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>> Join Us at the GMCMI 35th Anniversary Fall Convention!

Let’s Celebrate the History of GMCMI!
Do you have unique collectibles from past conventions? How about photos, buttons, anniversary gifts, programs, advertising, etc.? We are planning to display these items to remember our heritage. Please share your memories. If you have any questions, please contact Kim at 612-501-4600 or via email at .

A BLAST from the PAST – “Show ‘n Tell!”
This is your opportunity to share/show your best GMC story, tales, favorite quilt, special GMC
related item, the sky is the limit! Please bring them to share at the Show ’n Tell.


>> Convention Highlights

  • Six nights of full hookup camping, Friday through Wednesday night
  • Come early for Wednesday and Thursday
  • Early bird technical session
  • 15-21 hours of tech session
  • 12-19 hours of non-technical sessions
  • Vendors, Vendors, Vendors…
  • Three ice cream socials
  • Two catered dinners
  • Two Lunches
  • Daily Coffee Hour and Book Exchange
  • Hot waffles daily and an omelet breakfast
  • Daily Morning Drawings
  • Ladies Luncheon
  • Exercise Classes
  • GMC Parts Exchange, Craft & Flea Market
  • Vintage GMCMH Show “Open House”
  • Participate in the Sunday Worship Service Choir
  • Pineblock Derby – don’t forget your racer!
  • The popular raffle for $1,000 in cash, free convention fees for two, plus many more items.

PLUS…
The Return of Show ’n Tell!


>> The Ammenities

Elkhart Campground
Located just north of the I-80 E/I-90 E/Indiana Toll Road in Elkhart, Indiana. The physical and mailing address is 25608 Co Rd 4, Elkhart, Indiana 46514; 41.7381° N, -85.9588° W. 4° W.

  • Beautiful buildings and grounds
  • All sites are full hookups
  • Free wifi
  • Comfort station with restrooms,
    showers and laundry
  • Swimming pool
  • Mini golf course, horseshoe pits, tennis court, and basketball court

Vendor Area

A designated outdoor vendor area will be available near the main building for your shopping convenience.


>> Reservation Information & Cabins

The Elkhart Campground is reserved for our Fall Convention. All campground reservations from September 9-22 are arranged thru GMCMI/Kim. On August 25, 2017 reservation confirmations will be made with the campground. Reservations after that date will be on a first come, first served basis made thru GMCMI/Kim.

You may cancel at any time before August 25, 2017 and receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee. For cancellations after that date, the cancellation fee is $50. If you wish to stay after the Fall Convention, call the Elkhart Campground at 574-264-2914 for reservations. Regular camping rates would be applicable for after the Convention. If you are not bringing a motorhome, the campground has a variety of cabins available. GMCMI attendees receive a 10% discount on these units. Call the campground at 574-264-2914 .


>> Request for Mini Technical Session Presenters

The Mini-Tech Sessions have been received with great success. They consist of 15-20 minute tech/informational sessions that feature one thing that the presenter wishes to share. What is that one thing that you may wish to share? No formal powerpoint presentation or handout required. Please contact Kim at 612-501-4600 or via email at .


>> Happenings at the Convention

Let's Get Physical logo

“Lets Get Physical” Ladies Luncheon

The Greater Midwest Classic’s will be hosting the Ladies Social in Elkhart, Indiana. So ladies, don your leg warmers, neon headband and wristbands, workout clothes, Farrah Fawcett hair styles, and Richard Simmons craziness. Warm up suits can be worn by those who don’t have the figure of an Olivia Newton-John or you can just come and enjoy a relaxing time with the “ladies” while we enjoy a menu from 1982 and share our favorite TV shows, movies, and music from that year. Please do plan to attend.

GMC Part Exchange, Craft & Flea Market
Bring those no longer needed items to sell! Also, we enjoy seeing and purchasing those lovely things you make.

Welcome GMC Chapters!
We welcome the following chapters that are utilizing the GMCMI Convention as their rally. They are the GMC Eastern States, GMC Great Lakers, GMC Heritage Cruisers and the GMC Midwest Classic chapters.

Pineblock Derby
Get those GMC’s racers ready for the GMCMI Pineblock Derby! For GMCMI Pineblock Derby Rules go to gmcmi.com/gmcmi-pineblock-derby/. Unfortunately, we are currently out of derby racer kits. They are in the process of being produced.

“She Shed” – Blankets & Crafts
The blankets are easy to do. You don’t even have to sew! Just bring one yard of plain fleece and one yard of printed fleece and your scissors. The blankets are donated to a local charity. And what can I say about the crafts? We have changed the format of crafts to be a “social event”. We come together, talk, make crafts, etc. If any of you ladies have a craft or “show how” you would like to share, please contact Kim at 612-501-4600 or via email at .

Skip Newhouse Memorial Food Drive
Please bring non-perishable food items and paper products which will be donated to a local charity.

Book Exchange & Bookworms
Remember to bring your books, tapes and dvds for the Book Exchange held each morning.
Also, bring your favorite book and share it at the “Bookworms and their Diet” session. Click here for previous lists.

Tech & Non-Tech Sessions
We have a couple of sessions open, just in case you have an idea or session you would wish to lead, please contact Kim at 612-501-4600 or via email at .

Unable to Attend the Entire Convention
Not a problem! Please contact Kim at 612-501-4600 or via email at .


>> Organized Tour – Reservations Required

Band Instrument Capital Of The World
Along with being known as the RV Capital Of The World, Elkhart is also known as the Band Instrument Capital of the World. If you played a clarinet, flute, saxophone, or any other sort of instrument while growing up, chances are your instrument came from this community.

A tour of the Conn-Selmer factory has been arranged and will leave the grounds at 9:30 am on Friday, September 15. There is no cost for the tour. Pre-registration is required. Please reserve your spot on the registration form. Maximum 50. Click here to visit their website.


>> Special GMCMI Fall Convention Offer!

Custom Designed GMC Motorhome Fire Rings
From now until the end of August, we are offering to deliver any prepaid orders to the GMC Motorhome rally in Elkhart Indiana for a $25.00 delivery fee. Orders must be in by August 31st.

12″ high – 2 piece unit (for easier storage-50 lbs.) $230.00
12″ high – 1 piece unit  (50 lbs.) $220.00
9″ high – 1 piece unit designed to fit the spare tire (45 lbs.) $210.00
Note: No hardware supplied for mounting-less expensive for you to decide how to mount and buy locally.

Contact information: Brooks Metal Working | (814)-380-6504 | accepts PayPal
Please leave a message if no answer and Mr. Brooks will return your call.


>> Event after the Convention

Mennonite Relief Sale & Quilt Auction
Goshen, Indiana | September 22-23, 2017
View hundreds of quilts, antiques and miscellaneous craft items for sale and auction plus dozens of tents filled with handcrafts and housewares and a garage sale. Click here for more information.


>> Area Information

Elkhart, IndianaOne Destination, Endless Possibilities!

Elkhart, Indiana is located in Elkhart County which is the home to the world’s largest concentration of RV-related manufacturers, outlets, and service providers in the country. In fact, more than 80 percent of the nation’s recreational vehicles are made there. The “RV Capital” is right in the center of Northern Indiana’s Amish Country, one of the Midwest’s most popular cultural attractions. Go to amishcountry.org to view and/or request your guide.

RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum
The museum displays trailers, photos, and memorabilia reaching back to the 1920’s and 1930’s and is open to the public. The museum presents chronological and technological advancements in the industry from before WWI to the present. For hours and additional information go to: rvmhhalloffame.org.

Downtown Elkhart
Visit the outdoor cafe or a microbrewery, tour one (or all four!) National Midwest Museum of American Art, Albert R. Beardsley House, Hall of Heros (Super Hero) Museum, New York Centrail Railroad Museum, and Ruthmere Museum. They are all close and connected through the Garden, RiverWalk and A&E Districts along Elkhart’s Gateway Mile. For more information go to: amishcountry.org.


>> Tentative Schedule

Wednesday| September 13 | pre-convention
2:00 pm           Early Arrival & Registration Opens

Thursday | September 14 | pre-convention
7:30 am           Morning Coffee and Donuts
9:00 am           Early Arrival & Registration Opens
7:30 pm           Ice Cream Social

Friday | September 15
7:30 am           Morning Coffee and Donuts
9:00 am           GMCMI Arrival & Registration Opens
9:30 am           Conn-Selmer Tour Leaves
1:00 pm           Choir Practice for Sunday Worship Service
2:00 pm           Early Bird Tech Session
3:15 pm           First-Timers Meeting – All Members Welcome
4:30 pm           Craft Coordinators’ Meeting
5:15 pm           Welcome Meeting
6:30 pm           Catered Meal followed by Entertainment

Saturday | September 16
7:30 am           Morning Coffee, Donuts, Waffles, Bagels, English Muffins, Oatmeal, Juice & Fruit
7:30 am           Book Exchange
8:30 am           Announcements/Daily Drawings
9:00 am           Morning Tech & Non-Tech Sessions
1:30 pm           Afternoon Tech & Non-Tech Sessions
6:00 pm           GMC Great Lakers Get-together
7:30 pm           Ice Cream Social

Sunday | September 17
7:30 am           Morning Coffee, Donuts, Waffles, Bagels, English Muffins, Oatmeal, Juice & Fruit
7:30 am           Omelets-to-Order
7:30 am           Book Exchange
8:30 am           Announcements/Daily Drawings
9:00 am           Worship Service
10:30 am         Morning Tech & Non-Tech Sessions
1:00 pm           GMC Parts Exchange, Craft & Flea Market
3:00 pm           GMC Motorhome Open House Tour
6:00 pm           GMC Heritage Cruisers Get-together
6:00 pm           GMC Midwest Classic Get-together

Monday | September 18
7:30 am           Morning Coffee, Donuts, Waffles, Bagels, English Muffins, Oatmeal, Juice & Fruit
7:30 am           Book Exchange
7:30 am           Pineblock Derby Weigh-in
8:30 am           Announcements/Daily Drawings
9:00 am           Morning Tech & Non-Tech Sessions
12:00 pm         “Let’s Get Physical” Ladies Luncheon
12:00 pm         Chili for the Men
1:00 pm           Afternoon Tech & Non-Tech Sessions
6:00 pm           GMC Eastern States Get-together
7:30 pm           Ice Cream Social
8:15 pm           Pineblock Derby Races

Tuesday | September 19
7:30 am           Morning Coffee, Donuts, Waffles, Bagels, English Muffins, Oatmeal, Juice & Fruit
7:30 am           Book Exchange
8:30 am           Announcements/Daily Drawings
9:00 am           Morning Tech & Non-Tech Sessions
12:00 pm         Lunch provided
3:00 pm           Afternoon Tech & Non-Tech Session
4:15 pm           GMCMI Regional Member Meetings
5:30 pm           Catered Meal followed by Show ’n Tell

Wednesday | September 20
7:30 am           Morning Coffee, Donuts, Waffles, Bagels, English Muffins, Oatmeal, Juice & Fruit
9:00 am           Morning Tech & Non-Tech Sessions
11:00 am         GMCMI Membership Meeting
12:30 pm         Luncheon and Raffle

Thursday | September 21
11:00 am         Campground Checkout – Convention Ends – Have A Safe Trip Home!


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