Houston MINI Motoring Society
June 6, 2009 at 10:30 AM
Mama Ninfa’s Restaurant, 5423 Bellaire Blvd, 77401
Call to Order and Club Stuff
16 MINIs were at the meeting, and well as 21 members and guests.
President Deb (daffodildeb) called the meeting to order at approximately 11:02 AM. Retired officers were pointed out and visitors and new members, Bob and Sarah, and Dustin, were welcomed and invited to introduce themselves.
Treasurer Juha (sikamini) gave the Treasurer’s report – current balance $1296.87, and handed out membership applications with new contact information. Laminated membership cards were available for recent members.
Vice President Jeff (Scooper) offered spotter cards, invited members to check out the proposed new website, and noted availability of club t-shirts. President Deb indicated they would be on sale, 20% off ($12) to “make room” for possible new club polo shirts.
President Deb noted that the board has been working on the bylaws to bring them in line with the way the club operates. One change is that annual dues, which will remain at $25, can be paid by new and lapsed members from 1 September on to cover the balance of the current year and the entire coming year. The proposed revised bylaws will be posted on the website for members’ comments.
Under Show and Tell, Dustin mentioned his self-installation of a new 15% pulley for his MINI. Scott (mtbscott) mentioned that he had done his own oil change (’09 R56) and bought the necessary tools to make it easier. He will be happy to guide members through this service, if he is available.
Under Trouble Shooting, ex Mr. Pres Andy (HBoom) discussed his MINI’s accessory belt tensioner and some leaking o-rings; Pres Deb mentioned leaking CV joint boots, sticking sun roofs in hot summer weather, and the hot tailpipe tips recall; and VP Jeff mentioned a clunking noise that is now coming from his MINI after a recent alignment.
Club member discounts were also mentioned, at dealers and some aftermarket shops (eg. Gas Head Motorworks) on presentation of the HMMS current membership card.
Recent events: No-one attended Keels and Wheels. Ex VP John (JCScooper) was asked about how many cones he took out at the Advanced Practical Driver Improvement Course at Kilgore (note: he rarely takes out cones! and had a ball at the course). He also confirmed Houston BMW CCA will put on Driver Control School at HPA in September and Teen Street Survival School in November. Info will be posted later this summer. Several HMMS members participated in the May 17 autocross and did very well in their classes. Past and current VP attended Cars & Coffee at Uptown Park on way to meeting. A very large collection of fine automobiles at this month’s event.
MiniPlay events: Recent Sonics gathering well attended, MINIs at the Drive-In (movie) also. Next up is the Casino Run along the coast. Members should contact Ronald Watt (MiniPlay) at MiniFunDrives.com for more information.
Upcoming HMMS related events: There will be a final spring autocross put on by the Houston BMW CCA chapter on Sunday June 14th. Registration is open on their website. Auto crossing will resume in September.
The Bellaire 4th of July parade will be held on the 4th. Contact Iris and Doug (Bochi2002) to find out more or to let them know you would like to participate. Lots of fun!
It was agreed that the July monthly meeting would be held on Saturday, July 11th, (one week later than usual) returning to Mama Ninfa’s in Bellaire. Details will be posted later.
No-one attended MINI United; Michelle (Topless Blonde) was reigning at the IRL race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
Classy Chassis car show will be next weekend. $25 entry. A flyer was circulated for those interested.
Upcoming national events: MINIs in the Mountains was mentioned, and several members are planning to participate. National BMW CCA will hold it’s Oktoberfest at Road America this year, October 28th –Nov 4th. Great circuit, lots of driving events.
Activities just about needing only a Scheduled Date:
Stagecoach Run; Ship Channel Tour; Five County Run.
Activities Under Consideration:
Pres Deb is working on another Fun Drive (to be hosted by MCOW) probably before the end of June.
Also, listed on the agenda, but not discussed, due to time:
MINIs-only Wash & Wax Day; a Technical Session; Community Service such as roadside trash pickup; Happy Hours.
Members were asked to do some “homework”. The board would like to have members’ suggestions for events, and, if possible, volunteers to coordinate the events. Everybody asked to pitch in with one idea to make the club more active. Members were asked to be thinking about what they would like to do…. then contact Pres Deb.
July 11th at 10:30 AM at Mama Ninfa’s Restaurant, Bellaire.
The meeting adjourned promptly at 12:00 Noon to figure out the individual tabs (continuing after in the parking lot).
Special thanks to Iris and Doug for collecting everyone’s tab and paying the restaurant!
(Note from photographer: Sorry if I cut you off!)