by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President
You can please all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time....
Many of those who attended last weekend's Pool Party at the Bergmans' house got a little taste of the direction we, as a Region, are heading in terms of event registration.
We are currently "piloting" the use of MotorsportReg.com (MSR) as a means of handling RSVP's and prepayment for events. This type of platform allows us to have a single, repeatable means of:
- Handling event costs ahead of the event.
- Tracking who is planning to attend an event.
- Allowing members to see which other members are planning to attend.
- Providing a clear count to the venue so that they can plan for staffing and food.
- Lessening the upfront work of our volunteers to track moneys and people.
I am aware that some of you are a bit uncomfortable with web-based registrations and payments. With that in mind, a contact person for each event will continue to be provided. Secure web-based payments will be the preferred method, but not the only option. MSR will likely not be used for all remaining events this year, but will be used for the Napa/Berryessa tour, the Holiday Party, and perhaps some others. This is a learning experience for all of us and we do appreciate your patience with any glitches we encounter.
As always, please continue to check the Region Calendar for contact/registration info for any event.
Now for something completely different. My '83 SC is finally fast (or at least handles so well that it feels fast). I was in the top 10 for the first time ever at last month's autocross! The following list catalogues my odyssey since I bought the car in February:
- Take weight off - remove all A/C components and hoses; remove back seats and belts; replace stock seats with fiberglass racing seats; pare down the door panels to an RS style.
- Fix the oil leaks and install Carrera chain tensioners.
- Modify the suspension -- add stiffness/rigidity (21 and 20mm anti-sway bars, new Bilsteins), increase negative camber front (camber plates) and rear, as well as lower the car to just below European ride height. At this point the lack of good sticky tires became VERY apparent....
- Increase the wheel/tire size from 16 x 6 and 7 running 205-55 and 225-50 tires to 16 x 7 and 8 running 225-50 and 245-45 tires. Now this car STICKS.
Life is good. I can't wait for the September autocross! Hope to see you there.
That's all for now. Down the road,
From the Editor
by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor
"Longhoods rule." That's what Mike Hinton said to me on Sunday morning, after our tandem drive over Mt. Tam and through the West Marin backroads, and I can't disagree with him.
While other Redwood Region members were preparing for the Pool Party at the Bergmans', Mike and I - who were unable to attend the party due to other commitments that afternoon - decided to start our Sunday morning with a local drive in our early 911s, known affectionately as Barney and The Beast - "Barney" being Mike's Aubergine '72 911T Coupe and "The Beast" being my tomato red '73 911T Coupe. Although I drive The Beast regularly, I hadn't stretched its legs like this since I attended the 2012 Targa California in April, so Sunday's drive was a great time. In fact, I could think of only two things during the drive: 1) We are surrounded by unparalleled beauty (and wonderful Porsche roads), and 2) I love driving my longhood! I know Mike and Barney had a great time as well.
None of this is to say that longhoods are the best Porsches...or the only Porsches that "rule". For example, every time I drive my 914 (including competing at recent autocross events), I am reminded that "914s rule". Similarly, when Vern and I attended the recent Porsche World Roadshow in Alameda, after driving both the Panamera GTS and 991S, we blurted out how awesome we thought each was. And when Veronica and I took her '05 Boxster out for a nice evening drive last night, I had a huge grin on my face during my turn behind the wheel because driving that car is just an absolute pleasure. Yes, I will say it: Boxsters rule.
I've owned many cars in my life, but none of them have elicited an emotional connection the way that ALL of my Porsches have. I'm sure the rest of you out there feel the same way; that's why you are reading this newsletter. In fact, when would-be first-time Porsche owners ask me which Porsche I would recommend to them, I quickly run off the virtues of several different models (many from my own experience). I also like to share with them that the only "bad Porsches" are cars that haven't been taken care of by their previous owners. Every Porsche was designed to offer a great driving experience, and every Porsche that I have driven has fulfilled its end of the deal.
Simply put, Porsches rule.
|Barney and The Beast take a breather on Mt. Tam (photo by Chris Harrell)|
|Candidates Needed for 2013 Redwood Region Officer Positions|
As per the Redwood Region Bylaws, we are calling for candidates for the following elected positions for 2013: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. We need to have a slate of member candidates in place by October of this year to present to the General Membership.
Please let me know your intentions to run for one of these positions. You can contact me via email at email@example.com or by phone at 415.246.0793.
Greg Maissen, Past President and Chairman of the Nominating Committee
Experimenting with MotorsportReg.com for Redwood Region Events
As Vern mentioned in this month's President's Message, Redwood Region has begun using MotorsportReg.com (MSR) to collect both RSVP's and payments for selected events. If this "pilot" project proves successful, we will use MSR for all events next year. Why use this online service? It provides a convenient, accurate, and secure method for organizing and collecting payments for motorsports events; everything from social events to competitive races, and everything in between. MSR is used by many other PCA Regions (that's how we learned about it), many other sports car clubs, and even the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) for all of their events.
Using MSR is easy: you just fill in a few blanks with simple information and click "radio" buttons to indicate choices. But first you must register to create your account. This too is simple and also free. For those of you who are uncomfortable with computers, a quick guide to the registration procedure is below (apologies to those comfortable with computers for these simple instructions):
How To Create a MotorsportReg.com Account
- Open the MSR website by clicking on www.motorsportreg.com
- On the right hand side of the page, click "create an account now"
- Enter your name, email address and zip code as instructed; click "continue"
- Enter your contact information, emergency contact information, a sign in name you choose, and a password for the account; click "continue"
- Enter any experience you may choose to note (this is optional); click "create account"
- You are done. Remember to write down your sign in name and password.
Once registered and signed in, you may look for events on the master calendar. Using the sort choices you can limit the master calendar display by types of events, host, or distance from your home. Once you find the event you are interested in, just click "register". This will take you to the sign up page, which will have instructions for that event.
Redwood Region has used MSR for one event and is in the process of organizing more events with MSR. It has proven to be quite useful and its self-documenting features are a great aid to event organizers. Try it...you will like it!
Newsletter Help Needed
As we continue our commitment to improving der Riesenbaum, we are looking for members who are interested in learning about the newsletter and assisting with the process of building and publishing der Riesenbaum each month. This could be just an assistant role or could develop into something larger and longer-term. Please contact the Editor, Chris Harrell, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 415.475.9591 if you are interested in learning more about the opportunity.
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.
Swing in the Vineyards - Saturday, July 28, 2012
by Greg and Nancy Chambers, Redwood Region members and owners of Kachina Vineyards
Photos by Chris Harrell
It was another great day at Kachina for the 9th Annual Porsche Club Artisan Winery & Lunch Tour, Swing in the Vineyards. This event was unmatched by any other, as we were honored to have one of our very own members, Roland Tolosa, perform "rat pack" swing music with his band, SwingSet. Additionally, renowned chef Mike Matson of Vintage Valley Catering out of Healdsburg provided a feast of grilled tri-tip and chicken with all the fixings!
The day was a hot one, as we all know this event historically has been in the past. We had some shelter of umbrellas on the crush pad and everyone was able to bring their beach chairs to find reprieve under the trees. It was a fun event, with great wines, cars, food, music, playing a game of Petanque, and - of course - you members that make it possible to keep this venue going strong!
|Porsches relax in the shade at Kachina|
|A colorful backdrop to a relaxing afternoon with great friends, food, and wine|
Brunch Run to Lake County - Saturday, August 4, 2012
Story and photos by Mark and Joan Campagna, Redwood Region members
|Twenty-six Porsches lined up for a perfect photo opportunity|
The day was grey and overcast as the first Club members pulled into the parking lot and headed towards the Starbucks in Healdsburg's Vineyard Plaza Shopping Center. Half an hour later, our introductions done, our drivers' meeting under our belts, and - thanks to Kurt - one freebie answer in our hot little hands for our "Fact or Fiction" contest, our 26 cars were on their way. Today's run would take us valley-hopping across some of the area's most lovely scenery, from Healdsburg in Sonoma County to the Rob Roy Golf Club on Cobb Mountain in Lake County.
We started north on Healdsburg Ave., stopping to regroup there before turning east onto Alexander Valley Road. Ah...now this is why we are in this Club! Slowly the road began to rise, houses began to drop away, hawks flew overhead, and glimpses of nature in the full bloom of summer slid by the roadside. Continuing onto CA 128, we crested the mountain and began a gentle descent to the floor of Alexander Valley. Right where CA 128 pulls a 90-degree turn is a local landmark, The Jimtown Store, known far and wide by fans (authors included) of Guy Fieri's Food Network show, Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. It's a restaurant as well as store. Great brisket sandwich!
The valley floor, as always, was awe-inspiring. We made our way south on CA 128, passing grape vines bursting with fruit, their long tendrils reaching out and beckoning us to claim the moment. Graceful manses from days past dotted the gold and green fields. Everywhere you looked, nature had provided. One cannot pass along these roads without a deep sense of homage to all we have inherited.
A left onto Tubbs Lane and we began to rise again. Around us stood giant green sentinels mutely passing the decades, a stark contrast to the sleek Porsches straining to cut loose below their branches. We passed Old Faithful Geyser, one of three geysers in the world with the designation "old faithful". Thanks to our run hosts, Bob and Anita, we would hear more about geothermal power at our first Lake County stop of the day, at the Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center in Middletown.
|Bob shares some knowledge about Calpine, the largest producer of geothermal energy in North America|
Bob, it turned out, had worked on this Calpine project, and as we gathered around a large turbine in the Visitor's Center courtyard, he briefly explained how the phenomenon works - and that power derived from this source is 99.5% green. Note that several of the questions in our "Fact or Fiction" contest came straight from Bob's talk.
Continuing north, we were welcomed at Club member Glenn Marks's place in Hidden Valley, where he graciously provided us with our first bio-break: finger food, beverages, and time for another group car photo in front of those sleek metal horses we love to ride. Relaxed and refreshed, we headed out to the next spectacular vista.
A right onto County Road 219/Pt. Lakeview Road had us hugging the ridgeline on the southwestern edge of Clear Lake. Though the ravages of recent fires have been visible on the drive, so also is the regeneration of the land. For several miles, we twisted and turned along the ridge, heading inland again with a left onto CA-281E/Soda Bay Road and continuing south along Red Hill Road to CA-175E and our destination, Rob Roy Golf Club in Cobb, CA.
|Club members get seated for a nice brunch at Creekside Grill|
At a 3,000 ft. elevation, the 9-hole course itself is flat and walkable, a local gem surrounded by the beautiful Mayacamas Mountain Range and Cobb Mountain. We parked our cars on the lawn in front of the clubhouse and, after a few more pictures, proceeded to the function room of the Creekside Grill for some well-deserved refreshment.
As promised, a fajita buffet awaited us: bowls of green salad, rice, beans, chicken and steak...not to mention a killer Bloody Mary that, rightfully observed, could be a meal itself. Once the dining was underway, Bob MC'd the "Fact or Fiction" contest and handed out trophies to the winning entries. But...truth be told - trophies aside - it was a day where all were winners. How could it be otherwise when we are blessed to have the time and resources to spend a day streaking through the beauty of nature in machines of equal beauty?
The Midfield Report: Observations from an Autocross Apprentice
by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary
Last month, I reported on Redwood Region's first July autocross event, which was held on July 7, and was designated as a "Ladies Day" event. This report will cover the second event, which was held on July 21. As I indicated earlier, July was a busy month! Unfortunately, I was out of town for the August 11 event, but participants assured me that a good time was had by all!
In contrast to our previous event, most of our normal autocross crew would be attending, so I didn't have to arrive particularly early. Once I arrived, I was happy to see that attendance was greatly improved over our July 7 event, which meant that we would have plenty of people to man the various duties that go with conducting an autocross event.
This event's course was designed by our Zone 7 Representative, Sharon Neidel, and it differed significantly from the fast, flowing course at the July 7 event. The course featured the usual slalom sections, and the typically bumpy ride through the go-kart section, with a couple of interesting additions: the first major difference was that there was a 180-degree right-hand exit out of the go-kart section, which would be a very slow turn. The second interesting feature was a very fast set of gates near the finish line. The brave drivers felt that this last section could be taken without braking, or even lifting the throttle! We'd see about that....
The weather started off relatively cool, but the absence of cloud cover meant that the temperatures would warm quickly. As our course tends to get slippery in the afternoon, there would be great emphasis on trying to set quick times during the morning runs. Personally, I've always found that it takes me several runs to find the quickest way around an autocross course, so I usually post my fastest times in the afternoon, even if the track surface is more slippery. It could be that the slightly-reduced traction enables me to rotate the car more easily into the tighter corners, which leads to faster times. That's my theory, and it seems to work, so I'm sticking with it!
My archrival Chris wasn't able to attend this time, so my direct competition would be another 914, driven by Bob Schoenherr, one of our talented instructors. Bob has participated in a few (dozen) more autocross events than I have, and he always seems to extract the maximum performance from his 914. He is also a very knowledgeable instructor, so if you get the chance to get him in your car, take it! I was anxious to see how we'd match up. After the obligatory tire-warming runs, it was time to try and tame the course. As anticipated, the exit out of the go-kart was excruciatingly slow, and I found it very difficult to exit at the correct point to be properly set up for the following turn. Also, the set of gates at the end of the course was quite fast, but I couldn't quite get up the nerve to take the section flat out. If you ran too wide out of the penultimate gate, you'd wind up in the dirt, and the last gate would require a very quick right/left flick in order to avoid knocking down cones. Bob was comfortably ahead of me. There was work to be done after the lunch break....
As anticipated, the temperature had increased significantly by the time our lunch break ended. Accordingly, we decided to have fewer runs than in the morning, which would allow everyone to get home a bit earlier. After discussing the go-kart section with other drivers, and adjusting tire pressures, it was time for the afternoon session. I was still not very happy with my performance in the go-kart section, but I seemed to be going just a bit faster. On my second run, I was almost able to take the last section flat out, but I chickened out at the last minute, just lifting the throttle before the last gate. Finally, on my third run, I successfully negotiated the last section without slowing. The car just drifted through the last gate, right on the edge of control. I thought that better have been faster, because that was a bit scary! Fortunately, that run was over half a second better than my previous best. I pulled off the same trick on the following run, and improved a bit more. The last time I tried that approach, the track (or my tires) had lost just a wee bit of grip, and the car fishtailed into a spin after the last gate. Part of the good news was that the spin happened after the finish line, and I didn't hit any cones, so there was no time penalty. The other part of the good news is that I didn't try to repeat that approach on my last run, so no more spinning! Who says dinosaurs can't learn?! After the event, I compared my times with Bob's and found that he had gone about 0.6 seconds faster than I had. I'll have to try again in September!
Speaking of September, I will report on the September 22 event in our next newsletter. Although I was unable to attend the August event, I was encouraged by the level of participation. Be sure to come out to the September event - you'll want to practice up for the grand finale (the "enduro" event) in October. See you out on the course!
Click here for detailed results from all Redwood Region autocross events.
by Kurt Fischer, Redwood Region Past President
Photos by Bob Schoenherr
Redwood Region's Labor Day Pool Party
Last Sunday, September 2, 2012, was our annual visit to Redwood Region members John and Wynne Bergman's wonderful home and pool in Forestville!
I arrive at 10:30 a.m. with the sun out in full force and no fog, with highs expected in the upper 80's. John is busy in the cabana next to the pool, attending to last-minute details, and Randy, the caterer, arrives with his towed BBQ grill. Tables and chairs are set into place, with David Bunch and Sharon Neidel arriving with the Goodie store, which is placed in a good spot next to the pool. We are ready for the Redwood Region members to arrive!
The great smells of barbequed tri-tip and chicken permeate the still, warm air as Randy prepares the pesto pasta and tosses the Caesar salad; he also brought a huge chocolate cake for dessert!
|Splashing away on Labor Day Weekend|
Just at 12:00 noon, the cars begin to arrive: smiling faces with towels, bathing suits, and their favorite potables. All the shiny Porsches park in the small field next to the pool. Let the party begin! At around 1:30 p.m., we get the call that the food is ready! No shy people in this group, we grab our plates and the line forms in the cabana with Randy slicing up the tri-tip and chicken served with great aplomb and Randy's dry wit!
I heard nothing but high praise for Randy's cooking: the tri-tip was succulent, tender, and ever so tasty! Wanted chicken? How about half of one? Huge servings for our non-red meat-eating friends. Everybody was happy!
The old rule of waiting one hour after eating and before swimming is finally been debunked! As a kid, this rule was heavily enforced, much to the chagrin of us pool animals. The pool toys come out of the closet and, splash, in go the swimmers into the wonderful salt-water pool at about 82 degrees! If you have never been in a non-chlorine pool, you must experience it. Salt water is wonderful; it makes your skin feel so soft!
|Group shot at the Bergmans' place|
Thanks and kudos to John and Wynne Bergman for allowing us Porsche crazies to have another "Occupy Forestville" event at their place, and for their suggestion of using the one man dynamo, Randy Apel, as our caterer! Also, thanks to all our members for jumping up and cleaning the place after the party. This is why our events are so successful: our members care!
I have checked the 2013 calendar and it looks like another event may take place on Sunday, September 1, 2013. Stay tuned!
Wash and Shine your Beloved Porsche, Part 3: Interiors
by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director and Zone Concours Champion
Cleaning the Living Room of your Car
Why is it important to keep your car's interior clean? To keep momma happy! To keep up your Porsche image! Really, here is why....
A dirty cabin not only looks and smells bad, it can also create or contribute to operational problems. Dirty air vents can spread dust and other allergens about the cabin. Filmy windows and mirrors can obscure the driver's view of the road. Grit and grime can work their way inside buttons and switches and cause them to fail.
Start with a good vacuum. Get a vacuum with an extension hose and several attachments. Work from the top down, so that particles that are dislodged and fall during cleaning can be picked up later when you vacuum the seats and carpet. Use the vacuum's upholstery nozzle on the headliner, seats, and other upholstered areas, such as the rear parcel shelf. Remove the floor mats and vacuum and clean them separately. Use the crevice tool to get into visors, seat pockets, and other tight areas where other attachments will not fit. Use the dusting brush to vacuum plastic, hard vinyl, and metal parts such as vanity mirrors and dashboard components-hard vacuum nozzles can possibly scratch or nick these parts. If you have access to an air compressor, you can use it to blow out dirt from hard-to-reach areas on the dashboard. Be sure your air compressor has a water collector; otherwise, don't use it on the interior parts. Use the floor brush when vacuuming the carpet. Move the seats forward or backward to reach areas under the seat. Take out removable seats to access hard-to-reach areas.
Any auto parts store will have a variety of cleaners for different types of surfaces, including carpet, upholstery, leather, and plastic. However, there is no need to buy specialty cleaners just for cars. I have found the best interior cleaner for all uses is Simple Green: 1 part Simple Green mixed with one part water. This will clean anything, but not damage it.
Use a general spray-on carpet cleaner. Work the compound into the carpet with a stiff, non-shedding bristle brush. Avoid getting the carpet and upholstery too wet, as you risk acquiring mildew or damaging nearby electronic equipment. If you have a problem stain such as makeup, oil, gum, tree sap, or tar, you should use Simple Green to remove it. Sometimes it may take more than one pass to get the stain out, so be patient and go over it again and again if needed.
Using a steam cleaner is best, but most of us don't have that tool. I use a spray-on upholstery cleaner, work it in with a soft brush, and let it dry, according to directions. Do not forget to clean the rear parcel shelf, safety belts, and seat joints too.
Use leather cleaner, saddle soap, or another mild leather soap on a damp cloth and rub it softly onto all leather areas. Remove the excess soap with a clean, slightly damp cloth. Use cotton swabs to remove excess soap from the seams. DO NOT overuse leather cleaners at one time. They can take the dye out of old leather.
DO NOT USE WINDEX! Use a non-ammonia or alcohol glass cleaner to wash the inside of windows. Spray the cleaner directly on the cloth to avoid streaking and getting the cleaner on the upholstery. Mom's vinegar and paper works good here. Once the glass is clean, your detail spray works pretty good to get rid of streaks.
After cleaning, leather can be treated with a conditioner formulated specifically for it. This is particularly valuable for dried-out leather. If you would like to apply a product to your car's vinyl or plastic, use a non-greasy product. Be careful about ingredients: many commercial conditioners contain silicone oils that can stain cloth or plastics.
A second vacuuming removes dirt dislodged during the cleaning process.
Now you can enjoy a fresh cool looking car! Your traveling living room is now healthy, clean, and will last for many a Porsche Club event to come!
|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.|
Redwood Region Members are welcome and encouraged to attend monthly Board Meetings, held on the last Tuesday of each month (except December) at 7:00 p.m. at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.
by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director
Forty-two years of PCA membership for Lawrence Lonn and forty for James Hurson, with Harley Miller almost to the forty mark. Congratulations to our entire anniversary list this month. Scott Downie, our Northern Rep up in Fortuna, is having his 17th anniversary and putting together the Northern Tour next month. Check the calendar.
August flew by fast, with all kinds of Porsche events in our Region and throughout Zone 7. We had a blast with the Lake County Run, the August autocross, Legends of the Autobahn, and many more. You just can't make it all of the great Porsche events without a few clones!
As always, please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call me at 707.995.5082 with any questions.
August 2012 Membership Summary
New Members 2
Transfers In 5
Transfers Out 2
Dual Members 16
Primary Members 482
Affiliate Members 359
Total Members 841
August 2012 New Members
John and Diane Bartlett, Hopland - 2002 996 Gray
Joshua Brankman, San Rafael - 1985 944 Silver, 1987 928 (transfer from Golden Gate Region)
Gordon and Ann Carter, Sebastopol - 1971 911 (transfer from San Diego Region)
Brian Chinnock and Terry Chinnock, Napa - 1957 356 Blue
David Churton, Ross - 2012 997 GTS Silver (transfer from California Central Coast Region)
Brian Mott, Mill Valley - 2008 Cayman Black (transfer from Golden Gate Region)
Michael Wachholtz, Sonoma - 1993 968 Black, 1986 944 Black (transfer from Rocky Mountain Region)
Welcome to the Redwood Region! We hope to see you at an upcoming event....
September 2012 Membership Anniversaries
Lawrence Lonn, Belvedere - 42 years
James Hurson, Santa Rosa - 40 years
Harley Miller, San Anselmo - 39 years
Robert Davisson, San Anselmo - 37 years
John Weber, San Rafael - 37 years
Gary Bayless, Santa Rosa - 34 years
George Bono, Petaluma - 30 years
Michael Kelly, Mill Valley - 30 years
Mark Sanders, Mill Valley - 27 years
Arlene Moorehead, Mendocino - 26 years
Steve Peaslee, Petaluma - 25 years
Stephen Jarrell, San Anselmo - 20 years
Robin Andersen, San Rafael - 18 years
Matthew Crysdale, Petaluma - 18 years
Scott Downie, Fortuna - 17 years
Van Kasper, Sonoma - 16 years
Stephen Foster, Santa Rosa - 14 years
Jeff Johnston, San Bruno - 14 years
Michael Wachholz, Sonoma - 14 years
Chris Carter, Santa Rosa - 13 years
James Derich, Mill Valley - 13 years
Michael Klunk, San Rafael - 12 years
Donald Plumley, Petaluma - 12 years
George Altamura, Napa - 11 years
Richard Burke, Healdsburg - 11 years
Albert Kubanis, Ukiah - 11 years
William Whiteley, Sonoma - 10 years
John Bergman, Forestville - 9 years
Michael Thomas, Santa Rosa - 9 years
Paul Nobmann, Sonoma - 8 years
Dan Lewis, Santa Rosa - 7 years
Jane Parkhurst, Novato - 7 years
Brian Preussker, Mill Valley - 7 years
Ralph Jackson, Gualala - 6 years
Lee Cordner, San Rafael - 5 years
Adam Crowley, Santa Rosa - 5 years
Andreas Anton, Healdsburg - 4 years
Forrest Craig, San Anselmo - 4 years
Mark Houser, Healdsburg - 4 years
Gregory Matsumoto, Napa - 4 years
Judson Rounds, Mill Valley - 4 years
Ryan Russell, Eureka - 4 years
Barry Schmidt, Santa Rosa - 4 years
Chancey Sweeney, Suisun - 4 years
Don Batbie, Santa Rosa - 3 years
Nate Garhart, Novato - 3 years
Jodi Justice, Santa Rosa - 3 years
Chris Wagner, Novato - 3 years
Betty Zootis, Santa Rosa - 3 years
Mark Eichstaedt, Sonoma - 1 year
Mario Felciano, Santa Rosa - 1 year
Rich Flaherty, Glen Ellen - 1 year
Debbie Leifer, San Francisco - 1 year
Til West, Santa Rosa - 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.
|Board Meeting Minutes|
by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Secretary
Redwood Region Board Meeting Minutes - July 31, 2012
In attendance: President Vern Rogers, Vice President Chris Harrell, Secretary Mike Hinton, Treasurer Jerry Gladstone, Event Director Don Magdanz, Webmaster Barbara McCrory, Past President Greg Maissen, Membership Director Bob Schoenherr, Safety Director Mac Cranford, and member Grady Carter.
Meeting called to order at 7:03 p.m. by President Vern Rogers at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, Novato.
President's Report: stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
- Attended Porsche World Tour w/Chris as my guest. We got to drive 981, 991 (regular and S), as well as the new Panamera GTS. The GTS was the big surprise. It's one thing to read that it feels like a smaller, more powerful car than it looks like. It is quite another to drive it... what a blast!
- Attended August 11 Ax w/new wheels and tires... VAST improvement! Who knows how long it would have taken me to do this change (the tires and wheels) without our Swap Meet.
- Attended Legends in Monterey (Carmel Valley actually). It was nice to see several Redwood members there. Big congrats to Bob and Anita for yet another Concours win! And big thanks to Spaten for their liquid contributions to a great time being had by all.
- Did observer's report for 8/11 Ax, and Brunch Run to Lake County.
- Enjoying a brief respite from having a Redwood event every weekend.
- Looking forward to Benbow next month. Booked two nights for Susan and I.
- Also looking forward to our annual party at Bergman's. Submitting insurance form for this today.
- Tracking our (mainly Jerry's) progress with Motorsport.reg. Thanks for sticking with this Jerry!
- Thanks to Jerry as well for the first draft of Bylaws changes which I have been reviewing.
- We need to continue to work on assuring Ax Directorship, and Newsletter Editor postions for next year.
Items discussed at meeting:
- Motion to approve July meeting minutes was approved
Vice President's Report: stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
- Attended Kachina Winery event on 7/28/12
- Took my 914 out for its second AX on 8/11/12
- Open Items
- Finalize locations for October and November Brunch Runs (Oct is also RR Annual Members' Meeting; November Brunch Run may become a winery event)
Treasurer's Report: stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
This report covers the period from July 28, 2012 through August 24, 2012:
- Certificate of Deposit (CD) total investment stands at $10,162.58.
- Money Market Account stands at $7,571.83.
- Checking account stands at $16,154.39 in total.
- $11,758.43 in unrestricted funds.
- $4,395.96 in funds restricted as the autocross reserve.
- The major income items for the period were:
- $2,046.00 from the quarterly rebate from National.
- $1,015.00 from Autocross #7.
- $260.00 from the Swap Meet.
- Major expense items for the period were:
- $995.86 for Autocrosses #7 (track rental) and other expenses(radios, vests).
- $226.39 for meeting dinners.
- Net income for the "period" was $2,189.67.
- Net income for 2012 is $7,834.54.
- Redwood Region's total assets are valued at $36,592.48 (includes Goodie Store inventory).
- Goodie Store sales for 2012 to date were $931.65.
- Total funds collected and earmarked for CASA currently stand at $1,700.00 (funds included in all numbers).
- An account at MotorsportReg.com was set up for the Region. I was original the administrator; Don Magdanz was later added as an administrator with identical privileges to mine. The September 2nd Pool Party at the Bergman's was used to prototype our use of MSR. The posting has been changed three times since the original as I learned more about how to use the application. MSR does have tremendous versatility and some great features; there is a learning curve though. So far we have a total of 33 people signed up for the Pool Party through MSR. P.S. The people on the MSR help line are very friendly and available, but not that knowledgeable.
- Discussion about MotorsportReg.com:
- Should there be additional people with full administrative privileges? Please note that the chair of any particular event can be named so that they receive headcount reports (RSVP's), option choices and email queries directly. In the case of the Pool Party, Kurt Fischer is the event chair.
- What should we use MSR for:
- Paying and/or non-payment events?
- Parties, tours and other social events?
- The first draft of a 2012 revision to the Region Bylaws was completed on August 21, 2012 and emailed to the Bylaws Revision Committee members. The draft attempted to incorporate all the items discussed at the first meeting of the Committee. A second, and hopefully final, meeting of the Committee needs to be called after the Committee members have time to review the draft.
- Action Item: set a date for the second meeting of the Region Bylaws Revision Committee.
- The spreadsheet of Sponsors/Advertisers is absent from this report as there was no change from last issuance.
- A spreadsheet keeping track of funds specifically collect for the benefit of CASA exists, but has never been circulated. It is attached to this report.
- WestAmerica Bank will be refunding the $7.00 service fees charged for July and August.
Items discussed at meeting:
- Extensive discussions concerning the use of MotorsportReg.com to manage responses and funds collections for remaining 2012 events were held. The Board agreed to use MSR on a "pilot" basis for most remaining 2012 events, but for now, autocross registration and payment procedures will remain unchanged from current practices.
Secretary's Report: stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
Nothing to report this month.
der Riesenbaum Editor's report: stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
The August issue of der Riesenbaum was sent on 8/7/12 to 652 email addresses; 310 (47.5%) opened as of 8/23/12. Lower open rates are typical for us during the summer, as many people are on vacation.
- Talked to Mark and Joan Campagna at 7/28 Kachina Event regarding their interest in potentially assuming the editorship of dR in 2013
- Sent event reminder ("email blast") on 8/23, focusing on 8/31 GGR/Porsche Design Reception, 9/2 Pool Party, 9/15-16 Benbow Inn Tour, 9/22 AX
- Open Items
- Meet with Mark and Joan Campagna in August, to give a general overview of the Editor position and how Constant Contact works
- Create sample electronic ballot for Board review
- Need more PICTURES from our events!
Membership Director's Report: stands as submitted.
(full report included in Membership section of August der Riesenbaum)
Autocross Director's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
- AX #8, 30 paid drivers and deposited $1015 to our account + $35 Gift. Cert.
- Insurance received for September AX's.
- Chris Harrell is designing the course for the Sept. AX.
- Working on getting some trophies for the October Enduro.
- Awaiting clarification on Asphalt paving bid.
- Topics for discussion
- Do we want any awards for AX?
Webmaster's Report: stands as submitted.
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
- During the month of August 2012 it is estimated that the visitor count will be approximately 4300. There were 1200 unique IP's that accessed the site.
- Activity on the site was spread evenly during the month with the two busiest days being August 3 and 23.
- Autocross and Classifieds were the most popular pages. The most popular flyer was the GGR Concours. Tied for second were the Benbow Tour and the Redwood Pool Party.
- Daily country activity was led by the United States, China, Ukraine, Japan and Germany accounting for 93% of the visitors - same as last month
- iPads, iPhones and androids continue to access the site, 187 this month. Top browsers are IE and Firefox.
Goodie Store Director's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
- Turning into Jerry $80 from August AX Goodie Store Sales.
- Placed an order for approx. $500.
Event Director's Report:
Submitted prior to Board Meeting:
- 9-2-12 Pool Party Bergmans: Kurt is Event Leader; everything is setup. Some participants are responding via MotorsportReg.com; others have already RSVP'd to Kurt.
- 9-15&16/12 Tour to Benbow Inn: Sent forms to Rob & Mary, Event Leaders. This is a real simple event; drive up the Freeway to Benbow and have dinner. No other driving tours; Sunday is Open.
- 9-29-12 Oktoberfest: Sent forms to Kirk and Holger, Event Leaders.
- 10-6&7-12 Northern Tour: Sent forms to Scott Downie, Event Leader. Scott sent Event Leader Instructions and flyer. Forwarded to Barbara for including on website.
- 10-13-12 Dinner Run to Napa: Sent forms to Greg Matsumoto, Event Leader. He is working on driving tour and will get the menu setup with the restaurant. He is putting together info for a flyer.
- 12-1-12 Holiday Party: Have called Dana @ Seghesio; I assume that she is very busy with events.
Items discussed at meeting:
Concours Director's Report:
The Board discussed the proposed menu and cost of the Holiday Party currently scheduled to be held at Seghesio. Don discussed the menu and costs with Dana at Seghesio. Given the fact that the meal will be more expensive than in 2011, and also that the menu selections appear to be inferior to those in 2011, the Board authorized Don to explore the possibility of having Nourish host the party. Don will contact Ray (the operator of Nourish) and report his findings.
No report submitted. Greg Maissen had some conversations with Concours Director James Heisey, who currently is experiencing health issues and may not be able to perform his customary duties at the upcoming Ledson Concours. Several Board members, including Vern, Chris, Mike and Greg agreed to assist with coordinating trophies and vehicle staging.
Sponsorship Director's Report:
- Followed up with Zack from Revolution Motorsports and Marty from cartronics. Zack doesn't want to sponsor yet. Did not hear back from Marty. Called several times.
Safety Director's Report:
Nothing to report this month.
CASA has been asked to send a representative to the Ledson Concours
Redwood Region Procedure Manual (David Bunch):
- August 6, RPM was emailed to the entire Board
Social Media Report:
- We are up to 356 likes for the RR FB page! Still trying to get the Sponsor page up and running...having problems with HTML! I am having problems getting all the sponsors listed!
- Working with LPR on getting it fixed!
- We still are one of the most viewed PCA regions with lots of good Porsche articles and posting of event pictures, etc.
- Events are still a problem...people just don't read all the details and FOLLOW instructions like for the Pool Party and the use of Motorsportsreg website! I've sent special emails to all the people that have said yes on the invite list!
- As always... it takes several months to beat it into the heads of the members on new procedures like Motorsportreg!
Meeting adjourned at 9:24 p.m.
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on September 25, 2012, at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.
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