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August 2018 Meeting Minutes

When: August 2nd, 2018

Where: BJ Country Buffet, 611 E. Martintown Rd., North Augusta

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, David and Ellie Brock, Dennis and Karol Mason, Tom and Susan Varallo, Ralf Wilms, Matthew and Debbie Wojtkowicz, and Victor Yu.
Thanks to Tom and Susan Varallo for making plans for tonight’s meeting. As usual we had our own private room which made is nice as we were doing our planning so we didn’t disturb other diners. Members enjoyed chatting and socializing before the meeting started. The food as usual was good.
The planning meeting was accomplished pretty quickly.

Treasurer’s Report: Our treasurer was not present so our balance of $1170.97 is carried over.

Ongoing:
• See Dennis Mason for name tags if you so desire.
• Tom and Larry have business cards with the club website to handout to prospective Miata owners that may be interested in joining our club.
• New club merchandise is available: Pins are $3 each; “Support Vehicle” car magnets are $25 per pair, canvas tote/shopping bag $20 each. The 3” window stickers have come in and are available now.
• Coffee mugs and other items are available from http://www.cafepress.com/masters_miata
Communigraphics in North Augusta has our logo, for $8 you can have it embroidered on just about anything.

Club Business:
• November 1st after (was it 30 years Brian?) of service to our club, Brian Bogardus is retiring as
webmaster. That will also be time for the website renewal fees. So we need to consider what we want to do from then on. Facebook page, email only, continue the website? (but we will need a new webmaster).
• December will be here before we know it and we need to start thinking about the Christmas
Party. Tom will talk to Patty Wilmoth about getting the clubhouse (where they live) for our Christmas Party again this year (preferably Dec 8th or 15th). We will also need to decide what we want to eat and how best to do that. Start thinking about it, so we can discuss at the next meeting.
• If you haven’t paid your dues for the year, please see Mike Dyer or any officer at your next
meeting to get caught up. Thank you for your support!
• Please remember to RSVP to our events – it makes it difficult for the planner if we don’t
know how many will show – especially for smaller venues. Your RSVP is greatly appreciated, so please don’t forget.

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:

DATE EVENT – LOCATION COORDINATORS
11 Aug Coffee and Cars – Sponsored by Timms Harley Davidson  The meet is from 9am to 12 noon in the parking lot at Dayspring Baptist Church next to Timm’s Harley Davidson of Augusta – 4220 Belair Frontage Road, Augusta You
18 Aug Saturday breakfast and drive will be Bug Splat!

Details on the website.

Brian and Donna Bogardus
6 Sep Dinner meeting – TBD
15 Sep Breakfast and drive – TBD Matthew and Debbie Wojtkowicz
4 Oct Dinner meeting – TBD Dennis Mason
20 Oct Breakfast & drive – TBD Tom Varallo
26 Oct Steeplechase in Aiken Tom/Dennis/Brian?
1 Nov Dinner meeting – TBD (Officers Nominations) David & Ellie Brock
2-4 Nov Tale of the Dragon run

Details on the website

Brian & Donna Bogardus
TBD Christmas Party – December   ?

Breakfast Bug Splat

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
8:00 amto10:30 am

Where: Shell/Circle K at Exit 22 of I-20 Aiken – map

The last few years the insect population has been very uncooperative in showing up for our night drives for this event, so in a desperate attempt to find some actual bugs to splat, and to fill a hole in the Club’s breakfast lineup, we’ve decided to try running this event 12 hours earlier than we normally do.

As always, fabulous prizes await the winners in the Biggest Bug, Most Bugs, Fewest Bugs and Closest To the Dot competitions.

Take US1 south from the exit and it is the second gas station on the right. We will leave the Shell/Circle K at 8:00 AM for a 40 mile drive ending up at The Village Cafe (menu) in the Woodside Villages off Silver Bluff south of Aiken.

Event Coordinator: Brian & Donna Bogardus 803-443-2988

Tail of the Dragon Trip

Friday, Nov 2, 2018 8:00 amtoSunday, Nov 4, 2018 7:30 am

The “event” hotel is the Quality Inn & Suites in Robbinsville, NC. This used to be the Microtel, but has changed chains, so I’m hoping that they refurbished the place. The rooms are small and it is kind of pricey for what you get, but it is luxurious compared some of the other options in town. $88+tax for the no-refundable rate, $108 if want the possibility to cancel by Thursday the 1st. You are responsible for making your own reservations.

The following is a rough draft of an itinerary for the weekend. The only dates and times that are locked in are our Friday morning’s departure from the Greg’s Gas+ and Brian and Donna’s Sunday morning departure to home.

Deals Gap Weekend Schedule

Friday
8:00 AM Depart Greg’s Gas Plus on Martintown Rd just north of I-20 Exit 1
12:00 PM Lunch in Highlands, NC
1:00 PM Depart Highlands
3:00 PM Arrive Robbinsville
5:00 PM Optional Gap Drive for those who haven’t had enough fun yet
6:30 PM Dinner at Lynn’s Place in Robbinsville (or somewhere else in town)

Saturday
7:00 AM Optional Gap Drive to beat the traffic
9:30 AM Start Day Drive Loop (modified Joe Brown Hwy Loop)
12:00 PM Lunch at Tellico Grains Bakery in Tellico Plains, TN
3:00 PM Return from Day Drive Loop
6:00 PM Dinner (maybe The Mountainview Restaurant in Fontanna Village)
7:30 PM Optional drive to Cherhola Skyway for Milky Way viewing

Sunday
7:30 AM Bogardus’s leave for home (others may depart at their leisure)

Event Coordinator: Brian & Donna Bogardus 803-443-2988

August Dinner Meeting

Thursday, Aug 2, 2018
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Where: BJ’s Country Buffet in North Augusta – map

BJ’s Country Buffet is located at 611 E Martintown Rd, North Augusta, SC 29841. I have the back room reserved for us so our meeting we won’t be disturbing the restaurant’s other customers.

This is an important planning meeting to define the sponsors for our meetings and drives/events for the remainder of this year, and to begin planning for our 2019 Club elections and Christmas Party.

Please bring your great ideas and volunteer spirit so we may plan an exciting second half of 2018.

Hope to see all of you there.

Tom

July 12th 2018 Meeting Minutes

When: July 12th, 2018

Where: Eli’s American Food, 4446 Washington Rd., Evans
Who: John and Teri Bozzarello, David and Ellie Brock, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Thomas and Jennie Hodges, Bobby Matthews, Dan Prince and Lee Shealy, Daryl Shipman and Sherry Moore, Bob and Pat Tarrant, Tom Varallo, Richard and Evelyn Whitehurst, and Matthew and Debbie Wojtkowicz. Welcome to our new members Bobby and Sandra Matthews!

Thanks to Shirley and Mike Dyer for making plans for tonight’s meeting. We had our own private room and it was set up very nicely with tablecloths and candles to make it warm and inviting. Members enjoyed chatting and socializing before the meeting started. The food was very good and the service was excellent.

Tom Varallo, our president, promised a 3 & ½ minute meeting and that was accomplished.

Tom discussed the event in Edgefield that will be held Saturday July 14th. Stacey Timmerman is in charge and reservations can be made through him to attend a lunch beginning at 12 noon at Oakley Park (Park in front of Oakley Park), then at 1:45 pm there will be a book presentation by the author Tom Pollard, who will be sharing from his new book South Carolina Country Roads. Then if you are interested you can attend the “Second Saturday Market” at the Town Square in Edgefield.

Shirley said the blessing and all enjoyed their meals.

A big thank you to Shirley also for taking the meeting minutes!!

Treasurer’s Report: The club account started at $1160.97, and added $10.00 in dues, which makes a balance of $1170.97.

Ongoing:
• See Dennis Mason for name tags if you so desire.
• Tom and Larry have business cards with the club website to handout to prospective Miata owners that may be interested in joining our club.
• New club merchandise is available: Pins are $3 each; “Support Vehicle” car magnets are $25 per pair, canvas tote/shopping bag $20 each. The 3” window stickers have come in and are available now.
• Coffee mugs and other items are available from http://www.cafepress.com/masters_miata Communigraphics in North Augusta has our logo, for $8 you can have it embroidered on just about anything.

Club Business:
• If you haven’t paid your dues for the year, please see Mike Dyer or any officer at your next
meeting to get caught up. Thank you for your support!
• Please remember to RSVP to our events – it makes it difficult for the planner if we don’t
know how many will show – especially for smaller venues. Your RSVP is greatly appreciated, so please don’t forget.

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:

DATE EVENT – LOCATION COORDINATORS
2 Aug Dinner Meeting – TBD
11 Aug Coffee and Cars – Sponsored by Timms Harley Davidson  The meet is from 9am to 12 noon in the parking lot at Dayspring Baptist Church next to Timm’s Harley Davidson of Augusta – 4220 Belair Frontage Road, Augusta You
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