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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?

Tire Rack Street Survival – Des Moines Valley Region SCCA October 8

Tire Rack Street Survival – Des Moines Valley Region SCCA October 8

We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too. It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING! All Schools $75. See our FAQ page at: www.streetsurvival.org/frequently-asked-questions.php Any questions after reviewing the FAQ page call Tim Beechuk, Program Manager, @ 864-438-2060 (8 am – 8 pm EST)

47th Annual BMW CCA Oktoberfest: August 23 – 28, 2016

O’Fest 2016 will be part of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration spanning almost two weeks in honor of BMW’s 100th anniversary. The event will be held in conjunction with two other favorite club events—Legends of the Autobahn and the Festorics Turn Five corral—so you do not want to miss this historic event. The host hotel for O’fest will be the Hyatt Monterey and the track is, of course, the thrilling Laguna Seca Raceway. Yes, finally you, too, will drive the Corkscrew!

Host Hotel: Hyatt Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA  93940-4908

Host Track: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas, CA 93908

http://ofest.bmwcca.org/ofest-schedule

 

Tire Rack Street Survival – Bettendorf, IA – October 25th, 2015 7:30AM-4:30PM

Tire Rack Street Survival – Bettendorf, IA – October 25th, 2015 7:30AM-4:30PM

BMW Car Club of America Iowa Chapter (Quad Cities) & Sports Car Club of America Great River Region bring you Tire Rack Street Survival

The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING!

Estimated cost: $75.00

October 25th, 2015 7:30AM-4:30PM

Contact email: Bill Wade, bill.wade@streetsurvival.org

Location: Bettendorf High School, 3333 18th Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Street Survival – Coming up again in June!

Street Survival – Coming up again in June!

Save the date – we’re planning a Street Survival event in June this year on the parking lot at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Plans are to hold this one on Sunday, June 8 – but stay tuned, as at this writing we are still nailing down the final details with the track.

www.streetsurvival.org is the place to register that 15-21 year-old driver in your family. Parents and grandparents, this is one of the best gifts you can give your teen. Look for the Schedule/Registration tab on that site. We’ll have more about the event in the next NewsWerks and on our website as well. You can also check it out on Facebook – go to Tire Rack Street Survival Iowa to see pictures and comments from recent schools here.

We always need volunteers for event staff as well. Please contact event chairman Fred Bell (pastpresident@bmwia.org) or registrar Becky Brighton (streetsurvival@bmwia.org), or look for our staff
registration page on www.motorsportreg.com.

Registration should go live in early March. Not sure how you can contribute? – just call or email us about where you can serve. Street Survival is a great public service that our chapter provides to the community, and you’ll even get a free shirt and lunch for helping out!

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