January 2019 Meeting Minutes

The BGALA January meeting was hosted by Hilton Garden Inn on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Membership went around the room introducing themselves.

Treasurer report, Ashlyn Smith:
-December expenditures: Quickbooks, holiday party gift card door prizes, and holiday party catering totaled just over $1,200.

-All members were emailed their 2019 dues invoice and all attending members received a printed copy as well–dues should be paid by April.


CVB: Sherry Murphy deferred to Janet Henderson. The CVB will be attending the ABA conference in Louisville this month and Bowling Green is hosting its FAMs. The CVB is working on car events.

Sloan Convention Center: Jessica Warren reported on public events happening now through April:

  • 1/12 Med Center Health & Wellness Expo
  • 2/2 – Fur Ball
  • 2/7 – BG Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
  • 2/17 – Hospice Chocolate Fest
  • 2/22 – Spellabration
  • 2/24- SOKY Bridal Fest
  • 3/2 weekend- Home Expo
  • 3/9 – MMA event
  • 3/15 – ACS Purses, Pouts & Pearls
  • 3/21-24- Glamour Girls
  • 4/18 – Dream Factory
  • 4/29- Warren Co Public Schools Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Lost River Cave: Megan Williams, Event Coordinator, reported the Snow Flurry Scurry 5K is later this month and LRC is looking for volunteers. Any organization willing to volunteer will be listed as a sponsor. LRC is booking 2019 weddings.

National Corvette Museum: Katie Ellison reported the new NASA exhibit opening next week will be temporarily limited due to government shutdown. NCM is currently renovating its admissions area and the gateway to the tours, but tours are still open. Please tell Katie if you have any Caravan 2019 rooms left. She is constantly updating the Caravan Lodging website and responding to all the Caravan FB group posts and doing an awesome job.

NCM Motorsports Park: Taylor Howard reported a couple new Winter Track Days events coming up. March is officially the opening of the season. All weekends in 2019 during racing season are booked except for 1 in August. Taylor is working on corporate and special group deals for hospitality and group team-building events to bring in more Monday-Thursday business.Taylor is putting together a cheat sheet of discounts available to potential guests with input from all MSP partner hotels. If you are an NCM MSP partner hotel, please contact Taylor with any of your Corvette discount opportunities.

Historic RailPark & Train Museum: Jamie Johnson reported the Depot is launching a Save the Depot fundraising and marketing campaign for 2019. The RailPark has modeled a new “Railroads Go to War” exhibit that needs $35,000 to curate and install by Fall 2019. The Save the Depot campaign is a nod to the new exhibit with a WWII propaganda-style focus, but also a nod to the efforts of the Friends of the L&N Depot to maintain the facility. The non-profit has been approached by the City-County Depot Commission to take over the ownership of the building. To preserve the massive 100-year-old building and continue hosting the annual community events BG looks forward to, the RailPark needs funding. More on this at the February meeting. The Romance at the RailPark Valentine’s themed event will be February 14-16, featuring a three-course dinner on the Duncan Hines Dining Car, wine from local Reid’s Livery Winery, and a movie in the museum theatre–reservations accepted and tickets are $125/couple. The Sip & Putt Golf Scramble is March 21, featuring mini golf throughout the museum and railcars–teams of 4 or less are welcome and tickets are $35. Brunch with the Bunny will be in April with food by Boyce General Store.

Sharli Rogers from Room in the Inn was the featured guest speaker. She thanked BGALA for its donations over the holidays. Sharli shared how Room in the Inn works with local congregations to arrange for nightly meals and a place to sleep for those in need. The organization’s greatest current need is for volunteers–most work sifts 1-2 hours long, either in the evenings when people come to register for a meal, or in the mornings when people are cleaning up the spaces. The churches who host the homeless sometimes work with hotels to arrange pre-payment for rooms in case they run out of cots in emergencies. There is always a need for pillowcases and flat sheets.


The BGALA Spring 2019 scholarship is available to students enrolled in the WKU Hospitality Program. Applications for the $500 scholarship are due February 28. Only one application has been received as of meeting time. The application can be found here.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, February 12, at the Historic RailPark & Train Museum at 12pm. Featured speakers are Jamie Johnson from the RailPark and Lynne Garrison, Expedia’s Area Market Manager.

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