ILLIANA NEWS

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2006                    ISSUE 9

 

LAST NEWSLETTER OF THE YEAR!

This is the last newsletter of the year....It’s hard to believe that 2006 is almost over!  We’ve had  a great year for our club with the most exciting news that we have purchased the show grounds from John and Deb Dillman.  We’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone some early Holiday Greetings.  First we hope everyone has a lovely THANKSGIVING with family and friends, and a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR!!!  We are looking forward to some exciting changes for the club in 2007!!  Mark your calendars  now for the Bodine’s Christmas party on Dec.  2nd.  Hope to see you there!

 

FUN DAY:

 Members arrived mid-morning at the show grounds to a beautiful fall day.  Thanks to the hard work of Jim and Doris Manlief, the clubhouse and grounds were ready for our carry-in dinner and activities.  Jim and Doris arrived on Friday with their camper, mowed and cleaned,  and had everything looking great!  The Bodine’s brought their cider press and crate of apples; set every thing up and the “fun began!!”  It didn’t take long before everything was “sticky” with apple juice!  About half-way through the crate, we stopped to enjoy tables-full of  food, the ham and beans, and some delicious “Huli-Huli” BBQ from Don and Camilla Crowder.  The railroad members were on hand with their engines and after testing their boilers, had a train running for a few rides around the track.  After everyone had their fill of food and visiting, we assembled to finish the crate of apples.  The jugs disappeared as fast as they were filled!!  The only annoying part of the afternoon were the “pesky” lady bugs that landed on every thing!  The warm autumn

 weather had them flying everywhere!  As the afternoon came to a close, everyone pitched in to clean up the clubhouse, put the picnic tables away for the winter,  and the equipment was stored in the shed.   A very successful Fun Day!!

 

ROCKY FORGE BLACKSMITH NEWS:

Last month the blacksmith group met at Dominick Andrisini’s, in West Lafayette, to learn about reposse’, a form of metal relief using various punches to make designs.  We had a good time, good turnout and as usual for this group, great food for the noon meal.    Our next meeting will be at Ted’s shop on Nov.  18th with a featured demonstrator, Mark Thomas.  Mark is a professional blacksmith focusing on traditional items made for rendezvous and campers.  He will talk about a trip he and another blacksmith made to the South African Congo to teach black- smithing.  Mark and Rob built forges and collected tools of the trade and shipped the items to the area for use when he and Rob arrived.  This experience sounds like one of a lifetime and he will show pictures and talk about it the 18th.  He will also demonstrate some of the things he makes.  Darrell Schuzle will also have his pictures and show and tell items from his numerous trips to Africa.  He also has studied and experienced the African blacksmiths.           Ted Stout


CHRISTMAS PARTY     DEC.  2, 2006

           DON BODINES’S SHED

 

DINNER AT 6:30 p.m. : BRING A DISH TO PASS - DRINKS WITH BE PROVIDED.

 

COME EARLY AFTERNOON AS THE TRAIN BOARD WILL BE SET UP:

HO, S-GAUGE, O-GAUGE, AND STANDARD GAUGE WILL BE AVAIL-ABLE....BRINGS YOUR TRAINS!!   ALSO WE WILL HAVE A T-V AND VCR IF YOU’D LIKE TO VIEW ANY TAPES.