Community Cruisers

Nine people attended the first meeting of the 2015 season on Sunday February 8, 2015 at Community Covenant Church.

We opened in prayer.

Treasurer’s report showed a balance of $655.36. Dues are due now for 2015 Report approved msc

Officers will remain the same for 2015. The secretary’s position is open and a replacement needed. Msc.

Visitors and recent events were acknowledged.

Dean and Jean Peterson showed slides of their trip to Jamaica Boys Home, the orphanage that they worked at and brought model cars to build which the Community Cruisers was one of the sponsors. They also showed clips of the three types of racing they and their family enjoys.

Discussion on Jamaica needs for another derby race, Dean & Jeanne not going but other people will run derby race if cars are donated.

Spring road-ditch clean-up in April/May, Jason will be in contact.

Upsala Heritage Day is believed to be August 8, we need more promotion for car show.

Discussion about activities for this coming summer, item talked about: Camp Ripley Museum, repeat of Bernick’s collection, repeat of Verde Pepin’s collection for those who didn’t make last year, anyplace with food. Questioned if someone is still doing the Morrison County Chaplaincy charity ride, in either case could we be involved.

Discussed advertising next meeting more, Randy will check with Hometown News.

Next meeting Sunday, March 8, 7:00, @ Community Covenant Church. Jason will have an item of interest for us.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes submitted by
Wanda Erickson/Randy Pepin


Ten car-show committee members drove to Mike and MaryJo Peterson’s on July 23 to discuss the car show for 2014.
Reading of the minutes was waived.   Upsala Heritage Days will be August 9, 2014.  Parade 10-11 a.m.
Car show starting by 11 a.m. Cars can enter the grounds before the parade starts at 10. Ballots turned in by 2 p.m.  Awards at 2:30 p.m.

Set up on Friday August 8. Meet at 6:30 p.m. in the park. Julian will mark the stripes. All are welcome to help.

So far we have commitments for donations from:
Central Minnesota Credit Union
Kamps Korner
Auto Value
Mills of Willmar
Upsala Motors
BG Products
JT Upholstery

Let Wanda and Randy know if you receive a donation from another person or business.
Entrance fee will remain $5.00

Classes for 2014
65 and newer custom 1st and 2nd place
65 and newer stock 1st and 2nd place
64 and older custom 1st and 2nd place
64 and older stock 1st and 2nd place
People’s choice will again have a trophy

Craig will order and pick up the trophies.

We want to have tshirts to sell at the car show and to have on hand. We have the following:
1 XL
2 L
3 medium
Ken will check with the printer on prices and get a number of other sizes.



Tables – Mike 3
Canopy – Mike and Tony
Clipboards – Mike
Magic markers – Wanda
Forms – Wanda

Music will remain the same.

We will have announcements in the Swanville Flyer and on our Facebook page. We will also send emails to past participants.
Ken Berge also has flyers for those who want to hang them.


Watch for a rescheduled date for a cruise to Verd Pepin’s collection in the fall. We may also schedule a local cruise and supper yet this summer.

Respectfully submitted,
Wanda Erickson, secretary


JOIN COMMUNITY CRUISER’S FOR THE FIRST CRUISE OF THE SUMMER!!! Cruise to the Verde Pepin car extravaganza near Staples on Saturday June 14! We will leave the parking lot at Community Covenant Church @ 9:30 a.m. Plan to grill for the noon meal at Verd’s so bring food and a grill and beverage. AND A FRIEND!!!


12 Cruisers drove  in for the April meeting

Randy opened  the meeting.

The secretary’s minutes approved as read.
Tony reported $762.11 in our account.

Dues are now payable for 2014 at $10 per family.

Ron Shodeen spoke about the car shows and cruises in Havasu, AZ where he winters.  We spoke about new vehicles we are working on.

Send one or two pics of one or two of your vehicles to Wanda via email.  Include information about the vehicle, too.  We will begin to post pics and a bit of info about each on our website and Facebook page.

We discussed tshirts.  There are just a few left.  Buy now.  Randy has them.


Geringhoff is open Monday – Friday during business hours only so it would be difficult to tour.  They will be having an  open house but again during business hours.

No report yet on Blanchard Dam or Rotomolding

Itasca Park entry fee is $3 per car if in a group of 10.  We could coordinate with Ken who is camping there one weekend.  Otherwise the fee is $5 per car.  We would need to leave very early to drive there and tour and get back.  This trip is on the back burner for now.

Muscle Car Mafia’s driving show will be a larger cruise on June 7.  They plan to gather about noon in St. Joe and drive to Farming, New Munich Long Prairie and back to St. Joe.  It is a multi club cruise.  If they do decide to charge it will go to charity.  If we go as a group they would like to know.  Anyone from our club can go.  They will probably leave from American Bar and Grill.

If we go to see the robotics dairy farm, it is best to go now in the summer when it is warm.  We could go on Saturday.

Verd Pepin’s collection of cars and tractors is stored in sheds. He knows the collection well and could tell a story for most of the vehicles too.  We will try to schedule this for a Saturday in June.

Dean and Jeanne Peterson will go on a mission trip to Jamaica to an  orphanage for boys.  They will take model kits for cars and will build a track when they get there.  The cost is $6 per car plus materials for a track and shipping.  He is looking for sponsors.  Any extra money will be used at the orphanage for a playground.    MSC to donate $100 to Dean for these expenses.


Sunday May 18 is the annual Willmar car show.

We still are waiting for drier weather to schedule the road clean-up.  Watch for an email.  That clean-up will be our next meeting.