By: Bill Adam - Photos by
SAMA meeting for May was held at the delightful Grove Spot, located
appropriately enough, in the heart of Coconut Grove. This small, out of
the way restaurant/bar provided a private room, with delicious soup and
sandwiches, that proved perfect for the small group of 21 enthusiastic
members who attended. Of particular note was a new member, Kurt Ernst (
www.ridelust.com ) who won the
long distance award for driving down from his home in Jacksonville. We
welcome Kurt AND his enthusiasm!
President Paul Borden
opened the meeting with recognition of Ms. Robin Korth, who is
interested in assisting with marketing efforts of our increasingly good
web site. As it grows, it becomes a viable source of income for SAMA,
and Robins’ expertise can assist with attracting advertising revenue.
Pepe Delfino was then
invited to expand on the site, and he has come up with some very
creative ideas to create both a more attractive site, AND a more
interesting site, that in turn will get more “hits”. This, in turn, will
make it more attractive for advertisers, bringing in greater revenue.
One of the ideas is
to create a “page” for each member, with their bio, pictures, and links
to articles already published, and also road tests perhaps never used.
We all drive many more vehicles than ever see the light of day on the
publications we write for, so here is an opportunity for ALL of our
writing to be presented. An excellent idea!
Paul also made a call
for volunteers to assist with the auto show, and SAMA Christmas party
later this year. Please note that you didn’t have to attend this meeting
to be of assistance, you can volunteer at ANY time, and we encourage you
all to be an active member of SAMA. This is YOUR club, and working
alongside your fellow members only makes it better.
Once again, Marcello
Serrato stepped forward alongside Dr. Ray Mummery, to assist with our
Christmas party, and Pepe Delfino volunteered to help with the auto
Paul also mentioned
that Volvo wanted to renew their corporate membership, and it was agreed
by the board that they could join immediately at a 50% rate for the
balance of the year, along with full membership fee for next year. We
welcome them back!
It was also decided
that our “Green Vehicle” symposium this year, would be held in
conjunction with the auto show. John Kiskinis has offered a special area
at the show, that will be dedicated exclusively to alternative fuel
source vehicles, and will provide a perfect setting for our needs.
This will hopefully
mean that manufacturers will bring all of their latest vehicles to this
show, and does not impose any additional costs on them to have these
vehicles in South Florida.
As secretary, I then
spoke of our annual Rides N’ Smiles event that will once again be held
in November, the actual date depending on availability from our very
good friends at the Homestead Miami Speedway. These people, for the
third straight year, have offered us the use of the track, as well as
providing food, drink, and safety personnel for the day – a sizable
financial benefit! – and I would ask all to please “pay them back” when
you have the opportunity. Simply put, without their help, our day
wouldn’t be nearly as special as it is!
I would also ask for
volunteers for this event – both from the standpoint of working at it –
but also for ideas. This is an event that I’m sure we’d all love to see
it keep growing every year, so think on how we can make it bigger/better/more
efficient, to give more smiles to more children. Some ideas discussed at
the meeting were inviting Yamaha to bring pwc’s and motorcycles for
restricted rides in paddock and lake, inviting a “Monster” truck for
photographs, and inviting a second ( or third) hospital to include more
children. All great ideas but we’re looking for more.
And finally, for my
wonderful surprise birthday wish and song from the members, I can’t
thank you all enough! You have all become much more than people I see
every few weeks, you have become my friends! I was, and am, very touched
by your kindness!