BMJA Turkey Fry

We’re an organization established to bring people together who share a common interest: the legendary Jeep vehicle.

We celebrate the camaraderie brought on by owning one of these capable vehicles by sharing adventures and knowledge with each other. Each person’s Jeep eventually mirrors the personality of its owner, as if it were an extension of oneself. We band together to drive these machines, pitting ourselves against them and nature alike.

Every obstacle overcome becomes a small triumph providing a rewarding rush of adrenaline made possible by teamwork, critical thinking, and vehicle mastery — bringing people together amidst the mountains, the lakes, and the forests

A message from BMJA’s President!

Hello Happy Jeepers,

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. I hope all of you weathered the storm ok without getting stuck, breaking anything or getting hurt in anyway. I understand that a few of you had the opportunity to help out others by either rescuing them out of a drift, shoveling or transporting staff to medical centers. Thank you to all of you who did these great deeds.

With that said, how many of you are ready to do some wheeling in the snow?  Yes, it can be challenging but it will be fun. I’m told that the greens become blue, the blues become green, and the blacks– in some cases– become blue or red.  All I know is that I personally do not want to come off of one of those trails, black and blue from head to toe.

It is hard to believe that we are already one month into this year. I want to send a special thank you to Mike Hermany and Zach Vaughn for past their dedication to this club; their time, efforts and encouragement are so valued.  Both resigned from the board this year so that they can spend more time at home with their families.  I also want to welcome all of the new club members and say thanks and glad your back to those of you who renewed. We have a few new trustees: Chip Haws, Jody Snyder and Ed Meyers; thanks for stepping up and we look forward to your new ideas, and involvement to make us grow.

We are changing things up a little. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter:

  • We are going back to having regularly scheduled monthly meetings—our hope is to increase the attendance at our meetings.
  • We intend to have key note speakers to discuss:
    • Safety on the trails;
    • Discussions on PA Safety inspections for your vehicle;
    • Bantam’s/Willy’s history in March to celebrate its 75th birthday (we will have a birthday cake at the meeting for the celebration) ;
    • Show and tell sessions –what you take with you on a trail ride, or how to repair something either in your garage, on your driveway or on the trail.

If you have other topics or know someone who will speak/present for us, please let one of the officers know.   For now, stay tuned for a Saturday “wrench party” that is being planned in the early spring at Mark Sauders Jeep museum– to fix, understand how something works, or just hang out.

BMJA Fun Fest Update:  we need helpers to plan, organize and assist with the BMJA fun fest which will be held on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at the Hamburg Field House.  Danny Daniels and Mark Souders are chairing this event, so please contact them to add your name to their list.

Be sure to check out the new web site. Bob Diebert has put a lot of energy and time into it already and it is still a work in process. Thank you Bob!  Please register for the forum since it is all new. Unfortunately with the migration from old to new, we lost all of the past history. So let’s get on and start up some new information.

Finally, check your email for a few surveys, one to evaluate the Christmas party and the other to see what we can enrich our club to make it even better.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our planned events. Let’s have a fun, exciting and safe 2016…


Happy Wheeling!