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10 Years Ago – February 2006

Phinizy Swamp Tour

Date: Saturday, February 4th
Time: 9:15 AM
Place: Swamp (well, duh!)
Attending: Barbara Blatter, Brian & Donna Bogardus, Karen & Kurt Breitinger, Gail & Miller Butler, Carol & John Haff, John & Jackie Nicholls, Denny Smith, Lester & Janeth Welsh and Anita Wylds.
Guest Attending: Jim Brickey from the Foothills Miata Club in Greenville/Spartanburg

Anita Wylds is a charter member of the Master’s Miata Club, she has been a volunteer at the Phinizy Swamp since it’s beginnings and she has been trying to get the two together for nearly as long. The stars finally aligned on 02/04/06.

But it looked as if the weather wasn’t going to cooperate. The day dawned cloudy with a forecast for morning thunderstorms. In spite of the weather a nice turnout of cars gathered at the Welcome Center. Sure enough, the rain started as the group approached the swamp. The closer they got, the harder it rained, until as if preordained, the storm cleared as they pulled into the parking area.

After a brief stop in the Visitor’s Center, Anita led the group into the natural area itself. We were treated to a brief history of the swamp and its part in nature. Our tour included several sections of the natural area’s trails and saw many different plant and bird species. We also learned that a big part of the natural area is actually part of the city of Augusta’s wastewater treatment process. If you have never been, it is a place that is definitely worth the trip.

After our tour, most of the group piled into their cars and headed into downtown Augusta for lunch at the Boll Weevil.

Optimist Pancake Breakfast

We’ll meet up at 8:00 at Greg’s Gas Plus, 1295 W Martintown Road, North Augusta (Interstate 20, SC Exit 1 – map) then take the short drive to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 1002 Carolina Avenue, North Augusta, SC – map

For $5.00 you get all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk, or juice. Proceeds will support local families affected by childhood cancer. Good food, good cause, and even a bit of road time! Tickets can be purchased at the door or from Stacey.

Pancakes

Event Coordinators: Stacey & Cindy Timmerman 803-278-7295

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

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.

January Breakfast

Where: Steak & Shake – map

Come on out to the Steak & Shake at 4329 Belair Frontage Rd in Augusta and join the Garners for the first Club breakfast in 2016, they’re buying the Mimosas.

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

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

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:

DATE LOCATION COORDINATORS
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.

Ideas/Websites
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/