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The Summer of Anniversaries
Summer fun continues on Sunday, June 26, as we lead members back to our roots in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, traveling some famous--and infamous--roads, learning history, and remembering our by-gone drives and events via our second poker run.
Mid-July gives members two weeks of events--something for almost every car aficionado--at the historic Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The event, designated as a BMWCCA regional activity, comes replete with activities specifically for Bimmerphiles. Check the left-side calendar listing for details on a of scheduled drive to Schenley Park.
The second anniversary of our Gervasi Cruise-In coordinated with Cain BMW will be Wednesday, July 27. Check the calendar posting for details and plan an evening with gorgeous cars and savory treats.
Our twenty-fifth anniversary summer social will take place Sunday, August 7, at the Emerald Necklace Marina in Rocky River. More details will be forthcoming in a few weeks. You could plan to use this event as a launch for travel westward to participate in two weeks of BMW 100th anniversary events starting with the Legends of Autobahn, continuing with Festorics, and ending with Oktoberfest in Monterey.
As summer fades into fall, save time for the Cleveland German Auto Show and our upcoming brew drive as well!
Plan to attend one or more of our events in this summer of fun!
Northern Ohio's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Year 1991-2016
Help celebrate our quarter of a century as a northern Ohio car club.
We'll continue some of our tradition events such as:
- The Mid-Ohio Memorial Day Weekend Drivers' School and Club Race
- Wine and Beer Driving Tours
- Participation in the Cleveland German Auto Show
- The Gervasi Cruise-In
- The Poker Run
We're also planning other events for this landmark year for us which is also BMW's 100th anniversary as a marque.
Watch this web page and the calendar for all the anniversary year gatherings!
The Finishing Touches to 2015
by C. L. Harrison, President
As we bring 2015 to a close we certainly can reflect on a vibrant year for the Chapter. There were several new and successful events--the Gervasi Vineyard Cruise-In, The Village Network People’s Choice Show in Wooster, our first Poker Run featuring the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and our visit to CORSA Performance Exhaust among them.
We had an excellent turnout for the September Cleveland German Auto Show in Cleveland Metroparks’ Huntington Reservation. And, the final drive of the season took members through Summit and Stark counties into downtown Canton for our visit to a different city and a new brewery. There’s one more event for 2015—an early December brunch and visit to Hower House.
We're already planning the start of 2016--our twenty-fifth anniversary year! Featured in the Winter 2015 newsletter and on our web site are two January 2016 events.
The bus trip to NAIAS in Detroit is already set and taking reservations. Don’t wait too long, as seats go fast!
The holiday party details have been finalized and appear in the newsletter issue and on the web site. We're changing the date and venue in hopes of a larger turnout. Plan to come out and meet members at an enjoyable evening!
Since 2016 is a milestone year, we’d really like to make it a year to remember; hence, we’re working on the entire year's schedule even now. There’ll be more information in late December or early January through the Spring 2016 newsletter as well as on the web site and via our email blasts. Continue to check our pages for updates! Additionally, I want to give newer members a bit of our history, so I’ll be sharing some historical anecdotes and “blasts from the past” throughout the 2016 newsletters.
There are some management details to cover at this year’s end as well. We’re hoping the transition to the electronic newsletter has been easy and effective for all of you. If there are problems, please let me or our newsletter editor know. To add the final touches onto that transition we're developing a marketing plan to get some advertising back into the newsletter and onto the web site to offset production costs further.
And, if you feel bombarded in the recent email blasts about voting on our by-laws that’s because we need a positive vote by the majority of chapter members to implement the proposed changes which would streamline communications and subsequent governance: That’s a majority of our 700-plus members; we don’t even have a 10-percent response to date. So, please take a moment and help us out. See the Spring 2015 newsletter for the complete proposals and a ballot form.
I’m looking forward to a busy and eventful 2016 season for the membership. I hope to see you at a function soon!
Driving season comes to an end
by C. L. Harrison, NOCBMWCCA president
Summer has fled rather abruptly and now we’re moving rapidly into fall weather and the last of our driving season. By the time you receive this the Lincoln Highway Liverpool Pottery drive will be imminent, if not past, and the final drive of the year, our October brewery tour to the Rocky River Brew Company will be right on its heels.
At the recent meeting the Board approved the suggested changes/updates to our by-laws, so look for a special e-mail blast in October with directions on how to vote electronically on the proposed changes which will bring the Chapter into the 21st century. Please make certain you vote, as we need majority approval to implement the changes.
Later in the fall we shall also be asking you to decide if you wish to receive your newsletter in print or by electronic delivery. While it’s great to receive that glossy newsletter, producing four print issues of it per year is costing the Chapter approximately $12,000. So, we are asking each member to consider if you could read it in an electronic format each quarter to help us reduce costs. We’ll cover the specifics on the web site and e-mail blast later in the fall.
Also, despite my best efforts, our newsletter editor, Rich Loney, has indicated that other obligations will require him to turn over the reins in 2015. So, we are looking for someone who can start working with us to plan that transition to an electronic format and who could still support any print requirements we may have. If you’re interested and have time, please send either of us a resume and get in touch for more details.
Early in November I’m planning a Saturday morning vintage village visit to the shops on Medina’s Public Square and nearby area, so that members can check out the architecture and do a little pre-holiday shopping. We’ll have some type of activity in December to fulfill our Chapter obligations as well, but dwelling too long on that at this moment conjures up visions of that nasty “four-letter word,” so check the web site and look for e-mail blasts to update you on those later 2014 plans!
As I know winter can’t be far away, I’m heading out to our western region to collect those final archival boxes in the next week or two. I’ll spend the snowy months on our collective history, hoping to create
an electronic, searchable record of our governance decisions over the past almost 25 years. And, I shall be finalizing the checklists and timetables for upcoming 2015 activities.
It’s not too early to start planning for the holidays by “gifting” someone (or getting someone to “gift” you) with a slot in the 2015 drivers’ school, a seat on the bus to the annual NAIS Detroit Auto Show, a membership or a membership renewal, Chapter “gear,” or a fun evening at the holiday party in January!
Remember, this Chapter is a collective effort to serve Bimmerphiles of northeastern Ohio. We need your support and participation to continue the level and type of service you have received during the past 25 years. Plan on attending an event in the near future. If there’s an event you’d like to suggest, plan, or with which you’d assist, please contact any Board member. As always, I can attest that your efforts bring you fun experiences and good friends in return.
Now, get out for a drive to enjoy the colors and exercise that car!
Keep the shiny side up!
C. L. Harrison, NOCBMWCCA president