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

Well, it looks like no one is rushing in to take the stick of leadership away from me. We had our annual members meeting a few weeks ago on Sunday, 10/21, just one day after our last Region Autocross. Opportunity was given to all to throw their hat in the ring for the coveted President, VP, Secretary, and Treasurer positions on next year's Board of Directors. Believe it or not, no one else stepped forward.  

All kidding aside, I want to express my thanks to all who attended the meeting, and especially to Craig Steele for accepting the nomination for Secretary. The run was fun, the weather sunny, the food and service excellent - Thank you Union Hotel staff. The people, however, were the best part by far. 

Voting this year will be in an electronic format, so we will 'miss' the previous election steps of making copies, folding ballots and bio pages, pealing and sticking address labels, putting stamps on and sealing envelopes, as well as having to constantly check the PO Box for new votes. I cannot say any of us involved will be disappointed. Specific details on voting procedures will be forthcoming. 

Along with the election of the four officers, this year we will be asking you to approve updates to the Region Bylaws.  Jerry Gladstone has put extensive work into these updates, and along with those on the Board who have assisted as part of Jerry's committee, has provided some much needed changes to outdated language within this document. 

On another topic, we will be trying to get ahead of the game this year with event scheduling. The annual calendar planning meeting for 2013 will be held on the evening of November 13, 2012 at the home that Susan and I share in San Rafael. I and the rest of the Board encourage any and all of you that want to have a direct influence on the events scheduled for next year to attend. Please email me at rogersvern@hotmail.com if you plan on coming. I will provide directions at that time.

2012 is winding down for the Redwood Region, but we still have a bit of fun in store. Saturday, November 10, will be our last Breakfast Run for the year, and Dillon Beach Café will be our destination. This is always a great drive, and a fabulous meal. I hope you can attend.

Our last event of the year will be the Annual Holiday Party. This year, we return to the southern part of the Region. The party will be on Saturday, December 1, at Nourish Restaurant at Harbor Point in Mill Valley. Those of you who were lucky enough to be present for our Club picture in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and participate in our May Breakfast Run have had an opportunity to sample the view as well as the cuisine. 

Nourish is owned by RRPCA member Ray Kaliski, and he has been a joy to work with in setting up this event. Don Magdanz and I have been back to Nourish to sample meals other than breakfast. Both of us found the food to be excellent. An added bonus to this year's party is that corkage charges are being waived. Wine and beer will be included with the event cost, but we are all aware that many members prefer to bring something from their own cellars as well. 

Additional details on the Holiday Party have been posted here, on our Region website. These include the menu, as well as details regarding registration and nearby hotel accommodations. 

That's all for now.  Down the road, 

Vern


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