Route 66 Mopar Club History

This club originated in Joplin, Missouri in April of 1999. It was started by three men with a common interest in MOPARS which initiated the forming of an area club by Ivan Hussong (president), Tom Rhinehart (treasurer), and Jack Berry. Jack Berry assumed the position of President and expanded its membership area beyond the original boundaries with meeting sites moving to Clever, Billings, Aurora, and then residing in Springfield, MO. Membership grew to around 100 members as the club had no requirement of dues. 

In 2003 Steve Brown was elected President establishing structure with emphasis on growing membership while following the club’s mission statement. While not campaigning for the position, Steve has been re-elected several times by vote and request of the membership. With his wife Tamie, dedicated club officers and members, the roster has grown from the "Dirty Dozen" to eighty-four with approximately thirty charter members attending the monthly meetings as of the club’s 15th Anniversary year. Club activities have gone beyond just gathering to eat out, to monthly summer cruises by the Activities Director, Jon Wessel (2013-2016), including attending selected car shows as a club,  the club’s Annual Car Show and Christmas Party.

The creation of a club internet web page was started by Julie Thomas, passing it on to Ian Bond and then Stephan John, which has been a valuable tool for communication and recruitment. In 2010 the addition of a Facebook club page was started by Mitch Williams and has attracted over 200 followers. All newsletters were mailed hard copy until the club’s Secretary Becky Alexander started sending them by email. Now only a few are sent by USPS mail. As a non-profit organization, Treasurer Karen Vejraska (2011 - 2015), kept the club’s operating finances in order so that events like the annual car show could be possible.

The club has at times been international with members from all over including Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Maryland, Arkansas, Illinois, and Canada. 

Our Annual Car Show raises money for local charities. Some of the charities that have benefited are: Alzheimer’s, HIS Children’s Camp, Gearhead Ministries, Child Advocacy Center, Camp Barnabus, Lost and Found, Isabel’s House, Ozark Food Harvest’ Mobile Food Pantry, Children’s Miracle Network, Harmony House, Branson’s Christian Action Ministries, and Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

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President
Ivan Hussong-1999
Jack Berry
Steve Brown-2003

Vice-President
none-1999
Tom Rhinehart
Ray Marks
Dennis Jackson-2012
Clifton Gladden-2015

Treasurer
Tom Rhinehart-1999
Julie Thomas
Michelle Cornell
Karen Vejraska-2011
Marcia Sanders-2016

Secretary
Julie Thomas
Jennifer Duggee
Tamie Brown
Becky Alexander-2006

Activities Director
Jerry Brooks
Randy Thomas
Mitch Williams
Tony Thomas
Jon Wessel-2013
Greg & Scheryl Larimore-2017

Internet Web Page
Julie Thomas
Michael Thomas
Ian Bond
Stephan John-2009
Stephan John/Alan Kloehn-2014

Facebook Page
Mitch Williams-2010
Alan Kloehn-2012

   

Club Mission Statement

 This club residing in Springfield, Missouri promotes camaraderie of its members,
having fun and enjoying all cars and trucks manufactured by or sold

by the Chrysler Corporation while benefiting our community and worthy charities.