Meeting minutes

April 16, 2019 meeting


Call to order – The April 16 SAMOA meeting was called to order at Pingrey’s Richfield on Roosevelt by club president Brian Slominski at 7:26pm on a cool, rainy and already getting dark night.  In spite of the dreary evening 19 members and one guest showed up to talk Mini around much heavy equipment left around the parking lot by workers who during the day have been testing the soil to determin just how toxic the said soil is under said parking lot.  A motion was made and approved for the March meeting minutes to be approved with no corrections to what was printed in the blog.  Brian then introduced Brian Colville, the previously mentioned guest who our Brian met on “Buy Nothing” when Colville was looking for the loan of a torque wrench for use on his motorcycle.  Our president then moved on to the recent facebook kerfuffle about no SAMOA activity in the south end of “The Seattle Area.”  This led into the old discussion of which comes first, attending a club event or organizing a club event, and who does the latter.

Vice President Report – Toby May says to remember to get a roster from him. He always has copies at meetings and events.

Secretary Report – Was able to get notice of Chris Kimball’s Burgers and Slot-Car Event up on the blog as soon as Chris notified the editor. Unfortunately that didn’t happen until two days before the event.  Editor has yet to hear about results.

Treasurer Report – From treasurer and birthday girl, Glenda Larson, the following:  Previous balance – $6,039.49 (3-31-19).  Income – membership dues $280.00, White Elephant Auction 125.00, total income $405.00.  Expenses – web hosting (Hurricane Electric) 9.95, SWEA (tables and chairs rental) $160.00, total expenses$169.95.  Ending balance – $6,274.45.  Note: SAMOA owed Don Dixon for the SWEA tables and chairs rental for which he requested eight years of SAMOA membership (@$20 ea.) in exchange which was processed.  Motion was made and passed to approve report.

Membership Report – Toby reported current membership at 98.

Newsletter Report – Reported in Secretary report.

Social Media Report – Chase Maben reports 280 followers on instagram.

Tool Library Report – Librarian, Mr. Dixon, conducted prize drawings (for misc. tools and etc.) throughout the meeting.

Events Report – Events Coordinator, David Koch, seems to still be in Japan so members stepped up with upcoming events.  George Thompson is once again coordinating the SAMOA part of the Greenwood Car Show on June 29.  Get an entry form from him, fill it out and give it back with a check made out to SAMOA. He will deliver all entries to the car show folks.  Details and link to event in Events Calendar. –  Merv Hanna encourages Minis to show up at SOVREN’s Spring Sprint vintage races coming up April 27, 28.  –  Don Dixon says the Mini and Micro Car Extravaganza is a great weekend event coming up June 14-16.  Details and link to event in Events Calendar.

Regalia Meister –  Rowly Stowe handed around a sample grille badge and asked members about interest in buying a SAMOA example for their Mini.  The informal vote was nearly unanimous.  Discussion ensued about which design to use, how much they’ll cost, etc.  – Brian asked about who still might have old original artwork for old, original SAMOA regalia.  We will be archiving any we can get our hands on. Also discussed were club jackets.

Old Business  –  Question about who attended the slot-car event with no first-hand info available.

New Business  –  The old SAMOA website and the relatively new SAMOA blog will soon become one  (perhaps this should be in “Old Business?” ) – The prez had on hand a number of SAMOA business cards, post cards and flyers, all for promotion and meant to be handed out at events, etc., and asked if any  original artwork exists.  Up-to-date examples need to be printed.

For Sale/Wanted –  Jerry Miller has tune-up kits for 45D distributored Minis.  –  Kelly Mascher has MkI and II parts of all sorts.  If you need it, he probably has it.  – Chris Miller has a complete set of twin-leading-shoe front brakes in good condition.

Tech Queries  –  Toby reflected on his recent leaky head gasket problems which were centered on the quality of the head gaskets or lack thereof.

Next Meeting  –  Pingrey’s maybe but given recent construction/destruction in the parking lot perhaps a fall-back site should be found.  Maybe Chucks’s?  Seward Park? Any ideas?  If a commercial establishment, please confirm with propriator.

Meeting Adjourned  at 9:17pm.  -Ed Sauer, secretary

–  Contact the club secretary with corrections to these minutes or bring them to the next SAMOA meeting.  Past meeting minutes are archived on the SAMOA website ( in the forum under SAMOA CLUB/SAMOANS   –



March 19, 2019 meeting

Call to order – Meeting called to order at Pingrey’s Richfield on Roosevelt by President Brian Slominski at 7:33pm after a longer than usual herding of the cats on this last day of winter where the temperature soared to a record 78 degrees.  In attendance, 26 members and four guests including Moose, the neighborhood cat, and a couple who live down the street and asked if they could join in the fun. A motion was made and approved for the January 2019 meeting minutes to be approved as printed in this blog.

Brian then introduced SAMOA’s 2019 club officers, elected at the previous (January) meeting who explained where they’re coming from and what they’d like to do for the club in the coming year.  President, Brian – Vice President, Toby May – Secretary, Ed Sauer – and Treasurer, Glenda Larson.  Each officer followed with a report of what they’d done in the past couple of months (since the February meeting had been cancelled).

Vice President – Toby stands ready in the VP position and continues with his Membership Chair duties.

Secretary Report –  Ed shared recent club correspondence.  Mini enthusiast Roger Carpenter who lives in the UK and works for Microsoft reached out to SAMOA and wanted to attend this meeting but work got in the way.  We’re hoping he can make it some other time.  Another notable contact came from a distressed Skagit County resident who texted that she and her family had just been accosted by “40 Minis travelling at a very high rate of speed down their quiet country road threatening to do harm to their children and animals and her husband was outside waving his arms and yelling explatives at them.”  Your Secretary assured her that those were MINIs, not Minis and that I would make an attempt to find out who those MINI (not Mini) owners were and let them know their behavior was not appreciated.  I also assured the texter that SAMOA members are NOT “assholes.”  It was later determined that the Mini club in question was PS MINIS.

Treasurer Report – Glenda Larson gave the monthly report with a beginning balance of $6,009.44, income of $40.00 (membership dues), expenses of $9.95 (for web hosting),  with an ending balance of $6,039.49. A motion was made and seconded and the report was approved.

Membership –  Toby donned his other cap and reported that club membership dipped to 92 then renewals brought the total back up to 97.

Newsletter/Blog – Otherwise known as “The SAMOAn – What’s going on?”  Efforts are ongoing, with David Koch’s help, to meld the old SAMOA website, and in particular the forum, with the blog.

Social Media – Chase Maben is on board and stirring up outside interest in SAMOA.

Tool Library – Don Dixon held A raffle with winners receiving ….tools!  He also found a home (Jeff Van Hurston) for a wayward tool, a vintage tire bead breaker from the tool library.

Events – David Koch explained his position as one of coordinator, not creator and a reminder of upcoming events.  Club members, who are all encouraged to host an event be it small or large, need to let David know what’s on their minds so he can see that there’s room on the calendar.

He then reminded us of the upcoming Tulip Rallye and the spring highlight, The Vancouver All British Field Meet.  Andrew Hou spoke on behalf of the MG Car Club who have been hosting the fun and scenic Tulip Rallye for many years.  The Skagit Valley is coming alive with…tulips(!) and it’s a great time for a tour around it. You will need a navigator to follow the instructions and assist in answering the questions.  Chris Miller stressed that the Vancouver ABFM is simply amazing and that there are no “day of show” entries so enter early! Consider overnight accommodations for a more laid-back event.  Ed Sauer mentioned the 60thAnniversary all-Mini race at Goodwood on April 6&7 (over 100 Minis entered, two 30-car heats on Saturday to determine a 30-car grid for Sunday’s race).  Live streaming of the event is available.  Refer to 2019 Calendar on this blog for links to these events.

Regalia – Rowly Stow mentioned how much help SAMOA members have been with his Mini since he joined the club and wanted to “pay it back” by getting involved as the Regalia Meister. Discussions are ongoing about “rally plaques,” new shirts, jackets, hats and etcetera.

Old Business – A spur-of-the-moment Mini tour happened on March 10.  Don posted a note just the day before on facebook, the blog and email and eight Minis made the run from Pingrey’s to Golden Gardens and then on to MOD Pizza in Ballard for lunch. A SAMOA event doesn’t HAVE to be planned upon for weeks or months in advance.  Want to go for a ride in your Mini?  Call some friends and invite them along.  Another good use for a club roster?  (Get yours at the next meeting – Toby).

New Business – Mark Hurston announced that NAPA stores will have their “gold” oil filters (Wix brand) at big discount from April 13th to the 27th.  Alan Smith is looking forward to SAMOA having the next White Elephant Auction at his Scale Racing Center across the street from Griot’s Garage in Tacoma. Glenda will Chair the event.

For Sale/Wanted – Jeff VanHurston needs a 13” Mini tire for use as a spare and a 13” wood steering wheel. Chris Wendt is looking for subframes. The infamous “CAR – SCREEN – OFF” lettering on the MkI Mini heater box is available in water-transfer decal form. Chris Miller mentions that former member Jim Dawson has for sale in the blog a list of some very nice early Mini parts.

Surprise auction – From the White Elephant Auction, 1.5 hours of alignment time at Prova Motorsports went to Andrew Hou.  Many thanks to Andrew and Prova Motorsports.

Next Meeting – The old same place, Pingrey’s on Roosevelt on April 16.  -Ed Sauer, secretary

–  Contact the club secretary with corrections to these minutes or bring them to the next SAMOA meeting.  Past meeting minutes are archived on the SAMOA website ( in the forum under SAMOA CLUB/SAMOANS   –


February 19, 2019 meeting

Meeting cancelled due to Snopocalypse but here’s the Treasurer’s report for February:

Beginning balance of $6,012.13, income $265.00 (White Elephant Auction $225.00, membership dues $40.00), expenses $267.69 (WEA $257.74, web hosting $9.95), ending balance of $6,009.44. At the March meeting, a motion was made and seconded and the report was approved.


This just in

The final tally for the 41st SAMOA White Elephant Auction is $2,339 (with 24 bidders. Thanks to all for this wonderful event.
– Glenda Larson, event chair

January 26, 2019 meeting

Call to Order  –  Meeting called to order by president Brian Slominski at 1:25pm after a couple of hours of heavy bidding at the 41st White Elephant Auction at Pingrey’s Richfield.  The minutes for the December, 2018 meeting were approved without correction as they appeared in this blog.

SAMOA INSPIRATION AWARD –  For everything he does for the club from social media updates, regalia, cooking hot dogs at meeting happy hours to always being cheerful and positive, Brian Slominski received the Dick and Carman Penna Memorial Trophy for 2018.

Secretary Report –  Improvements to the blog are taking place, or they’re about to, thanks to David Koch.  More to come.

Treasurer Report – Interim Treasurer, Glenda Larson, gave the monthly report with a beginning balance of $3,248.08, income (White Elephant Auction $2,114.00, membership dues $660.00, expenses of $9.95 (for web hosting) and an ending balance of $6,012.13 through January, 2019. A motion was made and seconded and the report was approved.

Membership  –  Toby May reports the club has 97 members and 15 renewals at this meeting alone! Attendance at 39 including five late arrivals, one of which was nearby neighbor Mike who immigrated from GB after working at the Longbridge factory on the Mini assembly line during the early days of the Mini.  22 Minis in Pingrey’s lot.

Tool Library  –  Tool guy, Don Dixon, says “Smart Alec”, the hydrolastic pump, is out being repaired and will be back in service shortly.

Events – David Koch has volunteered as Events chairman.

Regalia  –  Rowly Stow has volunteered as Regalia chairman.

History  –  Check elsewhere on this blog for a historical perspective of the White Elephant Auction.

Old Business  –  No report.

ELECTION OF CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2019 – Nominations were as follows:  For president, Brian Slominski – vice president, Toby May – secretary, Ed Sauer – treasurer, Glenda Larson.  Candidates for all four positions were uncontested and decided by an affirmative vote.

New business  –  Our landlord, Mr. Dixon, says the lease at Pingrey’s will likely last until next winter thanks to the slow-turning wheels of the SDCI bureaucracy.

Considering the 60thbirthday of The Mini is this year, it will be the featured marque at both the Vancouver and Portland ABFMs.  No word yet on the Western Washington version of said event.  Time to start planning now!

For Sale/Wanted –

  • Mark Hurston has nifty little ceramic Minis for sale.  Grow your own plants in a Mini.  These are NOT Chia Pets, much cooler.
  • Michael Palmer is looking for a Rowland Motors license plate frame.
  • Gordon Smith has an early 1955 (split windshield) Morris Minor Woody for $400.  Interior is nice.  The entire drivetrain, engine and gearbox is Toyota T2C.  Intriguing project.

Next Meeting  –  a motion was passed to skip the February meeting so the next meeting will be at Pingrey’s on the third Tuesday (per usual) of March at 7:30pm.  Happy hour at 6pm.

Meeting adjourned at 2pm, a great potluck lunch was served and the White Elephant Auction continued…………. –Ed Sauer, secretary

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