IÔÇÖm Greg Feeler and I am running for reelection as President of the BMW MOA. I do a lot of long distance touring on my K1200RS, and I have several other BMWÔÇÖs that are a lot of fun in the twisty Idaho mountains north of my home in Boise. IÔÇÖm an Information Technology manager by trade, and joined the BMW MOA when I started riding BMWs over three decades ago. In addition to previous positions on the BMW MOA Board, IÔÇÖve been President of my local BMW club, serve as a Cyber Cafe Committee Co-Chair for the International Rally, and am a BMW MOA Ambassador.
The Board is a team effort, and together we are making the club better with innovations like:
ÔÇó Webcasts of the Board of Director Meetings. The members who watch say these really open up the workings of our club.
ÔÇó Creating the email@example.com email address to make it easy for any member to ask questions or make comments directly to the Board.
ÔÇó Writing the ÔÇ£From the BoardÔÇØ columns in the Owners News so you can learn about the projects of the Board committees.
ÔÇó New software for our website to make Rally Pre-Registration, the County Store, and the Join & Renew processes easier and better. These new features will come online starting this spring and through the summer.
ÔÇó Beemerville! This is a major initiative to involve more of you in the club, give you opportunities to serve, and revitalize our traditional volunteer culture.
ÔÇó The Regional Events program. These are non-rally events at different times and locations throughout the country. Our first ÔÇ£Weekend GetawayÔÇØ was held in Utah last September and several more are planned for 2010.
ÔÇó The Rider Performance University (RPUÔäó) and supporting the BMW MOA Foundation. The new RPUÔäó program will organize all our new educational activities, and be overseen by the new Rider Education Coordinator volunteer position. We are working with the BMW MOA Foundation to increase fundraising for rider education.
ÔÇó The Superbike Superstakes giveaway. This first ever promotion will add new members, and gives all members a chance to win an S1000RR (or other prizes) while improving relations with BMW Motorrad USA and BMW dealers nationwide.
For all we have done and are doing, we have even more opportunities and challenges ahead. We need to increase our appeal to the next generation of BMW riders while maintaining our core culture. We need more of you involved in the club, which is why Beemerville is so important. And, we need to do these things - and more - while carefully managing our budget during a challenging economy.
It is a great privilege to serve on the Board of Directors and be an advocate for your interests. If you like the direction of these innovations and would like them to continue, then I would appreciate your vote and the opportunity to continue to serve as your President.
Ride well, and often.