City Of Sturgis Stands Beside SMRi And Sturgis Trademark

SMRI-LOGO-colorOfficials with the non-profit Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. announced that, in an meeting on July 29, 2013, the Sturgis City Council unanimously endorsed a resolution in support of SMRi and its ownership and licensing of trademarks pertaining to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. The Council’s vote came two weeks after initial discussions on the resolution to support the organization and its volunteer board began. The final vote saw a change in positions by a previously self-described “king” of SMRi opponents and an acknowledged “fence sitter.”

“We see this as a big step toward unifying the community and educating those in Sturgis and beyond about our work to help the people of Sturgis,” said Dean Kinney, Chairman of the SMRi board. “If we don’t protect this intellectual property, someone else will; and we’re determined to help the community realize the financial benefit it deserves for hosting this event.”

This move by the Council to extend an official endorsement on behalf of the City of Sturgis to SMRi and the work it does was taken after dozens of local citizens spoke about the organization, with 90 percent in favor of the resolution. After the official vote was taken and the resolution was unanimously approved, those in attendance applauded. City officials note that the trademarks managed by SMRi have been the source of the largest Rally-related revenue the community receives. The City’s official sponsorship program, enabled pursuant to a license with SMRI regarding the trademarks, brought in more than a quarter-million dollars in 2012.

“When you cut through the rumors and wild accusations it becomes clear who really is looking out for Sturgis,” Kinney said. “And every dollar spent on legal services to defend these trademarks is a dollar that is not available to local charities; and if these trademarks are declared to be in the public domain, that revenue, that support for the least-fortunate in the community, goes away.”

Each of the past two years has seen a $50,000 donation by SMRi to Sturgis Rally Charities Inc. which directly supports Sturgis-area non-profits with its own donations. At the recent meeting where the resolution passed Council president Tim Potts said matching funds and receiving funds from another organization is critical. “You heard ABC say the contribution from SMRi helped them get a $500,000 grant. You heard the dental bus was over $300,000. Think about the multiplier factor when you are talking about the $188,000 given out in the past few years. You can see by just a few that spoke that’s over a million bucks that is coming back to our community and when you take into consideration the multiplier effect that helps my citizens, my voters, I vote yes.”

9 Responses to “City Of Sturgis Stands Beside SMRi And Sturgis Trademark”

  1. 1 Rodent Aug 15th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Is that why the police were over zealous this year. Vendors didn’t do well, city inspectors were like fleas on a dog?

  2. 2 P. Hamilton. Aug 15th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Rodent. You were not in Sturgis. You make up stories. Vendors in Sturgis unanimously state they did very well.

  3. 3 burnout Aug 15th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Well….. well…….well…………………… We shall see. peace

  4. 4 LoneRider Aug 15th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I think I will trademark South Dakota then everyone will have to pay me to use Sturgis South Dakota also.

  5. 5 Woody's Aug 15th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    “And every dollar spent on legal services to defend these trademarks is a dollar that is not available to local charities”
    Oh brother, this guy could be a speachwriter for Harry Reid. “If you’d just put your hands on your head and spread your legs, we wouldn’t have to waste so much effort trying to kick you in the balls!”.

  6. 6 Rodent Aug 15th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    The vendors I spoke with did good the first weekend then died!

  7. 7 FlaNativ Aug 16th, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Don’t tell Daytona they’ll be trying the same thing. Yea I know these same people already tried and were defeated but they would try again if they can and will if they can get an extra buck from us.

  8. 8 Spmac Aug 16th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Campgrounds full,more people,equals more revenue

  9. 9 Doug Aug 16th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Would love to see a breakdown. They donated 50k out of 250k? Sounds like a non profit to me. I, sure members of the “non” profit board get some kind of $ in the form of something, other wise if they feel so strongly they would donate their own $. I believe in trademarks, anything but the sole word ” Sturgis” should be trademarked. I don’t hear smri e en mention pappy or any one before them that started the ball on the $ they are making. I hate to continue….

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