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October Meeting Minutes

Where: Little Mexico Restaurant in North Augusta
When: October 7, 2010
Who: Brian & Donna Bogardus, John & Jackie Nicholls, David & Autumn Schumacher and Rudy Wilmoth.

Treasurer’s Report: $1,533.57


  1. So far on the Presidents goal to double the Club membership he is down two and up four and we still have one couple that hasn’t renewed yet. They think they may have already mailed the check, but maybe sent it to the wrong address…


  1. The Club President and the First Lady led the Club to breakfast on the 14th of September to the Home Cafe, appropriately, in Washington (GA not DC.) After eating, most folks went for a walk around the quaint downtown and lingered at the Farmer’s Market there.
  2. The Swamp Tour was great fun, as was the dinner beforehand at the Garners. The $5 a head fee for meal costs didn’t quite cover everything, so a motion was made, seconded and passed to mail Larry and Rita a check for $50 for the overage.


  1. The October (16th) Breakfast is being arranged by the Wilmoths. The plan is to meet at the South Carolina Welcome Center and leave for Auten’s in Aiken at 7:30 AM. So get there a few minutes early. Or if you like, just meet at the restaurant at 8:00 AM.
  2. The Bogardi will be doing a Leaf Peeping Tour on Saturday the 6th of November. The group will be leaving the Cracker Barrel in Augusta at 8:00 AM. There will be an optional pre-drive breakfast there starting at 7:00 AM.
  3. Last years hosts, the Schumachers, will not be in town on the date of this year’s Christmas Party and they wouldn’t give us the keys, so we have to find another venue. Donna agreed to find a volunteer.


  1. John Nicholls brought up the possibility of creating a CD Flier. Instead of the usual business card we could leave a CD under the windshield wiper of the random Miatas that Club members stumble upon in parking lots around the CSRA. It would consist of driving songs except for the first track, which would be an audio announcement from the President describing the Club and how to find us. This sounded like a great idea, now all we have to do is pick out which songs to include…
  2. Dave then asked one more time for volunteers to fill the Breakfast/Dinner Coordinator & Membership Coordinator. After a brief discussion and no volunteers, we moved onto the next item, advertising.
  3. Brian had zero luck getting the meetings listed with the Augusta Chronicle online calendar. He filled out the form, but nothing ever appeared online. He got no response to a follow up email or a follow up phone call. Dave had more luck with the Coupon Mailer Company. They take care of the printing and mailing and offer help with design and artwork. The CSRA is divided into 10 GA zones and 3 SC zones and it costs $300-400 a zone. At that level, just one zone would eat through most of the proposed $500 budget, making it cost prohibitive for us without a little help. On that front Dave met the same fate as Brian, his calls to the General Manager of Gerald Jones Mazda were avoided or unanswered.
  4. Dave mentioned that he was having issues getting to the Club web site. After some conversation it was determined that it might be the settings of his Norton Internet Security Suite. This has been an issue with a couple of other members and it is because we are using a site that offers free web space. Brian was asked to look into the cost of getting our own domain on our own web host for the next meeting.
  5. We then talked a little about an idea Dave had that he called Micro-Vacs. The idea is to plan a trip to a spot that was not too far away, like Washington, GA or Greenville, SC. They could be over nighters for some or just a day trip for those with less time or money because the destinations were close enough to allow returning home the same day.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary

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