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Die Sonnen Küeste

january-march 2019
A quarterly publication from the Suncoast Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America

On January 12th members of FLORIDA SUNCOAST BMW CCA attended the ANNUAL MEMEBRSHIP LUNCHEON in Sebring, Florida at the historic INN ON THE LAKE.

Members & guests selected one of three driving tours to make their way to Sebring.

Ft Myers Tour Group met at BMW of Ft Myers, where FSC members were treated to a Pre-tour Cars & Coffee event. Old friends and new gathered in anticipation of a brisk morning drive through the country-side. A detour to the normal ride to Sebring took the group out to Fort Denaud where we experienced the old swing-bridge before enjoying the half-dozen “curves” that run along the old north river Road, by-passing Labelle.

The Sarasota Drive-Tour Group met at BMW of Sarasota Dealership (5151 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233) on Saturday morning, at 9:00 AM. Russ Garvey was the drive/tour leader. The BMW dealer provided a Cars & Coffee experience for members until about 10:00 AM when they departed for the “Inn On the Lakes” in Sebring. The Sarasota tour elected the interesting and less traveled back roads of the mid-central part of the state. The tour expected to take about a 2:20 twisted and turned through the Myakka State Park area and included multiple stops along the way!

The Tampa Drive-Tour Group met at Panera bread on Big Bend Rd and US 301 (10631 Big Bend Rd, Riverview, FL 33569) on Saturday morning, at 9:00 AM. Santiago Fonseca served as drive/tour leader. FSC provided a “Cars & Coffee experience” for members and guests until about 10:00 AM when they departed for the “Inn on The Lakes” using the interesting and less traveled back roads of the mid-central part of the state. The Tampa tour group was the first to arrive at the old hotel in Sebring.

The Luncheon and Meeting was held in the Royal Palm Banquet room offering a beautiful view overlooking Little Lake Jackson. The meeting presented the following Agenda items:


  • Review of 2018 Events
  • Looking Forward to 2019
  • By-Laws Review & Ratification
  • Election Results
  • Member of the Year
  • Door Prizes

President, Stan Dale presented an overview of 2018 Events, including highlights of the JJJ Hop-On- Hop-Off Driving Tour to the BMW- Spartanburg/CCA’s Foundation and Charleston, SC tour.
A detailed overview of 2019 plans officially rolled-out the implementation of Area-Governors to help promote the CCA experience throughout the Florida Suncoast regional membership. For more information about or to volunteer to become an Area Governor, contact Stan Dale at [email protected].

In advance of Chapter development and potential expansion, FSC Board of Directors guided a significant rewrite of Chapter By-Laws that began in Q3, 2018. Russ Garvey, Ranking Board member and resident author and caretaker of the FSC By-Laws, presented proposed By-Law changes to the membership. Garvey confirmed that a quorum had indeed been established during the Luncheon meeting. The changes were presented for vote. The vote to accept the By-Laws was unanimous. To view the revised FSC By-Laws:

In other business, members named Gil Neves as 2018 FSC Member of the Year. Gil was recognized for his work in the “Ask Gil.” Gil is a BMW Master Tech that owns his own Shop and hosts the featured link each week on the FSC Weekly e-blast. Almost one hundred CCA members have written to Ask Gil about recommendations, repair concerns and various other inquires. Members can access archives of previous ASK Gil questions/responses via our FSCBMWCCA.COM website.

All attendees were treated to a selected tabled-luncheon and some really-cool parting gifts. Four Grand- Prizes were given. BMW CCA watches, two for ladies’, two for men.


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