January Luncheon at The 94TH Squadron in Miami
Text by Paul Borden - Pics & Video by Gaby Delfino
conducted as usual their January luncheon discussing and proposing
new ideas for the association: Daniel Romagnoli suggested raising
dues. Our by-laws state that the Board can raise the dues every
three years, and it has been at least three years since we have done
that. The dues rates are not in the regs but are on the application
form on the website.
Our dues compare favorable to those of other automotive media
organizations. West Coast dues are 80-100 and do not include
luncheon costs. TAWA and GAAMA are about the same. TAWA charges for
Among other suggestions on dues:
1. Allow payment of dues in two payments.
2. Set up automatic renewal system using credit cards or Pay Pal.
3. Raises dues for Associate members and not Press members. Press
memers bring more value to the Assn.
4. Have a separate rate schedule for those members outside of the
Question about status of Everglades Challenge. It is on the agenda
for 2017 but we need to determine how much of the member's time
participating will take. Six hours seems a good range. That somewhat
limits locale for the trail. Need to make sure that vehicles are
returned to the manufacturer in the same condition they were
received We want to make sure this is a real Signature Event for the
Suggestion that SAMA offer support for car events like the Florida
Car Marathon in the way of member participation and distribution of
Members need to keep their information updated so the database on
the website is correct.
Karen Blanco/Angelica Willard/Eduardo Hapke will team up to get the
Yearbook project going. They will have proposal by the end of
Note that while the website can continue to be improved, the idea of
having advertising on the site puts our "neutral" status re:
manufacturers at risk if we have car ads. We also do not want to be
put in a position of competing for dollars that would go to the
sites of members, etc.
Jose Carlos de Meir would like to see us get more bikes for testing.
Karen Blanco suggested looking at sponsoring events outside the
South Florida area.
Jaime Florez brought up the issue of sponsoring workshops for
members to improve skills.
Juan Robbin suggested an email program to keep members updated with
Bill Adam notes that Rides-N-Smiles will not happen in 2017 but
wants to get it back on 2018 calendar. Perhaps paying a fee to
Speedway will help get things going there.
Paul Borden asked for suggestions for improving Topless in Miami
from the members. The date of the 2017 event is June 1.
Karen Blanco suggested sponsoring events like scavenger hunt, etc.
Finally, we might want to look into evening activities at times in
place of monthly luncheon to help boost attendance.
Some of our members are worry
about the emails, and want the check the right email address.
Other members suggested, to
contact international organizations like SAMA, but abroad USA and
that we need more diffusion of our SAMA events in the media, online,
and traditional media.