photos by Pepe Delfino

A compact car packed with lots of technology.

Thatís just one way to look at the new 2012 Civic Honda previewed at the June luncheon.

More than 40 members and guests gathered at the Mondrian Hotel in Miami Beach for the presentation by Jay Guzowski, senior product planner for Honda; Gina Jorge, assistant manager for Honda Public Relations; and Sara Pines, regional manager of public relations.

A staple in the Japanese companyís stable of vehicles since it was introduced in the 1973 model year, the Civic is offered in six models as it enters its ninth generation starting with the familiar Coupes and Sedans ($15,605-$23,455) that are available in DX, LX, EX, and EX-L trim.

The sporty Si ($22,205-$23,905) also is offered in sedan and coupe form.

For those seeking even more fuel efficiency than the standard Civic sedan delivers (39 mpg highway), there are the Civic Hybrid (44 mpg both city and highway) and Civic HF (41 highway) models to choose from.

And coming in the fall is the Civic Natural Gas model (formerly GX).

They come with an amazing number of features either as standard or as optional, giving buyers a wide number of choices to personalize their vehicles.

Following the program, President Paul Borden conducted a brief business session that included more details on the upcoming Topless in Miami event.

The event has drawn entries from 15 different manufacturers and will feature competition among 18 different vehicles to determine SAMAís Convertible of the Year in addition to four category winners (luxury, family, sports car, and small).

Members have been emailed separate notices for the event, which will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Please respond immediately if you want to take part. After the judging throughout the day, winners in various categories will be announced at a dinner that night.

Paul also announced that clothing collected for relief for tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri, instead was turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution in Haiti, which still has a long way to go in recovering from the earthquake of 2010.

Despite the efforts of Vice President Bill Adam, transportation for the three pallets of donations could not be arranged to get the material to Joplin. Relief agencies there prefer cash donations.

Ron Beasley, who will be in charge of the judging for the Topless in Miami event, reminded members that soon it will be time to think about nomination of officers for 2012.

As per the by-laws, Paul Borden is not eligible for a third term as president.

Nominations will be made at the October meeting, and the election will be conducted in November.

We want to thank Honda for its sponsorship of our very successful June event and look forward to future events with the company.

Please note the early date for our next meeting. It will be Thursday, July 14, with Hyundai as the sponsor.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Gaby Delfino, Diego Cichero, and Maria Ravani

Woodie Lesesne, Dick Kelley, and Joe Castello


Pepe Forte, Jaime Gabaldoni, Johnny Tapanes, and David Moreno

Jason Alpert and Marcelo Serrato

Gina Jorge and Jay Guzowski Jr.

Angelica Willard, Ariel Garcia-Linares, and Steven Marks

Luis Gonzalez and Pepe Delfino

Ray Mummery, Ron Beasley, Dick Kelley, and Janessi Diaz

Ady Coutinho, Daniel Alvarez, and Daniel Romagnoli

Tony Serrato, Angelica Willard, and Ariel Garcia-Linares

Paul Borden, John Kiskinis, and Ron Beasley

Sara Pines

Steven Marks and Emerito Pujol

Jason Alpert, Edward Williams, Joe Martinez,  Vivian Crucet, and Tony Lesesne

Ron Beasley and Janessi Diaz

Luca Romagnoli , Patrick Alvarez, and Pepe Forte