April 2015 Update & Events
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April 2015

Update & Events

Hello TCD Members,

Happy April Fool's day everyone, I hope everyone is ready for another year full of rides and shenanigans. After a successful Business and Planning meeting, we now have a complete schedule for 2015. This update features a small sampling of what's in store for the TCD members throughout the year.

As requested, all of the pictures are now "click-able" to view in their original size and glory.

Upcoming April Events Schedule:
(Includes 1st two weekends in May - See forum for details)

Apr 12th: BMW Southeast MI Breakfast
Apr 17th: BMW Southeast MI Charity Fashion Show
Apr 19th: Movie Day @ Ruth's: 'Sit, Stay, Ride'
Apr 25th: Maumee, Ohio GS Dirt Practice
Apr 26th: Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Ride

May 2nd: BMW Southeast MI Saturday Ride
May 3rd: Suzi's All Club Ride & Swap Meet
May 9th: BMW MC of Detroit Open House
April 25th - start the season off with the Maumee dirt ride
Or, on April 26th the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Ride
March Moto Madness 2015: Last weekend a few of us started the season down in Tellico Plains, TN. Huge thanks to Mike Drew for posting this event up on the forum. Although the temperatures were low, there were plenty of good times to be had:
BMW Motorcycles of SE Michigan Annual Charity Fashion Show is Friday, April 17, 2015. All proceeds will benefit The United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit. Join us for a fun filled evening of the latest motorcycle fashions by BMW Motorrad, Klim, Olympia Motor Sports and Rev'it! Enjoy wonderfully catered hors-d'oeuvre and beverages all the while along with other friendly riders.

New & Old business: 

Business Meeting Summary:

The club is in good standing and has over 110 active members renewed for 2015, a positive bank statement, and a balanced budget. All charters were renewed.  The Michigan Incorporation fee, and the 990n were filed.
  1. Three Motions were made and passed:
    1. Motion was made and passed to increase the annual membership fee to $25 in 2016.
    2. Motion was made and passed to post the monthly Newsletter/Update on a public part of the website after distribution. Members supported it being made available to non-members as a way of promoting the club
    3. Motion was made and passed to charge up to $10/person to attend the White Elephant Party if it’s required to support the club’s budgetary concerns. This can help offset the cost of the hall rental and some of the food cost
  2. By-law revisions were reviewed and ballots distributed to all in attendance. Ballots will be mailed out to any member who did not attend the meeting.  The pole will close on June 1st, 2015.
  3. Members stated the east/west breakfast in the winter was good, but in the summer it should be Pinckney only (or west)
  4. The following committees were formed:
    1. Voting committee: Tom Gary and Dave DeCook; Dave Hayt is a possibility
    2. Online Merchandise Sales: Tom Gary & Mike Eckstein
    3. Risk management:  Club officers and John Horner 
  5. Communication
    1. Media Committee: Tom Decker stated the monthly electronic email update has gotten a lot of positive feedback and is a good direction to take for the newsletter. The media committee supports this method of distributing TCD news. It’s currently unknown if the free service will allow advertising.  Jeff to review terms of use.
    2. Emails: Members agreed the monthly update is good and also stated a simple email reminder prior to events would be good and not too much.
    3. Facebook: Agreed to not use page for announcements or communication.  Mike Eckstein will take charge of the page and it will only be used to post pictures of events and maintain a positive public image for the TCD. It might be good to have all of the club officers have administrative privileges to the page.
  6. We are excited to announce that Kourtney Thompson has agreed to return as newsletter editor.  He did a great job editing the newsletter previously and we are very pleased to have him back for another tour of duty. Be sure to share with him your pictures and stories from the 2015 riding season.
Other Events:

May 1-3: 42nd Annual Sturgis Mini Rally
hosted by the BMW Club of Battle Creek (event details).

May 3: Suzi's All Club Ride Day & Swap Meet, Sockbridge Town Square. Donuts and coffee from 10am - noon.
July 23rd-25th: MOA International Rally in Billings, Montana. Registration is now open

Breakfast Schedule:
(see forum for details)

April 5       Kerby's North
April 12     BMW MC SE MI
April 19     Ram's Horn (east side)
April 19     Pinckney (west side)
April 26     Americus Coney
May 15-18th: Southern Indiana Hoosier Adventure
June 19th-20th is the Longest Day ride at Cycle-Moore, Interlochen
The scene at Cycle-Moore during the Longest Day weekend
August 8, 2015: Detroit Urban Cross
August 21-24th: U.P. Dual Sport Adventure Ride
One more shot from the U.P.
September 12-13th: Thumb Run
The 2015 Vintage Days and D-S Lite event is scheduled for September 19th-20th
September 25-28th: SE Ohio Adventure Ride
October 17-18th: Color Tour
November 6-8th: 28th Annual Edmund Fitzgerald Run in Tawas
MMM: Eric on his XR650R
Club Officers:
Presiden: Jeff Hunter
VP: Mike Eckstein
Treasurer: Greg Crago
Editor: Kourtney Thompson
Store Mgr: Leslie Allgood

Ad Mgr: Rob Keay
Webmaster: John Fishbeck
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Enjoy the rides, enjoy the club!


Your TCD Officers
Jeff Hunter
Mike Eckstein
Vice President
Greg Crago
Kourtney Thompson
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