Happy 2018 to everyone! I would like to begin this year by thanking the CFMC members for their vote of confidence. As your new President it will be my privilege to work to guide and direct our Club.
We started off the New Year with a great Holiday Dinner and Annual Meeting at the Osteria Cicchetti restaurant in Wilmington. The usual CFMC staples of good food, great friends, and a festive time was enjoyed in abundance. Our thanks to Judy and Rick Judson for arranging this event.
There will be many exciting activities scheduled for this year.
In February a visit and tour to the Fort Fisher Aquarium that will include a ferry trip to Southport for lunch. Also this month our annual Tech Day at Stevenson Mazda.
In March, on St. Patrick’s day, a road trip into the past as we journey to The Farm Days Festival at Lake Waccamaw then Dinner in Whiteville.
More information about the proposed trip to Myrtle Beach in April and the Club’s participation in the British Motor Car Club car show at the Battleship in May will be published next month.
Future fun events and activities will be on-tap for the balance of the year. The RTT will keep members informed.
At the start of this year I looked back and reflect on how far the Club has come and ask myself what will be important for our continued success and how I assist in the this endeavor.
Our outgoing officers and committee chairs have been instrumental as they lead and guided us in our journey. I want to thank our “retiring” officers and committee chairs: Ken (and Gina) Schiess, President, Dave Tousignant, membership chair, and Tom Pane, our Secretary and Ragtop Tales publisher, for their many years of leadership and commitment to our Club.
I look forward to work with the new and returning officers and committee chairs; Rick Judson, Vice President, Mary Sue Wahl, Treasurer and Tom Pane, who will continue as Secretary. Also, a welcome to the new RTT editor, Ken Badoian, and to the new Membership chair, Trudy Williamson.
As we we work together, elected officers and club members, we will continue to build on the hallmarks of CFMC fun and friendship.
This interest and participation in activities has fueled our growth since the start in 1993. For Twenty Five years the club has provided members with an unique opportunity to meet other Miata owners and their co-pilots, cultivate new friendships, and enjoy many varied activities throughout our area. I feel we are an outstanding group of individuals with a common bond of Miata ownership that ties us together.
It is that comradery, fun, and friendship that will allow Cape Fear Miata Club to grow. So let’s buckle up and enjoy a great ride for 2018!
Ron Carmichael, President