This, from the club's first newsletter written by original SAMOA member, Ray Olmstead:
"Half the fun of owning a Miata is sharing it with other people! Whether it is acknowledging the looks and/or comments while driving, answering questions whenever you stop the car, or swapping experiences with other Miata owners, the car just seems to be a magnet for fun-loving, friendly people."
Shriners Toy Run
Capay Valley Run
Super Bowl Run
SAMOA was founded in 1990 by Paul Kile, and Audrey Hall. Their vision was to establish a local Miata Club Chapter in the Sacramento area, and that first year, there were 13 charter members. SAMOA was affiliated with the now-defunct Miata Club of America (MCA). MCA was established in 1987 and until it was disbanded in 2002 had over 65,000 members. Although MCA no longer exists, SAMOA is now under the aegis of the National Association of Mazda Clubs, with ongoing support from Mazda North American Operations.
Since its inception, SAMOA has grown from its original 13 members to a peak of over 250 members. Presently the club boasts more than 130 memberships, more than 120 Miatas and over 200 members. Most are from the greater Sacramento area, however, some come from as far away as Fairfield, Modesto, Oroville, Lake Tahoe and beyond.
SAMOA provides an environment where people who drive (or hope to drive) one of the finest sports cars ever made can get together and share common and unique experiences.
The Miata was created as part of a long-running tradition of lightweight, open-air, two-seat sports cars. It was introduced in the United States when the market for this type of vehicle had already declined. In spite of this, the Miata has thrived; and, more recently, has been the incentive behind the production of similar vehicles from other manufacturers. Tom Matano and his design team at Mazda were the driving force behind the design of this wonderful car, both the original model, the redesigned 1999-2005 NB Miata, the 2006-2014 NC MX-5, and the current generation 2016-2019 ND.
Over the course of the year, SAMOA offers a wide variety of functions and events that all members are encouraged to attend, including the monthly club meetings. The meetings are held the second Thursday of every month and provide a forum for club members to socialize, swap Miata stories, plan trips, talk with local Mazda dealerships and get the inside scoop on technical issues. There is also a monthly raffle with a multitude of fun prizes for participating members. Above all, we all look forward to meeting new members at our monthly meetings.
A Little History
SAMOA membership is open to all Miata enthusiasts (Miata ownership is not required). Dues are $24.00 for twelve (12) months (unless waived for the first year - see FREE MEMBERSHIP OFFER below), and includes a variety of Club benefits. You are also entitled to a biographical page on the club's website, with unlimited hosted photos. You can complete the application process in one of two ways.
1. Complete an and simply mail your check to SAMOA.
2. Fill out a (PDF) and mail it and your check to SAMOA.
Free Membership Offer
This free membership promotion applies to any person who is not a current or former member of SAMOA and who owns at least one Miata. Your first year with the Club is on us. Not only do you get to enjoy the benefits of the best personal roadster ever built, but you also get to enjoy it in the company of arguably the finest Miata club on the planet.
For additional information contact SAMOA's . Our mailing address is
3707 Witt Road
Auburn, CA, 95602.
And click for a membership informational packet (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for these documents which are in PDF format). If you have biographical information and/or pictures for our site (see 1st paragraph above), Please email this information to the .
SAMOA Membship Information
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The President shall be, consistent with the club Procedures and Policies, the general manager of the corporation and generally supervise, direct, and control the activities and affairs of the corporation. The President shall preside at all meetings of members and all meetings of the SAMOA Board.
In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall assume all of the duties of the president. The Vice President shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the SAMOA Board or the bylaws. Should the office of President become vacant, the Vice President becomes the President.
The Secretary shall keep a book of minutes of all meetings and actions of the SAMOA Board, of the executive committee and of members, with the time and place of holding, whether annual, regular, or special, and, if special, how authorized, the notice given, the names of those present at SAMOA Board and executive committee meetings and the number of members present at member's meetings.
The Treasurer shall project a budget, shall keep and maintain adequate and correct books and accounts of the properties and accounts of the corporation, and send or cause to be sent to the members and officers such financial statements and reports as are required by law or these bylaws to be given.
The Events Coordinator shall be responsible for promoting all sanctioned SAMOA events and coordinating publication of events with the Local Newspaper, club Webmaster and Newsletter Editor, may assist members with planning and organizing of club events, subject to the approval of the SAMOA Board.
The Webmaster shall be responsible, either directly or indirectly, for the maintenance of the club Internet web-site, subject to approval by the SAMOA Board.
The Newsletter Editor shall be responsible for the assembly and publication of the Monthly Newsletter, subject to approval by the SAMOA Board.
Please let us know what event(s) you will be attending
Decide on a place to venture out to. It could be a location you think would be interesting to other members. A sightseeing destination. A national, county or regional park would be a possibility. A place that offers others a unique experience. A place you would like to share with club members. Restaurants, museums or special car events are ideas worth exploring.
Decide on a date which is free. Check the SAMOA website for any and all open dates. Notify the Events Coordinator(s). Weekends work better. Sometimes weekdays work but for some reason weekends are more successful.
.Pick a fun route that utilizes the reason the cars were built. Keep in mind that some people don't like really twisty fun roads as much as others. A good route mixes it up a little but scenic, obscure roads are more fun. Find a route where you can keep the speeds down without being a traffic hazard. If the route is longer than 1:30 make sure you arrange to have a fluid evacuation location available. Most of us are old.
Make reservations with the restaurant or any destination that accepts them. Restaurants don't like surprise visits. Count on between 24-30 as a starting point for any restaurant. Make sure you call the destination when you have to make changes. Confirm a couple days ahead of the event. Again restaurants don't like surprises. Tell the manager you will call with changes and/or a final number at least 4-5 days in advance of the event.
If there is going to be a hotel involved make sure that it is somewhat affordable and available. Here is where it might get a bit dicey. Some hotels require a concract and a deposit. I try to avoid making a deposit on a credit card because reservations are fluid and plans change and any time a deposit is required you can count on someone cancelling. Best practice is negotiate a block of rooms by a certain date. Most often that date is a month or so before the event and then rooms are offered to the general public.
Do a pre-run and make sure directions are acurate and roads are open.
Provide directions either on line or copies at the starting location
Have a fun day.
Set a date for RSVPs. About 5 days prior to the event is a good timeframe. Expect members to call or email after the RSVP date and ask to go. The answer is always yes.
First And Probably Most Important Rule
When all else fails, ask a seasoned club member for help. Jack or Ron would be great starting points.
How To Do A Successful Event