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  • racingfan1
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    2019 DePue Reunion

    Mark your calendars for the last Friday in July of 2019 for the next DePue racer reunion. Plans are under way and there are already commitments from many people. Stayed tuned for more details around the 1st of the year.

  • racingfan1
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    Here are a couple of pictures of the quilt that Shirley Summers has made and we will be raffling it off at the reunion.

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  • racingfan1
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    As of today, June 23nd, we only have 29 people who have registered for this year's event. After careful consideration and number crunching, we can not move forward with the reunion as currently constructed. However, John and I feel strongly that there is enough interest to move forward with some type of reunion event.

    We will not be doing the formal evening dinner as we have done in the past. As we stated earlier, we are not able to use the entire VFW building in DePue, but we found out that we are allowed to use the front bar area as the EPA is not using that part of the building. This area will be used as our reunion headquarters all day on Friday and Saturday. You will be able to come and go as you please. Inside the VFW will be pictures, videos, and other racing memorabilia. There will be drinks available along with light snacks. At the end of racing on Friday, we will be having pizza delivered and guests will be allowed to stay as long as you like.

    We understand that this is quite a departure from the original format, but we hope that you will be satisfied with our new plan. Those that are already registered have the following two options: 1) still be part of the festivities and all the above will be covered by your registration fee as well as your reunion shirt orders, with no additional cost to you. or 2) choose not to come and have your check returned to you.

    For the people who have not registered, there is still time to do so. Just fill out the registration form and mail it in. We will accept them up to July 2nd or there is going to be a cover charge of $10 that day, to cover drinks and food, to get inside the VFW and be part of the reunion. We will be ordering extra shirts and they will be available in case someone would like to purchase them that day. Shirley Summers has made a quilt from racing t-shirts and we will be raffling that off, Bruce will be bringing his hydro and 6 cylinder motor to display as well, and also have a 50\50 drawing.

    John and I hope you still will come to DePue and be part of this year's event. As we all know, life is short and you never know when or if you will see your racing friends again. Even in a scaled down form, this reunion is meant to bring us all together and give us the chance to reminisce and enjoy the company of life long friends. We really hope you will join us and be part of the 2019 DePue reunion.


    John Schubert and Dale Hoffert
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    Last edited by racingfan1; 06-24-2019, 03:49 AM.

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  • racingfan1
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    The plans are changing for the reunion this year. Due to the low number of people registering we will be doing something a little different. For those of you that have registered, I will be in contact with you via email to let you know what the options are and for everyone else we will post the information here as soon as possible.

    I had put this video together to show at the dinner and just thought I would share it with you. It is the reason we continue to do these reunions because, well, you just never know when the last goodbye will come.

    Click on the link below to watch the video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocQ5...ature=youtu.be

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  • John Schubert
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    To everyone, as of today there is not enough registrants to move forward with the reunion. I know many of you have indicated that you were going to attend, but still havenít registered. At the last reunion, several of you suggested not waiting 4 or 5 years for the next event, for as you know, our numbers are shrinking. If we do not receive a significant amount of registrations by the end of this month, we will be compelled to cancel the event. So COME ON everyone, a lot of work has gone in to planning this event, and much more to come for your enjoyment, fun & to reminisce about the good old days.

    I have heard comments that because the event is scheduled in Princeton, some have a concern. My 2 cents: first, the USTS National Championship banquet is also scheduled to be held the next evening at the Days Inn conference/banquet room. So a lot of you will be going there on Sat. night anyway. Previous postings on Boat Racing Facts & Hydroracer mentioned this & the reason we canít have the gathering at The American Legion as it has been rented/leased to those doing environmental studies of the lake. My next 2 cents is that I have stayed several years now at the Days Inn in Princeton. I find it is easier to get to then Peru. You just take the west exit out of Depue, cross over highway 29 & go to US highway 6, turn left go a couple of miles to I 380 or whatever it is, go west one exit & get off turn left & the hotel is right on your right.

    So, letís stop procrastinating, you want to be there so please register.

    John & Dale Hoffert

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  • racingfan1
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    Just a reminder , if you are thinking about attending the 2019 DePue reunion please think about getting you registration mailed out. Shirts and the caterer have to have numbers by the end of June. Thank you and see you in DePue.
    Last edited by racingfan1; 06-08-2019, 01:39 PM.

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  • racingfan1
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    While LaSalle-Peru is the normal home base for most racers and fans Princeton has a lot to offer. Most things Princeton can be found at princechamber-il.com. However I thought I would add a little to that. Princeton is known for their downtown Main St business districts full of small shops and boutiques. It is one of the few towns that has resisted the chain stores. When looking for places to eat I put together the following list of the better places in Princeton.

    Breakfast

    Big Apple Family Restaurant - 2136 N. Main St. located within walking distance of the Days Inn

    Coffee Cup Diner - located on Main St at the railroad crossing

    Flour House Bakery & Coffee - 950 N Main St fresh baked breakfast items and specialty coffees , popular Princeton spot

    Lunch and Dinner

    Kramers Kitchen - 421 S Main St - homemade specialty sandwiches and all very good - lunch only kramers-kitchen.com

    Spoons - 541 S Main St - spoonsrestaurant.net

    Niel and Shortys - 646 S Main St - the local bar-b-que joint - nielandshortys.com

    The Prime Quater - 250 Backbone Rd East - cook your own steak house or have them do it for you primequarter.com

    Los Ranchitos - 1204 W Peru St the local mexican place

    Pizza Cellar - 402 S Main St - a local favorite for pizza - not the usual pizza

    Alexander Park Tavern - 815 Park Ave West - need your fried chicken fix , this is the place

    There are other places on the chamber website but these are the some of the more popular spots.

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  • racingfan1
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    Registrations are starting to come in for the reunion. Here is the list and I will update it as I receive them. Updated 5\17\19

    Birbarie , Skip
    Dewald , Craig
    Donald , Ralph
    East , Gene
    Forester , Wild Bill
    Franck , Joe
    Henderson , Denny
    Hoffert , Dale
    Ingalls , Craig & Nick
    Ishi , Alan
    Kalman , Sharon
    Laatsch , Jett Winzeler
    Laatsch , Laura Winzeler
    Lawerence , Craig
    Neadeck , Art
    Nydahl , Pete & Kelly
    O'Dea , Dick
    Rodda , Ray
    Schmidt , Eric
    Schimdt , Mike
    Schoch , Jim
    Schubert , John
    Summers , Bruce and Shirley
    Van Steenwyk , Eileen & Netta Marshall
    Willing , Don
    Winzeler , John
    Last edited by racingfan1; 06-24-2019, 06:36 AM.

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  • racingfan1
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    Here is the pdf. file of the registration form to download and print.
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  • racingfan1
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    2019 Reunion Registration

    The registration is now open for the 2019 DePue reunion. Attached to this message is the registration form and also the shirt design. The biggest change this year is the location of the dinner. The VFW building in DePue is being rented by the EPA as part of the Superfund cleanup and is therefore unavailable. We have moved the dinner to the Days Inn in Princeton. All you will need to do is download , you may need to save it to your computer first , then print the form and follow the directions. If you are unable to open the form , send me an email at 1daledog1@gmail.com and I will send one to you.

    Since the dinner is at the Days Inn in Princeton it will also be the host hotel. We have a block of rooms available there and each room will come with a 10% discount but you MUST CALL THE HOTEL DIRECT. Call 815-875-3371 , select 0 from the options , ask for Ruth Ann and tell her it is for the DePue Reunion. It is best to call during the week between 8am and 4pm.

    For those of you that want to bring display equipment we will be using the same location in front of the VFW. For the smaller displays I will checking into the possibility of storing those inside the VFW again , like we did last time. I have not , as of now , checked into the possibility of running your equipment on the lake but i will be checking with the USTS officials and will let you know when something has been worked out.

    This years big raffle item is going to be a scale model DeSilva flat deck runabout being built by Derek Gessler. Thank you Derek. There will also be a silent auction table. If you have anything that you would like to contribute to the auction please let me know. The money from these items are used to offset the cost of the reunion and any and all profits are donated to the Save Lake DePue fund. In the past these profits have been used to help offset the cost of building the dams to maintain a safe racing depth so racing can continue on Lake DePue.

    If you have any questions or concerns please email me at 1daledog1@gmail.com.
    Last edited by racingfan1; 03-28-2019, 08:13 AM.

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  • John Schubert
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    Rex,
    We have & announced it to all that had previously registered & gave us their email address at that time.
    Once all final details are posted the name of the hotel will be also. Just wanted to be sure that previous attendees had the opportunity to register prior to the room block selling out
    John

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  • Rex Hall
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    Have you come up with a host hotel yet ?

  • racingfan1
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    I had hoped to have have the registration form posted March 1st but we have had a bump in the road. The VFW building in DePue has been rented out by the EPA as part of the Superfund cleanup so we will not be able to use it for the reunion. We are in the process of looking at other venues close by and should have something solid in the next couple weeks. This will not change anything , the reunion is a definite go and will happen. John is working on getting a host hotel in Peru and we will let you know as soon as that is completed. The shirt design is back in the very capable hands of Ann Fitzgerald , who did the original shirt , so you know it will be good. So make your plans to attend this great event.

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  • racingfan1
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    We will be back to the hog roast for the dinner meal and the 2019 big raffle item is going to be a scale model DeSilva flat deck runabout. Look for the registration form either here , on BRF or via email if I have you address from the last reunion around Feb 20 - 23.

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  • 1100-one
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    Yep Bill has been a great one for years
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