The BGALA March meeting was hosted by Lost River Cave on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
Treasurer report, Ashlyn Smith:
-February expenditures: BGALA February lunch and BGALA board meeting lunch totaled just over $500.
-All member dues should be paid by April 15. About 10 properties have paid dues. BGALA account balance is just over $8,000.
CVB: Amy Cardwell reported Mid-South Conference is working with BG City Schools to host its basketball championships in March 2020, which will be 18 teams plus 6 more qualifying tournaments through the year. The total number of Mid-South Conference events held in BG is over 25. There are 24 softball and 16 baseball tournaments on Amy’s summer 2019 calendar, accessible on Google Sheets. Let her know if you need access. The CVB can provide the event calendars separately for auto events and sports. The CVB has been asked to bid on the state band competition on October 26, which is the same weekend as Kick or Treat Soccer. Amy is searching for facility space to hold a March 2020 national women’s wrestling championship. Thanks to Mid-South Conference wrestling championships being brought to BG, now Warren County has a wrestling league with over 100 kids participating, bringing good things to the community.
Sloan Convention Center: Zach Phelps presented public events coming over the next several weeks. The American Cancer Society is hosting the Purses, Pouts and Pearls bingo event, Glamour Girls pageant is the weekend after. Then there’s the KY Artists Guild the first weekend of April, followed by a Taste of Bowling Green on April 18 and the Warren County Public Schools Hall of Distinguished Alumni event on April 29.
National Corvette Museum and MSP: Katie Ellison reported 800 people are pre-registered for the Michelin NCM Bash April 25-27. She is still updating the NCM Caravan availability daily. The museum is hosting the April BGALA meeting and wants attendees to walk thru the museum to see the new NASA exhibit and the extensive renovations with its newly-painted boulevard and gateway at admissions. Taylor Howard reported the track season has officially started. The Kartplex is open Thursday-Sunday in March and will be open 6 days a week starting in April. BingeTokyo and Southern Roots racing events are this weekend. The NASA Great Lakes race is at the end of the month and the biggest race of the year. There’s a new Grits N Gravel event coming in April that features offroading. Trek at the Track starts up again in April (thru September), featuring the track being open to the public from 5-7pm for walking and biking.
Historic RailPark & Train Museum: Jamie Johnson reported that the Depot is continuing to host monthly poster reveals as part of its Save the Depot campaign. The next poster reveal will be Thursday, April 11, at 10am. The RailPark is hosting a USO Show on August 29 for the Bowling Green public, but also hosting the same USO event for Corvette Caravan participants on the evenings of August 30 and August 31. The link for tickets will be going live soon and Jamie will share on the BGALA Listserv for anyone to forward to guests who may be interested during Caravan. The RailPark is hosting its 2nd Annual Sip ‘N Putt Golf Scramble featuring mini golf running through the train museum and railcars on March 21. Tickets are $35/person with a max of 4 people per team, and include unlimited food from Mariah’s and 6-4-3 and beer/wine. Spectators are welcome. The RailPark is hosting Brunch with the Bunny on April 20, its Easter event–which features a brunch from Boyce General Store, storytime on the train, crafts, and an egg hunt. Up to 500 people can attend. The RailPark is partnering with NCM and Aviation Heritage Park to host a Planes, Trains, and Automobiles summer camp for kids in the third week of June–cost is $150 per child for the week and kids ages 7-12 are welcome. Jamie plans to send RailPark staff to visit with hotel frontline staff this month to share RailPark offerings before the tourist season starts and introduced Paige Rogers, events and rentals, and Kelsey Bailey, the Assistant Director. Business memberships are available.
Lost River Cave: Zipping is being offered to BGALA participants today, up to 10 people are welcome. Zipping is offered on weekends now through May, when the lines open 7 days a week. LRC has started offering historic walking tours of the grounds when the cave tour is forced to cancel during high water and flooding. LRC handed out flyers with their event info this year. Every weekend from June to October is booked with a wedding and the cave is seeing more out of town wedding business from states as far as Alaska, Oregon, California and New York. Earth Week is in April and the cave needs volunteers to clean up the park, each day of the week is themed with 7 habitats. LRC gave out 10 free tickets to hotels for frontline staff and a guest to come experience the boat tour–please remind employees to bring their hotel name tag/ID at redemption.
Today’s featured speakers were Caroline Fleury and Dipen Shah from New York Life Insurance, who gave a presentation on the 160-year-old business. Contact them for more info–Carolyn Fleury: firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-276-8201; Dipen Shah: email@example.com or 270-303-3641.
Applications for the $500 BGALA scholarship are being reviewed by WKU’s Jane Simmons. A winner will be announced and presented the check at the April meeting.
The BGALA board has voted to donate $5,000 to ASA Softball umpires to pay for their rooms in 2019 to ensure no unexpected expenditures. Any expenditure over $500 must be voted on by members. Based on the history and room counts from previous years submitted by the CVB, the average amount needed to house the umpires was $5,000. Amy Cardwell will bid out the rooms to BGALA member hotels, who can submit individual property rates active thru the 2019 season to Amy. The CVB is responsible for making umpire reservations and tracking rooms. The vote passed.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 9, at the National Corvette Museum at 12pm. Don’t forget to walk thru the museum while you’re there!