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October Miatas For Breakfast

A nice chilly fall morning was the perfect start for our 35 minute drive to Breakfast at Autens in Aiken. Auten’s meet all of our Miata breakfast criteria and the food and service were outstanding. Attending were The Bogardi & The Wilmoths.

Obligatory Miata Line-up at the SC Welcome Center.

October Meeting Minutes

Where: Little Mexico Restaurant in North Augusta
When: October 7, 2010
Who: Brian & Donna Bogardus, John & Jackie Nicholls, David & Autumn Schumacher and Rudy Wilmoth.

Treasurer’s Report: $1,533.57

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. So far on the Presidents goal to double the Club membership he is down two and up four and we still have one couple that hasn’t renewed yet. They think they may have already mailed the check, but maybe sent it to the wrong address…

PAST EVENTS:

  1. The Club President and the First Lady led the Club to breakfast on the 14th of September to the Home Cafe, appropriately, in Washington (GA not DC.) After eating, most folks went for a walk around the quaint downtown and lingered at the Farmer’s Market there.
  2. The Swamp Tour was great fun, as was the dinner beforehand at the Garners. The $5 a head fee for meal costs didn’t quite cover everything, so a motion was made, seconded and passed to mail Larry and Rita a check for $50 for the overage.

FUTURE EVENTS:

  1. The October (16th) Breakfast is being arranged by the Wilmoths. The plan is to meet at the South Carolina Welcome Center and leave for Auten’s in Aiken at 7:30 AM. So get there a few minutes early. Or if you like, just meet at the restaurant at 8:00 AM.
  2. The Bogardi will be doing a Leaf Peeping Tour on Saturday the 6th of November. The group will be leaving the Cracker Barrel in Augusta at 8:00 AM. There will be an optional pre-drive breakfast there starting at 7:00 AM.
  3. Last years hosts, the Schumachers, will not be in town on the date of this year’s Christmas Party and they wouldn’t give us the keys, so we have to find another venue. Donna agreed to find a volunteer.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. John Nicholls brought up the possibility of creating a CD Flier. Instead of the usual business card we could leave a CD under the windshield wiper of the random Miatas that Club members stumble upon in parking lots around the CSRA. It would consist of driving songs except for the first track, which would be an audio announcement from the President describing the Club and how to find us. This sounded like a great idea, now all we have to do is pick out which songs to include…
  2. Dave then asked one more time for volunteers to fill the Breakfast/Dinner Coordinator & Membership Coordinator. After a brief discussion and no volunteers, we moved onto the next item, advertising.
  3. Brian had zero luck getting the meetings listed with the Augusta Chronicle online calendar. He filled out the form, but nothing ever appeared online. He got no response to a follow up email or a follow up phone call. Dave had more luck with the Coupon Mailer Company. They take care of the printing and mailing and offer help with design and artwork. The CSRA is divided into 10 GA zones and 3 SC zones and it costs $300-400 a zone. At that level, just one zone would eat through most of the proposed $500 budget, making it cost prohibitive for us without a little help. On that front Dave met the same fate as Brian, his calls to the General Manager of Gerald Jones Mazda were avoided or unanswered.
  4. Dave mentioned that he was having issues getting to the Club web site. After some conversation it was determined that it might be the settings of his Norton Internet Security Suite. This has been an issue with a couple of other members and it is because we are using a site that offers free web space. Brian was asked to look into the cost of getting our own domain on our own web host for the next meeting.
  5. We then talked a little about an idea Dave had that he called Micro-Vacs. The idea is to plan a trip to a spot that was not too far away, like Washington, GA or Greenville, SC. They could be over nighters for some or just a day trip for those with less time or money because the destinations were close enough to allow returning home the same day.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted:
Donna Bogardus
Club Secretary

10 Years Ago This Month – October 2000

Leaf Peeping

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2000
Time: 8:00 AM
Place: Billy’s Super Store in Trenton, SC
Members Attending: Brian Bogardus, Donna Bogardus, Lee Davis and Rudy Wilmoth.
Members Almost Not Attending: Karen Breitinger and Kurt Breitinger.
Members Attending Partway: Cindy Timmerman and Stacey Timmerman.

Brian and Donna were the first to arrive. They were topping off the tank when Rudy pulled in. The Super Store is an interesting place, there is this huge sign that says, NO SMOKING, that spans both entrance doors, but when you walk in, the woman behind the counter is exhaling from her last drag and the little old lady pushing around the cleaning cart has a half smoked butt hanging out of the corner of her mouth with the other half still hanging on ash. As I pull out the charge card to pay for the $6 worth of gas, the counter woman shakes her head while taking another puff and points to the sign on the wall that says, “Minimum charge card purchase $20.” The first thing that came to my mind to say was, “Oh, I thought that was to be ignored just like the No Smoking sign.” Guessing that she wouldn’t see the humor in that, I just took out some cash and paid.

For a while it looked like it would be just the 2 cars on the trip, until two red cars arrived from the same direction nearly simultaneously. Lee Davis with repaired car and foot, came out to join us. Lee said he had all but talked his wife into joining us until he mentioned the 5:00 am wake up call required. The other red car was filled with Timmermans. Stacey mentioned that he had spoken to Kurt and that he said that he and Karen were planning on coming with us. We waited until around 8:20 and when the Breitingers didn’t show, we headed north.

Within 1/4 mile, here comes a Miata in the opposite direction, you guessed it, Kurt and Karen. They got a slightly late start and thought they might catch us if they came that way. And they did.

First stop was in Greenwood where the Brietingers got gas and everyone who didn’t already, put their tops down. The trip between Greenwood and Anderson was mostly 2 lane back roads and if we didn’t feel like going all the way up north, we could have gone home after this segment, as the leaves were through here were already beautifully colored.

At Anderson, Stacey lead us to the Cracker Barrel as he and Cindy know the area like the back of their hands. Good thing too, as the map Brian had was not exactly correct. The reason they are intimately familiar with the Anderson area is they are on child number 2 attending Clemson University. As a matter of fact, their trunk was filled to the brim with foodstuffs, both hot and cold, to transfer to their son. After he met us at the Cracker Barrel for brunch they were going over with him to the University for a visit.

The remaining four of us headed up 28 to Highlands for the actual leaf peeping portion of the trip. Our timing was perfect, the leaves were in their final glory. The down side to this was that there were also a bunch of Other Than Miatas (OTMs) on the road gawking too and who rudely drove slug-like through the twisty roads.

At Highlands the plan was to go east to Cashiers and then come back down through the mountains on a different road. When Karen realized she had lost a bracelet, perhaps at the Cracker Barrel, we just turned around and went back the way we came. The leaves were just as pretty going this way and unfortunately the OTMs were just as slow.

Back at the Cracker Barrel in Anderson the bracelet was not to be found. Hopefully Kurt will find it next time the car gets vacuumed.

After passing through the little burg of Calhoun Falls Rudy radioed up and asked what everyone’s gas situation was, he was below the little tick mark that possibly represents 1/4 tank. Brian was above it but said that they would stop in the next town, McCormick, about 25 miles down the road. Finding gas in McCormick was harder than it should have been at 6:00 PM on a Saturday. The first place we tried had plastic bags over the hose handles and the next two were closed. We finally found a place that was open, and as you can guess it was a busy little spot.

A little farther down the road we split up as Rudy and Lee stayed on 28 to head on home, while Brian, Donna, Kurt and Karen crossed the Clarks Hill Dam and headed into Augusta to get some dinner.

When Donna & I got home 14-1/2 hours after we left, we had covered 380 miles, averaging out to 26 MPH for the trip.