Meeting Minutes


ATTENDEES:  James Borer, Alan Buehner,  Ollie Martin, Barb Weisman, Jerry Grakauskas, Jack Penton, John Borer, Dane Leimbach, Al Martin, Matt Weisman,  Doug Wilford, John Penton, Jeff Borer, Conrad Pfeifer, Larry Maiers, Dave Callison, Scott Brogan, Joe Novak, Al Born, Randy Kirkbride, Greg Troyan, Paul Busick, Doug Beam, Bill Smith, Paul Danik, Tom Worcester, Kevin Outland, Ed Youngblood and Brett Beam.

President P. Danik called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m. Sec. Al Born read the minutes of the August 7th meeting and Ollie Martin made a motion to accept the minutes as read and Bill Smith seconded the motion and all were in favor of the motion. Doug Wilford gave the membership report that showed 5 new members, 7 renewals, with 4 being for 2 years. Nine members were moved to the inactive list, leaving 441 active members. Alan Buehner gave the Treasurers as of Aug. 31, 2008. Alan reported that the Fall Newsletter had 4 extra pages and that 480 were printed and that 449 were mailed prior to Sept. 1st that contained #4 (last) DVD of “John Penton at Home”. He also stated that the next Newsletter will have articles on our 40/10 Celebration, Barber Vintage Days and the 6-Day Reunion Ride.

Bill Smith reported that our Web-site has a new “Home Page “ photo as well as many photos from Vintage Days and that it advertises our new “Anniversary” Golf-style shirt. Jack Penton spoke at length about our Celebration event, stating that we have nearly 200 returns from 23 states, Canada and England. Jack stated that 3 buses have been rented for the Saturday tour. He gave many other details, stating that KTM has space available for securing items that are brought for display and that the items for the gift bags are all ordered and that there will be a few door prizes given at the banquet. Jack also stated that the Mayor of Amherst will be giving a Proclamation of Sunday being “Penton Family Day” and that Police escort has been procured for the ride to John’s home and return. Larry Maiers had questions pertaining a format for Saturday evening interviews, etc. J. Grakauskas will be furnishing mikes and a portable sound system. Calls are being made to have some special editions of Penton Motorcycles there as well as Numbers 1, 2 and 3. It was decided that any bikes that wont run may be hauled in trucks or trailers in the parade to John’s home and that relatives may follow in autos, if desired. Also, Jack and Ed Youngblood will be contacting some writers/photographers about coming and the POG will help with their expenses. Everyone gave a big “round of applause” to Jack for all the work he has done in organizing the Celebration events.

John Borer gave the E-bay report showing the following sales: a rear fender clamp for a Jackpiner had 7 bids for $27.50, a NOS Penton side panel for ’74 to ’77 250 or 400 (color is blue/yellow) had 1 bid and sold on “Buy it Now” for $140.00, a used ’74 reed valve had 10 bids for $202.50, a 3.50 x 18” vintage Metzler tire had 10 bids for $212.50 and a used Penton Jackpiner gas tank had 6 bids for $239.50. Also, a used 125 cc gas tank for ’68-’70 Penton, with dings and dents had 42 bids for $375.00, a steel tanker frame had 2 bids for $9.99, a short chain guard that had a crack had 3 bids for $15.50, a 1977 GS6??? Penton had 21 bids for $392.00 and a very nice set of 35 mm forks with triple clamps had 24 bids for $465.00

There was no old business and under new business, Paul mentioned the photos taken by the Lorain Journal this evening of our group as well as 21 Pentons will be used in an article about our Celebration. Paul brought a large, poster size photo of Jack riding in the 6-Days at the Isle of Man in 1971 that everyone signed that will be sent to Dave Withrow, who was recently injured while riding. Paul also brought to attention the write-up/photos that are in “Rider” motorcycle magazine for Sept. Vol. #2, issue 19. He also stated that the theme for “Penton Day at the AMA” in February will be the 50th anniversary of John’s Cross-Country record breaking ride. Al Born reported on the health conditions of Bill Kennedy and Ronnie Rall who have both suffered strokes recently, but are improving. Al also reported the death of Rodney Moss, who was Bill Kennedy’s brother-in-law. Rodney had suffered from cancer for quite some time. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled on October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at KTM.

Al Born, Sec. of POG

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