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Every winter the Pere Marquette State Park plays host to our national bird, the bald eagle. An Interpretive Program Coordinator will be presenting informative programs about these magnificent birds. Visitors will learn the difference between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more! There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational guided drive.

When: Saturday Feb. 03, 2018
Location: 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road), Grafton, IL
(the drive from Alton to Grafton along the Great River Road has great views of the river and bluffs)

The program starts at 8:30 AM, and following the presentation a Park Ranger will give a guided tour looking for bald eagles and other wildlife.
You will drive your Volvo and enjoy the scenery, with some stops along the way!! The drive normally goes until 3:30 PM, but we plan to pull off and meet at the historic Pere Marquette Lodge at 1:00 PM for a fried chicken lunch (or other choices).

We have a limited number of slots for the tour and need your confirmation no later than Jan. 20. Our Volvo group went last year and had a great time. Please RSVP by responding to the club email below and include the number of people that will attending.

If you are planning to attend the Holiday party on January 20th and haven't sent us an RSVP, please do so......

Gateway VCOA Chapter
Official Chapter Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/gatewayvcoa
Contact: [email protected]

2018 Upcoming Events
Club Meetings - first Tuesday of month at 6:30 PM or selected Saturdays at 10:00 AM
Jan. 20 – Sat.- Holiday Party - at Mimi's Café -6:30pm (RSVP Required)
Feb. 3 – Sat. – Eagle Days/ Pere Marquette Lodge Lunch (RSVP Required)
Feb. 6 – Tuesday, 6:30pm – Monthly Meeting- Billy G's Restaurant, Kirkwood, MO.
March 6 - Tuesday – Monthly Meeting TBD
March (TBD) JD Street Oil and Lube/ City Tour / A-B
April 7 – Sat. – Monthly Meeting TBD
April (TBD) – Crown Candy Kitchen/ Camp River Dubois
May 1 - Tuesday – Monthly Meeting TBD
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo parade on Cherokee St. (200 series Volvos invited)
May (TBD) -St. Charles Country drive and Lunch-Winery
June 2 – Saturday - Monthly Meeting- Mimi’s Café
June 15-17- Midsommar 2018 in Lindsborg, Kansas- Hosted by the Heart of America VCOA Chapter
June (TBD) - Route 66/ Cuba Drive & Drive-In Movie Night
July 4 - Wed. – Webster Groves Parade
August -No events
Sept. 4 - Tuesday – Monthly Meeting
Sept. (TBD) – Car Tour and Lincoln Museum- Springfield, IL
Sept. 28-30 -VCOA National Meet – Stratton Mountain, Vermont
Oct. 6 – Sat. – Monthly Meeting
Oct. (TBD) Mid State Meet-Up
Nov. (TBD) IL Drive – Lunch at Eckert's
Nov. 6- Tuesday – Monthly Meeting
Dec. 1 – Sat. – Monthly Meeting
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