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Annual Meeting: Miner's Leap Winery/Old Sugar Mill Details

Hi Everyone, It's that time of year again.  Our annual meeting will be held on September 17, 2017 at Miner's Leap Winery. Meetin...

Annual Meeting: Miner's Leap Winery/Old Sugar Mill Details

Hi Everyone,

It's that time of year again.  Our annual meeting will be held on September 17, 2017 at Miner's Leap Winery.

Meeting/Departure Time: 10:00/10:30 am

Starbucks
502 Center Ave,
Martinez, CA 94553

Break-Stop
Isleton, CA - we will stop here in case there’s a need for a restroom break.

ROUTE: 1 hour 15 minutes
Have $5 for Antioch Bridge Toll or FasTrak

https://goo.gl/maps/XxB3oEivaUK2

The annual meeting will take place from NOON until 3pm at:
Miner’s Leap Winery
54250 S River Rd,
Clarksburg, CA 95612

The club is picking up a portion of the cost for lunch, your cost will be:
$30 with wine tasting (2 whites & 3 reds)
$25 without wine tasting


Choose Your NorCal MINIs Ticket Type
BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

You will be able to pick, at the venue, from the following:
  • Tri-Tip Sandwich: Grilled Tri Tip, smoked cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, horseradish aioli on the side on artisan roll
  • Pesto Chicken Sandwich: Grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, provolone cheese, creamy pesto aioli on focaccia
  • Caprese: Fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato, fresh basil on focaccia
  • Sides: Potato salad, green salad & potato chips
  • Water and tea will be provided
  • Soft drinks available for purchase (or bring your own)

After our meeting, it's a quick 4 minutes down the road to Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Ave, for more wine tasting if you’re up for it. Take a right hand turn out of Miner’s Leap Winery and follow signs for Old Sugar Mill.

If you haven't made your nominations or run suggestion, you have until August 31, 2017.
 
HERE IS THE FORM TO USE:

https://goo.gl/forms/FIrKwTpYYgqm00gr2

For more information on each office and its duties, you can review this post:
http://www.norcalminis.com/2017/07/upcoming-club-officer-nominations.html

You have until August 31, 2017 to submit your responses.

Gualala - Ft Bragg - Glass Beach Run Details

August's run is a joint run with our friends in Silicon Valley Club, co-hosted by James Schenck (SVM) & Simon Tidesley (NorCal MINIs). This run has been expanded to an overnight trip too.




Here’s your chance to go through Chandelier Drive thru tree. Due to HWY 101 closure at the time of our Avenue of the Giants run in April we were not able to reach Leggett.

SATURDAY - August 19, 2017

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

Starbucks
132 Vintage Way
Novato, CA 94945

ROUTE:
https://goo.gl/maps/PFmyGdz4Pn22

LUNCH:
Upper Crust Pizzeria
39331 CA-1
Gualala, CA 95445
http://uppercrustgualala.com/

HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS: BOOK NOW
Best Western Vista Manor Lodge
1100 N Main St
Fort Bragg, CA
Book at bestwestern.com

The Atrium Bed & Breakfast
700 N Main St
Fort Bragg, CA
https://www.atriuminnfortbragg.com/
Book at booking.com

Both hotels range at about $160 per night

DINNER:
TBD

SUNDAY - AUGUST 20, 2017


DEPARTURE TIME:
10AM
Meet at Best Western Hotel

BREAKFAST: Please have your breakfast before 10am departure time.

We will go to the Glass Beach before leaving Ft. Bragg.

Then we will head north on 1 to Leggett to visit the Chandelier Drive thru tree. Then head home Sunday afternoon.

ROUTE:
https://goo.gl/maps/BHGxPwF9KpM2


Have a great time.  Michael and I won't be joining this run as we're going to MINIs in the Mountains in August.

Christine Toibin, 
President

Madonna Inn - San Luis Obispo Run Recap

Let's just say we had an 'a-MINI-zing' time in San Luis Obispo.  By the numbers, we had 11 cars and 22 people who join in on the fun.  It was nice to meet new members: Jessica & Josh Larson and Dave & Anne Sitter.  We also had a couple guest who aren't MINI owners yet, but I think we might have convinced them it's time to get one.

Firestone Walker Brewing

We had a hard deadline to hit for lunch at the Firestone Walker Brewing Taproom Restaurant, so we just blew down US 101 to Paso Robles.  We arrived around 11:30 am. Lucky for us, we arrived before the heavy lunch crowd.  Firestone Walker Brewing did a good job of accommodating our large group.  After lunch, we headed to the James Dean Memorial.


James Dean Memorial

Visiting the James Dean Memorial has been on one of my bucket lists for awhile since moving to California.  Making the pilgrimage to Dean's Memorial with a few MINIs just made it more special for me.



The location of the actual crash site, the intersection of Highways 41 and 46 was dedicated the James Dean Memorial Highway in September 2005, with the memorial  located @ Jack Ranch Cafe, 19215 California 46, Cholame, California.  


B&E Vineyard

From the James Dean Memorial we headed on some back roads to B&E Vineyards located at 10000 Creston Road in Creston, CA.  It's a favorite of mine and when I'm in the area I have to stop in to replenish my stock of "Red Rhythm". I thought the group might enjoy a little wine tasting and the view from their tasting room.  The vineyard is family-owned and operated and they live on the property just a short distance from their tasting room.



Madonna Inn

Since we used more time at lunch than I anticipated, we all headed to the Madonna Inn to check into our rooms.  A few of us took the opportunity to relax at the pool before meeting for the 'room tour' we had before everyone went off for dinner.  The Madonna Inn really is a treat to experience at least once.  As I write this recap, I realized I didn't take that many photos of the rooms as I was too busy checking them out.  A few had little balconies with great views.  More photos of the rooms can be found in the shared album listed below.


Everyone was on their own for dinner. Our plan for Sunday was to meet at 10am for The a-MINI-zing RACE. I just hoped everyone found it as fun as I thought it would be when I was planning it.  :-)


The a-MINI-zing RACE 


Rules of the race:
1) No actual racing -  we have to responsible motorists don't you know
2) Do not get the clues out of order - they were numbered

3) You must text, email or use the GroupMe app to send your photo before going on to the next clue
4) Drawing prizes will be awarded, but the winner would be selected by Michael (PHIL) & Christine based on:
a) creativity
b) how well teams captured the essence of the clue


With clues in hand, off they went! 


As soon as the photos started coming into us we knew this was a hit and my fear of everyone wanting to kill me subsided. Whew!




Clue #1

Congratulations, you have spent the night at the historic Madonna Inn.   This landmark resort hotel, opened as a motel inn on December 24, 1958 starting with 12 rooms.

In 1966, the Inn’s original units were burned to the ground in a dramatic fire. It reopened a year later, and by the end of the decade, all of the rooms had been rebuilt in the unique & ornate style they are known for today.

Before leaving, take your ‘postcard’ perfect photo of your team & MINI at the Madonna Inn.

Your team will then be given all of the clues for the rest of the a-MINI-zing RACE.



Clue #2

Like an Egyptian

Proceed by MINI to: 2890 S. Higuera St.

Standing for more than 100 years, find the 25 foot structure sheltering the mortal remains of a mother and child in San Luis Cemetery. It is estimated, at the time of its construction, to have cost between $75,000 and $100,000.

Work as a team to complete the following task. ONE team member must be in the photo.


Capture your best “Walk like an Egyptian” with this structure.



Clue #3

STICK IT

Travel by MINI to:
700 block of Higuera Street, between Broad & Garden Streets.

Did it start after WWII as a San Luis Obispo High School graduating class event? Or was it in the late 1950’s as a rivalry between San Luis Obispo High School and Cal Poly students? Who knows, but this landmark became well established by the early 1970s and the tradition continues today.

Work as a team to complete the following task. Both team member must be in the photo.

Stick it to San Luis Obispo




Clue #4

3 Ring-a-Dings

Leave the MINI parked & travel by foot to the next location.

Named after Saint Louis, Bishop of Toulouse, founded in September 1st, 1772 by Father Junipero . It’s walls are 50-60 feet high according to Vatican law that states they must be as tall as the local tree – in this case, the pine.

Work as a team to complete the following task. Capture ONE team member & the

3 Ring-a-Dings. marks the spot.




Clue #5

SLO-DO-CO

Travel by MINI to: 793F Foothill Blvd

Open 24-hours a day, this SLO DO CO place is a coffee-study-music mecca with the busiest time of the day between 8pm to 12am.

Each team member must ask for their “MINI” treat. Be sure to capture SLO DO CO, your treats and both team members in photo.




Clue #6

MOTOR INN
 

Find Phil (Christine & Michael) waiting for you at the first of its kind in the world.

Located near the Apple Farm, this historic landmark was once a destination for movie stars on their way from LA to San Francisco by car.

Featured as a hoteldom in bungalows with free garages, this location is only a shell of itself from its glory days and closed down in 1991.

However, there are plans to return it to life in the form of a modern 55-room inn sometime later this year.

Capture your team, MINI & the only sign left of this landmark.





After a few minutes of deliberation, PHIL (Michael) and I decided Brian Dotterer & Crystal Tucker were the WINNER! of The a-MINI-zing RACE - San Luis Obispo.

For more photos from our weekend, including rooms at Madonna Inn and all of the teams 'checking in at the mat' just go to this album - https://photos.app.goo.gl/gqlNDuFPXKDZ6qCG2


Upcoming Club Officer Nominations

Hi Members!

In less than one month I will be sending an email out to all of the PAID members requesting your nominations for club officer positions or your volunteering & willingness to hold one of the club's officer positions.

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.  

NorCal MINIs, started back in 2003, has been a great, welcoming club for all MINI enthusiasts. Strong bonds and friendships have developed among our members and we've traveled many, many miles together leaving us with countless stories from the road.

It is imperative to have a full functioning board of officers to maintain our 501c status.
 

From our Constitution & Bylaws:
ARTICLE V - NOMINATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

1. NOMINATIONS
a. The President will notify the membership, through the Club website or email, of the time and place of the regular meeting at which nominations may be submitted.
b. Members may nominate anyone, but any nominee may elect to opt out of running for office.

2. LIST OF CANDIDATES

a. A list of candidates will be entertained under the title of each office established in Article V, Sections B and C of the Constitutions.

b. Officers who express a desire to run for re-election will be listed
c. Nominations from the floor will be listed.

3. OBLIGATIONS OF THE NOMINEES

a. Nominees are required to make themselves aware of the obligations of the office as listed in article of the Constitution and Addendum thereof.

4. POSTING OF CANDIDATES

The President may elect to have the list of nominees published on the Club website along with their submitted summaries and qualifications prior to the date and time set for elections along with the time, date, and location of the meeting at which the election of Officers will take place. 

OFFICES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICERS (from Constitution & Bylaws) 

President
i. Preside at all general membership and Leadership Board
meetings as defined in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Club.
ii. Enforce these bylaws.
iii. Formulate meeting themes and set agendas.
iv. Maintain a file of monthly financial reports (folder in Club’s
Google Account) as received from the Financial Officer.
v. Appoint individuals to complete the unexpired term of an officer
or director when vacancies occur.
vi. Appoint a person to oversee the maintenance, preparation and
operation of the Club Web Site. May also be done by the
President if she/he is so qualified to do so.
vii. Have the authority to sign, along with the Financial/Treasurer
Officer, all checks and contracts in the Club’s name
viii. Be responsible for carrying out the decisions of the membership.


Vice President
i. Preside over Club meetings as defined in the Bylaws of the
Constitution when the President is not available.
ii. Assist the President in formulating the needs of the Club,
including arranging meetings.
iii. Assist the President in event organization and any other duties.


Financial/Treasurer Officer
i. Maintain the Clubs financial records and account.
ii. Implement financial policy as prescribed in the bylaws of the
Constitution.
iii. 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.
iv. Provide the Club President and Vice President with a monthly
financial report on both the bank & PayPal accounts.
v. 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
vi. Make an annual financial report showing income statement and
balance sheet at the last meeting of his or her term.


Membership/Secretary Officer
i. Prepare minutes for the club officers.
ii. Accept new membership application and annual dues payments.
iii. Maintain a file of original applications and maintain all
membership database records.
iv. Activate and deactivate online members as needed.
v. Welcome all new members with a welcome packet, and advise
all fellow officers of new members
vi. Suggest and guide new members to website and/or Facebook
group in order to register and sign up for events
vii. Keep all membership related forms on website current
viii. At the last meeting of his or her term, shall relinquish the
membership records and associated membership forms to their
successor.


Social Media/Communication Officer
i. Inform the Club on the appropriate use of social media tools to
promote and manage social media activities for the club.
ii. Promote effective and productive community engagement
through all social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter &
Instagram, etc.
iii. Educate Facebook Admins on their duties in our effort attract
new members and keep current ones informed of Club and other
MINI related event.
iv. Maintain official NCM events on the FB page and Gmail calendar,
but with little detail followed by informing paid members the full
details via email.
v. Minimize miscommunication or mischievous communications,
including the monitoring of inappropriate content.
Over the next month, please think about how you can help your club.

Christine Toibin, 
President, NorCal MINIs







Tom Geiger - NorCal Member Since July 2007


Update after Tom's Memorial Service 
Hi Everyone,
A few of our members were able to attend Tom's memorial service.  The following is from the program:

The Geigers thank you for your countless prayers, words of encouragement, thoughtful cards, phone calls and gifts.
Thank you, dear church family, for yard work that was done to conquer the Geiger Jungle.
A very heartfelt thank you to each of our amazing caregivers and medical support angels!
Thank you to all the loving and thoughtful people who helped put this service and reception together -- you know who you are!
Thank you so much, Tracy Bryant, for putting together the slideshow and for helping me through this time and for standing by me for 22 years --through it all! You are my sister in Christ and in truth.
Dedee Geiger
Donations may be made to:

Sonoma County Pro-Life
PO Box 4035
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
http://sonomaprolife.org/ 

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
UCSF Foundation B-8002
PO Box 45339
San Francisco, CA 94145-0339
https://give.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/landing/ways-to-give


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.

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