March 5, 2021
The State of the Green Mountain Region
March 2021 – President’s Message
I hope that everyone is well and on the way towards getting your Covid-19 vaccination shots. 2020 was a most unusual year for Porsche Club of America (PCA) and the Green Mountain Region (GMR). While membership numbers were surprisingly stable for both entities just about every other aspect of GMR’s 2020 plan was subject to cancellation, conducted virtually and when in person, subject to social distancing and other restrictions.
The Board sincerely hopes that 2021 will be a “return to normal” but knows full well that it will be a transition year. That said, I would like to take this opportunity to give you a “state of the GMR”.
GMR’s Milestone Anniversary
I am pleased to announce that the GMR is celebrating its 35th anniversary as a chartered region of PCA. The region was officially recognized in 1986 after a group led by then President Patrick Walsh petitioned PCA for official recognition. The other officers listed in the application were Lou Hochheiser (VP), Don Cummings (Secretary) and Cindy Walsh (Treasurer). In the application they demonstrated the imperative for recognition by reporting that they had “already had one formal meeting, a tour, lunch and concour (sic) in Stowe, Vermont. It was attended by 45 enthusiastic PCA, or soon to be, PCA members. There were 27 cars entered in the concour”. The Board hopes to incorporate the anniversary theme into our 2021 calendar, perhaps with a joint holiday/gala event in December. If you have ideas to share please give a shout out to any of the Board members.
GMR’s Membership & Financial Positions
Our membership and financial positions finished the year in good shape. Despite Covid, the number of primary members remained stable over the course of the year with 186 in January 2020 and 181 at year end. When you include affiliate members the total GMR membership at year end 2020 was 295 members. Financially, we remain strong with a closing cash balance of $12,317 after making a member challenge grant of $2,500 to the Vermont Foodbank.
2020 Event Recap
Our calendar was constrained by the pandemic but we nonetheless held several successful events. We kicked off with the July tour that attracted 11 cars. That was followed by tours in August, September and October, each with a growing number of participants. The greater Burlington tour attracted the highest numbers with 31 vehicles and 45 members. We also made history by holding the first virtual Members meeting in October and then capped off the year with our first ever Zoom holiday party where more than 30 members enjoyed a musical performance by Jon Gailmor and swapped travel stories and cocktail recipes.
The Board, along with several invited members, held a virtual retreat in January. The purpose was to review the 2020 events and most importantly, assess what we need to do to increase membership participation. The discussions triggered numerous suggestions/ideas/enhancements, some routine others surprising. While not comprehensive, the following offers a flavor of the discussion.
- Events should be structured to maximize socializing opportunities.
- Tour formats should be varied, for example using a modified ramble format where a destination is selected with members free to drive any route arriving in time for a function.
- Give more consideration to overnight and out of state tours.
- Traditional tours should not have more than 10 cars in each group coupled with clear route directions/information. To paraphrase, “Driving in a pod of 10 or more cars is just too stressful to be enjoyable”.
- DIY tech sessions
- Ramp up our use of social media.
As I look out my office window I still see a hillside covered in deep white snow but hope springs eternal and we know that we will soon be on Vermont’s roadways. As the driving season approaches the Board encourages you to save the following dates in your calendars. The details will be forthcoming as we progress through the spring.
- Saturday, May 15th. This will be a traditional tour focused in the greater Woodstock area. We are exploring the available options for an outdoor venue to gather subsequent to the drive, perhaps with catered box lunches.
- Saturday, June 12th. Join your fellow GMR members as we welcome our newest members and their cars. Rather than organizing one or more tours to drive to the meeting the Board has decided to forgo the organized tours so that you can travel to the meeting at your leisure on a route of your choosing. The location and related details are in the formative stage but the emphasis for this event will be on socializing.
- Friday/Saturday, August 13/14. Bob Rubin has once again offered to put together an overnight event in southern Vermont.
- Saturday,September 25th. Stu Friedman is putting together another, his 4th for GMR, drive through Adirondack Park in upstate New York.
- October. GMR Annual meeting and Fall Foliage tour
- December. Holiday Party
I look forward to seeing you over the course of the driving season and encourage you to regularly check the events calendar at the GMR website (https://gmtpca.org) and/or our Facebook Group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/GMRPCA) for more details.
“It’s not just the cars, it’s the people”
Alessandro (Al) Iuppa, GMR President
The GMR Board needs your help!
Peggy Larson, has served as the GMR Secretary for several years and we owe her a debt of gratitude for her service to the Club. However, as she announced at the 2020 Annual Meeting she would like to step away from that role. Like most organizations the Secretary is a member of the Board of Directors and is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the Board’s meeting minutes and the club’s official records.The time commitment to the Club is modest; the Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for no more than 90 minutes. It’s also fair to say that the work of the Board is most cooperative and good fun.
The PCA-GMR is a volunteer organization by any measure and relies upon its members for its management. If you are a member of the PCA-GMR I ask that you give serious thought to contributing to the Club’s ongoing success by joining the Board as our new secretary. Please let me know if you are interested in taking on the roll of secretary or have any questions – I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
GMR Vermont Foodbank Fundraiser Raises $6,613!
January 4, 2021 – A big thank you from the Vermont Foodbank
Good morning, I wanted to send everyone at the Green Mountain Region- PCA Chapter a huge thank you for the incredibly generous matching donation we just received. With the matching funds, the new total for your virtual food drive is $6,613, which translates to 11,043 meals. Because of you, more than 11,000 meals will be making their way into the homes of our community members facing hunger. That is absolutely incredible. Sending so much gratitude to each of you- we’re so thankful for your support. Wishing you all a bright 2021!
The Green Mountain Region held its holiday party on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Due to Vermont’s Covid-19 restrictions the Board opted to conduct this event on the Zoom platform. As an adjunct to the party Green Mountain Region conducted a successful fundraiser to benefit the Vermont Foodbank.
The party was an enjoyed by a number of GMR members and offered members an opportunity to do a little holiday socializing during these pandemic days. After some opening remarks by Duffy Miller he introduced the evening’s entertainment — a virtual concert presented by Jon Gailmor. Jon is a Vermont singer / songwriter, an “artist in residence” for Vermont schools, and an entertainer who has played many local and national venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC Jon’s performance offered up several songs with a Porsche theme. The music set a nice mood for the rest of the party and the consensus was that a future in-person concert is in order. If you would like to learn more about Jon visit his website at http://www.jongailmor.com.
Outgoing President, Carl Wulfestieg, took the opportunity to offer a brief commentary on 2020. He noted that while the Covid-19 pandemic threw a “monkey wrench”in our plans we still managed to conduct several successful tours covering a broad swath across the state and held our required 2020 members meeting using Zoom. Carl also extended a “thank you” to the Board for their work on behalf of the Club especially during his medically necessary absences.
In addition to the enjoyable conversations the highlight of the evening was the favorite cocktail contest. Participating members were asked to submit the recipe for their favorite cocktail and we received ten candidates. The libations ranged from fine wines to single malts to elaborate concoctions. The ten were presented to the party and in some cases triggered interesting stories of world travel and bartender exchanges. After much discussion and deliberation the ten were put to a vote with the winner by an extremely close margin was the Frosty Gold Fashion submitted by Duffy and Bernie Miller. The Cranberry Daiquiri recipe submitted by Susan and Carl Wulfestieg finished a close second place.
This year, the Board decided to conduct a charitable fundraiser in conjunction with the holiday party. Our chosen 2020 beneficiary was the Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, providing nutritious food through a network of more than 300 community partners — food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, after-school programs, schools and hospitals. The Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, provides about 12 million pounds of food annually to people throughout Vermont. The Board also agreed that the club would match up to $2,000 of member donations.
By any measure the fundraiser was a success. Individual Green Mountain Region members contributed $3,863, the club matched $2,000 and PCA contributed $750 bringing the grand total raised for the Foodbank was $6,613! As an added incentive for contributing the club conducted a raffle wherein contributors were entered for a $50 prize which could be used to purchase a ticket for the Porsche Club of America’s members only fall raffle for a 2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S + $25,000. The winner of the $50 prize was Ann Pettijohn.
Everyone agreed that the party was a success but also expressed the desire and hope that we will be in a position to see each other in-person during 2021!
2020 Annual Member Meeting held on October 27, 2020
The GMR Annual Member meeting took place virtually as scheduled on October 27 via the Zoom platform. While attendance was limited the Club was able to complete its required business.
- Carl Wulfestieg, President, made opening remarks and acknowledged the work done by Board members and other club members. Further, he stressed the need to find replacements for Peggy and Duffy as Treasurer and Events Chair, respectively.
- The minutes of the 2019 Annual Members meeting were approved.
- Christina McCaffrey, Treasurer, recapped the financial condition of the club for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020. In short, we began the year with cash balance of $14,645 and ended with $15,759. The Treasurer’s report was approved.
- Brad Kennison, Membership Chair, provided a membership report. Despite the COVID-19 challenges GMR’s membership numbers were steady ending with 186 active members.
- Duffy Miller, Events Committee Chair, provided an overview of the 2020 Tours. Despite the public health restrictions our participation rates increased as the summer progressed.
- Carl provided the Nominations Committee report which was responsible for preparing the slate of candidates as officers for term covering 2021-2022. No nominations were made from the floor and the proposed slate was adopted by the members. The officers for 2021 – 2022 are as follows:
- President – Alessandro (Al) Iuppa
- Vice President – David Whittall
- Secretary – Peggy Larson
- Treasurer – Christina McCaffrey
- Carl introduced Mike Bryan, PCA’s Zone One Representative who provided an organizational overview of PCA nationally and regionally.
Great Day for GMR Fall Foliage Tours
October 10, 2020
Sunny skies on Saturday morning greeted GMR members as they gathered for the final Tours of 2020. With 26 Porsches and approximately 50 participants divided between the northern and southern starting points it was great day for traveling Vermont’s colorful roads.
The southern group, lead by Dave Whittall, embarked from Grafton, VT and headed south to Saxons River and Putney before heading west towards Dummerston. They then headed north northwest towards Newfane then back to the Grafton area before arriving in Chester for a stretch break. After the break the tour continued to the Jackson Gore Lodge at the Okemo Ski Resort for a rendezvous with the northern group.
Duffy Miller led the northern cohort from Northfield, VT. The tour passed through the Northfield, Roxbury, Randolph, Rochester before connecting with Vermont’s classic touring road, Route 100. From Rochester the group continued south on Route 100 passing through Stockbridge, Pittsfield and Plymouth before arriving at the Jackson Gore Lodge at the Okemo Ski Resort for a rendezvous with the southern carst.
You can find links to the Google map for each route on the Calendar.
September 2020 Tour – Greater Burlington area
Green Mountain Region Survey
As you may recall, in early 2020, the GMR-PCA Board conducted a member survey to find out more about member interests, support for club activities, and reasons for becoming affiliated with the GMR-PCA. The Board had anticipated sharing and discussing the survey results with the membership at the May member meeting. As you know, the pandemic compelled the Board to cancel that meeting and several other events so there hasn’t been an opportunity to review the survey results.
So, we’re now providing a link to the survey results that you can review at your leisure. The Board plans to discuss the results with the membership at the Fall member meeting (October 10th at the Killington Resort), which remains on the schedule of events at this time.
Porsche Related Diversions from Covid-19
- Take a Virtual Tour of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart
- The Porsche Newsroom Newsletter
- Porsche Club of America
- PCA Sim Racing Series
- Endurance: The Documentary about Porsche at the Two Toughest GT Races in the World
Be sure to check out the “Ask Jason” column for maintenance tips and suggestions
Would you like to have a Green Mountain Name Badge for GMR Events?
If so, name tags can be ordered by emailing a request to our Treasurer, Christina McCaffrey at Christina.McCaffrey@uvmhealth.org. The cost is $15 per badge. Be sure to spell your name(s) correctly! All members and spouses/ significant others are encouraged to use the name badges on tours and other club events.
Green Mountain Region Board Meetings. Are you interested in “attending” our Board meetings? The Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm EDT via video conference. If you would like to join us please let Carl Wulfestieg (email@example.com) know and he will provide you with the log-in protocols using the Zoom Video Conferencing application.