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January 2011

A Tribute to Billy Waldmire

Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 1:00pm - 9:00pm

Firefighters Postal Lake Club
940 W Lake Shore Dr
Springfield, IL

Come celebrate the life of Billy Waldmire at this benefit event. Enjoy all day live music, raffles, food, stories and friends and open jam in the bar all day long.

A musical swap-shop silent auction will be held, featuring items donated by musicians. Proceeds to benefit the Billy Waldmire Cancer fund.

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Let's Show Ernie We Care!

Ernie Edwards.jpgErnie Edwards of Pig Hip Resturant fame is currently in a nursing home and we really believe cards and notes would help cheer him up.

You can address them to:
Ernest Edwards
c/o St.Clara's Manor
Room 217
200 Fifth Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

Thank You on behalf of his family.

Preservation Meeting - Dwight, IL

Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Preservation Meeting - Dwight, IL
Saturday, February 19, 2011
7:00 PM
Route 66 Family Restaurant
Old Route 66, Dwight, Illinois

Thanks to John Weiss for providing the following information:

It has been a couple of years since we have had a meaningful meeting. Let’s get together and reignite the same enthusiasm we once had.

There are some new projects and additional information that I am sure you will want to know about. I am also interested in hearing any and all ideas that you may have.

Let’s make this an exciting and productive year!

The meeting will begin at 7 PM sharp. If you intend to eat first (I strongly recommend that you do) arrive around 6PM.

Our Condolences

Joseph Zygadlo, brother of our Association Recording Secretary, Loretta (Dwyer) Killackey, passed away at home Tuesday, January 11th. Loretta has served our Association both as Secretary and Will County representative.

A wake for Joseph will be held on Friday, January 14th, from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Model Funeral Home, 5725 S. Pulaski, Chicago. (773-767-4730). Final services/interment information is still pending.

We extend our condolences to Loretta on the loss of her brother.

William Sanders of Sprague's Super Service Passes Away

Association President, Cathie Stevanovich has released the following statement:

We are saddened to report the passing of William "Bill" Sanders, owner of Sprague's Super Service in Normal, IL.

Bill and his wife, Terri Ryburn own the Sprague's Super Service in Normal, Illinois also known as 305 E. Pine, which was elected to the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

Route 66 Association of Illinois Annual Hall of Fame Nominations

Thanks, Kathy and Johnny Miller for providing the following information.

large_Pontiac Rt. 66 Museum.jpgNominations into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame will be accepted for consideration between January 1 and February 28, 2011. Nominations post marked after the deadline date shall be held for consideration in the following year.

To qualify for election into the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame, nominees must have made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66 in the State of Illinois.

Mt. Olive Crossroads Diner


995 Lakeview Dr
Mt Olive, IL 62069

Starla & Mike Agers
(217) 999-8491

Fall Quarterly Meeting - Pontiac, IL

Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Fall Quarterly Meeting - Pontiac, IL

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum
110 W. Howard, Pontiac, IL

10:00 AM Board meeting
12:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM General meeting and Elections

The President's View - Winter 2011

large_PresCathieStevanovich.jpgIt's Fall and a time of changes - the leaves change color, the wind blows cooler and you just know Winter is on its way. "Black Friday" which used to mean the shopping day AFTER Thanksgiving seemed to happen this year the day after Halloween!

Autumn brought many changes. We've added Bob Waldmire iconic VW bus and school bus residence to our museum in Pontiac. Gray's Towing gave their time and equipment to bring Bob's school bus "home" to Pontiac from Rochester. Member Marty Lathrop brought the van from the Springfield Festival home to the museum. A huge thank you to these members stepping up and volunteering.

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