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OFFICIAL LAMBRETTA CLUB USA JAMBOREE 2009

 

 

One of the main reasons to organize a Jamboree is to give Lambretists the opportunity to meet once a year and socialize with other enthusiasts from across the USA. It should be a positive experience and an opportunity to exchange thoughts, ideas, knowledge, & energy.

 

Agenda:

1. Lambretta Jamboree.

 

Lambretta Jamborees should be scheduled, if possible, around the last week in June. This gives members a block of time to expect the event and plan accordingly.

I’d like to make a motion to pre-plan the Jamboree locations at least two years in advance, if at all possible. This gives members that live extreme distances from the current location the knowledge that the “next one” is a Jamboree that they could possibly attend.

 

It’s very obvious that a Jamboree should be a Lambretta-only event.

 

 

2. A word from The Contingent. (Of course they thanked everyone and were happy everybody had a great time)

 

 

3. Hosting a Lambretta Jamboree.

 

Planning and hosting Lambretta Jamborees is a very serious undertaking. Certain standards and aspects will always remain the same. Other aspects and details will change per Jamboree.

 

Listed below are the expectations that must be met by the hosting members.

 

ü  An invitation with a preliminary program should be announced no later than 10 months prior to prepare the potential attendees. This will also give the host ample time to make all the proper arrangements to successfully carry out the Jamboree. (SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN HAVE A DECISION BY LATE AUGUST)

 

ü  Admission fees will be relative to all aspects forecasted and a price will be solidified after a cost analysis by the LCUSA President, and host’s planning committee’s representative.

 

ü  Ample hotels, motels, B&B’s, etc., need to available. Camping facilities with showers and toilets are a welcome addition to a city Jamboree for our camping members. Or hotels and motels being available to our non-campers at a camping Jamboree.

 

ü  Detailed information about the surrounding area needs to be available, e.g., gas stations, food, groceries, etc.

 

ü  Activities planned, relative to space & time available, gymkauna, slowrace, games, judging, etc.

 

ü  At least one breakfast either day

 

ü  Friday night meet and greet

 

ü  Saturday dinner. This should be an “anticipated event” -- beer, cocktails, & wine, should be available for those old enough to drink. Food should be above average, and include one full plate per attendee.  A “sit down affair” isn’t necessary; it simply needs to be “good.”

 

ü  One main ride for Saturday.

 

ü  Saturday night entertainment.

 

ü  Raffle to generated revenue for the LCUSA

 

ü  Children 8 and under are free.

 

ü  8-13 are expected to pay for food and any other merchandise.

 

ü  Hosts are expected to get sponsors. Money, physical support, equipment, property, and prizes are all acceptable sponsor-related items and material.

 

ü  Payments of attendees are all paid to the LCUSA

 

ü  Records or money spent are to be kept for any re-imbursements.

 

ü  A central hub needs to be established that will be an ideal place for rally goers to congregate and make repairs if needed.

 

 a. Not necessary but a nice touch.

o   Thursday pre-party

 

o   A raffle Lambretta  (MEMBERS EXPRESSED THEY WOULD LIKE A SCOOTER AND VOLUNTEERS ELECTED TO ASSIST IN GETTING ONE) (Craig said he would be willing to restore a bike for future Lammy Jammys)

 

o   Pick up shipped in Lambrettas.

 

o   A Sunday ride (Multiple rides for different bikes/skill levels, such as in-town/shopping ride, fast ride, etc.)

 

o   Additional  information for attendees taking an extended vacation

b. What hosts can expect from the LCUSA.

 

o Financial support- amount to be determined at the review of the proposal.

 

o T-shirts & rally bag supplies will be paid for in advance by the LCUSA. Items in the bags at a minimum include a sticker, embroidered patch, pin, and a promotional item.

 

o As of now signage will be provided, if this changes it will be announced.

 

o Help acquiring sponsors.

 

o Artwork.

 

o Guidance in the planning process.

 

o Providing of trophies.

 

4. This year’s items:

 

ü  The Specialist magazine is now being printed on a higher quality paper. And we are always looking for submissions. Dave Schwanke, aka The Captain, has stepped up to become the production manager, and we are looking for people to assist Dave in producing a quality magazine.

 

ü  We want to invite Dave up to discuss a few guidelines. (These details will be outlined in the following Gazette)

 

ü  The club directory has been a challenge, but I think we have finally succeeded in producing a quality directory. Thank you very much to Christina for her assistance, and she has also volunteered to help Dave in the output of The Specialist.

 

ü  This year has been quite a year for Lambretta recognition. We would like to mention Rudy Perez, who helped organize the Scooter Build off. Rudy really put Lambrettas in the spotlight, honoring the club by showing people how Lambrettas roll. See www.scooterbuildoff.com for photos and details.

 

ü  We want to congratulate J McGill Winston on winning an airline ticket to England for Eurolambretta. Give yourselves a round of applause for sending him with your donations. Plan to participate in the next one, hosted by the Lambretta Club of Spain.

 

ü  We want to welcome our newest shop sponsor, Jet 200 Performance. Thanks to Mark Houghton for offering Lambretta club members specific specials.

 

ü  And, of course, thank you to all our supporting shops—Casa Lambretta USA, Scooters Originali, Lambretta Works, Scenic City Scooters, and OTR Scooters— for their ongoing support. We couldn’t do it without you.

 

 

 

5. Looking back at last year’s meeting, new ideas were discussed, and these were:

 

ü  New club merchandise:

 

o        As a result of this idea, we’ve added to the club store limited run t-shirts, license plate frames, stickers, and decals.

 

o        Other suggestions we’re considering include embroidered patches, buttons, embroidered polo shorts, jackets, and coffee mugs. Still interested?

 

ü  Continue with the Eurolambretta contest

 

ü  Caption contest

 

ü  Some suggestions were brought up but never enacted. One of those is the crew drive, where a current LCUSA member who signs up 5 new members gets one free year of membership. The offer is still available, is anyone interested?

 

ü  Charity contest:  LCUSA reviewed the comments about this and came up with a fair and uncomplicated solution. If you have an organization or charity that you support, LCUSA will help you contribute to the cause. Starting July 1st, submit the name of your national charity organization to me (Kieran). At the 2010 Jamboree, we’ll throw the names in a hat and select one at random. The charity selected will receive $100 from the LCUSA.

 

 

 

6. A word from Stan and Jen. (Updating current info is a must. Wasted postage is a problem for the club. Also mailing a payment for an item with partial info is an issue. Please be specific on the items you need from the store- not “I’d like a decal and a shirt”. Size, color, and quantity – all these help get the item to you in a timely fashion. The possibility of having an all on-line registration process.)

 

7. LCUSA’s biggest supporter contest. Details of the biggest supporter contest: During the year members sporting LCUSA pride at rallies will be rewarded with points. At the end of the jamboree year, the 5 members with the most points win prize packs from various supporting shops, including gift certificates, tools, books, DVDS, and other prizes. The grand prize winner will also receive an LCUSA’s biggest supporter trophy.

 

To achieve points a member can:

 

o   Ride over 500 Miles round trip to a rally & get 30 points.

 

o   Ride over 350 Miles to a rally round trip & get 25 points.

 

o   Ride over 200 Miles to a rally & get 20 points.

 

o   Ride over 100 Miles to a rally & get 15 points.

 

o   Win a trophy with your Lambretta at a rally & get 15 points.

 

o   Have a leg shield banner on your Lambretta for the weekend & get 10 points.

 

o   Wear a shirt for a full rally day and get 5 points.

 

o   Sport a club patch or sticker and get 1 point.

 

o   Extra points will be awarded for anything out of the ordinary at our discretion.

 

     This contest starts again July 1st.

 

 

8. This year’s biggest supporter contest winners are

 

ü  1st place – Starr Markham, who won over $175 of tools from Scooter Originali.

 

ü  2nd place – Dave Schwanke, who won a 12volt BGM Stator Plate, a $95.99 value from Jet200 Performance, and a Scooter Techniques Running Maintenance DVD from Casa Lambretta USA.

 

ü  3rd – Mark Wilson, who won a brand new helmet from Scenic City Scooters and a 150cc Lambretta case with chaincase cover, plus an endplate from Darren at OTR

 

ü  4th – Eric Jones, who won over $130 in book/DVDS from Casa Lambretta USA.

 

ü  5th – Stan Obal, who won $150 gift certificate to Lambretta Works for in-house labor

 

ü  Also, an honorable mention goes to Mike Anhalt. He’ll receive a club shirt or sweatshirt.

 

 

 

9. New Ideas!

 

ü  Monthly ride pictures:

 

o   In the forum, we would like members to share pictures and photos of their monthly/weekly rides of them and their Lambrettas in unique locations, so we can see what we do. At the end of each month, don’t be surprised if we like your photo so much we send you a t-shirt, a sticker, or something of the sort.

 

ü  Services offered:

 

o   Appraisals. A few shops offer appraisals to customers, usually for free. But since these shops are often busy, Lambretta Club USA will start offering this service to members. Members must submit at least 6 pictures of their bike and any specific details. We will take into account condition, rarity, year, etc., and the final appraisal will be made after receiving a second opinion from a Lambretta specialist. We suggest that members are limited to 2 a year. Any additional appraisals will be a fee of $25.00 per scooter,

 

o   All supporting shops have the opportunity to advertise in The Specialist. Ad rates are posted on the inside cover.

 

o   Let’s start utilizing the Swap Meet section of the forum. This members-only section is a perk of the club membership, where members get the first opportunity to buy things posted. As a courtesy to the club, we ask members to post items in this section of the forum first. If your item doesn’t sell in the Swap Meet section, then you can post it in the For Sale section where it will be available to anyone.

 

o   We are currently looking to find an official insurance company, as suggested by club members in recent talks in person and on the forum. Haggerty Insurance has been suggested, and we are trying to work out the details.

 

ü  Any new suggestions or ideas. (Perhaps  a US Lambretta registry. Darren Lopez & Craig Brownrigg are looking into it.)

 

 

 

10. Closing statements and questions. (Specific meetups & times for the jamboree weekend were discussed, and thanks expressed).

by k-dog, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:48 Comments(0), Read all
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2008 Official Club Meeting Re-Cap

OFFICIAL LAMBRETTA CLUB LAMBRETTA JAMBOREE MEETING 2008

 

One of the main reasons to organize a Jamboree is to give the chance for Lambretist

to meet once a year and socialize with other enthusiasts from across the USA. It should be a positive experience and an opportunity to exchange thoughts, ideas, knowledge, & energy.

 

Agenda:

 

1. Lambretta Jamboree.

  • Lambretta Jamborees should be scheduled if possible around the last week in June. This gives members a block of time to expect the event and plan accordingly.
  • I’d like to make a motion to pre-plan the Jamborees locations at least two years in advance. This gives members that live extreme distances from the current location

      the knowledge the “next one” is a Jamboree that they could possibly attend.

·        It’s very obvious a Jamboree should be a Lambretta only event.

 

A word from Craig

HE GOT ALL EMO smile

 

 

2. Hosting a Lambretta Jamboree.

  • Planning and hosting a Lambretta Jamborees is a very serious undertaking. Certain standards and aspects will always remain the same. Other aspects & details will change per Jamboree.
  • Below listed is the expectation that must be met by the hosting members.

ü      An invitation with a preliminary program should be announced no later than 10 months prior to prepare the perspective attendees who might decide to go. This will also give the host ample time to make all the proper arrangements to successfully carry out the Jamboree. (SO HOPFULLY WE CAN HAVE A DECISION BY LATE AUGUST)

ü      Admission fees will be relative to all aspects forecasted and a price will be solidified after a cost analysis by the LCUSA President, and host’s planning committee’s representative.

ü      Ample hotels, motels, B&B’s, etc., need to available. Camping facilities with showers and toilets are a welcome addition to a city Jamboree for our camping members. Or hotels and motels being available to our non-campers at a camping Jamboree.

ü      Detailed information about the surrounding are needs to be available, e.g., gas stations, food, groceries, etc.

ü      Activities planned, relative to space & time available, gymkauna, slowrace, games, judging, etc.

ü      At least one breakfast either day

ü      Friday night meet and greet

ü      Saturday dinner. This should be an “anticipated event” beer, cocktails, & wine, should be available for those old enough to drink. Food should be above average, and include one full plate per attendee.  It being a “sit down affair” isn’t necessary, simple it needs to be “good”

ü      One main ride for Saturday.

ü      Saturday night entertainment.

ü      Raffle to  generated revenue for the LCUSA

ü      Children 8 and under are free.

ü      8-13 are expected to pay for food.

ü      Hosts are expected to get sponsors. Money, physical support, equipment, property, and prizes are all acceptable.

ü      Payments of attendees are all paid to the LCUSA

ü      Records or money spent are to be kept for any re-imbursements. IT WAS SUGGUSTED THAT A CENTRAL HUB NEEDED TO BE ESTABLISHED. THIS PLACE WOULD BE IDEAL FOR RALLY GOERS TO COME TO IF LAMBRETTA REPAIRS NEEDED TO BE DONE, AND A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO CONGREGRATE. THIS ITEM WAS AGREED ON

 

 

2a. Not necessary but a nice touch.

·        Thursday pre-party

·        A raffle Lambretta (MEMBERS EXPRESSED THEY WOULD LIKE A SCOOTER AND VOLUNTEERS ELECTED TO ASSIST IN GETTING ONE) (Craig said he would be willing to restore a bike for future Lammy Jammys)

·        Pick up of “out of towners” Lambretta

·        A Sunday ride (Multiple rides for different bikes/skill levels.  IE. In-town/shopping ride, fast ride, ect.) currently on the forum the idea of have children friendly events should be added.

·        Additional  information for attendees taking an extended vacation

 

2b. What hosts can expect from the LCUSA.

·        Financial support- amount to be determined at the review of the proposal.

·        T-shirts & rally bag supplies will be paid for in advance by the LCUSA. Item in the bags at a minimum include, a sticker, embroidered patch, pin, a promotional item.

·        As of now signage will be provided, if this changes it will be announced.

·        Help acquiring sponsors.

·        Artwork

·        Guidance in the planning process.

·        Providing of trophies

 

 

3. Look back at last years meeting.

  • Prorating the rally- still a no? NO on prorating any part of the rally.
  • Crew drive? Let’s review this in the new ideas
  • Lifetime or extended memberships. 5 years memberships are available. Lifetime memberships have pros & cons……  It was decided 5 years is good and a special patch will be put into production

 

A word from Stan & Jen

 

Suggestions for new club merch:
Pennents
Poloshirts/buttondowns
Hats
Panties

License Plate Borders - currently being done

Jackets/Dickies/Bombers

 

 

4. New ideas

 

  • Crew drive- done by individual members. If a current LCUSA member can get at least 5 new members signed up within a year of first sign up, the current member gets one free year of membership. The new member must tell Jen at time of payment the current member’s name. This idea was bought up last year but never initiated, so let’s do it starting now? YES
  • * For cities that could handle it: a certain night would be designated  where LCUSA members and those who are interested could meet.  Something like meetup.com
  • Continue with the Eurolambretta contest? YES
  • LCUSA’s biggest supporter contest.

   Details of the biggest supporter contest: During the year members sporting LCUSA pride at  rallies will get rewarded with points. At the end of the jamboree year the member with the most points wins a prize package including a gift certificate to a supporting shop, one screen printed mechanic’s work suite, a spanners guide or Lambretta DVD, and an  “LCUSA’s biggest supporter trophy.

The trophy will be engraved with your name on it, year, and points earned. To achieve points a member can:

Ride over 150 Miles to a rally and get 20points

Ride over 100 Miles to a rally and get 15points

Win a trophy with your Lambretta at judging and get 15points

Have a legsheild banner on their Lambretta and get 10 points.

Wear a shirt for a full rally day 5 points.

We will need a LCUSA volunteer who is at said rally or that rally’s organizer to agree to verify the information. Members motioned that photo verification is good enough, and we can trust the honor system 

This contest starts after this Jamboree and the winner is announced at the next Jamboree.

  • Charity contest.

Details: A member or a group of members will raise funds for a charity of their choice. The member or group that has raised the most money will get free admission to the Lambretta Jamboree. The LCUSA will add an additional $100 to the sum raised by the winner. Non-members only get half of their admission paid. The other funds collected for the other charities will still be hopefully donated. This contest starts after this Jamboree and the winner is announced a month before the next Jamboree. Cap of 5 Jammy free entries for winners.

 

 

  • Closing statements, questions.
  • *Scooter Build Off  read it here www.scooterbuildoff.com
    *Recurring Payments for the membership fee - member forget - no worries reminders go out.

by k-dog, Thursday, 17 July 2008 12:28 Comments(0), Read all
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recap of 2008 meeting at the Jamboree in CA

I plan to post a review by this weekend - around the 4th or 5th of July. smile


by k-dog, Wednesday, 02 July 2008 22:18 Comments(0), Read all
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Meeting Notes

 During the Lambretta Jomboree On Saturday Night 7/9/07 we held a meeting for our attending club members. Here is a re-cap.

   1.)  The directory. Although it was our first printed attempt, improvements need to be made.
A.)  Members input included switching to a different layout that will make it easier to read. Perhaps opening it like a book.  It was expressed portability and usability is most important.
B.)    It was also brought to our attention old members who’s membership lapsed were included. Our intent was to include ALL members from last year to current since this was our first. Future directories will only include current members. A revised edition of the club application will have a “highlighted“ box to mark if you want to be left out of the club’s printed directory. Currently the option if members don’t want to be listed is available. When the revised edition of the application is done the option will be very clear. We are re-evaluating privacy & will only list number, name, forum handle, city, state, telephone, email and functions in the directory.
C.)    If you have let membership lapse and want your number to remain your number, then you must renew within 5 years. Un-renewed numbers will then be “dead” and remain that way.
D.)    A “slim down” of the member’s options/choices boxes. The least used options will be deleted, helping to keeping the printed directory “smaller” and easier to read.
E.)    Casa Lambretta has had inquires from new lambretta owners about the club when ordering parts. Alex has offered assistance in helping getting people signed up.
  1. Jamboree fees. A discussion of prorating the cost of the rally per an individual’s attendance over the rally’s weekend. A unanimous NO was expressed. It will cost one price to come to the rally, how much an individual partakes of this is his/her own choice.
  1. Crew drive. It was suggested if a current member get 5 new people to join the LCUSA, that member gets a free years membership. This is a good idea -once we can streamline or find a convient way to keep track of it we’ll probably do this.
  1. Adjusted/increased membership fee? None yet. If any an increase would go toward a Jamboree fund.
5.       Club Store. A few new items will be added to the club store. Possibilities NOTHING CONCRETE- new shirts w/ heat transfers & screen printed ones. Embroidered patches & club jackets. Enamel pins, & decals.

 

6.     Announcement. Robeto Morelli is our web dept board member, helping to keep this site running smooth.  Stan Obal will join the board & be in charge of reminding members to renew memberships. New  mom, Abbigail Israelsen, has offered to help here and there to assist Missi on organizing our members info, etc. in between her family & school responsibilities (thanks Abbi). So our official board members are: Kieran Walsh - President, Missi Kroge- Secretary/treasurer,  Robeto- web dept, Stan- memberships reminders, & Abbi working with us as time allows.

 

 

7.      Jamboree 2008. To be held in California in the San Francisco area, LCUSA member Craig Bachler has been hard at work gathering information and pictures. As details become available info will be announced.

by k-dog, Sunday, 24 June 2007 15:46 Comments(1), Read all
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jammy 2007

Howdy-
 I was just checking in with everyone. I have been lurking the board and not posting too much lately. I see murmurs about the rally in NY, & since we are getting closer to Jammy time better start getting vocal about it. Here is what I have:
 The Jammy will take place 8th-10th in Brooklyn & Manhattan. I am slow to get some of the crucial details from the NY crew, due to some info they are trying to get from venues.  As soon as I get them I will fill you in pronto.
Here is a general that can be found on scoot.net-
The Gotham Rally Committee in association with Lambretta Club USA is pleased to announce:

Death To Gotham / 3rd Annual Lambretta Jamboree
June 8-10
New York City

After taking off a year and observing the rapidly increasing number of people now riding scooters, and the increasing number of rallies, we’ve decided that the Gotham Rally would be better focused on a traditional, knockdown-dragout, dirty, stinking, drunken, old school rally for the old school scooterists. To that end, the Gangs of New York, in association with the Lambretta Club
USA, will be presenting Death to Gotham
, an all-vintage urban rally.

This event, running from June 8-10th, will include bar crawls, a vintage swap meet, gymkhana, pub trivia, dancing, riding, and more drinking. All in a true, larger-than-life-and-twice-as-nasty
New York City
manner.

Rally Rules:
*You are old enough to legally drink in a bar.
*Your scooter is old enough to legally drink in a bar.
*You drink in bars.
*You want to get drunk and party your ass off in
New York City
.


Brought to you by the Jedi Knights Scooter Club / Checkered
Demons Scooter Club / Donne Veloci Scooter Club / Douche Bag Scooter Club / Sole Runners Scooter Club / and the Lambretta Club USA.

For info and further details go to http://www.deathtogotham.com and
http://www.lambretta.org
That description written by Marty “The Party” has encompassed the NY vintage scooter ridier’s rally mindset.  Something tells me that these “Rally Hosts” want to show us a great time. It’s an appealing rally for the mildest to the wildest of our members.  We’ll be in NYC “the city that never sleeps” that says it all.
Hotel locations, fees, (LCUSA discounted and regular), and schedule will be ready soon so hang in there.
Please reserve your days off and get your schedule in order for this Jamboree of epic proportions.
Our Sponsors have shined thru again by giving us some great goodies. Our headlining sponsor Peroni has given us a LI125 series I. Mostly original, with a 175 top end, this raffle scooter is enough to drool over and someone will win it at the Jamboree.
Swank…..
That’s it as soon as I get the details I’ll get them to you.

by k-dog, Sunday, 08 April 2007 22:26 Comments(0), Read all
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Jamboree 2007

Howdy-
 I was just checking in with everyone. I have been lurking the board and not posting too much lately. I see murmurs about the rally in NY, & since we are getting closer to Jammy time better start getting vocal about it. Here is what I have:
 The Jammy will take place 8th-10th in Brooklyn & Manhattan. I am slow to get some of the crucial details from the NY crew, due to some info they are trying to get from venues.  As soon as I get them I will fill you in pronto.
Here is a general that can be found on scoot.net-

The Gotham Rally Committee in association with Lambretta Club USA is pleased to announce:

Death To Gotham / 3rd Annual Lambretta Jamboree
June 8-10
New York City

After taking off a year and observing the rapidly increasing number of people now riding scooters, and the increasing number of rallies, we’ve decided that the Gotham Rally would be better focused on a traditional, knockdown-dragout, dirty, stinking, drunken, old school rally for the old school scooterists. To that end, the Gangs of New York, in association with the Lambretta Club USA, will be presenting Death to Gotham
, an all-vintage urban rally.

This event, running from June 8-10th, will include bar crawls, a vintage swap meet, gymkhana, pub trivia, dancing, riding, and more drinking. All in a true, larger-than-life-and-twice-as-nasty New York City
manner.

Rally Rules:
*You are old enough to legally drink in a bar.
*Your scooter is old enough to legally drink in a bar.
*You drink in bars.
*You want to get drunk and party your ass off in New York City
.


Brought to you by the Jedi Knights Scooter Club / Checkered
Demons Scooter Club / Donne Veloci Scooter Club / Douche Bag Scooter Club / Sole Runners Scooter Club / and the Lambretta Club USA.

For info and further details go to http://www.deathtogotham.com and
http://www.lambretta.org
That description written by Marty “The Party” has encompassed the NY vintage scooter ridier’s rally mindset.  Something tells me that these “Rally Hosts” want to show us a great time. It’s an appealing rally for the mildest to the wildest of our members.  We’ll be in NYC “the city that never sleeps” that says it all.
Hotel locations, fees, (LCUSA discounted and regular), and schedule will be ready soon so hang in there.
Please reserve your days off and get your schedule in order for this Jamboree of epic proportions.
Our Sponsors have shined thru again by giving us some great goodies. Our headlining sponsor Peroni has given us a LI125 series I. Mostly original, with a 175 top end, this raffle scooter is enough to drool over and someone will win it at the Jamboree.
Swank…..

That’s it as soon as I get the details I’ll get them to you.

Thanks- Kieran Walsh -LCUSA President

scooter
raffle scooer

raffle scooer




by morbius, Saturday, 03 February 2007 01:42 Comments(0), Read all
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Jammy2007 NYC

 Why NY? Well if NY is already having a scooter rally and the LCUSA NY crew so graciously stepped up to help, these two factors have played into what exactly is going to happen. I can only thank everyone for all the kind offers they have made to host this rally. This rally "Death to Gotham" is a good venture for the club for various reasons. One of the driving factors is the LCUSA's freedom to use resources that the NY crew has already established for past rallies, hence making it easy for a national club who's member base that is so far flung to put on a rally.

The Gotham folks are passing the torch and making this their last rally and they want it to go off BIG, and what better way than to have us. Their concept for Death to Gotham is a "Vintage Rally" again - what better way than to have us. Our costs for a rally is pretty expensive, so teaming up and splitting expenses is always a good option anyway, especially is were all on the same page.

1.Vintage Scooters
2.Large enough local member base to have "physical bodies" to handle duties prior & during
3.Previous rally experience, always helps
4.Expressed loyalty from the DTG crew to assure we meet financial obligations via giving the LCUSA many "choice" options

5. A bonified want to do an "old school rally" involving swapmeet, and old fashioned hospitality

 I  like a few others envisioned  camping and thought NYC can prove to be  financially taxing, but in actuality it is definitely do-able. With our NY member base, all hotel info, lodging, and "free places to crash" will be offered to out-of-town members to ensure you can make it. But please voice all concerns and thoughts on the forum so we can tackle any issues together and make any valid suggestions that you would like to share.

So lets get geared up and get ready for the Lammy Jammy NY 2007  & Death to Gotham!


by k-dog, Monday, 29 January 2007 23:46 Comments(0), Read all
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Jammy Follow-up

Hello fellow LCUSA Members-

I hope everyone has recovered from Denver's Jammy weekend. Weather you made it out or not, I am sure you've heard it was a smashing success!  Members were psyched at the club's commitment and their determination to put on a great rally was evident.

Having an event with the VCOA was rewarding in many ways. Seeing so many people come to Denver from all over the states, as well as other countries, was remarkable. The hospitality the local Denver people displayed made the out-of-towners feel welcomed. It was a tremendous event to pull-off and couldn't have happened without all the help we had. The Secret Servix, Peak, Jedi Knights, Ace, & Squeam scooter clubs all pitched-in to do their part. We couldn't have done it without the venues that opened their doors and let us take over - Casalambretta, Erico Motorsports, Sportique, LaBoheme, Polly Esther's, Wings Over the Rockies, the Walnut Room, and Nallens. Our sponsors, Royal Purple, Peroni, Sparks, Casa Lambretta, SPD, and Scooters O', just to name a few, really went above and beyond.  A special thanks also goes out to our member web gurus for setting-up the online registration, delivering all the up-to-date info.  Missi for organizing and keeping all the pre-registers inline  was amazing.

 

I could go on-and-on about all the great stuff but that would take pages, so let me just give everyone a sincere THANK YOU for being a part of such a great event. As soon as we can announce where the next Jammy will be, we will. Until then, keep supporting this club, contribute to the magazine, post on the forum and give us feedback.  This is OUR club.

That's it for now, talk to you soon-

Kieran


by k-dog, Tuesday, 08 August 2006 20:32 Comments(1), Read all
Announcements
BIG THANKS!!

I need to say THANK YOU to Kirk, Danell, & Joel at Scooter Parts Direct for all the hard work to get the Royal Purple Lambretta to the Tampa Rally for it's first viewing. After staying up all night testing, and shining it all up Danell &  Kirk finally got some sleep. Kirk finished it off then Drove it out to  Tampa ( a 9 hour drive ) to make sure it was delivered on time. I am sure there are going to be pics on Scoot.net under the Sleep Away Camp header. This morning I emailed Bill to put  the header up for people to post. So I am sure it will happen soon.
THANK YOU to Peroni for the wonderful Vespa they donated that was also in Tampa for viewing. I plugged Denver whenever possible. The feedback was flooring , GET READY FOR JULY- DENVER IS GONNA BE GREAT! I reminded rally goers these 2 scooters are being raffled off in Denver at the Jammy don't miss out - Register now!!
THANK YOU to all our members who are working hard on the site, the Jammy, and keeping the club active, on the front lines and back lines, to all the shops giving us discounts. Thank You!!!! Thank You!!!

by k-dog, Monday, 22 May 2006 11:57 Comments(0), Read all
From the President
A little bit about me

Here is a letter I want everyone to read so that we can all be on the same page on a few things.

I must admit that I lurked for a while on this website way before I even decided to join the LCUSA and never thought I'd be involved in making any strides for this club. I thought, "Really? A Lambretta club? Ahh.... it's a bunch of people that don't live by me I'll never meet so who cares?" Riding for close to 15 years and going to rallies for over 10 years, whether it was on a Vespa, Rabbit, or Lambretta, only the folks I knew and met on a face to face level counted.

Up until myself and our scooter local community got involved with the Internet about six or seven years back I realized, "Wow the Net can really get you hooked up - finding stuff for my scooter, meeting new people, and discovering all the local clubs out there." But I was still unaware of how much love people had for Lambrettas in particular (besides the Europeans). I had an LD, a Jet200, and a Series II, and couldn't believe I had these awesome scooters sitting in the garage I could ride around town anytime I felt like it. So while this was going on in Tampa, Fl with just one guy, bigger and better stuff was going on everywhere else and the only way to find out about that was the Internet.

The VCOA was having national rallies in the late 90s. I did not see a Lambretta club (not that I was looking - at that point I was still pretty wet behind the ears to the internet as well as actual Lambretta scooters considering I had Vespas, Silver Pigeons, Rabbits, an NSU, a Bianchi, the list goes on...) but in 2003 when I heard there was a national club I was like "YES!" but I thought about it and that "who cares" mentality set in.

Only after I got on eBay, online classifieds, the BBS, and other club websites, this thought hit me like a ton of bricks - The Lambretta Club USA isn't a bunch of guys in a bunch of other states that I won't ever deal with - it's everyone! I can talk to these people online. Lambretta lovers like myself. I can ask all sorts of questions, learn a new trick or two, and get information about my bikes. That amped me to search out the LCUSA and the Net for all my lammy yearnings. I read a lot of messages on the BBS and lambretta-related sites, including the LCUSA's site, never really posting, just reading and absorbing. I wasn't some dude with oil all over my hands wondering who the heck else is doing all this? I can see the BIG picture now.

When Casa Lambretta opened in Miami, I decided the first thing I needed for my lammy will be ordered from there - this way I can see what these guys are all about. I have had good experiences at West Coast Lambretta Works and other shops and was dying to see what the "new shop in my state" was up to. My experience was very pleasant. It was only 4.5 hours away and since it was Florida's only official Lambretta-specific shop, I had to go. Missi Walker (note the maiden last name) posted on the Internet that she was looking for a few volunteers to help plan the 1st National Lambretta Jamboree and since I had just finished a planning a rally for our local club I was so juiced up on Rally-glee I couldn't say "YES I'LL HELP" fast enough. This was my first experience with the LCUSA via Missi & Jon - instantly a Lambretta bond was made. I helped out with design, gave input when needed, and joined the club. After the 1st Lammy Jammy last year I was asked if I'd be interested in being the President of the LCUSA. I was told Jay was stepping down because of personal issues and he, as well as Missi and Craig, thought I'd be a great replacement. After the board had a discussion or two, I took over Jay's position.

Since then, the second Jammy is now being planned with the VCOA. Abbi and Craig have stepped down due to family obligations, and our website has undergone many changes. Our members have gone above and beyond to help out as much as possible.

So far I have brain-stormed on what the club can use. I have come up with some ideas that will require our members help. I lurk the message board, talk to as many Lambretta folks as possible at rallies, on the phone, and wherever I can find them, and keep in touch with Missi as much as possible. Personal friends have given me advice as well as helped (you know who you are). I have been in-touch with Mark H, DC Rob, and Roberto, the web guys that make all of this possible and do this site for hours at a time without pay just because they have so much passion for the club. Thanks guys, for all you do.

But what I really want to do is get as many lambrettas fixed and on the road, seen, talked about, thought about, drooled over, and just ridden. Ridden on the Cannonball Run or just to 7-11 to get a pack of smokes (hey those things can kill ya). This club is our greatest weapon as well as tool to ensure all that happens. It's an exciting time to be involved in the LCUSA - the Lammy Jammy is a little over seven months away on July27-30th. Our plans are grandiose and bold. This is a rally you can't and don't want to miss! Our upcoming magazine, "The Specialist," will need contributions from members. Missi has a local crew in Denver well underway to get things done. Far beyond the Lammy Jammy and latest buzz there is much ground for our club to cover.

I wanted to drop a few lines here to let people know a little bit about me and what all members new and old can expect. Feel free to ask any questions or if you have any concerns or just want to say hi. I can be emailed via the board or contacted directly 813 817 3345.

Here's to the future.

Thanks- Kieran

LCUSA President


by k-dog, Friday, 23 December 2005 12:42 Comments(0), Read all
 
 
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