President’s Letter 2019-06-30
BMWNEF would like to send our prayers and condolences to the families, friends, club members and Marine Corp family of all those involved in the horrific accident in New Hampshire. I would like to ask that we all take a moment to remember our fellow fallen riders and veterans.
It has been a busy month locally and nationally for BMWNEF members. Starting with our June picnic, mid-month ride and summer solstice ride locally. Then the BMW MOA Rally nationally. There were plenty of other events going on this month at our local BMW dealers. More information on these events can be found on their websites. Motocross fans got to relish the arrival of the Lucas Oil Pro National Amateur Racing to Jacksonville, Florida. If one of our members would like to write about their experiences at anyone of these events we would love to hear from you.
BMWNEF started the month with our club picnic at Camp Chowenwaw in Clay County. The weather was wonderful, especially during the morning hours. We escaped without the deluge of afternoon spring rains, thankfully. Turnout was around 50 plus members. I want th thank Jeanette and Larry Meeker, Jim Beyerl, Bruce Cockcroft and several other club members for all their support and efforts in getting the event going.
Jeanette took the reins in getting the venue for us. She was quick in resolving a slight key issue. Thus ensuring we were able to open the doors early to set up for our event. She really shined in prepping the kitchen areas. Getting it ready for the loads of food our wonderful members prepared. While Jeanette was working her magic in the kitchen, Larry and several other members were busy setting up the tables, chairs and table cloths. Once we had the inside set up Larry took off to set out the signs directing our members to the cabin.
Jim Beyerl was instrumental in keeping our members and other camp goers directed to the proper parking areas. Bruce Cockcroft did a great job in helping where needed and arranging and picking up our food from Woody’s. I know I missed many others who assisted in this event. To all those volunteers, my sincere thanks.
Recap of our monthly meeting for those who could not attend.
1 – Bill Botkin, Vicki Decker and Jim Allen have graciously agreed to undertake their Winter Rally roles for one more year. Bill as Chair, Vicki with housing and Jim with food prep. Bill made it clear that this would be his, Vicki’s and Jim’s last year in these roles. He highly encouraged members to step up and take on one of these positions. It was also suggested to have those interested shadow the current role leaders.
Philip Mulé stepped up to shadow Vicki Decker as Rally Housing and take on the role for the 2021 Rally.
Pedro Afable stepped up to shadow Bill Botkin as Rally Chairperson and take on the role for the 2021 Rally.
This leaves one more role to fill, Rally Food Prep. Anyone interested should contact Bill Botkin.
2- Members were informed of the upcoming transition to a new website administered by Clubxpress. Dates for full transition are still pending but efforts are underway to have the site fully operational prior to September. This transition should help alleviate many of the chores our Membership Chair, Vicki Decker, has had to deal with the past few years. The new websites will also improve our members experience. Allowing members to personally control their inputted profiles. There will be many changes and different approaches using this new platform. It is highly suggested that members take a look at Clubxpress’s website and look at the training video on how to update your profile. See attached link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lidqEKQzD34. One of the best parts of the system is if members have problems with their accounts they contact Clubxpress directly.
I must personally and professionally thank Cindy McLean for her hard work, support and countless assistance with our current website and Facebook account. I cannot tell you all the phone calls and e-mails she had to answer from Bruce and I. Not to mention all the behind the scenes work in getting our site ready each and every year for the Winter Rally. We couldn’t have gotten this far without her continued professional and personal support. Cindy, thank you so very much for everything you have done for our organization.
3- Elections are right around the corner. Members interested in becoming a club officer, executive committee member or committee chairperson should reach out to either the Vice-President, Bruce, or I. We will add your names to the slate of selectees for nomination. If you know of a club member who might be interested please let us know as well.
With the heat of summer already beating down on us, many riders have taken to earlier rides. Some mornings have been better than others. All still require the same attention to keeping yourself hydrated during your ride. Be safe and ride smart.
My sincerest thanks to all our club members who actively participate and volunteer at our events.
President – BMWNEF.