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Introduction BMW Clubs Europa e.V. is one of two official umbrella organizations for BMW-recognized BMW Clubs in Europe. As a European club organization, BMW Clubs Europa is a member of the BMW Clubs International Council - the global BMW club umbrella organization. The BMW Clubs have a close relationship with BMW AG, its subsidiaries and its trading organization. BMW Clubs are ambassadors of the brand and contribute to public awareness with their events. A strong community A network of over 200 registered BMW Clubs with approximately 19,000 members in almost 30 countries spans almost the whole of Europe. Our members not only like the brand, they love it! And, as everyone knows, shared joy is a double joy in the hobby! The beginnings The history of the BMW Clubs reaches back to 1928, when a group of BMW motorcyclists founded the BMW Club Düsseldorf. The chairman of the club, Friedhelm Günter (deceased in early June 2003), was President of BMW Clubs Europe for many years and later Chairman of the BMW Clubs International Council. In decades of development work, the BMW Clubs in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Asia and Europe have developed into a strong community. The merger of BMW friends thus extends from one end of the world to the other, from the BMW Club of Japan to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America. Today, the international club organization with 120,000 members is the world's largest network of clubs representing the brand of a car and motorcycle manufacturer. BMW Clubs International Council - The Umbrella Organization Since 1981, the BMW Clubs around the world have joined forces to form an umbrella organization - the BMW Clubs International Council - to create a clear and internationally binding framework for club activities and public participation. Council leaders asked, "How can you meet the diverse needs and desires of 120,000 BMW enthusiasts around the world?" The answer was clear. It was necessary to create framework conditions without restricting the freedom and autonomy of the clubs too much. These rules of the game can be summarized as follows: All BMW clubs are run democratically, non-politically and not profit-oriented. The various tourist, sporting and social events of the clubs should contribute to the positive image of the BMW brand. BMW club members see themselves as ambassadors of the brand. Wherever you go in the world, you can be sure that a BMW Club already exists there. Each new club that joins the international organization will become another stone in the wall of a steadily growing structure.
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Introduction BMW Clubs Europa is an umbrella organization at european level. The official BMW clubs are affiliated under this umbrella and can interchange news via this "information interface". Alongside the website, the BMW clubinfo is the most-used source of information. In two-month rhythm the collected information is issued in printed form mainly to the club boards, although many members also subscribe to obtain direct information. For travel-hungry members we also offer trips with BMW flavour, to Munich, Dingolfing, Regensburg and, as of 2001, also to Spartanburg. BCE also comes to agreements, e.g. with hotel chains and travel agencies, so that members can enjoy special privileges. BMW Clubs − so different and yet one large "family" BMW clubs cannot be lumped together with other automobile or motorcycle clubs. Their myriad range of interests makes them unique. In what other clubs can one find motorists and bikers, veterans and youngsters of the same marque? All which makes this club organization that for which it is famous: a large BMW clubs family. Each and every member of this family finds like-minded with whom they can arrange trips, attend meetings, take vacations, visit training courses, discuss technical details and exchange tips etc. This is all held together by: the fun of driving a BMW! How big is this family?
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