by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President
Parties, endings, beginnings, and thank-you's throughout
Last Saturday, 70+ Redwood Region members braved the weather and showed up for our Annual Holiday Party, this year at Nourish at Harbor Point in Mill Valley. All attendees were rewarded with great food, beverages, music, and, of course, great company. Thanks to all who attended; it was a BLAST! Thanks also to our sponsors who provided door prizes: Hi Tec Automotive, Cars Dawydiak, and Allstate Insurance. Please see Mark and Joan Campagna's article for further details about the party.
This edition of dR will be the last in the foreseeable future that will be put together by Chris Harrell. Those of you who have read the Region newsletter over the last couple of years will realize what a positive impact Chris has had on this publication.
As you know, Chris has moved (mostly) to Southern California to assist his company and pursue additional opportunities with them. Not only did he captain the newsletter, but he tirelessly took on all Vice Presidential duties this year, as well as planning and/or running several Club events. I cannot tell you all how valuable a support Chris has been to me as President. He has consistently been available, even with his crazy schedule, to be my sounding board and my friend.
Please join me in enthusiastic clapping and praise for all of his efforts with our Region over the past two years. Chris, you will be missed, and we all hope to see you back in the Redwood Region at some time in the future. Given that PCA Escape will be in Southern CA next year, we will all have an opportunity to reconnect with you then. I hope many of us are able to do just that.
On another note, the slate of officers nominated this year actually were elected (big surprise...), and will be serving you, the members of the Redwood Region, in 2013:
Myself as President, Mike Hinton as Vice President, Craig Steele as Secretary, and Jerry Gladstone as Treasurer. Big thanks in advance to my fellow officers for next year. I greatly appreciate your willingness to give of yourselves and your time. Please pass my thanks on to your spouses as well. I know this is not a solo contribution.
Regarding next year, our calendar planning meeting went extremely well, and we already have most of the year scheduled. Our events will start on New Year's Day with the now-annual "One One Fun Run". We are planning a Brunch Run or Tech Session for Saturday, 1/19 as well. Autocrosses will continue each month from March through October.
Two events that I am really excited about are:
A three day Mille-style tour called "It's All About the Roads" that Steve and Cherryl Glenn are putting together for us. This event will be in June, and will feature some of the best roads Northern California has to offer. Steve and Cherryl have had years of planning tours and car events with several clubs. We are very lucky to have them contribute their expertise to our club.
A party in August that will be hosted by Charlie and Antoinette Alegria at their beautiful home on the banks of the Napa River. Those of you who were fortunate enough to have attended the last one of these will be sure to return.
Next year will also find many favorites back on the calendar: Porsches on the Plaza, Oktoberfest, Whale to Whale Tail Rally, a tech session or two, plenty of breakfast/brunch/dinner runs, and several wine tours. Our trend from this year of scheduling some events on Sundays will continue.
Lastly, we will be doing our Second Annual Region Swap Meet in conjunction with TRG, and will publish that date as soon as it has firmed up.
We hope to have the first three months of 2013 posted on the website soon.
That's all for now. Down the road,
From the Editor
by Chris Harrell, der Riesenbaum Editor
Dear Redwood Region friends,
After two years as Editor of der Riesenbaum, the time has come for me to pass the torch. As I have shared recently, Veronica and I have decided to return to Southern California based on new job opportunities for me, and we will be transferring (back) to the San Gabriel Region. This will be my last issue of der Riesenbaum.
I want to thank you all for your support and enthusiasm, and give specific thanks to those of you who have contributed to der Riesenbaum during my editorship. In my humble opinion, we have created a publication that is on par with the best, award-winning PCA newsletters nationwide, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together. I know that der Riesenbaum will be in good hands moving forward (thank you, Barbara and Jerry for volunteering to be interim Co-Editors!), and I am hoping that Redwood Region receives national recognition within PCA by way of the 2013 PCA National Newsletter Contest.
I have sincerely appreciated my time in the Redwood Region, as Editor of der Riesenbaum, as Vice President in 2012, as the leader of multiple events, and as a member enjoying autocrosses, brunch runs, and all of the other great activities Redwood Region offers its members. This is a special Club; I have truly enjoyed being a part of it and meeting so many new friends along the way. I will miss all of you, and I hope to see you at next year's PCA Escape in SoCal.
I've never been very good at "goodbyes", although I have had to say my share of them. For now, I think I will borrow my buddy Vern's phrase and leave things open-ended....
Down the road :)
|der Riesenbaum Editor Needed|
by Jerry Gladstone, Treasurer
As you surely know by now, Chris Harrell our amazing newsletter editor, has relocated to Southern California to pursue an excellent career opportunity. To fill the void he leaves behind we are searching for a new editor to continue Chris' outstanding work in making der Riesenbaum what it is today. Barbara McCrory and I will be filling in as co-interim editors until a volunteer steps forward. If you like to write and edit, this is your chance to step up and serve the membership in an important way. There is much help available as most of the articles are written by club members and there are always an abundance of photos available. The software used to publish the newsletter is easy to use and many of us are good resources. Please contact any of the officers or board members if you want to talk about what it takes to do this job. Give it a try -- it is fun!
Congratulations to our 2013 Redwood Region Officers!
The results of our first online election are in. As of the November 30, 2012 voting deadline, the official tally was 54 votes.
The Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region Executive Council members for 2013 are:
President: Vern Rogers
Vice President: Mike Hinton
Treasurer: Jerry Gladstone
Secretary: Craig Steele
Immediate Past President: Greg Maissen
Also on the ballot was the general membership referendum for adopting the 2012 revisions to the Redwood Region Bylaws -- the revision was approved. The 2012 Redwood Region Bylaws may be viewed on the Region website by clicking here.
Thanks to all of you who voted!
Mike Hinton, Secretary
Breakfast Run to Dillon Beach - Saturday, November 10, 2012
by Simone Kopitzki, Redwood Region Sponsorship Director
It was pretty chilly but sunny when a small group of us (25 members and 15 cars) headed out for the last breakfast run of
the year on November 10th. We left Kaffee Mocha around 9:30 am. and Don led a very nice tour through Cazadero along the creek. After the bumpy, curvy Fort Ross Road, we arrived at the ocean. Driving along HWY 1 is still breathtaking even after all these years. It was early in the morning so there weren't many other drivers out there. No bicyclists and clear sight of the cliffs and the ocean - what a dream.
Driving along the Coast
We stopped at the Jenner Visitor Center for a bio break while some of us enjoyed the scenery. We arrived around 11:30 at Dillon Beach Café. As usual we got the nice room in the back with the view of the ocean. Breakfast was good and hearty. Don informed the group about some upcoming events, especially the Holiday Party. We enjoyed a nice drive back to Mill Valley along the coast. Thanks Don for getting the tour together. We enjoyed it very much.
Arriving at Jenner Visitor Center
2012 Holiday Party: Café Nourish Serves Up Holiday Cheer at December Event
by Joan and Mark Campagna
The wind may have blown us in through the door, but once inside Café Nourish we were greeted by a vista of sunshine - including the great big smiles of club greeters Sharon Neidel and Susan Stuart. Mounted on the wall above and behind them at the Check-in Desk was a 4' x 8' photomural of club cars on the Sausalito shoreline, the Golden Gate Bridge rising dramatically in the background. For those in the photo, taken during a breakfast run last May, this would be a second visit to the café and a night to remember: the December 1, 2012 Redwood Region Porsche Club Holiday Party.
As Mill Valley residents, Mark and I have been to this restaurant several times, though we've never had the chance to talk with Porsche club member and complex owner Ray Kaliski. As we found out that night, the Harbor Point complex is a family business, started several decades ago and still going strong. Thanks, Ray, for sharing this beautiful place with our club!
A cocktail hour kicked off the evening at 6:00pm. Au gratis beer and wine and plates of hors d'oeuvres floated through a crowd that eventually grew to 75 members and guests. Tucked into the corner next to the bar was a comfy "living room" area open to the dining room and dance floor. Here you could watch a slide show of our club's 2012 highlights running on a large screen TV, buy a "goodie" from the goodie store, or spend a few moments talking with CASA representatives.
For those unfamiliar with CASA, it stands for "Court Appointed Special Advocates." It's a program that recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. Our club and CASA have a long-standing and supportive history together; we would hear more from these reps during the evening's after dinner presentations.
Meanwhile, back on the dance floor, Club President Vern Rogers and Sponsorship Director Simone Kopitzki, raffled off the first of the door prizes, an activity that would continue through the night. Altogether, our club received donations of 21 door prizes ranging from bottles of wine, to autocross certificates, to gift certificates to Café Nourish, to a collector's set of books on the history of Porsche. For those who didn't get a chance to view the Sponsors' Table, a full list of the donated prizes can be found at the end of this article.
Dinner officially started at 7:00pm, when our group sat down for plated salads, followed by a buffet that included prime rib, beef short ribs, wild Alaskan halibut, potato leek gratin, Acini de Pepe (risotto style) and grilled assorted vegetables. From the conversations we heard around us if sounded as if all of the entrees hit the mark. We had the prime rib, which was delicious - though we have to admit we fell down on our job of thorough reporting - we didn't sample everything. Next time we'll make sure we do!!
Dessert-a yummy chocolate lava cake-was plated and served as more door prizes were raffled off and the evening's presentations got under way. First order of business for MC Rogers was recognizing those members whose selfless efforts have helped keep this club so much fun to belong to. Election results and Autocross Awards followed, with the presentations ending on a note of thanks from our CASA representatives for our 2012 donation to their charity.
As applause faded, the PA music backing our dinner gave way to the "real" stuff as Todd Morgan and the Emblems took the stage. This 4-person Sacramento-based group started as a 50's cover group, but now has expanded its rock/pop roots to combine styles from nearly every era of American music. If you weren't feeling the spirit before, you sure were now!
Out on the dance floor feet were moving, whether jumping in place like our youngest dancer (barely out of diapers), or swirling and twirling with finesse as were the rockin' Neidel's, who will celebrate 50 years as Porsche club members later this month. Congratulations George and Shirley,and many more happy renewals!!
Of course, the real joy in an event like this is the coming together of like-minded souls of all ages and persuasions to celebrate the passing of another year. All around us friendship flowed: new members were welcomed; long-time members were greeted with familiarity and standing jokes; and no one left with fewer friends than they started with.
As midnight approached and the music wound down, the last of the hardy-partiers left the dance floor. Coats and gifts and other belongings were gathered up for the journey home, as last-minute admonitions to "Drive safely" echoed across the parking lot. Had I another glass of wine, I would have raised it in tribute to Sly Stone, leader of a San Francisco 60's funk band who said it best: "I just want to celebrate another day of living!"
With deep appreciation to all who donated door prizes for this year's Holiday Party:
Allstate Insurance Agency; Samantha Kwong & Jeffrey Johnston
Gift basket filled with some Porsche model cars, fine chocolates, and other goodies (1)
Cars Dawydiak; Jürgen Barth
Three-volume book set on history of Porsche
Hi Tec Auto
Bottles of wine (12)
Pure Grain Bakery; Martina & Holger Seibert
$20 gift certificates to the bakery (2), traditional German Christmas Cake (1)
Club member, Barbara McCrory
Framed photo from last May's breakfast run (1)
Redwood Empire Porsche Club
$35 gift certificates to be used at club goodie store or autocross (2)
Nourish at Harbor Point
$100 gift certificates to the restaurant (2)
Click here to see the party photos taken by Simone Kopitzki.
CASA Seeks Volunteer Mentors For Neglected Children
Every day in Sonoma County, children are removed from their homes because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Through no fault of their own, these children are made dependents of the Juvenile Court and enter a world where an overburdened legal system sometimes cannot hear their voices. These youth need a CASA advocate to provide consistent and personal support as they go through months and sometimes years of legal procedures. All too often, the children are moved from one temporary placement to another, never knowing what it is to have the comfort of a permanent home. The CASA volunteer provides human contact that the youth need and the adult experience and savvy the court needs to make better decisions for them. Being a CASA makes a difference in the lives of these youth:
"If it weren't for you, school would have been harder. If it weren't for you I would not have started school with new clothing. If it weren't for you, I would not have had a wonderful senior year. If it weren't for you, I would not have my CASA. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be me. Thank you." Written by a CASA youth
Juvenile court officials have identified an additional 30 youth who need advocates and CASA is appealing to community residents to volunteer. If you care and have about 10 hours a month to spend, being a CASA can be a very gratifying work. A CASA is a powerful voice in a child's life. Executive Director, Millie Gilson, states that there are approximately 155 volunteers, and hopes to recruit another 25 with the next training.
The Winter training, which takes place over three and a half days begins Thursday, January 17th, 2013, from 10:00-1:00, then runs from Tuesday, January 22nd, through Thursday, January 24th, from 8:30-5:00. Classes are held at CASA's office at the Los Guilicos complex near Oakmont in Santa Rosa. For more information, contact Millie Gilson at (707) 565-6375.
|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
Twenty-four years of PCA membership for Fred Nelson of Fairfax and his Silver 993. Anniversaries for our Treasurer, Jerry Gladstone and new Secretary, Craig Steele.
Membership for the 2012 year has stayed very consistent. Those of you that have an anniversary coming up, be sure to update your membership on time. For those that are not re-upping your membership, please send me a note why so I can help to see what the problem is. We can't help you if we don't know what the problem is.
Real bummer that Anita and I missed the Christmas Party. Thanks goes to Don Magdanz for having all this organized for Redwood Region members. I don't think anyone knows the amount of time Don has put into all the events this year. THANKS, DON!
With all the activities now focusing on the holidays, I just wanted to share this link on how to prep your car for these winter months: http://993c4s.com/advise/maintenance-tips/porsche-winter/. Tis the season to start getting the cars ready for the 2013 AX, Concours, and touring. I have my many winter projects so that Anita can go faster and Queenie looks better than ever.
As always, please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call me at 707.995.5082 with any questions.
November 2012 Membership Summary
New Members 3
Transfers In 3
Transfers Out 0
Dual Members 16
Primary Members 487
Affiliate Members 352
Total Members 839
November 2012 New Members
Trenton Truit, San Francisco - 1998 Carrera Silver
James Mathews, Belvedere - 1987 944S Red
Lisa Laudeman, Napa - 1988 911 Silver & 2006 Cayenne
November 2012 Transfers
Paul Austin, Novato - 2005 997 Blue
William & Libby DeKorte, Petaluma - 1999 996 & 2007 Cayman
Robert Linton, New York - 1989 930 & 1982 Carrera GS
Welcome to the Redwood Region! We hope to see you at an upcoming event....
December 2012 Membership Anniversaries
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 - November 27, 2012 (This link takes you to the copy of the meeting minutes hosted on the PCA Redwood Region Website.)
Our next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on January 29, at Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato.
|Redwood Region Contacts|
2012 Redwood Region Board of Directors
Zone 7 Representative
1971 914 1.7 - This beautiful Irish Green car is an original...body, appearance group, engine, trans, upholstery, spare tire, jack, tool kit, owner's manual and most all of the paint, with 96K original miles. Original steel wheels/hubcaps, extra moon roof, and misc. items included. I bought this car from the first owner 40 years ago and have all records continuous from its first arrival into the US in May, 1971. This car has a rich history, with numerous Concourse trophies, an overall Third Place at the 22nd Porsche Parade, and a connection with the Porsche family. $15,000. John FitzGerald 707.290.1635.
1986 944 Turbo (951) Sell or Trade - Guards Red over Black Leather. Excellent condition with 205,000 miles (about 7600 miles/yr). Exceptional example with great paint, great leather, clear title. Always garaged California car. All services done regularly with complete history and service records. Needs a few minor things (I'll tell you exactly in detail) but this is truly exotic car performance at economy car expense. Chip and a few minor performance mods but very civilized and happy to putter around town, but when you want it this car is seriously quick. Essentially the way it left Germany in 1986, even down to the original Phone Dial alloys. Needs nothing to drive it daily.
Will consider trades for later year Honda Element EX or other utility or van type vehicles in excellent condition. Asking price is the Agreed Value on my Hagerty policy, which is $11900 but MAKE AN OFFER! Let's talk.
I'm in Santa Rosa. Call for more details, more pics, any questions, test drive. Text or leave message with your contact info. Thanks for looking. Chris Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org or 707.322.5514.
New (never used) Blaupunkt Denver stereo from an '89 Carrera, $100. Contact Martin at email@example.com.
Owner's Manual - Original 1970 Porsche 911T. Overall condition good except rip in back page $50
Work Shop Manual - VGC. No grease or smudge marks. Porsche 911 1964-69 Autobook, Kenneth Ball Autopress LTD. 176 pages $45 Contact: Roderick Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Classified ads for Porsches and Porsche-related parts or accessories are available at no charge to PCA members and may be submitted to the editor via email by the 15th of each month to be included in the next month's issue of der Riesenbaum. Ads will run for three months, space permitting, unless canceled by the seller. Classified ads are also included in the der Marktplatz section on our Club website. Editor may modify ad copy as needed based on space constraints, and is not responsible for content, errors or omissions. Commercial ads are not accepted. Please contact Sponsorship Director Simone Kopitzki at 415.299.7563 for sponsorship information and rates.
Der Riesenbaum is 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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Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region