Presidents Message – February 2019

With the holidays behind us, we begin a new year full of opportunity and excitement. The
CFMC started our year with an outstanding Holiday party and annual meeting on January 6
at the Circa 1922 Restaurant.
Over 30 members attended the event which included lots of socialization, great food and
our always-fun Yankee swap gift exchange. As has become a tradition at our Holiday party,
the much-envied earwax remover gift showed up again; and I’m sure it will reappear in the
It was a fun and enjoyable evening and our thanks to Beth and Leon Rooks for handling the
arrangements. One important aspect of our annual meeting was the selection of Bill
Bertrand and Jo-Ann Craig as our new Vice Presidents and Kevin Perham as our new
I look forward to working with Bill, Jo-Ann and Kevin and I appreciate their willingness to
serve our Club. Incumbents will continue to serve in the positions of President, Treasurer,
Activities Chair, Membership Chair and Ragtop Tales Editor for an additional year.
There were several potential CFMC outings identified at our annual meeting. Hopefully
these will evolve into many great events for the coming year. As we focus on our activities
for this year, we have selected the dates of April 13, July 13 and October 19 for our 2019
quarterly meetings.
We are looking for hosts for these meetings to select a venue and make arrangements for
our group. This is a great way for members to get their feet wet in hosting an event. If you
are interested and willing, please contact Paul Reinmann or one his committee volunteers.
As of this writing, Paul Reinmann is still finalizing arrangements for our annual Tech Day.
We hope this popular event will continue. Look for more details in this month’s Ragtop Tales.

Zoom, Zoom!

Ron Carmichael

President’s Message – September 2018

With the approach of Labor Day, we realize that the waning days of summer
are here. But for those of us familiar with the significance of the
June- November period in this area, we realize that we are in the midst of our
most active time for the potential for hazardous weather. Now is the time for
all of us to make sure that our hurricane preparedness plans are complete
and in place; just in case. We don’t have to cringe in fear, but we do need to
be aware, vigilant and prepared. At the same time, we begin to anticipate the
crisp fall mornings that lie ahead; a perfect time for enjoying top- down
weather in our Miatas. And we have upcoming CFMC events that will allow
us to do just that, including a much anticipated trip this month to the Bird
Island Preserve, October’s trip to the Highland Games in Laurinburg, a
possible CFMC rally-type event in November and our annual holiday party.
Specifics on the upcoming trips to the Bird Island Preserve and the Highland
games are included in this issue of the Ragtop Tales. Early indications are
that we will have great participation in these events. We continue to grow
our club with addition of new members. Please make sure that you welcome
our new members and I encourage you to share ideas and information about
what makes our club great; our members and the fun, friendship and
fellowship that we enjoy. I hope everyone makes the most of the remaining
days of summer, and that you take advantage of the opportunities to enjoy
the many fall events and festivals that our beautiful area has to offer.


Ron Carmichael

Quarterly Business Meeting at the Brunswick Nature Park

Quarterly Business Meeting at the Brunswick Nature Park

The CFMC will have its April quarterly business meeting at the Brunswick Nature Park located on NC 133 about 10 miles south of Leland, NC.   Preliminary plans include enjoying the dynamic mix of vegetation, wildlife, ecosystems, vistas, wetlands and waterways at the park, followed by our business meeting and a bring-your-own picnic lunch.

Your hosts, Ron and Judy Carmichael, have reserved a picnic pavilion from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM for the Saturday April 21st event.  Specifics on meeting times and locations will be included in next month’s Ragtop Tales.   Let’s all welcome spring in the great outdoors!

Secretary’s Column – January 2018

CFMC membership dues ($25.00) for 2018 were officially due by January 1, 2018. However, for the procrastinators in our Club, we are extending the payment deadline to January 30th. Checks received by January 30th will be kept on the CFMC roster with all the benefits that go with it. Please mail your check payable to the Cape Fear Miata Club, C/O Mary Sue Wahl, CFMC Treasurer, 546 S. Middleton Drive NW, Calabash, NC 28467.

Please note that if you are attending Tech Day dues must be paid prior to this event.

Tom Pane

CFMC President’s Message – September 2017

Hi All,

Wow, the summer blew by and the CFMC executive committee just had a meeting to work on the direction of the club in 2018. Planning is crucial to success so the team got started on the work of planning for the future.

We are a long way from finished but I think we made significant progress and will have announcements and questions for you at the October General Membership meeting.

We discussed membership at length and are pleased to report that the club has grown to 33 cars. It was exciting to hear that several of the more recent members have volunteered to host events. This takes the load off those who have been doing it in past years. Membership in this club, like most things, is most beneficial if you get involved and stay active.

I am looking forward to the September event at Silver Coast Winery hosted by Bill Bertrand and Jo-Ann Craig. It will include activities such as the Lucy look-a-like contest and the Purple Feet Festival (grape stomping, I presume). Sounds like a lot of fun and it is just a few miles down the road. I hope to see you all there.

The fall is shaping up to be a busy with events (Saturday morning coffee’s, the “4th Biennial Blue Ridge Parkway Tour” (a four- day event), and with hosts signed up for November and December activities).

We are an active group and success depends on everyone participating whenever possible and volunteering to host events in the upcoming year. We will have another general membership meeting in October when I’m certain Ron and Judy Carmichael will be asking for members to volunteer to host an event during 2018. Please think about what you might like to do and Ron & Judy will help you determine what needs to be done to host it successfully.

Some events of the recent past included:

Christmas time at Tryon Palace in New Bern

A tour of the train stations in local counties and a stop at White Lake.

Beaufort wooden boat building contest

The Concours D’ Elegance at Pine Hurst Country Club

Moore’s Creek National Park and Revolutionary War Battle Field

Night of 1000 Candles at Brookgreen Gardens

Perhaps you have interests in road rally’s or competitive events, a concert in Raleigh, Charlotte or even right here in Wilmington.

We have had “unofficial” outings like a morning at the SCCA road course held at the north campus of Cape Fear Community College in Castle Hayne.  Unofficial because it wasn’t enough of an event to warrant the club getting behind it, but two of us drove out just to see what it was all about. For one, I would do it again.

Anyway, I don’t want to beat a dead horse here, but if there is something you enjoy and you think others might as well, run it by Ron and Judy.

I look forward to seeing you all at upcoming events!