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March 3, 2017

There were a total of 29 in attendance. Present were Don Cooper, Clark & Patty Southmayd, Tommy Manning, Chuck & Anne Meyers, Jerry McNeil & Betty Adams, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Ken & Doree Broostin, John & Teresa Broostin, Jim & Betty Haynes, Larry & Joanna Potts, Geoffrey & Peggy Alexander, Shirley Pense, Bernie & Renee Baldwin, Sharon Eimen, Bob Ankershiel and Monte & Helen Jestes.

Clark Southmayd started to the luncheon in the GMC motorhome today. Along the way, the GMC developed a problem that seemed to involve the transmission. Clark managed to get the coach into a parking lot where he left it. Being a 21st century guy, Clark 'ubered' back home, got in his car and came to the luncheon. Patty must have had a premonition since she drove her own car.

A couple of other GMC owners, Fred Pitezel and Robert Musgrove, went back to the coach with Clark after the luncheon. The coach operated normally on the trip to the Southmayd home. After checking obvious things like transmission fluid level, the coach was taken for a drive through neighborhood streets which required frequent braking. About 10-15 minutes into the drive, the coach rather quickly came to a stop. Readings with a laser/infrared thermometer showed temperature on both front brakes to be over 500 degrees. After about 30 minutes, the pressure on the front brakes released; and, the coach was driven back to the Southmayd home. We had heard of this occurrence where deteriorated flexible brake lines could keep brake pressure from releasing normally; but, it was definitely interesting to see the situation play out in real time. This coach will get new flexible brake lines and a new master cylinder before it is driven again.

The next planned outing is the GMCMI Spring Rally at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, OK, March 24-30. The last day to register for this rally is March 8th. It would be good to see as many of our local GMCers there as possible.

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February 3, 2017

There were a total of 24 in attendance today.  Present were Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Ken & Doree Broostin, John Broostin, Jim & Betty Haynes, Clyde Jones, Larry & Joanna Potts, Geoffrey & Peggy Alexander, Irv & Shirley Pense, Bernie & Renee Baldwin, Sharon Eimen, Bob & Charlotte Ankershiel and Monte & Helen Jestes. 

We also had a visitor today, Tommy Manning, who has owned a 1973 (23’) GMC Motorhome since 1995.  I asked Mr. Manning how he heard of us; and, he said from the meeting notice in the Tulsa World/ Classified (Drive) section.  Thank you, Bob Ankershiel for meeting with a representative of the Tulsa World to make this notice a reality. 

The next planned outing is the GMCMI Spring Rally at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, OK, March 24-30.
Also, Ken and Doree Broostin gave a report on the planned RV trip along the Chisolm trail.  This year will celebrate the 150th anniversary of that historic route, one of the well-known cattle drive routes of the 1800’s.  Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas historical centers invite you to explore the trail.  Several museums along the route provide ample opportunities for individuals or groups to tailor vacations or RV trips to the desired or necessary schedules.  Our trip is scheduled to begin on May 30th.  Owners are invited to come and go along the route as they desire.  Additional details will be provided at a later date.      

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January 6, 2017

Even with the cold temperature and a small amount of snow, there were a total of 20 in attendance today.

Present were Chuck & Anne Meyers, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Fred Pitezel, Ken & Doree Broostin, John & Teresa Broostin, Jim & Betty Haynes, Clyde Jones, Larry & Joanna Potts, Geoffrey & Peggy Alexander, Shirley Pense, Sharon Eimen and Pat & Susan O'Brien.

Not much seems to be happening with local GMC motorhome travels now since it is the middle of the winter season. The next planned outing is the GMCMI Spring Rally at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, OK, March 24-30.

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December 2, 2016

There were a total of 22 in attendance today.

Present were Chuck & Anne Meyers, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Ken & Doree Broostin, John Broostin, Jim & Betty Haynes, Clyde Jones, Larry & Joanna Potts, Monte & Helen Jestes, Bernie Baldwin, Geoffrey & Peggy Alexander, Jerry McNeil with friend Betty Adams, and Shirley Pense.

Ken Broostin talked about several trips that are planned for 2017. The consensus is that we should keep our group trips closer to home due to the vintage nature of our GMC coaches and many of their owners.

Because this is the Christmas season, the meeting included two readings: "Love Is" and "A Diamond Necklace" which gave various perspectives about what Christmas means to different individuals; some of them children. This was accomplished, of course, with a degree of humor.

Also, our Christmas luncheon would not be complete without the homemade peanut brittle provided by Clyde Jones.

A heartfelt thank you to our waitress, Nadine, who had the tables in our meeting room all decorated for the Christmas Season.
The annual lunch bunch Christmas Party is being hosted by the Musgrove's on December 10th at 11:30am. Bring your favorite potluck dish.

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November 4, 2016

There were a total of 24 in attendance today. Present were Chuck & Anne Meyers, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Pat & Susan O'Brien, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Ken & Doree Broostin, John Broostin, Jim & Betty Haynes, Clyde Jones, Larry & Joanna Potts, Monte & Helen Jestes and Bernie & Renee Baldwin. GMC owners Geoffrey & Peggy Alexander were also present along with two of their daughters, Gina Luginbill and Kylie Parrish.

Ken Broostin gave an update on the recent foliage trip to Beavers Bend State Park near Broken Bow, OK. Four couples camped in the park with one couple renting a cabin nearby. The foliage was just beginning to turn; but, this area is always beautiful with its tall pine trees and clear lakes and streams.

The Pitezel coach is back on the road with work completed to repair damage done by an engine compartment fire earlier this year!! Fred and grandson Ben took the coach on a test drive to the Santa Fe, N. M. area, on a hunting trip. Fred could teach us all lessons about the tenacity required to see a difficult project through.

The Potts coach has a new transmission rebuild leaving Larry and Joanna to wonder how a coach can break just setting in storage.
The annual lunch bunch Christmas Party is being hosted by the Musgrove's on December 10th at 11:30am. Bring your favorite potluck dish.

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October 7, 2016

There were a total of 26 in attendance. Present were Robert & Marilyn Musgrove with daughter Rebecca Wetzler who was visiting from Alaska, Pat & Susan O'Brien, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Ken & Doree Broostin, Don Cooper, Clark Southmayd, Jim & Betty Haynes, Clyde Jones, Larry & Joanna Potts, Monte & Helen Jestes, Geoffrey & Peggy Alexander, Bernie & Renee Baldwin, Shirley Pense, and Bob & Charlotte Ankershiel.

We had an additional visitor, Julie Williams, who is the daughter of Steve Clevenger, a long time Tulsa GMC Lunch Bunch member. Steve passed away three years ago; and, his GMC motorhome is for sale now. The coach is a 23' 1976 Transmode (ex Birchaven) that is equipped with a bed and a table. An empty shell for all intents and purposes. Call Julie Williams at 469-978-4345 for more information.

  

Ken Broostin gave an update on our planned foliage trip to the Broken Bow, OK area during the October 26th to 30th timeframe. Some GMC'ers may leave a day early; or, they may return a day later as their respective schedules allow. The plan is to stay in Hochatown State Park which does not take reservations.

The tour of the Newell Coach Factory in Miami, OK on September 12th was an enjoyable and interesting experience. Some of us tried our luck at the Buffalo Run Casino where four coaches and eight GMCers spent the weekend; but, no one experienced the 'loosest slots' that is advertised. Seven GMCers drove up for the tour on Monday morning. Thanks to Chuck & Anne Meyers for providing the pancake and sausage breakfast before the tour.

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September 9, 2016

There were a total of 25 in attendance. Present were Pat & Susan O'Brien, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Ken & Doree Broostin, Don Cooper, Clark Southmayd, Jim & Betty Haynes, Clyde Jones, Larry Potts, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Monte & Helen Jestes, Geoffrey Alexander, Chuck & Anne Meyers, Bernie & Renee Baldwin, Shirley Pense, Hal Fischer, and Bob & Charlotte Ankershiel.

Ken Broostin has scheduled a tour of the Newell Coach Factory located at (GPS) 3900 North Main Street, Miami, OK. The tour is set up for 10:00am, September 12th. For those who wish, this trip will include a weekend stay at the Buffalo Run Casino located at 1000 Buffalo Run Boulevard, Miami, OK which is about two and a half miles from the Newell location. Buffalo Run has 10 RV sites with only 2-3 coaches typically there at any one time; so, there is probably room for any GMC'er that wants to spend the weekend there. A buffet, a separate restaurant, entertainment, pool, player's cards, etc. are also available at Buffalo Run. Everyone is welcome to participate in this weekend outing on your individual schedule. Make your plans as you like, either for the whole weekend; or just come on Monday, September 12th for the Newell Coach Factory tour only.

NOTE: Chuck & Anne Meyers will serve pancakes and sausage for breakfast on Monday morning for fellow GMC'ers.

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August 5, 2016

There were a total of 20 in attendance. Present were Clyde Jones, Larry & Joanna Potts, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Monte Jestes, Geoffrey & Peggy Alexander, Chuck Meyers, Bernie & Renee Baldwin, Irv & Shirley Pense and Jerry McNeil with friend Betty Adams, Hal Fischer, and Bob Ankershiel & Charlotte.

Also, we had two visitors today; both of them interested in selling their GMC motorhomes. Chuck Tracewell (918-530-2066), Salina, OK, is interested in selling a 1978, 26' GMC. Paul Ervin is interested in selling a 1976 GMC (SOLD) which is located near Okemah, OK, also a 26' model.

Ken Broostin has scheduled a tour of the Newell Coach Factory located at (GPS) 3900 North Main Street, Miami, OK. The tour is set up for 10:00am, September 12th. This trip will include a stay at the Buffalo Run Casino located at 1000 Buffalo Run Boulevard, Miami, OK which is about two and a half miles from the Newell location. Buffalo Run has 10 RV sites with only 2-3 coaches typically there at any one time; so, there is probably room for any GMC'er that wants to spend the weekend there. A buffet, a separate restaurant, entertainment, pool, player's cards, etc. are also available at Buffalo Run. Everyone is welcome to participate in this weekend outing on your individual schedule. The luncheon in September will be on the 9th because of Labor Day. Make your plans as you like, either for the whole weekend; or just come on Monday, September 12th for the Newell Coach Factory tour only.

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July 8, 2016

There were a total of 23 in attendance. Present were Clyde Jones, Larry & Joanna Potts, Ken & Doree Broostin, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Monte Jestes, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Clark Southmayd, Geoffrey & Peggy Alexander and granddaughter Layton, Chuck Meyers, John & Teresa Broostin, Bernie & Renee Baldwin, Irv & Shirley Pense and Jerry McNeil as well as his friend Betty.

The Alexander's were responsible for three visitors today: Granddaughter Layton and longtime friend Jerry McNeil as well as Jerry's friend Betty. It is always enjoyable to see new faces in our group.

An update was given on the recent GMCMI Summer Get-Together that was held at Branson, MO. Four Tulsa area couples; Alexander, Broostin, Meyers and Musgrove attended. This was a great rally with time spent visiting with old friends, attending some interesting seminars, and taking in several excellent Branson events.

GMC Motorhome issues were discussed with Bernie Baldwin and Fred Pitezel giving updates on their respective overhauls/rebuilds. Pat and Susan O'Brien could not make the luncheon; but, Pat informed us by email that "we can now travel." This was, in part, due to a trip to Jim Bounds GMC Coop in Orlando, FL.

Ken Broostin gave an update on a planned tour of the Newell Coach Factory near Miami, OK during the September 11-14 time frame. This trip would include a stay at the Buffalo Run Casino which is also near Miami.

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May 6, 2016

There were a total of 29 in attendance. Present were Irv & Shirley Pense, Hal Fischer, Clyde Jones, Larry & Joanna Potts, Ken & Doree Broostin, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Monte & Helen Jestes, Ron & Sharon Eimen, Shawn & Candi Pitezel, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Clark Southmayd, Geoffrey Alexander, Chuck Meyers, Pat & Susan O'Brien, Jim & Betty Haynes, Bernie & Renee Baldwin, John Broostin and Bob Ankershiel.

The April trip to Blue Creek on Skiatook Lake was a great success with six coaches in attendance. Additionally, two couples drove up to enjoy the potluck dinner with us on Saturday night.

Discussion included the Memorial Day Route 66 PatriotFest in Tulsa on May 28th which several GMC motorhome owners plan to attend.

Conversation also turned to the rally event planned for June 25th to July 1st in Branson, MO. GMCMI has billed this as the "Great GMC Motorhome Summer Get-Together". Make your own reservations through GMCMI according to the directions at this link: http://www.gmcmi.com/2016s-get-together-info/. A number of owners plan to attend.

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April 1, 2016

There were a total of 24 in attendance including Clyde Jones, Larry & Joanna Potts, Ken & Doree Broostin, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Monte & Helen Jestes, Ron & Sharon Eimen, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Clark Southmayd, Geoffrey Alexander, Chuck & Ann Meyers, Pat & Susan O'Brien, Jim & Betty Haynes, John Broostin and Bob & Charlotte Ankershiel.

Some of the conversation was about the Shamrock, TX trip which was a great success with several of our GMC motorhomes being in the St. Patrick's Day parade. The only casualty during the trip was a blown water hose, thankfully before we headed home. Several museums, gas stations and at least one Walmart were visited along the way. Yes, we have the pictures to prove it. Irv and Shirley Pense who are very familiar with Shamrock were excellent hosts.


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GMC motorhome maintenance was also discussed with several topics being covered including what could cause an erratic cruise control. Could an unstable speedometer cable contribute to this? Also, discussed was the process of dropping fuel tanks in order to replace fuel hoses.

Ken Broostin gave an update on our planned trip to Blue Creek on Skiatook Lake April 8th to the 10th. He said 'Meers style' hamburgers are planned for Saturday. Anyone who has been to the Meers Store & Restaurant near Lawton, OK would know what that means. They reportedly use a seven (7) inch bun when they build their hamburger; so, it could easily be shared.

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March 4, 2016

There were a total of 25 in attendance.  Present were Larry & Joanna Potts, Ken & Doree Broostin, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Clyde Jones, Monte & Helen Jestes, Shirley Pense, Bernie & Renee Baldwin, Hal Fischer, Ron & Sharon Eimen, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Clark Southmayd, Geoffrey Alexander, Steve Rhodes, Chuck Meyers, Pat & Susan O’Brien and Jim & Betty Haynes.    

  

John and Teresa Broostin have the Facebook site up and running; and, it is getting a great deal of attention thanks to GMCMI, GMC Classics, and others in the GMC community.

Robert Ankershiel has been working with a representative of the Tulsa World to list our monthly luncheon in the DRIVE section of the Saturday newspaper.  The listing has been there for a couple of weeks now under Area Car Club Meetings. 

  
Ken Broostin gave an update on our planned trip to Shamrock, TX later this month to attend the St. Patrick’s Day celebration there.  Our vintage motorhomes are invited to take part in the Saturday parade; so, come prepared to decorate them in something that identifies them as Irish.  If you own a Palm Beach in original colors, you are all set.  Everyone is invited on this trip whether they travel with this group, or on their own schedule.

Tuesday, March 15th - We plan to meet at the Phillips 66 station, Exit 207, on the Turner Turnpike (I-44) at 10:00am.  This is a few miles west of the Kellyville exit; and, it will allow those coming from Bartlesville, Claremore, and Tulsa to join up at a safe location.    
At Oklahoma City, we will transition to the Kilpatrick Turnpike which will take us to I-40.  Fuel Stop - After only a couple of miles on I-40, we will take Exit 136 (Yukon, OK) and turn north on Garth Brooks Blvd/OK 92N.  Immediately move to left lane and turn left at the 2nd traffic light.  Go about 300 feet, then turn left and drive through the parking lot to Murphy USA.       
After lunch, we will take I-40 to Weatherford, OK where the Stafford Air & Space Museum is located at 3000 Logan Road (about 54 miles).  For those who wish to visit the museum, the website indicates that it is open until 5:30pm.
We plan to overnight at Tinsley’s Old 66 Hwy RV Park, 2701 East Main in Weatherford.  For those who might prefer to dry camp, there is a Walmart located at 1349 East Eagle Road.  

Wednesday, March 16th – Drive 21 miles on I-40 to Clinton, OK where the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is located at 2229 West Gary Boulevard.    
Drive west of Clinton on OK-73 for 18 miles to Foss State Park, Cedar Point Campground where we will spend the night.  Make your reservations at www.gocampok.com or 580-592-4433. 

Thursday, March 17th – Drive south on OK-44 to I-40, then drive west to Elk City, OK; a distance of about 22 miles.  The National Route 66 Museum is located at 2717 West 3rd Street; and, it is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  It is part of a complex that includes several other museums. 
Drive 53 miles to Shamrock, TX where we plan to stay at the South Side RV Park located at 1301 South Main Street.
Everyone is welcome to join us on this outing.  Feel free to stay with us for the above referenced itinerary; or, join us for any part of it that interests you.  Remember to come prepared to decorate your coach for the Saturday morning parade.

The trip home will be determined by our individual schedules and obligations.  Be safe whether you travel home alone or with others.


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February 5, 2016

There were a total of 21 in attendance.  Present were Ken & Doree Broostin, John & Teresa Broostin, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Clyde Jones, Monte & Helen Jestes, Irv & Shirley Pense, Bernie & Renee Baldwin, Robert Ankershiel, Ron & Sharon Eimen, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, Larry Potts, and Clark Southmayd.    

We also had a visitor today---Geoffrey Alexander who recently bought a 1977 GMC motorhome.  

Ken Broostin asked Irv Pense to give an update on the planned trip to Shamrock, TX in March to attend the St. Patrick’s Day celebration there.  Irv said there were numerous things to see and do, including entering our vintage motorhomes in the Saturday parade.  Ken discussed the planned route (HERE) from the Tulsa area, noting that there are several museums along the way just off of I-40.  GMC’ers are invited to leave on Tuesday, March 15th and enjoy a leisurely trip, arriving in Shamrock, TX on Thursday.  Everyone is invited whether they travel with this group, or chose to plan their trip on their personal schedule.  NOTE: See attachment for a stick map of the planned route.     

The meeting included a discussion about the potential benefit of the creation of a Facebook account as a method for raising the profile of the local GMC motorhome community.  This might especially be a way to reach younger owners and potential owners.  John and Teresa Broostin agreed to look into this.     

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January 8, 2016

There were a total of 25 in attendance. Present were Jim & Betty Haynes, Ken & Doree Broostin, John & Teresa Broostin, Robert & Marilyn Musgrove, Clyde Jones, Chuck Meyers, Monte & Helen Jestes, Shirley Pense, Bernie & Renee Baldwin, Robert & Charlotte Ankershiel, Pat & Susan O'Brien, Ron & Sharon Eimen, Fred & Peggy Pitezel, and Patty Southmayd.

We also had a visitor today---Burt Shehi who is a friend of Jim Haynes.

The Baldwin's and the Broostin's gave a report on their recent trip to Fredricksburg, TX which included a visit to the National Museum of the Pacific War as well as shopping outings for the girls.

Ken Broostin discussed several potential destinations for RV trips in 2016. Some of these were as follows:
" Shamrock, TX for St. Patrick's Day Celebration - March 17th.
" Pawnee Steam Engine Show - First weekend in May.
" GMCMI - The Great GMC Motorhome get-together in Branson, MO - Last week of June.
" Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, AR.
" Sulphur, Turner Falls, Arbuckle Lake area.

Also, the Newell Coach factory in Miami, OK was suggested by Monte Jestes as a possible point of interest.
Plans for potential trips will be firmed up as the year progresses, and as individual interests are made known.

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