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January Miata’s for Breakfast Report

Downtown Aiken is quiet at 7:45 AM on a Saturday morning, but that was about to change, the Master’s Miata Club was coming for breakfast and the sounds of hundreds of buzzing sports cars would soon be bouncing off the empty walls. Well, maybe tens of cars with raspy exhausts. Ok, a few two seaters zipping around…actually seven cars total, 5 Miatas and a Sebring (which counts as two Miatas). A very nice turnout for what we all hope is the coldest day of this winter.

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January Meeting Minutes

Where: Eejay’s in Aiken, SC
When: January 9, 2009
Who: Bill & Bonnie Baugh, Donna & Brian Bogardus, Kurt Breitinger, Gail & Miller Butler, Larry & Rita Garner, John & Jackie Nicholls, Dave & Autumn Schumacher, Stacey Timmerman, Rudy Wilmoth and Dave Winkler.

Treasurer’s Report: $1284.07.

Pre Meeting Chatter:

  1. Turns out the porn industry, in the guise of Larry Flynt, is asking Washington for a $5 billion federal bailout, claiming that they are suffering from the soft economy. [Insert various adult puns here.] The Club’s treasury is a little light right now to do anything collectively, but individual members should feel free to help out in any way they can.

Actual Business:

  1. Hammering out a schedule for the upcoming year’s events.
    • We harangued 6 people or couples into volunteering to arrange two each of the 3rd Saturday of the month Miatas for Breakfasts. Bogardus, Garner, Nicholls, Schumacher, Wilmoth & Winkler.
    • Four events with actual dates were generated, April 25th a trip to Abbevile to see a play, June 20th the Peach Parade, July 4th a pool party at the Butlers & July 11th is the Bug Splat.
    • There were 11 other events planned for through out the year, but right now their dates and or purpose are tentative, vague or mere speculation at best. Check the web site frequently.

The February meeting will be at Veracruz Mexican Restaurant #2 in Augusta.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary

10 Years Ago This Month

6th Anniversary Dinner

Date: January 30, 1999
Time: 4:45 PM
Place: B. C. Davenports’ in North Augusta
Members Present: Judy Arrowood, Nicholas Arrowood, Zachary Arrowood, Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, Karen Breitinger, David Brock, Noel Brock, Jim Creer, Judy Creer, Hilda Delionbach, Leroy Delionbach, Jill Dobson, Wes Garin, John Haff, Carol Haff, Susan Harrison, Kris Kaufman, Ron Kaufman, Stephanie Kaufman, Jennifer Kelly, Sean Kelly, Kermit Laney, Mary Ann Laney, Jean Schwalbert, Russ Schwalbert, Cindy Timmerman, Stacey Timmerman, Cheryl Van Horn, Ernest Van Horn, Brian Wynne.

Brian W. had arranged for a representative from Andy Jones to bring a ‘99 Miata to the restaurant so we could ooh and ahh over it, ask questions and maybe drive it around the block. Around the appointed time we think we saw the car drive in a driveway next door to the restaurant. Then it was spotted again driving by slow, like they were looking for us. For whatever reason, they never did make it for dinner.

There were three tables for ten set up for us in the back room. With a little help from us it was turned into festive place to eat. Jill brought some fresh ivy from home for centerpieces. She also brought 5 different color candles for the tables to represent the various Miata colors. Jim C. brought a display board with pictures from past club events along with some scrapbooks. Ernest printed out, on a big sheet of paper, information from Miata.Net on the tenth anniversary Miata. We even had balloons tied to the Men‘s Room door.

Everyone ordered from the menu and we enjoyed each other’s company. Afterward, the club members were instructed to feel underneath their chairs for the drawing of door prizes. Those that had pictures of cars either received a free oil change or a car detail (from Andy Jones). Others had pictures of various parts of the car or pictures of restaurant logos. All door prizes were distributed to the lucky winners and then the fabulous cake was served as dessert.

The most exciting part of the whole evening was the splitting of the check. Davenports has a hard and fast rule, all parties over eight are on one ticket with a 20% gratuity added. At least they were kind enough to break it into a check for each of the 3 tables and not just give us one big one for 31. On the top of each check was the total, tip included, then next to each item ordered was the price, without the tip. So not only did you have to figure out what you ordered and add it up, you also had to figure in the 20% tip. Then you had to make change of your twenty from your neighbors who then had to make change from somebody else, sheesh.

We had two new members join the club, Wes Garin (black/tan) and Susan Harrison (yellow). Hope to see them both out for other events.