January 2, 2021
Dear Green Mountain Region Member,
It is an honor to be taking on the reins of our Region’s Presidency from Carl Wulfestieg. In the time I’ve come to know Carl and work with him on the Board I’ve grown to appreciate his tireless efforts on behalf of the Club. During his tenure as President membership grew – no small achievement for a “social club” during a global pandemic, the September 2019 PCA Treffen in Woodstock has been described as one of its most successful ever and we have had memorable tours throughout the state and even a cross over into New York. As President, Carl has led the effort to ensure that the club’s activities appealed to as many members as possible and the sustained number of event registrants is a measure of his success. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude and I ask that you join me in my thanks to Carl.
I suspect everyone would agree that 2020 is one of those years that we look forward to seeing in the rearview mirror. There have been too many canceled family gatherings, social events and trips. For Green Mountain Region (GMR) that meant cancelling the spring new member meeting, several tours and lunches and compelled us to hold for our annual meeting and holiday party via Zoom. While the introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine is encouraging we still have a way to go before we return to normal, so let’s continue to take the requisite steps to curb its spread and stay safe. In the meantime, I share your hope and desire for better days ahead.
At this time, we don’t know exactly how 2021 will unfold but your GMR Board intends to plan a full schedule for the upcoming year. The plans will include the monthly tours/luncheons and member meetings in the spring and fall. We are also considering other activities, for example, regional coffee and car get togethers, a gimmick rally, another charity event, and joint events with other car marque clubs active in Vermont. However, before we can begin the 2021 planning in earnest we are seeking volunteers to fill two important Board vacancies to fill, Secretary and Events chair.
We’ve been fortunate to have had Peggy Larson serve as our Secretary for the past 5 years. However, as she noted during the annual meeting she would like to step down as Secretary. Peggy, who is rumored to consider yellow as her favorite Porsche, has been one our best ambassadors – always greeting members with a smile and a sincere welcome. Consistent with most organizations, the GMR Secretary is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the Board minutes and official club records.
At its core, the GMR is a social club whose members happen to enjoy driving Porsches. So it is not a surprise that the GMR events calendar is of paramount importance to the success of the club. For the past two years Duffy Miller has done a fantastic job chairing our Events Committee, especially navigating Vermont’s Covid restrictions while holding successful tours this past summer. However, his business responsibilities have increased such that both he and Bernie have less time to allocate to the Club. As a result, we are seeking a volunteer for Events Chair who will be responsible for coordinating our summer tours with support from other board members and tour leaders. We are also considering the possibility of having co-chairs which would help to better spread the work load. Regardless, I can say with full confidence that the Chair(s) will be the beneficiary of great support from the other Board members.
These two Board positions are important contributors to the success of the Green Mountain Region and I urge you to give serious consideration to helping your club as a volunteer. If you have an interest in serving as Secretary or Events Chair or would like further information about either role please let me know. I can reached by phone (207.409.0773) or email@example.com. By way of background the Board meets once a month via Zoom, although we look forward to periodic in-person meetings in the post Covid era.
I know I speak for the entire Board when I say that we wish everyone a happy and healthy new year as we look forward to the 2021 tours, social events and the opportunity to engage with each other in person. After all, “IT’S NOT JUST THE CARS, IT’S THE PEOPLE”.
Alessandro (Al) Iuppa
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) know and he will provide you with the log-in protocols using the Zoom Video Conferencing application.