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GMR New Member Welcome Meeting | June 18 | 9.30am – 12.30pm
The Green Mountain Region will hold its New Member Welcome Meeting on June 18th This event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 870 Williston Road in South Burlington. This event is open to all GMR members and will include a breakfast buffet, a dedicated parking area for our own “cars & coffee” as well a welcome to new members and the opportunity to renew existing friendships. The cost for this event is $25/person. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our new members who have joined our region since June 2021 as well as to renew old friendships.
Registration is open, to do so please click here.
GMR Events – Save the Date Information
July 16, 2022 – Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts (VAE) Cars & Coffee Porsche Day & GMR Driving Tour. The Cars & Coffee event will take place at the University Mall in South Burlington from 7.00am to 9.00am and will showcase Porsche vehicles. Yes, this is an early start but Brad Kennison is putting together a GMR driving tour that will take place after the Cars & Coffee event. The route is still under development but Brad is planning to end the tour at a convenient location to facilitate the ride home whether you are heading north or south on I-89.
October 15, 2022 – The GMR Annual Meeting and luncheon will once again be held at the Sugarbush Resort. The 2022 business meeting is an important one as we will hold the election of officers in addition to other business. Ann Pettyjohn and Lou Krieg are planning a driving tour to Sugarbush from the Burlington area and we hope to have a similar tour from south central Vermont.
What is your Favorite Vermont Drive?
The Green Mountain Region of PCA is asking for your assistance. We hope you will agree that we are fortunate to live in Vermont with its twisty mountain and scenic valley roads. It is also probably fair to say that you have some favorite driving routes. At present, the GMR Board is working on the 2022 summer tour schedule [May – October]. As part of that effort the Board is asking members to share some favorite driving routes. By doing so we hope to discover new routes to include among our summer tour schedule. We will also share the compilation with the broader membership.
If you are willing to share a route or two please send a description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you from the Vermont Foodbank
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.
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.