President’s Message – October 2020

Welcome to Fall!  I think we all welcome the transition to cooler evenings and days that October brings.  Like everything else during 2020, we approach the final quarter of this year with uncertainty about the upcoming holidays and some trepidation about what we will and won’t be able to do in our traditional celebrations. While we sort out what the next 2-3 months will bring, let us focus on the changing beauty of October foliage and continue to take each day one at a time.  We have a couple of CFMC events for October.  Our virtual Bitty and Beaus coffee social will be “zoomed” on Saturday October 10. See this month’s Ragtop Tales for details on how to join the Zoom meeting.  Also, Paul and Rebecca Reinmann are planning a day outing to an outside venue sometime in October.  See this month’s activities column for more information.

On September 24, Paul Reinmann and I met with Jeremiah Carson, Service Manager at Stevenson Hendrick Mazda.  Jeremiah committed to continuing the relationship and support of the CFMC.  Details will have to be worked out on specific events, including our annual Tech Day.  We will share those details as they become finalized.  The new Mazda facility is quite impressive. I suggested to Jeremiah that a tour of the new facility by CFMC members might be an interesting activity to consider once the pandemic is under control.  When you go into the dealership for service, please introduce yourself to Jeremiah as a CFMC member.

As I promised in last month’s column, I have communicated with the CFMC Board (officers) about club issues that need to be addressed, such as our traditional January annual meeting and holiday party.  A summary of the issues discussed, decisions reached, and recommendations made from the CFMC board are described in a separate article in this month’s Ragtop Tales.

While I yearn for the ability to have in-person CFMC events and activities, my top priority is the safety of our members.  We must make sure that all governmental restrictions and safety considerations can be accommodated in any CFMC activity or event that is planned.  And, more importantly, we must ensure that our members feel comfortable and willing to participate in those events.  Until we can return to some form of normalcy, we will continue to look for innovative ways to keep our Club active and viable.  Members’ suggestions and recommendations are always welcome.  In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy and hopefully, we will be able to see each other “for real” soon.  Zoom-Zoom!

Ron Carmichael

President’s Message – September 2020

I hope this finds everyone safe and healthy.  August was ushered in by a surprisingly severe Hurricane Isaias.  I hope that everyone survived the storm and that any damage you suffered was minimal.  Here in our portion of Brunswick County, damage was particularly extensive on the western portions of Oak Island predominately due to a…

President’s Message – August 2020

I hope this finds all of our CFMC members safe and healthy and surviving in the continuing climate of uncertainty and change.  We are definitely well into the “dog days of summer” as August arrives.  In addition to dealing with the heat and humidity, we also need to remember that we are approaching the peak…

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,…