by Joe Bell

Welcome to 1999! Hoping you survived Christmas and New Years in fine style and
are really looking forward to the new driving season. Earlier this afternoon  the thermometer was
reading 69 degrees, hard to imagine for December 6. It makes it one less day of cold before spring.

The annual meeting at the Woodland in Findlay, OH. was a well attended with 59
members and guests present. This is the tenth anniversary of the BSDC. Many thanks to Henry &
Becky zumFelde for gettingus up and running. President Mark Newman conducted the business meeting and commented on some ofthe drives in '98. Angie Hohenbrink reported the treasury has $967.64 in the

Results of the election to the board of directors were, Gerald Racey and Fred Thompson, elected to the board of directors for 3 year terms and Roger Murray elected for the 1 year term. There was no new business brought before the membership. Winners of the door prizes were, Henry & Becky zumFelde winning the towels and Marilyn Racey winning the '99 membership dues. The auction of donated items  was conducted, with the club receiving the proceeds.

I am told the BSDC had 5 members turning out for the Christmas Parade at
Lebanon, OH on Dec. 5, 1998. Surely was an unusual day, weather wise. No need for heavy clothing and cold feet. There would have been another BSDC turnout but someone ran into a problem when they tried to hitch! Someone told me that you must put your shafts in the trailer if you expect to properly hitch to your vehicle. At one our meetings or drives you might ask around to see who did not bring their shafts!!  Parade pictures from Lebanon.   Can you find Will Stevenson?

The first scheduled event for '99 will be a social meeting at the Trinity Lutheran Church on W. Bigelow
in Findlay, OH. on January 10, 99 from 2pm to 4pm. Directions, from Rt 224, go West of I75 to the first light which is Northridge Rd. (Cracker Barrel  Restaurant is on the corner), turn right and go the the end. The church will be on your right. Please brings snacks to share and coffee and punch will be provided.

Some of the events now scheduled for '99:
April 15-17 Carriage Auction at Topeka, IN.
May 2 Drive at Spencerville, IN. hosted by the Fairchilds.
May31 Drive at Zanesfield, OH
June 4-6 Carriage Weekend at Kentucky Horse Park
June 10-13 Equitana at Louisville, KY.
June 13 Draft Horse fun show at Napoleon, OH.
July 5 Hardin County Fairgrounds July 4 celebration
Aug. 29 Drive at Bucyrus Oh. hosted by Sandy Young
Sept 11 Drive at Oak Openings near Maumee
Sept 15-18 CAA conference
Sept 30 Carriage Auction at Topeka, IN

If you wish to host an event please notify the Board of directors of your
intentions so the date can be reserved.