It’s here again. Soon our members will be voting for a few positions on our board of directors that will be vacant next year. Our Board of Directors consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Drifter Editor, Webmaster, Social Director, Competition & Safety Director, New Member Director and the Past President. The Webmaster and Drifter Editor serve at the Presidents pleasure and are appointed. Three positions will term out this year. They are President, Vice President and Treasurer. We will also be looking for someone to fulfil the responsibilities of the Drifter Editor and the Layout Editor, a person on the Drifter staff.
Sacramento Valley’s membership has grown considerably over the past several years. We currently have 1,392 members. A couple of years ago we moved up from a Class III Club to Class IV due to our increased membership. We say we are one of the most active clubs in the America’s. We are and we are looking for members to help us continue to do so. With it come responsibilities that our events are safe, we represent our members in a responsible manner and we provide the activities that enhance our members experience. We believe that we have successfully done that, which is one of the reasons we continue to grow. However, like many clubs, social and otherwise it is difficult to draw the interest of new and experienced members to serve on our board. As a previous member of many non-profit boards, I always found my easiest recruits are those that complain how we run things 🙂
We are seeking candidates for the positions noted above for next year. The time commitment of acting as a board member is really up to you the individual. There are responsibilities that the positions demand; beyond that it is up to your available time.
I have included links to descriptions of the responsibilities of the board members below. Perhaps you can take a few minutes to review them and see if you might be able to help. We will also take suggestions from members of persons who may be a good candidate. Of course these are open to all members, both primary & affiliate.
Vote, it does make a difference. Ask not what your Club can do for you etc. etc…..
California assemblyman Randy Voepel has introduced Assembly Bill AB 210 which would amend the current Section 44011 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to vehicular air pollution.
If passed it would change the exception for smog requirements for vehicles built before 1983. Currently only vehicles built befor 1976 are exempt. We encourage the passing of this bill since it will benefit many of our members who collect or just drive older model year Porsche’s.
Watch our site as we are adding new features for our Autocross users. We’ve partnered with Pronto Timing Systems to bring you live results of your autocross experience.
You may notice that we try to run small polls on the front page of the site. We try to keep them short and informative and hopefully a little fun. Occasionally we try to make them informative for us on the board to gauge the wishes of our club members. It’s a great help if you take the time to answer one during your visit. You also may have notice some questions at the end of our recent ballot.
Sometimes results are surprising.
From the ballot members selected East Sacramento/Roseville or East Sacramento/Folsom as a preferred dinner locations. Members also indicated that the cost of our events are reasonable though a few found them too cheap. Some members commented that they would like to see more events on weekends since “there are still a few of us working.” This was directed at dinners, as well as tours. We also heard that for some of the older cars, early spring tours would be more fun because Porsches like other cars didn’t concentrate on air conditioning just a few years back.
Multiple day tours and single day tours were pretty much split for popularity. These were the most popular except the nine autocrossers that voted.
The last poll on the website asked if your Porsche was afraid of the rain or not. Surprising (to me) the results were virtually split in half. Of the thirty or so responses it was almost 50/50.
The elections of 2018 are complete. Even for us in Sacramento Valley Region. I will be announcing the results shortly as soon as we receive the results from the snail mail ballots.
On another note, I try to have some interesting polls up on the website and thought I would give you some of the results. This includes the poll I took during this years board election ballot (for those of you who took it). Voting was dismal for us as it is for many of the general elections around the country. This about it. If you spend the money to belong to our club you should let your voice be heard.
Question Old School New School. It is interesting that since most of our tours include over 95% water cooled Porsches the poll was almost split down the middle. Out of about thirty respondents, 17 were water and 13 air cooled.
Question What is your favorite SVR Activity. Multiple & single day tours were the most popular with dinner & socials and AutoX coming in next.
Question preferred Event Locations The club was generally split down the middle with East Sacramento/Rancho & Folsom or East Sacramento/Roseville. A couple of votes were tallied for Downtown Sacramento and South Sacramento/Elk Grove.
I asked a couple of other questions during the vote that helps us gauge where and when to hold events. For those who responded, that’s a lot!
The voting starts today for our board of Directors. If you’ve always had that urge to help our club, becoming a board member or chair is a good way to get involved. Think about it for next year. While it’s good for the club to hav a steady direction, it’s to everyone’s advantage to bring in new people with fresh ideas. Everyone has something to contribute.
Today was the nominating brunch for those running for office. Thanks to all of you who could make it. It was held at La Provence Restaurant & Terrace.
SVR Autocrossers Compete in Zone 7 Series
By Collin Fat/Photo by Collin Fat
The Zone 7 Autocross Series completed events 7 and 8 at Redwood Region’s event at Charles Schultz Airport in Santa Rosa. With only one event left in the 9 event series, it looks like several members of SVR are going to earn hard fought class wins. Venturing to Santa Rosa on the weekend of August 18th and 19th were from left to right: Collin Fat, Carl Winkler, Weyland Fat, Kent Treiber, Al Booth and John Leet.
In the crowded S13 class, Weyland Fat looks to have a solid lock on a second place finish, while John Leet who is competing in class S11 is a lock to win his first Zone Championship class win. John’s class is among the largest classes with over 13 drivers competing. In class P16, Alan Booth looks like he could secure a second place finish going into the home stretch. This would also be a great finish for Alan considering he made some modifications to his Porsche Boxster after the first two events of the season and moved from stock class to production. In improved 5 (I05), Collin Fat has locked another class win heading into the home stretch.
The Zone autocross series is a competitive series where drivers test their skills against some of the best drivers in Zone 7. Unlike SVR’s autocross series where there are not enough drivers to fill a competition for class awards, the zone series had over 80 drivers participating. The Zone 7 series is likely the only Zone autocross series in PCA and is a testament to the popularity of the sport in Northern California. Regions that offer autocross include Golden Gate, Loma Prieta, Redwood, Sequoia, and Sacramento Valley.
If you have visited the website a few times, you might have scrolled down a little and notice that I occasionally run short polls on various things Porsche related. This month I am polling about our cars. In a recent tour we took which unfortunately is up where one of the current fires is rampaging here in California, one of members pointed out that there wasn’t one air cooled engine in our group. As Porsche moved towards water cooled, have the air cooled gone along the wayside? Only to be found in the classified or at Concours? You tell me.
Treffen for 2019 was announced at the parade this year with two dates. April 3rd through the 6th will be held in Santa Barbara. A very nice month to be on the California coast. Vermont will host it from September 4th – 7th. Look for more information to come as events, lodging information and other program features are announced.
Our club will soon have our annual nomination dinner, this time a brunch at La Provence Restaurant in Roseville. This will be your chance to nominate a member for a position on our board. Besides you will also experience great food at a great local restaurant. More information to come. Save the date for October 20th.