Meeting Minutes

POG MEETING HELD AT KTM, USA IN AMHERST, OHIO
APRIL 7, 2011

ATTENDEES:  James Borer, Ollie Martin, Barb Weisman, Scott Brogan, Jerry Grakauskas, Paul Busick, Joan Borer, Al Martin, Matt Weisman, Doug Wilford, Randy Kirkbride, Bill Smith, Jeff Borer, Jack Penton, Greg Troyan, Dale Fisher, Dane Leimbach, Bo Rhodes, John Borer, John Penton, Larry Maiers, Bud Green, Alan Buehner,  Mike Rosso, Al Born and Joe Novak.

Vice Pres. Scott Brogan called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. Jack Penton announced that Pres. Danik was absent due to the hospitalization of his young grandson. Al Born read the minutes of the February 5th meeting and Jack Penton made a motion to accept the minutes as read with James Borer making a second to the motion and the motion carried. Doug Wilford gave the membership report for February and March that showed 3 new members, 46 renewals, with 2 of those coming off the inactive list, leaving 413 active members. Alan Buehner gave the Treasures reports for February and March. Alan reported that he had 425 copies of our Spring Newsletter printed and that approx. 400 were mailed. He plans to have a photo of a Penton Short-tracker on the cover of the next Newsletter. He also stated that he has presented our accountant with the proper information for our year-end tax statement. Alan also gave Al Martin the license plate renewal sticker for our POG trailer. Bill Smith stated that all is well with our Web-site and that there will be a new home page photo within a few days.

John Borer gave the e-Bay report as follows: a nice program from the 1973 6-day event had 7 bids for $45.00, a new (in package) Hi-point folding shift lever sold for $14.95, a set of Hi-point racing decals had 5 bids for $15.49, a used 250/400 Penton kick-starter had 2 bids for $52.61, a used 1978 Penton/KTM magnesium airbox and cage sold for $56.00 and a used 1972 Penton 6-Day seat in rough condition had 10 bids for $61.00. A 1973 175 cc kick starter had 2 bids for $75.00, a 1975 Jack-piner front wheel assembly sold for $99.99, a Penton/KTM gasket assortment had 1 bid for $99.99, a set of engine cases for a 1975 Jack-piner sold for $99.99, a 1972 Penton 6-Day gas tank had 11 bids for $102.82, a 1972 6-Day front wheel assembly with brake had 6 bids for $110.47, a used 1977 400 cc GS6 exhaust pipe sold for $110.00 and a set of 6-Day forks/triple clamps had 3 bids for $47.99, a set of 32 mm 6-Day forks sold for $149.99, a set of forks for a 1974 Penton 400 sold for $99.00, a set of forks for a 1974 250 cc Hare Scrambler had 7 bids for $155.50, a new (in crate) 1973 CZ400 MX had 29 bids for $8,700.00, a 1976 MC5 250 cc Penton had 3 bids for $1,475.00 and a VT6 Buco 40S, J-22 horsehide leather motorcycle jacket had 42 bids for $1,230.99.

On the topic of Field Trips, Jack Penton stated that approx. 50,000 people had attended the Cleveland Motorcycle Show and that it gave our POG display a lot of exposure. Jack also spoke about the Daytona Breakfast being moved to the Daytona Speedway 500 Club and that Eric Buell was the guest speaker. Jack also stated that he had recently ridden in the Nevada 200 (with snow) with Scott Harden, Casey Folks, Ron Ribolzi and many other old friends and that he was asked to speak at their dinner. Joe Novak also took a trip to the hospital to have a knee repaired.

Under old business, Jack Penton spoke about the passing of his Aunt Mary Kovach (John’s sister) and told of how Tom had stayed in their home for a time after their Mothers passing on. Al Born also read a eulogy for Mary that was written by her six children. Pres. Danik had suggested that we make a donation in honor/memory of Mrs. Kovach so John Penton made a motion to donate $100.00 to the Amherst Garden Club that she had been very active in. Scott Brogan seconded the motion and the motion carried. Under new business, Jack spoke about Vintage Days stating that the spaces will be cheaper this year, but tickets will need to be purchased separately. Jack stated that Mid-Ohio has been sold but that most of the former managers will be kept and that he expects some improvements to be made. James Borer made a motion that was seconded by Bill Smith to rent the same six spaces that we had last year and the motion carried. It was decided that we will discuss the tent rental and the amount of tickets we need to purchase at the May meeting. We had Paul Clipper come to our “Penton Day at the AMA” as a media man and Jack Penton made a motion that we send him $400.00 to cover his expenses, so Ollie Martin seconded the motion to do so and the motion carried. Also, Scott Brogan made a motion that was seconded by Jack Penton to pay the food bill of $470.85 for the “Penton Day at the AMA” meeting and this motion also carried. It was noted that we had a notice from the Razorback Riders (who are promoting the upcoming 6-Day Reunion Ride in Combs, Ark) about placing an ad in their commemorative program. It was noted that we could have the back of the front or rear cover, full page in glossy finish for $300.00 Jack Penton made a motion to do so and John Borer seconded the motion and the motion carried. We discussed the possibility of changing the date of “Penton Day at the AMA” because of the possibility of inclement weather. Many ideas were brought up and the subject was tabled until the next meeting. Alan had received a notice about Pres. Danik attending the 2nd annual VMD meeting for the various Vintage groups to discuss ideas pertaining to the VMD and Alan will be forwarding this to Paul. James Borer showed the article in American Motorcyclist where Kelly Owen stated that his all-time favorite motorcycle was a Penton 6-Day. Also, Al Born showed an item in the April 2011 issue of Dirt Rider about someone having decal kits to give modern KTMs a touch of PENTON. Al Born also noted the death of Charlie Hawk of Athens, Oh., a former Penton Dealer, and racer, and of the death of former TT and Hare Scramble specialist Brown Warner from the Cleveland and Elyria area. The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m. with the next meeting scheduled for May 5th, 2011 at KTM, USA.

Al Born, Sec. of POG

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