President’s Message – April 2020

Wow!  As recently as a month ago, we never expected spring 2020 to start this way.  The Covid-19 virus has impacted everyone’s lives and daily routines in very significant ways.  The intensity and magnitude of this virus, its worldwide impacts, its speed and potential for spread and severity have created understandable concerns about our health, safety and security.  Obviously, the immediate goal is to minimize the virus’ spread and impacts by following local, state, and national guidance on dealing with the crisis.  In addition to the obvious direct impacts of the virus, mitigation measures and the accompanying restrictions have greatly limited person-to-person interaction and consequently, every aspect of our lives.  Because the health, safety and security of our CFMC members are our top priorities, many of our events for April and May have been canceled including our planned business meeting originally scheduled for April 18.  Please review the latest Activities Column in this issue of the Ragtop Tales for the most up to date information on cancellation of many of our planned events.  Also, see the separate article in this month’s RTT for current information regarding May’s Miata Mountain Adventure. We will issue mid-month updates on all planned CFMC events and activities if needed.

Undoubtedly, this is a scary and challenging time for us and our families from multiple perspectives; health, economic and our day-to-day routines.  For those members whose parents and relatives lived through the great Depression of the 1930’s and World War II, we remember them talking about the challenges, adversity, and uncertainty that they faced.  They overcame these crises through the sacrifice, service, and support of all Americans.  Sacrifice, service, and support are part of America’s DNA.  Our military and first responders and their families provide sacrifice, service, and support to us every day.  Now it is our time.  Today’s generations can and must work together and sacrifice, serve, and support each other in order to defeat the virus.  Fear and uncertainty are temporary.  We will get through this.  Stay safe and healthy and look out for each other, particularly those who are afraid, are most vulnerable and the brave health care workers and first responders who are on the front lines protecting us.  Soon, we will have our lives back, and with it, the return to some sense of routine and normalcy.   And, we will once again enjoy the fun, fellowship and friendship that our CFMC provides.  Please stay safe and healthy.  I will see you all soon.

Zoom-Zoom!

Ron Carmichael

 

President’s Message – July 2020

Summer has started and it’s July already.  But the beginning of this year’s summer season is hardly like those to which we’ve been accustomed.  Our “temporary” normal continues to impact our lives and activities. Many, if not most, of our traditional July 4th celebrations and activities are significantly altered, on hold, will be held virtually,…

President’s Message – June 2020

I hope this finds everyone safe and healthy.  This week we celebrated Memorial Day, when we honor and show our thanks and appreciation to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us so we can have the freedoms and opportunities that we enjoy as Americans.  Let’s do our best to extend Memorial Day’s thanks…

President’s Message – May 2020

I’m not absolutely sure, but I think it is May.  Time, along with almost everything else in our lives and the lives of everyone around the world, seems to be standing still.  The current state of events has brought the hallmark of the CFMC to a halt; our trips, activities and members’ socialization.  Our near-term…