President’s Message – January 2018

Hi All,
Well, it is December 2017 and this is likely my 36th monthly President’s letter. It is also my last for the foreseeable future. In January, at the annual General Membership meeting we will elect new officers and I will be stepping down as the leader of this wonderful club. It has been a wonderful experience. I have made many friends whom I fully intend to keep going forward. Gina and I will be as active as ever, participating in the many events to come.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Executive Board Team (Rick Judson, Tom Pane, Mary Sue Wahl, Ron Carmichael and Dave Tousignant). They have been great to work with and very supportive. Without these folks, we could not have grown to 45 cars this year, and if we did we could not have managed it. So, thank you team!

Change is always unsettling but I’m confident the nominating committee has put together a strong slate and that the Club will get better and better in the days, months and years to come.
December was a busy month, Christmas aside. The Club participated in the Carolina Beach
Christmas parade and enjoyed a trip to the Carolina Opry for the Christmas show and a short stop at St. Nick’s Knacks then on to dinner at the Parson’s Table in Little River, SC. (Thanks to our hosts; Ken& Patty Badoian and Mary Sue & Don Wahl) and that was all before the 10th of the month.
January will be just as busy with the Annual Meeting / Holiday Party, and Tech Day at Stevenson Mazda.
The Annual Meeting and Holiday Party will include a Yankee Swap Gift Exchange, Election of officers and other ‘business’ stuff) followed by dinner at the Osteria Chiccetti in Monkey Junction. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there. It has been a lot of fun for the past four years that I’ve been in the club and I expect that it only gets better.

Year end is a time for reflection and as I reflect on the Cape Fear Miata Club, it has been a great year. Thanks to all of you for hosting and participating in a variety of events. I look forward to our newer members thinking up new fun stuff for us to do and taking the pressure off the “old timers”.

I’ll close with one last ‘official’ reminder: Dues are due January 1, 2018 except for those who joined late in the year (you know who you are).
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you all a happy New Year.
Safe travels, Ken Schiess

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