Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fall tour- 2011

Auburn, Indiana
September 30th – October 3rd!

Life in the Past Lane – Back Home in Indiana

Hub of Transportation Heritage

Reserve Now!

Quality Inn (260)925-6363 Group Rate $79.95 – Mention Chicago T-Brids
Breakfast buffet included

Trip Cost - $51.00/person

Please make checks payable to CTCC9.
Mail to Larry & Karen Kelly, 5511 N. Long Ave., Chicago, IL 60630

This price includes:

Entrance fees to: Museum Campus, Studebaker, Cord-Duesenberg, National Auto Truck and Hudson museums.
Welcome party.
Sunday lunch, (incl. tax & tip, 1 beverage, alcoholic beverage extra)

We hope you are able to join us! Please call if you have any questions. Our home number is 773-792-0102

Now, the bad news: We will be leaving the Lincoln Oasis at 8:15 a.m. (I know, I know, but that time change…..)

Lakeside Brunch and Meeting At the Kramer's

PERHAPS Pete and Marylu Kramer
scanned the Farmer's Almanac before they chose Sunday, June 12" as the
date for their fabulous Brunch/Meeting. In any case, whatever the magic formula
was, it worked perfectly as the day unfolded into a glorious, sunny day.
The field of colors that greeted our arrival overflowed the driveway, spilling out onto the streets surrounding the Kramer's home. There were a few "strays" in the collection, but we'll refrain from mentioning names other than Lloyd Schellin! Lloyd's Yellow Flash had a gallery peering into the engine bay, the power-plant inciting expressions of wonder and awe! The alien turned out to be a 1976 Ford Falcon - on steroids! A bored 289 with special heads, intake-manfold, etc.

With visions of the world-famous(would you believe "Hinsdale's Best?"). Bloody Mary's, we headed for the bar, Here Pete performed his magic, producinq exquisitely crafted drinks, rivaling those that members have enjoyed at Morton's in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Pete's exclusive design included a giant shrimp, a slice of lime, a mini skewer and the obligatory stalk of celery- the stalks on steriods!

Having arrived a bit late, many members were already enjoying the fantastic Brunch fare, with an endless array of side dishes brought by club members. The beautiful weather found many enjoying the lakeside, outldoor deck area, while others remained at inside tables, etc. The colorful offerings included Egg Strata, Ham, fresh fruit and Chocolate-dipped, king-size Strawberries!

The one mishap ot the day occurred when Liz Werth was attempting to capture a table-group shot with her trusty camera. While composing the scene, Liz stepped back and fell, striking the back of her head on a small table. Members rushed to her aid, while Marylu dialed 911. Paramedics arrived and carried our Secretary out to an ambulance. About 2 hours later, the sound of applause signaled Liz's return, her medical expedition yielding 9-staples to secure the wound. Liz headed for the food table, her photo project having interrupted her Brunch plans. We were all relieved to find her in good-spirits, wth no complications from the backward fall.

Len Keil called the Meeting to order, with many members crowding the spacious, lakeside, deck area. A major porition of the meeting was devoted to details of upcoming events.
Finally, as with all good times, the gathering of the 'Birds came to an end.

We extend thanks to our gracious host's for a memorable day at their home!

The following members were on the scene: Tom £ Judy Bruin, Bert £ Jane Eisenhour. Pete & Lisa Ekstrom, Gordon Gluff, Mary Graziano & Paul Ureche, Joel Greenberg & Annie Luginbill, Gail Hascek, Laura Hascek & Mike Ciclenski. John & Francine Howard, Larry Johnson & Sue L'Hommedieu, Len & Mary Keil, Larry & Karen Kelly, Joe & Sandy Kraatz, Pete & Marylu Kramer, Bud & Cindy Kryszak, Jerry & Doreen Michna, Ron Pavlak, Jerry & Pat Peterson, Doug & Soon Rogers, Lloyd & Joan Schellin, Gary & Debby Smithe, Ken & Kathy Smizinski, Bob Sroka, Bill & Bonnie Thelen, Len & Irene Vinyard, Bill & Liz Werth, Jim Wilson, Kami Woody.

Marlene Ficenec

It is our sad duty to report the untimely passing of long-lime member, Marlene Ficenec.
Both Ed and Marlene were active members for many years, and in more recent years, they faithfully attended the Annual Picnic event; We remember the tasty homemade dishes Marlene brought to the Picnics.
Ed and his son, Mickey, have been regular attendees at the CTCC Spring Tech- Sessions.
Our condolences to Ed and Mickey and their family as we share in their loss.

Friday, August 5, 2011

PICNIC- August 13, 2011

Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland

(for CTCC member, spouse/significant other and minor children)

Date: August 13, 2011 Time: 11:00AM

Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve
The preserve is located in Wayne, IL in Northwest DuPage County
west of Route 59, one mile north of Army Trail Road on Powis Road.
Follow the signs to the CTCC Thunderbird parking area.
For maps and information visit the website

What to Bring
A dish to share (see below*) & serving utensil
Lawn chairs for sitting outside the pavilion Lawn game (volleyball, badminton, frisbee, etc.)

What NOT to Bring
Alcohol of any kind
Swimming gear (there is no swimming) Pets

R. S. V. P. by Saturday, August 6
Call Liz Werth (630-469-8406) * tell her which dish you will bring to share - a side dish, a salad or a dessert

This year we are asking CTCC Members to bring donations for the People's Resource Center Food Pantry in Wheaton. All non-perishable foods, personal care items and cleaning supplies will
be gratefully received and taken to the pantry for distribution. Our donations will help families who are not as fortunate as we and who often have to decide whether to pay the rent or buy groceries.
The PRC food pantry is full-choice with a variety of foods to choose from. Last year, the pantry assisted 7,722 families. This equaled 34,861 filled grocery carts.