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  • White Elephant/January Meeting

    The January meeting (more details under Club Meetings) is more than a regular meeting. It also involves food (most SAMOA get togethers seem to involve food!) and two auctions.

    Here's the likely agenda for the day.

    High Noon: Introductions, welcome and house rules.

    12:00 until ??? Wander around outside. Look at Minis. Talk about Minis. Take photos of Minis. Enjoy the weather.

    12:00 - 2:00: Silent Auction (More below.)

    1:00 - 2:00: White Elephant Auction -- First part. (More below.)

    2:00 - 3:00 (hopefully): SAMOA Club Meeting. Guests welcome. Nomination and election of 2008 officers.

    3:00 until ???: White Elephant Auction -- Second Part.

    ???: At the end of the White Elephant Auction, the Big Spender Award is presented (as long as the last winner remembers to bring it back!).

    Silent Auction:
    Items donated by Mini vendors, club members and others are on display with a bidding sheet by each one. Bids are entered on the sheets with each bid having to be higher than the last. At the cutoff time, the last bid wins. It is not unusual for a last minute scramble to take place!

    White Elephant Auction:
    A "white elephant" is something of value...to someone, maybe not you, however. For instance, I imagine a real white elephant would be worth a lot of money, but I certainly have no use for one and would be happy to get rid of it!
    For our purposes, white elephants are usually Mini related items that still have some value, just not to the current owner. "Superfluous to needs," so to speak. These are donated to the club and auctioned off as a way to raise money. Just to make it a bit more interesting, such items are wrapped (by the doner) so bidders are bidding blind!
    The more I know about Minis, the more I know I don't know about Minis.

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    ttt
    If you can afford the car, you can afford the manual...

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    • #3
      Hi all...can someone explain a little more about the right White Elephant? I was just planning to bring a nice gift for a mini-lover...or should I bring some fuses and a tail light?

      Looking forward to meeting you then...

      Erica

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      • #4
        A traditional type of gift is acceptable, of course you are encouraged bring multiples as well. It is a fund raiser.

        Cheers,

        Kelley
        If you can afford the car, you can afford the manual...

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        • #5
          Ericah,
          Don't worry about what to bring. Just show up with your family, say hi, and see how things work. We will expect great things from you at next year's White Elephant though!
          Don

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          • #6
            food?

            Aren't we supposed to bring something to eat?
            AKA: Potluck?
            Mark Gnagy

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            • #7
              Edmund and the rest of our family will be there. cant wait to meet you lot.

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              • #8
                It is a potluck. SAMOA provides hotdogs and soft drinks.

                Kelley
                If you can afford the car, you can afford the manual...

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                • #9
                  Extra tables and chairs would help, if anyone car bring some.
                  The more I know about Minis, the more I know I don't know about Minis.

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                  • #10
                    Any south enders that would like to drive up together,
                    We are meeting at the Super Mall theater parking lot (south side) at 10:30 AM. If you can't find us, give me a call. 253-632-9343
                    James
                    "remember, in this country, they drive on the wrong side of the road"
                    64 Austin Countryman-???
                    '60's Austin mini truck - the chicken truck
                    '60 Morris Van - Marvan
                    '55 Chevy wagon- the heavy Chevy

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                    • #11
                      Don't forget to stop by the cash machine on your way to the event!
                      The more I know about Minis, the more I know I don't know about Minis.

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                      • #12
                        I've seen most of the silent auction bits (and a few of the White Elephant auction items), and there are a few even I'll bid on tomorrow!
                        The more I know about Minis, the more I know I don't know about Minis.

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