Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pizza Party and Meeting- 2/16/2014

Sunday, February 16 was a bright, sunny day, fortunately between snow storms.

As 42 CTCC members gathered at Aurelio's Pizza in Addison for our annual Pizza Party and Membership Meeting. Ken Smizinski urged everyone to take a seat as numerous varieties of pizza were placed on a serving table.

 At each place was a blank entry form for one of three door prizes provided by Madeline Zambon. Club members who had donated toiletries for the People's Food Pantry were instructed to write their name on the paper and place it in the bag beside the prize of their choice.

After four groups of hungry Thunderbirders had filled their plates, the membership meeting began. Copies of the 2014 CTCC Budget for 2014 prepared by Tom Bruin were passed out. Ken then explained the calendar of events planned for 2014.

 Drawings were held for the door prizes. Ron Pavlak took home a l/50th scale model of a yellow '55 Thunderbird, Bud Kryszak a Thunderbird watch, and Rose Kovalenko a 1:18 scale model of a red 2002 retro 'Bird complete with hard top.

 We finished up the last of the pizzas, pitchers of Pepsi, and Slice and said our goodbyes until the next meeting on March 16.

By Jim Wilson

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Riverview Park


Do you remember Riverview Park? Or do you remember hearing about Riverview Park?
Does thinking about the Shoot-the-Chutes, the Bobs, the Pair-O-Chutes, Aladdin's Castle,the Double Whirl Ride, the Aero-Stat, the White Flyer Roller Coaster or the Flying Turns bring back fond memories - or raise your curiosity?

CTCC members and their friends and family are invited to a special event on Sunday, March 16th at 2 PM at: Fuddruckers, 436 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, to reminisce about Riverview. Ralph Lopez, a former manager of the 22 man crew on the Shoot-the-Chutes ride, who now devotes himself to keeping memories of Riverview alive, will give us a presentation about the Park and its history.

Dudes and Divas Dinner


The deep freeze of earlier in the week gave way to rain on January 10. Twenty-nine CTCCers navigated the parking lot lake to gather and enjoy a delightful Dudes and Divas Dinner at the Palm Court, We were seated at five tables in our usual semi-private room and received excellent service. The conversations and jokes were lively and the food was delicious. Thank you. Ken and Kathy, for once again planning a terrific winter outing.

Attendees included Lee & Gina Bakakos, Tom & Judy Bruin, Joe & Barb Esdale, Joel Greenberg & Annie Luginbill, Gail Hascek, Larry & Karen Kelly, Ed Levin & Rose Kovalenko. Pete & Marylu Kramer, Jerry & Doreen Michna, Dan Mrozek & Arlene Figlia, Doug & Soon Hee Rogers, Lloyd & Joan Schellin, Ken & Kathy Smizinski, Bob & Barb Sroka, Bill & Liz Werth,

- Liz Werth

President's Report 2-14


Hello Members-

WITH TEMPS REACHING 16 DEGREES Below, it is hard to think about out Thunderbirds. But with warm weather right around the comer (WE HOPE), the season is already set with the  Annual Tech Session. It will be held on April 26th.  Bob Wenderski has put together a great program, This will be a "dust off" as the Spring Tour to Springfield, IL will be the following weekend (May 2-5). Len and Mary Keil have put in a lot hard work and planning, including inviting clubs from around the country.

Also, don't forget about March16'" at Fuddruckers for the presentation on Chicago's famous Riverview
Amusement  Park. This program is open to your family and friends, at no charge. So, make a day of it
and start with lunch at Fuddruckers.

- Ken Smizinski