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February 4th 2016 Meeting Minutes

When: February 4th, 2016

Where: French Market Grill

Who: David and Ann Adcock, Brian and Donna Borgardus, Donald Boltz, Mike and Shirley Dyer, Larry and Rita Garner, John and Carol Haff, Dennis and Karol Mason, Hal and Trudy Scott, Stacey and Cindy Timmerman, Phil Wilms, Tom Varallo.

We all enjoyed a very nice dinner and camaraderie, then Tom called the meeting to order.

Treasurer’s Report: Started at $1541.63. After a donation of $100 to the Aiken ASPCA in John Nichols name, the balance comes to $1441.63.

Old Business:
• See Larry for information cards with our website, to give to people who own Miata’s that may be interested in joining.
• New club merchandise is available: Pins are $3 each; “Support Vehicle” car magnets $25 per pair, canvas tote/shopping bag $20 each. Coffee mugs available from http://www.cafepress.com/+masters-miata+mugs     We will have window stickers soon (approx 3”).
• 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.

New Business:
• 2016 Christmas Party set for Dec 9th at Woodside Plantation Clubhouse. Thanks to Shirley Dyer and John and Kathy Omerod for setting this up. A suggestion has been made for the club to chip in for part of the cost. This can be discussed at a future meeting.
• 5 March – CHANGE! Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast today instead of 19 March as thought during the planning meeting. See the website for details.
• We will need to set a date to plan the schedule for the second half of the year.

The following events have been planned or are anticipated:
DATE                         COORDINATORS              LOCATION
February 20,2016    Brian & Donna                   All day drive to Mini Tec Breakfast
March 3, 2016           Dave & Sue Woomer        Dinner/Meeting
March 5, 2016           Cars and Coffee, Carolina Pottery, Martinez, GA
March 5, 2016           Stacey Timmerman           Optimist Pancake Breakfast
3/?/16                         Kurt Breitinger                   Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA
April 2, 2016              Cars and Coffee, Carolina Pottery, Martinez, GA
April 7, 2016              No Meeting
April 9, 2016              Food Lion Auto Fair, Charlotte, NC Apr 7-10 Dennis will coordinate http://www.charlotte-autofair.com/calendar/


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.


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