Who Are We and What Do We Do?
The Penquis Cruizers was formed in the spring of 1989 when four local couples got together to talk about the possibility of forming a club. The club was named, a date was set, and notification of the first official meeting was made in the newspapers. Within a month or two, the group had grown to about fifteen families!
Over the years the group has been involved in a variety of activities – car washes, raffles, food sales, rallies, cruises, area parades, and car shows to name a few. The membership has grown. We topped out at 70 newsletters sent to members statewide! While the Milo-Brownville area is still “home” to the Cruizers, there are members from the Millinocket, Lincoln, and Bangor areas as well as several members from the Presque Isle area. Newsletters have been sent to New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida to keep members in touch with the club’s activities and the club continues to have out of state members.
While members are promised at least six newsletters a year for their $15 family membership, some years there are more. Each newsletter during the spring, summer and fall includes the most up to date calendar of area automotive events that is available. Members are also given a link to a statewide calendar of events.
For twenty-one years the club sponsored an annual Cruize-In. This event was held at the JSI Store Fixtures parking lot on a Sunday near the end of June for eighteen of the last nineteen years and brought between 80 and 100 vehicles to the Milo area every year. People came from near and far to show off their favorite rides, talk with old friends, make some new friends, and enjoy the activities. This was the club’s major fundraiser each year and a portion of the profits from the event was given to local charities. 2010 was the last year the Cruizers sponsored the car show. Since then a similar show has been held in Dover-Foxcroft on the last Sunday in June and you’ll find lots of Cruizers there either working at the event or enjoying the show.
The group’s meetings generally consist of a winter meeting at an area restaurant (or two!), a “Cabin Fever Reliever” in March, attendance at car shows and cruises to area restaurants during the summer, a fall cruise in late September/early October, and the annual meeting/Christmas party in early December.
What do you need to join the Cruizers? 15 bucks, an interest in cars, and a mailing address. All are welcome!