Vern Rogers     by Vern Rogers, 2012 Redwood Region President (July 2012)

It's midway into July, and we continue to have an activity packed calendar. Please see below for details on our Swap Meet (this next Saturday), the 7/21 Autocross, the Artisan Wine "Swing in the Vineyards" at Kachina, the August Brunch Run to Lake County, and other upcoming events.

We are a club with a vast array of event types and member participation. Several individuals, both on the Board and in the general membership, make this possible. I would like to personally acknowledge a few of these folks at this time.

David Bunch - This year's (once again) Autocross Director. David stepped up when we needed to fill the job. David is a Past President, Secretary, Goodie Store Director, and a past Autocross Director.

Tom, Wendy, and Alycia Strobel, as well as Andrew Snyder - These folks have been key to autocross course planning, registration, and timing, in addition to setup and takedown and whatever needs to get done. Tom in particular has been crucial, as David 's busy schedule has had him out of town for a few autocross events this year.

Mac and Becky Cranford - Tireless support of our autocrosses. Even when they do not run their car, they show up to support registration and course worker management.

Grady Carter, James Heisey, and Jim Winston - These guys, along with myself, have been the tech crew at each and every autocross. If you don't get "teched", you don't run. Having four of us has made the job oh-so-much easier.

Greg Maissen - Greg's car has had mechanical challenges most of the year, and yet he continues to show up at autocrosses and take on whatever task is needed.

Kurt Fischer - The man ("skinny white haired guy" - his words) at the gate. Kurt hasn't been running his car this year, but has always been there at 7:30 in the morning to welcome us and get the waivers handled.

Bob Schoenherr and Anita Benzing - Anita has been a great help in registration, and Bob has masterfully handled the job of instructor for autocross newbies.

Barbara McCrory and John Jackson - Thanks to Barbara and John, we have many, many of our autocross moments documented in video and still pictures. We have the spins, the wins, the slides, the one and sometimes two-wheel-up shots preserved for posterity, and sharing with our friends.

Redwood Region autocrosses would not happen without you! Many hands make for less work, and less work makes for more fun!

Besides autocross, there are the members behind events like:

  • Canepa Motorsports Tour with Yosemite Region, as well as most of our brunch runs and this newsletter (Chris Harrell)

  • Dinner Run to Sonoma (Chris Harrell, Joe Burroughs, Mike Hinton)

  • Pech Merle Winery Tour (Cheryl and Bruce Lawton)

  • Swap Meet at TRG (July 14. Andy Brian)

  • Upcoming - Brunch Run to Lake County (Bob Schoenherr, Anita Benzing)

  • Upcoming - Berryessa Tour and Dinner Run (Greg Matsumoto)

  • Upcoming - Benbow Inn Weekend (Rob and Mary Neidel)

  • Upcoming - North Region Tour and Rally (Scott Downie)

Lastly, I would be remiss without giving additional thanks to our event man behind the scenes, Don Magdanz, this year's Event Director. Don's attention to detail, and his efforts in designing and implementing standard, repeatable and functional event procedures and forms, has enabled us to stop 'reinventing the wheel' for each event. The more I get to know Don, the more I appreciate him.

A GREAT BIG THANKS to all of you!

I have said it before, and will continue to say it: The Club is the members. I encourage you all to think about increasing your level of participation in the Redwood Region. If you have an idea for an event, or if you see a way that we can make things better, please do not hesitate to contact me or another Board Member.

That's all for now.  Down the road,




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