2017 Elections and By-Law Votes

2017 Elections

It is time for our annual elections and we have a lot going on this year to consider and vote on. Our voting will take place for the five Board positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Member At Large. In addition we have 2 proposed changes to the bylaws for the club.

The election begins today and will conclude on Wednesday, January 25th. To vote, you will need your member number and last name to access your ballot. To learn more about the members who have volunteered for each of the positions, see the voting guide included in this email.

To access the voting website, go to https://vote.associationvoting.com/lscbmwcca/ and login with your member number and last name.

VOTING GUIDE
President – 1 Candidate
Name: Raymond Mimick
City of Residence: Coppell
Member Since: 2008
Message to Members: Thank you for considering me to be president of our local BMW Chapter.  I am a resident of Coppell since 2006 and a member since June of 2008.  After my first Auto Cross, I loved the group and the car so much that I tried out the touring to Hot Springs with a group of unknown people.  That was a great experience and I hope you have had similar experiences.  As president, I want to reach out and get more members active in different activities and keep our local chapter participating in Auto Cross, Touring, High Performance Driver’s Education and track days along with restarting our Tech Days with local repair shops.  There are a lot of great people out there willing to share their knowledge and love of cars, and I believe I can bring us together in new and old ways with your help.

Vice President – 1 Candidate
Name: Ben Qureshi
City of Residence: Colleyville
Member Since: 2002
Message to Members: My name is Ben Qureshi.  I was born and raised in Dallas and am currently a resident of Colleyville.  I have been a member of the BMWCCA since 2002 and am running for Vice President of the Lone Star Chapter. During my time with the club, I have been an active participant in many of the activities such as:
• Autocross: Committee member for the last 3 years and responsible for technology and safety
• HPDE: Participant for the last 10 years where I try to do 1-2 events per year (wish I had the time and $$ to do more!)
• Street Survival: I am a huge fan of this program and have been an instructor for the last 3 years.
• Tours: Regular participant in both local and long-distance tours
While participating in these activities, I have always taken the opportunity to get to know other club members and find this to be one of the major benefits of membership.  I realize that not every activity appeals to all members, but hopefully we can continue to offer activities that appeal to the various types of members.  As Vice President, I hope to leverage my background in sales and relationship management, as well as technology and consulting to assist the chapter in increasing membership and participation.

Treasurer – 1 Candidate
Name: Matt Dashiell (Incumbent)
City of Residence: Lewisville
Member Since: 2000
Message to Members: I have been the Lone Star Chapter Treasurer since August 2012 and would like to continue on in that capacity.  During my tenure, I’ve worked to restore Lone Star’s 501(c) status with the Federal government and the State of Texas by completing 10 years of back taxes and annual P&L statements.  I’ve worked with the National CCA office to get up to date on all reporting and recordkeeping and I’ve actively managed our income and expenses to insure a much more robust financial position for the chapter than where we were in 2012.  Our chapter’s financial future looks bright and I’d like to continue to do my part in keeping us on a sound financial footing.

Secretary – 1 Candidate
Name: Brian George (Incumbent)
City of Residence: Van Alstyne
Member Since: 2010
Message to Members: I have been the Lone Star Secretary since June 2016 and would like to continue to serve in this position. I work each month to provide the email communications to the membership to keep everyone informed of the news and happenings for the club. In addition, I work to keep the National and Facebook calendars up-to-date with all of our events. As a member, I enjoy the camaraderie of the club as I participate in driving tours, auto cross, street survival, and happy hours.

Member at Large – 3 Candidates
Name: Andrew Solis III
City of Residence: Dallas
Member Since: 2016
Message to Members: My name is Andrew Solis III and I have been a member of the BMWCCA since 2016. I am born and raised in Dallas, TX & currently work for BMW of Dallas as the Assistant Service Manager. I have been with the BMW brand for almost 6 years now and plan on moving to BMW of North America when the time is right. I believe I would be great candidate for the Officer At Large position due to my attention to detail and love of meeting new people & creating new relationships that turn in to bonds. I am very outgoing and love the BMW product. I have an i3 and a E34 540i, with plans of adding the F80 M3 to the collection.

Name: Scott Schumacher
City of Residence: Allen
Member Since: 2014
Message to Members: Serving on the board as Member at Large I feel as if I would enjoy with true BMW enthusiasm. I am seeking your vote for this position since I am an active member within the chapter since moving to the area last summer. Serving as the Member at Large I feel that I can provide valuable service to the member both new and long term. Being new to this area of Texas and new to the chapter, but a long-time BMW owner I would do my best to help serve the membership to help members get the most out of their chapter in the best way that I can. I have many strengths that I can bring into the board from knowledge of the cars, collecting, shows and events as well as organization and looking for ways to help the chapter grow stronger with members that are happy with the chapter. I enjoy the driving tours, looking forward to Oktoberfest as well as the Holiday party and socializing at the happy hour events and board meetings that I attend currently. Allowing me to serve the membership of the chapter, will allow me to bring my experience and passion for BMW forward into the board and allow me to work with current and new members to truly make the Lone Star chapter the best in Texas.

Name: Shawn Diggs
City of Residence: Irving
Member Since: 2013
Message to Members: Although my time is limited by my work schedule, this allows me some interaction with the Lone Star chapter at a small capacity outside of the drive tours. This position will also give me the chance to represent the views and voice of the members at the Board meetings. I do enjoy sharing and learning BMW knowledge with others that are a part of the BMW CCA community.

Fredericksburg 2017 Update

Fredricksburg Trip Initial Details

When: Friday, March 3rd, 2017 to Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Where: Fredricksburg and the twisted sister roads

Departure point: Home Depot in Cleburne, 10am (trying to avoid rush hour Friday traffic)

We will be using the Sunday House Inn again this year for our hotel.  We have reserved 15 rooms (2 Queens or 1 King) at 124.95/night for the King and 129/night for the 2-Queens.  Rooms will remain available at this rate until February 15, 2017.  Please call Judy at 830-997-4484 to reserve your room.  Our rooms are reserved under the Lone Star BMW.  Last year we were able to get ahead of Spring Break and that is the current plan for this year.  We will probably still miss out on the Blue Bonnets but you never know with Texas.  As an alternative, Fredericksburg Inn & Suites has been renovated but the rates for the same weekend were 189/night.

General Plan:

Day 1 (Fri): Utilizing our past tour’s routes (without the gravel detour, sorry), we’ll have a quick trip down to Fredericksburg arriving about 4pm.  Pit-stop schedules: Cleburne to Hico, Hico to lunch in Goldthwaite.  Goldthwaite to Llano.  Llano to Fredericksburg.  Hotel Check in, Wine Tasting tour if desired and then dinner at our favorite German restaurant.

Day 2 (Sat): Starting about 8:00a, we’ll follow last year’s drive (which was marked by hitting all 3 twisted sister roads and a few extras thrown in), we’ll stop in Leaky for lunch and gas.  We’ll return to the hotel about 4:00p.  Dinner plans are still being determined

Day 3 (Sun): Return trip to DFW (10a) following some twisty roads.  Last year we stopped in Glen Rose for BBQ but I’ll look for some additional locations along the route home.

Please let Raymond Mimick (tours@lscbmwcca.org) know when you make your reservations and we’ll get a list together for everyone.

Hair of the Dog 2017 Maps

Merry Christmas.

Best wishes for a great Holiday.  Next Sunday, we have a drive scheduled for Sunday, 1/1/2017 at 9:00a from Starbucks (5731 S Hulen St Fort Worth, TX 76132) (Near Hulen Mall).  We’ll end up at Del Norte Tacos in Godley, TX after about 4.5 hours of driving the South of Fort Worth area.

If you are interested, please email Raymond at rmimick@iname.com so we can get you our list to watch for you.  Last year was a great day.  Early forecasts show potential rain.  We’ll still do the drive unless there is snow and ice.

Maps are here. 

2017 Tour Update

Brian and Raymond have worked hard to identify our 2017 tours.  Please put these on your calendar and let us know if you can join us:

January

1 – Sun – Hair of the Dog Tour (Ray)

February

2/11 – Sat – Mineola Tour (Ray) (Weather dependent)

March

3/3-3/5 – Fri-Sun – Weekend Tour to Fredericksburg (Ray)

April

15 – Sat – Cranfills Gap (Brian) (Easter Weekend)

May

27 – Sat – Let’s Eat Café (Brian)

June

3 – Sat – Cars and Coffee Tour (Brian)

July

7/10 – 7/16– Weeklong – Tour to CCA Oktoberfest (Tues, July 11- Sat, 15th) (Ray)

7/8 or 7/22 – Sat – Muenster Run Tour + Horton’s Car Museum (Brian)

August

5 – Sat – Gimmick Rally ( Brian)

8/20 – Sun – East Texas (Ray)

September

9/20-9/24 – Late Wed leave for Amarillo through Sunday Return – New Mexico Trip (Ray); 2017 Santa Fe Concorso is “on hold” – venue is not available

October

10/14 – Sat – Waco Tour (Ray)

November

11/11 – Sat – Afternoon Choctaw Ranch House Tour (Brian)

December

2 – Sat – Toy Run (Ray)

Hope to see you out with us.

Tour Update 9/1/2016

Next weekend we have plans to visit 4 old Texas Forts along the Texas Forts Trail.  The route will take us from Weatherford up to Jacksboro, around the western edges and ends up South of Abilene at Perini Ranch.  The drive does not have a lunch stop but we will have enough time to “snack” along the way.  This will be an all-day event.  Here is a tentative schedule:

9:00a Start from Weatherford (~240 miles to Perini Ranch)
9:40a: Arrival at Fort Richardson (Jacksboro)
10:20a: Leave for Fort Belknap
11:00a: Arrival in Graham, TX for Gas stop (Allsup’s Convenience Store, 204 Elm St, Graham, TX 76450)
11:15a: Leave Graham, TX
11:25a: Arrive at Fort Belknap
12:00p: Leave for Fort Griffin
12:45p: Arrival at Fort Griffin (left-side has a nature reserve to avoid any Longhorn Cattle)
1:15p: Leave Fort Griffin toward Fort Phantom Hill
2:00p: Arrival at Fort Phantom Hill (small stop on left side)
2:30p: Leave Fort Phantom Hill
2:45p: Arrival in Abilene; stop for Gas (Allsup’s Convenience Store, 1741 TX-351, Abilene, TX 79601; on the left)
3:00p: Leave for Buffalo Gap/Perini Ranch
3:15p: Arrival at Perini Ranch
4:45p: Leave Perini Ranch (~200 miles back to DFW)
7:15p: Arriving back in DFW

The Maps are now available for the event. 

So, what’s left for 2016 Tours:

  • Oct
    • CANCELLED: 8th – 16th: Tail of the Dragon and possible Performance Center trip (Brian)
    • (Something short out of town?)
  • Nov
    • 5th: East Texas Tour
  • Dec
    • 3rd: Toy Run from Cars and Coffee

Please let Raymond Mimick know if you can join us on the Texas Forts Trail tour.

Tour Update 8/8/2016

Tour Update

Sun, 8/14 2:30p – ~6:30p: Sunday afternoon drive (Palestine and dinner in Athens, TX)We’re pulling out our Palestine run from last November and ready to try the full route in the light of summer. (Last November the sun went down too quickly on us). Brian George is organizing (bgeorge0049@gmail.com) and let him know if you can attend.

Our starting point will be the CVS in downtown Kaufman. The address is 102 East Mulberry Street, Kaufman, TX 75142. We will be finishing the drive in Athens Texas at the Jalapeno Tree Mexican Restaurant. Maps from last year (which we will use) are here.

Tail of the Dragon Tour: Cancelled
Sat 10/8- Sun 10/16:
The planned Tour of the Dragon trip for 2016 is being cancelled at this time.  We will re-visit this at a future time.

Tentative Dates for 2016  (very subject to change, and we’ll add a few more Sunday drives to the list):

  • August
    • Done: 6th: Gimmick Rally (Brian)
    • Sunday, 14th: Possible route to Palestine and back (last November’s route that we did not get to complete due to daylight hours)
    • 23-28th: OktoberFest (Monterry, CA)
  • Sept
    • 10th: Texas Forts Trail (Ray)
    • 30-Oct 2nd: Santa Fe Concorso (no planned trip as yet)
  • Oct
    • CANCELLED: 8th – 16th: Tail of the Dragon and possible Performance Center trip (Brian)
    • (Something short out of town?)
  • Nov
    • 5th: East Texas Tour
  • Dec
    • 3rd: Toy Run from Cars and Coffee

Raymond Mimick (817-999-0078)
Brian George
Tourmiesters

Tour Update 7/28/2016

Tour Update 07/28/2016

Sat, 8/6: Gimmick Rally 2016
Brian has been working hard developing our 2016 Gimmick Rally.  For those that missed last year’s Rally, we had a write up in our dBR newsletter here.  This year, we’d love to have more cars on this adventure.  You do not need to have a speed-demon car as this is not timed.  If you are interested, you will need both a driver and a navigator.  If you only have 50% of this setup, let Brian know so we can pair people up.  The route will be about 200 miles and we’ll start late morning in Joshua, TX.  The destination will be known at the driver’s meeting on Saturday, August 6th.  Email Brian at bgeorge0049@gmail.com.

Sun, 8/14 2:30p – 6:30p: Sunday afternoon drive (Palestine Run)
We’ve got a great Sundayafternoon drive planned that will take us from Kaufman to Ben Wheeler on to Palestine and ending in Athens. We’re pulling out our Palestine run from last November and ready to try the full route in the light of summer. (Last November the sun went down too quickly on us). Brian George is organizing (bgeorge0049@gmail.com) and let him know if you can attend.

Tentative Dates for 2016  (very subject to change, and we’ll add a few more Sunday drives to the list):

  • August
    • 6th: Gimmick Rally (Brian)
    • Sun, 14th: Palestine Run (Brian)
    • 23-28th: OktoberFest (Monterry, CA) – interested in traveling together? Maybe another trip down the Extraterrestrial Highway, Yosemite?
  • Sept
    • 10th: Texas Forts Trail (Ray)
    • 30-Oct 2nd: Santa Fe Concorso (no planned trip as yet)
  • Oct
    • 8th – 16th: Tail of the Dragon and possible Performance Center trip – CANCELLING
  • Nov
    • 5th: East Texas Tour
  • Dec
    • 3rd: Toy Run from Cars and Coffee

Tour Update 06/22/2016

Sat, 7/2 10:00a – ~2:00p: July 4th Fun Run
We have an awesome route planned for the northern reaches of North Texas with a lunch stop at Choctaw Ranch House Preserve.  We’ll be starting at A P Travel Center (13965 S Ih 35, Valley View, TX 76272) at 10:00a.  We’ll have lunch around noon.  For those still up for another hour of twisty roads, we have an hour post-lunch adventure that leads us back to McKinney and the RaceTrac off 380.  The maps are available and if you’d like to join us, please let Raymond Mimick know by email at rmimick@iname.com.

Sun, 7/17 3:00p – 6:00p: Sunday afternoon drive (Towers Tap House destination)
To have an interesting Sunday afternoon drive in the heat (sorry to those cars with reduced air conditioning capacity or none at all).  We’ll start at the Texas-famous Buc-ee’s next to Texas Motor Speedway.  Arrive a little early and we’ll take some pictures in front of this road wonder (it may be our only attempt at this crazy destination).  From TMS, we’ll head north to Decatur and then Eastbound to Little Elm.  Our ending destination is Towers Tap House on Lewisville Lake.  Maps are available here.  Raymond Mimick is leading this one and if you email him at rmimick@iname.com, we’ll watch for you at Buc-ee’s.

Sat, 8/6: Gimmick Rally 2016
Brian has been working hard developing our 2016 Gimmick Rally.  For those that missed last year’s Rally, we had a write up in our dBR newsletter here.  This year, we’d love to have more cars on this adventure.  You do not need to have a speed-demon car as this is not timed.  If you are interested, you will need both a driver and a navigator.  If you only have 50% of this setup, let Brian know so we can pair people up.  The route will be about 200 miles and we’ll start late morning in Joshua, TX.  The destination will be known at the driver’s meeting on Saturday, August 6th.  Email Brian at bgeorge0049@gmail.com.

Tail of the Dragon Tour
Sat 10/8- Sun 10/16: 
We are putting the final touches on the plans and Raymond Mimick will be reaching out to interested parties to determine how best to organize our hotels along the route.  If you have interest in traveling to South Carolina and have not let us know, please email Raymond Mimick at rmimick@iname.com.

Trip Highlights:

  • Tail of the Dragon & Cherohala Skyway
  • BMW Performance Center for Members-only day
  • BMW Zentrum Museum and Factory Tour
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Tour of the Mountains North of Asheville
  • Social time with the tour group
  • Fall weather in the Appalachian Mountains

Tentative Dates for 2016  (very subject to change, and we’ll add a few more Sunday drives to the list):

  • July
    • 2nd: Fun run for July 4th (Ray)
    • Sunday, 17th: Afternoon Drive starting about 3:00p. (Ray)
  • August
    • 6th: Gimmick Rally (Brian, Ray)
    • 23-28th: OktoberFest (Monterry, CA) – interested in traveling together? Maybe another trip down the Extraterrestrial Highway, Yosemite?
  • Sept
    • 10th: Texas Forts Trail (Ray)
    • 30-Oct 2nd: Santa Fe Concorso (no planned trip as yet)
  • Oct
    • 8th – 16th: Tail of the Dragon and possible Performance Center trip (Brian)
  • Nov
    • 5th: East Texas Tour
  • Dec
    • 3rd: Toy Run from Cars and Coffee

Raymond Mimick (817-999-0078)
Marc (214-354-9505) and Rhonda Leediker,
Brian George
Tourmiesters