Oral History Project Announcement

We want your stories to be part of the BMW Car Club of America Oral History Project! Don't miss your chance to be a part of history. 

The Oral History Project publications are the first of their kind and the stories we're collecting will not only leave a legacy for you and your fellow members, they will live forever in the Library of Congress! 
You'll soon be contacted via email by our project partner, PCI Publishing Concepts, to participate in this exciting project! Follow the instructions in the email to submit up to two photos and tell your story! 
The finished publication is something you and your family will enjoy for years to come and it's our hope you will contribute a written story today to make it complete. 
The BMW Car Club of America Oral History Project is a living history for members both old and new and it won't be the same without you. Thank you for your time and your consideration. We can't wait to read your story! 

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information and a story about BMW Car Club of America. Is this a legitimate project?
It’s legit! We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce an Oral History Publication for BMW Car Club of America. PCI is a family owned business based in Dallas, TX that has published directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities, and military organizations across the nation for almost 100 years. This project allows BMW Car Club of America to hear about your personal experiences and explain how BMW Car Club of America has helped shape your lives.
2. Does BMW Car Club of America benefit from this at all?
Yes, in a few different ways:
a. Updated Information – allows us to effectively communicate with and engage members
b. Legacy – preserves the history of our club
c. Revenue – generates non-dues revenue for member programs
d. Pride – wearing apparel shows support and love for our club
3. How do I know my information will only be used for Oral History Project purposes?
PCI is committed to protecting your information. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI for the publication of the Oral History Project will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Oral History Project and except as required by court order or law. Upon completion of the project, PCI will redact PII (Personal Identifiable information) from any and all electronic files that we have supplied or were produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Oral History Project.
4. I would like to verify or update my information and share a story. How may I do this?
If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Oral History Project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you, make any updates where needed, then ask you to share your story about your time at BMW Car Club of America. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to BMW Car Club of America at the conclusion of the project. 
If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information and submit a story. 
If you did not receive a postcard or email, you may call the dedicated BMW Car Club of America update line at 1-855-912-2392
5. Can I choose what information prints in the publication?
When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative if you prefer any of your information be excluded. You can also communicate your preferences to PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 / customerservice@publishingconcepts.com or to the BMW Car Club of America directly.
6. I updated my information but need some more time to think about what experience to share. 
You can call back at any time to share your story.
7. I shared a story and the representative said I could send some photos. How do I do this?
You will receive an email with a link to upload up to two photos (black and white or color) plus captions. 
If you have also purchased a book but do not have an email address on file, you will be sent a photo mailer to send physical photos in to be printed (note: photos will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope).
8. Can anyone purchase a book?
The BMW Car Club of America Oral History Publication is available for sale only to BMW Car Club of America members.
9. When will I receive my book?
The total duration of the Oral History Project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in November of 2021, the books will be distributed in December of 2022.
10. I ordered a book / package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this?
Contact PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 and they will take care of this for you.