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Madonna Inn - San Luis Obispo Run Details

Don't miss our run to Madonna Inn, a landmark resort hotel on California's Central Coast, the weekend of July 22nd & 23rd. ...

Tom Geiger - NorCal Member Since July 2007

On the evening of June 17, 2017, Tom Geiger, a long time NorCal MINIs member passed away.  Tom had been a member of NorCal MINIs since July of 2007.

The following is a link to a photo gallery of pictures of Tom I was able to find in the Club's photos.  I've set the gallery open, so if you have photos of Tom that you'd like to share, please add them.
https://goo.gl/photos/XS4XoDoo1mZqUcG87

Here's his obituary,
GEIGER, Thomas Frederick Tom went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 69 years old on June 17, 2017. He was born in Stockton, California on August 9, 1947, to Elmer and Verna Geiger. When Tom was six and his brother Jim was four, the family moved to Norwalk, California where he graduated from Excelsior High School in 1965. In 1967, he volunteered for service in the US Navy where he spent four years. Tom served on the USS Saratoga CVA-60 from July 1969 to January 1970 and the USS Ranger CVA-60 from February 1970 to August 1971. In 1975, Tom graduated from Sacramento City College with an AS degree in Aviation Maintenance. In July 1975, He moved to Sonoma County to work for Stol Air. In 1982, Tom married the mother of his children, Lorie Yates and they raised their two children, Keith and Darla, in Sebastopol California. The family enjoyed trips to Lodi to see their grandma Verna, camping trips, and vacations to Disneyland, North Carolina, and other adventures. Tom worked for Sonoma County Community Hospital/Sutter Medical Center as Stationary Engineer from 1984 to 2007. He worked at Sonoma Developmental Center from 2007 to 2017. He married his loving wife Dedee on October 11th, 2014, spending his golden years with her while being semi-retired and going on vacations to Lake Tahoe, Kauai, AZ, FL, WA, and other adventures. Tom was an active member of Sebastopol Christian Church for 22 years. He had many interests in life including car racing such as go kart racing, working on his brother's pit crew, and watching NASCAR, car clubs such as Super Coupe Club Thunderbird of America and NorCal Mini Cooper Club, working on planes, motorcycles, and cars, sound engineering for his church, singing in the church choir and attending Bible study with Dedee, and gardening. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother Leota Nickerson. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Dedee Coral Geiger, his children Keith Ballard Geiger and Darla Tillman (Davin), the mother of his children Lorie Spencer, his granddaughter Claire Ojeda-Geiger, his brother James Geiger (Amy), Dedee's children Trevor Brinton (Meredith) and Sean Brinton (Sunset), grandchildren Gabriel, Chase, and Meryl, many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. His burial will be at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park on Friday, June 23rd. Memorial Service will be held at Sebastopol Christian Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st, 7433 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, CA. Reception to follow. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressdemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-frederick-geiger&pid=185866853#sthash.bC4uRUPt.dpuf
GEIGER, Thomas Frederick Tom went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 69 years old on June 17, 2017. He was born in Stockton, California on August 9, 1947, to Elmer and Verna Geiger. When Tom was six and his brother Jim was four, the family moved to Norwalk, California where he graduated from Excelsior High School in 1965. In 1967, he volunteered for service in the US Navy where he spent four years. Tom served on the USS Saratoga CVA-60 from July 1969 to January 1970 and the USS Ranger CVA-60 from February 1970 to August 1971. In 1975, Tom graduated from Sacramento City College with an AS degree in Aviation Maintenance. In July 1975, He moved to Sonoma County to work for Stol Air. In 1982, Tom married the mother of his children, Lorie Yates and they raised their two children, Keith and Darla, in Sebastopol California. The family enjoyed trips to Lodi to see their grandma Verna, camping trips, and vacations to Disneyland, North Carolina, and other adventures. Tom worked for Sonoma County Community Hospital/Sutter Medical Center as Stationary Engineer from 1984 to 2007. He worked at Sonoma Developmental Center from 2007 to 2017. He married his loving wife Dedee on October 11th, 2014, spending his golden years with her while being semi-retired and going on vacations to Lake Tahoe, Kauai, AZ, FL, WA, and other adventures. Tom was an active member of Sebastopol Christian Church for 22 years. He had many interests in life including car racing such as go kart racing, working on his brother's pit crew, and watching NASCAR, car clubs such as Super Coupe Club Thunderbird of America and NorCal Mini Cooper Club, working on planes, motorcycles, and cars, sound engineering for his church, singing in the church choir and attending Bible study with Dedee, and gardening. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother Leota Nickerson. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Dedee Coral Geiger, his children Keith Ballard Geiger and Darla Tillman (Davin), the mother of his children Lorie Spencer, his granddaughter Claire Ojeda-Geiger, his brother James Geiger (Amy), Dedee's children Trevor Brinton (Meredith) and Sean Brinton (Sunset), grandchildren Gabriel, Chase, and Meryl, many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. His burial will be at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park on Friday, June 23rd. Memorial Service will be held at Sebastopol Christian Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st, 7433 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, CA. Reception to follow. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressdemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-frederick-geiger&pid=185866853#sthash.bC4uRUPt.dpuf
GEIGER, Thomas Frederick Tom went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 69 years old on June 17, 2017. He was born in Stockton, California on August 9, 1947, to Elmer and Verna Geiger. When Tom was six and his brother Jim was four, the family moved to Norwalk, California where he graduated from Excelsior High School in 1965. In 1967, he volunteered for service in the US Navy where he spent four years. Tom served on the USS Saratoga CVA-60 from July 1969 to January 1970 and the USS Ranger CVA-60 from February 1970 to August 1971. In 1975, Tom graduated from Sacramento City College with an AS degree in Aviation Maintenance. In July 1975, He moved to Sonoma County to work for Stol Air. In 1982, Tom married the mother of his children, Lorie Yates and they raised their two children, Keith and Darla, in Sebastopol California. The family enjoyed trips to Lodi to see their grandma Verna, camping trips, and vacations to Disneyland, North Carolina, and other adventures. Tom worked for Sonoma County Community Hospital/Sutter Medical Center as Stationary Engineer from 1984 to 2007. He worked at Sonoma Developmental Center from 2007 to 2017. He married his loving wife Dedee on October 11th, 2014, spending his golden years with her while being semi-retired and going on vacations to Lake Tahoe, Kauai, AZ, FL, WA, and other adventures. Tom was an active member of Sebastopol Christian Church for 22 years. He had many interests in life including car racing such as go kart racing, working on his brother's pit crew, and watching NASCAR, car clubs such as Super Coupe Club Thunderbird of America and NorCal Mini Cooper Club, working on planes, motorcycles, and cars, sound engineering for his church, singing in the church choir and attending Bible study with Dedee, and gardening. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother Leota Nickerson. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Dedee Coral Geiger, his children Keith Ballard Geiger and Darla Tillman (Davin), the mother of his children Lorie Spencer, his granddaughter Claire Ojeda-Geiger, his brother James Geiger (Amy), Dedee's children Trevor Brinton (Meredith) and Sean Brinton (Sunset), grandchildren Gabriel, Chase, and Meryl, many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. His burial will be at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park on Friday, June 23rd. Memorial Service will be held at Sebastopol Christian Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st, 7433 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, CA. Reception to follow. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressdemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-frederick-geiger&pid=185866853#sthash.bC4uRUPt.dpuf
GEIGER, Thomas Frederick Tom went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 69 years old on June 17, 2017. He was born in Stockton, California on August 9, 1947, to Elmer and Verna Geiger. When Tom was six and his brother Jim was four, the family moved to Norwalk, California where he graduated from Excelsior High School in 1965. In 1967, he volunteered for service in the US Navy where he spent four years. Tom served on the USS Saratoga CVA-60 from July 1969 to January 1970 and the USS Ranger CVA-60 from February 1970 to August 1971. In 1975, Tom graduated from Sacramento City College with an AS degree in Aviation Maintenance. In July 1975, He moved to Sonoma County to work for Stol Air. In 1982, Tom married the mother of his children, Lorie Yates and they raised their two children, Keith and Darla, in Sebastopol California. The family enjoyed trips to Lodi to see their grandma Verna, camping trips, and vacations to Disneyland, North Carolina, and other adventures. Tom worked for Sonoma County Community Hospital/Sutter Medical Center as Stationary Engineer from 1984 to 2007. He worked at Sonoma Developmental Center from 2007 to 2017. He married his loving wife Dedee on October 11th, 2014, spending his golden years with her while being semi-retired and going on vacations to Lake Tahoe, Kauai, AZ, FL, WA, and other adventures. Tom was an active member of Sebastopol Christian Church for 22 years. He had many interests in life including car racing such as go kart racing, working on his brother's pit crew, and watching NASCAR, car clubs such as Super Coupe Club Thunderbird of America and NorCal Mini Cooper Club, working on planes, motorcycles, and cars, sound engineering for his church, singing in the church choir and attending Bible study with Dedee, and gardening. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother Leota Nickerson. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Dedee Coral Geiger, his children Keith Ballard Geiger and Darla Tillman (Davin), the mother of his children Lorie Spencer, his granddaughter Claire Ojeda-Geiger, his brother James Geiger (Amy), Dedee's children Trevor Brinton (Meredith) and Sean Brinton (Sunset), grandchildren Gabriel, Chase, and Meryl, many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. His burial will be at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park on Friday, June 23rd. Memorial Service will be held at Sebastopol Christian Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st, 7433 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, CA. Reception to follow. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressdemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-frederick-geiger&pid=185866853#sthash.bC4uRUPt.dpuf
GEIGER, Thomas Frederick Tom went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 69 years old on June 17, 2017. He was born in Stockton, California on August 9, 1947, to Elmer and Verna Geiger. When Tom was six and his brother Jim was four, the family moved to Norwalk, California where he graduated from Excelsior High School in 1965. In 1967, he volunteered for service in the US Navy where he spent four years. Tom served on the USS Saratoga CVA-60 from July 1969 to January 1970 and the USS Ranger CVA-60 from February 1970 to August 1971. In 1975, Tom graduated from Sacramento City College with an AS degree in Aviation Maintenance. In July 1975, He moved to Sonoma County to work for Stol Air. In 1982, Tom married the mother of his children, Lorie Yates and they raised their two children, Keith and Darla, in Sebastopol California. The family enjoyed trips to Lodi to see their grandma Verna, camping trips, and vacations to Disneyland, North Carolina, and other adventures. Tom worked for Sonoma County Community Hospital/Sutter Medical Center as Stationary Engineer from 1984 to 2007. He worked at Sonoma Developmental Center from 2007 to 2017. He married his loving wife Dedee on October 11th, 2014, spending his golden years with her while being semi-retired and going on vacations to Lake Tahoe, Kauai, AZ, FL, WA, and other adventures. Tom was an active member of Sebastopol Christian Church for 22 years. He had many interests in life including car racing such as go kart racing, working on his brother's pit crew, and watching NASCAR, car clubs such as Super Coupe Club Thunderbird of America and NorCal Mini Cooper Club, working on planes, motorcycles, and cars, sound engineering for his church, singing in the church choir and attending Bible study with Dedee, and gardening. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother Leota Nickerson. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Dedee Coral Geiger, his children Keith Ballard Geiger and Darla Tillman (Davin), the mother of his children Lorie Spencer, his granddaughter Claire Ojeda-Geiger, his brother James Geiger (Amy), Dedee's children Trevor Brinton (Meredith) and Sean Brinton (Sunset), grandchildren Gabriel, Chase, and Meryl, many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. His burial will be at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park on Friday, June 23rd. Memorial Service will be held at Sebastopol Christian Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st, 7433 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, CA. Reception to follow. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressdemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-frederick-geiger&pid=185866853#sthash.bC4uRUPt.dpuf
GEIGER, Thomas Frederick Tom went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 69 years old on June 17, 2017. He was born in Stockton, California on August 9, 1947, to Elmer and Verna Geiger. When Tom was six and his brother Jim was four, the family moved to Norwalk, California where he graduated from Excelsior High School in 1965. In 1967, he volunteered for service in the US Navy where he spent four years. Tom served on the USS Saratoga CVA-60 from July 1969 to January 1970 and the USS Ranger CVA-60 from February 1970 to August 1971. In 1975, Tom graduated from Sacramento City College with an AS degree in Aviation Maintenance. In July 1975, He moved to Sonoma County to work for Stol Air. In 1982, Tom married the mother of his children, Lorie Yates and they raised their two children, Keith and Darla, in Sebastopol California. The family enjoyed trips to Lodi to see their grandma Verna, camping trips, and vacations to Disneyland, North Carolina, and other adventures. Tom worked for Sonoma County Community Hospital/Sutter Medical Center as Stationary Engineer from 1984 to 2007. He worked at Sonoma Developmental Center from 2007 to 2017. He married his loving wife Dedee on October 11th, 2014, spending his golden years with her while being semi-retired and going on vacations to Lake Tahoe, Kauai, AZ, FL, WA, and other adventures. Tom was an active member of Sebastopol Christian Church for 22 years. He had many interests in life including car racing such as go kart racing, working on his brother's pit crew, and watching NASCAR, car clubs such as Super Coupe Club Thunderbird of America and NorCal Mini Cooper Club, working on planes, motorcycles, and cars, sound engineering for his church, singing in the church choir and attending Bible study with Dedee, and gardening. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother Leota Nickerson. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Dedee Coral Geiger, his children Keith Ballard Geiger and Darla Tillman (Davin), the mother of his children Lorie Spencer, his granddaughter Claire Ojeda-Geiger, his brother James Geiger (Amy), Dedee's children Trevor Brinton (Meredith) and Sean Brinton (Sunset), grandchildren Gabriel, Chase, and Meryl, many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
 His burial will be at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park on Friday, June 23rd.
 Memorial Service will be held at Sebastopol Christian Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st, 7433 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, CA. Reception to follow.
A special note from Dedee to the club: "Thank you all so much for loving us along the highways & bi-ways. My Love."

Hwy 49 - Mother Lode Highland Games Recap




We (7 cars & 10 people) had a beautiful day full of sunshine and fun this past Saturday as we drove along Hwy 49 and took in the Mother Lode Highland Games. 


New member Matt H. join us for this run for the first time.  Facebook group lurker Steve J. came by our Starbucks gathering point to meet us and to find out how a run works and just say hello.  It was great to meet Matt & Steve in person.  Special guest of the day was Brian B.'s mom, Helen.

Ann R. came all the way down from Mendocino. Via Facebook she let me know, "the nice ladies in the VIP lounge awarded me 'the prize for the person who came the most distance, from a town that started with "M"'. Lovely bottle of rose:)."  Bonus for Ann!

After leaving Stockton we drove along Hwy 88 to Hwy 12 into San Andreas.  Matt and Craig were going exploring on their own at this point as the rest of us were going onto Plymouth for the games via Hwy 49.

Our stopping point in San Andreas was the mural you see below that caught me eye as we passed by it.  You can find the mural at 64 E St Charles St, San Andreas, CA 95249.  We took over the parking lot to position the MINIs just so for the photo op.  We got to meet the artist while we were there as he was working on a few finishing touches to the mural on the front of the building.  Vern Mayhall is very talented.  You had to take the time to look at all of his details. A snake was a clock, Bigfoot among the trees, and Swamp Thing to name a few.



Here's Vern posing with our cars and the mural. I'm going to have to take another drive out in the fall to see the completed work.  Saturday he was working on an eagle that will be up under the eve of the front door.



Mother Lode Highland Games

The Amador County Fair Grounds is a great place to take in the Mother Lode Highland Games.  The grounds aren't large, so it was easy to get from venue to venue to watch various activities.  The VIP room was great and the ladies were wonderful in making sure we had plenty of food and drinks.  Bonus, the VIP room had their own set of restrooms.


My highlight of games was watching the caber toss.  The objective is to toss the caber so that it turns end over end, falling away from the tosser. Ideally it should fall directly away from the tosser in the "12 o'clock" position. The distance thrown is unimportant.

You can see the full set of photos in my NorCal Club Run - Hwy 49/Mother Lode Scottish Highland Games - June 10, 2017 Gallery.


Don't miss our next run to Madonna Inn.   Full details can be found here on the blog, Facebook or via your Google email invite.  Don't miss our first "a-MINI-ing Race".

Ready to motor on again,
Christine Toibin
President, NorCal MINIs 

 

Madonna Inn - San Luis Obispo Run Details


Don't miss our run to Madonna Inn, a landmark resort hotel on California's Central Coast, the weekend of July 22nd & 23rd.




SATURDAY - JULY 22, 2017


MEETING/DEPARTURE TIME:
8:30am/9:00am

Peets
755 Cochrane Rd #100,

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Break-Stop
Starbucks
1301 Broadway St,
King City, CA 93930


Since the Mid-State Fair is going on in Paso Robles, we
taking a straight-shot down 101 for lunch.

ROUTE: 2 hours
https://goo.gl/maps/7rEWygCusLw

LUNCH: 11:00 am
Firestone Walker Brewery Company
Taproom Restaurant
1400 Ramada Dr, Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 225.5913

MENU:
http://www.firestonebeer.com/files/TR2_LunchMenu_9_27.pdf

Hopefully we’ll finish lunch around 12:30/1pm. From lunch we’ll take a drive out to visit James Dean Memorial at intersection of CA 41 & CA 46, a quick stop at B&E Vineyard, then some twisties along route CA 229 & CA 58 into Santa Margarita before arriving at Madonna Inn for the 4pm check-in time.


ROUTE: 2 hours
https://goo.gl/maps/fc2uC19Qvj12

Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
1-800-543-9666



It appears Madonna Inn is completely booked for July 22nd at this time.  If you didn't make your reservation, check their website for possible openings.


DINNER:
TBD

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT
Enjoy the Madonna Inn or come out for a movie at the drive-in

Sunset Drive-In
255 Elks Ln
San Luis Obispo, California

$9 (12 and up)
$4 (5-11)
Free 4 yrs. and under

SUNDAY - JULY 23, 2017

Enjoy your morning at the Madonna Inn.
Check-out time is: NOON (12:00pm)

BREAKFAST: on your own

Meet in the parking lot @ Noon, where you’ll be given the rules of the game, route clues and roadblocks for our own a-MINI-zing Race. The a-MINI-zing Race will take you to a few of the gems of San Luis Obispo that are not to be missed.

Once everyone arrives at the last location, we’ll head up to:
Estrella Warbirds Museum & Woodland Auto Display

4251 Dry Creek Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446

From there you’re on your own to do more exploring, lunch, wine tasting, etc. in Paso Robles or head on home.

AMVIV Information Packet - Print to take with you!

AMVIV (A MINI Vacation in Vegas)  is coming up next week.  

SCMC has posted their information packet.  If you want to have the routes and other information in a hard-copy, you must print it to take with you.  They will only have limited copies of run maps available at AMVIV.  

Get your today at:
http://www.amviv.com/amviv-info
 
Also, I'd like for those attending to try using GroupME as a way to keep in touch with each other before, during and after the event. It can be found on Google Play and the APP Store.

As I learned during MTTS 2016, it was hard to keep everyone abreast of changes, meeting places, etc. Plus I got FB messages, emails and text messages from people. We had a good group text going, but it didn't include those who joined later in the trek across the US. So, those people missed out on some of our conversations. 

I'd really like to see how well GroupMe might work.

You don't need a smartphone to use GroupMe either - you can be added to the group to receive & send messages. (Handles another issue we had during MTTS2016 as one of our coast-to-coasters didn't have a smartphone).

I created the group:
"NorCalMinis-AMVIV"


Only if you are going, use the following link to join.
https://app.groupme.com/join_group/31042041/6YZ3lj

I'm going to lurk to see how it's used. You can add photos, videos, docuements, and share your location if you want to do so. 

Again, if you are going, please give it a try. Join now, I added Bayley Mah's file to it for the meeting place in Salines and route to casino. Bayley also added the AMVIV information booklet to the group.

For those of you who are going - Have fun and Motor On!
Christine Toibin
President NorCal MINIs

Evolution of Iconic Cars: MINI Cooper

Sean Fitzsimons, from Surrey, England, shared with us a new series released by Go Compare called 'The Evolution of Iconic Cars' - it's a collection of illustrations which depict how five of the most iconic cars in long-term production have evolved since their first models.

It includes the evolution of the Mini Cooper! So he thought we'd like to see it.

Over there in Britain, Auto Week have just named the Mini 'the best British-built car of all-time' too - so it's certainly a cause for commemoration!





Sturgeon's Mill - Club Picnic Recap


We had a great turnout for our Sturgeon's Mill and Club Picnic run.  A few of the members of SCMM (SoCal MINI Maniacs), in San Francisco area for their own run, joined us at Starbucks for a little socialization before we took off for the mill. It was great to meet Dan Skorcz, President of SCMM, always wonderful to see Nancy Homer, and all the other SCMMs.  I wished we had more time to just hang out and get to know each other better, but the Mill was waiting for us.

We had 20 cars and 36 -1/2 people who went with us on this run to Sturgeon's Mill. Sturgeon's Mill is a 105 year old steam powered sawmill. It's a working museum that is only open 4 weekends a year to the general public. If you weren't able to join us on this run, the mill's other demonstration days are:
  • June 17-18th
  • September 16-17th
  • October 14-15th
It's free, however they do take donations.  We collected $5 from everyone who came on the run and NorCal MINI's donated $150 to support the mill.  Great JOB!


From the mill we went to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park for our club picnic.  We had a beautiful spot within the park to grill out and gather together. 


Carol Chin, active in our local American Heart Associations efforts,  shared with us some important information on the signs of a stroke.  F.A.S.T 
  • Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. 
  •  Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? 
  • Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

  • Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Another member shared her experience with a heart attack, which brought home how different symptoms are for women vs. men.

Learn more about the warning sign for heart attacks, strokes and cardiac arrest.  Thanks Carol for sharing.





Up next - Hwy 49 Sutter Creek,  all the details are found here.

Christine Toibin
President, NorCal MINIs



Hwy 49/ Sutter Creek Run Details

DATE CHANGED TO: JUNE 10, 2017

During our run to Avenue of the Giants, Ken Altman told me about the fun he had at the Scottish Games in Amador County. Lucky for us it’s happening on June 10th. This works great for our Highway 49 - Sutter Creek run.  


VIP Tickets must be purchased by June 5, 2017.   
See below for information on tickets to the Highland games.  

MEETING/DEPARTURE TIME:
9:30 AM/10:00 AM

Starbucks
4426 Waterloo Rd,
Stockton, CA 95215

ROUTE:
https://goo.gl/maps/Zn4u1Pj1pax

The Mother Lode Highland Games are at the Amador County Fairgrounds.  We will have a special parking area within the fairgrounds for all of the MINIs.  The organizers thought it would be neat for all of their attendees to be able to view our cars.  So, shine them up!


Ken suggest we purchase the VIP ticket as it gives you access to an air-conditioned building.

VIP ticket is $50

Please purchase your own ticket for Saturday here:
http://www.themotherlodegames.com/tickets.php

VIP Ticket Includes:
1 General Admission
1 Souvenir Program
1 Adult Beverage served in the VIP Lounge
1 Reserved Grandstand Ticket
1 VIP Lounge **
1 VIP Parking Pass

**Snacks, light lunch, non-alcoholic beverages served in a cooled building & Hourly raffles & Scottish Gifts


Amador County Fair
18621 Sherwood St
Plymouth, CA 95669

Pets are not permitted on the fairgrounds


If you’re not up for the Highland Games there are many other options in the area to entertain yourself. One is a tour of the Black Chasm Caverns. Have lunch in Sutter Creek, then take Shake Ridge Road to Rams Horn Grade (super twisty) into Volcano.

From Sutter Creek:
https://goo.gl/maps/aGoXVkqD6Bm

Sturgeon's Mill/Occidental - Club Picnic

Sturgeon’s Mill is a 105 year old steam powered sawmill. It is a working museum that is open 4 weekends a year to the general public. On these weekends historians, gear heads, steam heads and students of California history come to “Step back into History” at their museum.
No dogs allowed! This is a firm rule.
Wear comfortable flat shoes and layered clothing as Sturgeon's Mill is only 7 miles from the Pacific and temperatures change rapidly.

RUN DETAILS:
Meeting Time: 8:30 am
Departure Time: 9:00 am


Meeting Location:
Starbucks,
127 San Marin Dr,
Novato, CA 94945
1 Hour & 4 mins to Sturgeon's Mill
https://goo.gl/maps/2ex9q8awTQu

We will collect a $5 donation, per person, at the time of driver sign-in, to support the mill. Please have cash for this donation, as I will drop it off to them when we arrive.
 

Everyone will get 1 ticket to a few items we'll have for drawings during the picnic.

STURGEON'S MILL
2150 Green Hill Rd.
Sebastopol, CA 95472

At 12:20 pm, we will leave and go to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, a short 40 minutes drive, for our annual Club picnic. Please bring something to share with the group to eat and bring your own drinks. You might also bring your own lawn chairs.

The club will provide:
hamburgers/hot dogs/buns
plates, cups, silverware, etc.

https://goo.gl/maps/15U58zN88392

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
2605 Adobe Canyon Rd,
Kenwood, CA

We have the Upper Picnic area reserved.
There is a fee per car:
$8 Regular
$7 Senior (62 or older)


If no one is in the guard shack to collect your parking fee, there is a kiosk to the right once you go past the shack.  You will have to pay the fee as you cannot park outside of park and walk in.

Would it be fun to lead a run? Find out!



We need a leader for the August 12, 2017 Ft Bragg/Glass Beach run. 

Michael and I will not be available for this run. We are going to MINI in the Mountains in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  I do not have any available time during the rest of August to reschedule the run.  Therefore, the club needs someone to lead this event.  It will be cancelled if there's no one to lead it.
 
Are you up to the challenge?  I'll give you support in planning the run.  Rick Sherman or I will help to promote it on Facebook, the website and via email.  You can select the route and activities. Want to make it an overnight adventure, you can do that too.  Have a favorite place to stop at...add that into the route.
 
Come on!  Give it a try!
 
Contact me via email at info@norcalminis.com
Christine Toibin
President, NorCal MINIS
 
 

Humboldt County - Avenue of the Giants and More

*** UPDATED APRIL 19, 2017

New time & meeting place as well as a new route. 

I highly suggest you bring some food, water, drinks to have with you for this trip. There are very few facilities on CA-36. 
We will now depart from Vacaville.  Due to 101 road closure in Leggett, we will go from Vacaville to Red Bluff, then head West along CA-36 towards Fortuna.

CA-36 is described as 140 miles of twist heaven. From what I’ve read it has a very good road surface ,though it does get a little rough in spots farther west, and the center line briefly disappears for a few miles farther west . There are lots of places without guardrails ,and long drops ,so be careful!!!.

Depending on the time of day we make it to the end at US 101, we might go into Ferndale to look around before driving down to Garberville.  We’ll have to play it ear as there are a few places along this road that has 1-way control in place and there will probably be more traffic than usual due to the Leggett /101 closure. 

On Sunday, we'll get up early to drive the Avenue of the Giants. Sunday’s agenda will depend on the status of 101 closure. If open, we will go to the North entrance to begin our journey home.  If 101 is not open, we will begin our journey at the South entrance before heading East on Hwy 36 retracing our journey we originally took on Saturday.


SATURDAY - APRIL 22, 2017


ROUTE:


MEETING/DEPARTURE TIME:
7:30 AM/8:00 AM
Peet's Coffee
Nut Tree Plaza, 1671 E Monte Vista Ave,
Vacaville, CA 95688


LUNCH:
Either pick something up on Red Bluff or bring your own food.  There are very few facilities on Hwy 36.  Bring your own food, snacks, water and other drinks.


We will be stopping in Red Bluff to fill up our cars and have a restroom break before we begin our journey on CA 36.


HOTEL:
Humboldt House Inn
701 Redwood Drive, Garberville, California, 95542


Includes full breakfast for everyone in your room
Wine/Cheese reception 5:30-7:30PM
Free Wifi
All area restaurants are within walking distance


EVENING DINNER: TBD


SUNDAY - APRIL 23, 2017


Have breakfast at hotel before we departure. There's a complimentary full hot breakfast, Omelets and sausage, Biscuits and gravy available.


Be sure to fill up too!


DEPARTURE TIME:
9AM

The plan for Sunday will depend on whether or not 101 is open.  Details will be discussed at the morning driver’s meeting.

Reminder - we have t-shirts and magnetic grill badges and stickers available. See all the NorCal MINIs club swag.
 

New T-shirts, Magnetic Grill Badge & Sticker Available Now


Mary Miller with MINI Life Design has created new club merchandise for us that is now ready for purchase.  There are two t-shirt designs, a magnetic grill badges and a sticker available.

T-shirts are $15.00 and up depending on the type of t-shirt and size.  
Magnetic Grill Badges are $9.95.  
Vinyl Stickers are $4.99.  
Plus shipping on all purchases.

The first t-shirt is an update on an older shirt featuring three of the latest MINI Models. Buy Here!


The next one I like to call, "The Places We Go" t-shirt. Buy Here!


Grill Badges are 3 inches in diameter and made with waterproof, fade resistant magnetic material, and the color is imprinted into the material.   The vinyl sticker uses the same design as the grill badge.


Grill Badge - Buy Here

Vinyl Sticker - Buy Here!
 

Looking for a New Financial Officer

Hi Members,
We've really started the year out strong.  Our first run had over 32 cars, and we've gained over 25 new members this year.  I'm looking forward to our Mt. Hamilton Run on April 1st, and our first weekender up to Avenue of the Giants on April 22nd & 23rd.

In case you're not aware, NorCal MINIs is a 501c not for profit corporation. As a 'not for profit', we have a full board with officers & directors who carry-out various duties in support of everyone that is a paid member. NorCal MINIs also has a complete Constitution and Bylaws with full details on how we govern the club.

Key to having a board of officers & directors, required to maintain our 501c status, is having members who step up and take over a position when the need arises. NorCal MINIs has a current need to fill the Financial Officer role.  Richard & Sharon are the super heroes of financial officers as they've carried this role for the club for the past 7 years. 




Below you will find a description of the financial officer's role as defined in our Constitution & Bylaws:
c. Financial/Treasurer Officer

  • Maintain the Clubs financial records and account.
  • Implement financial policy as prescribed in the bylaws of the Constitution.
  • Keep books of accounts in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices and provide a financial report at each Club meeting for review and approval of the Officers.
  • Provide the Club President and Vice President with a monthly financial report on both the bank & PayPal accounts.
  • Along with the Leader, have the authority to sign checks and contracts; collect all dues, moneys and other remuneration from all sources, especially from other officers
  • Make an annual financial report showing income statement and balance sheet at the last meeting of his or her term.

Are you NorCal MINIs next Financial Officer? 

Sharon will be available to work beside you as you learn the duties of the role and all officers support each other in carrying out the behind-the-scene workings of the club. If you're interested,  please send an email to info@norcalminis.com or talk to any of our officers at our upcoming Mt. Hamilton run.


Christine Toibin
President, NorCal MINIs

Mt. Hamilton Run for Absent Friends 2017

Date Change: April 1, 2017

Safety First! 


Due to the heavy rains and road washouts the Bay Area has experienced over the last few weeks, we are moving this run to APRIL 1, 2017.

The date change will give time for hillsides to stabilize, road crews to clear roads of any debris and most importantly for us to have a safer journey.


** This is MEMBERS ONLY event **

This is NorCal MINIs annual run to remember loved ones who have passed. This charity run benefits the American Cancer Society and the Valley Humane Society. For each $5 donated to either or both charities you will receive 1 drawing ticket for several items we will have to give away during lunch.

Donate to your charity of choice or both of them today!

For each $5 donated to either or both charities you will receive 1 drawing ticket for several items we will have to give away during lunch**. (This will include the bag seen below!)

** No need to be present to win, but you do need to be a 2017 NorCal MINI member.

If you haven't joined or renewed for 2017 yet, do it today!!!!  http://norcalminis.com/

CHARITIES:
American Cancer Society
https://www.crowdrise.com/norcal-minis-run-fo…/…/norcalminis

Valley Humane Society
http://donate.valleyhumane.org/…/3713-norcal-minis-run-to-m…

THANKS MINI of Marin for our drawing items.




Run Details:
Meeting time: 10 AM
Departure time: 10:30

Meeting Location: 
TBD


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Be cautious on Mt. Hamilton Road. The drive is scenic, but the road is narrow in some areas and also has many sharp curves. Fill up BEFORE meeting in the morning. There are no gasoline or automotive services at Mt. Hamilton or anywhere along the road outside of San Jose. Food services are limited at the observatory. Light snacks, coffee, and refreshments will be available for purchase at Lick Observatory.

Directions to Lick Observatory:
TBD

We should arrive to the observatory between 11:30 & 12:15 depending on the number of cars making the run and other bike/car traffic encountered on our way up.

The observatory opens at noon with a free talk​ for us.​ ​

As soon as the talk is over, we're back on the road for another 30-40 minute drive to have lunch at The Junction Bar & Grill.

Directions from Lick Observatory to The Junction Bar & Grill:
https://goo.gl/maps/pRBT5tuuTwB2

From The Junction we head down Mines Road to Livermore. From Livermore
you're on your own to make your way home.

Directions from the The Junction to the Telsa Road & Mines Road intersection in Livermore:
https://goo.gl/maps/SLp4YEi9gXu

Please RSVP to your email invitation so that we have a count for how many cars to expect at Mt. Hamilton and lunch.

If you haven't renewed your membership, please do so before this run. This is a *MEMBERS ONLY event.

Join or Renew today!
http://norcalminis.com/

RIP Albert Eugene Gordon (1930-2017)

Albert Eugene Gordon

Al was a long time member and many of you may remember him and may want to participate in his life celebration.

Long time NorCal MINIs member and motorer Albert Eugene Gordon, of San Carlos, born July 27, 1930, died Feb. 11, 2017, with his family by his side.

He was 86.

Al grew up in San Francisco, where he attended Polytechnic High School. It was there that he met his wife, Dorothy, of nearly 65 years. Al was proud to be a U.S. Marine, serving in the Korean War. His Shasta Lake home was his “heaven on earth.”

He is survived by his two daughters, Cheryl (Gary) Barrango and Diane (Tony) Demattei as well as his four grandchildren: Janelle, Ryan, Kristin (Staci) and Kaitlin and great-grandson Vincent.

“Of great importance and comfort to Al as well as his family, is our love and gratitude to the two most incredible caretakers life could send our way, Robert and Emeline, who will be a part of our family forever.”

At Al’s request for a “going-away party” his family will host a Celebration of Life Saturday, Feb. 25. For details please email his family at CelebrateAlGordon@gmail.com with your name and association with Al and/or his family for details and location of the celebration.

Bodega Bay Run - January 29, 2017

After having to reschedule this event from January 22nd to the 29th, the sun finally came out and the rain stop.  The run to Bodega Bay was on!!!!

We met up at Starbucks at 127 San Marin Road in Novato.  I was amazed at the number of cars and people we had at the morning driver's meeting.  Thirty-two cars!

Photos by: Phil Rotheram

It's always great to see one our fur babies and kids with us.

Photo by: Phil Rotheram

From Starbucks we headed towards Novato Blvd. then turned right on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road, followed by a left onto Hicks Valley Road, then left onto Marshall Petaluma Road to complete our fun little twisty drive towards Marshall, California. Once in Marshall, we turn North on Hwy 1 headed towards Bodega Bay.

Here we are all lined up before making the left turn at Valley Ford Road in Tomales, CA to keep on Hwy 1.

Photo by: Phil Rotheram

Once we all got past a couple bicyclists, it was clear for all the MINIs to stay together.


Photo by: Phil Rotheram

One last turn to the right for the side trip along Bay Hill Road which brings you into a great view above Bodega Bay.  Bay Hill road is where the scenes of Tippi Hedren driving her Aston Martin into Bodega Bay were filmed for "The Birds". 


Photo by: Phil Rotheram
Joining us for lunch at The Tides Wharf
Restaurant & Bar was ...


Thank you to Phil Rotheram for all of the great photos shared on this post.

Thanks everyone who joined us for the day.  There were quite a few of our new members who joined us.  Hank Miller, great job on the caboose job!
Photo by: Phil Rotheram
Photo by: Phil Rotheram

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