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  • 07 Aug 2016 7:46 PM | Anonymous member

    The August newsletter features the following this month:

    • Tips to Fight Dehydration

    • BMW 100th Anniversary

    • July Member Meeting Recap, Stonyford

    • Featured New Member, Kevin Coleman

    • Anniversary Pins

    • Preparing for the Range of Light (ROL)

    • Fred & Ed's 2016 BMW International Rally

    August Newsletter

  • 07 Aug 2016 11:13 AM | Anonymous member
    Want to unload or trade some gear off before the Range of Light? President Dan Rowe has a table booked for the Swap meet at the Moto Guild on Treasure Island.  Bring your stuff by with a price tag.  Scuderia West, Catalyst Reaction, and Nexx helmets will be there also.  Sunday, August 28, 2016, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 849 13th St. (Treasure Island), San Francisco, CA,Moto Guild
  • 02 Aug 2016 4:08 PM | Anonymous member
    The start of the Range of Light Gypsy Tour 2016 is 30 days from today!   Here's a quick update for the 100+ riders who have registered and everyone else who is thinking about attending:
    • The Range of Light is all about riding, camping and having fun with old and new friends.  Each morning you break camp at your leisure, ride with a group or all by yourself, set your own pace and stop as often as you like or perhaps not at all!
    • When you arrive at that night's destination you'll find plenty of grass so set up the tent wherever you like.  Then grab a cold beverage, join in the conversations about the day's ride and prepare to enjoy plenty of good food with dessert.
    • The routes this year are nothing less than spectacular!   They've all been ridden several times by the ROL team and final maps and GPS files are in production.
    • Our first night is in Boonville, California, a typical wine country village on Highway 128 that offers wine connoisseurs some of California's best sparkling and Pinot Noirs.  There are several good restaurants, coffee stops and places to purchase supplies.
    • The ROL is limited to 200 riders so if you are ready to ride, click on the register button above as just 95 spots are still available (plus you'll save $10 as an "Early Bird" registration!)
    • The registration fee includes all of the following: grassy camping for 3 nights, route sheets and GPS files, an ROL 2016 sticker and pin, eligibility to win tons of prizes and dinners on Friday and Saturday nights!
    • Range of Light 2016 t-shirts and caps are now available for purchase.  You can purchase when registering online or anytime from the club store.  All items must ordered in advance by August 12, 2016, and be picked up at the event. 
    If you have any questions email the ROL Chair at  The Range of Light Gypsy Tour 2016 will be a fantastic weekend of exciting rides, camping, friends and having some fun.  See you in Boonville, California on September 2, 2016!

  • 17 Jul 2016 7:27 PM | Anonymous member

    Well, yes, we've done it, put all the dates for our events including the General Meetings and campouts, special events like the Range of Light, 49'er Rally, Death Valley and the Holiday Party PLUS the Second Sunday Breakfast Rides and the BOD meetings all in one convenient place for you to download and tape to the refrigerator door (or anywhere else that's convenient!)

    2017 Schedule of Events

  • 30 Jun 2016 9:47 AM | Anonymous member

    Please welcome the new BMW Club of Northern California's Board of Directors for 2017

    Please shoot an email of congrats to your new BOD members early and often!

  • 22 Jun 2016 8:12 AM | Anonymous member

    It's Second Sunday Breakfast Ride time and we need your help!  We need a volunteer to lead a ride for a few hours somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.  This is fun and simple and here's all your need to do:

    • Pick a starting location for an 8:00 AM breakfast that's convenient for riders and close to home.
    • Plan the route with a 3-4 hour duration including restroom or any other breaks you'd like to make.
    • Ride the route a week before the ride.
    • Print off copies of the route sheet (no need for GPS files) and bring them to breakfast.
    • In the parking lot just prior to the ride, review the route sheet and the basics of safe riding in a group.

    That's it!  Oh, contact the club webmaster and provide all the details for posting to the website.  There are plenty of folks in the club who can help so just ask!  To sign-up and lead a Second Sunday Breakfast Ride please contact our tour captain at

  • 13 Jun 2016 8:10 AM | Anonymous member

    Buddy Scauzzo has graciously volunteered to Chair the Range of Light Gypsy Tour for the BMW Club of Northern California in 2016.  Wasting no time, Buddy and his team have selected the Mendocino County Fairgrounds as the starting location for the ROL.  The event dates are Friday, September 2nd through Monday, September 5th.  Three nights of grass camping, two meals, prizes and whole lot of riding!  "Early Bird" registration is open now so register early and save $10!

    Register ROL 2016

  • 07 Jun 2016 2:28 PM | Anonymous member
    Being the Treasurer of the BMW Club of Northern California is fun and it’s much easier than it was a few years ago now that we’ve automated many of the tasks and shared the workload with the other Board of Directors (BOD) members.  The job can be done in just a couple of hours a week and here’s a recap of the Treasurer’s duties and responsibilities! 

    1. Pay bills to our vendors (once approved by the President)
    2. Make deposits into our checking and savings account for cash and checks received
    3. Reconcile and assign account information to the deposits received from PayPal (for all online transactions)
    4. Balance the check and savings accounts each month and produce a profit & loss statement
    5. Support the President, committee chairs and BOD in developing the budgets by providing historical revenue reports for the 49’er, Range of Light and annual club operations
    6. Prepare and complete the annual club audit in August of each year
    7. Prepare and file the State of California and Federal Tax Returns by November of each year and pay the annual sales tax bill to the Board of Equalization
    8. Compete and file a Statement of Information with the State of California every other year
    9. Pay annual fees including renewing the PO Box and MOA and RA memberships
    10. Review all contracts for the 49’er Rally and Range of Light including fairground rentals and catering

    You don’t need to be an accountant to be the Treasurer!  If you have previous experience with any checkbook software product (Quicken, Money, etc.) and/or online bill payment from your bank, you’ll do just fine.  Finally, there are two previous Treasurers active in the club and available to you anytime with 6+ years of combined experience.    I encourage you to consider the position and contact me if you’d like to discuss at
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