Chapter News

Chapter Elections: 

I would personally like to thank Raul Reyes and Margaret Mitchell for all the years they served on our Board 

in an elected capacity. We had unopposed positions for our 2020/2021 Elections. Jon Van Woerden will continue as VP-Social. Please welcome to our board Mark Forbes as VP-Operations and Maria Lee-Forbes as Treasurer. And thank you Margaret for accepting and completing the task of Election Chair. 

OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY and CHARITY Event We closed the year out with a wonderful holiday party on December 8, with over 100 attendees. Lots of deli-cious food from the Checkers Old München German Restaurant, door prizes and great raffle items and an abun-dance of merriment! It is always great to catch up with BMW friends of many years or not so many years. I thank all of you (Mark, Maria, Zach & Phillip Forbes, Raul Reyes, my grandson Aiden, Kathy & Tony Lee, Marga-ret Mitchell, Jon & Wendy Van Woerden, Jonathan Llanes and Sidney Coca (and I hope I didn’t miss anyone!) that helped out by arriving early for the set-up, assisting with all the things that had to be done during the day (registration/signing waivers and selling those tickets!) and staying to clean it all up and pack the van up so we could get it unloaded and I could put my feet up! I appreciate all of you and I appreciate all that you do to help us make these parties/events the success they have always been. Our Charity, benefiting from our fundraising efforts is the BMW CCA Foundation – Tire Rack Street Survival Teen Driving Program. THANK you all for your generosity! We raised over $990. And if you weren’t there – you did miss out. I won the 50/50 Cash Raffle of $167.00 (very excited!). The Raffle items were all things BMW with values of over $200! Missy Belsito was the winner of our Complete CAR CLEANER kit (bucket, brushes, wheel cleaners, etc.), a framed poster and it includ-ed a limited edition “50th Anniversary of BMW CCA” scale 1:43 model car. Patrice (Amado) was the winner of not one but two of the other raffle items, although she asked Raul to come up claim her second prize, she won them both. Good job!!! A BMW Laptop/messenger Bag; framed poster; Battery jumper starter kit; multi-tool kit; a framed autographed print of Sebring 12 Hour and a few other momentous BMW related items! Door prizes ranged from T-shirts and collared shirts to covered throw pillows to Motorsports jacket and grill badges! Many thanks to Bill Kotewicz donations (BMW Ft. Lauderdale), BMW CCA Foundation, and me for my “find it on sale” shopping skills (THAT is meant to be funny). Many of the door prizes and raffle items were purchased thru BMW CCA Foundation, BMW CCA Store and ( site that pays back to your selected charity – yes mine is our Foundation – TRSS). 

Chapter Membership: for the Year end December 31 report, we have reached 1,997 members! We added 77 new members in December! Can you imagine if ALL showed up to an event? We know it won’t hap-pen. But it would be nice if we had more volunteers to assist with the planning and organizing and the admin-istration of the chapter requirements. The three-year membership has brought in many new members (buying a new or CPO BMW), and I am hopeful that we will be able to retain their loyalty when it comes time for them to renew. On that note, the three-year membership and the dealership incentive, BMW NA (not us) has made a few changes to their rebate program. I suggest you go to the national website and read ALL about it. Some of you may know what the 90/10 “rule” of volunteerism is (10% does the work). For the record, it doesn’t add up for us as a chapter. For me that is a depressing fact that I will not dwell on because it is what it is, BUT you do pull together and get things done. AND when it comes to our cars & coffees, picnics and parties – we a have a great group that helps make things happen. We have a strong TRSS team. THANK YOU! 

HURRY! HURRY! GET YOUR 2020 CALENDARS! OUR Beautiful calendars are available for $7.00 (plus post-age). Send an email ( that you want a calendar (and how many). You can mail a check or you can pay via Cash.App (free) using the payment code of $BMWCCAEverglades. So far it is working nicely. We get an email that a payment has been made. Your calendar is mailed to you (address on member-ship list—another reason to make sure your contact information is correct with the National office). 

TRSS – registration is open for our February 29 program in Miami. We will be at the Miami-Dade North Campus Justice Center. We have awesome instructors ready to get in the car and instructor your teen, your teen niece or nephew or the kid down the street… 15 to 21 year old. THEY (15 year old) MUST have a valid learners permit for six months (15 years old); or/with 25 hours driving time. All students must have a valid state issued driver’s license. PLEASE go to the website to register and information about the program. IT IS a well-spent $95.00 to invest in our teens future and driving skills. 

MEMBER of the YEAR has been re-birthed! We decided (the BOD and the committee for selecting the Chap-ter Member of the Year) to bring back the Member of the Year Award. For the year 2018 our recipient is Maria Lee-Forbes and for 2019 Mark Forbes. Both have volunteered in all chapter events to assist in plan-ning and organizing picnic, parties and TRSS. They both have brought fresh new ideas and have made excellent contributions to the chapter. They have also secured venues in Miami area to host our TRSS. CONGRATULA-TIONS and I thank you from the 

A Tire Rack Street Survival school is coming to your area! “It’s about more than driving. It’s about living.”
· Location · Saturday, February 29th, 2020 Miami-Dade College North Campus
11380 NW 27th Ave
Miami FL 33167
7:30AM-4:00PM   REGISTER FOR STREET SURVIVAL · Host · Tire Rack Street Survival – Everglades Chapter BMW CCA Local Contact: Bobbi Treen
Tire Rack Street Survival office:
864.438.2060 FAQs
The Tire Rack Street Survival® school is a safe teen driving program designed to go beyond today’s required driver education and give teens across the U.S. the driving tools and hands-on experience they need to become safer, smarter drivers. The school provides trained and qualified in-car driving instructors as well as a valuable classroom experience for each student.
This school is open to permitted or licensed drivers ages 15-21. If you are unable to join us, PLEASE forward this message to someone who can!

BMW Car Club of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3)non-profit charitable corporation. 
Tire Rack Street Survival  190 Manatee Ct, Greer, SC  29651  (864) 438–2060 You are receiving this message because in the past you attended one of our schools, registered and were placed on a waiting list, or  expressed interest in Tire Rack Street Survival. 


MEMBERSHIP: We have had a huge increase in our membership this past year. I am sure that those numbers are reflective of the new three -year membership plan (no lapse in your membership) to receive your rebate for a new or CPO qualifying BMW purchase/lease from a BMW dealership. So we welcome all of you and have high hopes that you will renew your membership and enjoy the BMW CCA experience and the wonderful benefits that BMW CCA has to offer. From the BMW purchase rebates to discounts on insurance, IHG, Brooks Brothers, car rental, and many more – of course the friendships are a priceless benefit. As of January 2020, Everglades Chapter has 1997 members. We have 22 members that are Life-time members. We thank each of you for joining and renewing.

Thank you, to all that have joined BMW CCA and for those that have renewed. We welcome you and hope to see you at an event. So here is a rundown of what is coming up real soon and a few months off! Mark your calendar – SAVE the date! It is your club: Be there and enjoy the ride!

Please Note;
Due to COVID-19 Social Events are on HOLD.

Everglades Chapter Monthly Social Meetings:
the First Tuesday of the Month: 7PM
Checkers Old Munchen  2209 E Atlantic Blvd,
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Miami Dade
the Second Tuesday of the Month: 7PM
The Cheesecake Factory at Dadeland Mall    7497 Dadeland Mall
Miami, FL 33156

West Palm Beach
the Third Tuesday of the Month: 7PM

On-Going Cars & Coffee Meet and Greets!! 
Xtreme Action Park This event is the 2nd SUNDAY of the month, from 10:30am -12:30pm 5300 Powerline Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Palm Beach Cars & Coffee.Various Sunday mornings at the Palm Beach Outlet Shops.Palm Beach Lakes Blvd & I-95 – West Palm Beach.  Everything and anything is on display!  Time: 9am till noon.

Fuelfed     The European Classics– Ft Lauderdale:recurring last Sunday of the monthLocated at Hardy Park Bistro Time: 8am-10am

INFORMATION at the Florida Region SCCA website: 
Click here for Florida region SCCA websiteAND IF you want to have a close up for of exciting wheel to wheel racing – Join the Course Marshalls on a “Corner” and be where all the action is!!! or volunteer for one of the many Specialties at the track!          ohhh what fun it is….

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