April 2019 Meeting Minutes

The BGALA April meeting was hosted by the National Corvette Museum on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Treasurer report, Dharmi Shah and Kacie Hood–the board is in transition since Ashlyn Smith resigned her position. BGALA current balance is $8,500 and dues should be paid by April 15


CVB: Sherry Murphy reported legislative updates. Two new amusement park bills that help Beech Bend Park have passed. Sherry serves on several committees and welcomes any news or updates on legislation that may affect the hotels and attractions. Janet Henderson reported that she plans to revisit venues for car event updates. She passed out the 2019 auto event cards. She asked that hotels contact her or the event organizers to get their hotel info put on the major event websites. She and Amy plan to have BG welcome signs available for hotel lobbies during the busy summer season–contact her or Amy if your hotel is interested. Amy Cardwell reported the USA Softball official’s Paducah situation with the misdemeanor that occurred last weekend. Amy, Judge Buchanon, and Warren County Parks & Rec Director Chris Kummer are working on new regulations to prevent this kind of thing from happening at BG events. All are invited to a special MSC press conference at Bowling Green High School next Wednesday at 10am, to hear a major announcement. The Mid South Men’s Volleyball championships went well last weekend. The Mid South Softball events are coming up in May. The state band competition is the last weekend of October, same as Kick or Treat Classic. Contact Amy if you would like to partner with another hotel to host since some of these bands are huge and take entire properties. BG is hosting the world’s largest amateur disc golf event next week.

Sloan Convention Center: Jessica Warren reported Glamour Girls pageant had a good turnout a couple weeks ago. The Bowling Green Amateur Disc Golf Championships are in town Wednesday thru Sunday next week. A Taste of Bowling Green is April 18. The Warren County Public Schools Hall of Distinguished Alumni event and NCM Bash dinner are at the end of April. ChallengerFest is coming up the first weekend of May, followed by Venetian Ball on May 18. The Kentucky Jailers Association is having its conference in June and expect overflow.

Lost River Cave: Yoga in the Cave is happening on Saturday. Earth Week is later this month and the Cave has 80 volunteers signed up to help across the 7 Habitats in 7 Days Earth Week schedule. The Cave has been seeing lots of heavy Spring Break traffic and school field trips.

Historic RailPark & Train Museum: Jamie Johnson named the 2nd Annual Sip N Putt Golf Scramble corporate winners were the team from Home2 and Candlewood. Anderson Hospitality had a team too and she thanked all the hoteliers who participated in raising money for the RailPark. She introduced the RailPark’s Event Rental Coordinator, Paige, and Assistant Director, Kelsey. They are continuing making hotel visits to offer free passes to frontline staff and share RailPark offerings. 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. Brunch with the Bunny is April 20 and there are still some tickets left for the 9am and 12pm slots. The Bowling Green Hot Rods will be hosting a Save the Depot promo night on June 28 and feature several RailPark initiatives and fun events. The RailPark is hosting a new Bingo at the Depot even in July t with Khristian Irvin heading up the event. Donations are requested for prize packages. Out of town hotel stays as weekend packages are encouraged! 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. Tickets have already been selling for the Caravan nights and here’s the link. The same goes for Unseen Bowling Green downtown walking tours–the RailPark is offering nights of Unseen tours the Friday and Saturday nights of Caravan and here’s the link. They can also offer Unseen tours to car clubs, contact Kelsey for group bookings.

National Corvette Museum and MSP: Katie Ellison and Debbie Eaton guided BGALA members through a quick museum tour before the meeting started to showcase the newly-renovated admissions area and NASA exhibit. Admission prices have changed at the museum, adults are now $12, children (5-12) are $7 and seniors are $10. The GM Plant is allowing 100 people attending NCM Michelin Bash this month the opportunity to go on a private tour of the plant for $500/ticket. Over 5,000 people have registered for Caravan to date. The museum also hosts driver safety and educational events for new drivers. New gambling laws no longer allow Corvettes to be raffled online in most states and it’s a huge bummer since NCM relies so heavily on raffles for fundraising efforts.

Today‚Äôs featured speaker was Kelley Sturgeon from Alzheimer’s Association. She presented BGALA with the best corporate team award for 2018’s Walk to End Alz. The BGALA Hospitality Heroes team raised over $2,500. At BG’s Walk to End Alz in 2018, there were 78 teams with 930 walkers participating, and over $123,000 was raised. The 2019 Walk to End Alz is September 7 at Circus Square Park. BGALA is donating $500 as a Bronze Level Sponsor for the 2019 Walk to End Alz. Hotels are encouraged to participate in teams. Please contact Kelley with any questions, kmsturgeon@alz.org.


The $500 BGALA scholarship winner is Sarah Gibbs.

The BGALA board nominated Alisha Dalrymple for the Treasurer position and she will serve through 2019.

The Hospitality Olympics are coming up at our next BGALA meeting. Anyone wishing to volunteer on a Hospitality Olympics Committee to plan the festivities, please contact the board.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14, at the NCM Motorsports Park at 12pm. Be ready to play!

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