Meeting minutes

May 14, 2020

Still not possible for a May SAMOA members meeting so here are minutes from the May officer’s meeting instead.  There IS stuff going on in the club so do not despair, SAMOA members will meet in June and it’s going to be a Zoom meeting!  Stay tuned.

Your club officers, President Brian, Vice Prez Toby, Secretary Ed and Treasurer Glenda, met at noon via Zoom.  All in attendance were wearing pants and recently self-cut hairdos.  Toby took awhile to warm up having just put in another 10-hour shift of his new, improved 70-hour work week.  Argh.  It was approved unanimously that his notice be posted on the blog (see elsewhere) of eliminating club membership dues for the year 2020.  It made perfect sense that members not be charged for not being able to do anything the club isn’t planning to do this year anyway. Damn the pandemic!

Brian has been asked if it would be possible to attend one of these exciting officer’s meetings.  It was discussed and decided, let’s have a Zoom members meeting instead.  If it doesn’t turn into total chaos, or maybe because it does, we’ll make it the new way to meet.  At least until the pandemic fizzles.

Brian also posed a question:  If 70% of the Greenwood Car Show entry fees go to Food Lifeline and the car show has been canceled, why don’t we see that Food Lifeline gets roughly that amount of money from SAMOA anyway?  That morphed into talk about setting up a Go-Fund-Me type arrangement for club members (and anyone else for that matter) to donate to.  It would also be good to challenge other car clubs to see if they can keep up with SAMOA donations (fat chance).  Caution was expressed by Glenda about Go-Fund-Me operations not always being on the up and up.

On the upcoming events schedule, it looks like the Microcar/Minicar Extravaganza in Oregon has been cancelled though it hasn’t been confirmed.  The SOVREN NW Historics, the biggest vintage sports car race of the year over 4th of July weekend will be a non-spectator event.  No Mini parade laps I guess.

A more positive note, Greg Birch is still planning on June 28 having all Mini owners over to his place in Port Angeles for a picnic and tour and other fun Mini activities (engine tuning, hi/lo adjustments, etc).  10-foot Mini social distancing will of course be in effect.  Mini face masks encouraged.  Steve and Kim Gay are still expecting the usual big turnout of the little cars at their place near Cottage Lake for the July 25 Summer Picnic and Membership meeting.  The same social distancing and face mask rules as previously mentioned.  Details on both these events will be coming in the calendar and elsewhere.

– Ed Sauer, secretary, 5/15/2020



April 16, 2020

No minutes for April due to no membership meeting because of you know what.  Your hard-working club officers did meet for their monthly officer’s meeting and actually spoke to each other.  Here’s what they talked about.

This Zoom meeting was necessary due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The April members meeting was cancelled but officers met to discuss where the club is going in response to the circumstances. The following are items discussed by Pres Brian, VP Toby, Sec Ed, Treas Glenda.

UPCOMING MEETING – We need to have another members meeting asap. How to hold meeting with social distancing still in place? Do it outdoors and everyone brings a chair. Seward Park was decided upon as a place. Brian will make arrangements. Hoping for 3rd Tuesday in May. Still very much up in the air so check back.

NEW BUSINESS –  Suggested by Jerry Miller on the forum that the club donate money to Oregon Mini Society to help finance MINI MEET WEST 2020. Expenditures like this need to be brought before the club membership for discussion, a motion and a vote. That will be done at the soonest convenience. Hopefully at the May meeting.

MEMBERSHIP STIMULUS – Not fair that club members pay dues for 2020 and then, because of the coronavirus pandemic, have no meetings or events to attend. One year membership credit will be given all current members.

MINI MEET WEST 2020 – Victoria event cancelled, Oregon Mini Society has scheduled a MMW2020 as part of the already scheduled Portland All British Field Meet. 

MINI MEET WEST 2021 The Victoria/Vancouver Mini Clubs have already launched a new website for MMW2021 in Victoria.

-Ed Sauer, secretary


March 18, 2020

Just sat down at the computer to record the minutes from notes never taken at a meeting never held.  It was to be the March SAMOA membership meeting but a virus was lurking so the meeting was cancelled.  Social distancing is here to stay…..  For awhile anyway.

Call to order – Had the meeting happened, our president, Brian Slominski, first would have fired up the grill for at least hotdogs and, given how beautiful the evening was, possibly hamburgers for those fortunate enough to get to Pingrey’s on 89th and Roosevelt for Mini happy hour.

Secretary – Word from Mike Smith in Victoria regarding Mini Meet West the end of June.  “pretty quiet here on that front.. but I suspect that things will get more cases, and then go back to normal. The end of June is a long time away.  I understand your caution. Hope we will see you then.”

Tresurer – Back from her trip back east, Glenda Larson sent a March treasurer’s report which can be found in TREASURY in the menu.

Membership – Not much new but Toby May reports 86 current members.  Contact Toby if you want a printed membership roster.  No, it’s not available online (we don’t want the meanies gettin’ ahold of our privates).

Events – Speaking of events….who knows?  Perhaps things will return to “normal” and maybe they won’t (experts say it won’t for a long while).  It’s that social distancing thing again.  We will deal with that as it comes and the events calendar will be kept up to date as much as possible.  Event suggestion:  Pack a lunch, hop in your Mini and drive up your favorite road(s) to a favorite place and have picnic.  Maybe tell a couple of your friends to do the same thing and come along.  Park your Minis at least six feet apart and be sure to maintain that spacing.

Tech discussion – Research found that the threaded holes in the SAMOA grille badge are standard 8-32.  The threaded rods included for mounting the badge are small in diameter and therefore loose in application and probably shouldn’t be used.  A couple of long 8-32 screws thread quite nicely into these holes.  The heads of these screws can be cut off if you want threaded rods. Use nylon lock nuts, good washers and/or loctite so you don’t run over the grille badge when it falls off the grille.

Next meeting – Will we meet again April 21 at Pingrey’s?  Who knows?  Is we do, it will be for the last time as the giant wrecking ball has a date at our humble meeting hall shortly thereafter.

DIY picnic report, questions, comments – email me or call me if you don’t know my email address.

-Ed Sauer, secretary 3/18/20


February 18, 2020

 Call to order – The SAMOA members meeting was called to order at Pingrey’s on 89th and Roosevelt at 7:30pm with club president, Brian Slominski officiating.  An impressive number of members (27) were in attendance, no guests.  Minutes were approved from the January meeting, such as it was, at the White Elephant Auction at ScaleRacing Center in Tacoma.

A note or two about club meetings.  After an exceptionally wet 2019/2020 winter, the February meeting was the fourth in a row held on a dry day!  Someone likes us.  Pingrey’s proprietor, Don Dixon, officially announced that this historic structure soon will surrender to the wrecking ball.  Its doors will close for the last time the end of April, 2020.  The April SAMOA meeting will be the last at what has become the best SAMOA meeting place ever, Pingrey’s.

Secretary – Anything new, received in the past month and of any import, has been placed on the blog so take a look in all the various nooks and crannies.

Treasurer – Our esteemed treasurer, Glenda Larson, is on a month-long vacation to visit relatives back east so our secretary, Ed Sauer, tried to read the treasurer’s report.  Glenda’s job is safe.  A motion was passed to approve this report.  See the TREASURY section in this blog for the complete report.

Membership – Vice president and membership maven, Toby May, reported a current membership of 86, up slightly after the usual flurry of renewals at the SWEA in January.  Get your copy of the current membership roster from Toby.  It is available only in printed form.  For member’s privacy, it is not available online.

Website – Still “down” but as Brian explains the forum is in fine working order and  accessible only by going to it through the blog.  Just click on FORUM on the blog’s  homepage menu.

 Tool Library –  The factory upper-suspension arm bearing removal tool is in use by Garret Ulmer according to librarian, Don and Garret.

Regalia – The new grille badges are selling like hotcakes so if you want one contact Rowly Stow and send money.  New hats only $20 and shirts are a bargain at $10.  Discussion continued about standard vs metric fastener conflict for the grille badges.  Once you get the threads to match remember to use Loctite!

Social Media – SAMOA has 400 followers on instagram (and 27 members at the meeting?) so says Chase Maben, social media guy.  We’re guessing it was more fun attending the meeting than it was just following.

Old Business –  Mark “MiniNut” Hurston passed around a sign-up sheet for the upcoming Dyno Day on April 11. If you want to participate in this exciting event (and you know you do) you need to pre-register by contacting Mark.  White Elephant Auction wrap-up.  Money made by the club at the WEA was mentioned (see treasurers report).

New Business – It’s that time of year when everyone is thinking of upcoming events.  Andrew Hou is organizing a tour to Burlington for the April 25 Tulip Rallye.  Starting at his house with fresh, home-made pastries.   Mark mentioned the TWO Canadian events this year, Vancouver ABFM May 16 and Mini Meet West in Victoria June29-July2.

For sale/Wanted – Kelley Mascher still has a MkII hydrolastic Mini for sale.  1275 powered.

Tech Discussion – Hos Row asked for member feedback on the use of waterless coolant in a Mini.  Other coolant options also were discussed.  James Thompson has available a new, superior, high-performance racing oil.  Better and longer-lasting than Kendall.

Next Meeting – Pingrey’s, 3rd Tuesday per usual for March and April.

– Ed Sauer, secretary  2/19/20


January 25, 2020

The January membership meeting was held in conjunction with the 2020 White Elephant Auction. Here is the agenda from that event.

January 25 at Scale Racing Center in Tacoma.  A full day of Mini fun!  9am, Donuts and coffee – thank you to Peter Larsen and Gordon Smith (The Peter and Gordon).  Set up – thank you to Alan Smith and SAMOA members.  10am,  SAMOA members competed in team racing on one of the big tracks.  It was great fun and excitement for racers and spectators alike!  11am,  White Elephant Auction part 1 – Thank you to our audacious auctioneer George Thompson.  12 noon,  Potluck lunch break – thank you to SAMOA members for the mouth-watering smorgasbord.  And a huge thank you to Glenda Larson for organizing the whole dang day.

1pm,  SAMOA Membership Meeting.

Brian Slominski presents Glenda Larson with the 2019 Penna Inspirational Award.

Nominations open for club officer positions for 2020.  No nominations were named so the election consisted of the same officers as 2019, pres Brian Slominski, vp Toby May, sec Ed Sauer, treas Glenda Larson).  Presentation of 2019 SAMOA Inspirational Award went to Glenda Larson the spark she provided throughout the year. SAMOA membership maven, Toby May, reported that membership as of Jan 25, 2020 (including renewals at this event) was 80 plus six lifetime members. 

2pm,  White Elephant Auction part 2 – The silent auction ended (by far the largest number of silent auction items) and remaining white elephant items were auctioned by George.  Auction funds were collected and recorded by Lara Williamson and Glenda Larson.  Final tally of funds can be found in the January, 2020 treasurer’s report.

-Ed Sauer, secretary  1/26/2020




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from Jeorge McGladrey  (as Jeorge Patience, she was SAMOA’s first club secretary from 1967 to 1972.  Soon after, she married and moved to Canada where she has lived ever since.  Thankfully, she has kept in touch.)


December 17, 2019

It was the SAMOA HOLIDAY PARTY!  No, it was the December members meeting!  STOP, you’re both right so you will find this listed both in RECENT EVENTS and MEETING MINUTES.

Looks like The Italian Job on the big screen as Brian tries to hold the monthly meeting. – Chase Maben photos

Call to order – The meeting was called to order at approx. 7:44pm, right in the middle of the annual holiday party at the Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub in Lake City, by club prez, Brian Slominski.  34 members and 4 guests were in attendance.   This was a very appreviated meeting, very abbreviated, so the November meeting minutes will need to be approved at the January meeting.

Santa now carries a whip for all those not-so good little girls and boys.

Santa in his cabriolet pulled by Rudolf were featured guests. With 38 Miniacs in attendance the food prepared for us by Elliott Bay worked out to about $15 per person for food and there was A LOT.  Not great but pretty good.  Everything from seizure salad to pulled pork shanks (yummy though not enough), pulled pork sandwiches (many) to mystery meatballs (too many), corndogs and many more choices.  Best of all, we didn’t have to prepare or bring the food or cleanup.  The traditional Rendezvous and Italian Job were shown on the big screen while on a second big screen non-stop Mini photos from all over the world were displayed.

Nominations for 2020 club officers were opened and the very vocal crowd became very silent.

Next meeting – As is tradition, it will be held in conjunction with the annual White Elephant Auction on January 25 which is on the weekend before the Super Bowl. The election of club officers for 2020 will take place at this meeting.

Speaking of the White Elephant Auction, it’s kinda like what the Daytona 500 is to NASCAR where the first event of the year is the biggest event of the year.  So don’t miss it, there should soon be details in the blog in not by now, just remember to keep Jan 25 open for all the fun

Old business – There was no old business so the new business of unfinished partying took over and  the meeting segment of the evening was adjourned at 7:46.

– secretary, Ed Sauer 12-17-19


Treasurer’s Report for Month Ending December 31, 2019

Previous Balance (11/30/2019):                                                               $2,554.06

Income:                                                                                                                     -0-


Web Hosting                                                            $       9.95

Club Christmas Party                                                  603.15

Total Expenses                                                                                 –   613.10

Ending Balance                                                                                           $1,940.96

Important Outstanding Finances: NONE

 – treasurer, Glenda Larson  12-20-19 


November 19, 2019

Call to order – The meeting was called to order at Pingrey’s on Nov. 19, 2019 by club prez Brian.  The heater was even working.  20 members were on hand along with one guest.  The October meeting minutes were approved as printed in the blog.

Secretary – This first day of dry weather after quite a rainy stretch was ironic in that, for as long as records have been kept, November 19, averages out to be the wettest day of the year.

Treasurer – For the month ending Nov. 30, 2019, Glenda gave the following report:  previous balance (10/31/19) $4,351.89; income (membership 80.00, regalia 200.00) total 280.00; expenses (web hosting/month 9.95, meeting food 43.99, regalia 2,023.89) total 2,077.83; outstanding finances NONE; ending balance $2,554.06.  A motion was passed to approve this report.

Membership – Toby reported current membership of 79 which is down considerably from the norm of around 100.  Discussed was how to gently remind members to renew their dues.

Website – Brian’s efforts paid off and the Forum (in the old website) is back up and chugging right along.  Check it out!

Tool Library – Our tool librarian, Don, is at your service should you need to borrow.

Events – Big ones coming up!  Holiday Party returns to Elliott Bay Brewing in Lake City on Dec 17 with Brian organizing and the 2020 White Elephant Auction returns to Alan Smith’s 132 Scale Racing Center in South Tacoma on Jan 25 with Glenda at the helm.  The 2020 SAMOA events calendar is coming together and will be out shortly.

Regalia – Hats available, misc shirts available in misc sizes (and on sale for only $10ea) and the club grille badges that everyone is waiting for should be here in the next few days.  Contact Rowly.

Social Media – 370 (!)  SAMOA Facebook followers and 60 new followers on Instagram.  Chase isn’t sure where all the Instagrammers came from.  It is wondered, how can we get some of these followers to become actual members?

Old Business –  An old topic that used to be off in the distance and now is right around the corner.  In this case, “the elephant in the room”…… the “room” or rather, Pingrey’s, the building where SAMOA has been meeting for oh these many months.  Word from the owner of said building is that it no longer will exist at some point this spring as construction begins on another apartment building.   We need to find a new monthly meeting place.  It needs to be somewhere in the “Seattle Area,” fairly quiet, big enough to seat up to 30 people and ideally have on-site parking for those who drive their Minis to our monthly meetings.  In the past, we’ve met in a “back room” of a pizza parlor, a bank conference room, church and library meeting rooms, community centers, garages, a warehouse and of course, club-members houses.  We may have met at a “retirement home” at one time but I can’t remember now for sure.   So please put on your thinking cap and speak up if you have or know of a place.

New Business – Negotiations with Elliott Bay for the upcoming holiday party on Dec 17 are being handled by Brian including expenses for the bigger banquet room since we over-filled the smaller one last year.  Food will be paid for by the club but beer and wine will have to be paid for by members.  Event will be for members only.  Guests will need to become members.

The White Elephant Auction is being planned and will be held on Jan 25 at the 132 Slot Car Raceway, across the street from Griot’s in Tacoma.  Glenda is in contact with Alan Smith, owner of the raceway.  The last time this event was held at this location it was a huge success with lots of slot-car fun and white elephant auction action.

Big News!  Chris Miller reports that Blockley Tyres in the UK are now producing both 145/80-10 and 165/70-10 tires.  Check out their website –

For sale/wanted – Kelley announced he still has a nice 1275cc late-model Mini with Cooper S brakes for sale.

Next meeting – A very short meeting will take place on Dec 17 at the holiday banquet/party at Elliott Bay Brewing on Lake City Way in…..Lake City.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm.

– secretary, Ed Sauer 11-19-19


October 15, 2019

Call to order  –  It was an unusual and somber way for our president, Brian, to bring the meeting to order as he delivered a heartwarming remembrance of SAMOA member Terry Parkhurst who passed away September 22.  Twenty one club members were on hand for this October meeting, called to order at 7:30pm at Pingrey’s on Roosevelt.  The September meeting minutes were approved as printed in the blog.

Treasurer  –  For the month ending October 31, 2019, our treasurer Glenda had the following figures:  previous balance (9/30/19) $4,234.54, total income (membership) 180.00, expenses (web hosting/month $9.95, blog/year $52.70) $62.65, outstanding finances NONE, ending balance $4351.89.  A motion was passed to approve this report.

Secretary  –  Club secretary, Ed, was contacted by Will Lewis of St. Andrew’s Church regarding Terry Parkhurst’s passing and the service that will be held on October 19.  The church would like to have a Mini parked on the lawn by the front door of the church for the service on Oct 19.  Contact Ed if you can do this.  –  We also were contacted about the advance screening of FORD V FERRARI.  All SAMOA members are invited.  It’s free, it’s on Nov 6, it’s at the Regal Thornton Place theater and if you want to go you need to contact Ed before Oct 28.

Membership  –  Current number of members is 79 and…it’s shrinking……  Membership honcho, Toby, has been struggling with getting members to re-up when their memberships lapse.  The problem was discussed with several suggestions.

Website  –  The FORUM is down (again).  Brian reported it should be back up in a week. (It was up in a couple of days).  –  Still trying to contact Rodger Los regarding the melding together of the old site and the new blog.

Tool Library  –  The most-popular cone compressor has been returned.  Librarian, Don, suggests that if you are a club member, need to borrow a tool and can’t find your way to Don’s house or a meeting to borrow it, he will ship it to you if you pay the fee for said shipping.

Events  –  The holiday party/meeting is in the planning stages and most likely will be on Dec 17 at the Elliott Bay Brewery in Lake City.  Brian is organizing.  –  The 2020 white elephant auction/meeting is in the planning stages and most likely will return to SAMOA member Alan Smith’s 132 Scale Racing Center in South Tacoma on Jan 25.  Glenda is once more organizing the event.

Regalia  –  A new shipment of SAMOA baseball hats has arrived.  Regalia meister Rowly Stow says grill badges are on the way.  Also in the works is a reorder of club jackets.

Old business  –  Andrew Hou reported that he and Rowly really enjoyed the autocross organized by PSMINIs at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe.  The speedway regularly holds autocross events so that all entrants have to do is drive their cars and don’t have to work corners.  And Andrew says they got to make a dozen runs!  Next year!

New business  –  George Thompson mentions that it looks like the fellow that bought Chuck’s Heinz Hornet may also want to buy his MkIII Riley Elf.   If so, there may be a need for a driver to haul the trailered Elf back to Tennessee.  Anyone for a nice fall tour?   –  A multi-day tour around the circumference of Washington state is being talked about.  Done a couple of times back in the 70s as a speed event (the goal then was to do it in 24 hours), the idea now is for a more relaxed approach with pre-arranged overnight stops along the way.  Last stop maybe at Goldendale SOVREN hillclimb event. Long-distance-Mini-drivers Jerry Miller and Dan Berglund are the culprits planning the event.

For sale/wanted  –  Chuck’s Liverpool cop car is still available as is the MkIII Riley Elf.  The rest of the batch of Minis he was selling have been sold.  –  Kelley has some very nice NOS Lucas driving lights, one pair bumper mount, one pair body/grille mount.  –   Brian has a bunch of late-model Mini parts for sale.  –  Mark Hurston has for sale a 998cc A+ Mini engine/gearbox complete.  Also a new late-model windshield gasket.

Tech discussion  –  Peter Larsen brought his subframe for a Mini seat.  Looks like it’s been modified to fit a Honda seat of some sort.  –  George Barrett explained, and others chimed in with the various 123 distributor versions that exist – USB vs Bluetooth vs old codger points type dist.  –  Jerry heard about a great way to store cork valve-cover gaskets.  Set a stock steel valve cover on the bench and slide the gasket(s) over the top of it.  The valve cover will keep them from shrinking and/or warping.  –  James summarized the work he’s completed on the intake system of Chase Maben’s pickup.  An amazing number of things done wrong by someone previous to Chase.  –  More discussion on Cooper S caliper clearance on various alloy and stock wheels.

Next Meeting  –  The old same place, Pingrey’s on Roosevelt and 89th in Maple Leaf neighborhood a little south-east of Northgate.

Meeting adjourned later than usual, 8:45 or so.

–secretary, Ed Sauer 10-15-19


September 17, 2019

Call to order – Fall came early with rain and cool temperatures but a happy bunch of Miniacs showed up for the meeting at (the former site of ) Pingrey’s Richfield on Roosevelt Way and NW 89th.  The meeting was called to order at 7:35pm by our fearless leader, Brian Slominski with 22 members and one guest in attendance.  The August meeting minutes were approved as printed in the blog.

Treasurer – The following facts and figures for the month ending 9-30-19 were presented by treasurer Glenda:  Previous balance (8-31-19) $4,538.82, income $0.00, expenses (web hosting $9.95, Bash on Vashon lunch $187.34 (Peter Larsen), membership meeting food $106.99 (Brian Slominski), total expenses of $304.28, ending balance $4234.54.  Outstanding finances, none.

Secretary – No correspondence in or out.

Membership – Toby May, membership maven, reported the current membership is 83 plus 6 lifetime members.  James Thompson asked if multiple yearly memberships could be paid in advance. The answer is yes and Glenda reminded all that memberships are not refundable.

Website – Attempts to get together with our website developer, Rodger Los, were not successful but will happen now that everyone’s busy summer schedules are over.

Tool library – Don Dixon notes the cone compressor has been checked out and was mailed to A-Series Northwest (James Thompson) in Graham.  Don notes that he has no problem mailing tools to members so long as the member pays for shipping.

Events – Biggest event of the month and possibly the year was the Portland ABFM.  Right around 140 classic Minis from all over the West Coast and beyond and most impressive was the 32 SAMOA members (including 2 competing with their race Minis) and 5 former members (including 1 competing with his race Mini) who made the trip in the fairly horrid weather.  Numerous members had positive tales to tell from the ABFM.

Also recalled was a 60thMini Birthday celebration at the Bothell Burgermaster. Turnout was small but fun non-the-less. Since it took place on Aug 26th, the proper birthday of the Mini, it was still summer with warm weather.

Regalia  –  The grille badges are on order and should be here soon.  Rowly asked if members would like a new batch of hats and the vast majority who were interested had many ideas of what colors to get.  More to come.

New business  –  Bite of Broadview car show on Sept 28, 9am-1pm. Register in advance or day of show. No charge.  Limited space so advance might be best:

Part of a great little neighborhood festival held every year at Christ the King on N 117thand Dayton Ave N, just north of Greenwood in Seattle.  Carnival, Kid Zone, Food Court, Beer garden, Live music. Festival goes til 10pm.

PSMinis has invited SAMOA to their big autocross on Sept 29 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe.  Several classic Minis are already entered.  Go to facebook for details:

For sale/wanted –  Kelley Mascher mentioned that Chuck Heleker still has a number of Minis for sale though a few have been sold such as a MkI Riley Elf and a MkII Riley Elf. Of the others still for sale (see ad elsewhere on this blog), offers have been made on some of them though not yet finalized.

Kelley also has a nice MkII Mini for sale.  1275cc, Cooper S brakes, very stock looking.  Kelley also has lots of Mini parts available.

Tech discussion –  Karobes are going to be produced by A-Series Northwest,  says James Thompson of his new business.

Chris Miller shed light on the latest race-engine development for Minis which removes the offset of the main connecting rod bearing on the 1275 engine.  Much smoother, more bhp and very, very expensive.

Never heard of Smootha-Ride suspension but lots of others had.  Discussion ensued.

Don Dixon passed around a damaged output shaft hoping to learn how damaged it is and how the damaged occurred.

Next Meeting  –  As usual, the third Tuesday of the month, October 15, at Pingrey’s on Roosevelt and 89thin Maple Leaf.

secretary, Ed Sauer                                                                                        9-18-19

August 20, 2019

Call to order  –  It was a bit late, 7:45pm, but close enough given the hot summer evening, the hot dogs on the bbq (expertly cooked by George T.) and plenty of chit chat around the 15 Minis in attendance at Pingrey’s on Roosevelt that, after an entertaining photo presentation produced by our northernmost member, Greg Birch, the August SAMOA meeting was called to order.

Titled THE MINI JOURNEY, Greg shared his life around Minis.  It started with a victory lap in a race Mini while still a child.   These days he’s been focused on racing with the Silversleeves Racing Team (Aaron Anderson and Gregg Temkin also are members) competing in the LeMons race series with Minis, 1100s and even an 1800.  Now he’s looking ahead for the Portland Mini 60 races to be his first vintage race experience in his own Mini.  A great Mini story, full of inspiration for Minis enthusiasts young and old.  And what a treat for those in attendance on this cozy summer evening.

The attendance sheet was passed around and last month’s meeting minutes were approved without correction as printed in this blog.

Treasurer  –  This month’s report had to be mailed in since Glenda was overwhelmed with eye surgery and a home remodel that had her unable to get out the door.  So, with hugs, here is the report for the month ending 8-31-19: previous balance (7-31-19) $4,724.82, income $0.00, expenses (web hosting $9.95, Picnic on The Green meeting bbq $176.05), ending balance $4,538.82.  Outstanding finances, none.  A motion was passed to approve this report.

Secretary  –  There was the treasurers report from Glenda but other than that no correspondence in or out per secretary, Ed.

Membership  –  New member in July, Richie Singh, and new August members Tim Pearce and John and Judy Bennett were in attendance along with 29 members and three guests, one of which was Gigi, a neighbor of Pingrey’s who was passing by looking for Bruno and stayed for the BBQ. The two other guests were Lucas and Owen, Tim’s sons.  Moose, the cat, didn’t attend but stopped by after the meeting adjourned and mingled with the crowd.

Newsletter/blog –  Is anyone using the link in the blog to the FORUM which recently returned to our trusty old website?  It’s easy to get there if you go to the menu at the top of the blog homepage and click on FORUM. Then click on the url for the forum. Eventually, this extra step will be gone and the forum will be just one click away.

Website  –  The redesign is making progress (resurrection of forum for example) even though it isn’t all as visible as that.

Social Media  –  According to Chase we have 40 new Instagram followers.

Tool Library  –  Dave Stewart has been having fun with the color-tune that he checked out from the library.

Regalia  –  A rousing round of applause was given to Regalia Meister Rowly for the bang-up job he and wife Sue did at the WWABFM.  $206 in donations was gathered of which $103 was donated to Food Lifeline.  The size of the new SAMOA grille badges was agreed upon and they soon will be ordered.

Events  –  David Koch is stepping down as Events Coordinator. Ed is assuming the position.  A total house remodel plus other outside activities plus a full-time job didn’t leave enough time in the day for David to drive his Mini much less stay on top of club events.  Ed is eager to get together with members who organize club events and try to get the 2020 schedule better…….uh……coordinated.

Mini attendance at the July WWABFM was a big success with 32 Minis and even more club members.  And it was exciting to see that a greater than usual number of these Minis were unfamiliar and several new members were taking part.

Attendance was down at both the Bash on Vashon on Aug 10 and Dyno Day on Aug 17.  Two great events that should have had lots of entries.  Maybe August isn’t a great month for Mini events?

The actual birthday of the Mini is Aug 26 and to celebrate there will be a gathering of Minis (of course) at the Bothell Burger Master at around 6-7pm.  Mark is organizing so give him a call (206-501-5011).  The drive-in is on the Bothell-Everett Hwy out towards Mill Creek.

Many upcoming car shows you should go to:  George T. says the Wedgwood Car Show is on Sunday, Aug 25 at the Wedgwood Broiler on 35thNE.  9am-3pm.

George B. reminds us of the Portland ABFM on the Sept 8 weekend.

Chase says that British Day is Sept 14 at Redmond Town Center.

Brian says we’re invited by PS Minis to their autocross at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe on Sept 29 from 9am to 6pm.   The password to get on this website is psmini. 

New/old business  –  Refer to just mentioned events.

For sale/wanted  –  Jeff VH needs wheel spacers for Mary Quant.  425-503-7952.  Kelley M has for sale Hardy Spicer drive shafts, S rods, 1275 engine parts, 2 engine/gbox units.  206-789-8935.  Mark H has a nice family car for sale (a Volvo).  425-741-2266.

Next meeting  –  Same ol’ place, Pingrey’s on 89th and Roosevelt in Maple Leaf.

-secretary, Ed Sauer                                          8-22-19

July 27, 2019 meeting

Call to order –  The meeting was called to order by President Brian Slominski at 11:15am in Steve and Kim Gay’s backyard out by Cottage Lake east of Woodinville. This was the 15th annual Picnic on The Green and SAMOA Membership Meeting.  After a long dry spell there had been overnight patches of rain all over the Puget Sound area but it was dry at the Gay estate and t-shirt comfortable.  25 members (one new – Richard Singh) and 18 Minis attended.


Vice President Report – Toby May slipped into his Membership Chairman outfit and announced a total of 86 members plus 6 lifetime members.

Secretary – Nothing new secretarially was reported by Ed Sauer.

Treasurer – All’s well with the treasury for the month ending July 31, 2019. Glenda Larson detailed a beginning balance of $3,373.77, income (memberships, $160; regalia donations, $340; more White Elephant, $336; Greenwood Car Show entries. $525. Total $1361), expenses of $9.95 (web hosting by Hurricane Electric) and an ending balance of $4,724.82.


Newsletter/Blog – Ed thanked the following for their stories, photos and editing in the most recent rendition of The SAMOAn – What’s going on? (many hands make more readable work):  Mark Hurston, Karen and Gyda May, Jerry Miller, Chuck Heleker, Steve Gay, Peter Larsen, Ted Atkins and Chase Maben.

Website – Brian again declared that the old and much missed “Forum” is back up and running.  Remember that you now need to first click anywhere on the page before you can logon and make an entry or reply.  The conversion continues with the help of Rodger Los, website designer extraordinaire.  If you like, you can go straight to the forum from the menu on the blog.

Tool Library – Librarian, Don Dixon, reports the Color-tune is checked out, and in the same breath asks, do these things even work? (Larry May says yes, they do).  The engine hoist is checked out as is the cyl. pressure tester.


Events – Lots of events discussed.  See “Old/New Business” in these minutes.


Regalia – Rowly Stow wasn’t in attendance (perhaps still recovering from he and his wife, Sue’s stellar efforts) at the Western Wash. ABFM.  No word yet on donation dollars from that event.

Old Business – WWABFM discussed including Regalia and large Mini turnout (32).  Chris Miller states that classic Mini classes should be better described (what’s in which class). Maybe more classes too.  Jerry Miller mentioned that the turnout was down (both racers and spectators) at the SOVREN 4th of July Vintage Races but the SAMOA spectators did get to do five “parade” laps during the lunch break (and Jerry saw 80mph on his speedo).

New Business/Announcements – The annual Bash on Vashon tour is approaching and Peter Larsen, as event chairman, made a motion for the club to advance $250 for coffee, donuts (before) and pizza (at The Rock after the tour).  The motion was passed.   –More event details elsewhere in this blog.  Brian made a motion for the club to advance $100 for food for the August SAMOA Car Show and BBQ at Pingrey’s (see below).  Motion was passed.  Chris asked if the Lopi Stove Factory in Mukilteo is going to do the employee appreciation car show/festival ever again and are they going to invite SAMOA again?  It was a truly amazing festival.  Brian says he’ll call them.  Mark says there’s going to be a vintage race “Remembering Westwood” on Aug 10&11 at Mission Raceway in BC.  Brian asks if it’s too early to start planning for Mini Meet West 2020 in Victoria?  Not at all, start planning now!   Upcoming smaller car shows – Wedgwood Broiler Car Show in Wedgwood, the first-ever Seafair Car Show, Bite of Broadview Car Show in Broadview.

Tech Discussion – Mr. Miller asked if he should install valve guide seals on all eight valves of just the four intakes.  Some experts say 8, others say 4.  Viton seals are the best ones to use available from Todd Miller, the Austin America guy (Autosport might have these as well).

Next Meeting – It’s the sixth annual Maple Leaf Mini Car Show and BBQ.  Bring your Mini and your appetite to 89th and Roosevelt for an evening of hot fun in the summer time at Pingrey’s on August 20.


Meeting Adjourned – At around noon.  Let’s eat!  –Ed Sauer, Secretary


June 18, 2019 meeting

Call to order –  The meeting was called to order by President Brian Slominski at exactly 7:30pm at The Growler Guys who in spite of their name were quite pleasant. After many dry days the rain threatened but was mostly just talk.  Twenty one members and one guest milled around 11 Minis crowded into five or six parking spots, then sat at the long, sheltered table for pizza and liquid refreshment prior to the meeting.  Dozens of rowdy customers made a challenge of actually holding a meeting (fond memories of a peaceful Pingrey’s).  Minutes from the previous months Seward Park Mini Meet and SAMOA Meeting were approved as written in the blog with no additions or corrections and many thumbs up were given for the event at Michael Palmer’s house.

Vice President Report – No report given as our illustrious VP, Toby May, had recently departed for Colorado and a meeting of east and west Minis.

Secretary – The usual non-report was given as our Secretary, Ed Sauer, was kept busy taking minutes of the moment.

Treasurer – Our Treasurer, Glenda Larson, gave her monthly report for month ending June 30, 2019.  She figures these figures to be correct:  (date submitted, 6/18)  Previous balance (5/21/2019) $5,973.02.  Income $16.00  Expenses $1,653.30 (web hosting, insurance and regalia reimbursement to Don Dixon).  Ending balance $4,336.72.  Report approved by vote.

Membership – Toby, aka Membership Guy, handed off the membership report to Brian who reported 91 members.  Glenda, George Barrett and Steve Gay were so moved that they renewed their memberships on the spot  ($$$ being held by Secretary for Toby’s return).

Website – Brian assured us that progress is being made along the “new website” front.  More details to follow under “new business.”

Events – Many members reported on recent car shows – Don Dixon on the Micro-car show in Forest Grove, Oregon, Chase Maben on the yearly show his church holds and Glenda reported on her favorite show of all, the upcoming Tahuya Days Car Show in Belfair on July 6. –  On this deadline day for entries to the Greenwood Car Show, George Thompson pleaded for more. –  Upcoming events reminders were given by Ed:  MMEMW at Snowmass, Colorado; Idaho British Car Tour; Greenwood Car Show; Vintage Races at Pacific Raceways; WWABFM.  –  A special reminder to arrange for lodging now if you are going to the Portland ABFM in Sept.  It’s a giant event, made even better this year since THE Paddy Hopkirk will be there celebrating the Mini’s 60th b’day and Minis-only races will be held on the PIR track.  An event not to miss.  –  As usual, details and links for all of the above are in this blog.

Social Media – Chase reports that we are at 189 followers on our Instagram account.  That’s up 25 from last month.

Regalia – Regalia Meister, Rowly Stow, resumed discussion on club grille badges which continues in new business – see below.  Also discussed was what to do with the stock of new-old-stock club shirts.  Rowly made a motion to offer them to the public at the Greenwood Car Show in exchange for minimal donations made to the club.  The motion was passed.

New Business – The club grille badge discussion continued. Members made an oral commitment to purchase badges (almost ALL of those in attendance)  which resulted in a suggestion that the club make a bulk (minimum) purchase with members then donating money to the club for each badge.  –  George Thompson gave a glowing review of a British TV series, “For the Love of Cars” in which the Mini is featured in show #4.  It is available on youtube  –  A motion was passed for the club to earmark $1,000 for development of a new website.  Brian is currently on the trail of a web developer for the new site.  He also remains in contact with Hurricane Electric to be sure the “forum” from our old site, though not visible on that site, still exists.

Tech Discussion – Pot joints were recently rebuilt, for the first time, by George Barrett.  He shared many details of the experience.  For one, he devised an easy and cheap way to clean small parts by using an unused gallon paint can and a kitchen wire basket for holding utensils.  Put parts in the basket, put solvent in the can and put the basket in the can.  Seal can with lid and shake.  Remember, it is imperative to keep all pieces marked so they can be reassembled in the order they were removed.

Next Meeting – Steve Gay invited one and all to the “Minis on The Green Picnic” and SAMOA membership meeting on July 27 at Steve and Kim’s house just east of Woodinville.  A truly beautiful venue, Chef (Chris) Miller on the barbie and maybe we can get Steve to show us his latest project in the garage.  And it’s bound to be quieter than the growler guys.

Meeting Adjourned – At around 9pm.  –Ed Sauer, Secretary


May 21, 2019 meeting

Call to order – The meeting was called to order by President Brian Slominski at 7:33pm at Michael Palmer’s house in conjunction with burgers, dogs and awards for the Seward Park Mini Meet.  There were 23 Members and 0 Guests in attendance.  The minutes for the April meeting were approved as written in the blog with no additions or corrections.

Vice President Report – Toby May says remember to get a roster from him at meetings and/or events. It’s the only way to get a printed copy.  A printed roster just might come in handy!

Secretary – The secretary was AWL and Treasurer Glenda Larson substituted to take current minutes.

Treasurer – From Glenda Larson, the following:  Previous balance – $6,284.49 (4-30-19).  Income – none. Expenses – web hosting (Hurricane Electric) 9.95, SWEA (plaque for “big spender” trophy) $16.52. WA State 2019 Annual Report – $10.00.  IRS form 1023EZ: 501©(3) Application $275.00.  Total expenses -$311.47.  Ending balance – $5,973.02.  Note: Important outstanding finances:  Brian Slominski owes SAMOA 2019 for SWEA (income) total of $271.00.  Elise Slominski owes SAMOA for 2019 SWEA (income) total of $65.00.  Don Dixon to be reimbursed $1,293.35 for purchase of regalia inventory (originally $1,833.35 less $540.00 sales at club meetings).  Report approved.

Membership – 94 Current, no new

Website: Upgrades by Hurricane Electric (website host) by end of next month. Brian Slominski communicating with host to assure continued service, seamless upgrade. There may be an increase in monthly expense.

Events – Greenwood Car Show – so far only 2 signed up, last meeting to sign up is the 6/18 meeting (George in charge).  More details in this blog in UPCOMING EVENTS.

Cars & Coffee, Sunday 5/26 at Growler Guys on 85th & Lake City

OMS – Tour of Hood Canal on Memorial Day

WW ABFM (Kenmore)

East Meets West (Colorado)

LeMay Car Museum, car show on 6/30

Mini Races at Portland ABFM – weekend of Labor Day

Regalia –

Discussed need for 40 people to sign up to purchase grill badges at $25/ea. Confirmed art work wanted.

Will display inventory at ABFM with purchase by donation only as we do not have a business license to sell.

Old Business –  No old business to speak of.

New Business/Announcements –

Exempt status applied for by Treasurer.

Cannot sell anything as we do not have a business license.

Voted and approved reimbursement to Don for purchase of Regalia in the amount of $1,293.35.

Tech discussion – See Kelley Mascher regarding date coding of window glass.

New windshield installation – Chris Miller recommended Associated Glass or Gunnar Gordon.

Next Meeting: As (almost) always, 3rd Tuesday, June 18 at Pingrey’s.

Meeting adjourned: 8:31pm   -Glenda Larson, Treasurer (sitting in for Secretary, Ed Sauer)


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 – $6,274.54.  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


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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