Happy Holidays

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in News | 0 comments

What a fantastic, GIVING November!

Our November Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank yielded 211 POUNDS of non-perishable items!

 Show n’ Shine Car Show at Fields BMW was a tremendous success with Jim Shoemaker taking “Best in Show”, congratulations Jim and to each of the participants. A big shout out to Bob Zeigler for his hard work and efforts to pul this event together, great job Bob!

 

I could not have been happier with the support for our first ever, Holiday Charity Drive event! Together, through several raffles and ticket sales, you raised $1000 for our 2018 charity, The Covenant House Orlando and over flowed the toy bins for Toys for Tots. Well done!

Our ccatering crew from Uncommon Catering surpassed expectations, and I personally know them to be first class, so going above that is spectacular. Dom Carbonaro entertained us with his crowd pleasing vocals and guitar and our check in volunteers,Rhonda Schmoyer and Elise Snedeker kept everything running smoothly. Our gratitude to Fields BMW Winter Park allowing us to use their showroom and to Orlando Bimmer Club for sharing the festivities.

On behalf of the Sunshine Bimmers Board, we want to thank Mark and Amy Rutenberg for their years of service and dedication to Sunshine Bimmers and to the rest of our Board Members who will be stepping down at the end of this month. We look forward to a new year with new ideas and opportunities.

Best wishes to all of our membership for a safe and happy holiday filled with family, friends, laughter and BMW’s!

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Michael Calkins November 2018 Member Spotlight

Posted by on Nov 10, 2018 in Members Spotlight, News | 0 comments

Our November Member Spotlight is Sunshine Bimmers Club Member, Michael Calkins who is 72 years young. Mike has been married to his partner of almost 20 years, Keith Proud since July 2014, when same sex marriage finally became legal. He has 2 children, 6 grandchildren and is soon to have his first great granddaughter.

Mike retired in 2011, but he has been quite the Entrepreneur. He owned a chimney sweep business, 2 restaurants & a catering business. Most of his career was in the trucking industry as Director of Transportation for two different food service distributors. His last position was at the Council of Aging running the Meals on Wheels in Daytona Beach & Ormond Beach.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Florida 1982.

His first BMW was a 1999 Z3 Roadster, but he has owned ten in total. He currently has a 2007 M Roadster with 23K miles (shown below) as well as a 2014 535d with the M Sport Package. Vroom! Vroom!

Mike joined Sunshine Bimmers in 1999 and attended M driving school at the BMW Performance Driving School in Greer, South Carolina and is an avid clock collector with over over 80 total in his vast collection which includes a pre-Civil War, 30 hour OG.

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It’s Election Time!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Elections, News | 0 comments

It’s Election Time! Don’t forget to submit any nominations as follows:

 

Per our current by-laws, nominees for positions MUST be voting Club members in good standing for at least six months prior to the election.

Nominations for Treasurer or Social Media Director MUST be e-mailed to Secretary, Bob Ziegler at ‪RobertZiegler@msn.com‬, the member must be a voting Club member in good standing for at least six months prior to the election. Nominations must be received by ‪Nov 4th at midnight. No nominations will be accepted after this date/time.‬

Current Nominees:

Treasurer: Patrick Spikes (current Treasurer)
Social Media Director: Nick Katona (current Social Media Director)

Per our current by-laws, if no nominations of eligible members are received, Patrick Spikes and Nick Katona shall be re-elected without opposition.

The by-laws they can be found online at ‪http://sunshinebimmers.org/chapter-info/bylaws/‬

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JR Ball August 2018 Member Spotlight

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Members Spotlight, News | 0 comments

Our Member Spotlight for August, 2018 is JR Ball, 70 (Charles E. JR Ball).

JR married Vicki S. Ball (Navy Brat) in November 1969. He met Vicki 3-months before getting out of the Navy (1968) and per JR, “She is the best thing that has ever happened to me…”. JR and Vicki have 3-adult ‘kids’ (Annapolis, Chicago & Ocala) and 5-grandchildren.He joined the Navy out of high school (1965). Navy Hospital Corpsman (Combat Medic), detached to the Marines (Fleet Marine Force) in DaNang, Vietnam (November ’66 — ’67); he had just turned 19 when he arrived in Chu Lai. — and found out quickly that there is some benefit to being young and naïve; follow orders. — JR said, “I was just plain lucky to have come home alive and in one piece, primarily because of the Marines that were around me — Semper Fi; others were not so lucky…”

He started college (University of Maryland) when 27-yrs. old (1975), married with 3-kids. Graduated in 3-years (1978), broke and heavily in debt. — Car (Chevy Vega – 32k miles) died in my junior year. He will never again own a GM product…:-)

They moved to Florida in 1982. — Hello sunshine…Employment:· Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil)· Retired: Local government and private sector· Civil Engineering Consultant (JRB Civil, LLC) He was born and raised in Washington, D.C., inner-city for most of that time; government subsidized housing, the projects…

1st BMW: 2005 330Ci (E46) ZHP / MTech, Automatic, Convertible, Alpine White and ‘Natural’ (tan) Leather Interior.

Current BMW: 2004 M3 Convertible, SMG II, Carbon Metallic Black with Cinnamon Leather Interior

He enjoyed track time at PDX Daytona and has been a Sunshine Bimmers Member since June 2013. His hobbies (other than BMW’s)· ‘Home Body’· Cycling, Casual / Trails (‘Flatbar’ Road Bike)· Sports: Maryland Terps, Redskins, Nationals· Has a consulting business that keeps me pretty busy. Has been a Rotarian for the last 24-years. Rotary is an international community services organization of ~1.2 million members in over 30,000 clubs around the world and they help people, communities and society.

Personal Motto: Despite his penchant for phrases, there is not one that he would characterize as a ‘personal motto’. However, a couple of phrases he shares with folks quite frequently: “I am delighted to have birthdays…” And what was it that Casey Kasem (American Top 40) would say: “… You can live it up, but don’t live it up so much that you can’t live it down…”

He enjoyed track time at PDX Daytona and has been a Sunshine Bimmers Member since June 2013. His hobbies (other than BMW’s)· ‘Home Body’· Cycling, Casual / Trails (‘Flatbar’ Road Bike)· Sports: Maryland Terps, Redskins, Nationals· Has a consulting business that keeps me pretty busy. Has been a Rotarian for the last 24-years. Rotary is an international community services organization of ~1.2 million members in over 30,000 clubs around the world and they help people, communities and society.

Personal Motto: Despite his penchant for phrases, there is not one that he would characterize as a ‘personal motto’. However, a couple of phrases he shares with folks quite frequently: “I am delighted to have birthdays…” And what was it that Casey Kasem (American Top 40) would say: “… You can live it up, but don’t live it up so much that you can’t live it down…”

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Josh Gang July 2018 Member Spotlight

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Members Spotlight, News | 0 comments

48 year old, Josh Gang drives a 135i and his wife, Anastasia, drives a 2011 Mini Countryman. Since buying the 135i & getting Anastasia the Mini Countryman she’s now converted to a BMW gal and recommends that BMW makes a minivan to haul all of her antique finds:-)!
Josh is a Risk Program Manager (RPM), Fort Pierce Utilities Authority and was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.
His 1st BMW was a 2005 BMW X5 / Moto 1998 BMW F650 aka the “Funduro” and his current BMW is a 2011 135i coupe w/ DCT and sport pkg (mostly stock/tastefully modded).
Josh has owned 3 BMW cars / 5 motorcycles 1998 F650 Funduro (moto)2001 F650GS Dakar (x2), 2008 F800 GS (moto) (x2), 2005 X5 4.0, 2006 E60 545i2011 135i – plan to keep this one until it doesn’t run any more.
He has been to 100+ track days for motorcycles, none for cars, but he is looking forward to going to one soon.
Josh joined Sunshine Bimmers this month, June 2018. His hobbies (other than BMW’s) are Coffee, Whiskey & Wine but not necessarily in that order.
Josh’s Personal Motto is to “Live life by design.”
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Help Us Go Paperless

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Article, News | 0 comments

Dear Members:

In an effort to ensure that our organization is adhering to the requirements as set forth by BMW CCA, our current Board members will be calling some of our membership over the next week regarding their currently selected preference for obtaining the Sunshine Bimmers newsletter. Our goal is to reach 100% paperless distribution within the next year.

If you aren’t certain of your current newsletter preference, please log-in on the BMWCCA.org site: https://www.bmwcca.org/login
1) Select “my membership”
2) Email Preferences & Demographics
3) select “Receive Chapter Newsletter via” Email

It might be a good time to update some of your other information as well.  In advance, thank you for your help to get us paperless!

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