Meeting Minutes

POG MEETING HELD AT KTM, USA IN AMHERST, OHIO
DECEMBER 2, 2010

ATTENDEES:  Barb Penton, James Borer, Patty Borer, Judy Danik, Barb Weisman, Connie del Solar, Donna Penton, Joan Borer, John Borer, Paul Danik, Matt Weisman, Ted del Solar, John Penton, Jeff Borer, Helle Borer, Dolly Martin, Belinda Brogan, Linda Strable, Gigi Penton, Nancy Borer, Bailey Borer, Ollie Martin, Scott Brogan, Lester Strable, Jack Penton, Alyssa Borer, Al Born, Al Martin, Jerry Grakauskas, Pat Leimbach, Pat Green, Paul Borer, Ken Beck, Dale Fisher, Chris Grakauskas, Dane Leimbach, Bud Green, Zak Borer, Joe Novak, Coleen Busick, Alan Buehner, Ada Marie Janocik,
Bev Troyan, Bill Smith, Mike Rosso, Paul Busick, Ed Youngblood, Tom Janocik and Greg Troyan.

Pres. Paul Danik called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m. by asking each person to state their name and where they were from. He announced the passing of Christine Howell, who is Bob Gilman’s daughter and mother of Bryan Howell and the passing of Jeff Debell’s father and we all signed a card to send to them. He also announced that Bud Green had the 2011 Penton calendars for sale as Randy Kirkbride was unable to attend. Al Born read the minutes of the November meeting and James Borer made a motion that was seconded by Jack Penton to accept the minutes as read and all were in favor of the motion. Doug Wilford was not feeling well enough to attend, so Alan Buehner gave the membership report that showed 5 new members and 19 renewals, 4 being for 2 years, 3 for 3 years and 3 for 5 years, leaving 435 active members. Alan Buehner gave the Treasurers report as of 11/30/10. Alan stated that he picked up issue #49 of the newsletter today. He stated that 460 copies were printed and that there will be a mailing party at the Wilfords on Sat. morning. He also gave “Thanks” to Ted Guthrie for the “Rider Profile” that he wrote about Mike Gallagher and for his very interesting Barber article. Bill Smith stated that things are good on the web-site and told about getting the home-page photo of Mike Rosso. Mike then told us about getting and racing his first Penton motorcycle. Mike then showed us the “Teaser Video” that Todd Huffman is working on about John Penton. Jack then explained to us just how this came about and John added that Ed Youngblood likely started it all when he wrote the John Penton book. Ed quickly took the 5th on this issue.

John Borer gave the e-Bay report that listed the following sales: a 1976 Penton 250 kick start lever had 7 bids for $41.00, another kick start lever sold for $99.99, a 1974 Penton Hare Scrambler clutch cover sold for $79.99, a 1976 Penton 250 ignition cover had 2 bids for $22.02, another clutch cover had 1 bid for $9.99 and two large 2005 POG T-shirts had 1 bid for $35.00. Also, a 1973 Penton 6-Day air box/side cover sold for $49.99, a set of 32 m.m. forks/clamps had 11 bids for $101.76, a Vintage green Penton jersey with ¾ length sleeves had 6 bids for $72.88, a 1971 Penton 6-Day swing arm with kick stand sold for $99.99 and a vintage leather tool bag had 6 bids for $116.00. Also, a restored 1972 Penton gas tank had 12 bids for $182.50, a set of 35 m.m. forks/clamps had 18 bids for $494.00, a 1972 Penton 6 Day exhaust pipe with several small dents had 3 bids for $28.76, a 1976 Penton 250 exhaust pipe had 11 bids for $305.00, an exhaust pipe for a Mint 400 had 10 bids for $382.00, a 1972 Penton Mudlark had 21 bids for $1,941.00, a Penton 400 sold for $2,000.00 and a nice 1974 Penton 250 Hare Scrambler had 4 bids for $3,501.00.

Mike Rosso did Show/Tell of what was in his garage as follows: a vintage jersey that Mel Bohn gave him shortly after he bought his first Penton, a J and D green racing jersey, an old red mouth guard, a Puch cap signed by Harry Everts, a 125 cc Husky racing jersey, an air cleaner cover from a 1969 ½ 440 6 pack Road Runner, signed by John Worley, a Chrysler Corp. Engineer, several editors and other dignitaries, a broken clutch lever that he broke during the 6- days that was given to him by the finder two years later. Also, a Hi-Point boot bag, a can of Huberds boot grease from McMinville, Oregon. Mike chose Bill Smith to do Show/Tell at the Jan. meeting.

We took a 20 minute break for pizza and snacks that the ladies brought until 8:45 p.m. when Jack gave us a report on the recent “Hall of Fame” induction week-end. Jack stated that there was over 650 people at the induction ceremony with at least 40 Hall of Fame members in attendance. There was a 2 hour autograph session by Hall of Fame members and he stated that it will be held in Vegas again next year.

Under old business, Al Buehner gave Paul Danik and Al Born copies of an inventory of POG items that he is storing at the present time. There was no new business. The meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m. with the next meeting scheduled for Jan. 6th, 2011 at KTM, USA. Matt Weisman and Lester Strable gave a very informative explanation of the small engines (approximately 20) that they had mounted on a long table. During their explanation of the history of the various type of engines, John Penton told about his Grandfather being an engineer for the Great Lakes Shipping Company and how he became a good friend of Henry Ford and how he tried to persuade Henry that the internal combustion engine would never be as successful as steam powered engines. Matt and Lester started all of the engines, powered by compressed air, and let them run for approximately ½ hour to the amazement of all. Several door prizes were given with Mike Rosso being the first winner, choosing a pair of Hi-Point boots that were donated by Kathy and Elmer Towne. The Conference Room was put back in order as found and everyone headed out into the cold night for their journey home.

Al Born, Sec. of POG

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