The 'Bluff Country Cruisers' car club was formed in 1997 in Decorah, Iowa, when a few car buffs got together to discuss their love of cars.
After the car club was established, word got out and the organization immediately grew to 20 members.
The first officers were Dave Gilbert (president), Roger Nelson (vice president), Tina Neuzil (secretary), and Jon Curtis (treasurer). The car club has since grown to 36 members. An annual member ship fee is $20. The Bluff Country Cruiser Car Club has hosted car shows for 19 years.
They organize an annual poker run in the fall. All proceeds are given to local charities. The charity the club supports the most, 'closest to their heart', is the Celebration of Life for breast cancer. To date, they have donated over $4,000 to various charities throughout Northeast Iowa.
The club meets the second Wednesday of the month (April thru September) at various area restaurants. The club poker run is always the second Sunday in September. A scenic route is mapped out by club members, with poker stops, dinner and it ends with awards and door prizes.
In October, the club's final cruise is to Breitbach's Dining in Balltown for dinner. It is a beautiful fall drive and always well attended. Once a month usually, on a Sunday, members cruise out of town to various restaurants and areas. They are always open to new restaurant ideas.
The club hosts a Christmas party every year. New members are invited and welcome to join. Newsletters and emails are sent to members on a regular basis. The current club officers are Don Kelly (president), Karl Schroeder (vice president), Phyllis Elsbernd (secretary), and Nora Hemesath (treasurer).
If you have a classic car or just want to drive your everyday driver, you are welcome to join the Bluff Country Cruisers for fun trips and conversation with other car buffs. It is a great way to make new friends who have a common interest.