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Next Club Meeting: 7pm Tuesday August 4 
La Bonne Bouchee
Creve Coeur, MO

August will find us back at our usual spot. Business meeting begins promptly at 7pm. Arrive earlier if you wish to order food beforehand. 






 Tues. Aug. 4 7:00pm Monthly Meeting La Bonne Bouchee
 Sat. Aug. 15 TBD Trip to Fast Lane Cars TBD
Thurs. Sept 3 7:00pm Monthly Meeting La Bonne Bouchee 
 Sat. Sept 196:30am Mid-MO Meet-Up  Drive to Marceline, MO

Mid-Missouri Meet-Up Scheduled for September 19

Many of you may know we do an annual drive to somewhere in Central Missouri to meet our cohorts from the left side of the state (i.e. the Volvo Club of Kansas City). In 2014 we went to the old MO State Pen in Jeff City. The year before that found us at the Clydesdale Breeding Farm in Williamsburg. 

This year we are planning to go to Marceline. Many have likely not heard of Marceline, much less know where it is or why it's famous. Marceline is in north central Missouri, just off of US-36 about 90 minutes west of Hannibal. It's a notable place because Walt Disney spent his formative years there and has said Marceline provided the inspiration for his "Main Street" in Disneyland and Disney World. The town is full of Disney memorabilia, featuring a Walt Disney Hometown Museum. I've been there myself and can attest it is a fascinating place to learn about Disney history.

During our annual Club social event planning session we picked September 19 as the date for our Mid-MO Meet-Up. It turns out that day is the annual "Toon Fest" in Marceline! The organizers of the fest have invited us to roll our Volvos in their parade which kicks off the festival. They will also provide us with prominent parking along Main Street to show off our cars. You can read about Toon Fest here:  Toon Fest  We will also visit and tour the Disney Hometown Museum. 

The VCKC group has already expressed great interest in this jaunt and I hope our club can match their enthusiasm and attendance. 

Marceline is about a 3 hour drive from the STL metro area, which will translate to a 6:15am departure time for those who wish to be in the parade (they want us there to assemble by 9:30am). We'll work out the driving logistics later as the date approaches. 

I hope you can join us on this trip. Please RSVP by AUGUST 15 so that we can get our count in to the parade organizers.

Results and Photos

We are the St. Louis-area chapter of the Volvo Club of America (VCOA). The club's purpose is to engage area Volvo owners in activities to promote the enjoyment of owning and driving Volvo cars of all ages. 


2015 Midsommar Meet Brings in Volvo Owners

Midsommar Meet was held in Hannibal over the weekend of June 12-14. Fifty cars and over 60 persons attended the meet. The meet was a huge success! Click on the following links to see pictures and videos (all links will open a new window):

NEW! Pay Your Dues Electronically

Annual Membership Dues can now be paid securely via PayPal using the button below. Dues are $20 per calendar year and are used to provide funding for club events, such as the  2015 Midsommar Meet in June.


Volvo Heritage Medallions Now Available
Chapter member Piotr Kornacki has been awarded two Volvo Heritage Medallions (25 years of ownership and 200,000 miles). Congrats, Piotr!
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