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

I love this weather and I hate this weather. Here is why ..When it is supposed to rain, I get started on my "winter list" of projects for my Porsche. For those not familiar with this concept, it is a list of projects that you intend to do on your car that can wait until the weather is bad. This means that as it is raining outside, you are in the garage feeling like you are getting ahead of all of the nagging little projects that are not important enough to get to when the weather is great...unless the weather is great--say in February--when it is supposed to rain, so you figure you better take advantage of this 'freak" of nature while it lasts and go for a drive.

So, as you can guess, my winter list has about three years' worth of projects on it that, for some unknown reason, did not get finished. This is where I hate the weather. How can I be expected to work on my "list" if the weather does not cooperate?

Alright, I admit it: I have gotten to the point in restoring my car that I would rather drive it than be under it. I mean, even Ferry Porsche said that Porsches are meant to be driven. So as a Porsche owner, I had better do as I am told.

From the looks of things, a lot of you are doing the same. We have already had some great events to start this year, with solid attendance regardless of the weather. We just completed our first Breakfast Run of 2011, led by Bob Hall, with 20-plus Porsches weaving their way around West Marin and down Highway 1 to Point Reyes Station. Coming up this month are the "Whale to Whale Tail Rallye" led by Bob Schoenherr on March 5, and our first Autocross of the season, headed by our new Autocross Director, Tom Strobel, on March 26.

Did I mention that our Webmaster, Barbara McCrory, has been working hard on our website and has reworked the look and function of it? Not only is our site always updated (seemingly to the minute) with events and information, but as you navigate through it you will be impressed with the ease and expanded content we now have. Also, as you read this, you will notice the newsletter is different. That honor goes to our new Newsletter Editor, Chris Harrell. Chris is also working hard on bringing things in the Club up a notch.

All of this is for our members. Everyone in a Board position or Chair position is, of course, a member, and we all started out thinking of ourselves as just members. But nobody in the Redwood Region is "just a member"; we all have input as to how the Club is run and in what direction it is going.

If you are interested in getting more involved in a leadership role in the Redwood Region, there are a few positions opening up. After many years as our Social Director, Mary Neidel is stepping down. For those of you who attended our Holiday Party, Mary was the one who made it fun. Also, Bill Newton, our Safety Director, is stepping aside to let someone else chair that position. Thank you Mary and Bill for years of dedication and service. We are a better Club because of it. Further ahead in the newsletter, you will find more information about these open positions, plus another we are thinking about creating.

Okay, that's it for me for now. Enjoy the Club and, as always, let us know what you think. This is your Club!

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