Meeting Minutes

DECEMBER 1, 2005

ATTENDEES: Larry Pennigton, Jerry Grakauskas, Brett Watson, Dane Leimbach, Connie DelSolar, Halle Borer,
Scott Barnhard, Dot Wilford, Karen Turner, Pat Leimbach, Ted DelSolar, Bailey Borer, Jay Cobb, Doug Wilford, Bill Smith, Mary Kovach, Linda Losse, Patty Borer, Elaine Hall, Belinda Brogan, Donna Penton, Floda White, Val Losse, John Borer,
Bev Troyan, Scott Brogan, John Penton, Marj Born, Reb Guthrie, Alyssa Borer, Greg Troyan, Paul Busick, Jack Penton, Al Born, Ted Guthrie, Zak Borer, Dolly Martin, Rosemary Buehner, Barb Weisman, James Borer, Lynne Camp, Paul Borer, Ollie Martin, Alan Buehner, Matt Weisman, Joan Borer, Chris Saylor, Jeff Borer, Al Martin and Paul Danik.
Pres. Paul Danik called the meeting to order at 7:05 and he asked each person to introduce themselves and state where they were from. He then asked Karen Turner and Linda Losse to come forward and play their dulcimers that they had set up in the front corner of the meeting room. They played “Winter Wonderland” which fit the occasion as it was a very snowy evening and they also played another song named “Harvest Home”. They were both dressed in 1910 era outfits. Sec. Al Born read the minutes of the November 3, 2005 minutes and James Borer made a motion to accept the minutes as read that was seconded by Bill Smith and all were in favor of the motion. Doug Wilford gave the membership report showing 3 new members and 8 renewals for the month of November. The report showed 404 active members as 6 had been moved to the expired list due to not renewing since their expiration date of Aug.

Treasurer Alan Buehner gave his report as of 11/30/05. Alan reported that he had 435 Newsletters printed and had mailed 411, 74 of them with renewal notices and 30 having expiration notices in them. Alan brought all of the Executive Board members Newsletters with him to save on postage. He also stated that Feb. 18th will be the deadline for receiving articles for the spring edition. Bill Smith explained what he and Karen have been doing about getting the web-site back up to power again after all of the recent problems. There were no web stats available to tell how many visits have been made recently. Pres. Danik reminded all “Poggers” to take the time to thank Karen and Bill for all of the hard work they have done and are still doing. John Borer gave the E-bay report that showed the following sales: a ’77 Penton 400 CM5 sold for $2000.00, a ’74 Jack-piner went for $1650.00, a steel tanker, less some parts, met the reserve and sold for $860.00. Also, a VDO speedometer bracket sold for $127.00, a set of Magura star adjusters and covers went for $164.00, an early model kick start lever sold for $103.00 and a nice Penton enduro head light sold for $102.00.

At this time Jack Penton introduced Jon Eric Burleson, the new President of KTM, USA who spoke briefly to the group. Pres. Danik then spoke briefly about the “Steel Tanker” book and stated that the next PFP meeting will be on Jan. 5th, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. He also reminded us that Penton Day at the AMA will be on Feb. 4th, 2006, beginning at 10:00 a.m.,{Museum opens at 9:00 a.m.} and he encourages anyone having any MC5s or Steel Tankers to bring them to be displayed outside in the covered garage area. Scott Brogan announced that he will have the new MC5 T-shirts and caps ready by then.

Under new business, Alan reported that Victor Monz from California had recently contacted him and he told him that he had recently rode the Elsinore race on his Penton Jack-piner and that out of 73 entries in his class that he had placed 16th. His Jack-Piner should be one of the featured bikes on Randy Kirkbride’s 2006 Penton calendars. Alan announced that Randy was unable to attend tonight but he will have the calendars at the January meeting. Paul stated that to the best of his knowledge that this is/was our 96th POG meeting and that we might just have the 100th one on a Saturday in April, maybe outside at the former Penton shop????? Paul also read parts of a very funny article that was recently written by Ed Hertfelder about how he first met John Penton at an Enduro in New Jersey several years ago. Jack Penton showed a short [but funny}video clip starring Ted Guthrie and his neighbor making a pitch for Penton motorcycles and Vintage Motorcycle Days. The regular meeting adjourned shortly after 8:00 p.m. and everyone enjoyed pizza and lots of other “goodies” while Karen and Linda entertained everyone by playing several more songs on their dulcimers. After the snacks, Paul introduced Mrs. Pat Leimbach, {Danes mother and Johns sister} who spoke for several minutes about John, the Penton family and also read a couple short stories from her books/writings which included a tribute to her son Teddy who died in 1980 from injuries from an auto accident. Scott Barnhard {Woodsy} then performed a short skit with the emphasis on always being friendly when riding your motorcycle which led him to have a very exciting off-road ride in Mexico which included being lost in the mountainous area, that he told us about.

A drawing was held for door prizes consisting of Penton Sportcycle signs, Jack-piner caps and T-shirts and DVDs that went to the following people: Bev Troyan, Paul Busick, Halle Borer, Bailey Borer, Zak Borer, Dolly Martin, Jay Cobb, Linda Losse and Scott {Woodsy} Barnhard. All tickets were drawn by Donna and John Penton.

To bring the meeting to a close, Linda Losse played Silent Night on her dulcimer as Karen Turner and Al Born joined in with their harmonicas. A very nice “Family Night” was enjoyed by all. The next regular meeting will be on Jan. 5th, 2006 at KTM, USA at 7:00 p.m.

Al Born, Sec. of POG

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