Meeting Minutes

POG MEETING HELD AT VINTAGE DAYS, MID-OHIO
JULY 25, 2009


There were 90 names in the sign-in book and likely 90% of those were POG members. Pres. P. Danik called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. by welcoming all present and asked everyone to state their name and the city they were from. Paul called “Chef” Dale Buehner forward to a big round of applause. Dale “Thanked” those who had helped to prepare the evening meal including the following: Belinda Brogan, Zak and Jeff Borer, Augie Mickevicius and Debbie Callison. He also “Thanked” those who helped sponsor the meals that were served throughout the event including: John Penton, Carl Schneider, Buehners Office Supply, Al Born, Tommy Garrett, Ted and Connie Del Solar, Barb and Matt Weisman, Bob Gilman, Nelson Mc Cullough, John Slivka and the Mickevicius brothers. Also Dale “Thanked” Kip Kern and Forest Stahl for providing their good breakfasts each morning. Pres. Danik then presented “Chef Dale” with one of the Commemorative leather bound John Penton books in appreciation of all the hard work he does to keep us fed so well. Paul also introduced and “Thanked” everyone on the Executive Board for all their efforts to make the POG tick. Paul and Dane then presented Certificates of Appreciation to all who had displayed their Penton motorcycles during the event as follows: Ollie/Al Martin, Pat Mickevicius, Bob, Dave and Nelson McCullough, Deb and Dave Callison, Ted Guthrie, Dave Ash, Steve Markley, Jeff Anthony, Mike Winter, Conrad Pfeifer, Bill Smith and Randy Kirkbride.

Paul then had Dane speak about his Uncle Ted Penton and explain how the “Ted Penton Technical Award” came about. This award went to Toni/Gary Roach, Kent Knudson, the Giddings family and any others who helped to develop John’s little orange truck. If I have missed any names in the above listings, I’m sorry and please forgive. Paul mentioned that Tom Flores from Lorain, Oh. And Plano, Texas had attended our July 2nd meeting and that he had crashed and bruised himself in the C.C. race on Friday and that he had headed on home earlier today.

A. Born read the minutes of the July 2nd meeting and D. Leimbach made a motion to accept the minutes as read. B. Smith seconded the motion and all were in favor of the motion. D. Wilford gave the membership report that showed 2 new members, 13 renewals, 3 being for 2 years, 2 for 3 years and 1 for 5 years. Five members were moved to the inactive list, leaving 416 active members. A. Buehner gave the Treasurers report. Alan stated that he is working on the fall newsletter that will be mailed with a DVD with coverage of the ’74 and’75 6-Day events that features several Penton riders. Alan “Thanked “all those who come to the Wilfords home to stuff the envelops at mailing time. Bill Smith said that there really wasn’t anything new to report about the Web-site.

John Borer had not prepared an E-Bay report so he asked those present if they had found any good bargains at the Vintage Days Swap Meet and several reported finding an item of treasure. Paul gave us an update on the Reunion Ride which is progressing very well at this time. There was no old business and under new business Larry Perkins gave a brief report on the races stating that several POG members had placed well with their Pentons. Mike Winter spoke briefly on how he uses POR15 tank liner in fiber-glass tanks with good results. Larry Perkins also spoke on his and Tom Flores’s plan to ride a 125 Penton in the “Best in the Desert” staged 1000 mile race from Vegas to Reno on Aug. 20th. This ride has now been postponed until 2010. Paul asked John to tell a little about his record breaking Cross-Country ride in 1959 on his BMW. John said the BMW used less than a pint of oil and that one of his main goals was to prove that BMWs were a good “Modern Day” motorcycle at that time. John said that this ride is what caused BMW to want him to ride the 6-Day event and when he saw how well the small bikes performed over there that it was instrumental in his dream to build a small off-road bike for the states. Jim Borer told how he can nearly set his clock at 6:35 a.m. when he hears and sees John go by in his little orange truck as he heads to the farm on Rt. 113 for a days work.

For show/tell, A. Born had a box of goodies from his garage including the following items: a fiber glass gas tank that his son John had run on their 1970 Berkshire, an old Enduro route card holder, a genuine leather mud flap that the Pentons had hundreds of them made for the BSAs and NSUs, a shorty rear view mirror that was used in Enduros, the small baby bottle that he carried with oil in Enduros, a stainless steel shoe that he had made for a few short tracks and some T.T. races, a home made front fender bracket for the early steel tanker Pentons. He also showed a NOS Hi-point fanny pack, a round clamp with a small cane tip on the head of the clamp bolt that was used on his #3 Penton as positive fork stops (it worked) , a snuff-R-not that was used on his Honda 90, a Sachs ignition cover that had been welded where it was chipped out, a Preston Petty Enduro head-light assembly and the original coil from Penton #3.

We sang Happy Birthday to John as he will soon be celebrating his 84th birthday and then enjoyed a beautifully decorated cake that Chef Dale had brought to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Johns Cross Country ride. As we all enjoyed the cake, a real hi-light of the meeting was when a real genuine Sherriff came to the tent looking for John Penton, stating that he was sorry but that he had a warrant for his arrest. John had a very, very strange look on his face and replied, “If its about the license plate for my truck”. At that time the Sherriff stated that he had a 50 year old warrant for him for breaking the speed limit in 15 states. John then knew it was a big “Set Up”. We wonder who planned all that. Once more Dale took the mike and gave a big “Thank You” to Ollie/Al Martin for hauling about 700 pounds of his supplies and equipment to Mid-Ohio. The meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m. and the next meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 3rd, 2009 at KTM, USA

Al Born, Sec. of POG

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