Greg Maissen  by Greg Maissen, Redwood Region President (December 2011)

Here we are at the end of the year, and what a year it has been. I've been reflecting on some of the events that made 2011 so memorable.

If we were not busy filling up on one of our "infamous" Breakfast Runs, we were out having a fantastic time on one of our many driving tours. The Hole in the Wall Gang Tour, for example, found us traveling some of the most picturesque roads in Lake County on our way to a final destination of great food and just plain fun. This is just one of many interesting tours we did in 2011.

If touring in your Porsche was not in your plans, we had events like Porsches on the Plaza, in the town square in the City of Sonoma: a day of lounging about, exchanging stories of days past, and enjoying a wonderful showing of some great examples of our favorite cars.

Rennsport Reunion IV found many of us at Laguna Seca Raceway, experiencing enough historic Porsches and drivers to keep our Porsche needs satisfied over the winter!

Our Annual Members' Meeting had an excellent turnout and provided the Region with some great input from our members, not to mention traveling some beautiful roads and enjoying a great lunch in a historic setting.

Deven Wailes and the Hi Tec Automotive crew put on a very informative tech session at their shop in San Rafael. The suspension segment presented by Chuck Moreland of Elephant Racing surely pushed many of us over the edge to do that upgrade for upcoming autocrosses and track days.

And finally, we just had our Annual Holiday Party at Seghesio Winery in Healdsburg. Everyone had a fantastic time, with exquisite dinning, live music, dancing, and more door prizes than ever before. You may be interested to know that the extra door prizes that we did not have time to give away at the party might find their way to some other events next year. Here is a hint: wear your name badge at every event and you may win something!

Given that these were just a handful of the many events we did this year, you may be asking yourself how we top that? Simple. Since a lot of this year's events were suggested by members, I am confident that we will have excellent input once again for 2012.

And how can members submit their ideas, you might ask?

We will be having our annual Calendar Planning Meeting on January 17, 2012. This annual gathering is when we plan all of the events for the year, so please be sure to attend or be certain to give your ideas to anyone on the Board of Directors. We also keep dates open throughout the year, so if you come up with something later on, please let us know.

On the subject of the New Year, I would like to welcome the 2012 Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region Executive Council:

President Vern Rogers
Vice President Chris Harrell
Secretary Mike Hinton
Treasurer Jerry Gladstone

I am very pleased and excited to see the Club continue to evolve into a vibrant and enthusiastic Region. With our incoming President, Vice President, and Secretary, and our longstanding Treasurer, we could not be starting off the New Year any better.

Happy New Year and I will see you at the next event.

Greg




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