From the President May 2012

Now that spring is here most of us have spiffed up our Porsches and have taken at least a brief run. The Porsche season is upon us and so are the club’s activities.

After a very successful Mid-Winter Party, we followed up with our All Member dinner welcoming our new members into the club. My congratulations to Judi Sieler for and thanks for a superb job of chairing this event. We had thirteen new members who were magnificently initiated into our club the Porsche cape and driver’s helmet guru – George Patterson. After the initiation I spoke with many of the new members. Most were surprised at the upbeat nature of the dinner and the great welcoming gifts that were handed out. As usual, I’m still confused as to why we don’t have more new members at this affair – especially when they receive a free dinner and prizes worth up to $400. Also, I must apologize to many of my long time friends who I spent very little time with, because I feel very strongly that this event is important to make sure the new members are welcomed and that they are comfortable with our club’s environment.

We now start our activities in earnest. You can see the schedule of events on our website – We sometimes have extemporary activities and will send you an email blast so make sure you have your updated email address to Earl Seiler (our Communications Director).

I recently attended the annual PCA President’s meeting. Nothing really earth shattering (as usual) which is good. Some bits of news: next years (2013) PCA Parade will be in Travis City, Michigan which should give us a easy travel to PCA’s largest event; this year’s (2012) Escape will be in Eureka Springs, Arkansas (11/18 to 11/11); this year’s P2O (now called Porsches to Ohio) has been moved from Oxford, Ohio to Granville, Ohio; PCA’s nation wide growth for last year was 3.5% — 2.6% growth for our zone (sorry I don’t have our regions growth rate, but I’m sure it’s higher than the zone growth – we are the second largest region in our zone. PCA will be sending our surveys to about 15% of the clubs membership. If you receive a survey, please take the time to complete it and return it to PCA. Many of the club’s decisions are based on the results of this survey.

This meeting was actually a two part meeting – with the second half of the meeting centered on our Driver Education events. Fortunately (for me) our Chief Instructor – Bruce Graham was able to attend. The biggest topic was the elimination (by PCA) of “Taste of the Track” rides. All regions in our zone were opposed to eliminating this activity. Some of the regions (and we were one that was going to implement this activity) were rides given to some of our “Wounded Warriors”. The reason given by PCA was that our insurance carrier did not want to take this risk. Tom Gorsuch (PCA”s national Treasurer) listened to our objections and said he would bring this subject up at their executive meeting. It is hoped that we can find a solution to this situation. I will keep you informed.

Again, I would like to encourage you to consider advertising in our first class, quality newsletter. If you are involved with a company or know someone who can benefit by advertising to an upscale demographic, please contact Paul Nickoloff.

I hope to see you at many of our upcoming events and business meetings – we need your input, suggestions and ideas.

From the President Apr 2012

Our 2012 season has begun with an extremely successful Mid-Winter party event. We had close to 200 members in attendance and Sandy and Bill Zilienski did an outstanding job of putting this on. We want to thank the Sewickley Car Store for hosting and sponsoring our function. I also want to thank Davis Kawalik for assisting me as the emcee. He made sure that I addressed all items and that our presentations were given to the correct people. He then took the mike and made sure everyone knew his birthday was forthcoming – so we sang Happy Birthday to him.

We also got to see the new 991 for the first time (at least to most of us) and it was not disappointing. Although it is larger it still keeps the lines of the original 911.

I was extremely pleased with the first issue of our newsletter headed by Iron Jack Purvis and Frank Buniciky. With the assistance of Paul Nickoloff and Rob Hoffman, our newsletter should be recognized as one of the best in PCA. Please note that with the upgrading of our newsletter, now is a great time to have your company or some company you know of to place an ad. Our newsletter has a great demographic and is read by over 1000 members.

Next up is our All-Member dinner. This function is to celebrate the new members and recognize those individuals that have done outstanding achievements for the club in 2010. I hope you new members remember the dinner is on the club and you will also receive meaningful welcome gifts.

We have scheduled a number of events this year and a calendar can be found on our website. In addition to our track events (which was mentioned in last month’s newsletter) we are planning a golf outing, two Wine and Shines (probably a Saki and Shine) and a picnic/dinner during our DE at BeaveRun.

We will also have our traditional drive and dinner (more party than dinner) in Hershey for the annual Porsche Only Swap Meet. We will have details on our website and an upcoming email blast.

Hope to see you at the All-Member Party and please contact me with your suggestions, ideas and input.

From the President Feb 2012

We are now officially in the 2012 ARPCA season. By the time you read this, our first event (MidWinter Party) has been completed. This is always great way to begin our year. We also had our first “unofficial” event of the year with a gathering of folks to the Double Wide restaurant in the South Side to “watch” the 24 hours of Daytona. Actually this was just an excuse to get our of the house and meet and converse with our friends. Once again I heard from some of the spouses that they really didn’t want to go because they weren’t into racing. Once you attend you’ll find out that the race is very secondary. When we left, I didn’t have a clue as to who was leading or anything else. But I did have a lot of great conversations.

Another first for us this year is our new Rundschau team comprised of co-editors Iron Jack Purvis and Frank Buniciky. Our creative and print staff of Paul Nickoloff and Rob Hoffman will insure the continued quality of our newsletter. Paul has also agreed to be our club representative to Auto Palace and take over the Advertising chair. I again want to thank Nancy Lowe for her tremendous efforts in making our newsletter one of the best in PCA. I also want to thank Gary Morgan for assisting Nancy. I’m sure you will notice some changes and I encourage you to provide input to insure a quality piece and to improve our efforts.

Last year as most of you know our major effort was to establish record attendance and the largest contribution ever to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. I am proud to say (again) these goals were accomplished. Now with the beginning of the New Year I want to re-establish our P-3 program (Porsche Project for Patriots). This program has been very successful for us (and the recipients) in the past. Next time you are in the Sewickley Car Store, please note the flags and plagues that have been presented to our organization. I am very proud of our efforts and members. If you have a relative or friend presently serving in Afghanistan, please contact our P-3 chair; Judi Seiler. Our contributions go directly to our military members and not through an outside organization.

Please note in our newsletter our 2012 event schedule (you can also see this on our website). We will have five Driver Education track events (two more than last year – with the July 4th event at Sears Point in West Virginia as well as a co-sponsored event with NOR and Nelson Ledges and our Car Control Clinic. We will have an added Auto Cross venue at BeaveRun (can’t remember the new name). Our next social event will be our All-Member dinner where we “officially” present our new members. This is always one of our most enjoyable dinners and I hope the new members take advantage of their free dinner (and prizes) and that we have a great turnout from our present members to assist in their initiation.
We will be looking forward to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in July and I am predicting (based upon last year’s efforts) that we will have 250 to 300 Porsches and will still have the most cars in the event. We are still looking for someone to chair this première event.

For those of you who are interested or may be in the area; the European Porsche Parade will be from June 6th to the 12th in Chantilly, France. Contact PCA for details.

Of course we will have our Wine and Shine and probably our Sake and Speed venues. Please contact us if you have any suggestions for other venues or come to one of our business meeting (usually held on the second Thursday of the month).

From the President 2011-Dec

As you can tell we are back from our three-week road trip: Pittsburgh-Laguna Seca-Seattle then home. In a word, it was fantastic. A road trip like this really gives you a perspective of how vast and great our country is. I documented our adventure and it will be presented in a series format – hope it doesn’t bore you.
While we were gone, we missed the annual brunch at Nemacolin, which was upsetting to us, because we really enjoy sitting and meeting with other Porsche folks and I believe the resort puts on one of the best quality fares that we have experienced. I want to thank Sandy Zielinski for chairing and putting up with all the trauma of managing such an event.
We also missed the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix check presentation. The PVGP was very proud that they were able to donate over $200,000 (a new record for them) to assist the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny School.
AND our club was able to raise $73,500 — another new record. We were represented by Greg Farrell and heard he did a terrific presentation.
Hats off to Suzanne Carlin for managing one of the most fun activities of the year – our fiftieth celebration.Most members were dressed in 50’s era outfits to go with our celebration. I have to say Louise went somewhat overboard and few recognized her at first glance. Our DJ, Charlie Apple, did a great job with the theme music.
Our PVGP efforts were outstanding – we had over 500 Porsches (a marque record) for the event as well as presenting the largest donation the PVGP has ever received.
Once again, I want to thank all those involved – it was a tremendous effort.
Now on to 2012. Our first official function of the year will be our annual Mid-Winter party. This year’s event will take place at the Sewickley Car Store on February 4th. On display for the first time (in Pittsburgh) will be the new 991 Carrera. It’s worth the effort to attend just to see Porsche’s new iteration of the classis Porsche. Bill and Sandy Zielinski will be chairing this event and I’m sure they would welcome any assistance – especially since this is one of our largest events of the year.
Our track planning meeting was convened with Dale Rabeneck chairing the meeting. In addition to our normal three Driver Education events and Car Control Clinic, we are planning at least one autocross day.
Rob Hoffman and Scott Mores are hoping to obtain assistance from experienced autocrossers. Please contact them with your ideas. We also hope to obtain another track date (possibly Summit Point) to fill out our track season.
Finally I want to thank Nancy Lowe for all her work and toil and editing our fantastic newsletter. It is a thankless job and I’m sure that I didn’t make it easy for her. I really want to enter our newsletter in PCA’s national contest. I truly think that we have an excellent chance of being recognized.
I know many of you are garaging your Porsches for the winter and are not looking forward to not being able to take out your “attitude adjuster”.
Let’s hope for an early spring.
Please contact me with your ideas, suggestions, and input.

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.