Meeting Minutes

JUNE 2, 2011

ATTENDEES:  Conrad Pfeifer, Ollie Martin, James Borer, Gerry Grakauskas, Bill Smith, Dane Leimbach, Al Martin, Joan Borer, Randy Kirkbride, Bud Green, Alan Buehner, Paul Danik, Jeff Borer, Doug Wilford, John Penton, Paul Busick, Scott Brogan, Al Born, Dale Fisher and Ken Beck.

Pres. Danik called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. and he and the group welcomed Conrad Pfeifer back as he had missed several meetings due to his illness. Paul had brought two cards to be signed by the group, one being for Dan Killean, who recently lost his son Jason, 31 in a motorcycle accident and the other for Ed Youngblood who is recovering from recent heart by-pass surgery. Al Born read the minutes of the May 5th, 2011 POG meeting and Bill Smith made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Ollie Martin seconded the motion and the motion carried. Doug Wilford gave the membership report that showed 4 new members, 8 renewals, 3 being for 5 years and 1 being for 6 years, leaving 427 active members. Two of the renewals came off the inactive list. Doug also stated that he desires to resign from the position of Membership Officer. We all gave Doug a big round of applause in “Thanks” for all he has done over the years. We held a discussion on this matter and the consensus was that it should be someone who lives near the Amherst post office, attends regularly and has good computer capabilities. Alan Buehner gave the Treasurers report as of 5/31/11. Alan stated that the Newsletter will be late as he is still waiting for some articles. Bill Smith reported that our web-site server has made some changes that allows E-mails to be sent directly through our POG site.

For Field Trips, Chicago Jerry had ridden a 2-day Qualifier at Stillwater, Okla. and that he stated that he won a Gold Medal in the 200 cc class. Jerry stated that Guy Cooper invited the group to see his motorcycle collection in his garage that had a real early Penton in it. Al Born had been to a very long, steep, ugly hill in W.V. that they try to top. Approx. 20 riders made several attempts and it was only topped once by Bryan Hall, riding a 450 cc Yamaha. One young man came very close to totally destroying a 400 Honda 4-wheeler that rolled at least 20 times, after having made it about ¾ of the way up. To Al’s surprise, nearly half of the riders wore no helmets and luckily no one was injured. The hill is called “Standing Stone” and they always ride it on Memorial and Labor Day (Sunday). Paul told about POG member Adrian Goold, from Australia being in Pa. on a work related trip, so Paul brought him to Pentonville to meet Jack and John Penton. Paul gave him a John Penton book and some T-shirts. John stated that Adrian was a very interesting person. Scott Brogan told about nearly being caught in a tornado recently near Norwalk, Ohio.

Under old business, Scott says that the new Penton Short-tracker T-shirts have been designed and are at the screen printer and should be ready by Vintage Days. Paul stated that Blair Beck had let him know that the Penton that John signed the number plate for at the May meeting had taken 1st place in the competition class at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, Calif. Blair also told him that the high-light of his day was meeting Fred Hays of Mettco fame. Alan noted that the 20’ x 30’ tent rental at Mid-Ohio has gone up to $860.00. Alan made a motion to proceed with the rental of same and Scott Brogan seconded the motion and the motion carried. We discussed buying arrows for the C.C. races with our POG logo on them. The cost for 5,000 arrows would be approx. $400.00. James Borer made a motion that was seconded by Scott Brogan to purchase them for Chicago Jerry to use when laying out the C.C. events and the motion carried.

Under new business, it was noted that an effort is being made to get extra copies of the May Trail Rider magazine that had the nice article with photos of Penton Day at the AMA meeting. It was also noted that the Ohio Valley BSA Club’s Reliability Run was to be held on the upcoming week-end. We discussed how we might disperse the DVDs that we now have from the 1974 and 1975 6-Day events.

Ken Beck did the Show/Tell of what was in his garage as follows: a calculator, a drag bike plate for his Kawasaki, a map and a sign from “The Tale of the Dragon”, a jetting kit for a Yamaha, a set of ignition wrenches, an off-set screw driver, a motorcycle seat cover, a Kawasaki sprocket and a used piston. Also, a set of Jo-blocks, a depth gauge micrometer, some heavy electric cable, a scratch-all, a drill bit sharpening gauge, a hay hook, some horse bits and shoes and many other items pertaining to veterinarian work. There was no e-Bay report. The meeting adjourned at 8:58 p.m. with the next meeting scheduled for July 7th, 2011 at KTM, USA in Amherst.

Al Born, Sec. of POG

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