Presidents Message – May 2022

What a great spring we are enjoying in southeastern NC.  We are beginning to feel the early hints of summer though, so enjoy the remaining spring days of mild temperatures and low humidity.  The summer weather we all love is on the way!  Also in order is another reminder of the upcoming hurricane season.  Make sure to be prepared and ready if the need arises to implement your storm evacuation plans.  Twelve CFMC members celebrated a wonderful spring outing on April 12 to the Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville.  Read more details about this great event in the attached article in this month’s Ragtop Tales.  We need events and activities for the remaining months!   I am asking, again, for members to step up and identify events and activities that we can enjoy as a club, and celebrate the fun, friendship and fellowship that make the CFMC unique.  With the loosening of pandemic restrictions, we can consider indoor and outdoor activities again.   Please contact John and Peggy Harris, Activities Committee Chairs, at to share your suggestions.  We have an entire summer and fall open for CFMC events, so let us get that calendar full!

An important holiday this month is Mother’s Day on May 8.  It is a time to honor, celebrate and remember the important role that mothers have played in our lives.  The month of May also brings graduations and other of life’s milestones worthy of celebration.  So, enjoy this special season and all that it represents.

May is also the month of Military Appreciation.  Armed Forces Day, established in 1950 by Presidential Proclamation of President Harry S. Truman, is celebrated on the third Saturday in May.  Armed Forces Day this year is May 21 and honors American men and women currently serving in all branches of the Military. Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May.  This year it is on May 30. Originally known as Decoration Day after the Civil War, Veterans Day became an official federal holiday in 1968.  Memorial Day honors all U.S. service members who died while carrying out their duties and service to our Nation.  It is one of the most important and somber days of the year.  While some simply see it as the “unofficial” start to summer or a three-day weekend, its meaning is far more significant.  It marks an occasion to remember all the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, losing their lives in the line of duty for the United States of America.  The freedoms we enjoy as Americans have been purchased with the service, sacrifice, and blood of those who we honor on Memorial Day.  On this special day, we should ask ourselves these questions:  Would we have the courage to make the ultimate sacrifice to preserve, protect and defend our freedoms as Americans?  What are we doing or can we do to honor their sacrifice and to preserve, protect and defend the way of life they died for?  This is what Memorial Day should really be about.  So please think about the true meaning of Memorial Day as we have cookouts, take trips, and hail the start of summer.  A significant price has been paid and costs are yet to be borne for preserving our American values and way of life.    Enjoy the remaining days of spring in your Miata, and I hope to see everyone soon on a CFMC Miata outing.  Zoom-Zoom!

Ron Carmichael

President’s Message – February 2024

As we welcome in 2024, we would like to thank the CFMC for their confidence in electing us as co-Presidents. We look forward to continuing to meet members and enjoy the roads and activities of North Carolina. For those we have not met, we have been members of CFMC since September 2021, and we own…

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President’s Message – January 2024

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and Holiday with friends and families. With the rush of the busiest season of the year behind us, we can focus on new goals, hopes, and opportunities in the coming year of 2024. For us, it marks the 31st year of the CFMC. Not many…

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President’s Message – December 2023

Well, it’s finally here, the last month of 2023.  If you’re like me, you have to look at the calendar to believe it’s the end of another year. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and are preparing for the celebration of the end-of-year holidays. With the hustle and bustle of the next few weeks,…

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