No. You can leave at your leisure. It does mean we’re not taking attendance and waiting to leave on any stragglers. We’ll leave Kopp’s for Custard at 7 p.m. You may wish to have dinner (and save room for custard!) before we leave. Again, we’ll have a gas and potty stop on the way home.
Q: Do I need to sign-up to go?
A: You do not. We’re leaving Illinois Harley-Davidson promptly at 7 a.m. You can (and really should) confirm you’re planning to go by sending an e-mail to Rob at director@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
For those not attending the Chapter ride to Milwaukee on Saturday, August 31, here is another ride to consider with fellow member, Dave Hume.
Every year The Nation of Patriots (nationofpatriots.org) organizes a national event that pays tribute to, and honors all of America’s Armed Forces – past, present and fallen. The Patriot Tour involves thousands of patriotic riders all across the United States.
Back in May, Illinois Route 66 HOG Chapter members received the American flag from Wisconsin at Woodstock H-D and escorted her to Indiana the following day. This single flag will have toured on the backs of some 100 motorcycles through 48 states, covering 14,200 miles in 100 days. It is returning to Wisconsin on Saturday, August 31st.
All Illinois Route 66 HOG Chapter members and guests are invited to represent Illinois once again for the End of Tour and Closing Ceremonies in Madison, WI. We will meet at the WHITE CASTLE on LaGrange & Joliet Rd. next to the gas station (not the dealership) on Saturday, August 31st at 6:30 AM, with kickstands up at 7:00 AM sharp. Please come fed and topped-off, as this will be a two and a half hour cruise via Interstate to Beaver H-D in Madison, Wisconsin, to be followed by patriotic celebrations at Truax Field and the closing ceremony at Beaver Dam.
For information or additional details, please reach out to Dave via phone (708) 788 8171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you haven’t heard, it’s a big year for Harley-Davidson and HOG — 110 years for the former, 30 for the latter. And H-D is throwing a weekend long party up in Milwaukee to celebrate! All the details — tickets, schedule, bands, events, maps, direction, etc. — are here http://110.harley-davidson.com.
For Illinois Route 66 HOG members interested in riding up there Saturday, August 31st, there is a group leaving Illinois HD at 7 AM. Come a little early for a pre-ride meeting. Also, come fed and ready to ride (full tanks, empty bladders). We are not planning on taking the interstate so it will take a little longer to get up there.
If 60 bands on 5 stages surrounded by thousands of bikers sounds like too much, there are plenty of other things going on up in the area at the Museum as well as surrounding dealerships. Don’t forget the pin stop!
Since we’ll probably all go our own way when we get up there, there will be a pre-arranged rendezvous time/place for those riding back Saturday night.
If you want to go on the ride, please let Rob know (director@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com) so he has an idea of how many people to expect.
A member called the Olympia Resort on August 19th and learned that are 100 rooms left for Friday night (9/27) and only 28 rooms left for Saturday night (9/28). So if you’re thinking about going, make your reservations soon!
Save the Date!!
September 27th and September 28thMembers of the Illinois Route 66 HOG Chapter will again be participating in the 19th Annual Ridin’ to a Cure fundraiser sponsored by the Rock River HOG Chapter from Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc, WI.
Special rates for participants are being given at Olympia Resort & Spa which hosts the 2-day event. You must call by August 31st and mention the ride to receive the discounted rate of $65/night. . . that’s $55/night off their regular rate! So, if you are interested, please check the website (www.ridintoacure.com) which lists all the specifics of the event.
A group will be riding up to Oconomowoc in the early afternoon on Friday, September 27th. If interested, please contact Pat for details (email@example.com).
We want to build up our team of Road Captains. Road Captains play a vital role in keeping our rides safe.
If you consider yourself a skilled rider, we would really appreciate your help on Chapter rides. Road Captains help plan routes, educate members on group riding techniques and hand signals and act as a guide on the rides. A CB radio is helpful, but not required.
If interested in becoming a Road Captain, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Frank, our Head Road Captain (headroadcaptain@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com).
Thanks for your consideration.
Join the Illinois Route 66 HOG Chapter at the 9th Annual F.A.S.T. ride this Sunday, August 18. The 9th Annual Ride will starts promptly at 9:00 am (registration at 8:00am) atGalway’s at 12045 W. Roosevelt Road in Elmhurst, IL (at I-294). The ride is a 150 mile, fully escorted, scenic ride. The ride stops for lunch at the Moose Lodge in Morris, IL, and then returns to Galway’s for a fantastic post-ride party. For more information visit: www.fastride.us.
Your help is needed: The FAST Ride enjoys the support and assistance of multiple law enforcement agencies, but there are a few places on the route where assistance is needed to block intersections as the ride passes. Ride participants are needed to assist blocking intersections as the ride passes. If you’d like to help (and earn a special t-shirt and a place in the front of the ride) please arrive by 8:15 a.m. and say you’d like to help block. It’s that simple!
See you Sunday!
Join us this Thursday, August 15, for our monthly chapter meeting, starting at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 900 S. La Grange Road (51st St. and La Grange Rd.), La Grange.
See you there!
If you have not already done so, please RSVP for the Chapter picnic by Monday, August 5th.
Saturday, August 10th is our annual picnic for members and their families. The Chapter supplies the meat and soft drinks. Our gracious hosts, Rick and Deb, provide plenty of entertainment at their home including fishing, volleyball, bags, hay rides, nature trail, etc. The evening is capped off by a spectacular bonfire. Please bring a dish to share (appetizer, salad, side dish, dessert, etc.) and your own libations if you wish. Things get started at 1 PM. People are welcome to tent/camp overnight.
There will be a group riding up together for those that are interested. Contact Todd, our ride leader, if you would like to join us. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need a head count for this by Monday, August 5th so we can order enough food. Let us know if you are coming and how many guests you are bringing. RSVP with Pete (activities@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com).
If you have already RSVP’d, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Join me tomorrow as I lead the ‘Not Quite the Black Hills’ run tomorrow, July 27, as a part of Illinois Harley-Davidson’s ‘Maybe Next Year Sturgis Party.’ The ride leaves Illinois Harley-Davidson at 9:30 a.m., and we’ll take a scenic hour-long ride through the nearby forest preserves and other hidden gem roads in southern Cook County. The ride returns to the dealer, where you can participate in the fun of the ‘Maybe Next Year Sturgis Party’ all day. E-mail me with questions at director@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Don’t forget the Chapter Ride to the Landings at Henry Harbor on Sunday, July 28th. We depart Illinois Harley-Davidson promptly at 9 a.m. For more information, e-mail Pete at activities@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Ride safe and have fun,
As a reminder, the Illinois Route 66 Chapter meets this Thursday, July 18. This will be our second fun-filled meeting at the American Legion Post 1941 in La Grange. Details are below:
Illinois Route 66 Chapter Monthly Meeting
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Robert Coulter American Legion Post 1941
900 S. LaGrange Rd., LaGrange
(51st St. and LaGrange Rd.)
I look forward to seeing you there!
On Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, the Illinois Route 66 HOG Chapter is taking a ride to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. I need to know how many members will be coming along, and I need to know soon so that I can ensure a roof over your head on Saturday night.
Finding affordable accommodations for us has been a bit of a challenge. The good news is that our longtime friends at the Super 8 in Savanna, Illinois are on the case. They’re working to free up some rooms, but need to know just how many to free up. Please e-mail me at director@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com as soon as possible to let me know if you’ll need a room, and if you’d accept or need a roommate. Details are below:
Saturday, July 20
Depart Illinois Harley-Davidson 7 a.m. (fed and fueled)
Ride to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum, Anamosa, Iowa
Ride from Anamosa accross the legendary Sabula Bridge to Savanna, Illinois
Dinner at Poopy’s Pub and Grub, Savanna, IL
Sunday, July 21
Ride to Galena, Illinois for brunch
Ride the picturesque Blackjack Road and Stagecoach Trail in northwestern Illinois
Return to Illinois Harley-Davidson in the late afternoon/evening
Again, let me know if you’ll be participating by e-mailing me at director@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Did you miss our Route 66 ride? Do you want to relive some of the experience? Join Illinois Harley-Davidson for a ride on Historic Route 66 through the scenic Joliet Heritage Corridor this Friday, July 12. Space is still available. Details and a link to RSVP are below. Join our friends from Illinois Harley-Davidson for a wonderful ride on a sunny day.
HISTORIC RT #66 RIDE – COUNTRYSIDE TO JOLIET
JULY 12, 2013
When: Friday, July 12 – 11am-5pm
Join us on the first of many scenic highway tours through the Joliet Heritage Corridor. The ride is free but limited to 100 riders so RSVP today!
11am pre breakfast – 12-1230 kickstands up – Police escort by State Trooper Jose – Average of an hour ride to Chicagoland Speedway – No stops – Ride will be filmed for commercial use – At the end of the ride you will be able to ride on the Joliet race track if you sign a wavier – Post party follows at Hollywood Casino in Joliet – Our riders will have access to Reve Night Club inside the casino – – free appetizers and cash bar until 9pm – Our riders will have the option of a hotel room for $125 – This is one of 7 rides that will take place to honor the 7 historic sights of Joliet.
In total, there were 37 people and 27 bikes on the ride. In true Chapter fashion, we
— took the scenic route a couple of times,
— spent more time than expected at Hall’s HD in Springfield,
— got drenched (thankfully we weren’t riding at the time) and
— some folks stopped at Polka Dot on the way home for ice cream.
All that and there was a patch!!!
Attached is a group photo in Pontiac, IL.
Great riding, good times and lots of laughs all weekend long!
Did you ride on Sunday, June 23rd? Planning on riding today, Monday, June 24th? If you logged any miles either day, make sure to log them in on members.hog.com for World Ride days. And if you rode with friends who are not part of HOG — even if they weren’t on a Harley — you can log their miles too!
As of 8:45 AM there were already 3 million miles logged!!
It’s simple! It’s fun! And there’s a downloadable certificate!!
Illinois HD is expecting another big turn out on Saturday (6/22) for their upcoming Open House/Summer Blues Jam Party. They have asked our Chapter to help coordinate parking. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Carole, the GM, at email@example.com and she will give you more details.
It all started 27 years ago in a garage behind Illinois Harley-Davidson, then located on Roosevelt Road in Oak Park. Then to Berwyn and Countryside. Now it’s time for a new chapter in the history of the Illinois Route 66 Harley Owners Group. On Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 7 p.m., we convene at our new meeting location, the Coulter American Legion Hall at 900 S. LaGrange Road in LaGrange. Be a part of our historic first meeting at our new location. Help us celebrate with cake and ice cream. This is a meeting not to be missed!
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Illinois Route 66 Chapter HOG
Robert Coulter Post 1941 American Legion
900 S. LaGrange Road, LaGrange
(51st St. and LaGrange Road)
CAKE & ICE CREAM!
We’re look for a few good members to get involved with Illinois Route 66 HOG! There are lots of opportunities to bring your ideas and experiences to the chapter. We need your help. Join one of our chapter committees and groups:
Rides & Events: Want to be a part of organizing Illinois Route 66 HOG rides and events? Help coordinate all rides, chapter and dealer events, chapter supported events, as well as events the chapter participates in or promotes. We’ll also work on ride safety and skills training. For more information contact Activities Officer Pete Milojevic at activities@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com or Head Road Captain Frank Kresica at headroadcaptain@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Public Relations: Lend your talents to helping with the “public face” of the chapter, including promotional materials, informational updates, and media relations. Be a part of the creation of our chapter newsletter, Tread Lines, and our web site. For more information contact Secretary Kimberly Gester at secretary@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com, Newsletter Editor Chris Clair at newsletter@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com, or Webmaster Kevin Pazdro at webmaster@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Ladies of Harley: Here’s your chance to get involved with the very active LOH group at Illinois Route 66 HOG. Be a part of events and activities geared towards women members and riders in the chapter. For more information contact Ladies of Harley Officer Pat Kresica at LOH1@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Membership: Would you like to bring you people skills to the chapter? We’re growing and expanding and we’ll be focusing on chapter members, incoming new members, and potential new members. For more information contact Assistant Director John Kehoe at asstdirector@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com and Membership Officer Jim Brooks at membership@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com
Finance & Fundraising: Bring your money skills to the chapter and get involved in how your mebership dues and charity dollars are spent. Help with budgeting, raising funds for the chapter, and keeping track of our charitable efforts. For more information contact Treasurer Will Picciotti at treasurer@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com
Archives and History: We have, would you believe, 27 years or so of chapter history. It’s time to put all the years of chapter stuff in one place, it’s a great opportunity to be a part of putting together a portable display that illustrates our history. For more information contact Historian Jack Stephenson at historian@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
The Illinois Route 66 HOG Chapter has several vacant and new officer positions we’d like to fill with enthusiastic members who want to take on leadership roles in the chapter.
New Members Officer(s): Our chapter is growing, and the Illinois Route 66 Chapter would like to add an officer or officers to take on the task of welcoming our new members, making sure new members get plugged in to the latest events and happenings with chapter, and have a point of contact who can answer their questions. As a New Member Officer, you’ll be the person our new and prospective members see first when they join, and you’ll be working directly with our Membership Officer. Whenever possible, the New Members Officer should be able to attend the Illinois Harley-Davidson New Owners Meetings, held the third Wednesday of every month (the day before our chapter meeting). For more information contact Membership Officer Jim Brooks at membership@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Safety Officer: This important position is responsible for the continued safety and education of chapter members. You’ll keep up with safe practices and motorcycle related safety guidelines from motorcycling organizations such as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. You’ll also help direct members to motorcycle safety classes and and advanced rider classes. On chapter rides you’ll keep an eye on making sure that riders and motorcycles are in good riding condition. Thisposition should be held by someone comfortable with their riding skills. For more information contact Head Road Captain Frank Kresica at headroadcaptain@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Road Captains: Our expanding chapter needs your help to make sure we have fun on the road. We’re looking to put together a team of Road Captains to ensure we get from point A to point B in good shape. Duties of Road Captain include briefing riders on the ride route, ensuring use of safe riding practices, assisting riders needing help, and communicating with ride leads and other Road Captains of changing conditions and troubles on the route. Road Captain is one of the most important positions in the chapter, and riding experience is a must. You are the best gauge of your riding experience. Road Captains should be available to participate in chapter rides. This riding season, we’ll be working to create a “core group” of Road Captains. Having a CB radio, while not a must, is very, very helpful. For more information contact Head Road Captain Frank Kresica at headroadcaptain@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Whew! That’s a lot of information. I hope you’ll take an opportunity to participate and lend your talents to your HOG chapter. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at director@IllinoisRoute66HOG.com.
Have fun and ride safe,
You have an exciting chance to ride your choice of BRAND NEW Harley-Davidson
Motorcycles for 2013 when the Demo Truck spends two days at Illinois
Harley-Davidson. Ride leaders are needed to take participants on rides
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. Help is also needed at the registration
This is a great opportunity to ride some fantastic new motorcycles, promote the
Illinois Route 66 HOG Chapter, and enjoy a fun day with the folks at Illinois
For more information, and to sign up, contact Carole Ferguson at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you sign up fast as slots are limited!
I have exciting news. With the riding season well upon us (Spring, what’s
that?), Illinois Route 66 HOG is growing and changing. With that in mind, the
Illinois Route 66 HOG has secured a new (and much bigger) meeting location.
Starting with our meeting on Thursday, June 20, the Illinois Route 66 HOG
Chapter meets at the Robert E. Coulter, Jr. American Legion Post at 900 S. La
Grange Road in La Grange. It’s located at the corner of 51st St. and La Grange
Rd., just a few short blocks north of Illinois Harley Davidson. It has ample
parking in a large paved lot. We’ll start (as usual) at 7 p.m.
I look forward to seeing you all at this historic first meeting at the Coulter
American Legion Post on June 20. Make sure you remind your Illinois Route 66
HOG friends to come to our new location. As always, if you know someone who
rides a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, they are welcome to join the Illinois Route
66 HOG Chapter.
Ride safe and have fun,
Robert Baren, Director
Our Webmaster, Kevin, would like copies of pictures members have taken at Chapter events, rides and meetings. This will augment what our Photographer, Butch, puts on the site. If you’d like to share your pictures with the Chapter, please reach out to Kevin at webmaster@oakparkhog.
We’re riding to LaSalle, IL for a 1 hour LaSalle Boat tour along the I&M Canal – very cool!!
$12 per person for the boat tour. We will get lunch first and then take the tour at 1:00 PM.
Come ready to ride (bladders empty, tanks full).
Get to the dealership around 7:30 AM, KSU at 8:00 AM.
Sign up with Pat – email@example.com
If you are planning to go to the Little Angels Ride on Sunday, May 19th, and haven’t registered yet, the Chapter has 4 registration packets left. They are selling for $15 each. Registration online is currently $25 and will go up to $30 on the day of the event. You can buy these discounted registration packets at the Illinois Harley-Davidson open house today at the HOG table. Cash (correct change is appreciated) or check to Illinois Route 66 HOG accepted.
See you there!
Illinois HD is expecting a huge turn out on Saturday (5/4) for the Open House, especially if the sun is out. They have asked our Chapter to help coordinate parking. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Carole, the GM, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will give you more details.
Our Spring Ride is coming up on Sunday, April 28th. We are heading to Stillman Valley for lunch at East End Bar and Grill. The buffet is $6 per person. We are going to leave from Illinois H-D. Please arrive at 9 AM for a pre-ride meeting. Kick stands up at 9:30 AM. Please come ready to ride (tanks full, bladders empty) and come fed since we will not stop for breakfast.
If you have not already signed up with Pete and want to join us, please respond to this email and let me know. Thanks.
Hope to see you Sunday!
June 6-8, Quincy, IL
Registration is now open for this year’s Rolling State HOG Rally.
Beginning in Quincy, IL the rally travels along the Mississippi River on
the Great River Road to Alton, and historic Route 40 to Effingham, ending with a
40 mile ride through rural Central Illinois.
Rally registration closes April 25, 2013. Check the website (http://ilstatehogrally.com) for more information or call: (812) 316-1013.
For many years now, our Chapter has had the highest participation so we get to lead the ride. This year will be no different! Hope you can join us! A group will leave VERY EARLY – KSU 7:30 AM, from Maple Tree Family Restaurant, 671 W Noth Ave., Elmhurst (NW corner Rts 64 & 83).
The ride departs from Woodstock Harley-Davidson (2050 S. Eastwood Drive). Details & registration for the ride itself can be found here: www.lapledgerun.com. A limited number of $15 registration packets are available from our Chapter: For info contact Rob: email@example.com
Registration on the day of the event is $30 so buy your tickets early.
See you Thursday.
In honor of our new name, we are going to start off the year’s Chapter events at the beginning of Route 66.
We are going to meet at Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant downtown (565 W. Jackson Avenue) for breakfast at 9 AM on Saturday, January 26th.
If you haven’t been, it’s a great experience. Donut holes for everyone and Milk Duds for the ladies!
Please RSVP with Pete at the January meeting or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Lou’s will do separate checks for us so no up front costs.
Hope to see you there!
Happy new year!
Hopefully all of you have seen the new Chapter rockers. It’s great to see our new name in print and already on the backs of vests!
Our current supply of large and small rockers has silver lettering. The round patch is in gold. We are going to order more rockers with gold lettering and want to know how many people would like.
If you would like to pre-order a large or small rocker with our new Chapter name in gold letters, we will be collecting money at the January meeting. If you cannot attend the January meeting, please send me an email with your order request (include both number and size of rocker).
Large rockers are $20, small rockers are $10.
Illinois Route 66 HOG Chapter meets on the third Thursday of the month from January through November. There is no Chapter meeting in December.
We meet at 7:00 PM at Illinois Harley-Davidson (9950 Joliet Road in Countryside, IL).
Hope to see you there!
For our inaugural year as Illinois Route 66 Chapter, the officers decided to lower the membership dues from $24 to $20.
If you are among the very organized members and already renewed, you will receive a $4 refund. For those needing a little more time, you can download the membership form below. Once you fill it out, sign it and bring it with $20 to our next Chapter meeting, January 17th, or drop it off at the dealership. Cash or check only please.
2013 Membership Form
To download the membership form, click on the link above. It will open in a new window or tab.
It’s going to be a great year!
The large and small rockers with our new Chapter name have arrived! We are still waiting for the round patches.
We will be selling the rockers on Saturday, December 8th. Members are welcome to buy patches at either the gift wrapping table at the dealership or at the holiday party. Since there is a limited supply, only members can purchase them right now.
If you responded to the survey and indicated what patches you want, they will be held for you. If you don’t buy them on Saturday, they will be available at Chapter meetings.
Prices (which include sales tax as well as shipping and handling charges) are:
Large rocker — $20
Small rocker — $10
Round patch — $15
On Saturday (12/8) only, you can purchase the large rocker for $15 either at the dealership or the holiday party. Cash or check, no credit cards.
After Saturday, patches will be available at Chapter meetings at the full $20 price for the large rockers, $10 for small rockers and $15 for rounds when they come in. The next Chapter meeting is January 17, 2013.
Every year Illinois Harley-Davidson asks the H.O.G. Chapter to volunteer to wrap gifts purchased at the dealership. Pat, our Ladies of Harley Officer, has been coordinating this effort. We need more volunteers to help out.
If you have a couple of hours during the weekends from now until Christmas to help us, Bob Maxant, our dealer sponsor, his staff and the Chapter Officers would greatly appreciate it. Money we raise will be donated to the Community Nurse Health Center in LaGrange, IL.
So check your calendars and lend a hand. Please get in touch with Pat via email (email@example.com) and let her know when you can help out.
Ever since Illinois Harley-Davidson moved to Countryside, we anticipated that our Chapter name would change. At our November Chapter meeting, Bob Maxant, our Dealer Sponsor, announced that the Oak Park, IL Chapter will now be known as the
Illinois Route 66 Chapter
We are in the process of ordering new Chapter merchandise and updating our website.
Welcome to the Illinois Route 66 Chapter! It’s a very exciting time!
If you have questions or comments please contact Marc at (708) 387 8750 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is sent from the Oak Park HOG website and the admin has no further info on this and doesn’t do any scheduling.
From Bob Maxant:
We could use 6 riders to lead and follow each demo group. They can ride the unused 2012 demo bikes and will be provided lunch and beverages. The hours will be Saturday from 10 to 4 and Sunday from 10 to 3. Interested members may respond to Marc email@example.com.
Fellow member, Dave Hume, is again coordinating the Nation of Patriots flag tour through Illinois. On Saturday, May 26th, he will lead a group to Woodstock H-D to receive the flag from Wisconsin. Meet at IL H-D in Countryside at 10:45 AM, KSU at 11:00 AM.
On Sunday, May 27th, the flag will be transported to Indiana. Meet at the Cermak Plaza at 8:30 AM, KSU at 9:00 AM. Part of this ride will be on the interstate.
Contact Dave (708 788 8171) if you have questions.
If you’re heading to the State HOG Rally in Rosemont (June 7-9), they could really use our help. There are lots of opportunities for volunteering (registration, field events, security, parking, road captain, etc). If interested in helping out for a couple of hours, you can contact Laura Whiteside, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Several people from the Chapter will be working at registration Friday afternoon if you’d like to join us. If so, make sure to mention it to Laura.
All the details on the rally are at http://ilstatehogrally.com/. You must be registered in order to volunteer. Online registration is open through May 26th.
Thanks in advance.
Our Chapter will be leading the Little Angels ride again this year. If you are interested in riding up to Woodstock H-D together, the Chapter is meeting at the Family Restaurant (Route 83 and North Avenue). Kick stands up at 7:30 AM. If you want to meet the Chapter at Woodstock H-D, let the parking crew know that you are with Oak Park HOG and you will be directed to the front of the line.
Tonight, Wednesday, May 16th, Illinois H-D is hosting a party for new bike owners at 6:30 PM. If you’re in the neighborhood (9950 Joliet Road in Countryside), drop by and tell them all the great things the Chapter does throughout the year and encourage them to join us.
Tomorrow night, Thursday, May 17th, is our Chapter meeting at 7:00 PM.
Looks like glorious riding the next couple of days! Hope to see you on the road! Be safe.
The 10th Annual Green Ribbon Rally is on Saturday, June 9th. The ride starts and ends at the Batavia Moose Lodge. Registration on site begins at 9:00 AM. The poker run starts at 10:30 AM. More details and registration forms are available online (greenribbonrally.org). Also, if you are interested in volunteering, please let Jennifer know at Steve’s office (630 887 8400).
Tonight, Tuesday, May 8th at 7 PM there will be a photo shoot of IL HOG at IL HD (9950 Joliet Road in Countryside). Sorry for the multiple postings.
For those who may not read their email everyday, the photo shoot is Wednesday, May 8th, 7 PM at IL HD. Sorry for any confusion.
It’s last minute, but if you are available — and interested — there is a photo shoottonight. The Wednesday Journal is writing an article about our Chapter and would like to include a photo shoot. If interested, meet other Chapter members at Illinois H-D (9950 Joliet Road) at 7 PM tonight. Yes, tonight.
You know as much as I do so it is futile to email me a question about it. However, if you have any other questions, get in touch with Rob (email@example.com). Hope some of you can make it!
The move to Countryside is happening this weekend!!!
Bob Maxant informed us that the move beings Sunday, April 15th at 8:00 AM. The dealership will be closed from Sunday (4/15) through Tuesday (4/17). All volunteers are welcome to help with the move.
The phone number for the new dealership is (708) 387 8750.
Our HOG Chapter meeting on Thursday, April 19th, will start at the Berwyn location (1301 S. Harlem) as scheduled. At some point during the meeting we will go to the Countryside location (9950 Joliet Road) as a Chapter.
Hope to see you there!
Folks, this could possibly be our last meeting in Berwyn. We’ve got a full agenda and would love to see you there! Find out all the details for the Spring Ride (Sunday, April 22nd) and sign up with Pete! Get an update on the move to Countryside.
Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 PM
1301 S. Harlem Avenue
Hope to see you there!
The annual All Night Ride (wink wink) is this Friday. Meet at the dealership (1301 S. Harlem Ave in , IL). Kick stands up at 7:00 PM. Destination to be revealed there.
Don’t let the name fool you, we won’t be out all night. Could be chilly though so come bundled!
Questions? Email Jimmy Dyers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note from the dealer:
I had intended to provide an update at the last meeting but was unable to make it … The contractor is saying that he will be done by March 31. We then apply for an occupancy permit, if granted, we will need a week or 2 to install our showcases and wall display system. Our best guess right now is that we will be able to move in mid-April. We will plan to close for 2-3 days during the process. We will welcome any and all that care to assist with the move.
Bob Maxant | Dealer
1301 South Harlem Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 788 1300 x15
Make sure to register by April 19th for the Illinois State HOG Rally by going tohttp://www.ilstatehogrally.com/.
It’s all coming together now!!! Here’s the latest from Pete …
Saturday, March 24th
6:45 PM Arrival (2381 W Army Trail Road in Addison, IL)
7:00 to 8:15 PM Dinner ($13 per person)
8:15 to 9:00 PM Resting/Pool/Racing/Watching
9:00 to 10:30 PM CyberSport matches
If you didn’t sign up last night at the meeting and you’re interested in going, please let Pete know ASAP (email@example.com).
Saturday, March 24th
Chicago Indoor Racing
2381 W Army Trail Road
Addison, IL 60101
Phone: (630) 433 3700
CyberSport court time @ 7 PM
Dinner is $13 per person + cash bar.
Racing is available for $20.
For further details — and to sign up! — contact Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you missed a Chapter meeting, the minutes are being posted on our website now. Password is the same as our newsletter.
Also, thanks to everyone who has renewed their membership this year!! For those who haven’t yet, you can give your application and $24 to either John or Bob at the upcoming March meeting. If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can always drop it off at the dealership.
See you on Thursday!
Our event calendar has been updated!
All dates are tentative and destinations to be revealed as we finalize the details. Get in touch with Pete if you have questions or suggestions (email@example.com).