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Nearly Bugless Splat

The MMC held its 11th Annual Bug Splat Rally last night. Can we call it that even if we skipped the year? The first one was in 1999 and for some reason there wasn’t one in 2002. OK, let’s call it the 10th Annual…

We had six cars manned by 11 wannabe exterminators show up for Mediterranean food before taking it to the street. Maybe the rain showers in the area scared a few participants off, I know it scared off the bugs. We dodged the rain and almost all of the bugs too.

The Biggest Bug Trophy ended up in the hands a new member couple, Dave & Devona Eastman, with their 3″ long streak of moth wing dust. The Closest to the Target was awarded to a small speck of suspected insect about a half inch away from Avery Green Dot on Bumblebee piloted and navigated by a pair of Schumachers. Once again Most Bugs, Garners, and Cleanest Car, Wilmoths, Awards were given to the cars that showed up for the run in that condition. The only folks that didn’t come home winners were the Bogarduses, who in spite of having the lead car advantage, finished in mid pack of of all the categories and last year’s Biggest Bug trophy winner, Denny Smith, whose wife will be ecstatic that he wouldn’t be bringing that monstrosity home again.

       

10 Years Ago This Month – August 2000

Sno Cap Anniversary

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2000
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Sno Cap Drive In
Members Attending: Shawn Arrowood & fiance Karen, Bill Baugh, John Bowles, Kurt & Karen Breitinger, Peter Brown, Jim & Judy Creer, Jill Dobson, Brian Godwin, Jack & Karen Norris, Russ Schwalbert, Stacey Timmerman, Rudy Wilmoth, Anita Wylds and Brian Wynne.

We had thirteen cars attend this year’s 36th anniversary gala for the Sno Cap Drive In. This was a great turnout and made us the largest group there. The MG club had around six or seven cars and the Corvette club had nine or ten.

We got under the main carport some this year, due to numbers and getting there early, usually the Corvettes get the lion’s share of the covered parking. We also had a couple of door prize winners, Anita won a tote bag and Peter Brown took home a hat.

Perseid Peeping Its Raining

And it looks like it will either be raining or big clouds will be blocking the direction of the meteor’s origination. I would put it off until tomorrow, but the is supposed to be as bad. Maybe next year…

Tonight is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, but it is not a one day affair, so Donna and I thought maybe a trip to see meteors might be fun to do tomorrow when it is not a “school” night.

Even though they say the best time for viewing is after midnight, some say the longest streaks are to be seen just after dark when the radiant is closest to the horizon.

All we have is an idea and a rough plan. We need to be out in the sticks with a view to the northeast, so our first thought was the Georgia side of Clarks Hill Dam. If you are game, meet us at the Baskin & Robbins at 4366 Washington Rd in Evans at 8:00 PM tomorrow night, August 13th. We’ll have ice cream, chat, drive to the dam, watch the sky until we are amazed or bored and then go home.

August Meeting Minutes

Where: Little Mexico Restaurant in North Augusta
When: August 5, 2010
Who: Bill & Bonnie Baugh, Brian & Donna Bogardus, John & Jackie Nicholls, David & Autumn Schumacher, Denny Smith, Rudy & Patti Wilmoth and Dave Winkler.

Treasurer’s Report: $1,233.57, and as a side note the Treasurer reported that he had successfully changed our account type from plain Business to Free Business, so there will no longer be a $10 a month fee when the balance is below $1,000.

PAST EVENTS:

  1. July’s Breakfast Trip was a rousing success. We had 15 people in 9 cars take the lovely drive to quiet Edgefield for a buffet breakfast. After eating, drinking lots of coffee and gabbing, the crowd scattered to the four winds to their Saturday chores.

Future Events:

  1. The August breakfast will be on the 21st. The event coordinators at the Wilmoth’s, not the Nicholls as the web page had stated (now corrected.)
  2. The following Saturday, the 28th, is the Annual Bug Splat Rally. There is a new route this year, it will start in Aiken and end in North Augusta, to avoid the one lane only over the dam in the middle of the usual route. Denny Smith the current Big Bug Trophy holder said he would be there to defend his title.

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. The President had sent out an email request to see if anyone had the old Club banner and if they did, would they bring it to the meeting. Turns out Rudy had it, he blew the dust off and gave it to David.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Our new President suggested a change in the format of our monthly meetings. They would still be on the first Thursday, just a little earlier and always at the Little Mexico Restaurant (where we were meeting right then.) After the usually quick business meeting, we would drive as a group to a local restaurant that was chosen by that month’s meeting coordinator and kept secret until the business meeting. There ensued quite a bit of chatter about bylaws, Robert’s Rules of Order, secret locations, length of meetings, final eating of dinner times and why.

    The why of one place for meeting was so you always knew when and *where* it would be, to make it simple to get the word out. This particular place was chosen because it is somewhat central to the membership and it was on a busy road, so the exposure of lots of Miatas parked there might get passers by to think, “Hey that must be a Club.” The drive together after the meeting was another idea to get the Club some more exposure, as a conga line of shiny sports cars driving around the area would surely stick out amongst the regular traffic. The mystery restaurant was so that folks had to come to the meeting to find out where the real feeding frenzy was going to be.

    A motion was made, a summery of the motion was made and then seconded. A call for further discussion then led to removing the mystery portion of the final dinner restaurant. A vote was called for and the motion passed, four yeahs, two nays and one abstention.

  2. David also suggested added two new positions in the Club, a) Membership Coordinator who would keep the member database among other things and b) Dining Wrangler whose job would be to keep track of the persons who were assigned to arranging the Club breakfast and dinner outings.

The meeting was adjourned, we paid our drink/snack tabs and gathered outside for the driver’s meeting.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary