Shelly Kunzman and Tom Anderson were honored for volunteerism during the Iola Old Car Show Inc. annual meeting Nov. 10.
The awards were presented by Mitchell Swenson, IOCS public relations director. Each received a large framed aerial photo of the Iola ’10 car show with respective placards.
“We are all here to promote the ‘spirit of volunteerism,'” Swenson stated. “However, there are two individuals with us this evening who share a shinning purpose, who have stood by us through their volunteer efforts, and through countless long hours during the Iola Old Car Show and Vintage Military Show. They always share a smile and, without question, promote a high level of the volunteer spirit.”
Kunzman was recognized for spending long hours at the car show from setup to tear down. Swenson also noted that Kunzman is a great community volunteer and a longtime member of the Iola Winter Sports Club, is also involved with the various ski hill events, manages the admission gates for the Scandinavia Corn Roast, as well as food service for the Vintage Military Show.
Anderson was recognized for doing an excellent job with many school youths in food service during the Vintage Military Show.
“For many years, Tom Anderson has volunteered for the car show through organizations, such as the Iola & Rural Fire Department, and Iola-Scandinavia sports, such as softball,” Swenson added.
Joan Schultz, IOCS executive director, gave an update on the 2010 shows: “The car show started out with wet fields this year and we had to open the gates to vendors early so they didn’t continue to get stuck in our parking lots. This made the vendors very happy as it gave them a little more time to set up. As the weekend progressed, we had to announce on Saturday around 2:10 p.m. that possible hail and high wind were on the way. Spectators began to exit at that time. We were very fortunate to have been missed by the hail, but did get a short rainstorm. Due to the announcement and the weather, we were down on our show date deposit and attendance was 115,000.”
Schultz noted the swap meet was sold out before the show with 4,430 spaces rented. Other numbers included 1,291 campground spaces rented, down 16 from 2009; 695 car corral spaces rented, down 51 from 2009; 1,875 show cars, up 95 from 2009.
Attendance at the Iola Vintage Military and Gun Show with Vintage Tractors and Equipment was up from last year, with 8,402 spectator and participants. There was some rain, wind and cloudy skies again this year. Participants and spectators enjoyed the fire in the sky re-enactments and also the tractor and equipment demonstrations. Additionally, Chet Krause had his military vehicle collection auctioned off Friday afternoon of the show, which brought in extra spectators.
Schultz announced that $276,757.25 was paid out to all member and ancillary organizations, with a total of 125 organizations represented during the two shows.
Long-range improvements to the show grounds for 2010 included road repairs and graveling in the swap area. Additionally, the IOCS Activity Center meeting room, kitchen and bathrooms had new epoxy flooring installed.
Greg Loeser, IOCS vice president, noted two IOCS board of director’s terms had expired. Both Jon Novak and Mark Sether were re-elected to the positions.
Loeser noted that Chet Krause, the founder of IOCS, had been awarded a Lifetime Philanthropist Award at a ceremony in Appleton earlier that day.
Attending the meeting were the IOCS board of directors, staff and representatives from the member organizations including Iola Lions Club, Iola Winter Sports Club, Iola & Rural Fire Department, Iola American Legion, Waupaca Veterans of Foreign Wars, Norseman Snowmobile Club, Iola Conservation Club, Ogdensburg-St. Lawrence Fire Department, Norskeland Sons of Norway, and Stevens Point Old Car Club.
An IOCS board of directors organizational meeting was conducted Nov. 15. The following were elected as officers: Bruce Meagher, president; Greg Loeser, vice president; Dale Bestul, secretary; and Jon Novak, treasurer. John Schwartz, Mark Sether and Gary Jacobson were elected as directors.