The annual Hoosier Beemer Christmas party and December club meeting convened at 1:00 PM on December 1, 2019 at the Hamilton township fire station in Cortland, Indiana. 21 club members and spouses were present.
After a delicious pitch-in lunch, President Bill Russell called the meeting to order.
First order of business was to elect a new treasurer since Brian Moorman has expressed his desire to resign the position. However, lacking any nominees (or volunteers), it appears Brian will need to continue in the treasurer’s position until we can find a replacement. Any club members interested, please contact Bill.
Donations for the upcoming year were then discussed:
Muscatauck Park $TBD Need to revisit costs to upgrade pavilion electrical
It was suggested that we investigate having a device charging station at the next rally.
The club event schedule for 2020 will be:
February 29th (Yes, the 29th) Road trip to the new Cincinnati BMW dealership
April 25th Club ride & meeting (John Bowman}
June 25-28 BMW MOA Rally Great Falls MT
August 22 Pre Hoosier Beemer Rally meeting (Rick Loper)
September 25,26,27 Pre Hoosier Beemer Rally Muscatauck Park
October 24 Club meeting (Bill & Karla Russell)
December 6 Annual Hoosier Beemer Christmas party, Cortland, Indiana
Discussion was held about having informal weekend breakfast rides utilizing our Facebook page to determine time, date, location and who planned to attend. Also, the idea of having a “tech day” for light bike maintenance was discussed.
Bill suggested that the club bylaws should be reviewed and updated if required. He will distribute electronic versions of the bylaws to the club officers.
Club Directors are elected for a three-year term. There are three directors, and one new director is elected each year as an old director’s term ends. This year it was the end of John Bowman’s term as director. Before he could object, John Bowman was elected to another three-year term.
There was considerable discussion on the costs and suggested rally fee for the 2020 Hoosier Beemer Rally. The only item that was voted upon was to set the 2020 rally fee at $35.
ALL MEMBERS: YOUR ANNUAL CLUB DUES OF $15 ARE NOW DUE
If you follow the Hoosier Beemers group on facebook you’re aware I’d like to create a T-Shirt and Rally badge. It’s a great way to let people know who we are and gain visibility for the club.
Yes, I’ve pretty much taken the lead ahead of a vote and I apologize for this. However here’s a few things to consider;
Finding and hiring a graphic artist isn’t easy. They can be hard to find and may not “get” the feel of the club. They can be expensive.
We need to license artwork they used.
Finding a shop to create the shirts takes time.
Having done a little research I’ve found the best option is to create an Amazon Merchant account. This allows me to create the graphics, upload the artwork and create a shopping cart, site and links for people to order the shirts they like. Amazon makes the shirts. You simply select the shirt you want and order it from Amazon. I don’t handle shipping, that’s up to the backend merchant that creates the shirt.
The good news is don’t have any inventory and don’t have to pay for the shirts up front in a group. I can create new designs and give buyers the option to purchase the size, style and color they like.
We’ll have two shirt options.
A standard T-shirt with the logo only on the front.
A Premium T-shirt with a logo on the front and the “Hoosier Beemers” on the back.
Each shirt gives you the choice of the Club Logo and a Muscatatuck Rally Badge.
One issue is finding a non-copyrighted image. Amazon doesn’t allow anyone to use unlicensed images. Unfortunately I’ve found that BMW Group has very strict requirements of the use of the BMW Logo. I’ll look further into this to see how it can be used. This means no BMW Logo or reference to BMW.
So far I have 3 designs. A Rally Badge and a Club shirt. One is “retro” styled and only available in dark colors, there’s a short sleeve and long sleeve version of the shirts. At one point I may add the option of a sweatshirt.
I can also post the image so people can make their own T-Shirts with Avery Ink-Jet Iron-on Transfer paper. I’ve done a few experiments with creating decals, shirts and magnetic decals. It can be very time consuming and subject to errors. Having a merchant make the shirts is a far quicker option. Contact Ian Jackson if you need the master images to make your own.
Interested in a Hoosier Beemer T-Shirt?
I’ll post more information on this process here and Facebook.
Take a look at the badge gallery. The designs are subject to change. Suggestions welcomed.
next stop was to be Speed City Cycle, Royal Enfield dealer (not far from
Falcone) but they were closed until spring.
BMW was serving burgers and hot dogs in conjunction with a charity bulldog
rescue event. None of our club members took home a new BMW or bulldog.
Greetings were exchanged several familiar Indy BMW club members who were also
We did not hold organized club meeting, so no official club business occurred. However Ian Pearson expressed the desire to move the planned 27 April Meeting Kentucky Buffalo Trace ride, up a week to Saturday April 20.
27 members, spouses and guests were present for the annual Christmas party.
Brian Moorman gave a treasurer’s report. Annual dues ($15) are now due. There was some discussion on adding a PayPal link to the club website to allow dues payment by that method, otherwise members can send their dues to: Brian Moorman P.O. Box 2077, Columbus, IN. 47202.
The club voted on donations for the coming year, $100 to the MOA foundation, $161 & $100 donations to the Boy Scouts. A $500 donation to Muscatatuck Park was approved, directed to improvement of the electrical service at the pavilion we use for the rally.
The annual elections for the club officers was held. Dave Knott’s three year term as a club director was completed, however he accepted a unanimous vote for another three year term. Brian Moorman was reelected as treasurer, Andy Fountain as vice president, and Pete Mikolaitis as secretary. Jeff Kernen announced he was stepping down from being club president, Bill Russell was elected as our new club president.
Dates for 2019 club activities were discussed:
23 Feb: Next club meeting, road trip to Indy, details TBD
27 April Meeting Kentucky Buffalo Trace ride, Ian Pearson
29 June Meeting, Club ride, Brad Ulery
24 Aug Pre Rally meeting Ric Loper
27-29 Sept Annual Club Rally Muscatatuck Park
26 October Halloween club meeting, Bill & Karla Russell
12 members were present (after finding Dave’s house in the
Jeff Kernen reviewed the results of September’s rally. All
vendor who provided door prizes were sent thank you notes and pictures of the
happy winners. The group discussed if we should pull the door prize numbers
early and post the results next year to avoid the long drawing procedure on
Saturday evening. We agreed to keep the drawing the same as always, since we
believe that the drawing for prizes in front of the group waiting for dinner
was entertaining for all.
The coffee and soda duty for the rally should be split between two people next year.
Coffee and soda was
There were 139 rally participants this year, a new record.
Next year’s rally will be September 27-29. We should add a place on the rally
registration form to indicate first time attendees, and how they heard about
3 new members were voted in by the group. One more
application needed additional clarification before we could vote.
The Christmas party will be at the Courtland firehouse,
December 2nd at 1:00PM. Bring your own table service. Fried chicken
will be the main course. Everyone should bring side dishes. There will be a $15
limit gift exchange.
We started with a group ride from Madison, IN lead by Ian Pearson. 9 bikes (with 11 people) left the river front at 10:30 for the ride to La Grange KY,
The club meeting was held while waiting for lunch, 12 members were present.
Discussion concerning the preparation for the September rally was led by Jeff Kernen. 10 door prizes are in so far, we are hoping for more. Our food vendor will be charging the same price as last year.
We agreed that one port-a-john should be rented again this year.
Help with Friday’s dinner is needed. Brad will send an email with the details.
Brad and Ian Pearson agreed that next April’s club ride will be organized by Ian.
Brad and Ian Pearson agreed that next April’s club ride will be organized by Ian.
After a great lunch, we were all entertained by the sight of a freight train going down the main street in La Grange.
Just a note this morning about our August Meeting location, Date, and Time. This is an important meeting for our all our members in that we start making plans for our rally in September. The meeting/lunch will be at the 119 W. Main restaurant in Lagrange, Kentucky. That is the name of the restaurant as well as the address. We will meet at the restaurant around noon for lunch, with our meeting to follow. Please let either Ian Pearson or myself know if you will be there so we can let the restaurant know how many to plan for! A couple of us will be gathering at the gazebo on Vaughn Drive (river front street) in Madison about 10:00 to 10:30 if you want to ride down as a group. Kickstands up at 10:30 so let me know if you plan on riding with us. Hope you all can make it and we will see you on the 25th! Thanks and ride safe!
Group ride started in Salem, IN to lunch meeting at the Overlook Restaurant. Group stopped on the way down to visit with Gunther in Fredericksburg and admire his barn full of motorcycles. Gunther had just acquired a R69S at auction which was very original.
The club meeting was held at lunch, 9 members were present.
The update to the club website was discussed. Moving the site to an Amazon server to improve performance was approved. This will cost the club $5 per month.
Jeff reported that 2 Rally prizes have been received, and the Rally as has been submitted to the MOA Owners News.
The next meeting will be 23 June at Bill & Carla Russel’s home.