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2021 Chapter Election

2021 Chapter Election

BMW CCA – Iowa Chapter

Mar 30, 2021 – May 21, 2021

The chapter board of directors has two issues that need to be submitted to a membership vote prior to the chapter annual meeting.

The annual meeting will be held at the chapter picnic at the Bob Shetler Shelter #1 at Saylorville Lake on Saturday, May 22.  Your ballot may be cast by any of these 3 methods:

  • Received by mail at the club PO box not later than May 21

Iowa Chapter BMW CCA
PO Box 42113
Urbandale, IA  50323-0981

  • Brought in person to the annual meeting
  • Voted electronically here

Item 1

The board of directors has approved a proposal for the membership to amendment the chapter Bylaws in order to clarify various sections of the Bylaws involving electronic voting.  Approval requires two-thirds of the votes cast be in favor of the amendment.

Iowa chapter members in good standing may vote for, against, or record that they have abstained from voting.  Note that the complete set of current bylaws may be viewed on our website.


Item 2

The board received the following nominations for this year’s elected positions as officers and directors:

President   Mike Myers
Vice President   Chris Kjellmark
Secretary   David Trachtenberg
Treasurer   Rick Talbot
At-Large   Alison Bell
At-Large   Fred Bell
At-Large   Jeff Paxhia

You may vote for, abstain from voting, or write in another candidate of your choosing for each position.

Links to motorsportreg (You need to have an account to vote on the cite):


Zoomin Z Drive to Anamosa – May 1

Zoomin Z Drive to Anamosa – May 1

Zoomin Z’s next drive is May 1st that includes a tour of the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa. Let me know if you will be joining us so I have an idea how many to expect.

We will meet in Marion at the NXT Bank parking lot (325 Oakbrook Dr, Marion, IA 52302) next to Marion Menards on Hwy 100 bypass at 9:30-9:45 and start the drive at 10:00. We are expecting to be back in Marion by 2:00.

If you are planning on going drop Warren an email to let him

Note this is not a BMW CCA sanctioned event.

Annual Picnic Bob Shetler Shelter #1 at Saylorville Lake – May 22

Annual Picnic Bob Shetler Shelter #1 at Saylorville Lake – May 22

It’s Almost Annual Picnic Time Again

Come out of isolation and join us. This year we’ll be combining the picnic and the annual meeting that was postponed due to pandemic issues.

On Saturday, May 22nd, come out to the Bob Shetler Shelter #1 at Saylorville Lake. The picnic will begin at 11am.

More details to follow on food–we’ll make sure to have servers for safety this year.  So…bring your shined up ride and join us for one of our best attended events.


Flat Out Classic – June 4 – June 6 2021

Flat Out Classic – June 4 – June 6 2021

High Performance Driving School, Time Trials, 1/4 Mile Solo Runs

The 2021 Flat Out Classic presented by Chicane Motorsport is the Midwest’s premier Automotive festival. A weekend filled with fun: a High Performance Driving School with the region’s best instructors, Time Trials for qualified drivers and straight in solo autocross runs available to everyone. Advanced solo students are welcome on June 4th. Heartland Motorsports Park is a true “driver’s track” and this is a can’t miss event! Join automotive enthusiasts from the entire central US at Heartland Motorsports Park. Reconnect with friends over an outdoor catered socially distanced dinner.

Attendee will also have the option to participate in a raffle for a new Garmin Catalyst. Catalyst is one of the newest high performance driving aids to enter the market.

Additional Information may be found here:

President’s Article May 2021

President’s Article May 2021

I could not have imagined when I was elected your President ten years ago, I would remain in this position for this long. During these past ten years, major changes have affected our Iowa Club and the BMW CCA on a national scale, but as I leave as your president, I feel our Club remains in a very strong position.

When I was elected, the Newswerks had just recently changed from a full-color format to a black and white format. Membership at the national level was seeing a slight decline and financial support from BMW CCA was being reduced to local clubs. Eventually, Newswerks transitioned to an on-line publication with the urging from the BMW CCA. With the help of our webmaster, we were able to create one of the finest websites in the country for a local car club, one we would not have been able to afford without his help. Our young newsletter editor got us on-line with Facebook and Twitter. During this time, the Iowa Chapter has been able to remain strong financially by reducing costs and being financially diligent with its spending. We have continued to create interesting and well attended events, funding most of our yearly events with revenues derived from our Longest Day Driving School and Flat Out Classic Driving School. We have remained a strong supporter of Street Survival, being only one of a handful of Chapters to host more than one school each year.

In 2013, the Iowa Chapter was ranked as the #1 chapter in the North Central Region, following a survey conducted by the BMW CCA Board of Directors. There were several categories of questions in which each member rated their local club including on-line presence, satisfaction with activities provided, and satisfaction with the local Board of Directors. When asked what sets the Iowa Chapter apart from other chapters in our region, Regional Vice-President Mike Lingenfelter responded with, “the diversity of local chapter events and your distinction of having the second-highest member satisfaction among all 66 chapters in the country.” Lingenfelter went on to say that “being in the top quartile of chapters nationwide in May’s membership satisfaction survey, having a complete online presence by early summer and documenting a chapter strategic plan.”

I believe another important factor has been the creation of the Annual Planning Meeting each November. With this event, members have the ability to give their input about which activities occur and the leadership for those events.

I believe all of these things are still true because of the outstanding leadership of the Iowa Board of Directors. During my tenure, the Iowa BOD has remained very stable with a combination of high achieving individuals who care deeply about the Iowa Chapter. These Board members have led the Chapter through the major changes which have occurred during the last several years and they will continue to lead the Chapter with any new changes which will occur in the future.

As I have traveled to national BMW CCA meetings during the last ten years, I have come to the conclusion the Iowa Chapter Board of Directors is one of the finest in the nation and operates with the utmost professionalism and integrity. We are very lucky to have these individuals leading the Iowa Chapter.

With my new position as Regional Vice President for the North Central region and BMW CCA Board member, I am hoping to pass on the knowledge I have gained during my tenure as president of one of the best Chapters in the country, to the other chapters in the North Central Region.

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