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6:30 pm September Dinner Meeting @ TBA
September Dinner Meeting @ TBA
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This is the monthly dinner meeting of the premier Miata Club in the CSRA. Come out and have some eats with fellow Miata owners. Either before, during or after we will have a short business[...]

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Barrett Jackson Arizona

Last week Kathy and I went to auction in Scottsdale, AZ. Fortunately I left my house deeds, credit cards and checkbook behind….vin#1’s for the first three years of Corvette production sold as a single lot for $1.8 million! A bit out of my league! Having said that I bet we all get more fun/dollar from our Miatas!

Miatas were represented by a red 1993 clone of a Miata used in a movie….senior moment, I forget the movie title.

Meeting Minutes for January 7th, 2016

When: January 7th, 2015

Where: BJ Country Buffet in North Augusta

Who: Brian and Donna Bogardus, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Larry and Rita Garner, Dennis and Karol Mason, Stacey Timmerman, Tom Varallo.

The restaurant is a buffet so we got started eating right away. After a good dinner Tom called the meeting to order.

Treasurer’s Report: Started at $1507.47 plus $20 from dues payments plus $46 from pin sales, minus $28.84 for MMC Club pamphlets to post at Gerald Jones Mazda, and minus $3 for bank fees for a final total of $1541.63.

Old Business:
• Tom Varallo has new pins available for $3.00 ea (look very nice) and ‘Support Vehicle’ magnets for $25.00 per pair.

New Business:
• Reminder to everyone that we voted to begin the new year as a new start for dues. So if everyone who is currently a member pays $5 that will pay you up through Dec 2016.
• The officers unanimously voted to make a $100 donation to the Aiken County ASPCA in John Nichols honor.
• Then we began planning this year’s events. Thanks to Dennis Mason for putting together an outline of dates and proposed events.

The following events have been planned or are anticipated:

Jan 16 Steak & Shake Larry & Rita Garner
Feb 04 23rd Anniversary Dinner/French Market Grill Dennis & Karol Mason
Feb 06 Cars and Coffee, Carolina Pottery, Martinez, GA
Feb 20 All day drive to Mini Tec Breakfast Brian & Donna Bogardus
Mar 03 Dinner/Meeting Dave & Sue Woomer
Mar 05 Cars and Coffee, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown, GA
Mar 19 Optimist Pancake Breakfast Stacey Timmerman
Mar ?? Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA Kurt Breitinger ??
Apr 02 Cars and Coffee, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown, GA
Apr 07 No Meeting Master’s Week/Spring Break
Apr 09 Food Lion Auto Fair, Charlotte, NC Dennis Mason
Apr 16 Tech Day ?? Kurt Breitinger
Apr 16 No Breakfast if this is tech day
Apr 21 Miatas at Myrtle Beach ‘X’ Apr 21-24, 2016
May 05 Dinner/Meeting Mike & Shirley Dyer
May 07 Cars and Coffee, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown, GA
May 21 Rural Church Drive/Breakfast Stacey Timmerman
Jun 02 Dinner/Meeting Tom Varallo
Jun 04 Cars and Coffee, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown, GA
Jun 09 ZTMOET, Johnson City, TN Jun 9-12, 2016
Jun 18 Trenton Peach Parade & Festival/Bkst Stacy Timmerman
Jul 02 Cars and Coffee, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown, GA
Jul ?? Fort Gordon Fireworks, Augusta, GA
Jul 07 Dinner/Meeting Dennis & Karol Mason
Jul 16 Cruise-in Town Square, Edgefield, SC
Aug 04 Dinner/Meeting
Aug 06 Cars and Coffee, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown, GA
Aug 20 Bug Splat Brian & Donna Bogardus
Sep 01 Dinner/Meeting
Sep 03 Cars and Coffee, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown, GA
Sep 17 Breakfast
Sep 24 Food Lion Auto Fair, Charlotte, NC
Oct 01 Cars and Coffee, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown, GA
Oct 06 Early Oct – Helen Octoberfest – Drive/overnight Larry & Rita Garner
Oct 15 Boshears Skyfest, Daniel Field, Augusta, GA
Nov 4-6 Deals Gap Brian & Donna Bogardus
Nov 05 Cars and Coffee, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown, GA
Nov 19 Breakfast
Dec 01 Dinner/Meeting
Dec 03 Cars and Coffee, Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown, GA
Dec 17 Breakfast
Dec 09 Christmas Party (tentative date) Mike & Shirley, Dennis & Karol

• Think about what events you would like to do. We need volunteers to take some of the open event dates.  Below are some ideas, or if you have some ideas for future events, please share them! We would love to hear your ideas.

Abbeville Opera House, Abbeville, SC http://www.theabbevilleoperahouse.com/
Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA http://www.callawaygardens.com/
Bowling at Brunswick Lanes, Augusta, GA http://www.bowlbrunswick.com/hours-and-pricing/188
Scavenger Hunt
Dealership Dinner/Meeting
Iron Chef Comp, Red Oak Manor, Harlem, GA http://redoakmanor.com/TheAcornRestaurant.html
Terrapin Brewery tour, Athens, GA http://terrapinbeer.com/tours/
Savannah River Cruise, Augusta, GA http://patriottourboat.net/hoursrates.htm
Old McDonald’s Fish Camp
Cotton Patch Jazz & Blues Fri-Sat 7:30-10:30 http://www.cottonpatchaugusta.com/
Corn Maze (fall season)
Dairy Tour
Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta, GA http://atlantabg.org/
Lights of the South, Grovetown, GA http://lightsofthesouth.org/
Big Mo Drive-in theater, Moneta, SC http://www.thebigmo.com/
Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC http://www.riverbanks.org/plan-your-visit/
Petersburg boat tours, Augusta Canal, GA http://augustacanal.com/boat-tours.php
Green Jackets Baseball game http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t478
Historic Augusta Trolley Tour,
Aiken Ghost tours, Aiken, SC http://discoveraikencounty.com/aikentours.html
Augusta Museum of History, Augusta, GA http://www.augustamuseum.org/
Drive to pick Peaches/Apples/Strawberries
The Vineyard Wine Tasting, Evans, GA http://vine11.com/
DuPont Planitarium USC, Aiken, SC http://rpsec.usca.edu/planetarium/

Christmas in Edgefield & December Breakfast

The Olde Edgefield District Genealogical Society (OEDGS) along with The Edgefield Civic League and Welcome Center has invited the Masters Miata Club to enjoy the activities on the square this Saturday, December 19, 2015.

Stacey Timmerman’s brother, who is the President of the OEDGS, has encouraged us to attend a presentation of a story of what Christmas was like in textile communities in the 1930’s when textiles were Made In The USA. At 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. in the Tompkins Library, renown storyteller, Bob Woodyard will be sharing Eph Goodloe’s Christmas at Greenpoint. Goodloe was one of the Hearld-Journal’s most popular columnists in the late 1920s and 1930s. The presentation is an abridged version of Goodloe’s December 1930 story of Christmas in the Saxon and Chesnee mills town.

Please open this PDF file to read more about the events this Saturday – caroling, bands, craftsmen, choirs, moonshine at the Carolina Moon Distillery, and restaurants.

Where: Greg’s Gas Plus – map

Meet Stacey at Greg’s Gas Plus on Martintown Rd., North Augusta, Exit 1 where he will lead us over to Edgefield this Saturday AM for a late breakfast and then you can enjoy all events described in the attachment. RSVP to Stacey is not necessary but would help him make a small restaurant aware of an approximate number to be ready for.

Event Coordinators: Stacey & Cindy Timmerman 803-257-1717

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

Blipshift T-Shirts Emails

MandrilllThis past Monday when I received the Madrill weekly email report I noticed something that made me go hmmm. I you want you can click on the picture on the left to enlarge it and guess what it was or you can keep reading, the choice is yours.

Emails went out on three days, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those days correspond to the days I’ve been posting the new Blipshift T-shirt announcements. The numbers representing those of you interested were down considerably. Those of you opening the email itself were down 18% from the first Mandrill related post back in October and the click rate was less than half than then too.

Well, I feel your growing indifference too. Back when Blipshirt started out it was one new shirt on Friday each week. Then they started with the Monday/Thursday two shirts a week thing, now they are producing 3 a week so even I am getting overwhelmed by underwhelming designs.

Twelve emails a month from the “Club” is not that many emails, but statistics show that there doesn’t seem to be too many of you who even bother, so no more Blipshift T-shirt emails (although I may still post the shirts on the site.) The few of you who are interested can just subscribe by going to the Blipshift page, scroll down and enter your email address in the “Get Email Updates” box. Same 12 emails a month, you’ve just cut out the middle man.

Whenever they come out with a Miata related design I’ll post it so that an email does go out. We are after all, a Miata related Club.

Grand Opening = Grand Prize

Congratulations to club members Stacey Timmerman and Don Boltz! They were the big winners tonight at the Gerald Jones Mazda Grand Opening. Don won the Apple iPad Air and Stacey won the Grand Prize – a Honda lawn mower! Way to go!!