Happy New Years to all Green Mountain PCA members
A Message from President-Elect Carl Wulfestieg
I wanted to open this note by thanking all of you for trusting me to be your president. I will do my best to provide value to your membership, and to honor the history and traditions of the Green Mountain Region of PCA.
I would like to thank Bill Root who has served as our president for almost six years. He stepped in during a time of crisis to fill out the term of the previous president who had resigned. Bill then served two additional, two-year terms as president. Under his guidance the club has grown, we have had great events, we have had fun, and a solid management team has been established. Thanks Bill for your tireless efforts.
For those of you whom I have not met, I thought that I would include a short note about my time in PCA. After almost 20 years of driving English and Italian sports cars, I bought my first Porsche, a 944 Turbo, in 1986. I became a member of the Pacific Northwest Region PCA in 1987, and I have been a PCA member continuously since that time. Other than driving two DE events, watching several autocrosses, and attending multiple Tech events, I was not an active member until I moved to Vermont in 2009. After attending several tours in my “storied ’71 911E,” I was asked to manage event insurance for the club’s driving activities. I began attending board meetings in 2011/12, and I was asked to be a board member at large. I also assumed responsibility for all events at that time. When Bill Root stepped into the position of president, I was asked to assume the position of Vice President, which I have held for two+terms. As events chairman, I have planned and/or participated in four rallies with GMT or Zone 1, and two rallies during the 2016 Parade at Jay Peak. I have also planned several tours and a number of club membership meetings. I have found that being a more active member here in Vermont has been much more rewarding than the passive membership role that I had taken in the Pacific Northwest.
I am very excited about next year, as there are a number of events in planning. Duffy Miller has stepped in to become events chairman, and we are discussing new ideas for next year’s New Member’s/ Spring Meeting. We plan to have the events committee busy later this fall. Green Mountain has a new webmaster, Al Iuppa, who is upgrading the website. He and Sandy Gilmour, communications chair, are discussing ways to improve communication with members, and to enrich the webpage experience. If you would like to lead a tour or have ideas, please contact Duffy or any of the members of the events committee. If you have thoughts about the website or emailed newsletter, please contact Al or Sandy.
Lastly, PCA has chosen the Woodstock Inn to be the site of the 2019 Fall Treffen. Treffen in German means “Getting together.” There will be anywhere from 250-400 Porsches in Woodstock for this event September 4-8. Green Mountain Region is the sponsor with a lot of help of course from Zone 1. Many of the activities will require the help of all of our members. Much like Parade, we will need volunteers to help with registration, information desk, car wash stations, tour traffic control and tour leaders and sweeps. PCA anticipates that the local region will provide volunteers for many of the activities. For this, the club receives a stipend. This is a chance to meet Porsche drivers from other parts of the country. I am asking now, well in advance, for many of you to step up and volunteer to help Green Mountain provide an outstanding experience for the Treffen attendees. Please send me an email, or call if you have an interest. I know that many regions are much larger with many more members, but I truly believe that Green Mountain Region can rise to this task.
I look forward to seeing you all at a Green Mountain event next year.
Summer 2019 Road Tours
Would you be interested in leading a tour next summer? Doing so is a great way to explore the by-ways of Vermont and have fun at the same time. A newbie? Not to worry, we have a several veterans who would be happy to offer tips or advice. If interested contact our Events Committee Chair, Duffy Miller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Holiday Party
The Green Mountain Region’s 2018 Holiday Party was a splendid gathering at the Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington. The setting, great food and friendship contributed to a delightful evening.
October 2018 – Fall Foliage Tour & 2018 Annual Members Meeting –
A big thank you to Peter and Ellen Arnold for the wonderful Fall Foliage Tour. The Tour offered participants a classic Porsche ride with twisty mountain roads, classic fields and beautiful views of the Vermont foliage. The Tour began at the P&H Truck Stop in Wells River and continued through Ryegate Corner to Danville and then onto Marshfield. From there we made our way to Hardwick through Morrisville and short break in Johnson, Vermont. The final leg took us to Stowe via Smugglers Notch for lunch and the 2018 Annual Members meeting.
Still need a GMR magnetic name tag?
If so, name tags can be ordered by emailing a request to our Treasurer, Christina McCaffrey at Christina.McCaffrey@uvmhealth.org. Be sure to spell your name(s) correctly! All members and spouses/significant others should have one to wear on tours and club events.
One of the ideas that came forward at the 2017 Annual Members meeting was the establishment of an events committee to lend help and support for club events and tours. We want to extend thanks to Carl Wulfestieg, Chair; Peter and Ellen Arnold, Al Iuppa, Duffy Miller and Zancy Von Hooks.
If members have ideas, suggestions and comments on the events listed above drop an email to Carl at email@example.com. After all, it is not too early to be thinking about 2019 Tours and Events.
Welcome New Club Members
- Patrice Machavern of Charlotte / 2017 Black 911 Carrera S
- Dave Powlison of Shelburne / 1982 SC
If you are a new member and we have not welcomed you in a GMT PCA Newsletter please sent an email to Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is also a good idea to ensure that your membership status and data are correct by checking on PCA.org/members