Holiday Party – CANCELLED
It is with regret that the GMR Board has decided to cancel the holiday party scheduled for November 27, 2021. Unfortunately, recent COVID activity in Vermont has prompted a heightened concern among many members and has suppressed the number of attendees. In light of the above and with health and safety being paramount concerns the Board determined that this was the best way forward. If you have already registered for the party you will receive a full refund.
Despite the party cancellation, the Green Mountain Region’s Holiday Fundraiser on behalf of the Vermont Food Bank will be ongoing through 31 December 2021. In 2020, the GMR was able to raise over $6,600 for the Food Bank, in 2021 we hope to expand member participation and exceed last year’s donation. Please keep in mind that food banks are able to purchase more food per dollar than the average consumer? That means each dollar that you donate raises more food than can be raised through a conventional food drive. To date, we have raised $2,088 between member donations and the GMR Match.
To make a donation please go to the Vermont Food Bank website at https://fundraise.vtfoodbank.org/GMR_Charity-Drive_2021. The process is secure, fast and easy.
GMR 2021 Charity Fundraiser for the Vermont Food Bank
The GMR is once again conducting a fundraiser for the benefit of the Vermont Food Bank whose efforts reach all corners of Vermont. GMR hosted a similar event in 2020 and raised over $6,600 through member contributions, the GMR matching donation of $2,000 and a PCA donation of $750. While the 2020 fundraiser was successful, it would be great if we can top last year’s total. You may not be aware but food banks are able to purchase more food per dollar than the average consumer. Making a donation to the Vermont Food Bank is a great way to help fellow Vermonters who may need support during challenging times. The Board encourages you to be generous by donating to this wonderful Vermont based organization. GMR donations will be accepted through Dec 31, 2021.
To make a donation please click here. You will be redirected to the Vermont Food Bank website. Making a contribution is secure, fast and easy.
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
GMR Covid Precautions – Tours & Events
Covid transmission rates in many Vermont counties continue to be classified as “high” including Washington County where Sugarbush is located. The Green Mountain Region follows the relevant requirements and guidelines issued by the State of Vermont and PCA for its events. This applies to the GMR Lunch and Annual Meeting on October 30, 2021.
If you are attending you are required to adhere to the following COVID guidance.
- Wear a mask when you are in public indoor settings, because a significant portion of the population remains unvaccinated and the more transmissible Delta variant is spreading.
- If you are not fully vaccinated and gathering with people indoors wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart helps protect anyone who is unvaccinated, at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or lives with someone who is at increased risk.
- Wearing a mask helps protect you and the people around you from getting or spreading COVID-19. A mask helps contain your respiratory droplets and can keep them from reaching other people. COVID-19 can spread even if a person does not have any symptoms. If you are fully vaccinated, it is still possible to get and transmit the virus.
- Prevention is even more important if you have a weaken immune system or are around someone who does, you will be getting together with older adults or those with significant underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19, you have children who can’t yet be vaccinated or you’re traveling to a place with high transmission and low vaccination rates
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Wash your hands regularly
For more information – (https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/COVID-19-VDH-mask-guidance.pdf)
GMR Member Stu Friedman put together a great drive through New York’s Adirondack State Park on September 25. The day dawned with some foggy vistas that gave way to a beautiful and pristine autumn day. The tour started at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center in Crown Point, NY and wound its way to Whiteface Mountain Resort. After a lunch break at the Cloudspin Restaurant the final leg, with some perfect road surfaces, brought us to the “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks” at Au Sable Chasm. It was a great Porsche day by any measure!
Southern Vermont Weekend (August 20 & 21)
A big shout out to Bob Rubin for putting together a great weekend in West Dover, VT.
We began the weekend with a delightful cocktail reception on the patio at the Farm Road Estate. We had over 24 attendees including guests from Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To add to the festive atmosphere we had the pleasure of being entertained by two very talented performers, Sindy Hassig and Carson Fillion. The evening was capped off for many of us at the Estate’s restaurant and its outstanding menu. I’m confident the GMR will be making a return trip there in years to come.
On Saturday two groups of 11 cars took off for a tour through southern Vermont with a dip into Massachusetts. The roads were curvy, freshly paved, scenic and delightful for driving Porsches.
Thanks to Rick S. for the following photos
2021 BBQ – Recap
Another successful GMR BBQ hosted by Dave & Arlene on Saturday July 31st. Over 60 GMR members drove to Waitsfield on a wonderful day for our annual BBQ. Despite the steady breeze a grand time was had by all with plenty of food and tours of Dave’s barn museum. Thanks again Dave & Arlene and your special helpers Rick and Val.
Southern Vermont Weekend (Friday, August 20 & Saturday, August 21)
GMR member Bob Rubin has put together what should be a great 2 day event at the Farm Road Estate in West Dover, VT. (Click here for Estate info) on Friday, August 20th and Saturday, August 21st.
The festivities will begin on Friday evening with a reception from 6.00pm – 7.30pm on the outdoor patio at the Sawmill Farm Road Estate Bar and Table. The reception will be a cash bar function. As a special treat Bob has lined up some local entertainment for the evening.
Following the reception we encourage you to consider joining other GMR members at the Estate’s Bar and Table Restaurant that features Vermont’s agricultural bounty to create farm-to-table fare. Advance reservations are highly recommended; click here for more info about the restaurant.
On Saturday, August 21, we will explore southern Vermont and Northern Massachusetts on a driving tour that will begin and end at the Estate. Tour check-in is at 9.00am with the drivers meeting at 9.30am; we plan to leave the Estate at 10.00am. The Inn will graciously offer complimentary coffee/tea prior to the driving tour. To the extent possible, each driving pods will consist of 11-13 vehicles.
- Click here to register for the event and to initiate the electronic SpeedWaiver process. If you don’t already have a Motorsportreg account you will need to create one. NOTE: registration closes on Wednesday, August 18 at 6.00pm.
Some helpful Motorsportreg hints
- You are not required to sign up for both days. You may sign up for both events (Friday AND Saturday) or for only one day (Friday OR Saturday).
- Need to register another person? You can do so by adding a second profile to your Motorsportreg account or creating a de novo account. Be sure the contact info for each is unique otherwise you will run into problems.
- PCA Liability Waiver Form. Signing the PCA digital waiver form requires the use of a mobile phone with messaging capabilities. Once you complete the Motorsport registration (including your mobile #) you should receive a text message on your phone with the link that will allow you to complete and sign the waiver. You will need to take a “selfie” as part of the waiver signing process.
*** If you don’t receive the message with the SpeedWaiver link you can scan the QR code found below with the camera on your mobile phone or click here to be directed to the requisite link .***
Farm Road Estate Room Reservations
- If you would like to stay at the Inn on Friday and/or Saturday please call the hotel at 802.464.8131 and indicate that you are with the Green Mountain Region. The Inn is waiving the 2 night minimum stay and is extending a 15% discount on the summer room rates. All accommodations have access to the Tennis Court, Heated Swimming Pool (May-Sept), Fishing Pond, Swimming Pond, Hiking Trails, and Deerfield River Walk access!
Recap – GMR 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).
Recap – Spring Tour
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
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 email@example.com. The cost is $20 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 a meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the Zoom logistics.