President’s Message – March 2021

I hope everyone is remaining safe and healthy.  Top-down weather is on its way!  March brings us St. Patrick’s Day, the beginning of spring and hopefully, the opportunity to resume our CFMC events and activities in the near future.  The vaccine availability has created some hope and optimism that we will be able to move nearer to more normal aspects of our lives soon.   Because of the vaccine availability, Judy and I are finalizing plans for our rescheduled Spring Miata Mountain Adventure May 17-21, 2021.  Please see the attached article about the event and our request for email confirmation from members who plan to participate.  This multi-day event will let us enjoy the beauty of mountain springtime in western North Carolina.   As I’ve mentioned before, I encourage members to identify opportunities for in-person events that we can schedule for 2021.  Please contact our Activities Chair, Tom Pane, with your thoughts and ideas for activities and events.   We will continue to have our virtual coffee socials on the second Saturday of each month.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other CFMC members and find out what is happening in our Club.  Information on how to connect is in the newsletter and is sent to members via email the week before the virtual meeting.

On a side note, I’d like to call your attention to a remarkable feat of American ingenuity that was minimized or ignored by much of the media; the historic landing of the rover Perseverance on the surface of Mars on February 18.  Amazingly, the “seven minutes of terror” (the actual landing) and subsequent photos of the achievement are documented in videos and photographs.  I encourage you to go to the NASA website www.nasa.gov/perseverance to see the remarkable footage of this amazing technological accomplishment.  This event highlights the strength and success of American opportunity, spirit, resolve, determination and ability to achieve and solve problems that are considered impossible.   Like development of the Covid vaccines, this mission shows what we can achieve as Americans.  Regardless of what some say, the United States of America and its people are the envy of the world and the beacon of what is possible.   Sometimes we take these achievements for granted.  Just think what we could accomplish if all Americans practiced this level of determination and focus in our everyday lives.

Get those Miatas ready for our soon-to-arrive top-down weather.  Hopefully we’ll be able to gather safely soon.  Zoom-Zoom!

Ron Carmichael

President’s Message – February 2021

I hope that everyone and their families have experienced a safe and healthy start to 2021. There is certainly encouraging news in that the Covid vaccine is becoming available in our area and vaccination opportunities are ramping up for eligible candidates.  Hopefully, in a few months, anyone desiring to get the vaccine will be able…

President’s Message – January 2021

Happy New Year!  I hope that everyone had a joyous holiday and was able to safely spend time with family and friends either in person or virtually.   Judy and I spent the holidays at our cabin in southwest Virginia.  We were surprised with a light dusting of snow on Christmas morning which brought the holidays…

President’s Message – December 2020

It’s almost over!  What a year 2020 has been.  I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving even if this year’s celebrations were a little different than those of the past.  December is arriving and with it comes a time to reflect on what the ending year brought and the anticipation of what the…