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.
Moving forward we found ourselves at the annual SVR planning meeting and a room filled with new and old (experienced) members. If you’re a new member, here is where you can get your first glimpse of the tightness and comradery of our club. Next come join us for one of our new member tours. Do you want to improve your driving skills? Try a driver’s education event or an autocross.
CRAB returns to Sacramento Valley. It’s hosted this year at the California Automobile Museum. It is a place to put on your list if you’ve never been there before or even if you have. The SVR CRAB will be going on from May 18th through the 20th. You can find out more information, including what the heck is CRAB on this website.
The Drifter which is our monthly news magazine also started out with some new members. Steve McCrory and his wife Barbara retired from it at the end of 2017. The editor position is now shared by Matt Menning and Alma Thompson. I’ve been asked to do the graphics. The balance of the team is still intact. The first edition hit the streets last week. You can take a look at it here. We’ve also added a new position this year to help us manage the twist and turns of our social media. John Leet comes to our organization as the Social Media Chair. His focus will be on managing our presence on our various platforms.
By the way there is a pretty good video on saving the IMS on the PCA website
As we wrap up 2017 we can look forward to a new year filled with activities and new faces. While many clubs find their base getting older, we’re lucky in that many of our new members are younger and enthusiastic about our comradery. New Autocrossers, tour participants and event hosts. Join us on January 9th for our annual planning meeting. Cheap pizza and good company. Find out what we’re planning and who’s hosting many of the events next year. Maybe you would like to try your hand at it. Don’t worry, we’ll help you. Crab returns to Sacramento Valley this coming year. We are still looking for volunteers to help chair events and activities. For more information, contact Bob Lozito firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have new members on our executive board coming up in 2018. Our annual election was held from November 1st through the 20th. Our new board of directors are as follows; President Gregg Plourde, Vice President Steve Barker, Secretary Rebecca Plourde, Treasurer Tom Perry-Smith, Social Director Mardi Quain, Membership Director Janet Conner, Competition & Safety Matt Deter.
There are several upcoming events that you should put on your calendar. One of the most important is the club’s board elections. The voting will start on November 1st and will run through November 20th. As an active SVR member you are entitled to vote! Watch for it on our front page of the website.
We continue to have a full calendar for the balance of the year. Upcoming events include multi-day tours such as Mendocino; a yearly event. This year it will run from November 3rd through the 5th. Many people choose to stay that one more day and return home Monday. There are still a few rooms available around town. Check it out here.
October will end our Autocross season with #7 in Stockton. If you haven’t been to one, come out and bring a lounge chair and see it happen. Maybe you will get the but to see what you and your car can do. More information is on our calendar. The 22nd is our annual Charity Auction. This worthwhile event raises money for local charities who do meaningful work in our community. Attend, open you checkbook for these groups. Our November dinner this year is at the Zinfandel Grill. There are still openings let. Great food and location.
Don’t forget, the 2017 Zone awards will be on November 11th this year. our annual Tree Decorating and Potluck will be held on November 26th at the California Automobile Museum. Bring an ornament showing your car. Our Christmas dinner will be on December 16th. CRAB will again appear on our calendar in 2018. Next year it will run May 18-20. It sells out fast! As always we would love to see you at or regular 1st Saturday breakfast which occurs ………..
SVR is looking for and editor for our award winning newsletter! Otherwise “Poof” Contact Steve McCrory at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help us fight to deliver the best publication in the PCA.
El Santo (whose real name was Rodolfo Guzman Huerta) was born on Sept. 23, 1917 in Tulancigo, Hidalgo, Mexico. He first appeared in the ring under the name “EL SANTO” eight years later (debuting July 26, 1942). He continued to wrestle until Sept. 12, 1982 (his last match being at the El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos in Mexico.) So his professional wrestling career spanned a total of 48 years! Santo started out as a “rudo” (bad guy) in the ring, but years later (in the early sixties) decided that becoming a technico (good guy) would greatly enhance his career. We heard that this is the time most people thought he got smart. As his wrestling career took off, so did his love for sports cars. He was well known for driving most everything from MG’S to Mercedes. It was rumored that he also owned a British Racing Green Carmen Ghia. There are a few You Tube videos about him and his cars. He passed away in February 1984. Despite his demise at the age of 65, a couple of our members spotted what must have been his ghost driving one of his favorites. Having married three times and being favored with twelve children, he understood legacies and appreciated a good woman. In these photos he is chauffeuring one of the Queens of the Carnaval Jalostotitlan Parade 2017. Notice the Mexico license plates. Good cars are appreciated around the world.
Sacramento Valley Region is also known for their cars, and their people. We were one of the first regions to bring our club to the web. If you haven’t visited our Vimeo site, you should. Want to see what we’ve been up to? Visit our Shutterfly site. Did I mention Twitter? or Facebook? Somebody mentioned the other night that we’re on the cutting edge. Of course from then on, everything was cutting edge. Even our dogs…. Ok, I stole this photo from somewhere but I’m sure one of our dogs is really cool and spends a little time in a Porsche. We’re on the cutting edge not because of our website, our technology or social media. We are here because of our members. One of the discussions at our last board meeting was our events are filling up too quickly. That’s a bad thing but it also indicates the level of participation of our membership.
This year we launch a new website. It’s a little different than some but what we continue to do is strive support our member’s interests. You’ll find that it’s phone & tablet friendly. Hope you enjoy wandering through.
Sacramento Valley continues to be one of the highest visited sites in PCA. We generally average 15,000 to 25,000 hits per month. We can thank our members but also many from around the world for these ratings. Next month SVR will be transitioning to a new website. Don’t worry we’ll still have all of the information that our visitors are looking for, including links to the award winning Drifter magazine, news and events hosted by our region, as well as PCA national, Zone 7 and many of the surrounding regions. A goal that I have set as the webmaster is to become a place for Porsche news for Porsche people.
Are you a budding Hemingway? Our new site lends itself to a higher participation by our members, including contributors to the site content. We also plan on actively pursuing and posting photographs from our members. There are two things that are not on the calendar yet that we plan on doing later spring and summer. How does having a drone photo of our club, members and cars all at one place sound? How would you like your car photographed? Some of you may have seen the photos of Porsches I place on the corner of the site. I would like to photograph your car. We can run it natural or with a little touch up. If you are interested, contact me at email@example.com