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 – November 2021

If you’re like me, you blink and realize it is November.  It makes you look over your shoulder and say, “Where did 2021 go?”  It is hard to believe that we only have 61 days left in this year.  Speaking of days left, please remember that hurricane season continues until November 30.  And that isn’t…

President’s Message – October 2021

Welcome to Fall!  Cooler, less humid days are arriving and none too soon for most of us. This time of the year in southeastern NC is a perfect time to enjoy top-down weather in our favorite roadster.   As I write this column, we’re in Banner Elk, NC at approximately 4000 feet of elevation.  The air…

President’s Message – September 2021

September means no more post-8 PM sunsets, fewer 90-degree days and Labor Day – sure signs that the summer of 2021 is quickly coming to a close.  Like it or not, we are in the peak of hurricane season here in the southeastern NC.  Our mantra should be:  Be prepared just in case!  We also…