What an awesome time everyone had young & old. All the children had a great time with Klinker the Clown who made custom shaped balloons for each of them and to Mr. Magic for the great magic show he provided. So thankful to be able to have this event this year. I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE FOLKS who donated funds to help it be so special. Thanks to Jimmy Gullett for donating the hot dogs for the luncheon. Many thanks to all those who help set up and clean up. The folks at the Fraser Lions Club were very gracious for holding our date over from last year’s event that got cancelled. Big thank you to Rob & Lisa Michon for taking all the photos of the kids with Santa. Very grateful for those who brought non-perishable food items. Geoff Michon won our 50/50 raffle! Want to say again how grateful I am for all those who helped make this event possible. (Photo Top: MARFC board with Santa) (Photo Bottom Left: Mr. Magic with kid’s & Photo Bottom Right: Klinker the Clown)
What a great meeting we had at the Road House Grill & Bar in Jackson. Our friend Marty Blume gave us some enlightening information about the old Jackson Motor Speedway with stats and stories from days gone by. Then Ryan Hollister talked about how he got started in racing and working hard with his Dad Kelly and win the2021 Springport Speedway championship. Both the promoters Tom & Tracey Hernly of Corrigan Oil Speedway informed us all on what it takes to go from racing cars to owning and operating a speedway and were their future is heading in the 2022 season. Our 50/50 winner was Linda Hurd and she donated her winning to Ryan to help with his 2022 racing. Big thanks to Linda Hurd who took notes for me that evening, appreciated. (Photo Top Left: Marty Blume Top Right: Ryan Hollister Photo Bottom: Tom & Tracey Hernly) (Photo by: Rand Thompson)
Please take the time to remember our Veteran’s as they have given all they have to protect us from harm on all fronts across the world and here at home. They have earned out respect and our thanks for their service to us and our country. So again, I ask please remember those who give their life for our freedoms and those who served and all those who are serving now all the love and support that we can give. “God Bless” and keep them all in in care now and forever more.
Well, our October general meeting held at Dooley’s Tavern in Shelby Twp., MI was a highly informative meeting with all our guest speakers. First up way Larry LaMay with an update on the second release of his book 60 of years racing on both sides of the fence. He was incredibly happy with all the folks that bought and enjoy the updated version. Then Kevin Schwarze let us all in about the books that he has written in the past and his current release about Bobby Bower. The Metdepenningen family was on hand to talk about how they all got started in racing and what the future for all three will be in 2022. Kyle sent us a video presentation because he was working out of town. Kyle was enormously proud of his family’s support in his racing career and won a championship to boot this past year. Rayce talked about some of the family’s history during his time growing up in a racing family. Then Jeff gave a remarkably interesting insight into what it takes to run three cars during a race season. Then Tom & Nathan Sprotberry, both informed us of how Nathan grew up following in dad’s footsteps starting at age 14 and Tom express how proud of Nathans knowledge and quick to learn abilities. Nathan was excited to win his first championship and hopefully be able to repeat it again in the near future. We held our annual fundraising raffle. With 1st prize going to Tina Caudill who donated half of it back to the club for the children’s Christmas party. Thanks Tina! Kevin Schwarze was in the house to win 2nd prize. Then 3rd prize went to Richard Roggow. The in-house raffle winner was Nathan Sprotberry. Our 50/50 winner was Amanda Metdepenningen and she donated it back to the MARFC/ Randall Ginter Benevolent Fund. Big Thanks Amanda. Also, need to thank Larry LaMay, Kevin Schwarze, WOW Racing for the extra raffle items. Special Thanks to Terry Bogusz Jr. and Eddie Sachs Racing for paying for pizza for the members in attendance. An Eddie Sachs for setting up the date and location for our meeting. We did meet our goal and passed last years total Thanks to all of you for your support. (Top Photo’s Left to Right: Jeff Metdepenningen, Kevin Schwarze, & Larry LaMay)(Bottom Photo’s Left toe Right: Rayce Metdepenningen, Tom & Nathon Sprotberry)