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In this Issue
President's Message
Upcoming Events
2012 Porsche Parade
SVR Rally School
ALMS Porscheplatz
From the Editor
Overnight Tour to Benbow Inn
Zone 7 2011 Awards
3/10 Autocross
The Midfield Report
Membership Information
Membership Report
Board Meeting Minutes
Redwood Region Contacts
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Welcome to der Riesenbaum, the official newsletter of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, encompassing Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. This publication is intended to inform Club members about Club activities and other related matters of interest. The opinions expressed in der Riesenbaum are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region, its officers, or its members.


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President's Message

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by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President

The day after I write this, Saturday, 4/7, about 40 of us will be heading South through the Santa Cruz mountains to Canepa Design ( in Scotts Valley. This tour represents a couple of rare (so far at least) opportunities for the Club.


First, we will be gathering, prior to the actual drive, at Sonnen Porsche in Mill Valley. One of my goals as President this year is to improve relations with our local Porsche Dealer. Sonnen will be providing coffee and pastries this Saturday, as well as clearing an area for us to park. I would certainly like to express my appreciation for their growing support of the Redwood Region. I specifically would like to thank Sonnen Service Manager Andrew Ratto for his continuing assistance in getting the dealership to interact in positive ways with the Club.


Second, the tour was set up by PCA's Yosemite Region, and they invited our all of us to join them. Big thanks to Chris Harrell for seeing this opportunity and jumping on it!


We often have a few members from other regions join our tours and/or autocrosses, but this is the first time (recently) that we are doing an actual joint event. It will be a great chance to get to know a larger number of folks from another region. Each region is taking a different route to Scotts Valley, but we will meet up at Canepa Design.


I will be driving the '83 SC Coupe that I ran at last month's autocross on the Canepa tour. This will be my first 'long range' trip with the car. It continues to become more responsive and agile as the weight comes off. Last weekend I removed the door pockets and arm rests, and will soon be doing more 'quasi RS-Style' changes to my original door panels. I love this car!


Looking ahead in the calendar, you will see that our Region's second autocross of the year is only a couple of weeks away...Saturday, April 14. The change this year to all Redwood autocrosses being Porsche/PCA-only must have motivated our membership. Our first 2012 autocross on March 10 had a great showing (49 participants), all having an excellent time and plenty of runs. This month's course will be designed by Tom Strobel, last year's Autocross Chair.  Those of you that came out in 2011 will remember the fun/fast courses Tom created. This one is sure to be more of the same.


Also, please take a look at Tom Markovich's letter, further down in this month's dR, regarding his pleasant experience at our autocross after having scared himself at a DE event. Autocross continues to be a great way to learn how to really drive your incredible machine in a safe and fun environment. Thanks for the letter, Tom, and we hope to see you back on the 14th.


Lastly, in Dave Bunch's article below on the Zone 7 Awards, you will see that our very own Bob Schoenherr and Anita Benzing won the 'Co-Enthusiasts of the Year', among other trophies. Way to go, Bob and Anita! You two are a great example of a couple sharing their enthusiasm for and with the Club. Those of you having trouble getting your spouses to come to events, please share this article with them.


That's all for now, except to say that I love to see new members come out to events. Please don't be shy. We love to share the fun, the cars, and the camaraderie. Please do continue to come out and play with us. 


Down the road,



Upcoming Events

Click on the event name for a link to additional details, including contact and RSVP information.

April 2012

June 2012

Click here for a single-page 2012 Redwood Region calendar in PDF format.

Click here to view the full 2012 Redwood Region calendar online.

2012 parade flyer


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From the Editor

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by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor

Despite the heavy rains leading up to our March Brunch Run and a foreboding forecast for more of the same that weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, turned out to be perfect driving weather, and drive we did.

Instead of the usual Saturday schedule, our 3/18 Redwood Region Brunch Run was scheduled for a Sunday. Since Veronica and I were to lead the driving portion of the event, and because of the prior week's rains, we decided to head out Saturday morning and drive the route ahead of time, checking for poor road conditions, flooding, etc. We drove the GT3, since it is currently the only Porsche in the stable with street legal tires.

Saturday's drive turned out to be fabulous. The roads were pretty much empty, and the rain stayed away. The West Marin and Sonoma vistas were beautiful, as they always are this time of year. With spring just around the corner, the fields and hills have turned green, spring flowers are in bloom, and trees are beginning to show their leaves. This is a time of newness for local fauna as well. During our Saturday drive, we saw baby cows, baby sheep, baby goats, and even baby turkeys. We encountered one roadblock, on Valley Ford Road just east of Shoreline, but we were able to follow the detour and complete the rest of our route without incident. After the drive, we stopped at the Olema Farm House restaurant for a bite to eat before heading home.

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The GT3 takes a break during Saturday's Brunch Run "pre-drive". Fun Roads ahead. (photo by Chris Harrell)

Sunday morning brought us clear skies yet again. Although windy, it was another beautiful day for a drive, so we set out for round two of our two-day jaunt through the local backroads, only this time with 25 other Porsches in tow. With the route fresh on my mind and the roads drier than the day before, we were able to maintain a spirited pace for our 60-mile run, which began in Novato and ended at the Station House Cafe in Pt. Reyes Station. Other than a near-miss when we rounded a blind turn to find a giant tom turkey right in front of us, in our lane, it was a smooth and enjoyable drive and all of the cars stayed together. Upon arriving at the Station House Cafe, it was clear that others had enjoyed the spirited drive as well.


If you have not participated in a Redwood Region Breakfast or Brunch Run, you are really missing out on one of the best parts of being a Redwood Region member. Our next Brunch Run is on April 21. Remember to RSVP early because our venues tend to fill up quickly! 





Ferdinand Alexander Porsche 

As we prepared to publish this month's issue of der Riesenbaum, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Ferdinand Alexander (F.A.) Porsche, grandson of the company's founder and designer of the car we all know and love: the 911. Porsche died on Thursday, April 5, at the age of 76. Click here for the full story, including quotes from Porsche Club of America President Manny Alban. 

Redwood Region Member Survey
The Redwood Region Board of Directors is always looking for member input. We have created a survey to learn more about member interests and events in which members would like to participate. If you haven't completed the survey yet, please take a few minutes to give it a look at the link below. Thank you for sharing your feedback and ideas.


PCA Zone 7 2011 Awards

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by David Bunch , Redwood Region Autocross Director

On Sunday March 11th, PCA members from all over Zone 7 made the trip to Walnut Creek to collect their awards for the Zone Autocross and Concours series. Once again, this year's awards ceremony was at Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant.


Autocross awards were given to 12 class winners, including Redwood Region members Howard Thomas for 1st in SS03, LaVergne Thomas 1st Place in SS03L, Bob Schoenherr for 1st Place in AX15, Sharon Neidel for 1st in AX12L and yours truly for 1st in AX12.  


Bob was the big winner from Redwood Region. For the 2nd year in a row, Bob took 1st place in his Concours Class (Street-3) but also took 1st place overall in the Street Division. Bob's 1976 912E, known as "Queenie" showed in 5 of the 6 Zone 7 Concours events. Bob had lots of help from Anita Benzing to prepare "Queenie" for all the Concours events.

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Zone 7 Rep Sharon Neidel congratulates Redwood Region members Bob Schoenherr and Anita Benzing on all of their awards, including "Zone 7 Co-Enthusiasts of the Year" (photo by David Bunch)


Because of Bob's and Anita's efforts, "Queenie" finished with the highest total points in the Zone 7 Concours Series, taking home a very large trophy. "Queenie" was also entered in the "Legends of the Autobahn" Concours in Carmel Valley, taking 1st place in the "Early 911 & 912" Class.


Bob's and Anita's participation in both the Zone Autocross & Concours Series were noticed by our Zone Rep Sharon Neidel, Zone 7 Autocross Chair Larry Adams, and Zone 7 Concours Chair Les Schreiber. Bob and Anita were awarded "Zone 7 Co-Enthusiasts of the Year"!


Other Zone 7 awards given included "2011 Event of the Year" to GGR's Carlsen Concours, and the "Autocross Tenacity Award" to SVR's Scott Lines. GGR's Terry Zaccone took home the "Overall PAX Award", and SVR's Lisa Thomas the Ladies PAX Award.  


Afterward the ceremony, Bob and Anita said,  "We both were so proud to be honored by our peers with such an award. Also amazed, stunned, and downright blown away!!!!!"

First Redwood Region Autocross of the Year - Saturday, March 10, 2012

Redwood Region member Tom Markovich shares experience from our first Autocross of 2012.--Ed.


Dear Vern,


As promised, I wanted to report my experiences at today's Redwood Region autocross at the Sonoma County Airport facility. As I mentioned to you today, I had participated earlier this year in a high-speed driver education event at another facility with another group. That event was a referral/recommendation from a fellow with whom I had exchanged emails on a Porsche website, who I found had a highly prepared car and high level of experience. While I had an instructor for my three (of potentially four) segments (I passed on the fourth since I regressed after each run), I felt that the event exceeded my skill and comfort level.


I had noted today's event in the Redwood Region newsletter. I emailed David Bunch regarding my past experience, and sought his advice. He quickly responded and confirmed my reaction to the prior event and assured me your autocross events are more what I sought for fun in our car. Arriving early (not knowing my drive time from home), I found many Club members already setting up registration, cones for the course, garments to purchase, and porta potties. Identifying myself as a beginner, I was welcomed heartily and given guidance as to registration, technical inspection, schedule of the day, etc.


Sharon, my first instructor, introduced herself and we collaborated as to my expectations and hopes for the day. As a Zone Representative, she has vast experience that she was happy to share. After driving a run in my car under her guidance, she drove me in her car to see how autocross should be done. Her spinout on cold tires seemed to relax us both and we had a great ride. Because of changes in instructor needs, Bob Schoenherr advised me during the afternoon runs. His affirmation and calmness provided me the ability to improve my run times almost consistently, with the best time coming on my final run of the day. What a hoot!


Working the track as a monitor provided extraordinary value in watching experienced drivers run the course; I wanted to get back in my car and apply what I had observed and learned.


Positives: it is the people, it was a fun experience, I learned more about me and my car, and I did not hurt anyone or anything. Negatives: I blew my first track monitor job (distracted), the day went by too fast, and I didn't get to meet/chat with as many people as I should have. I sincerely look forward to the next event, and I expect to promote them to friends. I have a very warm feeling for your reception and interest in my participation. Thank you very much!


Tom Markovich

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The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice

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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary


At precisely 6:29 a.m., my eyes snapped open. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the big day arrived - the first Redwood Region autocross of 2012! On Friday night, I tried to take my own advice, and gathered my driving clothes and helmet in one place. It would be embarrassing to show up at the first event and have to use a loaner helmet!


Because I live 45+ minutes from the course, there wasn't much time to get ready and still arrive shortly after 8:00. As I've noted previously, it's much less stressful to arrive early, and early arrival gives you the opportunity to walk the course, catch up with friends, and relax a bit before the serious work of driving begins. I was especially excited for this first autocross, as it was going to be the debut of my new (to me) 1972 911T on the autocross course. The 911T, affectionately known as "Barney" (it's purple, and a dinosaur), was driven in autocross and track events by its previous owner, and it has a modified (very, ahem, firm) suspension. Over the winter, I had installed new rear brake calipers and brake pads, and had a transmission issue repaired. I had driven the car about 1,000 miles on the road (including the annual Members' Meeting drive in October), and was anxious to see how the car felt in competition. Barney was ready to go, with the exception of needing a bit of fuel to ensure that I wouldn't run out at the course. Doing so would ruin the day, so I planned a quick "splash and go" in Santa Rosa on my way over.

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Redwood AX-ers line up in front of a beautiful Sonoma County backdrop (photo by Randy Wentzel Photography)

After loading the car with a lounge chair, numbers, and driving gear, we were off! The morning was cool and overcast, which is a good thing for old oil-cooled Porsche engines. I drove leisurely over the hill to Santa Rosa from the Napa Valley, and decided to put $20 worth of fuel (4.5 gallons or so) on my way, which would be plenty for the driving and the trip home. Right on schedule, I rolled into the 76 station at Old Redwood Highway and River Road, and hopped out to add fuel. There was a slight problem, though. In my haste to leave, I left my wallet at home! That meant no cash, no credit cards, no driver's license, no AOA badge, nothing! I was furious with myself and hoped that this twist wasn't an omen of things to come. Oh well, I continued on to the course (slowly, of course) and busied myself with the tech inspection and registration. I also sent a text to my wife, asking her if she could bring me $20 so that I could make it home. She had already left the house too, so she couldn't bring my wallet, but said she'd stop by later with my "bailout" funds.


After I completed tech inspection and registration, I took a walk around the course. As I gain experience, it's easier to visualize how the course will flow while walking it, and it was apparent immediately that the course had very few slow corners. If I had known the course would be like this, I would have driven my '87 Carrera, which has about 100 more horsepower than Barney.  Too late for that now! I was in the second run group, so I had a good idea of the times that other drivers were setting. The format in the morning was to complete a warm-up lap, followed by a timed lap. The first group did two cycles, then it was our turn.


On my first run, I honestly thought that my warm-up lap was better than the timed lap, but that's how it goes! As I rolled up to pick up my timing slip, I thought that Barney felt good around the corners, but a bit breathless on the "straights," so I wasn't expecting a particularly fast time. I almost fainted when I got the first slip, because it was about 3 seconds FASTER than I expected!  My second run was 1 second faster yet! Barney was doing great!

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Zone 7 Rep Sharon Neidel blurring (not killing) cones in her 914 (photo by Randy Wentzel Photography)

For the afternoon session, Autocross Director David Bunch decided to go back to single timed laps, and each group got 8 runs instead of 4 (including the warmups) in the morning. Good stuff, because more runs = more fun! My wife Brenda showed up with my bailout money and helped me shag cones for the afternoon session. Then, it was time to drive again. Naturally, on my first run, with my wife watching, I made a huge error exiting the fast part of the course, and nearly spun! I didn't hit any cones though, and made it back in one piece. The rest of the afternoon was a blur - it seemed that you started a run about 2 minutes after finishing the previous one. That sure beats waiting....


So, how did Barney and I do? Well, you'll have to check the results to get the answer, but here's a clue: we were solidly in the midfield, which is a happy place for both of us. I had a blast driving Barney, and can't wait for the next event. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who had fun; check out Tom Markovich's article about his first Redwood Region autocross experience!


So, mark your calendar for April 14!  I plan to attend, even though it's the last weekend before the tax deadline of April 17.  Barney and I hope to see you out there! 


Click here for detailed results from all Redwood Region autocross events.

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Membership Information

Please contact Bob Schoenherr, Membership Director for general information about Club membership, including changes of address and/or contact information, dual-membership inquiries, inter-region transfers, membership referrals, and name badges.

Membership Report

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by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director


Hello everyone, 


Have you ever though about what it means to be a member of the Redwood Region PCA? Obvious answers are: you get to participate in all the scheduled events that our Club offers, get PCA discounts, and be associated with the best automotive marque in the world. But what about these benefits? Making lifelong friends, enjoying a cool story about another member's experience at pretty much anything, sharing pictures and video, and meeting some of the best race car drivers ever. The list goes on and on....We have something for everyone to do! Post an experience you'd like to share with your fellow members on our Facebook site. These could be a lot of fun and open the eyes of our new members to how much fun we really have!


Remember - it is always the people that make our club Great!

As always, please feel free to email me or call me at 707.995.5082 with any questions.  


March 2012 Membership Summary

New Members 3
Transfers In 2
Transfers Out 1
Renewals 30
Non-Renewals 14
Dual Members 16 

Primary Members 475
Affiliate Members 354
Total Members 829

March 2012 New Members

Keith and Valerie Casale, Napa - 1998 Boxster Lapis Blue Metallic (transfers from LAR)
Paul and Mary Mallett, Mill Valley - 2012 997 Turbo Black (transfers from GGR)
Bill Mogensen, Calistoga - 2001 Boxster Gray
Michael Piazzola, Yountville - 1995 993, 1993 968

Welcome to the Redwood Region! We hope to see you at an upcoming event....

April 2012 Membership Anniversaries

Robert and Phyllis Sachs, Sausalito - 52 years
James and Janet Brown, San Rafael - 43 years
Frank Massick, Tahoe City - 37 years
Don Nicoli and Theresa Canepa, Lafayette - 29 years and 4 years
Peter and Julia Ritter, Larkspur - 20 years
Daniel and Susan Boeschen, Saint Helena - 19 years
Dennis and Camara Scremin, Sausalito - 15 years and 5 years
Steve De Jung and Michael De Jung, Santa Rosa - 13 years
Don Magdanz and Holly Hood, San Rafael - 13 years
Rhyne and Julie Beatty, Tiburon - 12 years and 10 years
Bob and Gayle Hall, San Rafael - 10 years
James Kennedy and Anne Everest, San Rafael - 10 years
Bill and Barbara Reising, Novato - 10 years
Tom and Sandra Cordellos, Sonoma - 8 years
Brian and Kathy Morris, Napa - 8 years
PJ Tradelius, San Rafael - 8 years
Bill and Lynn Walters, Mill Valley - 8 years
Gerald Connors, San Rafael - 7 years
Hugh and Teri Carpenter, Napa - 6 years
James and Janice Jordan, Santa Rosa - 6 years
Tom and Elaine Markovich, Napa - 6 years
Ken and Evelyn Haupt, Novato - 4 years
John Hollander, Santa Rosa - 4 years
Gregory Sieck, Mill Valley - 4 years
Enrique Delgadillo, Fort Bragg - 3 years
Dirk Kruidenier, Vallejo - 3 years
David Paoli, San Rafael - 2 years
Nicole Bohrer, Petaluma - 1 year
Mark and Joan Campagna, Mill Valley - 1 year
Raul Torres, Eureka - 1 year
Dana Wailes, Fairfax - 1 year

Thanks and Happy Anniversary to all of you!

Membership information is based on the Porsche Club of America National database. If you feel that any of the information included in this Membership Report is inaccurate, please contact the Editor or Membership Director.
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Board Meeting Minutes
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by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary

Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - March 27, 2012


In attendance: President Vern Rogers, Secretary Mike Hinton, Treasurer Jerry Gladstone,  Event Director Don Magdanz, , Autocross Director and Goodie Store David Bunch,  Webmaster Barbara McCrory, Sponsorship Director Simone Kopitzki, and member Thorsten Kopitzki.


Meeting called to order at 7:05 p.m. by President Vern Rogers at Ghringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato. 


President's Report: Report stands as submitted.


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
  • Our first Ax of the season had a GREAT turnout with almost 50 participants. Great course, and lots of afternoon runs. THANK YOU, DAVID.
  • It was my first time with the '83 SC at Ax; I had a really great time! 
  • Jim Giampaolo's Northern Rep Position  - I recommend that the Board to officially accept the email below (forwarded from Scott Downie) as Jim's resignation. I have had no further communication, but this seems clear enough.

From: Scott Downie <>
To: Vern Rogers <>; >
Cc: Jim Giampaolo <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 10:34 AM
Subject: Northern news

Hi Vern,
FYI, here is the news from Jim Giampaolo.  Sounds like he has transplanted to Redding.

My new adventures with Ducks Unlimited has taken me to Redding.  Sold my home here and I am planted in the valley.  I don't know how much I can help, I probably should resign my volunteer position.  Are you ready to take over..LOL 
Talk soon, Jim    

We (Don, Chris and I) are working on ways to do a better job at supporting members who bring us event ideas.  Some thoughts are to be clear about expected/reasonable fees/costs, and to assure that the appropriate contact is used for the venue (Owner/Manager as opposed to regular staff).

I would like to amend the 'Tour Routes Approval list' (procedurally) to consist of EC and Safety Director, no longer requiring full board approval.

We need additional Board members to take on responsibility for Tour and B-Run leadership.

Thank you Chris for handling so many thus far.

Thank you David for taking on the 4/21 B-Run.

Please pay attention to the subject line of emails making sure that it applies to the content of the message.  Also, please keep to a single subject area in any one email.  These two simple things make it much easier to find an email again after a first reading.  We are a very busy Club and rely heavily on email communication to coordinate all of our events, as well as policies and procedures that we are working to create.  Lastly, please take a moment when doing a 'Reply All' to an email.  If we all need to be in the loop, that is great, but if not, perhaps just replying to the sender would be better.


Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • Motions to approve January and February meeting minutes were passed.
  • Steve Glenn of the Wine Country Car Club has offered to have Redwood Region members participate in a "mille-style" event with their club. He has also offered to organize a similar event for the Redwood Region if there's interest. Webmaster Barbara McCrory is planning to participate, and will report back to the Board after the event.
  • Vern will ask Chris to produce a current "one-page" calendar with a view to having other members lead future events.

Vice-President's Report:


Submitted Prior to Board Meeting:

  • Highlights
    • Posted all confirmed 2012 Redwood Region Events to the PCA National Calendar
    • Assisted with ongoing refinements to Redwood Region Event Policy
    • Finalized t-shirt design for 2012 Redwood Region AX
    • Confirmed details for 4/7 Canepa Motorsports Museum Tour
    • Met with President Vern Rogers on 3/14/12
    • Talked to TRG about scheduling a swap meet on 7/14
    • Assisted Sponsorship Director Simone Kopitzki with sponsorship information for TRG
    • Talked to Greg Chambers about ideas for 7/28 Kachina Vineyard event
    • Led 3/18 Brunch Run to Pt. Reyes Station
  • Open Items
    • AX t-shirts to be produced prior to 4/14 AX
    • Review Event Policy and related forms and provide feedback to Event Director

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • Mike Hinton agreed to keep track of AX t-shirt distribution.
  • The proposed 7/14 swap meet held in conjunction with TRG is confirmed. Chris will talk to Andy Brian about participating.

Treasurer's Report: 


Submitted Prior to Board Meeting:


This report covers the period from February 24, 2012 to March 23, 2012.

  • Certificate of Deposit (CD) total investment will be $10,162.23 when the account is updated upon renewal of CD (see below).
  • Money Market Account stands at $7,571.52
  • Checking account stands at $9,648.56 in total
    • $5,960.80 in unrestricted funds
    • $3,687.76 in funds restricted as the autocross reserve
  • The major income items for the period were:
    • $1,715.00 for AutoCross #1 (March 10, 2012)
    • $500.00 from advertisers/sponsors
    • $312.00 from Goodie Store sales
  • Major expense items for the period were:
    • $787.31 for AutoCross #1 (track rental and various supplies)
    • $727.70 for Goodie Store purchases
    • $184.98 for meeting dinners
  • Net income (loss) for the "period" was $781.43
  • Net income for 2011 is $1,287.37
  • Redwood Region's total assets are valued at $30,045.31


  • Established a business PayPal account for the Club. Will need to work with event leaders who want to use PayPal for payments to set up payment "buttons".
  • Reinvested the Certificate of Deposit at WestAmerica Bank. New term is 5 years at 1.26% APY. Why 5 years? Interest for a 1 year CD is 0.23% APY, thus even if we "break" the 5 year CD at 1 year and forfeit 6 month's interest, we will still have earned 0.63% on the money. We should plan on "breaking" the CD when and if interest rates improve to a more favorable level.
  • Started keeping a log of sponsors/advertisers; copy attached.
  • Need to work on tax filing this month and might need help from Barbara as last year.

Outstanding Items:

  • Findings of the Financial Review Committee?

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • Mike Hinton will include the written report of the Financial Review Committee in the March Board Minutes - report will state that nothing unusual was noted in the review.  

Attachments included with Board report were:

  • Balance Sheet as of March 23, 2012
  • Profit & Loss Statement for the period February 24, 2012 through March 23, 2012
  • Profit & Loss Statement for 2012 through March 23, 2012
  • 2012 Sponsors/Advertisers Log through March 23, 2012

Secretary's Report:

  • First time out at autocross in '72 911T. It's a fun car!
  • Created Event folders containing waivers, event reports and maps for February and March events.  

Past-President's Report:


Nothing to report this month.


der Riesenbaum Editor's report:


Submitted Prior to Board Meeting:


The March issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on 3/7/12 to 618 email addresses; 312 (50.5%) opened as of 3/15/12.

  • Highlights
    • Interviewed TRG's Kevin Buckler for a feature in an upcoming issue of der Riesenbaum (issue TBD)
    • Sent event reminder (aka "email blast") on 3/15, focusing on 3/18 Brunch Run, 4/7 Canepa Museum Tour, 4/14 Autocross
    • Newsletter images are now being hosted on dropbox
  • Open Items
    • 2012 sponsor ads needed
    • Updated headshots for all 2012 Board members

Items discussed at Board Meeting:

  • An ad for "Proshop" will be included in 2012 dR issues. The owner had paid for sponsorship in 2011, but never had an ad appear in dR.
  • Simone will follow up with three advertisers that currently have ads in dR, but have not yet paid.

Membership Director's Report: Full report included in der Riesenbaum.


Autocross Director's Report:

  • First AX was a great success, 49 drivers.
  • Insurance ordered & already received for April AX from PCA.
  • Had a "Vote" at the Driver's Meeting and we will have a "AX Competition" this year based by class using the "PAX" numbers.
  • Made copies & distributed the AX Manual

Webmaster's Report:


Submitted Prior to Board Meeting:

  • During the month of March 2012 it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 3400 about the same as last year.  There were 1020 unique IP's accessing the site
  • Busiest day was March 16 with 159 visitors (autocross results posted March 14).
  • Now that Autocross season has started, it is the most popular page followed by Classifieds.- most popular flyer - Zone 7 Awards Lunch followed by the Autocross Results pdf.  47 visitors downloaded the year-at-a-glance calendar.
  • Daily country activity was led by the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France, and Ukraine, accounting for 96% of the visitors.  
  • Our top referring sites were (60), (59), facebook (40) and dedeporsche (35).
  • iPads, iPhones and androids continue to access the site, 165 this month

Goodie Store Director's Report:

  • Already mailed to Jerry $267 & have additional $40.65 from Goodie Store sales.
  • Sales from TRG Tech- $30, Whale Tail Tour- $155, AX- $82 & member's order- $40.65.

Event Director's Report: 


Submitted prior to Board Meeting:

  • Event Policy: this is in the process of being reformatted. Chris road-tested the new Event Leader Instructions at the Brunch Run to Pt. Reyes Station on SU, 3/18; I sent him the revised Event Policy. Hopefully it will come before the Board at the April meeting.
  • Canepa Design trip on SA, 4/7: Attached is the Event Information Form and the Driving Tour Map and Itinerary.
  • Brunch Run to Northwood, Monte Rio, SA, 4/21: this replaces the Alderbrook Winery tour. David Bunch is getting the Event Leader Instructions together. Will be emailed to Board.
  • Alderbrook Winery on SA, 5/5: this was moved to 4/21 due to a bicycle event near Healdsburg and eventually canceled due to issues with the host.
  • Breakfast Run to Nourish, Mill Valley SU, 5/6: this was moved from 4/21; owner Ray Kaliski is a RR member; Event Information Form is attached; trying to do a Photo Op to get the GG Bridge and SF Skyline. Suggest that the Board discuss serving alcohol (Bloody Marys, Mimosa's) at Breakfast Run prior to a Driving Tour.
  • Holiday Party on SA, 12/1: I called Dana Macauley @ Seghesio. She is holding SA, 12/1 for us; we plan to get a contract signed in May, unless she has a serious inquiry prior to that time. Since the Sausage festival starts 12/15, we can use the museum in the basement for whatever we want; we can start earlier; she suggested that we not get a 2nd entre to hold down the costs; might want to do a response from the membership. Also, we could have a DJ instead of the band, or have another activity. Any ideas?  

Items discussed at Board Meeting: 

  • The 5/6 Breakfast Run to Nourish, Mill Valley will begin with a photo shoot near the Golden Gate Bridge, followed by breakfast, followed by the drive. Because the drive will occur after breakfast, the Board voted to not have alcohol served with breakfast.

Concours Director's Report: None


Sponsorship Director's Report:

  • Invoices sent to existing sponsors 3/7/12
    • Sonnen Porsche
    • BA Travel
    • Proshop
    • Whitman's Auto Body 
    • Received no payment as of 03/23/12 Jerry to verify
  • Letters sent to potential sponsors
    • Barsotti Auto Body
    • Elephant Racing
    • Snap On
    • No feedback as of 03/23/12
  • 9elf declined secondary sponsorship opportunity, I re-offered other sponsorship opportunity - awaiting feedback
  • TRG is still checking, sent reminder to Rob last week
  • Adobe Wine still no information - also still waiting for feedback regarding wine discount

Safety Director Report:


No incidents to report.


Topic for discussion:


Need to discuss repair of "go-kart" portion of autocross course.


Item discussed at Board Meeting:

  • Board members in attendance agreed that repairs of the "go-kart" portion of the course were not critical at this time.  All autocross attendees will be encouraged to monitor the condition of the pavement as the year progresses.  

Charity/CASA Report:  

  • CASA's fundraiser was March 24, 2012 at the John Ash Event Center.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

  • Subsequent to adjournment, the Executive Council unanimously accepted the resignation of Jim Giampaolo as one of Redwood Region's two Northern Reps.
  • Subsequent to the meeting, Secretary Mike Hinton submitted the following report of the Financial Review Committee:  

"Craig Steele and I obtained a copy of the Club's detailed general ledger, balance sheet, and income statement for the year ended December 31, 2011.  We independently looked over entries made in the general ledger, and agreed that there appeared to be nothing of an unusual or incorrect nature in the financial records.


Respectfully submitted by Mike Hinton, Secretary of Redwood Region"


Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on April 24, 2012, at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.

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