*** A Special President’s Message ***
March 25, 2020. In light of Governor Scott’s “stay at home” Executive Order and on behalf of the Green Mountain Region board, I wanted to reach out to our members during these trying days. Our sincere hope is that everyone is well and not confronted with any related hardships.
Typically at this time of year we are looking forward to getting our Porsches out of the garage, barn or storage and our region’s upcoming spring and summer tours. Unfortunately, this year is going to be different with our attention appropriately centered on health related issues. That said, the board has been meeting through the winter with the intent of making the 2020 tour season one of the best with monthly tours including an overnight event. The first event is the Spring Meeting and Tour scheduled for May 2nd. At the most recent board meeting on March 18th the board was moving forward with that event but with a contingency plan should circumstances dictate a change. The Governor’s latest Executive Order to stay at home introduces another element that may further restrict our ability to go forward with the Meeting and tour.
Going forward our concern must be on health and safety and we ask that you bear with us as things develop. For the latest information about GMR events be sure to regularly check the GMR webpage (https://gmtpca.org) and look for updates in the Mountaineer Newsletter. If members wish to interact with each other you may want to consider the Green Mountain PCA Facebook group page as a vehicle for doing so. For the latter keep in mind that the Facebook group is NOT exclusive to GMR members. Click here to access the Facebook page. And, of course you can reach out to me or other board members via email.
In the meantime – stay home, stay safe and keep in touch.
Carl Wulfestieg, President
Porsche Related Diversions
- 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
2020 Spring Surprise – What happens when one tries to fool Mother Nature on Vermont’s first day of spring! No ride today.
*** If you haven’t done so already you can still complete the Green Mountain Region Spring Member Survey ***
If you are a member of the Green Mountain Region the Board wants your opinion! Be sure to check your email for a follow up reminder (sent on 12 March) for access to the 2020 Spring Member Survey. This is an opportunity to let your board know what you think about the club’s activities, what needs improvement or what should be added to the inventory.
**** IMPORTANT **** Once you open the survey link DO NOT leave the survey until you have completed the survey. If you close the survey without going through the entire list of questions you will not be permitted to go back at a later time to finish the survey. To go back requires that you do so on a different device.
*** 2020 Tours – Save the Dates ***
- 2 May 2020
- Spring Driving Tour and Membership Meeting
- We will have north and south starting locations leading to the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier where we will have lunch followed by the Spring Membership meeting.
- 12/13 June 2020 (Overnight)
- Rob Rubin is planning an interesting ride through southern Vermont and working with the Grey Ghost Inn for those who may be interested in spending Friday night in West Dover.
- 11 July 2020 – still under development
- 8 August 2020 (optional date 15 August) – still under development
- 19 September 2020 – Dave Kynor is working out the details for a hosted picnic and tour.
- 17 October 2020
- Fall Foliage Tour & Membership Meeting
- We will have north and south starting locations leading to a common destination for the Membership meeting.
- 5 December
- Holiday Dinner & Party – We are planning to go back to Burlington for a festive evening
In order to allow members to better plan for upcoming 2020 Tours the Events Committee under the leadership of Duffy Miller has prepared a tentative schedule for 2020. As in past years the tours will commence in May and continue through October. The Events Committee would like to hearing from you if you are interested in leading one of the tours. If you are a “newbie”, don’t worry! There is a wealth of experience in the Club that you can draw upon or you might consider teaming up with another member. If you are interested in leading a tour, have questions or other suggestions please contact Duffy at (email@example.com)
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2019 Holiday Party at the Capitol Plaza Hotel
Welcome new Green Mountain Region Board member & Chair of the Membership Committee – Bradley Kennison
Bradley is a retired Delta Airlines captain having spent thirty two years at both Northwest and Delta Airlines. He lives in Essex Junction, Vermont with his wife, Jill Kennison. They have a son, daughter-in law and grandson that live in Moretown, Vermont.
Since retirement Brad has been active in his local church and a number of community initiatives. His hobbies include skiing, biking, hunting, traveling and driving his Porsche. In January 2017 he joined GMR Porsche Club. His passion for owning a Porsche finally materialized in the fall of 2016, some forty eight years after his first Porsche experience. His 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera was a long awaited retirement gift. He looks forward to great adventures with his GMR club friends.
Earlier volunteer involvement include VARA Board of Directors, ski racing coach at Sugarbush/GMVS ski club, principle in the formation of Essex United Soccer Club and premier level soccer coach at Nordic.
2019 Fall Foliage Tour & GMR Members’ Business Meeting
As promised Pete and Ellen Arnold put together a wonderful drive through the Vermont country side under a perfect “Kodak” blue sky on Saturday, October 5. The day began in a chilly Berlin, Vermont where over 25 cars gathered for the Tour. The tour wound its way from Berlin through Williamstown on Route 14 then proceeded on a ‘west – east ” direction to Chelsea followed by Vershire Heights. We then headed north towards Corinth Corners and turned onto the Chelsea Road then the Brook Road with their spectacular foliage views eventually driving to Bradford for a rest and refreshment stop. From Bradford we travelled south through Thetford, Union Village and Norwich to the Public House in Quechee for lunch and the GMR Annual Meeting. By the conclusion of the tour we had travelled over 94 miles with the highest point at 1,102ft. A big thank you to Pete and Ellen!
See below to download the tour map with turn by turn directions.
At the GMR Business Meeting the membership approved the proposed amendments to the Green Mountain Region bylaws. The review was precipitated at the request of national PCA, who want the Region’s bylaws to better align with National bylaws.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) know and he will provide you with the log-in protocols using the Zoom Video Conferencing application.