The 43 annual BMW NorCAl ‘49er Rally was held at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend of 2015. With the exception of the threat of thunder showers one day, the weather was clear with temperatures in the 70’s. Turnout was good with over 400 in attendance, to include 57 who had not previously attended a ‘49er Rally.
Everyone ate quite well, with all the rally food being provided by Mariposa's local eateries, caterers and chefs. The Golden Grappler’s wrestling team supporters again sold bacon, eggs, and pancakes for breakfast; burgers for lunch and dinner. Sal’s Taco’s also provided lunch and dinner. New this year, provided by River Rock Inn, was a breakfast option for the vegetarians. Saturday evening was a catered BBQ dinner also provided by River Rock Inn. One participant of the BBQ dinner stated that it was a dinner that would never be forgotten.
ALAN HUNTZINGER SHOWS OFF HIS CLASSIC OZZIE BMW TEE, MAKING CAROL SMILE, AT THE 43RD 2015 '49ER
Again this year, the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce, provided a complimentary trolley that shuttled rally participants from the fairgrounds into town. Friday and Saturday evening live music was provided by Mariposa's own “The Soul Galaxy”, and was so good that non-drinkers were visiting the Bier Garten just to enjoy the music.
On Friday morning we offered a GS riding clinic that was so popular that we held a second clinic on Saturday. On Friday and Saturday evening, a retired CHP Motorcycle officer gave a well-attended presentation on motorcycle safety. Other seminars included GPS programing; photos, editing, and posting with smart phone; motorcycle luggage/packing; and a presentation on Yosemite celebrating the 125th anniversary of the park.
New this year was a segment for ladies only; on Saturday morning was a GS riding clinic which was very well received by the large number of ladies who attended. There was a guided GS ride for ladies only. And Saturday evening, a ladies happy hour at the Bier Garten, where the ladies got to meet each other while enjoying wine and hors-d'œuvre.
Many enjoyed our rides, and tours. The Poker Run was very popular—more than one participant stated it was the best in years. The intermediate GS tour was also very popular. We had more spectators for the challenges this year than we have in several years. The fairgrounds provided shaded bleachers for the Asphalt trials. The English trials were held in front of the grand stands (where spectators could sit in comfort), the fairgrounds personnel had dug-up the track, per our direction, to provide the challenges.
I was honored to have been selected as rally chairperson for this years ‘49er Rally. I wish to thank the Mariposa Fairgrounds, for providing a venue that suits our budget and the needs of the rally, and the staff that go above and beyond to provide the services. Thank you to the people of Mariposa, who gladly welcome us to their town and celebrate the ‘49er Rally with us. Thanks to Rex Hosea, for recording the event in pictures. And a big thanks to all those who volunteered to work at the rally, (you know who you are) you made it happen.
Andy Anderson, 2015 ‘49er Rally Chair
Elections are this month and will be held on June 27th at Finnon Lake Campground above Placerville. Mike Morlin is heading up the Elections Committee. All positions are up for election each year.
Send a message to Mike Morlin below if you would like to run or nominate someone. Candidates must be formally nominated at the meeting.
Were you at the Rally this year or thinking about going next year? Sample the 2015 '49er Rally with photographer REX, who was on-site in Mariposa with his traveling photo van and camera.
BMW NorCal Rally photos by REX: '49er 2015 Rally and of the women riders: '49er 2015 Ladies
It was great to see club regulars and new guests at Death Valley. A number of items came up during the Membership Meeting that I’d like to communicate to the club at large.
June is rapidly approaching, and that means it is time to elect Officers for the next fiscal year.
All Officers serve for one year. You can nominate someone or yourself for a position.
An Election coordinator is sought to assist with nominations before the meeting and the voting process at the meeting. Contact me if you would like to volunteer to be our coordinator.
Our election meeting returns to Finnon Lake on June 27th.
May is Warren’s last month as Newsletter Editor. If you have an eye for layout and design, contact Warren to learn more about what he does for the club. We need someone to step into the role of editor starting June.
If you have a project bike you’ve been working on, we’d love to feature it in the newsletter. Additionally, if you’ve bought a new gadget, write a few lines about it for our newsletter.
NorCal is the in the process of updating our bylaws. Verbiage updates were presented to the members during the Death Valley meeting. See the proposed updates here: Bylaws updates.
We need everyone’s help publicizing the ‘49er. I ask that everyone download the high resolution flyer, print three copies, and then post the flyers somewhere people ride. As a bonus, we’re having a contest for best flyer posting. Put up your flyer, take a picture with it, and post it to your favorite social media site with the hashtag #norcalbmw49er. The best post gets a prize at the ‘49er.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of any event. Volunteer some of your time at the Rally this year. Fill out the Volunteer form on our webpage.
Ed Perry is putting together a special three peaks ride in June to hit Mt Hamilton, Tamilpias, and Diablo all in one day. Ed will have additional details as June approaches.
If you have photos or videos from Death Valley, sent them to Ed Perry.
The March meeting is the (often annual) Death Valley campout, on Saturday the 28th at the Furnace Creek campground. We have overlapping reservations at two sites, covering Friday through Sunday nights.
On Friday and Saturday we have group site “003”, and on Saturday and Sunday we have group site “K2”. To stay all three nights you will have to change locations. There is no official tour, as riders have different schedules and road preferences; our Facebook or Meetup pages would be a good place to find a riding group.
If you don't pay National Park entry fees at the gate you will have to pay them at the campground. Aged 62 or better, you can get a lifetime parks pass at the visitor center near the campground. The usual $10 member, $20 guest camping fee will be collected by NorCal. With a close by store, restaurant, and bar nearby, the event is not catered.
Please park only in designated areas, or along the side of the road near K2; do not park next to your tent.
MOA is asking for volunteers for the National Rally in Billings Montana.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Rally, visit the sign up page at http://moaregistrationvolunteer.eventbrite.com/
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR REVISING THE BYLAWS:
Dear NORCAL BMW Members,
The Board of Directors (BOD) for Election Year 2014-2015 are undertaking to revise the Bylaws in phases. The first phase is designed to ensure that the descriptions of Club Officer duties accurately reflect the position. To implement these revisions, the BOD used two guiding principles to revise the Club Officer Position descriptions:
1. Make the current officer descriptions reflect the reality of what each officer actually does, either by revising the position description itself, or by bringing back into each officer’s fold, the duties that the current bylaws indicate they should be doing.
2. To make each office as turnkey as possible by providing adequate and accurate information as to what each board position entails, so that when new board members are elected, the bylaws description will be as accurate of a guide as possible.
The BOD plans to continue reviewing the bylaws and consider other needed changes necessary to make the bylaws as accurate as possible regarding the club’s current actual practice and operation.
With the above in mind, please note that the following are verbatim excerpts from the current Bylaws that cover the duties of each club officer, and that all suggested changes to the position description changes are noted in red font.
We ask all club members to consider these changes, for they will be submitted to the membership at the March 2015 Death Valley meeting for a vote.
The following link contains the exact wording of the bylaws.
Send any questions or comments to Joyce Here:
Let's celebrate NorCal's 50 years of motorcycling tradition. Z Ortiz has commissioned a special 50th year commemorative pin for all current members.
The BMW Club of Northern California will again hold its 2014 Oktoberfest party and meeting at the Event Center at Sly Park on Jenkinson Lake in Pollock Pines – October 18, 2014.
This location sports a shelter house with two large meeting rooms with tables and chairs, bathroom, full kitchen, large deck with café tables, and a patio with picnic tables and a big charcoal grill. There is room for 100 people at the Event Center. There is limited park- ing for cars and trucks, but no camper hookups near the house (See link to Sly Park Resort below). Obviously, those of us carrying stuff in with vehicles will need most of this space. There is other vehicle parking further away from the house.
Approx. 200 feet from the house is a group camp site with picnic tables and a huge fire pit. We can ride our motos right down to this campsite. Most of the tent sites are level. There is a large, modern, clean outhouse between the house and campgrounds. We will have a full keg of beer from a local micro-brewery, and plenty of firewood.
The entrance to the Event Center is on Mormon Emigrant Trail one mile east of Sly Park road. The entrance is marked with a sign. Also look for the NorCal logo sign at the entrance.
Early Birds will have to seek a campsite in the main campground on the lake for Friday night. Reservations can be made on the website mentioned below, but probably won’t be necessary for late October. An alternative campground for Friday night is Finnon Lake - approximately 45 minutes from Sly Park.
October is a very special time in this area. The leaves are turning color, and the smells of harvest are in the air.
Take a ride through the Apple Hill area on the way up. It’s only 20 minutes from Sly Park. There are vineyards, wineries, apple and pear orchards, Jack Russell Brewery, and harvest festivals all month long.
We will be preparing our own food much as we did last year at this event. If you are planning to come, please email "Z" at registration49er@yahoo. com with the number of attendees in your group.
Sly Park website for early bird camping reservations, directions to park and map: http://www. eid.org/recreation/contact.htm
Apple Hill area information: http://www.apple-hill.com/
Finnon Lake campground: register at the store at the entrance.
Nearby motel accommodations:
Sly Park Resort: http://slyparkresort.com/
Best Western Stagecoach Inn: http://www.best- westerncalifornia.com/hotels/best-western-stage- coach-inn/
Westhaven Inn: http://westhaven-pollock-pines. com/
We'll see you here.
Tom "Tuco" Harris
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