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Kansas City, MO
United States of America

Welcome to the Heart of America Chapter of VCOA.  We are a group of Volvo enthusiasts that reside in the heartland of America.

Club Events


6th Annual Mid Missouri Meet-Up
Oct
27
7:30 AM07:30

6th Annual Mid Missouri Meet-Up

  • National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Get out your calendars; arrange (or re-arrange) your schedule, and get ready for another Road Trip and joint venture with your fellow Volvo enthusiasts from the Gateway Chapter of VCOA.

Saturday, October 27th will find us rendezvousing with our counterparts from the eastern shore of the state in lovely Fulton, Missouri at the historic National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College.  https://www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/about-the-winston-churchill-museum.html

Our group will take a tour of the facilities and soak up the history and significance of the site.   St. Mary’s Church was designed by Christopher Wren in 1677, destroyed during the bombing of London in 1941 during World War II, and then reconstructed using 7000+  original stones moved to Fulton in 1964.  Assembly completed in 1969.   Westminster College is where Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946.  In 1990 a sculpture known as the “Break Through” incorporating original panels of the Berlin Wall was added to the site.

Following our tour, we will then proceed to the Fulton Café for a casual and modestly priced gourmet luncheon.  If you doubt me, check the menu on their web page!  https://www.mkt.com/fulton-cafe-llc 

Following that culinary delight, we will adjourn to the nearby Auto World Museum https://www.autoworldmuseum.com/ for a tour of that collection of vehicles of some significance – perhaps lobbying for the addition of a Volvo or two in the process.

I encourage you to explore the above web pages for more detailed information.  If you, your spouse, or your children are “History Buffs” this is a great opportunity!

Here is the schedule of events for those of us traveling east:

  • 7:30 am – Meet at the McDonald’s restaurant on Todd George Road just north of highway US 50 on the east side of Lee’s Summit.  Breakfast on your own.

  • 8:00 am – Depart for Fulton – approximately 150 miles and 3 hours away (with a “comfort” stop at a gasoline station in Sedalia along the way.)

  • 11:00 am – Arrive at Westminster College, purchase tour tickets and commence the tour.

Admission to the Churchill Museum costs:  $8.50 Adult.  $7.50 Senior.   $6.50 Children under 18.

  •  12:30 pm ± - Depart for the Fulton Café and lunch.

  • 2:30 pm – Depart for the Auto World Museum.  Admission to the Museum is at the $6.00 “Group Rate”

 No set time for the end of the day or any organized convoy to return to the KC Metro area. Easy access to I-70, about 5 miles north from Auto World, for those who may wish to use the Interstate Highway system.

Please respond with an RSVP to Phil Turner  turtle544@att.net  if you are going to participate and how many will be in your party.

Note:  If you do not wish to travel with the group, you can meet with the other participants at the parking lot of St. Mary’s Church on the campus of Westminster College, 501 Westminster Avenue, Fulton, MO 65251 at 11:00 am.

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Aug
11
8:30 AM08:30

Junkyard Scramble

Join KC's junkyard guru, Brandon Porter, for a tour of some of the metro's junkyards to see their Volvo offerings. Meet at the Panera in Independence, MO (18800 E US Hwy 40at 8:30 am and then we'll head out to our first junkyard at 9 am. All-n-1 (2408 Blue Ridge Blvd, KCMO) will be our first stop of the day, and we'll move on to one or two more nearby yards depending on their inventory at the time. We will take a look at volvo inventory as well as other interesting cars that we can find. 

Junkyard admission is $2 per person at each yard and it is recommended that you carpool if possible. The parking lots get crowded on weekends with lots of potholes (that way you have to buy whatever parts fell off in the potholes). If you have a low car with fragile bumpers or splitters it might be best to carpool. 

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Cinco de Mayo Road Trip
May
5
8:30 AM08:30

Cinco de Mayo Road Trip

A while back, the “Bring A Trailer” web site featured a You Tube Video showcasing Shane Ashelford and his collection of Volvo’s up by Bellevue, Nebraska (just south of Omaha).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=timvAkX_CEw

To make things even better, Shane operates one of the best Mexican Restaurants in the Midwest, The Lil Burro http://lilburro.net/  - which makes a Volvo Club of Kansas City Road Trip on May 5th even more logical!

Shane has agreed to meet us at the “Lil Burro” at noon on Saturday, “Cinco de Mayo” and after we eat lunch, guide us to his “museum” in nearby Glenwood, Iowa and give us the full tour of his collection of restored Volvo’s and brief us on the process he has for finding and restoring this “eclectic mix” of our favorite brand of automobiles.

Bellevue, Nebraska is approximately 180 miles north of Kansas City just off Interstate 29. About a 3 hour drive

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Apr
28
9:30 AM09:30

Cars & Coffee

Plan is to meet at 8 am at Stillwell Gas Station at 199th and Metcalf, so we can drive in together and park together.  We will then caravan back towards KC for breakfast at Corner Bakery.  

  • 9:30 am-breakfast
  • Corner Bakery 
  • 6721 W. 135th Street
  • Overland Park, KS.  66224

 

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Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

Heart of America Chapter Meeting

  • Premier Volvo Cars of Overland Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will be introduced to the new GM of the dealership, hear plans for the dealership renovation, tour the dealership, and present our 2018 club calendar.  Pizza will be provided by the chapter.  An offering for lunch would be appreciated.  Also, Hear plans for our Regional Volvo event in Lindsborg KS June 15-17!

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Nov
11
9:30 AM09:30

Heart of America Chapter Meeting

Volvo Enthusiasts!!

Our next Heart of America VCOA Chapter Meeting is scheduled for November.  We will be gathering at First Watch in Westport @ 9:30 am Saturday November 11.  Just mention Volvo Club when you come in and they will seat you!

Some of the topics to be covered:

  • Election of officers for 2018
  • Review of 2017 activities
  • 2017 National Meet report-several KC members attended and brought home awards!
  • 2018 Event Planning ideas
  • VCOA update

Bring your Volvo and your Volvo stories so we can discuss and view all things Volvo. Spread the word everyone!!

See you all at First Watch for breakfast on Saturday November 11 @ 9:30 am.

First Watch - Westport

www.firstwatch.com

1022 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111 ·

(816) 931-1054

 

Keep Rolling!!

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Oct
20
to Oct 22

VCOA 2017 National Meet

Our mission to give as many members as possible the opportunity to attend a National meet often hinges on finding a local Chapter to assist in the planning and execution for a different area of the country.

Fortunately, The Green Country Chapter willingly volunteered to host the 2017 meet in Tulsa. An organizing team from the chapter and National board is being formed to begin preparations.  A first class host hotel centrally located, offering us very reasonable rates will be announced shortly.  

We'll add more details on the club website for further information, agenda and registration specifics as they develop, click HERE  (later)

Some  information about Tulsa below:

http://www.visittulsa.com/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g51697-Activities-Tulsa_Oklahoma.html

http://www.travelok.com/article_page/top-10-things-to-do-in-tulsa 

https://youtu.be/QRimPBVwNKM

http://www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.org/



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2017 Mid-Missouri Meet-Up - Tour Historic Missouri State Penitentiary
Sep
9
8:00 AM08:00

2017 Mid-Missouri Meet-Up - Tour Historic Missouri State Penitentiary

By popular demand, the Missouri Chapters of the Volvo Club of America are doing a repeat of the 2014 Mid-Missouri Meet-Up with a tour of the historic Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, complete with a luncheon following at the Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant.  As the tour has a size limit, it is recommended that you go on line and purchase your tickets as soon as possible.  https://www.missouripentours.com/view-tour.php?ticket=846

We are asking that you please R.S.V.P. to me within the next couple of days if you plan to attend and how many will be in your party.     turtle544@att.net

The Heart of America Chapter will have a “Convoy” to Jefferson City leaving at 8:00 am on Saturday, September 9th from the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant at the intersection of US 50 and Todd George Road on the southeast side of Lee’s Summit.  The estimated distance is 130 miles and the travel time is aprox. 2 ½ hours (which will give us time for one fuel stop enroute for the drivers of cars with ultra small gas tanks)

You can easily find the McDonald’s by following I-435 > I-470 > US 50 East from Kansas or the south side of Kansas City.   From the North you can either come down MO

291 to the intersection of US 50 eastbound, or come down US 71 (or I-435) to the junction with I-470 eastbound.

This is a great “Road Trip” opportunity and a chance to see a part of Missouri’s history that most people would not get the chance to step inside of their own free will.   The prison dates back to 1836 and is 100 years older than Alcatraz.   It was finally closed in 2004 but remains an imposing structure – proving once and for all that “Stone Walls Do A Prison Make!”

Lunch will follow the tour at the Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant.  I encourage you to visit their internet web site at http://www.canterburyhill.com to view the features of the establishment and check their menu.

There are no firm plans for an organized return to the Kansas City area, thus you are on your own to spend additional time in Jefferson City or spend the afternoon exploring scenic Middle Missouri.

If you do not wish to join “The Convoy” for the trip over, please meet the group at the Penitentiary at 11:00 am at 115 Lafayette Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Again, I ask that you RSVP to me so I can coordinate with the Gateway Chapter for reservations at the Winery/Restaurant.

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017
  • Tour Starts at 11;00am
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price: $14 per person + $1.00 processing fee
  • Age Requirements: Minimum age: 10 years old

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the Tour – The Souvenir Shop is open and available at that time for you to visit while waiting for the tour to start. This "original" Missouri State Penitentiary tour discusses the 168-year history of the Missouri State Penitentiary and covers both the prison's history itself and the history of penal eras in the United States. During this tour, guests are guided through Housing Unit 1 (Control Center) and A-Hall - the oldest building still standing on the Missouri State Penitentiary site (built in 1868), dungeon cells, The Upper Yard, Housing Unit 3 and the Gas Chamber. Guests hear the history of the Missouri State Penitentiary including information on infamous inmates, the Riot of 1954, escape attempts and much more.

 

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Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

Heart of America Chapter, VCOA Club Meeting

Hosted by KC-VCOA and Club Volvo

Plan for the evening:

Keithley Lake is opening up his Club Volvo shop for our first club meeting of 2017. Formerly and old car dealership in KCMO, Keithley has turned the location into a garage for some Volvo guys to hang out and work on older Volvos! 

We are inviting you to come hear what we have planned for 2017 as we have formed a committee of several committed members to plan activities for the coming year.  We have a couple of open dates on the calendar so come join in on the planning process, in other words bring your ideas!

In addition to hearing plans for 2017 we have some other plans for the evening. 

1.  Keithley will be providing food and drink.

2.  Brad Tally will be giving a “brief presentation” and showing a video re-capping the 2016 Volvo National meet in Wisconsin @ Road America.

3.  We may have a project car to get our hands dirty.  Stay tuned about this aspect of our gathering.

Our goal for the evening is to kick start 2017 and get everyone excited about club activities for 2017.  Come join the fun as it should prove to be an interesting year!  Spread the word on social media and lets get a big turnout!

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Dec
10
5:00 PM17:00

Scandinavian Christmas Dinner (RSVP by Nov 30)

Scandinavian Christmas Dinner (RSVP by Nov 30)
 

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5pm

Where: First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd. Mission Hills, KS 66208
in the Fellowship Hall

Attire: Business Casual to Semi-Formal

Cost: $20 per person, $10 per child ten and under

Who’s invited: Family and friends of Danish Brotherhood of America Denmark
Lodge #56, VASA Facklan Lodge #248, Scandinavian Women’s Society,
Sons Of Norway Maihaugen Lodge 1-665

For Reservations: Send check made out to Sons of Norway to: 
Nancy Wilson
305 Sunset Ct.
Belton, MO 64012
No later than November 30

Any questions please phone Nancy at (816) 322-2652.

Please specify number of guests and entrée preferences (stuffed pork loin or baked turkey)

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Heart of America Chapter, VCOA Annual Leadership Election
Nov
12
12:00 PM12:00

Heart of America Chapter, VCOA Annual Leadership Election

  • Winslow's BBQ in the River Market (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The HOA chapter will have its annual election of leaders on 11/12/16 at Winslow’s BBQ in the River Market.   Rather than electing a single president and other officers, we will reorganize as gang of 5 that will organize club activities in 2017.  If you are interested in being a permanent member of the committee, please send me your name before 11/01/2016.   Should we have more than 5 names, I will attempt to send out a survey to the club for the official election.  The results will be announced at the 11/12/2016 club meeting.

Going into the new year, we would like to collect your ideas for club events that you think would be interesting to our loyal Volvo enthusiast following during 2017.  Please reply back to me with any activities you think we should consider as we develop our club activities for next year.  We will share that list with the attendees of the November meeting for further consideration.

Lastly, Brad Talley was fortunate enough to attend the VCOA nation meet at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and has indicated that he has a ton of pictures and video of vintage Volvos on the track and video of any vintage race car you can think of.    So we will take him up on his offer and allow Brad to tell us about the event during the meeting.   If anyone has a projection screen, we could use it.

We hope you can make it to this last event for 2016 and look forward to an event filled 2017.

bart.klein@sbcglobal.net

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Oct
15
8:00 AM08:00

4th Annual “Mid Missouri Meet-Up”

It’s is that time of the year again to plan for another Road Trip Adventure with your fellow Volvo enthusiasts and friends.

The Heart of America Chapter will be “Meeting Up” with the Gateway Chapter down on the banks of the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday October 15th.  Starting with lunch at the Golden Rock Winery…

http://www.goldenrockwinery.com/default.aspx

We will then make the short trip over to Bridal Cave for a one hour tour of that unique hole in the ground.   http://www.bridalcave.com/

Based upon past history, the drive to and from the Lake of the Ozarks region should be both pleasant and colorful in mid-October, so we will be treated to seasonal scenic natural beauty both above and below ground.  As a bonus, the Golden Rock Winery gets rave reviews for both their lunch menu and wines – which are advertised as being available for “tasting” at that facility.

The distance from Kansas City to Camdenton is approximately 150 miles and three hours is the estimated driving time to get there.   As usual, a convoy will be organized from a mutually convenient starting place and we can then enjoy the view of both countryside and multiple Volvo’s on the way down.   Return trip will be less organized so as to allow for flexibility in scheduling needs of the individual traveler/family.

This is a dandy day trip which should be of interest to both the driver and family members.   Please review the web sites for both locations at the links provided.

As Camdenton is so close to our friends in the Ozark Roller’s Chapter, we have invited them to join us this year, making it and even more special event.

I would like very much to have an RSVP as soon as possible so that I, along with my counterpart from the Gateway Chapter can plan this event properly.  If we can get a total of 15 attendees or more, we can avail ourselves of the group rate for admission into the Bridal Cave complex, saving the individual $4.50 off of the regular $18.00 adult admission charge (Children 12 and younger are at a $9.00 rate).   My email address is turtle544@att.net

Hoping to see a large contingent of Volvophiles descending upon Camdenton in October!

Phil Turner

Event Chairman

 

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Overland Park Fall Festival
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Overland Park Fall Festival

  • 79th Street and Metcalf. Overland Park, KS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The chapter has been invited to attend the Overland Park Fall Festival which include a parade.  Those members interested in attending should plan to arrive between 10 and 10:30am and line up at the end of the parade off 79th street just west of Metcalf.

There will be parade representatives present to assist us and they will provide each car with a sign for the windshield. Once the last parade float goes down Santa Fe Drive, the cars will follow in behind while straddling the yellow line.  Please do not set any tents or tables in the street.

The organizers will have some fun prizes, but for the most part this is an entertainment element of the festival. 

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Sep
15
to Sep 18

VCOA National Meet

  • Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 2016 VCOA annual National Meet will take place at Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI in conjunction with the Vintage Sports Car Drivers' Association and the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival.  Volvo is the featured marque for a weekend of vintage racing and other events under the banner "Volvo Nationals".

The Osthoff Resort will be meet headquarters, main lodging and banquet facility with additional housing throughout the area.  VCOA has secured group room rates at the Osthoff. Early booking is recommended due to the high attendance during this busy weekend.  Call the Osthoff at 800-876-3399, tell them you’re from VCOA for the group rate on either a double occupancy room or a 2 bedroom/2bath suit for sharing couples – rates $209 – 279/night.  Note:  club rates are not available on line – call the Osthoff directly.  

More information will be forthcoming as the agenda, corporate sponsorships are secured, and fee schedues are firm with reservations instructions.  You'll sure to be surprized with what we have cooking".  Say tuned here, on the website National Meet page, in Rolling and eRolling for more information.

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Mar
5
11:00 AM11:00

General Membership Meeting

Dear Volvophiles,

This year the K.C. car show will be help on March 2nd through the 6th at Bartle auditorium.  I would like to meet at the Quaff Bar & Grill, 10th and Broadway downtown K.C. on Saturday the 5th at 11:30 for lunch.  We can walk to the car show after eating.  I have 15 passes to give out to the team, and I hope many of you can show up for the event.  We will have 2 cars on display, one being Connor’s from the Arkansas chapter, and Bart’s P1800. It should be a fun event, and we’ll have information about the club there.

I am working on the Midsummar event, which will be help at the Overland Park Santa Fe Commons Park June 16-18. More details will be forthcoming shortly, but I  think it’s going to be a great event. The local Volvo dealer has committed to help us, which will be great for all of us. Please call or write me with any questions you may have.

Cheers,

Michael

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Jan
9
11:30 AM11:30

General Membership Meeting

Good day Volvo members,

For those of you who did not attend the last luncheon, I’m the new president of the HOA Volvo Club. I’ve taken the place of Phil, who has guided us for the past 3 years. I’ve got many challenge ahead of me, but I think I’ve got great people in our club that assist me with various activities.

My first program is to have lunch at the Volvo dealership in Overland Park, Ks. This is going to be held January 9 at 11;30 AM, The address is: 7801 Metcalf, and is easy to get from I-35 or I-635. We are going to have barbeque for lunch, and I’ve invited the Volvo team to join us. Ivan McGary is the manager of the Volvo dealership, and is looking forward to hosting our luncheon. We will have lunch upstairs in the large meeting room. If you’re going to attend the luncheon, will you please write or call me with your name and number in your party, as I have reserved 25 spots for the lunch. The deadline is Jan. 1 to make reservations. I appreciate your help with this.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. I’m still reorganizing things, and it will take a while for me to figure all this out. I hope you and yours have a wonderful and safe holiday.

Cheers,

Michael Newburger

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