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PRESIDENTSCOLUMN The value of a dollar


BMW MOA OFFICERS Wes Fitzer, President


918-441-2114; wes.fi tzer@bmwmoa.org Jean Excell, Vice President


719-650-6215; jean.excell@bmwmoa.org Reece Mullins, Secretary


334-470-7770; reece.mullins@bmwmoa.org Sam Garst, Treasurer


414-704-7767; sam.garst@bmwmoa.org


BMW MOA DIRECTORS Deb Lower


719-510-9452; deb.lower@bmwmoa.org Tracy McCarty


913-238-3182; tracy.mccarty@bmwmoa.org Marc Souliere


613-828-1798; marc.souliere@bmwmoa.org Roger Trendowski


732-671-0514; roger.trendowski@bmwmoa.org Chad Warner


614-735-8558; chad.warner@bmwmoa.org BMW MOA VOLUNTEER STAFF


Steve Brunner, Mileage Contest Coordinator 910-822-4369; steveb@bmwmoa.org


Jim Heberling, High Mileage Coordinator 309-530-1951; jheberling@bmwmoa.org


David Swider, Ambassador Liaison 415-479-8075; teamkbasa@comcast.net


Lee Woodring, Consumer Liaison


770-331-2419; lee.woodring@bmwmoa.org Joe Leung, Consumer Liaison


403-689-9939; joe.leung@bmwmoa.org


Brian Hinton, 2018 BMW MOA Rally Chair 2018rallychair@bmwmoa.org


BMW MOTORCYCLE OWNERS OF AMERICA 640


640 S. Main Street, Ste. 201 Greenville, SC 29601


Robert C. Aldridge, Executive Director bob@bmwmoa.org


Ted Moyer, Director of Membership & Marketing tedm@bmwmoa.org


Bill Wiegand, BMW Owners News Managing Editor bill@bmwmoa.org


Karin Halker, Art Director karin@bmwmoa.org


Ray Tubbs, Digital Marketing Manager ray@bmwmoa.org


Wes Fleming, Associate Editor Digital wfl eming@bmwmoa.org


Lesa Howard, Membership Services lesa@bmwmoa.org


Noelle Leopard, Membership Services noelle@bmwmoa.org


By Wes Fitzer #170126


IT ISN’T HARD TO CALCULATE THE VALUE OF A DOLLAR. GOOGLE “inflation calculator” and you will find a tool to convert a historical dol- lar to its current value. We all remember when a can of Coke was a quar- ter and gas less than a dollar per gallon. Today, a debit card replaces the quarter and don’t even get me started on gasoline prices. Granted, forces other than inflation are at work in product pricing models, but generally prices increase over time. This month, we published the club’s Statement of Financial Position,


and the process of creating that document has me thinking about the value of the dollar. One of the tenants of the MOA’s strategic plan is to deliver organizational excellence for members, which includes financial stability. Although it isn’t a glamorous part of an elected position, it is a major responsibility we accepted as Directors and likely the most important thing we do: to steward the financial operation of the BMW MOA. Just thinking about it makes you want to throw your hat into the ring during the next election cycle, doesn't it? If you read the financial report, you’ll understand that providing financial stability has


been a challenge. Faced with declining membership, we’ve made aggressive moves to reduce our overhead while maintaining the level of services you expect. I am pleased that the latest report shows a favorable reduction in our expense structure, and for the first time in five years, net performance is positive. But just saving money and being efficient isn’t enough to deliver the financial stability


we are obligated to provide. If we want to guarantee the future of the organization, we must affect the revenue side of the equation which includes membership dues. Unlike the price of Coke, membership rates have only changed twice in the last 20 years, most recently in 2008. The change is likely overdue, but who really wants to tackle increasing prices? That sentiment was often reflected in our discussion as we worked to find a fair revenue struc- ture for both members and the organization. I am proud of our Board of Directors for advocating for our members and fighting hard


to find the right pricing model. We deliberated until we reached a consensus on the right approach. I am confident the proposed dues give our members the best value possible while still delivering the financial stability we are obligated to provide. I am also pleased the Board agreed to offer a grace period to allow members to renew at


the previous membership rate until January 1. Renew online and use the coupon code BMWMOA9 to save $9, effectively matching the old rates. You can also extend your cur- rent membership to take advantage of these savings even if you are not up for renewal. This option is only available to current BMW MOA members and recognizes your dedica- tion to the MOA. If you have any questions, our membership team is ready to help you. No matter how hard we fight inflation, time marches on. As a father of two teenagers, I


am never flippant about money, but I understand the reality of inflation. I am fortunate that my MOA membership is the best investment I ever made to support my motorcycle habit. If this isn’t true for you, I hope you will share with me what will improve your experi- ence. As members, we may not control inflation rates, but we all have a hand in creating the organization to support our lifestyle. Together, we make the organization better together. Enjoy your ride!


Wes Fitzer 10 BMW OWNERS NEWS October 2017


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