Let's hope everyone has a great and safe riding season in 2020. Let's get the year started!!
First off and most importantly, Jim Hawthorne is having some health issues and is at Mercy Hospital where the doctors are trying figure out what's going on. He is room 7124 and is accepting visitors. If you get a chance, stop by and say hello. Keep Jim and Joan in your thoughts and prayers.
The club is having a chili and soup contest at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd at Bak BMW to help us through the winter motorcycle blues. Bring a chili or soup or pay $3, and try each of them. After sampling them, vote for the best. There will be a cash people's choice prize. Last year the prize of $100 went to Jim and Joan Hawthorne for their superb slider sandwiches. This year's prize will be similar (e.g. don't have details yet). The club will provide bowls and everything else needed. Dave will talk about and hopefully show us some new 2020 motorcycles and gear. Everyone is welcome.
Steve Martin has two of the twelve slots open, and two alternative slots available for the MSF Advanced Rider Class course which he arranged for club members on Saturday, April 11th at 9:30 a.m. The training will be at the MSF's Papillion Nebraska campus and will last about 6 hours plus breaks. With so many slots already filled, the rate will be $80 for each of us. Steve is trying to arrange to have the MOA Foundation pick up that fee, so in short, the training will most likely be free. Friends are also welcome - the MOA Foundation should pick up their class fees as well. You will need bring your own bike for the training. We will ride down to the Papillion the night before and stay at a nearby hotel. Steve will arrange a hotel so we can hang out together that evening. You can read the training brochure here: Brochure. Please let Steve know if your interested by January 10th at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (712) 754-0155.
Attached is the 2019 Treasurer's summary for the club from Steve Martin. We ended the year with a little more cash then we started with and have a cushion for 2020. Link
There was a short article about Tom Butters in the January BMW MOA magazine. If you don't get the mag, a copy of the article is here.
Lastly, the 2020 BMW MOA National Rally is in Great Falls, MT on June 25-28, 2020. Through February you can pre-register for two riders for $99 which is a pretty healthy discount. Details are here: https://rally.bmwmoa.
Sometimes when you can't ride for pie, you have to make your own: