RSVP FOR EVENTS HERE
The WVMC is a success because members are willing to get involved. If you are interested in leading an event, see one of the board members for more information!
Experience says if you schedule an event on a game day, turnout will be light.
Monthly Club Meeting
Join us at our Monthly Club Meeting, TBA 7:00 PM at the Paddington's Pizza, 5255 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR.
This meeting will be to discuss our plans Explore Oregon 2018 and plan some future events for the remainder of this year. Please RSVP
for this meeting so we can make the appropriate reservation.
Saturday Morning Coffee
Join us for coffee every Saturday morning at 9:00 for coffee and comrawderie at the Subway at
5765 Commercial St SE. We are trying to be more organized about taking a drive after coffee, so watch for
details about planned Saturday morning drives here!
PLEASE NOTE THE IMPORTANT CHANGE IN LOCATION
Explore Oregon 2019
"The Premier Summer Miata Tour Event"
July 18-21, 2019
"EXPLORE OREGON" is the annual premier summer event, organized by the Willamette Valley Miata club. Be prepared to enjoy some of Oregon's most beautiful and historic scenery and explore the awesome back roads of the Mid-Willamette Valley as we spend an incredible weekend in Salem, OR.
Salem -- Our destination
Salem is the capital city of Oregon with a population of more than 160,000. Centrally located, Salem is 47 miles south of Portland and an hour from the Cascade Mountains and the ocean beaches. Salem is in the midst of sustained, steady growth. Ongoing preservation of historic downtown buildings, along with a downtown core master plan for residential and commercial development, ensures managed growth.
Salem is a diverse community with well-established neighborhoods, a family-friendly ambiance, and a small town feel.
Our commutes are short, our air is pure, our parks are beautiful. We have abundant land for development, a ready and willing workforce, great training programs, and a city that works hard to make doing business easy.
Salem, Oregon gets 55 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 39 inches of rain per year.
Salem averages 6 inches of snow per year. The US average is 26 inches of snow per year.
On average, there are 154 sunny days per year in Salem. The US average is 205 sunny days.
Summer High: the July high is around 82 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 35
The city of Salem was founded in 1842 along the Willamette River at the former site of a Calapooya Indian village. The site was "rediscovered" by a Methodist missionary group led by Jason Lee. The group originated from New England, having migrated their way along the Oregon Trail in search of new land.
The site of the Calapooya Indian village, named Chemeketa, was chosen owing to its close proximity to the Willamette River. The name Chemeketa means "place of rest." The site is graced by glorious views of the surrounding area.
As more people migrating along the Oregon Trail heard tales of large quantities of available land, the city grew rapidly. They quickly rendered a layout for the community that was finalized in 1848. The new city plan became the core document for establishing the city. Settlers were readily able to build on designated spaces without fear of land shortages, due to its abundance.
Throughout the years, Salem has experienced numerous economic influences. The major industry from the city's beginning has been the harvesting and processing of lumber. That industry has proven to be successful throughout the years and continues to be a major industry leader for the area. Although the lumber industry's production has slowed, it is not the only industry that keeps the city of Salem up and running.
Salem enjoys a diverse industrial and economic base that includes the growth and processing of crops. It is able to utilize the land from the lumber clearcutting of previous years by leasing it to local farmers. That land is utilized by the farmers to provide Salem and the surrounding areas with local foods. Before the land has "dried up" due to of the depletion of nutrients that are pulled out of the land from crops, the land is replanted with young trees to fertilize the area.
The city's rich history and drive for fertile land made Salem an excellent choice for Oregon's state capitol. Besides the economic base of lumber and crops, the city is home to many of the state's government offices.
Salem is home to numerous points of interest, including the Mission Mill Museum and the Robert S. Allen Archaeology Museum.
With all of the rich information and historical museums available in Salem, it is fitting that the city is home to major schools in the state. The schools that claim Salem as home are Chemeketa Community College, Western Baptist College and Willamette University, originally Oregon Institute.
The Grand Hotel in Salem offers:
* 193 Luxurious guest rooms and suites.
* Microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers in all rooms.
* Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.
* Check-in times, Monday through Friday, as early as 4pm. Check-in times Saturday and Sunday as early as 5pm.
* Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet served each morning.
* Indoor pool, jetted spa, and fitness center located on the second floor of hotel.
* Complimentary 24-hour business center.
* Fine dining in our restaurant, Bentley's Grill. Room service available nightly.
* Complimentary underground parking on-site.
* Wheel Chair accessible rooms available upon request.
* Adjoining to the Salem Convention Center with 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, successfully hosting groups of 5-1,500 people. Offering first-class catering and banquet services.
ALL HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN "JUNE 15th, 2019" AFTER THIS DATE ROOM AVAILABILITY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED!
"THERE ARE ONLY 50 ROOMS AVAILABLE"
Double Queen -- 8 Available $169 plus tax
Single King -- 42 Available $149 plus tax
Guests can make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 503-540-7800 or 877-540-7800 and requesting the Explore Oregon\Willamette Valley Miata Club group block.
Costs: $100.00 per person ($195/couple) - includes Thursday evening reception; the Saturday evening dinner banquet; Explore Oregon T-Shirt, attendee pack with event stickers, maps, schedules and more!
If you would like a polo shirt instead of a t-shirt, add $10.00 per shirt.
Sign Up Now: Send registration check or money order to:
P.O. Box 20612
Keizer, OR 97307.
Be sure to preregister on the WVMC website: RSVP FOR EVENTS HERE
(so we'll know who is coming!). For more info, call 503-851-1549
REGISTRATION WILL BE LIMITED TO THE
FIRST 150 PAID REGISTRATIONS!
DUE TO THE DEPOSIT FOR THE DINNER WE CANNOT DO ANY REFUNDS AFTER JUNE 3, 2019.
Sign Up Now:
PAYMENT OPTIONS: CHECK OR MONEY ORDER SENT TO:
P.O. Box 20612
Keizer, OR 97307
OR YOU CAN PAY ONLINE USING THE PAYPAL LINK BELOW!
NOTE: CANADIAN RESIDENTS MUST USE PAYPAL
Explore Oregon 2019 Registration
To Be Announced
More information will be posted on our website www.oregonmx5.com and emailed to all those registered.
* Chris and Karen McCarty - WVMC
* Barry Strain - Sea to Sky Miata Club
* Dee Dahlke And Duncan Johnson - Puget Sound & Club Miata NW
* Chris and Rena Sandstrom - Mt Hood Miata Club
* A.J. and Vickie McGranaghan - Puget Sound Miata
* Jim and Carolyn Mair - WVMC
* Karen Burkhart - Club Miata NW
* Susan Graham and Dana Dalpiaz - WVMC
* Peter and Jeanette Nunnenkamp - WVMC
* Don and Lisa Asperger - SAMOA and SoCalm
* Don and Melissa Leavitt - WVMC
* Ken Johnson and Cat Black - Mt Hood Miata Club
* Patrick McNulty - Puget Sound Miata
* Jerry Thalhamer - WVMC
* Mark and Debby Hamlin - WVMC
* Karen Payne - WVMC
George and Pam Dowler - Club Miata Vancouver Island
* Kent and Susan Hocevar - Sea to Sky Miata Club
* Larry Cogdell and Guest
* Michele Autore - Clu Miata NW
* Jim Conner - Club Miata NW
* Geniece Gregory - Club Miata NW
* Tye and Kelli Fountain - WVMC
* Jim and Marci Hotz - Badgerland Miata Club
* John Eliopoulos - Club Miata Vancouver Island
"*" - Indicates Paid