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Miata Mystery Meal (fka Monthly Dinner Meeting)

We’re changing how we’re doing our monthly meetings.  Instead of everyone driving separately to the restaurant and then leaving separately, we will first meet to have a short business meeting, and then caravan to the designated restaurant.  The purpose of this activity is to increase the visibility of our club and to drive more together as a club.  It will also provide a fixed location for new members to meet up with our club before joining us on a drive.

As your president, I will organize the August business meeting and restaurant.  I will hand out or send by US Mail the assignments for the rest of the months.  You may trade with anyone if you cannot do your designated month.

The designated organizer of the monthly meal will plan a short drive to the selected restaurant to follow our regularly scheduled 1st-Thursday-of-the-month Business Meeting.  There is no reason we can’t continue using any of the former restaurants, or any new restaurant the organizer chooses.  The pre-dinner drive should should neither be direct nor lengthy.  If possible, consider taking the club through one or more of the 10,000 subdivisions in the CSRA so that folks can actually see the club caravan.

Here are the rules:

Our business meeting will always be at:

Little Mexico Restaurant
614 Edgefield Rd. (aka US25)
North Augusta, SC

It’s about 1/2 mile towards North Augusta from I-20 Exit 5, on the right.  (This location is easy to get to from all directions and is about as centrally located as I could come up with.)

The business meeting starts promptly @ 6:30 p.m.  If at all typical, the Business Meeting will end about 6:45 p.m.

As a courtesy to Little Mexico restaurant, I would encourage members to arrive early for a social hour at Little Mexico to share beverages and appetizers before our business meeting.  I will be there no later than 5:45 pm on the days of our Business Meetings.

At 6:45 p.m. (or later, at the conclusion of the business meeting) the organizer of the drive and dinner will hand out a sealed business envelope to each driver with a 1-page description of the route and meal destination.  Up until this point, the location of the restaurant shall remain a mystery.  Members must be present at the conclusion of the business meeting to receive an envelope.  No, you cannot “just meet us there.”

We will depart immediately for the restaurant, with the organizer in the lead.

When we arrive at the designated restaurant, we should endeavor to park together in a spot visible to passing traffic.  The organizer may pre-arrange parking with the restaurant to facilitate this.

5 comments to Miata Mystery Meal (fka Monthly Dinner Meeting)

  • Patti Wilmoth

    Sounds like a interesting idea for the August Meeting but think we need to discuss and bring it to a vote to continue for future meetings.

  • Interesting concept, but Donna and I don’t usually eat that late. Our plan for this is to eat a small meal at the Little Mexico Restaurant, then drive to the “designated restaurant” and watch everyone else go inside when we will drive home…

  • Carol H.

    Great idea for possibly a Saturday event but, like Brian and Donna, John and I usually don’t eat that late. With our morning starting at 4:15 and John walking in the door at 6:15, it was pushing it for us to make it to a restaurant in Augusta for the meeting time. Add meeting at one place, driving, and then eating, it’s just too long of a day for us, at least during the week.

  • Jackie Nicholls

    Sounds like a good way to have more members involved in setting up an event–totally awesome dude!
    Maybe 1 way to resolve the above issues would be to let the person setting up the dinner also set up the meeting place–maybe even their house. Then they could plan a route on roads/streets they are familiar with and optimize the neighborhood thing without jeopardizing the goal of President Dave of increased visibility for the club and potential new members.
    Just an attempt at a compromise solution.

  • David Schumacher

    We have a big task in front of us, and we are all going to need to pull together to accomplish this. We may have a few “bumps in the road” along the way but I hope each and every member will put their hearts into growing this club and making our presence known in the CSRA. Tomorrow’s drive is just 12.6 miles and not much farther than driving to the “mystery restaurant” directly. We should be seated by 7:15 and remember, no meeting afterwords to drag things out! Let’s have a good turnout tomorrow and be sure and bring your name badges! – David

    Social/Appetizers 5:30-6:30 come whenever
    Meeting 6:30 – 6:45
    Quick drive to the mystery restaurant, then
    Dinner 7:15