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February 2019 #1 
• Member Memorial • 
... Member News ...
It seems this has been a tough start for the club and our families. 
I have received word that two more members of the car community have passed.

Phil Allen
Phil, another member of the Rhody Cruisers passed away Jan 22, this year.
He has not been active for a few years due to diabetes.
He had a Black 1936 Ford slant back.
-- I don't have a picture of Phil or his car. If you have one, please send it, and I will publish it. 

Gary Streit
Gary was a great enthusiast, and attended all the Rhody Days and Wings & Wheels car shows with his shiny red Triumph, winning best Foreign Car one year. Gary was a member of Central Oregon Coast British Car Club, and a good friend of Sandy Coyne.
He Passed at his home in Texas.

Wings and Wheels Update... 
Ross Kronert, a Rhody Cruiser, will speak at the A&W Meeting this Thursday. Ross will be taking over the Wings and Wheels Car Show for Mike Groshong. Ross will bring us up to speed, and answer any questions we may have. 
Before coming to Florence, Ross was the Executive Producer of the 'Cruise for a Cause' Show in Southern California, a 3,500 car one day show. You know Ross from his huge '36 Dodge flat bed truck.

Mike Groshong

It is my sad duty to report the passing of one of the Car Communitie's SuperStars. Our good friend Mike Groshong passed away at Riverbend Hospital on Saturday, 1/19/2019. Mike could be seen announcing Winners and Parades, promoting events and selling Burgers for the Lions Club. Mike was the Producer of the Wings & Wheels Car Show, and was an unforgettable Rhody Cruiser. 
A Memorial for Mike Groshong to be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 (which is Mike's Birthday) at 1 p.m. at the Florence Elks Lodge.
Mike Branson  Passed in December. 
I will always remember Mike for his chopped "La Bomba" LedSled and terrible straw hat. You will remember, he traded La Bomba for the Hillary Van and a very nice Pickup. 
Photo Wings & Wheels 2015
I have been in contact with Hank Leach, VP Oregon Coast British Car Club. He suggested that Rhody Cruisers and Oregon Coast British Car Club could have a joint memorial for Mike Groshong, Mike Branson, and Mert Beebe.
Any Thoughts or suggestions?

(Update) Mert Beebe:  On February 9th our dear friend Mert Beebe would have turned 84. I also have to report that his wife, Chris passed this week also. Obviously there will be no celebration of life for Mert, as previously planned for February.  I will hopefully have further details, but for now we morn her passing. -- Hank Leach, VP Oregon Coast British Car Club.
In addition to his stunning 55 Chevy, Mert also owned this beautiful MG B with a Chevy V6.
••• Upcoming Car Shows •••
Click on the following links to "Hot Rod Calendar" at

Salem Roadster Show

Date:February 16th & 17th, 2019
Time:See Information
Location:Salem, Oregon 
Oregon State Fairgrounds

63rd Annual Portland Roadster Show
.... Date: March 15th - 17th, 2019

Activities Committee...
I'm still thinking that the Rhody Cruisers club could use a management upgrade, and give members the opportunity get your hands dirty.

Back in the day, we had an activities committee(old story here).
I propose we restore that program, or some variation, once again. Sometime soon, we should setup a committee meeting. Someplace quiet. We need to consider:  • Membership • Events • Social Issues • Car Show Calendar  • Anyone with an interest is encouraged to attend. Your opinions and suggestions are important. Lets setup a time and place.
Next: Rhody Cruise-In
Join us at the A&W for the legendary Cruise-In and club meeting.

WHEN: February 7, 2019 THURSDAY!
WHERE: A&W Root Beer.
Highway 101, Florence OR

TIME: 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Rain or shine... Hot Rods or Drivers. 

Order your Genuine Rhody Cruisers Gear. (Members Only)

SPECIAL DEAL: A&W is pleased to Host the Rhody Cruisers, with a Dinner Special.
... All Menu Combo Items Only $5.00

New 50/50: Winner Every Meeting

WHEN: First Thursday! ....February 7, 2019 THURSDAY!

Come and Hang out. Everyone Welcome.
Comments about this? email Gary at
Coffee Cruise • Every Thursday AM
The Thursday AM Coffee Cruise is a Big Success. It is attended by many members for Coffee, muffins and cookies. Before and after coffee it turns into a Stand-Around, lookin at cars and talking. Get the latest on events and projects.
Its a nice way to start your Weekend.

This is a Weekly Event.
EVERY Thursday 
9:00 AM Rain or Shine. 

Old Town Coffee Company
On Bay Street behind BJ's IceCream. 
Thanx to Ken Phillips and friends for setting this up. ...See You There!!
Cheers! ... To the Rhody Cruisers 2018
For an enhanced tour,
click the blue links

The Rhody Cruisers had a busy 2018.

We attended dozens of Car Shows, bringing Glory and Booty to our humble group. We quickly organized a Stand-Around Show for visiting guests in June. We helped with Wings & Wheels, and made a major contribution to Rods 'N Rhodies. We participated in the Rhody Days Parade, and paraded to honor our Veterans last month. Together we brought in donations of Christmas Joy for those in need. We paid our respect to those folks being cared for at Spruce Point and Shorewood Living. I am very proud of our little club, and look forward to another year of community support, good times, and good friends. One of the best things we do is to meet monthly, and toss around ideas about upcoming events. Our around-the-room discussions are fabulous. Many thanks for that go to ...Ann, and the great staff at the A&W. 
Please comment and make suggestions ...
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