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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:49 pm 
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People have requested that we hold our monthly meetings in different areas, so... where would you like to meet? I think ideas from the masses would be a good approach. If we get enough places and enough people are willing, we can switch it up every month and that way maybe one meeting you won't have to go as far. :wink: Yes? No?

For the benefit of everyone let's try to make the location close to a main road, intersection, highway, or interstate... and not out in the sticks. What may be easy for you to find may not be for someone else.

Right now, we have our location in Arlington Heights (Garibaldi's) that we've been using. The manager knows we've been coming for the past couple of meetings and after talking to her for awhile last time about LOST and what we're doing, she thinks it's a great idea that we hold our meetings there. If nothing else, this can always be a default location since it's somewhat centralized.

Someone mentioned Busse Woods once - that's right off of I-90 at the intersection of Arlington Heights Rd. and Higgins (rt 72). Great picnic area - would be especially nice this coming spring/summer.

We're also open to hosting at our place - we have a pretty big back yard, and are not opposed to grilling. 8) We're within a mile or so of I-90 and Rt. 31 in Elgin.

What are some other suggestions?

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any of those are good for me, all those places you mention are within an hour from woodridge

papa's pizza is always great eats when ya want to have a pizza chowdown at someones house and don't want to or can't grill

got a papa's in elgin/arlington?

we can always shift it around once we have a list of places so that certain people aren't always having to make the long drive every meeting, as long as i don't have prior engagements and it's within a tank of gas, i plan to be there every time i can

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Nope - got on their website. Just the one in Woodridge, it looks like. That's okay - I'm not opposed to going there either. :D

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or i could just pick up pizza on the way then throw them in a warm oven for 5-10 mins or somethin to get them good and hot again

of course there might be one of those 5 star pizza take outs there too, i don't have alot of food expeirence in IL, i just know I dream about papa's pizza's mamas special , and noodles and company all the time

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yuppers pod cast my idea.... have better one...lets rotate locations around the primary membership group and try to make the next meeting by a dealership (or ships) ...and we approach the dealerships in that area and give them an ad package... maybe the may meeting the one in april, since it is the third sunday we have time to approach zeigler schaumburg, advantage des plaines and arlington jeep...think those are the three closest there....In may select another area northwest, inner chicago, or southwest and pick three dealerships there to work on.. this should get me a few more votes for vp marketing...lol

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I was going to suggest Busse Woods as well. It's easy to get to from all directions and pretty close to where you're holding meetings now. But I'm almost positive all picnic permits have been granted. That's usually the case by now. I could be wrong. Regardless, that shouldn't deter us from meeting there. We might not have access to a pavilion and or grill site but that shouldn't stop us from bringing in prepared food (KFC, Subway, pizza, etc) for a get together.

And what about that place in Crystal Lake where many of you have wheeled? My nephew told me about it and I've been wanting to check it out.

As for Jeep dealerships, don't forget they're all closed on Sundays. Speaking of which, once the construction season begins (late April, early May), I for one will be working Saturday's generally until 12:00 noon. Not sure if other's work Saturdays?

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As for Jeep dealerships, don't forget they're all closed on Sundays.


I was going to say the same thing. It would still be great to congregate on those Sundays and get a game plan together for the following month... a plan that we can each carry out in our own neighborhoods. We'd cover a wider area that way too.

We could bring our own lists of dealers/shops we'd like to go to in the communities near us, yes?

And as for the place in Crystal Lake, we have talked about meeting up at the restaurant near there (Little John's on Rt. 31 & Rt. 176) for a meeting, and then breaking for some time on the trails. It should be relatively dry outside though in order to do it.

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I'm not opposed to going to the fountains - but I think it would have to be a separate event aside from the meeting.

Tight quarters there not really meant for large caravans... maybe 3 - 4 vehicles tops at a time.

Plus it's not an 'official' park and as such we shouldn't really go out of the way to attach it to our meetings.

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let me clarify...if we plan the meeting location one month or more in advance we can approach all locale establishments and post our literature on their boards prior to the meeting...dealerships getting our main folder/binder ( I have a plastic spine binding machine)...Since dealerships are closed on sundays we can get their employees and salespeople to come (if they are off) this way they get to meet us and see what experiences we have had and use those as a sales tool...to selll more jeeps... in fact when we give the dealerships our package we should include several copies of a brochure they can hand out to their customers to promote our group......

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overclocked wrote:
use those as a sales tool


I'm down with handing out literature and promoting the group, but I think bringing the sales staff into the mindset of using our group as a sales tool is not a wise move.

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That sounds doable, with enough notice like you suggested. We'd have to see who would/could be available on a day other than Sunday. Definitely connect with lionseye... she's got some good ideas working in addition to yours

Someone should start a marketing thread to keep this one OT. :lol:

x2 on the smaller group for a run in Crystal Lake.

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callaway can you clarify the negative of having a sales person come in to our meeting and see what a jeep can do by our examples, then telling customers what they can do with it or telling the customers about us?

Can lionseye join me on the marketing thread and give up her ideas so we can all muddle through them...'
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callaway can you clarify the negative of having a sales person come in to our meeting and see what a jeep can do by our examples, then telling customers what they can do with it or telling the customers about us?


If you can get someone to come to the meeting more power to you - I'm saying not to push the issue that they use the LOST group as a form of selling cars. We're not an affiliate of Jeep or Chrysler and using the group as such could potentially put the group as well as the dealership in a pickle.

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overclocked wrote:
Can lionseye join me on the marketing thread and give up her ideas so we can all muddle through them...'


Here's a start... http://www.lostjeeps.com/forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=41515

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I'm going to throw somethin out here for overclocked and whoever else to run around along with their other ideas

If you want L.O.S.T PR and Visibility plus helping the community

perhaps should talk something like this over with the forum owners and what not, i don't know what we can do as far as cause support without permission

This is a family friendly site, most of us hold in high regard 'Tread Lightly' aspects and enviro concious ideals like take off the trail more than you brought in, keeping trails clean and what not. Such ideals show a certain level of personal responsibility and what not. I'm sure I'm sidetrackin a bit here's what I was thinkin

We've done things like Lost for tots or somethin along that lines which is a great cause and there are plenty of other causes we could show support for as well, just off the top of my head theres

Take back the night - and their anual/bianual parades and such, they support several colored ribbon awareness folks, such as rape or sexual abuse, chrons disease, breast cancer, domestic violence and other civic awareness causes

after I move my gf gets the entire passenger side of my vehicle, center front bumper to center rear bumper, to do whatever she wants visibility wise for TBTN or any other cause even if it means i have to take it to get airbrushed

theres countless childrens causes too that could be supported by simplying cosponsoring a cookout, meet and greet sort of thing with flyers for the cause

should something like that be of interest to be organized later on in the future, let me know, i know several of the IL chairs for a couple of the orgs personally

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callaway wrote:
We're not an affiliate of Jeep or Chrysler and using the group as such could potentially put the group as well as the dealership in a pickle.


This is very true. We don't want to put the group or LOST in general in jeopardy. Not worth it to me.

Great idea, but maybe gear it more for the local shops and such instead of targeting the dealers as much. And getting involved in the community as a group couldn't hurt either.

Ann and I took part in GLJT's Toys for Tots last December - that's a fantastic way to get our name out there. :D

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good comment callaway...on our brochure i will make a legal statement of sorts ie not affiliated, not responsible for personal damage, etc

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Working in dealerships before I know where most of your brochures will end up at. You may find some that are receptive to your ideas and let you leave some things but most will not take the time. Getting a salesman to come to a meeting on his day off, not going to happen unless he is a died in the wool Jeep fanatic.

Not being negative here, :wink: just been around Jeeps/dealerships/4WD shops/ clubs for 30 years.

Dealing with smaller mom and pop repair shops where other Jeep owners deal at will get you a lot more than most any dealerships. They will be a lot more open to you after they see you out and about in the community helping put on runs/raising money for organizations etc also. Lots of clubs come and go every year and places get burnt out after a while with new people coming in all the time and saying we are the best there is! :wink:

Also like was mentioned have to watch how things are worded and also what you say going in to someplace like that .

OH You do know that LOSTKJs was pictured and mentioned in the 2006 Jeep Liberty Brochure don't you? Could use that as an in at some places :wink:

Now I will go back to my side of the world :wink:

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OH You do know that LOSTKJs was pictured and mentioned in the 2006 Jeep Liberty Brochure don't you? Could use that as an in at some places :wink:


Blast from the past :P

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