May 20, 2020 – A Special Message from Acting President, David Whittal
Our hard working president Carl Wulfestieg is in the shop for some repair work, and on behalf of all the members of the Green Mountain Region, I want to wish him all the best with his surgery and for a speedy recovery! As we await Carl’s return, the weather has improved and is perfect for a tour with our Porsche brothers and sisters. But, here we are in the middle of a pandemic and a “stay at home” order from the governor.
Okay, I have pulled the Boxster S out of hibernation and have gone for a couple of short loops around the “neighborhood”. Grafton is so small that two times equals a loop. I am looking forward to seeing the other members of the GMR and having a proper tour with beautiful cars and nice people. Be sure to read these newsletters and regularly check the website for updates to the 2020 tour schedule. All the best.
Remember it’s not just the cars — it’s the people
April 11, 2020
With much regret, your Green Mountain Region (GMR) Porsche Club Board decided recently that we would have to cancel our May 2 tour and spring meeting planned for Montpelier. Although the current quarantine rules were possibly to be lifted by April 30, we felt it was cutting things too close, and that there were be a continuing need for most of us to stay in quarantine due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Then, as you know, Governor Scott just yesterday (April 10) extended the stay-at-home order to May 15. The Board, working with Events Chair Duffy Miller, is now looking at the June tour and lunch, and events for the rest of the year, in hopes of a return to normalcy sooner rather than later. As Governor Scott said, “”As soon as the data shows a downward trend, we can open the spigot, a quarter turn at a time, to get folks back to work in a way that’s responsible and safe.” Your board feels the same way toward setting our next tour and meal. Safety first.
Of course, there is no prohibition on driving — and with spring just about here, we know many members are anxious to hit the road. In this edition of the Mountaineer, please see GMR member and master mechanic Jason Eastman’s tips for starting up your Porsche for the first time this spring, if you haven’t already. (Also, read how he stays safe during the crisis.)
New members — bear with us! Eventually we’ll come out on the other side, and you’ll be able to enjoy the driving and camaraderie I know you expected to find when you joined GMR!
Meantime, stay safe — at home and on the road.
Remember: “It’s not just the cars— it’s the people!”
Carl WulfestiegGMR President
March 25, 2020 Special President’s Message
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
December 13, 2019
Thanksgiving was late this year, giving most of us an early start into holiday celebrations. Green Mountain Region welcomed 30+ members and associates to our holiday party last Saturday, December 7, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier; everyone had a wonderful meal and plenty of time to share in holiday cheer.
I did find it disappointing that this number represents less than 10% of our Green Mountain total membership. One of my major goals for the past year was increased participation of our membership, and I want to work on this. Membership has been growing rapidly during the past year, and GMR welcomed perhaps 20+ new members with all model of cars from 356s to the most recent Carreras, Boxsters and Caymans. Brad Kennison, our new membership chairman, is working diligently to increase membership, as recent information from PCA suggests that our present membership numbers are less than 30% of all Porsches registered in the state of Vermont. We have certainly seen an increased participation in our tour events.
On that subject, please note that the proposed dates for our 2020 tours are already up on our website, so take a look and save the dates. More information will follow after the first of the year.
Your board is very interested in hearing from you about what activities we could organize to enhance the value of your membership in PCA. With that in mind, we will be sending out a membership survey, using Survey Monkey, after the first of the year. Please take the time to participate as this will give your board a better sense of what our goals should be. We want to know what you think, and what you’d like to have the club do more (or less) of!
I should note also that your PCA membership permits participation in the driving events of other clubs, so check out the calendars of our neighbors and Zone 1.
Happy Holidays to you all, and see you next spring. Remember it’s not just the cars— it’s the people!
Carl Wulfestieg GMR President
September 20, 2019
I hope to see you all at Arlene and David’s tomorrow! Please book now and let me know whether you will join on our great Fall Foliage Tour and Annual Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 5. Please read the bylaw changes which are provided in this edition of the Mountaineer and be prepared to give an informed vote.
Treffen Vermont was a huge success. The general opinion of all participants was that this was the best Treffen ever, and Green Mountain/Zone 1 set a very high bar for all future Treffen. I was stopped numerous times throughout the weekend by participants who reported enjoying the tours, and loving the great roads which we had selected. Thanks to all of you who volunteered. Tour leaders: Duffy Miller/Bernadette Cleland, David/Ann Kynor, Al Iuppa/Anne Valentine, Brad Kennison, Tour team members: Skip Wareham, Dave Whittall, Peter Chehayl, Rob and Betsy Wadsworth, Information Desk and other duties: Christina McCaffrey, Rick/Val Swinchoski, Dale/Kathy Kjerulff, Ralph Demasi/Wendy Starr, Susan Wulfestieg, Pete/Ellen Arnold, Robert/Mary Costella and Sandy/Karen Gilmour.
In particular, thanks to Bob Costella who arrived early on Thursday and Friday mornings to get the tours lined up and sent off expeditiously. Thanks also to those of you who stepped up and were not asked to help out, your support is what makes this a great club.
Remember it’s not just the cars; it’s the people!
September 2, 2019
The days are getting shorter and there is a chill in the air many evenings. We still have several events on the calendar, which should provide nice fall drives.
The September picnic (September 21) is always a great time for all, and this year it will not include a tour. That shouldn’t prevent smaller groups from getting together for a self-guided tour to Waitsfield and the home of Arlene Diesenhoiuse and David Steinman. See below for the details.
A major reason for this note is to thank all of you who volunteered to help with Treffen Vermont. Unfortunately, due to unexpected illness, I was not able to complete the task of organizing volunteers, and Mike Bryan (Zone 1 rep.) stepped in to help me out. He had a differing philosophy than I about how to best use volunteer help, and this resulted in a number of you not being asked to participate as volunteers. I am no less appreciative of those of you who did not receive assignments, than of the members who were asked. I think that it bodes well for the future of GMR that so many of you stepped up. Let’s build on the enthusiasm for this event by having many of you volunteer to help organize tours and other events for our growing club.
I hope to see you at Arlene and David’s on Saturday, September 21!
Remember it’s not just the cars; it’s the people! Carl email@example.com
May 2019 Update
The Ferry waits for no one-
Our next Green Mountain Tour will be lead by Stu Friedman, a former GMR member from New York. In the past, Stu has found very nice driving roads for us, and I am certain that this tour will not disappoint. The tour start is from the Charlotte Ferry Dock on the 10 a.m. ferry. Please arrive early =, 9 a.m., as noted on the website and Mountaineer posting (see below). I know that many of us drive fast cars, but I don’t think anyone can beat the 33 min. crossing time to Essex, New York by driving legal or illegal speeds on the our Vermont roads.
On another topic: Have you checked out the GMR website lately? Al Iuppa, our webmeister, has been working to revise the site and add more content, which will benefit us all. The site is still a work in progress, so check in frequently to see the changes as they arrive. Al welcomes comments from all of you, so if there are ideas or possible links which you think might be helpful please send Al a note .
Welcome all new members (see below). We are now up to a recod breaking 177 members in Green Mountain Region, including about 20 new members joined since last winter!
Lastly, when was the last time you signed on to the PCA national website and revised your membership information? Your GMR board and communications chairman need correct information on the PCA site, because this is where we obtain information to communicate with you all. www.pca.org . Unfortunately, I’ll be away, but have a great June tour! Best regards, drive safely, and remember it’s not just the cars, it’s the people!
Carl Wulfestieg President, Green Mountain Region
After days of rain and gray weather, the members of the Green Mountain Region anticipated the first drive of the 2019 season with some trepidation. Our tour leaders, Duffy Miller and Al Iuppa had designed a two-start tour with plans to converge at Tessie’s Tavern in Bethel, Vermont for lunch and a chance for the membership to meet new members who had joined GMR during the past winter.
A total of approximately 40 cars converged on the two start locations on a cloudy, damp and foggy day, but with the exception of a few remaining frost heaves and potholes, we all had a great drive on an early spring day in the Vermont countryside. Most of the trees and perennial plantings were still wearing the brown of winter, but the fields were filled with green and the streams were brimming from rain and the remaining snowmelt.Thanks to tourmeisters Al Iuppa and Duffy Miller!
We welcomed 17 new members and affiliates, many of whom were able to attend this first drive. I didn’t have a chance to meet every new member, but I look forward to seeing everyone during the 2019 driving season. I strongly believe that new members can bring new ideas to our group, which will enrich the experience for everyone. I encourage you all to contact me or any other member of our board, if there are questions or ideas to share.
We were able to have a short business meeting following lunch, and future Green Mountain and Zone 1 events were discussed. I again discussed Treffen Vermont, and I had a chance to more fully explain some of the jobs volunteers would be doing. Treffen Vermont registration will open in June, and I anticipate that the 120 spots will fill rapidly.
Dave Whittall mentioned that he is investigating DE instructor training, and we talked about members attending driving events organized by other regions in our zone. I also recommended that everyone look more frequently at the Green Mountain Region website, as Al has made certain that there are links to Zone 1 and PCA sites. Best regards, drive safely, and remember it’s not just the cars, it’s the people!
Carl WulfestiegPresident, Green Mountain Region
Winter is still around us, and most of us have our cars securely put away until spring. In this, the first newsletter of 2019, I wanted to take the time to thank everyone who played a part in our successful 2018 season. I would first like to thank Bill Root and our board who have worked quietly behind the scenes to keep the club functioning smoothly. Thank you Christina, Peggy, Don and Sandy. Thanks again to Bill for almost 6 years in the President’s seat. I imagine that this was the furthest thing from his mind when Bill stepped up to be membership chairman and VP those long years ago.
Last year we explored new roads and different parts of our state during our driving tours. Thanks Duffy for the tour that started off our season at the Spring Meeting as well as the tour to the Kancamagus Highway. David Fitzgerald stepped up for the first time and led a great tour of the Champlain Islands. Thanks to David and Arlene for a summer picnic, and a chance to wander through the barns to see David’s current projects. Al and Sandy, also first time tour planners, took us to central and eastern Vermont and found a great destination restaurant as well as a new member to our club.
Lastly, thanks to Pete and Ellen for leading the fall tour. They have led at least 6 fall tours, and this year taking route notes while taking care of a young grandchild was particularly challenging for Ellen. We would not have such a great time with each other were it not for these volunteers who gave of their time and knowledge of our Green Mountain State.
I was way under the weather and had to miss the great Holiday Party at the Hotel Vermont but heard it was fantastic.
Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find a save the day item for Saturday May 4, our tour, lunch and Spring Meeting date. Here we will welcome new members who have joined since last fall, as we gather to gear up for a great touring year. The cars are great but the people even better!
See you on the road. Carl
I wanted to open this note by thanking all of you for trusting me to be your president. I will do my best to provide value to your membership, and to honor the history and traditions of the Green Mountain Region of PCA.
I would like to thank Bill Root who has served as our president for almost six years. He stepped in during a time of crisis to fill out the term of the previous president who had resigned. Bill then served two additional, two-year terms as president. Under his guidance the club has grown, we have had great events, we have had fun, and a solid management team has been established. Thanks Bill for your tireless efforts.
For those of you whom I have not met, I thought that I would include a short note about my time in PCA. After almost 20 years of driving English and Italian sports cars, I bought my first Porsche, a 944 Turbo, in 1986. I became a member of the Pacific Northwest Region PCA in 1987, and I have been a PCA member continuously since that time.
Other than driving two DE events, watching several autocrosses, and attending multiple Tech events, I was not an active member until I moved to Vermont in 2009. After attending several tours in my “storied ’71 911E,” I was asked to manage event insurance for the club’s driving activities. I began attending board meetings in 2011/12, and I was asked to be a board member at large. I also assumed responsibility for all events at that time. When Bill Root stepped into the position of president, I was asked to assume the position of Vice President, which I have held for two+terms.
As events chairman, I have planned and/or participated in four rallies with GMT or Zone 1, and two rallies during the 2016 Parade at Jay Peak. I have also planned several tours and a number of club membership meetings. I have found that being a more active member here in Vermont has been much more rewarding than the passive membership role that I had taken in the Pacific Northwest.
I am very excited about next year, as there are a number of events in planning. Duffy Miller has stepped in to become events chairman, and we are discussing new ideas for next year’s New Member’s/ Spring Meeting. We plan to have the events committee busy later this fall. Green Mountain has a new webmaster, Al Iuppa, who is upgrading the website. He and Sandy Gilmour, communications chair, are discussing ways to improve communication with members, and to enrich the webpage experience. If you would like to lead a tour or have ideas, please contact Duffy or any of the members of the events committee. If you have thoughts about the website or emailed newsletter, please contact Al or Sandy.
Lastly, PCA has chosen the Woodstock Inn to be the site of the 2019 Fall Treffen. Treffen in German means “Getting together.” There will be anywhere from 250-400 Porsches in Woodstock for this event September 4-8. Green Mountain Region is the sponsor with a lot of help of course from Zone One. Many of the activities will require the help of all of our members.
Much like Parade, we will need volunteers to help with registration, information desk, car wash stations, tour traffic control and tour leaders and sweeps. PCA anticipates that the local region will provide volunteers for many of the activities. For this, the club receives a stipend. This is a chance to meet Porsche drivers from other parts of the country. I am asking now, well in advance, for many of you to step up and volunteer to help Green Mountain provide an outstanding experience for the Treffen attendees. Please send me an email, or call if you have an interest. I know that many regions are much larger with many more members, but I truly believe that Green Mountain Region can rise to this task.
I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s Holiday Party December 1, or at a Green Mountain event next year.