January 2020 Meeting Minutes

The BGALA January meeting was hosted by the Historic RailPark on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Treasurer report from Alisha Dalrymple: BGALA current account balance is just over $20,000. BGALA paid for the January lunch meeting meal at the RailPark, $340 to Rafferty’s. There was a $30 tax info fee this month. Alisha passed out renewal invoices to members, deadline for dues is April 15.

ATTRACTION REPORTS:

CVB: Janet Henderson reported. She passed out the 2020 auto event rack cards. There’s progress made on the offroading course being constructed at NCM MSP. There’s a new ATV event from GNCC that’s been booked for May 16 weekend. Amy Cardwell reported. Please reply back to her room night reports requests. The USA Wrestling event coming up June 6-8 is at capacity and can no longer take more attendees. Amy does not endorse Traveling Teams housing bureau and its commission, rebate, and extra concessions. Amy bid on a professional disc golf event. The 2020 sports event calendar is being updated.

Sloan Convention Center: Jessica Warren reported BG Church meets every week, and the Red Cross takes donations every Friday. Holiday Inn Plaza is sold out next weekend and hotels should see overflow. The Bella Moxi national dance competition is the weekend of January 24-26, January 31 is the My Girl valentine dance, and February will bring the Fur Ball and Hospice Chocolate Festival. March will be the Home Expo and a new Boys 2 Men event. The Holiday Inn staff lost its Chief Engineer, Bruce Richey. There are openings in event sales and the front office.

Lost River Cave: The next event is Snow Flurry Scurry 5K on January 25, with nearly 400 registered to date. Hotels are invited to run with teams or volunteer. In case of flooding, the cave offers historic walking tour options whenever the boats can’t get into the cave.

National Corvette Museum & Motorsports Park: Katie Ellison presented. Twinkle at the Track had just over 9,500 cars drive thru, from 42 states and Canada, and received $8 million in media publicity. Plant Tours should reopen in May, with select tours available during Michelin NCM Bash April 23-25. C8 drives are now available at the NCM MSP. The new Rat Fink exhibit will be opening with a ribbon-cutting event on January 31 at 10am, please come because the Discovery Channel will be there filming. Corvette won North American Car of the Year from a panel of 50 independent journalists. The last time Corvette won was 2014 and 1998. Kartplex reopens March 7.

Beech Bend Park: No report.

Bowling Green Hot Rods Baseball: Hot Rods are hosting the Charity Dinner on January 30. New Year’s and Valentine’s ticket packages are available. The new Turbo Tuesdays will start this season with the new bat dog, Turbo.

NEW BUSINESS:

Historic RailPark and Train Museum was the featured speaker. The 2019 Save the Depot campaign was a success. Events from 2019 generated $110,000 in revenue, which was double from years past. Event attendance also doubled, from just over 1,000 to over 2,000 people. Donations totaled around $33,000. An endowment fund was created and garnered $10,000. The 2020 campaign celebrates the 1920s, the decade that made the Depot. Information about Depot events, memberships, partnerships, the 2020 Club Campaign, and more were on the tables for distribution.

BGALA WKU’s Spring Scholarship deadline is February 1. The student must be enrolled in the hospitality program. The scholarship application can be reached through the Top Dollar portal.

A callout for a committee for the Hospitality Olympics was made. They will be held May 12 at NCM MSP. Byron did an awesome job on the committee last year but wants to participate this year! We get it!

If you haven’t been receiving BGALA update emails from its Listserv, please contact a board member–or you can join on the BGALA website, bglodging.com.

If anyone is interested in joining, please ask Alisha or check the website.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Holiday Inn University Plaza.

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