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SAMOA Forum Survey
By Ron Petrich

As many of you know, back in October 2006 we established an online forum for SAMOA and other interested Miata enthusiasts.  
Since its inception, a total of 35 members subscribed.  During the Forum’s 7-month life span, approximately 227 valid messages
were posted, an average of 6.5 per member (some more…many less), and about 32 messages per month.

Unfortunately, the Forum attracted many unwanted guests, and it became a target for spammers.  Although Jack Parker and I
tried our darnedest to delete the offensive postings, we just could not keep up.  And so I reluctantly closed the Forum in April.

Most of the problem stemmed from the fact that the forum software that we used, which was provided free of charge, was an
outdated version and could not be updated without a fee.  Rather than spend your money, we tried to eliminate or block the
spamming.  But the version we were using did not have the capability to allow such blocking.  So, as you know now, the SAMOA
Forum experiment is history.

However, all is not lost.  Although I am not a computer expert or internet wizard (I’ll be 60 next month for crying out loud…
need I say more?) I have it on authority that there are other free forum products out there that are available to us, and that
CAN effectively weed out the spammers.

The fact that a significant number of SAMOA members took the time to sign up and use our Forum suggests that there is
interest.  But before we go to the trouble of creating a new forum I would like your input.  First from the computer literate out
there… Are there free products that can satisfy our club’s online communications needs, what are they, and are they secure (in
the context discussed above)?  Second… who is/are willing to research this process, report to the BOO, and perhaps become our
new Forum Moderator(s)?  Don’t forget that your participation in this project will get you absolutely no monetary reward, little
support from your fellow Samoans, and lots of complaints when things don’t go well.  What more could you ask for?  The last Got
Guts baseball cap maybe?

If you are still interested, please contact either myself at freescopesdad@comcast.net or Robin George at robin@winfirst.com and
we will proceed from there.  Thanks for listening.



Treasure Trove News
By Jeanne George

WELCOME to new members joining in May:
Frank and Vi Nicholson (sponsored and paid by members Helen and Mike DeLaurentis)

Memberships Expiring on June 1:
Bacon, Terri and Bob
Hemphill, Kathy and Barry
Kilty, Cheryl and Jeff
McGuinn, Roberta
Wise, Kevin

Memberships Renewed in May:
Jim Burgess
Peggie Cathie
Barbara and Clay Cowan
Deidre and David DeNuzzo
Toni Wilson



Meet SAMOA Members
By Jeanne George

At the May meeting, I asked Helen DeLaurentis to hand out information forms to members.  I have compiled their basic responses
and “puffed them up” to provide what I hope is an interesting article.  Twenty-nine members filled out the form.  

Joined October 1990.  Skip Noyes bought his first Miata in December 1989.  Skip was one of the thirteen original SAMOA
members.  He has purchased several different years and colors of Miatas.  He now drives a 2004 Velocity Red Mazdaspeed.  Over
the years Skip has led many events for the club and attended even more.  He has helped with the Scrabble Scramble event and
route planning.  

Joined May 1996.  Fran Rowell purchased a 1996 Montego Blue and still drives “MAX”.  Fran has led many events and
organized Miata participation in several parades.  One of her favorite events is the annual Ft. Bragg trip.  She is the organizer of
the annual Chili Cook-off and has hosted it for five years.  In addition, Fran has served as Events Coordinator and Secretary for 2
years.  Sometimes she can be seen with husband, Tom in the passenger seat.  

Joined March 1997.  Robin and Jeanne George purchased a 1996 Montego Blue in March 1997.  Robin has served as SAMOA
President 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2007.  We have enjoyed establishing and leading varied events including the Hang Over Run,
Presidents Run, Passenger Swap, and many others.  I served as Events Coordinator in 1999 and Treasurer in 2000 and 2007.  
Robin enjoys the adventuresome drives, I preferred the scenic ones.

Joined 1997.  Carol and Joe Rainbolt purchased their first Miata in 1996.  They have a 1995 Classic Red, 1994 Laguna Blue,
and 1992 Sunburst yellow.  They travel from the Rough and Ready area to attend monthly meetings.  They enjoy attending the
Fort Bragg trip, Birthday party, and Samoa Scrabble Scramble.  They have led one event, but you won’t find Joe at the back of
the pack.

Joined 1998.  Denise Correia purchased a 1996 Starlight Blue Mica.  Denise has been the Chairperson for the Scrabble
Scramble Event for several successful years.  She enjoys leading the group on the Zoo Zoom events, Calaveras Big Trees Park,
Christmas lights run, and joining other clubs at their Poker Runs and Costal Cruise Events.  Denise has served as an Officer of
SAMOA as Secretary and Events Coordinator.  If you want to hear a detailed story about an event or drive, Denise is the one to
see.  She enjoys talking with new members and making friends.  

Joined 1998.   Adi Damania purchased his first Miata which suffered an unfortunate demise.  He now drives a 1999 Mica Blue
10th Anniversary edition.  His wife, Parvin sometimes joins him on events.  They enjoy the overnight trip to Fort Bragg and
enjoyed the 2007 Passenger Swap Run.  Adi travels from Woodland to attend monthly meetings.  For years he has been a major
contributor of interesting vehicle related articles for the newsletter.

Joined February 1999.  Ron Petrich purchased a Silver 1999 Miata.  Ron has led a variety of events: The Super Bowl Run,
Sunday Morning Napa Runs, Winery Runs, Holiday Lights Tour, and others.  He was the originator of the Got Guts at Thunderhill
for charity.  Ron has served as an Officer as Events Coordinator and Media Director.  He is the designer of the SAMOA web page
and the newsletter.  Ron sold his Miata and purchased a Honda S2000, but continues to support the SAMOA club with his time
and humor.  His wife, Mary Pat has a demanding career and is unable to attend the driving events.

Joined August 1999.  Jack Parker purchased his first Miata in 1999.  Over the years he has purchased a 2000, 02, 04 and 06.
He now drives a 97 Black when not driving his corvette.   Jack has been the Technical Advisor for 2006 and 2007.  Jack is often
referred to as Mr. Autocross.  He is the organizer of the Annual Teddy Bear run for The Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento.
He also leads the group to Kirkwood for Pancakes.  On his form he indicated he enjoyed the “Drunk Monkey Run”, guess I missed
that one!  If you have a question automotive related he is a great source of information.  His wife Sally and son JB sometimes
accompany him on events.

Joined December 1999.  Paula and Wes Zicker purchased a 1992 Sunburst yellow, and are still driving this one.  They later
purchased a 2002 Yellow and sold it recently to our newest members, Frank and Vi Nicholson.  The Zicker’s have often
volunteered to do “sweep” duty, since yellow is so visible.  They attend meetings and events when their busy schedules allow
them to.  They enjoy the annual Ft. Bragg trip and other day drives.

Joined January 2000.  Helen and Mike DeLaurentis were busy the night of the meeting providing their “greeter duties”.  
Helen collected the forms but failed to turn one in, so this is my input.   They drive a 2000 Merlot Miata.  They have provided a
variety of events for SAMOA including The Winter Olympics, Frisbee Golf, Bocce Ball Tournaments, and several Miata “Best Of”
contests.  Mike followed Robin as President in 2001 and 2002, and currently serves as Vice President.  Mike enjoys any event he
leads.  Helen and Mike are both great assets to the club as well as to Robin and I.  

Joined April 2000.  Rod Gonzalez purchased a 1996 Montego Blue in March 2000.  He sold his Miata in December 2006 and is
awaiting the day he gets another one.  Rod has served SAMOA as Events Coordinator in the past.  Last year he was the driving
force between Miata Dealerships and SAMOA; he implemented the one year Free Membership for new Miata purchasers.  He
indicated that he enjoyed all driving events while he had his Miata.  He still comes to the monthly meetings when he is able.

Joined August 2000.  Margaret and Toby Counter purchased a 2000 Mahogany in June 2000.  Margaret has served as an
Officer several years in the capacity of Vice-President and Secretary.  They’ve enjoyed attending Frisbee Golf, Scrabble Scramble,
Christmas Party, and Birthday Picnic at the winery.  

Joined May 2001.  Jackie and Jim McClure drive a 1993 White Miata.  They have enjoyed attending the Ft. Bragg trip, Poker
Runs, Around the Hills with BadTaz, and participated in the 4th Garden Valley Parade and the 4th Roseville Parade.  They haven’t
led an event but have done the honors of sweep.

Joined 2002.  Donna and Bob Carlson purchased their 1995 Merlot Miata in 2002.  They have enjoyed attending the Scrabble
Scramble, “faux Olympics”, Mt. Shasta, Costal Run, and the Christmas Parties.  Bob served as SAMOA treasurer during 2005 and
2006.  Bob indicated, although he hasn’t led an event, he has been at the back of the pack as sweep.

Joined August 2002.  Mac Wright says he owns a 2000 “Purple” (unfaded Red).  His wife Jean attends events when she is
able.  He indicated he has enjoyed all the events he attended.  He is often roaming the parking lot at monthly meetings chatting
with members.  Although he hasn’t led an event, he has been at the back of the pack as sweep.

Joined April 2003.  Sharon Howe purchased her 2002 Blazing Yellow Mica Miata in 2003.  Sharon has enjoyed leading several
events for SAMOA as well as offering to do sweep duty in the back.  She especially enjoys the Stewart’s Point event; following
the “twistys to the Ocean”.  You can usually see Sharon at the monthly meetings and other events.

Joined 2003.  Mila and Dan Spengler purchased a 2002 Midnight Blue Miata in 2003.  They have enjoyed the Napa-Calistoga
Runs, the Mt. Shasta 4th of July Run, and the Christmas Lights Run.  Dan indicates he “kinda of” led an event.  The Spengler’s
and DeLaurentis’ arranged the Mt. Shasta Run a few years ago, and are repeating the event this year.  

Joined July 2006.  Jennifer and Mike Sipe purchased their 2006 White in February 2006.  Although relatively new to the
club, they haven’t led an event or been sweep yet.  They have enjoyed attending the Ft. Bragg trip, Birthday Picnic party, and
Scrabble Scramble.  Jennifer often travels with her work, but she enjoyed the Chili cook-off.  Mike ventures solo on Runs when
Jennifer is traveling.  You can find them at the monthly meetings.

Joined May 2007.  Vi and Frank Nicholson purchased their 2002 Yellow Miata from Paula and Wes Zicker early this month.  
Helen and Mike DeLaurentis sponsored and paid for their membership to SAMOA.  On May 10, they attended their first meeting.  
When asked to say something about themselves, Vi immediately stood up and waited for Mike D to let her have the micro-
phone.  Vi and Frank helped out the DeLaurentis’ at the Winter Olympics Event.  We welcome them to the club.  

I would like to thank all the people that provided the information for this article.  I’ll bring forms to the June meeting if you would
like to be included in an article for next month.



Sixteen Things it took me over 50+ years to learn
By Dave Barry, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Submitted by Fran Rowell

1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential,
that word would be "meetings."
3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
5. You should not confuse your career with your life.
6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. (This one is very important)
7. Never lick a steak knife.
8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an
actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.
12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is
that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.
13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
14. Your friends love you anyway.
15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the
Titanic.
16. Thought for the day: Men are like fine wine . . They start out as grapes; and it's up to the women to stomp the crap out of
them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
June 2007