Meeting Minutes

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

ATTENDEES: Dane Leimbach, James Borer, John Borer, Jerry Grakauskas, John Penton, Scott Brogan, Alan Buehner, Joan Borer, Al Born, Paul. A. Busick, Jack Penton, Doug Wilford, Dale Fisher, Jeff Borer, Bill Smith, Paul Beckwith and Paul Danik.

Pres. Danik called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.. He announced that Ed Youngblood is recuperating well from his recent surgery. He then introduced his guest, Paul Beckwith whom he met through Conrad Pfeifer. Mr. Beckwith stated that he rode a Hodaka early in his riding career and the balance was on a Husky that he rode some Hare Scrambles on, mostly in Western Pa. Al Born read the minutes of the June meeting and Bill Smith made a motion that was seconded by James Borer to accept the minutes as read and the motion carried. Doug Wilford gave his final Membership report as he has resigned from that position as of this date. The report showed 1 new member and one renewal, leaving 417 active members. We again “Thanked” Doug for all he has done and Paul congratulated and thanked Dale Fisher for his willingness to take on that position. Dale discussed a few ideas he has to possibly simplify the process of renewing memberships. James Borer volunteered to be the mail man and forward the items that go to Dale in Mich. Alan Buehner gave the Treasurers report as of 6/30/11. Alan reported that 445 issues of the current Newsletters were printed and that 400+ were mailed. He stated that he was sorry that the Newsletter was late and that a Member Profile did not arrive and he had to scramble to get someone else, who proved to be very interesting. There was no mailing party as Alan took care of them at his office. Bill Smith gave the Web-site report, stating that the site was down for 1 ½ days in early July, due to a severe hail storm that affected the electricity in that area.

John Borer gave the e-Bay report as follows: a like-new VDO speedometer sold for $200.00, a nice set of Ceriani forks for a GS6/400Lightning sold for $449.95, a ‘70s vintage Jack-piner exhaust pipe had 6 bids for $132.50, a 1973 Penton 6-Day gas tank in nice condition with cap and petcocks sold for $129.95 and a set of Berkshire forks with triple tree sold for $127.72. Also, a Berkshire frame and wheels had 4 bids for $102.50, a Berkshire steel gas tank had 6 bids for $102.50, a nice Jack-piner gas tank had 1 bid and sold for $100.00, a used Penton tool bag and rack had 1 bid for $69.95, a Berkshire steel gas tank with minor dents and light rust inside had 7 bids for $63.00, a Penton Berkshire rear aluminum fender with minor dings had 5 bids for $48.00 and a 1974 Jack-piner in nice condition with rebuilt engine had 6 bids for $1,990.00.

Alan Buehner stated that the tent is on order for Vintage Days. Ollie/Al Martin will be towing our trailer to Mid-Ohio. Paul distributed the tickets and entrance instructions to the proper personnel. We discussed the rules and Jack advised everyone to help police the rules and to lend a hand when and where needed. Dale Fisher stated that he wanted to race on Saturday and he was encouraged to do so and that the Membership items will be taken care of. Scott Brogan stated that the new Short Tracker T-shirts will be ready. Paul encouraged members to bring Berkshires, if possible to augment the Short-Trackers as they are not too plentiful.

For Field Trips, Chicago Jerry had been to Athens for a C.C. race and stated that Toni and Gary Roach were there as well as several other Penton riders. Jack Penton had been to Mill Hall, Pa. for a dual sport ride that had 700 riders. James Borer had taken a trip to the Hospital after suffering a mini-stroke. “Thankfully”, he has no side effects.

Under old business, Paul stated that a recent Hemmings Motor News has a Penton article in it.. Bill Smith made a motion that we pay $123 for 50 issues of the May Trail Ride that had photos and a nice article about “Penton Day at the AMA” in February. These are to be sold locally and at Vintage Days for $3.00 each. Jack Penton seconded the motion and the motion carried. Paul announced that Conrad Pfeifer and some relatives are preparing a 250 cc Triumph to take to Bonneville to attempt a speed record. Jake Fischer is the official tuner and rider. Chicago Jerry showed us one of the arrows we bought that says POG on them and he said he has been to Terra Alta, W.V. and laid out some trail for the C.C. during Mountain-fest.

Under new business, Paul presented John Penton with a nice Penton jersey that Larry Perkins is having made. Larry sent the jersey for John and it has John Penton printed on the back. A motion was made by Alan Buehner to expand the number of POG Trustees from 13 to 14 and the motion was seconded by James Borer and the motion carried. Doug Wilford then made a motion that was seconded by John Borer to elect Dale Fisher as Trustee and the Membership Officer and all were in favor of the motion. Jack Penton, who has been Director of Operations at the AMA for over a year now, spoke about the advantages of the AMA’s Roadside Assistance Program. Paul and Jack spoke about the headway that appears to have been made by the AMA towards having the lead-bill amended. Alan Buehner stated that Buehners will be serving dinner as usual at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at Vintage Days, with the business meeting to follow. An effort will be made to have the Grand Marshall, Jeff Fredette to spend some time at our POG tent.

Dale Fisher did “Show and Tell” of what was in his garage as follows: a small table radio, a baseball mitt, 2 large photos of him on his motorcycles, 2 orange Penton racing jerseys, a Belstaff jacket that he bought in England in 1972, an orange Bell helmet, a badge from Honda Hills, a small blue alloy gas tank, a set of Penton side panels, his brother’s number plate (24), an aluminum Triumph gas tank and a Cheney frame for a 500 twin. Also, a heavy engine guard, a Honda muffler on a Triumph twin pipe, a chrome rear fender, a metal box with wrenches, wire and misc, a nice 125 Penton steel gas tank and 2 #1 number plates for winning two AHRMA class championships, one for 125 novice class and the other for Sportsman 100 Novice class.

The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd at approx. 6:00 p.m. at Mid-Ohio. The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Al Born, Sec. of POG

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