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Presidents Article May 2018

Presidents Article May 2018

BMW—The Ultimate Driving Machine.  Why did you purchase your BMW?  There are many reasons, maybe for the design, maybe for the quality, maybe for the performance or maybe for the prestige.

Our Iowa BMW Car Club was organized over fifteen years ago for the sole purpose to establish high performance driving events for a few of the original organizers.  And now, more than ten years down the road, we have established one of the premier High Performance Driving Schools in the country.

I can be positively  assured,  if you have never attended a High Performance Driving School, the thought that has often run through your mind while driving down the road is, “man, I wish I could open this thing up to see what it can do.”

There is not a road in the world in which you can legally test the limits of your BMW’s performance or experience the limits of your driving skills.  Our High Performance Driving School can improve your driving skills in many areas.   In a fraction of a second, a good driver can process their car’s response to a number of adverse driving conditions and act accordingly to minimize the risk of an accident.  We can teach you how operate your car at its limits in a safe, controlled environment under the watchful eyes of our trained instructors.

Driving is the act of balancing the forces of nature; accelerating, turning and stopping your car; understanding these forces is fundamental to good driving skills.

Many people believe that you need a modified car to attend our driving school.  The fact is a factory stock BMW is very sufficient for learning the skills we will teach at our school.  A few years ago, we even had a showroom stock PT Cruiser attend, and the driver had a wonderful time.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Longest Day Driving School on June 8-10 this summer.

President’s Article March 2018

President’s Article March 2018

With the changing dynamics of BMW vehicle purchases, more and more sport activity vehicles are being sold by all major car companies with a decline in traditional sedans and sports cars, what is the future of our car club, or any car club with the focus on “car culture” and belonging to an organization especially designed for people who love cars.

As widely reported, many timeless organizations with a rich history of membership have lost membership over the last decade or so. It appears many organizations with a tradition of people belonging to that organization because of the mutual beliefs of the members, have all seen a decline in attracting new and younger members to replace older members when they leave the club or organization. As the national BMW CCA grapples with how to adapt to a new generation of car enthusiasts who may share many of the same values as the current membership, how to we get those younger people involved with the current club.

What does our club need to do to attract and retain members who may not feel the same attraction to joining organizations because of a mutual interest? As our local club is not growing at a pace we would expect to be healthy, we must change in order to bring in new members who have many of the same interests as current members. The question then arises, what new and different activities should we offer, or how do we need to change our structure to ensure the longevity of the organization we care so deeply about. All current Board members are open to discussion involving this topic. Please contact a Board member with your opinions.

President’s Column September 2017

President’s Column September 2017

Do you like the events and activities which are planned and hosted by our club?  Do you have an idea for a new event or one which occurred years ago?

Now is your chance to voice your opinion! For the past several years, our chapter has held a “club members annual planning session” to discuss and plan the activity calendar for the following year.

The Board of Directors feel this annual planning session is very important in giving members a voice in the activities we plan for the club, and to put together a comprehensive yearly plan which tie our activities together. We will once again be soliciting information and ideas for new and different activities which might be interesting to our members. We will discuss which club events were successful and would like to sponsor again and which those that should drift into our memories.

All ideas brought to the meeting will be discussed on their merit, interest to club members and feasibility. We hope to have a large group with new and interesting ideas brought to the table.

You are all invited to attend our yearly “annual planning meeting” in November to discuss new and old activities.  Please bring your ideas for us to discuss and help plan next year’s calendar for your club.  This meeting will feature free lunch and conversation beginning at noon. Stay tuned for location and date.  Hope to see you there!

President’s Column

President’s Column

Recently, I was notified by the BMW CCA Foundation office that the Iowa Chapter has won the recent Brick Fundraising Chapter Challenge. We won our division based on membership of clubs with under 400 members. The Brick Fundraiser supports the BMW Foundation Museum in Greer, South Carolina.

Fundraising with engraved bricks for the BMW CCA Foundation Museum makes sense for several reasons. First, it allows donors to visibly attest to their support of the BMW CCA Foundation and the history of our club. People love finding their names displayed in a place that has great significance to them. Secondly, with the customizable colors and designs, engraved bricks can be easily integrated into the existing look of the BMW CCA Foundation museum.

Museums serve many important functions in society, from educating the public to generating tourism for communities. The American Alliance of Museums estimates that more than 850 million museum visits occur in the U.S. each year. Yet despite that staggering

number, most museums remain very dependent on donations to fund their programs. In order to protect and preserve the history of BMW CCA in America, this fundraising campaign supporting the Foundation Museum will serve our members for generations to come.

There is still time to donate to the Foundation and purchase a brick if you have not done so yet. Please visit http://www.fundraisingbrick.com/bmwccafoundation to purchase your brick and put your name for visitors to observe for many years to come.

President’s Column December 2016

President’s Column December 2016

With every special interest club, there are always the 10 %ers. That is, in any organization which exists because of the single common interest, only about 10 % of its members are actually active in its clubs activities. This is also true of our club. With more than 420 members of the Iowa BMW CCA, only about 40-50 are regular attendees of our planned events and activities. Some members only attend one event each year. Why is that? We have just concluded our Annual Planning Meeting which a very few members provided input for our activity calendar for next year. So, what is holding you back?

When I was a new club member about 15 years ago, I was initially slow about attending my first event because I would not know anybody. But the members at my first event greeted me and were happy I was there. Therefore, I have been coming back ever since.  So, what is holding you back?

We often have one or two new members at our events, and I think they usually have a good time and are welcomed warmly. So, what is holding the other 90% back?  We have publicized our events via our newsletter Newswerks, email blasts and Facebook accounts.  So, what is holding you back?

We are just a little over two months away from our signature event of the year, our Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet. As customary, it is held in eastern Iowa every third year, and this year is the year for eastern Iowans to show us your support.

So, what is holding you back?

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