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  • 16 Mar 2015 9:35 PM | Anonymous

    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.

  • 16 Mar 2015 9:35 PM | Anonymous

    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/

  • 01 Mar 2015 8:36 PM | Anonymous


    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.

    Bylaw revisions

    Send any questions or comments to Joyce Here:

  • 12 Jan 2015 8:36 PM | Anonymous

    Let's celebrate NorCal's 50 years of motorcycling tradition.  Z Ortiz has commissioned a special 50th year commemorative pin for all current members.

  • 14 Oct 2014 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    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

  • 03 Oct 2014 9:39 PM | Anonymous
    Ed Perry was elected as Historian at the September Membership Meeting at Song Dog.
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