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Green Mountain Region’s New Member Welcome Meeting

The Green Mountain Region held its New Member Welcome meeting on Saturday, June 12th at the South Burlington DoubleTree. Almost 50 members, new and vintage, came together to make new friends and rekindle old friendship. And, talk about their cars. The new GMR members came from around Vermont as well as New Hampshire with a fine collection of Porsches and various stories about how they came to own their first Porsches – suffice to say that the desire to retain our inner childhoods played a prominent role. Among the introductions were the unexpected comments that explained how the Chevy Corvair played a role for a couple of our members. Several new members noted their interest in or prior experiences related to racing at various levels including Lime Rock Park and Daytona.  

If you would like to see some event photos taken by fellow member Stephen Restelli you can do so at the Green Mountain Region’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/GMRPCA).

President’s Message

Spring Tour – A Tribute – Upcoming GMR Events

Saturday, May 15th dawned with a brightening sky and warm temperatures as the Green Mountain Region (GMR) kicked off its summer series of events. We had a wonderful turnout with over thirty Porsches and 52 PCA members gathered at the Sharon Trading Post. The GMR was the beneficiary of Vermont’s effort to get “shots in the arm” when for the first time in almost 18 months GMR members freely socialized before and after the tour. The tour route, prepared by Carl Wulfestieg, provided the participants with a wonderful ride that took us on a double gap tour over the Bethel and Middlebury Gaps. We eventually wound our way to Brandon where members enjoyed a delightful lunch at Café Provence and more socializing.

GMR Member Dave Kaynor was good enough to share some photos from the May 15 Tour.

In every volunteer organization there are always a few members who really make a difference and contribute to its success. The GMR has been fortunate that over its 35 year history to have had several who fall into this category. However, at this time I would like to take the opportunity to recognize our Immediate Past President, Carl Wulfestieg. As you probably know by now Carl and his wife Susan are in the process of relocating back to the Pacific Northwest. Over his GMR tenure Carl has filled official roles and responded to many requests for assistance. He has also been a tremendous help to me as I transitioned into the GMR Presidency. Carl and Susan will be missed but he assures me that we are all welcome to come visit them in the Seattle area.

As a reminder – keep an eye on our website gmtpca.org and the Mountaineer for updates on our summer events. In June, we will be hosting our New Member Meeting in the Burlington area. We’ll be focused on the southern half of Vermont during July and August. In July our V.P. Dave Whittal is planning a driving tour and in August, Bob Rubin is planning an overnight event. For September, we are headed to NY’s Adirondack State Park for a driving tour. In October we will be holding our Annual Meeting and Fall Foliage Tour and finally, in December it will be time for our 35th anniversary themed holiday party. While these events are locked into the GMR schedule we are not limited to these events, if you have an idea for an event or tour (statewide or regional) please let the Board know.

In closing, I’d like to paraphrase Carl’s remarks at the Café Provence – “GMR is a volunteer organization and the more volunteers the more successful the club will be, please give serious to offering your services, no matter how small or large. You will have more fun and get back much more than you might expect”.

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

GMR Board Changes/Additions

As previously announced, Peggy Larson had decided to step down as Secretary after several years of service. At its’ April meeting the GMR Board elected Susan Eastman to succeed Peggy as the GMR Secretary. To Peggy, we owe a debt of gratitude for her contributions to the club and are thankful that she has agreed to remain on the Board as a member-at-large. To Susan we extend our thanks for her willingness to step up as Secretary and we look forward to her contributions.

Further, Ann Pettyjohn and Albert “Duffy” Miller were elected as members-at-large. Ann has long been active in the club, holding just about every Board position since she joined the club. Likewise, Duffy’s club experience and enthusiasm for all things Porsche will contribute to GMR’s continued success.

Please join me in welcoming Susan, Ann and Duffy to the GMR Board.

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 gmrpca@gmail.com. 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.

Spring is here and many of us want to exercise our Porsches with fun and scenic drives. One spot you may want to add to your list of destinations is the Saratoga Automobile Museum. It is located just over the Vermont/New York border in Saratoga Springs, New York. Their 2021 events schedule has a range of activities including exhibits, auto shows, rallies and other auto related events. Of particular interest to Porsche owners is the Rare Air exhibit over the weekend of May 8 and 9.

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 a meeting please email gmrpca@gmail.com to request the Zoom logistics.