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  • Mark Gilbert 10:59am on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Holiday Party This Sunday – Please Sign Up ASAP 

    Please note that anyone planning on attending the Holiday Party, you must sign up by this Thursday, December 6th, so Karl can make the reservations with LaBamba accordingly.

    Seating is limited so please use the online RSVP on the event page as early as possible to secure your seat for dinner and the party. Thank you for your cooperation. Looking forward to another fun time celebrating the Holiday Season together.

    Please join us for our Holiday Party at LaBamba Restaurant on December 9th at 4pm.
    Celebrate the holiday season with a few adult beverages (coquito), a gift exchange and a wonderful dinner followed by a top down drive through Tradewinds Park to see the Christmas lights show.

    We will finish off our holiday celebration going to Cherry Smash Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy some great home made ice cream.

    Please bring a wrapped gift with a value of $15-$20 for our gift exchange at the party. One gift per couple. Also, please remember to bring unwrapped supplies for the Homeless Shelter such as toiletries, socks, deodorants etc.. It is greatly appreciated by those less fortunate than us.

    Hope to see everyone joining us for this year end celebration!

  • Mark Gilbert 9:31am on Monday, December 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Personnal Commentary 

    This commentary in no way is approved or reflects the feelings of the club presidents or hierarchy. It is my opinion only. It is very sad to me that in a time of the year when comradery should be at it’s highest levels because of the holiday season, that we could only muster 3 cars to join in the parade yesterday. I know it must be upsetting to those of us other than myself who strive to make this a great club day in and day out to only have 3 cars out of 150 plus members take the time to join in the holiday spirit and show up. Hopefully more folks will decide to join us next year. Hope everyone enjoys their holidays.

    • Robert Burr 9:39am on Monday, December 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We’ve had a much better presence at this event in the past. I know it’s a busy holiday season, and we all have to make choices about how we schedule our time and resources. This event is different from a simple road trip. It reflects on our group’s standing and reputation in the community. Let’s brainstorm on how to better approach this event, how to instill some enthusiasm and how to help each other decorate the cars. The club has a long history of participating in children’s parades. If the decision is made to continue this tradition, it must with with broad support of the members and we must respect that commitment. If not, let’s look for other avenues of engagement.

    • Doug Quara 9:51am on Monday, December 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry you feel that way Mark. Maybe it’s not a statement on our holiday spirit. Maybe it’s an indication that club members simply don’t think that particular event is worth attending. It’s possible you are projecting your own enthusiasm for this event onto the membership as a whole. It’s entirely possible the event itself is not as attractive to the membership as you may otherwise think. Actions speak loudly. And yes, I am one of the 147 members who chose not to participate.

    • Anonymous 10:46am on Monday, December 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Since all the commentary is from people who didn’t show up, I as one of the 3 cars that did had a great time! The club was therre with signs and decorations and while more would have been better it was fine. Will do it again next year. Many thanks to Lou for getting it set up. See you all the Christmas dinner next weekend; Jim

    • Robin Burr 8:06am on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love this event. It is a true “hometown parade.” I was not able to attend this year due to my schedule, not because I did not want to be there. I think like all events – you put them out there. Those who want to will go and others who choose not to will participate in something else instead. The parade is great publicity for the club and unlike the parade we used to participate in Key West, a lot easier to get to! No need for negativity! Think positive and do the things you like to do? We have a lot of events going on and not everyone can do all of them! Thank you to those who did go and participate and so glad you had fun! Did you go to Fritz and Franz again afterwards?

  • Mark Gilbert 9:54am on Sunday, December 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Tradewinds Park Discount Coupon 

    For those of you attending next weeks Holiday Party and Tradewinds Park Light Show, attached is a discount coupon for the light show. Enjoy the event. Also , please remember to bring items for the homeless shelter such as socks and deodorant to help the less fortunate during this season of giving.

  • Mark Gilbert 8:39am on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Your Miata Story 

    Club Presidents and Club Members,

    We’re looking to hear from you and your club members about their MX-5 Miata stories!

    As Mazda begins to celebrate 30 years of this iconic roadster, we want to start by sharing our passionate owner stories out with the world. We want to hear about the places you’ve discovered, the people you discovered with and all open-air experiences on the best roads around.

    Head over to http://insidemazda.mazdausa.com/share-your-story and fill out the story submission form. From there, our team will go through the stories and reach out to owners to schedule an interview.

    We’d love for you to share this with your club members and encourage everyone to fill out the form.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you and your members.

    We encourage you to share this post on your social channels to help spread the word.

    Best Regards, Mazda USA

    • Doug Quara 10:22am on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the link, Mark! I just submitted mine.

  • Mark Gilbert 5:22am on Sunday, November 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Junior Orange Bowl Parade – December 2nd 

    Our next great club event is the Junior Orange Bowl Parade in Coral Gables. It is always a fun day decorating our cars and driving the parade route to the cheers of families lining the streets. The parade is also televised so it is a perfect way to advertise our club and also get our members in the holiday spirit. Please sign up on our web page so you don’t miss out.

    Hope to see everyone joining in on the fun!

    John’s pictures from last years parade: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145jEMpoUoWfY


    Here is the link to last years parade video. Our club can be seen at the 45:10 portion of the video.



  • Mark Gilbert 5:48am on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Upcoming Holiday Events 

    We have two wonderful events coming up in the next few weeks that will help get you in the holiday spirit.

    On December 2nd, we travel to Coral Gables for the Junior Orange Bowl Parade. We decorate our cars and drive the parade route to the cheers of adoring crowds. This event is televised so it is a great advertisement for our club. RSVP

    On December 9th, celebrate the holiday season at LaBamba Restaurant with a few adult beverages (coquito), a gift exchange and a wonderful dinner followed by a top down drive through Tradewinds Park to see the Christmas lights show.
    We will finish off our holiday celebration going to Cherry Smash Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy some great home made ice cream.

    I hope you can plan on attending both events. Please sign up on our events pages accordingly.


    Junior Orange Bowl Parade

    Cherry Smash

  • Mark Gilbert 9:55am on Sunday, November 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Saturday Thanksgiving Feast and Monthly Meeting 

    Our Thanksgiving Feast and Monthly meeting is this Saturday, November 17th, from 2-5 pm at Grampas in Dania Beach. It is always a special event as club members get together to give thanks for all the blessings we share in our lives. Please sign up on our event page by Wednesday so we can advise the restaurant of the amount of members that will be attending. Hope to see all of you there.

  • Mark Gilbert 5:57pm on Saturday, November 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Summer Crush Cruise-In Success 

    Thank you to all our members who joined us on our road trip to Summer Crush Winery for the Miata Club Cruise In event today. We had 25 cars meet up at Dunkin Donuts for the ride up to Fort Pierce. The overall turnout was far more than I expected, 110 cars from all over the state. It was a fun day and hopefully we can make this an annual event.

    Miatas at the winery

    John’s pictures can be found here:


    Kevin’s pictures can be found here:


    • Robert Burr 6:02pm on Saturday, November 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, some great Miatas and owners. Good job on reaching out to the fun sports car clubs around the state.

    • Don Merchberger 9:05am on Sunday, November 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Mark, for all your hard work. Best Miata event ever! Thanks again!!

    • Lou Marett 12:01pm on Sunday, November 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Kudos to Mark Gilbert. A lot of hard work and coordination goes into organizing an event that draws 110 Miatas from all over the state. The day at Summer Crush was a spectacular success and Mark cannot be thanked enough.

    • Jim Innes 1:40pm on Sunday, November 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Best Event ever Mark, thanks for all your hard work! \

    • Mark Gilbert 4:19pm on Sunday, November 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The most rewarding aspect of the day besides meeting all the members from the other clubs was the fact we had 25 of our club members join us for the ride up to the winery. Hopefully we can keep this great momentum going into the new year!

  • Mark Gilbert 10:45am on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Mountain Road Trip 

    A group of club members went to the Blue Ridge Mountains to drive the Tail of the Dragon and the other great roads throughout the area. We were blessed with crisp beautiful Fall weather and the leaves were changing color. Anyone who is a car enthusiast and loves to drive twisty roads which our Miata’s are made for should definitely plan on doing this trip at least once in their lifetime. It is most assuredly a bucket list item to be cherished always. Enjoy the video of our trip courtesy of Jeff Cooper.

    For those of you who have never experienced driving the Dragon, here is Jeff’s video of his run down.

  • Mark Gilbert 4:39pm on Sunday, November 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Summer Crush Winery Road Trip This Saturday 

    Just a quick reminder that this Saturday, November 10th, the first Miata Club Cruise In to the Summer Crush Winery will take place. Miata Club members from all over the Sunshine State will be attending the fun day of live music, food and drinks . This will probably be the largest gathering of Miatas ever on the Treasure Coast!

    Come out and enjoy the day, plus live music by the DOCKSTREET BAND! Great food provided by Mi Cabana Taco Truck! Featured charity is Raining Cats Charity.

    Location is the Summer Crush Winery in Fort Pierce. Everyone is invited to attend. Festivities start at 11:00am when we assemble our cars in the festival fairgrounds area of the vineyard.

    Please check the event page for meet up location and time for the drive to the winery. Please remember to bring your car magnets.

    We will be leaving Dunkin Donuts promptly at 9:15. If you plan on joining the caravan, please be on time.

    November 10 Cruise In – Summer Crush Winery

    Should be a great day!

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