Meeting Minutes

POG MEETING HELD AT KTM, USA IN AMHERST, OHIO
DECEMBER 7, 2006

ATTENDEES:  Alyssa Borer, Chris Grakauskas, Donna Penton, Valli Kirkbride, Connie Del Solar, Karen Turner,
Zak Borer, Jerry Grakauskas, John Penton, Randy Kirkbride, Ted Del Solar, Bill Smith, Paul Borer, Barb Weisman, Barb Penton, Coleen Busick, Rosemary Buehner, Linda Losse, Nancy Borer, Matt Weisman, Marj Born, Paul Busick, Alan Buehner, Val Losse, Jeff Borer, Pat Leimbach, Al Born, Dot Wilford, Belinda Brogan, Judy Danik, Joan Borer, Dane Leimbach, Ty Berner, Doug Wilford, Scott Brogan, Paul Danik, James Borer, Chris Garrett, Bev Berner, Ed Youngblood, Terry Waite, John Borer, Bailey Borer, Tommy Garrett, Ed Berner, Sr., and Conrad Pfeifer.

Pres. P. Danik called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m. and asked each person to introduce themselves. He then introduced the musicians for the evening who were Linda Losse, playing the dulcimer, Karen Turner, playing the dulcimer and harmonica, Conrad Pheifer, playing the bass and Al Born on the harmonica also. Two winter songs were played and Sec. A. Born read the minutes of the Nov. meeting. D. Leimbach made a motion to accept the minutes as read and the motion was seconded by James Borer and all were in favor of the motion. D. Wilford gave the membership report that showed 7 new members, 3 coming off the expired list, 17 renewals, 7 being for 2 years and the sale of 3 1973 6-Day DVDs. Eleven people were moved to the expired list, leaving 408 active members. A. Buehner gave the Treasurers report as of 11/30/06. Alan also stated that the winter Newsletter is now at the printing shop and that 460 copies is being printed and that they will be mailed next week. Bill Smith reported that they have had some problems on the web-site and these problems are being taken care of. It was also reported that there currently is 1,457 registered users of the message board that is pretty much used world wide. Everyone present gave Karen a big hand for all the work that she does to keep our site up to date.

John Borer gave the E-bay report showing the following sales: a set of steel tank model swing arm bushings had 5 bids for $103.60, two NOS aluminum Penton tags for side cases had 11 bids for $78.77, a NOS set of Magura levers and perches sold for $140.00 with “Buy it Now” and a ’74/’75 MX gas tank in fair condition had 14 bids for $102.50. A Sachs kick starter in excellent condition had 12 bids for $87.00, a Penton 400 cc gas tank in good condition had 1 bid for $110.00 and the auction ended with “Buy it Now” and a ’74 6-Day engine bottom end with a frozen crank had 18 bids for $106.50. Also, a very nice Penton 250 cc Hare Scrambler had 25 bids for $2,910.00, a very rare 1959 Sears Allstate Puch MC250 Scrambler in fairly nice condition had 17 bids for $3,250.00 and a NOS Vintage Zundapp gas tank in very nice condition had 23 bids for $666.66

The Steel Tank book committee had no meeting this month but there will be a 5:00 p.m. meeting on Jan. 4th and Doug is requesting some photos of steel tankers in original condition. Members are requested to call Doug if you have such. B. Smith says that he still gets a survey occasionally.

The Penton Day at the AMA will be on Feb. 3rd, 2007 and Paul says its likely that Dave Duarte will come as a speaker and there also is a possibility that Carl Cranke will come also. This event has been put on the AMA’s web site. The Museum opens at 9:00 a.m. and the POG meeting will start at approx. 10:00 a.m. Paul introduced Chris and Tommy Garrett who live near the Museum and told how they always invite the POG members to their home for dinner after the meeting. Tommy spoke, briefly stating that they consider it any honor and a pleasure to open their home to us. Paul reminded everyone that this will be the Year of the early 250 cc Hare Scrambler so be sure to bring yours for display on this day.

Under old business, Jerry Grakauskas spoke about the AHRMA having filed Chapter 11, but that he is sure it will survive and that they have a racing schedule for 2007. Several members present spoke highly of the AHRMA organization. Al Born showed a page from a 1976 Cycle magazine that Bob Neruda had sent him that showed that Penton motorcycles had set new speed records in the 100 and 175 cc classes at Bonneville. Al also presented a summary of the donations that the POG has made to the Museum and as of Feb. 2007, it will total $3,515.00. R. Kirkbride reported that he has sold 64 of the 2007 Penton calendars as of this date. Paul showed a VMX magazine containing an article about Vintage Days with a picture of Ted Del Solar’s Penton {Davy} atop the tree stump. E. Youngblood stated that the winter issue of the “ Antique Motorcycle” magazine had a story about the 2006 “National Ride To Work Day” with photos of members who had ridden their antique motorcycles to work. One picture was of Dawn Maple and her 1968 BMW R-60, posing with John Penton in front of the KTM sign at corporate headquarters. She is an employee of KTM and she inherited the bike from her father-in-law who bought it new from Penton Brothers. Dawn works in parts and sales administration for KTM.

Under new business, Paul stated that next years 6-Day Reunion Ride will be at New Blaine, Ark. on the 26th thru the 28th of Oct. and that he believes the Vintage event at Barber Motorsports is a couple weeks previous to it. Bill Smith recognized Ed Youngblood for all the good information that he makes available on his Moto-History Updates at www.motohistory.net. John Penton told of Ed Fisher giving him a Penton GS250 motorcycle that is all there and runs and we discussed the possibilities that it presents. D. Leimbach told about his hip replacement surgery that he had on Monday, saying that he had no pain and that he could walk on it already. He was on his way home from the hospital, stopping by for the meeting. Maybe we should have given him a “Tough Man” award. P. Danik made a motion for the POG to endorse “Chicago” Jerry Grakauskas as a candidate for trustee for AHRMA and the motion was seconded by D. Leimbach and all were in favor of the motion.

At this time Paul introduced Mrs. Pat Leimbach who is Johns sister and Danes mother who entertained us for about 20 minutes with her stories about her brother, “Big John“, the business man in Europe, her own personal story of her one and only motorcycle riding experience with her sons and nephews and about being a farm wife and about the expectations that farm husbands have of them. Pat had everyone well entertained before finishing. We then took a break for pizza, soft drinks and all kinds of desserts that our wives had brought. The musicians played most of the time while the snacks were enjoyed. When we all returned to our seats a drawing was held for Penton caps, jerseys, T-shirts, decals and a small Penton, “Built for Champions” badge. These items were won by Tyler Berner, Marj Born, Edwin Berner, Sr., Pat Leimbach, Beverly Berner, Belinda Brogan, Zak Borer, Val Losse, Valli Kirkbride and Paul Borer. The conference room was returned to its original set-up and 46 happy people headed home to Ohio, Pa., Mich. and Illinois at approximately 10:00 p.m.

The next regular POG meeting will be on January 4th, 2007 at 7:00 p.m., but the Book Committee meeting will begin 2 hours earlier at 5:00 p.m.

Al Born, Sec. of POG

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