Meeting Minutes

NOVEMBER 5, 2009

ATTENDEES: Ed Youngblood, James Borer, Ollie Martin, Jerry Grakauskas, Scott Brogan, Jack Penton, Dane Leimbach, Joan Borer, Al Martin, Randy Kirkbride, Bill Smith, John Penton, Alan Buehner, Jeff Borer, Doug Wilford, Barb Weisman, Bud Green, Paul Danik, Paul Busick, John Borer, Larry Maiers, Matt Weisman, Joe Novak and  Al Born.

Pres. P. Danik called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. A. Born read the minutes of the October meeting and B. Smith made a motion that was 2nd by D. Leimbach to accept the minutes as read and the motion carried. D. Wilford gave the membership report that showed 1 new member, 23 renewals, 8 being for 2 years, 1 for 3 years and 1 for 16 months. Nineteen were moved to the inactive list, leaving 411 active members. The Treasurers report was given by A. Buehner as of 10/31/09. Alan stated that he is working on the Winter Newsletter and that Nov. 20th is the deadline for receiving articles. B. Smith reported that Karen has developed a new system for our POG photo gallery that now has photos from the 2009 Vintage Days and the Reunion Ride. Bill gave an interesting report on how he and Karen raced around at the Reunion Ride to get a lot of photos. He said that our site now has 14,646 images on it. We all gave Bill and Karen a big “THANKS” for all the work they do for our site.

John Borer gave an E-bay report for 2 months showing the following sales: a NOS Penton Woodsman gas tank (orange/chrome) had 12 bids for $500.00, a NOS steel Berkshire gas tank had 13 bids for$500.00 and another new steel Berkshire tank had 6 bids for $404.00, a set of Magura levers with covers had 9 bids for $52.00, a Hi-point (blue/white) stocking cap had 16 bids for $161.38 and a large Penton Sportscycle enameled sign had 4 bids for $300.00. A 1970s Jackpiner engine had 3 bids for $296.00, a 1970s Penton 250 Hare Scrambler engine had 1 bid for $179.95, a set of trail maps for the 1974 6-Day (Italy) had 15 bids for $151.50, a set of NOS (18 and 21 inch) Sun rims sold for $125.00, a red/white Penton stocking cap had 16 bids for $57.66, a KTM stocking cap had 7 bids for $51.00 and a 1975 Isle of Man 6-Day pin had 12 bids for $43.00. Also, a 14 foot single axle Hi-point trailer had 14 bids for $1850.00, a 76 or 77 Penton 125 parts bike had 13 bids for $296.35, a 1975 Penton 250 cc Hare Scrambler had 11 bids for $1595.00 and a 1974 Penton 250 cc Enduro had 7 bids for $1625.44.

Pres. Danik reminded all that “Penton Day at the AMA” will be on Feb. 6th, 2010 and that Will Stoner will be holding a Swap Meet at the Ashland Co. Fairgrounds the following day and that Will has offered us space for a Penton display if we want. It was also decided that the CMF 125 Penton will be the “Bike of the Year” for 2010.

Under old business, Paul stated that Kirsten Penton Hill (owner of Penton Farm Market) is our tentative speaker for Family Night on Dec. 10. Al Martin mentioned progress on the steel tanker book and it was stated that more photos are being taken.

Under new business, R. Kirkbride mentioned that he has the 2010 calendars available. E. Youngblood presented the POG with all the research notes from various interviews when he was writing the John Penton book. B. Smith asked about the Trail Rider issue that told about our 40th celebration and it is believed that they are all gone. Someone noted that you can now get on Google to research all old AMA magazines. A. Born showed an issue of Motorcyclist that had an article and photo about Lyle Lovett’s first motorcycle, it being a Penton. A. Buehner noted that he is the official State of Ohio Statutory Agent for the POG. Jack Penton gave an update on the ISDE and stated that Cory Butrick had done very well. Jack noted that he remembered Cory being at the John Penton GNCC when he was around 10 years old. Jack also spoke about the upcoming Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Vegas and the 2010 Reunion Ride that will be on Oct. 23 and 24th in Arkansas. Paul had brought a Penton/Sachs engine that he had secured, with paint marks from the 6-Days that had stamped numbers that almost assured us that it was Jacks 1970 6-Day engine.

For show/tell of “What is in your Garage”, Dane showed us part of the large sign from Penton Imports on West Erie that said “Home of Penton Sportscycles”, a nearly new Barbour coat that he bought in London after the 1975 6-Days, a new Baja Preston Petty fender, a new long sleeve green Penton jersey, a red/white/blue 6-Day gear bag, a Belstaff jacket from the 1971 Isle of Man and a proto-type Kawasaki KDX 200 cc cylinder. Also, a number plate from his sons 1995 or 1996 125B State Championship motorcycle, an old surplus gas can, the top of the 1972 Watling Trophy, a 1971 FIM rule book, a box that had held an ISDT medal, Dane’s 1971 ISDT number plate # 122, a pair of hand guards, 2 invoice pads from Penton Brothers Inc. with address from1900 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, Ohio, a box for shipping Hi-point boots and a sign advertising Henry Leimbach’s “Ohio Certified Seed Corn. Also, a customized spoke wrench that Ted Penton had made, a photo of Dane’s and Jack’s Kawasaki Enduro team at the Alligator Enduro. Several interesting stories were then told about how John used to gather and save card-board boxes for shipping items. NOTE: The next meeting (Family Night) will be on Dec. 10th, not the 3rd as some members will be in Vegas for the Induction Ceremony on that week-end. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Al Born, Sec. of POG

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