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January Meeting Minutes

Welcome to 2018!!

When: January 4th, 2018

Where: BJ’s country buffet, North Augusta

Who: Don and Kay Boltz, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Dennis and Karol Mason, Don and Cheri Nesbitt, Dan Prince, Leanne Shealy, Stacey Timmerman, Rolf and Annie Wilms.

Thanks to Tom for reserving the location for tonight’s meeting! Since Tom was in ‘Yankeeland’ he asked Dennis to run the meeting.

Treasurer’s Report: The club account started at $1425.82, we collected $156.00 in dues, spent $450.00 for the catered food at the Christmas party, leaving a balance of $1119.82.

• Tom and Larry have business cards with the club website to handout to prospective Miata owners that may be interested in joining our club.
• See Dennis for name tags…
• 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:
• Dues for calendar year 2018 are due now. In fact they were due on 1 Jan, so please see Mike Dyer or any officer at your next meeting to get caught up. Thank you for your support!
• MMC 25th Anniversary Celebration Event planning is ongoing. Karol is asking for everyone’s input to make this event a success. We are looking into a restaurant that has a room where we can have privacy like Edgar’s Grille or Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. The best day to reserve the room would be Thursday February 1st. More info will be announced via e-mail and on the website.
• Voting on rewriting the by-laws is still an ongoing issue and needs your input, in the form of two votes prior to the next meeting February 1st, to get a quorum of the general membership to pass or fail the proposals that have been emailed out Wednesday January 3, 8:10 AM by Tom and reappear as follows:
1. Delete Article VI, Item C – “C. Only one individual of a multi-person membership shall hold an elected office during any term, unless approved by the general membership on a case-by-case basis.
2. ADD The following 2 Items to Article IX, Dues and Expenditures:
1) – Item D: “The Officers shall conduct the Club’s business such that the Club’s Checking
Account balance shall not drop below $600.”
2) – Item E: “The minimum account balance requirement of Item D may be waived, on a
case by case basis, by a quorum vote of the general membership.”
****As a note, Mike Dyer says the current bank requires a minimum balance of $300 to avoid charges, and Brian Bogardus says the current charge for the website is $100 per year.*****

• Don Boltz has volunteered to plan a drive to Asheville and New Belguim Brewery in April in place of the dinner meeting (that won’t happen because of Masters). Possibly overnight (or on your own). More to come as we get closer to April. Thanks Don!!
• Last, 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:
• Dennis is going to check into a better more professional looking name tag, worthy of our club, and will present his findings to the members for approval.
Upcoming calendar events:

6-Jan Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
20-Jan Breakfast – Steak & Shake (I-20 & Belair Rd.) Dennis & Karol Mason
1-Feb Dinner Meeting – 25th Anniversary Dinner TBD Dennis & Karol Mason
3 Feb We are looking to do a drive in the country – It would be awesome if we had 25 Miata’s for the 25th Anniversary.  Please come out!!

More discussion at the 20 Jan Bkst and 1 Feb 25th Anniversary dinner meeting……J    Thank you Stacey!

17-Feb Breakfast – La Dolce Bakery, Aiken Shirley Dyer
1-Mar Dinner Meeting – Boll Weevil, Augusta Rolf Wilms
3-Mar Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
TBD March Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast – N. Augusta Stacey Timmerman
5-Apr Dinner Meeting – No Meeting Masters Week  
7-Apr Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
21-Apr Road Rally & Breakfast David Brock
End of April or first part of May is Miata’s at Myrtle Beach – Keep an eye out for dates TBA
3-May Mi Rancho, Augusta Dennis Mason
5-May Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
TBD May Carolina Motor Sports (Parade Laps) John Haff
19-May Breakfast – Golden Corral, Aiken Dennis & Karol Mason
1 – 4 June Zoomin of the Mountains of E. Tennessee Tri-Cities Miata
2-Jun Coffee and Cars – Columbia County Exhibition Center You
7-Jun Dinner meeting – Metro Diner, Augusta Dennis Mason
16-Jun Breakfast at Airport Grille and Drive Trenton Peach Parade Stacey Timmerman

Mazda Fights Distracted Driving

Because Mazda can’t convince everyone in the world to buy a Miata they are going to try and convince them to at least put down the phone and drive for fun.

Mazda Patent Bets That Fun Roads Will Prevent Driver Distraction
The patent filing shows that the vehicle would monitor driver inputs to the steering, throttle and brakes for the hallmarks of “enthusiastic driving” and store the location information of these roads in a database that it could then recall and suggest when a driver’s attention is flagging. The system would use internal cameras to help assess a driver’s level of distraction, which would result in a score. This score would trigger one of several variations of the Driving Assistance Program.

Road/Show Article

February Miata Breakfast

Where: La Dolce Cafe and Bakery in Aiken – map

Start you day right by having a meal with friends. Join us at La Dolce Cafe and Bakery which is located at 967 Doughtery Road on Aiken’s southside or as we Aikenites call it LA (lower Aiken.)

Breakfast Menu

Event Coordinator: Shirley Dyer 803-644-7747

Breakfast Etiquette:
Order Breakfast
Sit Where We Fit
Tip your Waitstaff
Defer to Regulars

Try again, Fling Miata Yuletide Greeting

Too busy to get this done before Christmas. But sometimes “better late then never” is a good thing.

A Christmas Card.

25 Years Ago – Winter 1992

This is the back page from the Winter 1992 Miata Magazine. I looked through the whole issue looking for just the right thing to add here, and while included the usual stuff, letters with questions, a camparo with a 1959 Mercedes Benz 190SL, a Club Chapter spotlight (Tar Heel), it seemed like there were actually more ads than content. So here you have just some of the fancy things you could buy for your Miata way back at the end of 1992.

Click on the image to get a bigger view. You can then enlarge the pop-up image to a much larger size by clicking on the symbol at the upper left to bask in all the glory of early 90’s goodness. Like a Coil Cellular Look Antenna, so you can pretend you had one of those big ticket mobile phone things.

Some of these things were actually very useful and within a few years were built into the car by Mazda, like the trunk shield and door sill protectors. A few were worthwhile like the window sandwicher to protect the easily scratched vinyl back window and the rear deck bags to practically double the trunk space for long road trips.

One of the first things I did buy for the front of my first Miata was one of the black mesh grills. I still run one today and it has protected the A/C condenser coil from innumerable leaves, grasshoppers and 2 low flying birds. As a bonus, it looks better than the open mouth on the NA & NB. Plus, I am almost embarrassed to admit, I bought a pair of those black leather driving gloves too.