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Red Oak Manor Breakfast

Where: Red Oak Manor in Harlem (Map)

Red Oak Manor is located at 410 North Louisville Street. After breakfast we’ll take a short drive to ‘Feathered Friends Forever’ a Bird Sanctuary (612 Byrd Rd) for their 19th Annual Open House. They have 1400 birds of many types and ages. We will arrive at the bird sanctuary at 11am (when they open) if you want to meet us at the Bird Sanctuary. But please RSVP (on the website) for breakfast, so Larry can give a count to Red Oak Manor.

Event Coordinator: Larry & Rita Garner 706-790-4365

1 November 2018 Meeting Minutes

When: November 1st, 2018

Where: Nacho Mama’s, Broad Street, Augusta

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, Don and Kay Boltz, David and Ellie Brock, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Larry and Rita Garner, Jeff Kelly and David Ly, Dennis and Karol Mason, Bobby Mathews, Hal and Trudy Scott, Stacey Timmerman, Tom Varallo, and new members Sonny and Cathy Black.

Thanks to David and Ellie for making reservations for tonight’s meeting! – I enjoyed the view from the loft. The food was good and filling! A little noisy from the kitchen sounds but enjoyable none the less. Members enjoyed chatting, socializing and eating before the meeting started.

Treasurer’s Report: The balance started at $939.95, no transactions this month, so the ending balance is the same.

Club Business:
• Welcome to our new members Sonny and Cathy Black, who have a 2010 Silver Miata.
Everyone please say hello when you get a chance!

• We took nominations for our new officers (to start 1 Jan 2019) at tonight’s meeting. These are
the nominees – Brian Borgardus for President, Larry Garner for Vice President, Mike Dyer (incumbent) for Treasurer, Karol Mason (incumbent) for Secretary. There were 11 votes cast at tonight’s meeting for each nominee. For the record the following couples placed the votes:
– Brian and Donna Bogardus,
– Don and Kay Boltz,
– David and Ellie Brock,
– Mike and Shirley Dyer,
– Larry and Rita Garner,
– Jeff Kelly and David Ly,
– Dennis and Karol Mason,
– Bobby and Sandra Mathews,
– Hal and Trudy Scott,
– Stacey and Cindy Timmerman,
– Tom and Susan Varallo
Everyone else please send in your vote to Tom or prepare to cast it at the Christmas Party (one vote per membership). Thank you for your participation!

• PLEASE see Karol at any meeting/event or send your money for the Christmas Party to Karol
at 144 Ashbyrne Dr., Martinez, GA 30907. $10 per person paid no later than 7 December. Thank you!
Couples who have paid (in case you’ve forgotten if you have already) –
– Bob & Pat Tarrant
– Tom & Sue Varallo
– Bobby & Sandra Matthews
– Karol & Dennis Mason
– Mike & Shirley Dyer
– Brian & Donna Bogardus
– Larry & Rita Garner
– Don & Kay Boltz
– Jeff Kelly & David Ly
– Dave & Ellie Brock
Thanks to everyone who has paid, and everyone else please get your money out to Karol right
away – the party is not to be missed and you’ll regret it if you miss it! ? We need to collect the money in advance so we can have a check ready for our caterer.

• Tale of the Dragon run (tomorrow) on 2-4 November – Gonna be a beautiful time to catch
some fall colors too! Make your reservations now at the Quality Inn and Suites in Robbinsville!

• Larry Garner has planned a breakfast on 17 November at 9 am at Red Oak Manor in Harlem
(410 North Louisville Street) then a short drive to ‘Feathered Friends Forever’ a Bird Sanctuary (612 Byrd Rd) for their 19th Annual Open House. They have 1400 birds of many types and ages. We will arrive at the bird sanctuary at 11am (when they open) if you want to meet us at the Bird Sanctuary. But please RSVP (on the website) for breakfast, so Larry can give a count to Red Oak Manor.

• Our Christmas Party will be on December 15th this year at the same location (thank you
Patty!), Brookstone Clubhouse (1250 Brookstone Way, Augusta). We will be having the same caterer and same meal (Ham, Turkey, mashed potatoes w/gravy, green beans, garden salad, rolls, pound cake, banana pudding, tea & water) but this year there will be a $10 charge per person. This will keep the club funds in good shape, and it’s a pretty good price for an evening of fun and fellowship. And don’t forget your White Elephant gift for the fun gift exchange/steal. Each person that wants to participate, please bring a wrapped gift valued at $20 or less. Also, BYOB if you wish to drink.

• Dues for the upcoming year will be due on 1 Jan 2019, so please prepare to contribute, and
see Mike Dyer at the Christmas party or the January meeting. 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.

• 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.

New Business/Upcoming calendar events:

2-4 Nov Tale of the Dragon run.  Details on our website Brian & Donna Bogardus
17 Nov Breakfast & Drive – Red Oak Manor & drive to Feathered Friends Forever Bird Sanctuary. Larry Garner
15 Dec Christmas Party – Brookstone Clubhouse          1250 Brookstone Way, Augusta

$10 per person in advance


Extra Credit III

For all those times you get that question you can knock out of the park. What color was George Washington’s white horse? When does Oktoberfest start? What is the best lightweight practical 2 seater roadster? You almost can’t miss.

You have until Monday 11/5/18 midnight to get this Miata related T-shirt from Blipshift.

They also have a couple dozen other car related T-shirts during this weekend’s The Autonum Sale if you are interested.

Fall Steeplechase Report

MMC Steeplechase HQ

Attending: Karol & Dennis Mason, Donna & Brian Bogardus and Jennie & Thomas Hodges. With a guest appearance from Tom Varallo and a special drive-by appearance from Chip Cunningham.

Tom had set up an awning and a table the night before when he was over at the track finishing up for his Sertoma duties for the big day. The Hodges pulled into the driveway of the Bogardus Estate a few minutes early and the Masons pulled in 20 minutes later.  As with any Club event, even the ones not involving Miatas, there were several minutes spent standing around and chatting about how everyone’s Trust Funds were performing and which local gala charity balls we would be attending this particular season.

The three guys hopped into the Mason’s truck to drive over to the field and set up the second awning and the grills, plus unload the coolers and decorations. On the way over, Dennis apologized for their late arrival and blamed it on Karol. The three ladies walked the short mile over to the track, and while I was not there, I bet Karol blamed their late arrival on Dennis.

The weather was forecast for cool and cloudy, giving way to mostly sunny and warmer. The clouds missed the memo and hung around, low and gray all day except for maybe three or four 10 minute intervals. While almost everyone was dressed for the cool start, we really weren’t prepared to spend all day that way. Add in some fairly steady 10-15 MPH winds and the only time we were warm were those few minutes of sun or when we were standing really close to the small charcoal grill the Mason’s had brought.

Between the first and second races, a gust of wind picked up the Mason’s awning and sent it airborne. It was an amazing spectacle. It looked like a cross between a huge metal spider and a monster from the Cloverfield universe as it flipped and fluttered across the the two empty spaces next to us and landed feet down on top of the Honda minivan in the third spot. Somehow it managed not to scrape the vehicle at all. The only real damage done was to the now bent and slightly broken awning and the psyche of a small girl from the landing spot of said awning. We are pretty sure she didn’t get hit by the awning, but she was so scared that she cried in her mother’s arms for the next 15-20 minutes.

We re-propped the damaged awning back up and several next-door neighbors asked if we wanted some stakes to keep it in place. We politely declined as we actually did have them, but somehow the three heads of the set-up guys never thought to put them in, even though it was already quite breezy and Tom’s awning, which we put it up right next to, was obviously staked in. The women chastised the men about their bone-headed oversight and the men tried to deflect by telling them that it was obviously the women’s fault because they didn’t tell them to put the stakes in. One thing is sure though, there will be one woman in the set-up truck next time…

Because Mr. Varallo’s spot in the fall is on the outside rail right after a fence, we get a first hand view of the most exciting part of the steeplechase experience, jumping. And it really is fun to be up front for all that action until, in the third (or might have been the fourth) race, a horse and jockey takes a somersault 20 feet from where you are standing. The medical teams, both human and animal, were on scene within moments. The jockey bounced up fairly quickly, but horse did not. They held it down for about 5 anxious minutes while it was checked over, before he was let up and was walked off. Phew.

There was just one more bit of excitement left for our six participants on this day. The truck riders and walkers home arrived at Boardman Road at about the same time and when Donna entered the code on the remote garage door opener – it didn’t open. Thinking she may have fat fingered a number, she tried again. It didn’t open. She waited about 15 seconds, cycled the cover open and then closed before trying the code again. Still nothing. Brian then tried it and got the same no response. We even told Jennie and let her try. Time for Plan B, open a regular person styled door with a key. Well, Brian carried his Miata key chain but it has no house key. Donna’s key chain does have a house key, but she didn’t take her purse, it was inside the house. Spare key hidden outside somewhere? Nope (that is a whole other story.) Fortunately a local locksmith was happy to come out and do the rescue.

One last lesson learned on Saturday, Brian needs to bring his real camera to these kinds of events, the cellphone just doesn’t cut it.

November Dinner Meeting

Where: Nacho Momma’s, 976 Broad Street, in downtown Augusta, GA – map

Come out for the monthly dinner meeting of the premier Miata Club in the CSRA. Have some conversation and eats with fellow Miata owners. Either before, during or after we will have a short business meeting. And, oh yeah, it is voting time for new officers, come out and make your voice heard.

Event Coordinators: David & Ellie Brock 706-825-1700