From The President 2011-Nov

First allow me to apologize for not having an article ready for last month’s newsletter. I have had some health issues that deterred my ability to type and focus on my tasks. I have spent much more time than I want to going to various hospitals and seeing a number of specialists.The good news is that every symptom I have appears to be correctible through medication (except for another eye surgery in Nov.) and I believe the “meds” are working – not as quickly as I would like, but I’ve never been real patient – pun intended.

Although we are winding down for our Porsche events for this year, we have still been very active. We had a very successful DE at BeaveRun and even made a little money without a key sponsor. I had the opportunity to meet one of our newest members, young Samuel Ross (the new son of Alex and Becky Ross) – he was extremely good and there was not a flinch when one of the track cars would go by at mega speed and sound.

We had another great DE at Mid-Ohio. We sold out about a week before the event. This has been a very successful track season for us and we need to thank our instructor team of Bruce Graham, Ralph Guido, Larry Pryor, Jr. and our track organizers lead by Dale Rabeneck with assistance from Scott Mores and Bob Nadin.
On the social front, we tried something new with a Speed and Sushi event in Greensburg. Great attendance, great cars, and great food and drink. We even had a surprise visit from Nancy Lowe’s award winning 914-6. We want to thank Paul and Diane Nickoloff for putting this together – sure that this will be on the calendar for next year.

Speaking of the Nickoloffs, they graciously invited us to their lovely home for September’s business meeting. As usual, there was a party atmosphere, but we did manage to complete our business agenda. Please note: all members are invited to join us each month for our business meetings.
We also had another fun rally – our second for the season. There were several glitches – like the original restaurant that we reserved forgetting about us so we had to scurry and find something the day before the event – we did. Also, for the first time, the weather didn’t cooperate and it rained during the whole event. We still had an excellent turnout – about 25 cars and as usual everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I want to thank Frank Bunecicky and Iron Jack Purvis for another well-organized event. They are already working on a new rally for next spring.

With the closing of this year’s activities, we will soon be planning for 2012. We would really appreciate volunteers to chair or assist some of our upcoming events – the Mid-Winter party, the All Member dinner, etc. We are also looking for someone to chair the PVGP. After the PVGP wrap up fiasco this year, Louise has decided that she has had enough of PVGP’s “attitude” and wants to turn this task over to someone else. Please contact me if you are interested in creating a new venue, chairing or assisting in next year’s activities.

One of the things we want to do is concentrate on is regenerating our P3 program (Porsche Projest for Patriots). With this year’s emphasis on our successful PVGP effort, we kind of put this very meaningful project on the back burner. This coming year, we want to change our emphasis to the P3 program. If you know anyone who is serving our country in Iraq or Afghanistan, please contact Judi Seiler.

As you read this article, Louise and I will have probably just returned from our great adventure. We are driving to Rennsport at the Laguna Seca racetrack. Some folks have looked at us like we’re crazy for driving our Porsche for this distance, however in our opinion this is what the car was designed to do. They are expecting up to 4,000 Porsches and had sold over 65,000 tickets by the end of September. This will be the first time our 993 has gone east of the Mississippi. We will also visit our middle daughter and family in northern California and then cruise up the coast to Seattle to see our son, daughter in law, and new grandson. If the weather cooperates, we will take a casual trip back through the northern part of the States. We’ll provide details of our trek in next month’s newsletter.
I look forward to having you contact me with your questions, suggestions, and input.

From the President

Fantastic is all I can say about our 2011 PVGP weekend as marque of the year and celebrating our 50th anniversary.

Over the weekend we had 502 Porsches in attendance (Saturday’s group plus the new cars on Sunday). According to our PCA representative – Tom Gorsuch (PCA Treasurer) this could be the largest display of Porsches ever for a single region.

For those of you who unfortunately couldn’t attend, we had Porsches from one end of the golf course to the other end. We had approximately 80+ 356’s thanks mostly to the efforts of Jolene Cicci.

We had cars from twelve states and Canada. There were Porsches from Connecticut, southern Florida and Colorado. We even had people come to our event from as far away as California.

With a scary beginning from a large thunderstorm early Saturday morning, it looked like our months of planning would be a disaster. We had Porsches everywhere; on the streets, parking areas, etc – everywhere except on the golf course. To make things worse all of Earl Seiler’s and his parking team’s Friday’s efforts were washed out by the storms. Once the gates to the park were opened; our club members met the challenge and were able to neatly park all of the 430+ Porsches on the golf course.

We had over forty volunteers assist us – many who volunteered at the park.

Suzanne Carlin sold over $6,000 in club and Porsche items, smashing her all time sales figure.

Our home theater raffle was a success and lucky Wade and Jane Anne Miller will soon have a very high end theater in their home.
We were honored to have representatives from Porsche Cars North America and PCA. I believe we overwhelmed them with our display. The Event Coordinator from PCNA that she was amazed at our efforts and couldn’t have done a better job herself – and that’s her job. We also had folks from both the Sewickley Car Store and Auto Palace with their displays.

Even with the soaring temperatures (especially on Saturday) and high humidity, most people stayed for the majority of the afternoons. I believe they just didn’t want to leave our venue with the record number of Porsches, racing in the streets and meeting new people from all over who had similar interests.

We have volumes of ARPCA people to thank and you’ll be hearing about them in future articles.

As of this writing, we do not have the final financial account obtained from our efforts. I will do so after we meet with PVGP. I couldn’t be more proud of our members with their work ethic and outstanding attitudes.