Been "H"appening 07/27/03
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
everyone knows, our annual poker run was a great success.
The weatherman held out for us, the good Lord cooperated with
us and we had some decent weather. A little warm and humid,
a bit of overcast, nonetheless, quite acceptable weather. We
started out in Carol Stream at the corners of Army Trail road.
The route consisted of about 105 miles of good back road riding.
The ending point was at Medinah park district where all of the real
shenanigans began. Naturally, the food was great, and cooked to
perfection. Our cooks consisted of Jose & Ana Delvalle, wild
Bill LoBianco, fast Eddie Bowser major Dan Harris and general Tony
Guptaitis who did a great job behind the coals of the cook
mister. Those guys also participated in the helping hand of set
ups at the park district.
was handled by Pat Ciston, Erin Jones, captain Kirk Huot, trusty
Bruce Hirsch, Kurt Bonus, JoAnn Scalpone, Lori Gyurnek, Debbie Pahlke,
and Helen Priester. Those people did a great job in keeping
the lines moving as quickly as possible.
Pat Ciston was
also responsible for getting out all of the correspondence pertaining
to our poker run. She also is the treasurer and handles all of
our funds, great job well done.
director Russ Densmore and his wife Wanda did an excellent job of score
keepers and handled all the cards in determining 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
place winners. Excellent job!!
ole Joel Gyurnek, who actually put the route together, did a great
job. Many have told me that they really enjoyed this wild and
squirrelly route. Joel was also instrumental in setting up at the
end, obtaining the tents and by enlarge, keeping me in line and under
control. No goldwing scuffle today.
Ken Archibald & his wife Analea, did a superior job in setting up
at the end, getting the tables, grills and food and also coordinating
all of the cooking and maintaining vigilance on our cooking
procedures. Ken also did allow us to use his power speakers (P.A.
SYSTEM) for announcing at the end of our poker run.
The others who
did help at the end in setting up were, smiley John Francis, Ken &
Analea, Robert Sample, and major Dan Harris and general Tony Guptaitis
and Kurt Bonus.
traffic was handled very well by none other than, Fast Eddie Bowser,
jumpin Joe Hughes, lucky Larry Greco, Rick Williams, gentleman George
Riebesehl, doctor Cary Levin, and rovin Robert Sample.
also did perform one more very significant item along with Bob Ciston,
they both did the sweep, a must at all poker runs and left nobody
behind or lost.
To say the
very least, 50/50 was handled by JoAnn Scalpone, Erin Jones and Nancy
Greco who all did a fantastic job. Also the auction table was
handled by Pat, Nancy and JoAnn who made everything go smooth right
down to the wire.
With a helping
hand by Pat and yours truly, Kurt Bonus was doing the M/C for the first
time. With a little help, he sure did a great job.
We had only
one vendor there, it was "Murph's Leathers". They donated all of
the water and set up a tent showing their wares. They were also
instrumental in bring in many riders from their club and
establishment. This chapter rep thanks them very much
in their help and support of our charitable cause.
points were covered by none other than very capable members who went
out of their way of lending their assistance. Shifty Steve &
Sweet pea Cheryl Roberson, who also were responsible for obtaining the
ice, were at the first check point. They were accompanied by
professor Damien Shelton and his wife Karen who were greatly
responsible for obtaining donations and gifts from the dealers.
At the second check point was Dave Arnswald and Gary Wustefeld and his
lovely wife Mary Ann. These folks are seasoned veterans and know
what must be done to make this a very successful and smooth going poker
To each and
everyone of you, you guys did a wonderful job. Your performance
was impeccable. The bottom line for all of your efforts, was all
of these proceeds go to charity, regardless of the time of the
year. Another successful year with another job well done.
I love you all.
Your unruly rep