TO: All Upper Peninsula American Legion Posts, American Legion Auxiliary Units and SAL Squadrons
FROM: John M. Mella, Past State Commander, Post 50, Iron Mountain
SUBJECT: Transportation for 2020 Boys State and Girls State Attendees
I have again contracted a motorcoach to transport the Upper Peninsula students who are attending the 2020 Boys State and Girls State programs. Transportation is a 56-passenger motorcoach from Jag Motorcoach Company, Gladwin, Michigan. I am currently employed part-time by this company as a motorcoach operator. As a way to keep costs down, I am volunteering my time and will not be paid to drive on either the trip to or from Boys State and Girls State. Diana Mella has volunteered to accompany me as the chaperone.
The dates of the 2020 Boys and Girls State are June 14-20, 2020. The transportation cost per student is $120.00. Please make checks payable to Jag Motorcoach and mail to John M. Mella, 1571 W Ridge Road, Gladwin, MI 48624. Please mail the checks to me by June 1, 2020. Be sure to include, with your payment, the student’s name(s) and phone number and indicate the location where they will be picked up, so I can make a roster of who is to be picked up at each scheduled stop.
Post/Unit/Squadron: It is your responsibility to see that your Girls State or Boys State attendee receives a copy of this schedule! Please note that all times are approximate, but we hope to stay very close to the following schedule:
TRIP TO BOYS/GIRLS STATE
June 13, 2020 (Saturday) – This is SATURDAY Evening!
7:00 pm (Central Time) Load at The American Legion, Post 50, 916 River Ave, Iron Mountain
7:20 pm (Central Time) Leave the parking lot
7:40 pm (Central Time) Arrive at the gas station at the junction of M-69 and M-95, Sagola
8:00 pm (Central Time) Leave the parking lot
All the below times are Eastern Standard Time
9:45 pm Arrive at the BP gas station, at the junction of M-95 and US-41
10:00 pm Leave the parking lot
11:00 pm Arrive at the Michigan Welcome Center at the Rest Area just east of Marquette on US-41
11:30 pm Leave the parking lot
June 14, 2020 (Sunday) – SUNDAY Morning! (This is the middle of the night from Saturday to Sunday!)
12:30 am Arrive at the MI Carpool Lot behind the Mobil gas station at the junction of US-41 and US-2, Rapid River
12:45 am Leave the parking lot
2:15 am Arrive at MI Carpool Lot, at the junction of M-117 and US-2, near Engadine
2:30 am Leave the parking lot
3:00 am Arrive at the McDonald’s Restaurant on US-2, St. Ignace
3:15 am Leave the parking lot
7:15 am Arrive at Grand Valley State University, Allendale (Boys State Location)
7:45 am Leave Grand Valley State University
9:15 am Arrive at Michigan State University, East Lansing (Girls State Location)
NOTE: Students will be dropped off at the same places where they were picked up on June 13/14th. Unless noted, all times are Eastern Standard Time.
June 20, 2020, ~ Saturday
11:00 am Pick up the boys at Grand Valley State University, Allendale
4:30 pm Pick up the girls at Michigan State University, East Lansing
8:45 pm Arrive at the McDonald’s Restaurant parking lot on US-2, St Ignace
9:00 pm Leave the parking lot
10:00 pm Arrive at the MI Carpool Lot, at the junction of M-117 and US-2, near Engadine
10:15 pm Leave the parking lot
11:00 pm Arrive at the MI Carpool Lot, behind Mobil gas station, at the junction of US-41 and US-2, Rapid River
11:15 pm Leave the parking lot
June 21, 2020, ~ Sunday – SUNDAY morning! (This is the middle of the night from Saturday to Sunday!)
12:15 am Arrive at the Michigan Welcome Center at the Rest Area just east of Marquette on US-41
12:30 am Leave the parking lot
1:30 am Arrive at the BP gas station, at the junction of M-95 and US-41
1:45 am Leave the parking lot
2:00 am (Central Time) Arrive at the gas station, at the junction M-69 and M-95, Sagola
2:10 am (Central Time) Leave parking lot
2:30 am (Central Time) Arrive at The American Legion, Post 50, 916 River Ave, Iron Mountain
Because all times are approximate, please plan to arrive at each pick-up location at least 15 minutes early. The same applies to parents who are picking up the students on the return trip. That way, if we are running early, we will have the option to continue without waiting. Also, we will leave each location exactly on time. If you are not at your scheduled pick-up location by the scheduled leave time, we will continue to the next location. If you arrive too late to be picked up at your scheduled location, you can travel on to the next pick up location. Anyone who misses their scheduled pick up is responsible for their transportation to Boys State or Girls State. All fees paid for transportation are non-refundable.
John M. Mella (Organizer and driver) 906-774-0538
Diana Mella (Chaperone and Girls State volunteer) 989-640-0109
Walter Hanson (UP Boys State Representative) 906-399-4275
Pam Lajewski-Pearson (UP Girls State Chairman) Home: 906-249-1773 Cell: 906-631-7138
ADDITIONAL STOPS AVAILABLE ALONG ENTIRE ROUTE WITH ADVANCE NOTICE
The route downstate from the Upper Peninsula is 75 south, to M-55 west, to 131 south, to 96 east to MSU.
The return route is from GVSU to 96 east, to MSU, to 127 north, to 75 north to the Upper Peninsula.