SoCal Chapter AMCA
September Annual Meeting Ď05
I donít have any recent ďbad boyĒ ride material to use in this article (except Kevin Spear) so Iíll review the September meeting. We had a very good turn out of over twenty members and collected two new ones, Vernon Krogh of San Marcos and David Williams of
. The election of the í06 board was officiated by our Sergeant of Arms, Chuck Vernon. Marc Gallin stepped down as Secretary citing a lack of perks, poor pay and retirement benefits, but he will maintain the web. Our ďTired TailĒ points leader, Dave Cook accepted the nomination and election to Marcís vacated post. We will seriously miss Marc in this position. Tim Graber retained his grip on the throne and made a princely decree that Marc Gallin and Tom Lovejoy would work together on matters of historical interest for our club. Tom was so cute declining the Timís decree, as if he really had a choice. I had to explain to Tom the difference between being elected to a position he wanted to serve and being ordered to do something by a person bigger than himself. We all remember Tomís finest hour on the campaign tour a few years back when he declared ďIf nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.Ē All it took at that time to convince Tom to accept was to suggest to him that there was a strong possibility his prize Henderson might suffer a speed shift meltdown (at the hands of another) if he did not comply. Jim Falk retains the VP position and editor. Trash will keep an eye on Jimís editorial work. I will continue to count the beans for the club. Torrance
Iíll briefly recap some of the finer points I put forth at the meeting. We pushed over $95,000.00 through our treasury since 1999. 80% of that went to pay for club events. Borrego and
Death Valleytake most of the credit at a combined coast of $11,000.00 to $13,000.00 per year. The balance of the expense monies (19 to 20 %) went to pay for administrative costs such as news letters, mailers, and postage ($750.00 to $900.00) per year. The web site, another 10 to12 annual rides, meals and supplies make up the remaining costs. We collect between $1,050.00 and $1,350.00 from memberships each year. Other income comes from donations at events we help sponsor such as Bob Stark ($190.00), Jerry Unisí support of our web site ($200.00) and the sale of club items T-shirts, belt buckles or whatever. As you can see, club dues pretty much covers newsletters and a few other items which keep us informed on what we really spend the money on...FUN STUFF. What all these funding and spending numbers tell us is that those who play, pay and I mean that in a good way. This type of funding keeps our treasury at a balance of† around $3,000.00 most of the time, which in turn, allows us to aid those members who sponsor a ride for our club with supplies, meals, trouble trucks or whatever else to make the event safe, enjoyable and not a financial burden to anyone. Actually very few members ask for such financial assistance, but itís there if needed and we as a board strongly support its use. This brings me to my next point, more ride venues. As always, we are looking for new and exciting places to ride both locally and otherwise. Recently Mr. and Mrs. Dee Cameron sponsored a ground shaking event at their location. Craig Dillmann has the Prescott, AZ ride, then thereís the four chapter ride, Rainbow, Tom Lovejoyís coastal event and so on and so forth. The point is what? Whoís on first? I donít know, I lost my train of thought. Actually, the point Iím trying to make is that we exist as a club (especially the board) to see to it that we enjoy ourselves at the various events we attend. If you feel that you have a special or semi-special place to ride, we would like to know about it. If itís good...they will come, if not youíll have a nice solo run and time to meditate on the huge mistake youíve made. The good part about total lack of participation is that no one will be there to see your embarrassment. Trust me, been there, done that. But even if you gather only one or two members for a day ride, so what, maybe the next time more members will show (if itís a good ride). If not, refer to the above, suck it in, get over it and move on. Santa Monica Mountain
Now back to the general meeting. Larry Ramosí shop was in great shape for our meeting and it worked out quite well for the Bar-B-Q, hanging out and parking. Very nice job Larry. Steven Sorensen did a great job at cooking assisted by Tim Graber and Tom Lovejoy. Tim was cooking in an effort to redeem himself for forgetting to bring the meat. Itíd tough to fool a bunch of bikers with empty hamburger buns when all theyíve had to drink is soda pop. But if anyone could pull it off it would be Tim. Timís success might have something to do with the fact that he used cheese slices as thick as a full deck of cards. All kidding aside, the Bar-B-Q, with real hamburger meat,† was great in all aspects.
I was especially glad to see Ralph Krogh up and about. He attended the meeting with the aid of his son, new member,
. Also in attendance was Doc Sucher. Magic man Homer Knapp came to my rescue once again by fixing the horn on my newly acquired 1930 Model A two door Vernon . And NO, the recent decline in our club funds had nothing what-so-ever to do with the purchase of said Sedan . Itís just a coincidence, as always. Sedan
And finally, my hero of mishaps, Kevin Spear. Kevinís been working a lot and Iíve been out of town so we havenít been able to ride together that often. But that did not stop him from doing his thing on the streets of Sturgis in front of God and everyone else. Well actually, God would have nothing to do with Struggles as anyone whoís ever been there would agree. Kevin was in the process of dazzling the million or so scantly clad local loco girls on the main drag in Struggles with his special riding skills when he lost control of his newly refinished
four. He put it in an embarrassing tailspin, right down to the ground. We all have witnessed how much Kevin likes to scrap the floor boards during cornering maneuvers. He attempted to pull off this little trick twice before giving up. He became aware that he could really get hurt or at least have a really big repair bill and besides, the bikes hand grips were wearing out from the road rash anyway. Kevin did not realize until sometime later that he had also scraped off a plug wire in the process of said tailspins. This resulted in less than expectable performance of his Henderson on a road run later in the day. Once again, been there, done that. Henderson
Bet youíre glad I had nothing to talk about. Until later.
Treasurer, Fortune 500 member,
P.S. Remember to send in the short member form, which will be in an upcoming newsletter, with your dues payments for Ď06. Thanks.†
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