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Monthly Meeting Minutes, May 2016

 

The Meeting was hosted in Indianapolis by Johnathon and Angela Fishburn.

President Margie Ledgerwood called the meeting to order at 2:14 PM. She thanked the Fishburn’s for hosting the meeting and announced that the June meeting will be hosted by Cindy and Webb Bernhardt on Sunday June 26th at 1:00 PM.

The following announcements were made for upcoming events in June:

The Iowa rally will be held on June 9-12.

GonzoCross will be held at the fairgrounds on June 16-18. (added by secretary: mayhem on dirt bikes, for information check out Facebook page, paramedics and trauma surgeons should get in free )

The Rockers Reunion will be held at Fountain Square on June 18.

Andy Clark has been keeping the PhotoTag game going strong. Contact him with any questions.

Wayne Garrison needs a head count for MOA Rally attendees by June 1 to reserve camping spots in the Clubs designated area.

The new Club Logo is nearly ready for use. We will be working out details for production of decals.

The Saturday Breakfast Ride departs Shapiro’s on the thirds Saturday of the month. We are seeking volunteers to lead group ride(s).

After asking for news from the attendees, Margie thanked the Fishburn’s and adjourned the meeting.

Note: Minutes prepared from Predident’s notes by:

Bob Conley, Secretary

 

April 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

The Club’s April 2016 monthly meeting was held at Dale’s Family Restaurant on S. Thompson Road in Marion County Indiana.

Approximately 20 attendees enjoyed options from the menu for lunch, as it rained cats and dogs outside.

President Margie Ledgerwood opened the meeting at 2:30 PM, thanking members for their attendance.

The next meeting was announced to be hosted by Johnathon Fishburn at 3417 Pinetop Dr. Indianapolis on May 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM. Please register online so the host will know the number of attendees.

The following rallies were cited: Sturgis MI: May 6-8; Paynetown Campout: May 13-15; European Riders Rally-Burkesville, KY-hosted by the BMW Motorcycle Club of Nashville; May 20-22; The Cass WV Rally; May 27-28.

Margie reminded members that Andy Clark has the Photo Tag game in progress.   It’s a good way to discover Indiana.

The club is still looking for a host for meetings during the month of September and November. Please contact Margie if you can host a meeting either at your home or another site.

Bob Conley announced that the August meeting will be held at the historic Propylaeum on 1410 N. Delaware St. Indianapolis. on August 7, 2016. Details will be posted on the Clubs website.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45.

March 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

The BMW Club of Indianapolis held its monthly meeting at the home of Terry and Lew Mumford on March 20, 2016.

Homemade chili was served along with many fine dishes contributed by the over 25 attendees.

After lunch, President Margie Ledgerwood called the meeting to order. Margie and Jack Borsos briefed the attendees on the progress of his grandson, Darius, and thanked those who have participated in the fund raising process supporting his recovery.

The attendees were informed that the Board of Directors will meet at Shapiro’s on Saturday, March 26 to consider the proposed annual budget and other pertinent matters.

Margie reported that the calendar is open for April, September, and November monthly meetings, and invited members to volunteer to host. She advised a meeting may be arranged at sites other than your home.

Members were reminded that the Spring Paynetown Campout is scheduled for May 13-15. Registration for the event may be made on the club’s web site.

Margie advised that Rich Nathan is seeking volunteers to work a triathlon on May 21 or 22, which conflicts with the Burkesville Rally.

If you are willing to help with that event, please contact Rich. (contact information in website’s Membership Directory)

It was also announced that Andy Clark will act as administrator for the 2016 photo tag game.

Vice President Wayne Garrison reminded the attendees to consider and vote on proposals for the Club’s logo. The deadline to vote on the website is March 25.

There was general discussion about arranging for embroidery of the logo on member’s garments.

President Ledgerwood thanked the Mumfords for hosting and adjourned the meeting.

 

Bob Conley, Secretary

January 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

 

President Margie Ledgerwood hosted the monthly club meeting on January 23, 2016. Margie hosted the meeting at her home and served tasty main courses of home made Chicken Taco Soup and Ham and Beans. Those attending brought many complementary sides.

After lunch, President Ledgerwood called the meeting to order at 2:13 PM. She reminded everyone of the annual Award Banquet date, February 13. The deadline to reserve your seat is the end of month. Many attendees win door prizes which exceed the value of the cost of admission to the banquet.

Monthly meeting commitments were accepted as follows: May: Johnathan Fishburn, June: the Bernhardt’s, August: the Conley’s, October: Harold Patterson, December: the Reinholt’s. Dates and details will be listed on the club web site calendar.

The Paynetown spring campout will be on May 13-14. Vice President Garrison commented you can stay both or either night and that you need to sign up so we may reserve sufficient camping spots.

Several rally dates were announced with will be included on the club calendar.

Election Board of Directors:

An election was held to fill two Directors positions, who’s three year terms expire at the end of March 2016. Harold Patterson and Dennis Shelley hold those positions.  Joe Hochderffer, Chairman of the nominating committee named the following nominees: Richard Snodgress, Mark Reed, Dennis Shelly, and Harold Patterson. There were no nominations from the floor. Ballots were distributed for voting.

Wayne Garrison presented a report from the committee considering adopting a new logo. Previously submitted logo concepts were posted at this meeting for review by those in attendance.  There will be vote by the membership conducted on the website in March. The existing logo will be considered as well as those submitted during the past several months. The President announced that the logo receiving the most votes will be adopted.

The results of the election for the Board of Directors was announced: Dennis Shelly and Harold Patterson were elected to serve three year terms commencing in April 2016 which will expire at the end of March in 2019.

The meeting was adjourned by the President at 2:47 PM

Bob Conley, Secretary

 

 

President Margie Ledgerwood hosted the monthly club meeting on January 23, 2016. Margie hosted the meeting at her home and served tasty main courses of home made Chicken Taco Soup and Ham and Beans. Those attending brought many complementary sides.

 

After lunch, President Ledgerwood called the meeting to order at 2:13 PM. She reminded everyone of the annual Award Banquet date, February 13. The deadline to reserve your seat is the end of month. Many attendees win door prizes which exceed the value of the cost of admission to the banquet.

 

Monthly meeting commitments were accepted as follows: May: Johnathan Fishburn, June: the Bernhardt’s, August: the Conley’s, October: Harold Patterson, December: the Reinholt’s. Dates and details will be listed on the club web site calendar.

 

The Paynetown spring campout will be on May 13-14. Vice President Garrison commented you can stay both or either night and that you need to sign up so we may reserve sufficient camping spots.

 

Several rally dates were announced with will be included on the club calendar.

 

Election Board of Directors:

An election was held to fill two Directors positions, who’s three year terms expire at the end of March 2016. Harold Patterson and Dennis Shelley hold those positions.

Joe Hochderffer, Chairman of the nominating committee named the following nominees: Richard Snodgress, Mark Reed, Dennis Shelly, and Harold Patterson. There were no nominations from the floor. Ballots were distributed for voting.

 

Wayne Garrison presented a report from the committee considering adopting a new logo. Previously submitted logo concepts were posted at this meeting for review by those in attendance.  There will be vote by the membership conducted on the website in March. The existing logo will be considered as well as those submitted during the past several months. The President announced that the logo receiving the most votes will be adopted.

 

The results of the election for the Board of Directors was announced: Dennis Shelly and Harold Patterson were elected to serve three year terms commencing in April 2016 which will expire at the end of March in 2019.

 

The meeting was adjourned by the President at 2:47 PM

 

Bob Conley, Secretary

Banquet Slide Show Deadline

Just a reminder.. Please submit your electronic photos before February 1 so Harold Patterson and I can prepare the slide show for the Awards Banquet. Thanks to those who have already submitted some great shots.  A few Historical shots are most welcome.

Send submissions to rsconley@aol.com

Thanks,

Bob Conley

Banquet Slide Show

Dear Members:

Everyone attending the Banquet seems to enjoy the slide show made up of members photos taken during the past riding season.  Unfortunately, this year I will not be able to attend the banquet as I will be out of state, however I will be collecting all your submissions throughout the month of January.  Harold Patterson will be working with me to present the slide show at the annual Banquet on February 13, 2016.

Please send your electronic photo files to me at rsconley@aol.com prior to February 1st.  This year you are invited to submit a few oldies, as long as they depict long standing members in days gone by.

Bob Conley

 

December 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

The December meeting also is traditionally the Annual Christmas Party of the Indianapolis BMW Motorcycle Club.

As in the last several yeas the Party was hosted by Tracy and Galen Reinholt. The meeting was very well attended, and the assembly was treated to a sumptuous buffet featuring Jay’s fried Turkey and ham. Many great appetizers, deserts and side dishes were enjoyed.

President Margie Ledgerwood called the meeting to order after dinner. She thanked Tracy and Galen for hosting again this year and thanked Sam and Jay Beery for assisting in the endeavor. Continue reading

November 2015 Monthly Meeting Minutes

The November 2015 meeting of the BMW Motorcycle Club of Indianapolis was hosted by Joe and Kelly Hochdeffer and held at Roselli’s Pizza at Zionsville.

After attendees enjoyed a pizza and salad buffet, President Ledgerwood called the business meeting to order at 3:00 PM. The following announcements were made:

  • The Christmas Party meeting will be held at the Reinholt’s again this year on December 5 at 5:00 PM. Deep fried Turkey will be served; please register on the club web site so the hosts have a head count. There will be a White Elephant gift exchange.  Jonathan Fishburn requested no more photographs of this correspondent be gifted.
  • The January 2016 meeting will be hosted by Margie Ledgerwood, Mooresville, on January 23 at 1:00 PM.  This is very important meeting as we will elect two Directors to expiring positions on your Board.  The current Board will also meet that day to elect the President for 2016-17.
  • The Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Banquet Hall, “The Palms,” in Plainfield on February 13, 2016.  Cost to attend is $35.00 per person. There will be many valuable door prizes, a cash bar and new surprises this year.  You are encouraged seek gift certificates from your favorite vendor to donate to the door prize pool.
  • Dues are to be paid before January 1.  Dues may be paid by check sent to the treasure or paid online at our web site by PayPal or credit card.  Members paying dues on time will be entered in a drawing. The winner will recoup the cost of dues which is 25.00 per year.

Dennis Shelly, of the Nominating Committee for the Board of Directors, encouraged members who are interested in serving to contact board members so they might be nominated to serve in the Board of Directors.  He asked that anyone who wishes to serve as President do the same. The election of President will take place on January 23, 2016.

The business meeting was adjourned at 3:25.  Attendees enjoyed deserts on the provided buffet.

Bob Conley, Secretary

GPS Screen Glare

Those of us who depend on GPS lament about glare from direct or reflected sunlight on the GPS screen obscuring the route information.  We have all held up a hand to shade the screen and some of us have purpose built shades over the device which could become injurious instruments in the event of a collision.  No doubt the time spent trying to view a glare compromised GPS screen reduces time spent viewing the road ahead which in turn compromises our safety.

This is why I was excited to find a product on the market, designed to address the glare problem. I read a very complementary review about NuShield Adhesive Film in the November issue of “Motorcycle Consumer News.

I purchased the DayVue version of this product and a screen cleaning kit at a total cost under $18.00.  The adhesive Film resembles a cell phone screen protector but has been designed to diffuse or otherwise reduce glare. I was able to order a film sized to fit the BMW Navigator 5.  If your model of GPS is not available you can buy an oversized film to cut to size.

Installation of the film was easy enough.  As for performance, the film works pretty well.  I would estimate it reduces the glare problem enough to enable viewing under most conditions without shading the screen.  It does not reduce all glare, so don’t get your hopes up.  I am satisfied that the device was worth the investment.  It did not seem to have any effect on the use of the touch screen on my Garmin made GPS.

You can order the NuShield Screen online go to www.nushield.com

Bob Conley

 

 

September 2015 Monthly Meeting Minutes

The BMW Motorcycle Club of Indianapolis held its Monthly Meeting at the home of Harold Patterson on September 19, 2015.

Succulent Brats, simmered in Miller’s finest, onions and peppers, then grilled to perfection were served and enjoyed along with a host of deserts, sides and Margie’s warm, hot dip.

President Ledgerwood called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM, and then made the following announcements:
• The deadline to submit Club Logo concepts is the end of the month. Details are on the club website.
• Scott and Christi Reynolds will host the next meeting of the club on October 11 at 12:30 PM. Please see the website for registration and location information.
(The secretary sends regrets due to the conflicting date for The Vintage Motorcycle Classic at Barber Motorsports Park)
• The Hoosier Beemers Club will host its rally at North Vernon on September 25-27.
• The BMW RA national Rally will be held Woodland Park, in Harrison, Arkansas on October 1-3.
• The Falling Leaf Rally will be held at Potasi, Missouri on October 9-11.

Harold was thanked and ardently applauded by the assembly.

There being no further news from those in attendance the business meeting was adjourned at 5:15 PM.

A bonfire was set ablaze and spiritually enjoyed until the late hours by most of the attendees under a clear, starry sky.

Bob Conley, Secretary