June−The IL Indians State Rally was held on June 21-25 at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds, Crescent City, IL. We had 29 units in attendance. On Wednesday following our opening ceremony, everyone was treated to a cookout of hamburgers and pork burgers cooked by the officers. With members bringing side dishes to share, our cookout was complete.
Thursday several members attended the tour at the Incobrasa Industries in Gilman, IL. They are a privately-owned corporation that operates a soybean processing business—trading soybean products in the domestic market. After a brief history on the business, we were shown how they make the bottles that hold the cooking oil, filling, and labeling the bottles. On that day, they were processing oil for Aldi's. We were also showed a new line in which they make the metal cans for oil that will be filled with oil for government use. Everyone attending agreed it was a very informative tour and all of us received a quart of cooking oil.
For lunch, we met at Monical's Pizza in Gilman where everyone enjoyed a delicious meal. In the afternoon, Dr. David Hick of the Cardinal Capers held a very informative seminar on eye care. Also, a craft project was held in which we turned plastic grocery sacks into jumping ropes. The ropes were taken to the Watseka Food Pantry for distribution to families.
For dinner, we encouraged our attendees to patronized local restaurants since many of them give items for our door prizes. Later in the evening, an ice cream social sponsored by Winnebago RV Insurance was enjoyed by everyone followed by a "trivia night" by Dennis Olson, Cardinal Capers.
Some rain came in on Friday morning causing our golf outing to be canceled. The members did have a chance to visit Best Badges, John and Barbara Trent, and browse the book sales. Later in the morning, several people went to the Watseka Food Pantry to help out for a couple of hours. Our state club collects nonperishable food items at every outing and for the past several years also participated in a work day at the pantry at our rally. The members all come back with good feelings in their heart as well as feeling blessed to be able to help.
While the members were gone, the kids' crafts as well as a scavenger hunt took place. Later on, Patrick and Janet Wright, our representatives, conducted a seminar on Winnebago Outdoor Adventures.
That evening, our raffles and silent auctions started before our catered meal followed by our entertainment. Wes Wheeler entertained us with his songs, comedy, hilarious childhood stories, and guitar instrumentals.
Saturday morning started with a French toast breakfast by Little Egypt and their many helpers, followed by the opening of the WIT store and Best Badges vendor. Instead of a craft contest, we invited everyone to exhibit their crafts projects. It was a great success with intentions on doing this again next year.
In the afternoon, the Cardinal Capers lead games for adults as well as the kids. A lot of laughter came from that area of the building, so I would say the games were enjoyed by all. Before dinner, a SkyMed seminar along with wine and snacks was presented by John and Barbara Trent.
After dinner, we were entertained by "Cowboy and Hobo Show." The group consisted of "Cactus Willie," "Boxcar Bob," and "The Drifter." They played older country, classic rock and roll, folk music, and a little bluegrass. Even one our guests from TX joined in on one of their songs with cracking of a bull whip. They have performed across the Rio Grande Valley and in many other venues throughout TX. Everyone agreed our entertainment this year was great!
Our rally ended with coffee and donuts on Sunday and our wishes of safe travels to everyone.
By Christina Crabtree