2001 Christmas Bash


It's hard to believe that another year of wheelin' has come and gone already. On December 8th we marked the end of the season with our annual Christmas Party at the Winckler family barn in Naperville, IL. It was our second year at this location and Mother Nature was much kinder to us this time. For those who attended the party last year, you'll have to agree the barn was quite balmy in comparison!

We had the usual great array of food and fun and, of course, there was the gift exchange. It seemed to start off much too politely until O.R. stood up and got everyone in the "stealing" mood! Every year there seems to be a "gift of the year" and this year it was the Jeep Keepsake ornament. And no TRJC gift exchange would be complete without a box full of yellow stuff. Meanwhile, the kids enjoyed their own exchange.

Everyone received ballots and awards were given out for the oldest jeeper, won by O.R. at age 71 (I know. I thought he was older, too); furthest distance traveled to the party was claimed by Garry Shadwick; our youngest jeeper was Laura Westfall at 5 months; the most trips to go jeepin' went to Tim Miller at 21, and I can attest that this is a conservative estimate! The most miles traveled to go jeepin' was won by Dave Christensen at 7500. The most exemplary jeeper award went to Frank and Jude Fleeger; the worst stuck to Mikey Keller; and the most stucks (no surprise) went to Bill Zoetvelt. And last, but not least, several raffle items were generously donated by Ray Pimith of Jeep of DuPage in Wheaton, and names were drawn to determine the lucky recipients.

Those that attended came with their annual donation of canned goods (or cash) which will enable us to fill the baskets for the 12 senior citizens that our club has adopted this year. O.R. agreed to take it all back to Pittsfield where the Walstons, Seymours and Suhres will sort it all out and deliver the baskets.

We missed seeing some of the long time attendees, but were very glad to meet some new ones. All and all it was a great time! A special word of thanks goes to Andrea (Sunshine) Prochaska and her helpers for planning and coordinating the party, and to the Winckler family for once again being our hosts. We know how much time it took to get the barn ready! And we especially hope that Dennis is recovering from the injury he received falling off a ladder in an effort to keep us all warm.

We're looking forward to seeing all of you at the Kick-Off Dinner in January!


Created: 12/14/01