Members are pictured finishing lunch as President Niall Olling conducts the chapter business meeting.
The control room at the Mich Sugar Plant looks almost like NASA's early rocket control center.
Ann Arbor, Michigan's 22nd Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show was held on the streets of the downtown area on Friday July 8th 2016, 2-10 PM. This year's feature vehicle was Studebaker & Avanti. The WLEC/SDC was the host chapter. They organized an awesome display of 26 vehicles that covered 122 years of Studebaker (an 1880 Buggy to a 2002 Avanti). The NEMSDC was represented by 5 vehicles. It was a very warm day but the foot traffic was heavy with the many onlookers wanting to take a closer look at our "different by design" vehicles. After all "We Invented COOL!".
Our Chapter's annual Holiday Gathering at Frankenmuth's Bavarian Inn Lodge was held on Saturday December 9th. Of course, the food was exceptional. Everyone enjoyed this wonderful way to wind up the busy year of events.
A BIG thank you to Wally Mitchell for making the arrangements.
Kate & Bob Mass John & Dahna Loeding and Sandra Berger Don & Melinda Johnson
a ***** Cudos to Bill Krueger for taking these photos of the event. *****
TPost-tour group photo. Members holding sugar & beet souvenirs
Kathy & John Sutorik Our President, Niall Olling Barbara & Bill Krueger
John, Wally & Bill check out one of the sculptures.
Bob Mass describes his planet project to the guys.
Saturday September 24th 2016 was a beautiful day in Saginaw. Jim & Cheri Morgrette hosted a late Summer picnic at their property. Wally reports that the sun was warming but, the air was just a little cool. The lunch was delicious and there were lots of desserts.
31 NEMC Members gathered at Metamora's historic White Horse Inn on April 8th 2017 for lunch and a chapter business meeting. Our President, Niall Olling, conducted a monthly meeting and introduced our new Secretary, Kelly Bunker, and our Egbert Express newsletter Editor, Roberta Helpap. Welcome to the NEMC !
Of note, the White Horse Inn building dates back to 1848. The restaurant closed in 2012. It was renovated and reopened in 2014 with new owners.
A tasting station. The production diagram depicting the 3 storage silos. Roberta with her hard-hat and tour-guide-headset.
NEMSDC Members gathered for a lunch & meeting at Shirlene's Cuisine on Oct 21st 2017. After the meal the group headed to Coleman to see the Sun Solar Sculpture display there. Bob Mass & his son were instrumental in building this unique science exhibit in Midland County. Similar displays are in Oregon and in England. The Sun & the Nine Planets are sculptures aligned with a 6,000,000 to 1 scale over a 5.7 mile route from Coleman to North Bradley.
THere is CaptainVideo's fantastic video about our day in Ann Arbor.
Seen are 4 NEM Chapter Members' cars parked in front of Holt Nursing Home in Saginaw on Aug 26th 2016. They were part of a 20 car show for the "oldster" residents at this facility.
See the YouTube video of our day thanks to WLEC Prez Steve Rohde (aka, CaptainVideo). ------->.
Tom & Jane Johnson hosted a pot luck NEM Chapter picnic at their property in Williamston on Aug 27th 2016. An all day rain turned the picnic into an inside event. Guests found places to sit and to feast in several different rooms in the Johnson's 150+ year old, updated, classic Michigan farmhouse. The heavy rain also limited the Studebaker count to just 3 cars. Attendees feasted on the various dishes, including "yummy" desserts. After our meal, Prez Niall Olling held a general chapter meeting. After that we toured the garages and pole barn that housed Tom's big collection of classic cars. Most were in various stages of restoration. Several were near completion. We saw '49, '50 & '53 Studebakers, Nashs, Kaisers, Frazers, a Hudson, a Packard, a Dodge, a Saab and a Model T.
..... A BIG Thank You to Tom & Jane for hosting this month's chapter meeting.
On November 16th, 11 NEMSDC Members, with 4 friends, toured the Michigan Sugar Plant in Bay City. Michigan grows and processes the largest yearly amount of sugar beets of the 4 states that raise this crop. The Michigan Sugar Company employs 1,000 workers, can store 170,000 pounds of sugar in 3 silos, loaded semi-trucks roll out of the plant at the rate of 1 every hour from September to December, annual production at this plant is 1.2 billion pounds of final product. Following the plant tour, the group had lunch and a meeting at Coco Loco Mexican Bar & Grill.
Saturday August 12th 2017 NEM Members met at Jim & Cheri Morgrette's for a lunch & meeting. Wally reports that the day started out murky, but by the time they started to have lunch the sun came out and it was nice and warm. They spent some time planning club events for the year. Some events still need to be firmed up. Cheri made sure that everyone got enough to eat. A good day and a good meeting.
L to R: Dave Trish's '60 Lark, Wally Mitchell's '50 Commander, John Sutorik's '62 GT Hawk & John Haiderer's '54 Pickup.
Our Christmas 2016 Holiday Event at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth on Saturday December 10th was a great event. Forty chapter members joined in on the fun. Our hostess, Judy Zehnder Keller, and her staff served up a delicious buffet lunch. Below are some photos of several of the attendees.
A BIG Thank You to Wally Mitchell for seting up this event for us.
On Saturday September 23rd, 16 NEMSDC Members and friends toured the Wheeler Dairy Farm. Owned & operated since 2002 by Marlene VaLoon, formerly of Belgium. With 7,000 cows, it is one of the largest dairy farms in the area. A majority of the milk collected & processed here goes to Yoplait for use in their yogurt products. After the tour the group drove to Anschultz's Cafe for a delicious lunch.
Our Previous Chapter Events
Before lunch at Coco Loco, Wally Mitchell led a discussion about the details of the Christmas luncheon at the Bavarian Inn Lodge on Dec 9th at 11:30 AM.
Bill's '63 Avanti and Sandra's GT Hawk are pictured in Shirlene's parking lot.
On Sunday Sept 18th 2016 several NEMC Members attended the Sloan Golden Memories Car Show at the Flint Cultural Center. Seen there were John Lucky and his '56 President, Dave Black and his '48 Starlight Coupe and John Loeding and his '53 Champion. A blue Bullet Nose sedan was also there, believed to belong to Dave Holtz of Brighton. Sorry, but, no photos available !
On Saturday Aug 20th 2016 The SDC & AOAI put on an excellent vehicle display on Old Woodward in Birmingham at the 22nd Annual Woodward Dream Cruise (40,000 cars, 1.125 million attendees along the 16 mile route from 8 Mile Rd. north to Pontiac). Thanks to Joe Papai for organizing this event for us. We had 11 Avantis in our lineup of 17 vehicles. The NEMC had 7 of the cars on display. What a great showing!
Saturday Feb 25th 2017 NEM Members gathered at Timber's Restaurant in Saginaw to start off 2017 with a meeting and review of upcoming events.
The 53rd SDC Int'l Meet was held in South Bend, Indiana May 3-6, 2017 in conjunction with the annual Michiana Chapter's Swap Meet. A cold rainy start gave way to sunny & cool days for the Friday parade & the Saturday Car Show.
Pete & Roberta Motz George Burrows & Jim Huntoon Our event host, Wally Mitchell
Saturday July 15th 2017 was a beautiful day on the banks of the Saginaw River at the home of John & Debbie Haiderer. They hosted a picnic at their property for 15 NEMSDC Members, many attended in their classic Studebakers. A big thank you to the Haiderers for hosting.
The NEMSDC crew, and guests, wearing the required safety attire for the plant tour.
Our Saturday Nov 5th 2016 Event started at 11 AM at the property of Tom McDonald in Saginaw. We toured his wonderful car collection comprised of a variety of classics from various manufacturers. After the tour we met for lunch at Timber's Restaurant, also in Saginaw.
Enjoying lunch (l to R) are: Melinda & Don Johnston, Bob Mass, Roger Stanley (guest), Susan Freed (guest), Sandra Berger, Debbie & John Haiderer, Matt & JoAnn Janson, Roberta Helpap & Bill Krueger.
Thomas & Judy Krolikowski and Annette Lucky John Lucky and Mark Danielsen Lisa Danielsen, Sue Knight & Carol Berger
Sandra & Bill are checking out the Sun sculpture. They were wondering what happened to "global warming" as this big yellow Sun was cold to the touch !
On Saturday June 10th 2017, about 20 NEMSDC Members had a nice lunch and a meeting at the old Linden Hotel in Linden, Mich. After lunch the group took a short drive over to see Dave Krueger at the Caretel Inn. Dave, and daughter Kelly, were very happy to see everyone.
About 20 NEMC Members met at Pride & Country Village of Unique Shops, near Saginaw, on Saturday June 25th 2016. They enjoyed a picnic fare lunch and held a chapter business meeting. The village is comprised of a Woodshop, a Mill, a Barn, a Schoolhouse Boutique, a Farmhouse and the Red Caboose Ice Cream Parlor.
The 23rd Annual Lennon Lions Car & Truck Show was held on Sunday July 17th 2016 in the Lennon Lions Park. 120 vehicles registered for this show. That's pretty good for a town that is merely at a crossroads between Flint & Owosso. Our favorite Studebakers were well represented with 7 cars & trucks on the field. When the sun got too hot, NEMC Members got some shade under Bob & Kate Mass's canopy. Wally reported that "all in all, we had a pretty good day".