Meeting Minutes

FEBRUARY 5, 2005

With approx. 60 people present, Pres. Danik called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m. and he asked each person to introduce themselves and tell where they were from. Paul introduced Mark Mederski who welcomed everyone to the Museum and he spoke briefly on the state of the museum as they are in the process of installing a new exhibit. Paul and Treasurer A. Buehner presented a $500.00 check to the Museum in memory and honor of Hank Penton. Paul went over the agenda for the day and Sec. A. Born read the minutes of the Jan. 6th meeting and Jack Penton made a motion that was seconded by James Borer to accept the minutes as read and all were in favor of the motion. D. Wilford gave the membership report that showed we had 5 new members and 25 renewals of membership, 4 being for 2 years, during the month of Jan. We have 408 active members and 182 on the expired list. Doug’s report also showed the sale of 5 DVDs and programs during Jan. Treas. A. Buehner presented the financial report for the period ending 1/31/05. Alan also stated that he has been working on the Newsletter and that the deadline for articles will be Feb. 20th. He introduced Ted Guthrie who will be writing some articles for the letter.

B. Smith gave the Web-site report that showed we had 28,131 visits to the site in Dec. and 32,107 visits in Jan., which was the third highest month in the 16 month period that he has been tracking visits. Paul and E. Youngblood spoke briefly about the PFP comm. and told how they will be gathering info for the new book to be written about the “Steel Tankers” which will have a technical guide showing the evolution of the bike, as well as some short stories about the people who sold them, rode them and repaired them. B. Smith spoke about the surveys he has developed to try to track the changes made to them. Bill would like the surveys filled out, even on a bare frame as it could give valuable info. Each completed survey will give the owner a free chance to win a new Berkshire gas tank that will be autographed by John Penton. It will be given away at Vintage Days and the winner will not have to be present to win. John encouraged all members to seek out non POG members to fill out the surveys also. Jack P. suggested we might get some of the magazines to request “Steel Tank” owners to fill out the surveys too.

Due to John Borer being absent, his father, James gave the E-Bay report as follows: a Hi-Point style aluminum gas tank had 19 bids for $255.00, a NOS Hi-Point 300x21 front knobby tire had 5 bids for $54.00, a 5-pack of Bob Hannah Hi-Point racing decals signed by the Hurricane had 6 bids for $20.50 and a 5-pack of red, white and blue Penton USA decals had 28 bids for $36.00.

Paul showed the Penton jacket that John Harden is having made that he will be selling and donating the profits to the POG. After Paul explained the jacket , it was presented to John Penton as a gift.

Under old business, we discussed this being the “Year of the Jackpiner” which got off to a good start as there was about 20 of them parked out in front of the museum.

Under new business, Jack P. announced that KTM will be having a meeting to introduce their new models to the dealers at the Museum in Aug. John told about being at the meeting last year when KTM had all their dealers sign a large KTM banner and then presenting it to him as a birthday gift. Paul spoke about the large pictures that Kent Knudson had brought and asked everyone to sign them so they could be given as door prizes, when in reality they were given to Toni Proffer and Gary Roach who were married at the museum later in the day. Ted Del Solar presented A. Born with a nice plaque he had made that thanked him for being Secretary. The plaque had a small rack with a real harmonica on it and Al explained about the harmonica. Paul spoke about having Penton displays at Oley, Pa. and Davenport this year and mentioned that for $20.00 per year, we could belong to the Antique M.C. of America, so James Borer made a motion to join and John P. 2nd the motion and all were in favor of the motion. Paul stated that Lee Buffenmyer will be bringing bikes for the Oley meet on Apr. 29, 30 and May 1st. K. Knudson had purchased some T-shirts that were left over from the 2004 John Penton GNCC race. Kent sold them and donated the profits to the POG. The business meeting adjourned at 11:20 a.m. and the next meeting will be held on March 3rd at KTM, USA in Amherst, Ohio.

After the business meeting adjourned, Dane Leimbach explained his relationship with the Penton family and told how how he was selected to ride his first 6-Day event and spoke about most of the ones he entered thereafter. At lunch time we all went to the break area on the lower level for pizza that was furnished by Alan Buehner. We all then enjoyed almost an hour out in the warm sunshine admiring approximately 30 Penton motorcycles that were on display, the majority of them being Jack-Piners. From 1:10 to 1:40 Rod Gorzny spoke on how he restored his Pentons and answered several questions. From 1:40 to 2:20, Dane talked about ignition systems and showed the different coils and stators used on the Pentons. Prizes were given to Speedy Clasen and Ted Proffer for traveling the farthest and to Carly Smith for being the youngest in attendance. Many other nice door prizes that were donated by the POG and some of the POG members were presented to the following people: Ted Proffer, James Borer, Lee Lovelace, Paul Hibbard, Pat Herbison, Zak Borer, Shirley Bower, Tom Garrett, Lou Maier, Reba Guthrie, Gigi Penton, Al Born, Dennis Jones, Alan Buehner and Phil Campbell. Several of the prizes were nice green Penton T-shirts donated by Bob Wardlow.

Ted Del Solar spoke briefly about the Jack Pine and a trail ride he is organizing for late April. For more details see the next Newsletter and check the Web-site.

Ed Youngblood spoke for a few minutes on what the new MX exhibit will consist of. We then had the opportunity to witness the marriage of Toni Proffer and Gary Roach which was held at the foot of the stairs in the Museum. The ceremony was performed by the Mayor of Pickerington and after a short time of taking photos everyone enjoyed a piece of wedding cake.

Every who had brought bikes loaded up and approximately 20 to 25 people enjoyed a very nice lasagna dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Garrett in Pickerington, Ohio.

Al Born, Sec. of POG

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