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The Windy City Explorer Club
Established in 1997 as a social club, an outlet for information about maintaining Ford Explorers, The Explorer Club was born. It was the idea of Gerald Riley and Tony Wheatley, who wanted to get together with other Ford Explorer owners amd 'ride out' and 'kick-it' with each other. At that time the club was all social and, as they say, 'just something to do.'
The club reorganized in July 1998 with the two founders and formed The Windy City Explorer Club. Elections were held, officers elected, dues established, by-laws and a constitution written. The club also has registered with the Secretary of State as a not-for-profit organization with the Illinois Dept. of Revenue and the IRS. We are, as they say, 'too legal to quit.'
At the time of its inception the club could boast some 15-20 members all driving various types of Ford Explorers. Today the club can boast up to 50 members dedicated to the percepts of the club. Our membership is drawn from people throughout the Chicagoland area. Many of the membership are professionals and others who own their own businesses. We are proud of the diversity of the membership and look forward to adding to that diversity.
The club is the same, however, the way we view ourselves isn't. Although we continue to get together and 'kick-it' and 'ride-out' we are now about the business of lending a hand to those less fortunate than ourselves. We've gotten involved with the 'Feed a Neighbor Program,' 'Toys for Tots,' 'WTTW membership drive,' 'NAACP Tag Day' and other causes in and around Chicagoland. The club also participated in the following parades: The International F. & A. M. Masons, O.E.S. and Human Needs Center, Robbins Back to School Parade, Paul J. Hall Back to School Parade and the Toys for Tots Parade. The club has also participated in picnics sponsored by various car clubs such as: The Monte Carlo Club, The Mustang Club, The 1500 Club, The Bonneville Club, and The Camaro Club.
The goal of The Windy City Explorer Club is to act in a responsible manner, participate in civic, social, and charitable events uplifting those that are of low self-esteem.
Our short term goals are to participate in the WTTW membership drive, The Marshall Field Christmas Parade, the distribution of toys in the Toys for Tots Parade and to sponsor our first social fundraiser of the year.
Our long term goals could be defined as a wish list, however, we are making these wishes come true: to sponsor and mentor the Marshall Lindsey Dance Troup and Harper Percussion Section, establish a scholarship fund for the continuing education, to participate in voter registration drives and aid and support those organizations that uplift the human spirit.
We welcome any and all businesses major and small to become our sponsor. Currently our sponsor is Olympia Fields Ford and we appreciate all the work and support they've given us in helping us reach our goals long and short term.
To become a member or a sponsor of The Windy City Explorer Club, dial the number at the top of the page or fax us, or drop a line to the address above or through email. Remember, to become a member, you must own a Ford Explorer.
Thank you and lets explore the world in the Windy City Explorer Club.