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Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Sprint/Greg’s Gas Plus at 1295 W Martintown Rd, North Augusta, SC (just north of I-20 off Exit 1) – map We will leave from exit 1 in North Augusta by 8:15 and drive over[...]

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February Meeting Minutes

Where: Athens Restaurant in Augusta, GA
When: February 7, 2008
Who: Charlotte & Jim Avant, Donna & Brian Bogardus, John Bowles, Gail & Miller Butler, Carol Haff, Jackie & John Nicholls, Dave Schumacher, Stacey & Cindy Timmerman, Patti & Rudy Wilmoth and Dave Winkler.

Treasurer’s Report: $1,564.56

Business:

  1. The fruits of last month’s planning meeting has now been fully uploaded to the Club web page.
  2. Past events were reviewed:
    1. The January breakfast in Saluda was attended by just two cars. Attendance was limited by the threatened wintery weather. Too bad as the food was reported as great by the 4 folks who went.
    2. The impromptu Game Night never got off the ground.
  3. Future events were previewed:
    1. The February breakfast will be in downtown Augusta on the 16th at the New Moon Cafe on Broad street.
    2. John Bowles discussed the future of the Elmcroft Senior drives. He was worried about the insurance issues if anything were to happen to a resident while on the drive. Elmcroft’s insurance is only effect when the residents are riding in the Center’s bus. The Club has no event insurance, so everything would have to fall under the umbrella of the driver’s insurance. After some back and forth it was agreed to table this issue for a future meeting.
    3. The Anniversary Dinner Committee Chair presented the Club with a dizzying array of choices of where we might attend, what we might eat, how much we might spend doing it and what night we might do it. After a long discussion (for us anyway) we agreed on the place, 6th at Watkins in Augusta, the date, Leap Night February 29th and how much the Club would rebate the attendees, $15 each. A letter would be sent to everyone in the Club so they could RSVP, mark menu choices and return a check for their meal cost.
  4. There was a 50-50 raffle, but the Secretary didn’t write down the results, so the following is the best recollection of a mind that suffered way too many concussions on the pee-wee football field: Charlotte Avant won (again) and took the $12 cash. There were 3 runner up prizes and they went to Gail Miller, John Nicholls and Cindy Timmerman.
  5. We had a guest in attendance, Larry Garner, who soon became a member. He and his wife Rita own a 1997 Montego Blue, so say Hi when you see them next.

The President reminded the assembled that the March meeting was at the Asian Buffet in North Augusta and then turned us loose.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary

January Meeting Minutes

Where: Bobby’s BBQ in Graniteville, SC
When: January 3, 2008
Who: Bill & Bonnie Baugh, Donna & Brian Bogardus, Kurt & James Breitinger, Gail & Miller Butler, John & Carol Haff, Jackie & John Nicholls, Dave & Autumn Schumacher and Patti & Rudy Wilmoth.

Treasurer’s Report: $1,660.50 (John Haff kicked in a penny to make it an even fifty.)

Business:

  1. Past events were reviewed:
    1. The December breakfast was attended by a half dozen or so members and it was described as the Quintessential Miata Breakfast Joint.
    2. Everyone who attended thought the International Christmas Party was a great idea.
  2. Future events were previewed:
    1. The Anniversary Dinner is still in the planning stages, i.e. the committee chair didn’t really think too much about it over the holidays.
  3. There was no 50-50 raffle as the Treasurer’s mind was the same place as the Anniversary Chair’s, eggnog induced visions of sugar-plum fairies.

The regular meeting was adjourned and we spent the next couple hours hammering out the event calendar for 2008, the results of which you can find in the sidebar to the left of this post.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary

November Meeting Minutes

Where: Rae’s Coastal Cafe in Augusta, GA
When: November 1, 2007
Who: Charlotte Avant, Bill & Bonnie Baugh, Donna & Brian Bogardus, John Bowles, Gail & Miller Butler, Jackie & John Nicholls, Dave Schumacher, Patti & Rudy Wilmoth and Dave, Bobbie & Sheri Winkler.

Treasurer’s Report: $1,595.49

We had several guests join us and they were introduced to the assembled Dave & Bobbie Winkler’s daughter Sheri was here. The last time we saw her was the last time we ate at Rae’s, coincidence, I don’t think so. Bruce & Amy Collins followed Brian & Donna over. They met in the Aiken Kroger parking lot on there Sunday grocery shopping trips. Bruce & Amy weren’t guests for long, after dinner they were apparently not repulsed by our behavior, so they wrote a check and joined. They have the Club’s first 3rd generation Miata (or MX-5) in the lovely shade of Stormy Blue and it is one of those power retractable hard tops to boot.

Business:

  1. Past events were reviewed:
    1. The Gold Rush Days event was fun, the accommodation’s were fantastic, but the roads were packed with others enjoying the Festivals too. A return trip to the are might be in order, but on a different, less crowded, weekend.
    2. The Elmcroft Senior Drive was well attended. We just enough “Miatas” to go with “senior” riders, so we did the big loop up and over Thurmond Dam and back.
  2. Future events were previewed:
    1. November’s breakfast will be at the “Under New Management” Track Kitchen in Aiken. After a test meal by Dave Schumacher to see that it meets the requirements (which can’t be printed here because they are Club trade secrets.)
    2. There was a low rumble about a wine tasting at Ft. Gordon the next Thursday, but I’m not sure anything materialized.
    3. To put a slight twist on the usual hum-drum Holiday Fete this year Gail has suggested going with an international theme. Chose a country to bring a food from, dress in traditional attire from the country, bring your $10 gift for the gift swap from that country, speak nothing but the language of that country – you get the idea. This is all strictly optional, pick one or two or do all of the above, the choice is yours. And of course if you would like to come as an southern American, that is OK too. Expect an email about a week before the party to arrange the food items so the hosts can make sure we all don’t bring Swahili Kuku Paka or Icelandic Steiktar Rjúpur.
    4. December’s meeting will precede the Christmas Party.
    5. Undaunted by the low attendance last year, the Nichols have threatened to lead another foray to see the Lights at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken this December. Kepp checking the web site for the details.
  3. November’s 50/50 raffle winners were Bonnie Baugh ($15) and David Schumacher (Zoom-Zoom lunch bag, travel mug & key chain.)

The meeting was adjourned and we exited into the dark hoping that we could find our breadcrumb trail back out to Walton Way.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary

October’s Meeting Minutes

Where: Mi Rancho in Aiken, SC
When: October 4, 2007
Who: Donna & Brian Bogardus, Gail & Miller Butler, Jackie & John Nicholls, Dave & Autumn Schumacher, Stacey & Cindy Timmerman and Patti & Rudy Wilmoth.

Treasurer’s Report: $1,586.49

Old Business:

  1. Past events were reviewed:
    • The breakfast and the Gold Rush Festival in McCormick was a good time according to the small, but select group of attendees.
    • The Warner Robbins Museum of Aviation trip was a rousing success with several cars from our Club, the Peachtree Club and a couple cars from Mid-GA. Apparently the highlight of the event was the rally master’s attire, an International Orange Flight Suit, but alas no one thought to get a picture…
  2. Future events were previewed:
    • The Gold Rush Days/Octoberfest Trip to the GA mountains is set for the 19th-21st. Looks like a good group is going.
    • On the 27th of the month will be our fall Senior Drive for the residents of Elmcroft Assisted Living. Please make arrangements to attend as we usually have a good turnout of residents looking for a ride.
    • The breakfast on the 27th has been changed to a lunch that will follow the Elmcroft drive. We will head over to Sconyers BBQ and “pig” out.
    • November’s meeting will be at Rae’s Coastal Cafe in Augusta.
  3. Last meeting Dave Schumacher volunteered to lead the caravan of Club members down to The Low Country Club’s Miatas Doin’ the Charleston next May. Not long after he mentioned that the event it filled up, leaving Dave as the only MMC participant. I guess that means he should have an easy time keeping track of that caravan.
  4. October’s 50/50 raffle winners were Stacey Timmerman ($10) and Gail Miller (Zoom-Zoom hat, shirt & key chain.)

Old Business:

  1. A volunteer was asked for to head up the Gala 15th Anniversary Party committee scheduled for next Jan/Feb and Dave Schumacher stepped up. Let’s hope that more people follow him on this adventure than to Charleston. 🙂

The meeting was adjourned and we returned to our cars warily eyeing the dark hued Pontiac Solstice that was in the lot amongst the Miatas.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary

September Meeting Minutes

Where: Vinny’s Pizza in North Augusta, SC
When: September 6, 2007
Who: Donna & Brian Bogardus, John Bowles, Kurt Breitinger, Gail & Miller Butler, John & Carol Haff, Jackie & John Nicholls, Dave & Autumn Schumacher, Patti & Rudy Wilmoth, and Dave Winkler.

Treasurer’s Report: $1,551.49

Business:

  1. We had guests and they were introduced around. First was our Bug Splat near attendee, Lonnie Best and a friend of his, Jacob Honda. Next was Charlotte Avant who later on stopped being a guest and became family when she and her husband joined the Club.
  2. Past events were reviewed:
    • The Bug Splat winners took a well deserved bow.
  3. Future events were previewed:
    • The September breakfast is on the 15th, the place is still TBA, so watch this space.
    • Dave Winkler’s Warner Robbins trip is this Saturday.
    • When Brian asked if any one planned on going to the Gap on the 21st the response was underwhelming.
    • October’s meeting will be at Mi Rancho in Aiken.
  4. The Low Country Club in Charleston is holding a regional event next May 1st thru 4th, Miatas Doin’ the Charleston. Dave Schumacher has volunteered to lead the drive down. They are limiting participation, so make your plans soon.
  5. September’s 50/50 raffle winners were Charlotte Avant ($10) and Carol Haff (an insulated Zoom-Zoom lunch sack.)

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary