March 2015 Update & Events
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Hello TCD Members,

Welcome to a new year of club events and activities. The newsletter took a two month hiatus over the winter, but now that the snow is melting we are back on track.

Most importantly we have our Annual Membership and Planning Meeting on March 15th (11:30am-3pm). This meeting only happens once a year and is where all the magic happens.  It starts off with a potluck lunch that leads into our General Membership meeting and then the Planning Meeting where we put our ride schedule together for the year. If you have feedback for the officers, ideas for the club, or rides you want on the schedule please plan to attend this meeting. This year it will be held at the Plymouth VFW Hall on Lilley Rd (Mill St.), just north of Ann Arbor Rd (Directions).

Below is a complete list of events and breakfast locations for this month.
Upcoming Events Schedule:
(See website for details)

Mar 15th: Annual Membership & Planning Meeting
March 26-29th: March Moto Madness
Breakfast Schedule:
(See website for details)

March 1       Kerby's North
March 8       Scrambler Marie's New venue!
March 15     Ram's Horn Restaurant (east side)
March 15     Pinckney Masonic Lodge (west side)
March 22     Americus Coney & Grill
March 29     The Pantry Restaurant New venue!
Last weekend we had our Annual Awards Dinner Banquet at Karl's Cabin. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. We had a great turnout with a total of 61 club and family members. There were lots of fun things including door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a small silent auction and a "Club History Quiz" that was mostly based on this newsletter article by Kay Shaw in December 2008.

The new venue seemed to work out really well for our club needs. We even had desserts that were provided by Debbie Gary, Leslie Allgood, and Nancy Blow (ex-first wives club?) - thank you girls!

The Awards Winners:
  • Highest Mileage (Woman): Jan Pennington with 21,018 mile
  • Wade Allen Memorial High Mileage Award (Man): Don Pennington with 20,220 miles
  • Most Rallies: Raymond Melosh with 17,545 miles and 9 rallies
  • Club Rider (closest to average mileage): Mike Osmer with 8,600 miles (club average as 8,222)
  • Big Tire Reason to Ride Award (most miles no Rallies): David Martin with 12,500 miles
  • Vern Hansen Memorial Presidential Award of Merit: Dave Allgood - in the spirit of our club motto "We Ride" Dave has done an excellent job of organizing the most rides over recent years and stepping up as the Dual Sport Coordinator
Club Appreciation Awards:
  • John Fishbeck for his excellent job as Webmaster: Stillwater Gift Certificate
  • Greg Crago for being our esteemed Treasure/Secretary: Rusty Bucket Gift Certificate
  • Leslie Allgood (aka Anderson) for Store Manager extraordinaire: Sidetracks Gift Certificate
Door Prize Winners:
  • BMW Motorcycles Southeast Michigan Track Day: Michael Kucinskas presented by Audrey Wicke
  • BMW Motorcycles Southeast Michigan Olympia Riding Jacket: Dave DeCook presented by Audrey Wicke
  • Cafe Racer Free Tire Change: Ann Clark
The 50/50 winner: Geri Coogan

BMW Motorcycles of Detroit donated a nice First Gear Mesh Adventure Jacket that Paul Olexa won in the silent auction. Thanks for your support Paul and everyone that contributed to the silent auction.

Congratulations to all the winners!

A huge thank you to our sponsors: BMW Motorcycles of Southeast Michigan, BMW Motorcycles of Detroit, and Cafe Racer. Thanks again to everyone for making this year a great event!
Glenn Brechner provided an excellent history of the Wade Allen High Mileage Award and the Vern Hansen Memorial Presidential Award of Merit. It was a real treat and a great tribute to both those fine gentlemen.
Special thanks to Kevin Gao for the photographs this month.
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: 

By-Laws committee (Dan Cogan & Officers): Officers to approve final draft and send out for vote

Voting committee (TBD): This is an election year and we will also be voting on the by-laws.  Need volunteers for this committee

Editor (open position): This is an excellent position for anyone looking to serve the club and be more active. Keep the Facebook page current, manage the brochure committee, and participate in as much or as little as you want to do.

Other Events:

Mar 26-29March Moto Madness - Although not an official TCD event, there will be a TCD contingency heading down (check the forum).  This is a dual sport/adventure touring event in Tellico Plains, TN

Enjoy the rides, enjoy the club!


Jeff Hunter
President BMW TCD
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