Vern Rogers

  by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President
  (June 2014)

Parade is almost here! Two weeks from this writing, I will be in Monterey along with many of the rest of you in the midst of lots and lots of Porsches and Porsche Club members from other Regions. This is the first Parade I have been able to attend and I am very interested to see how it compares to my three visits to Escape (Albuquerque, Flagstaff and Los Angeles). There will be more people and more cars to be certain. It takes a vast number of volunteers to make an event like this fly. I hope you are taking advantage of the extra connections afforded by being one of these people.

Speaking of volunteers, I want to acknowledge our own Barbara McCrory and Jerry Gladstone for the above and beyond gift of their time to co-edit der Riesenbaum over the past two years. This additional contribution is a real stretch as they have continued in their main roles as Webmaster and Treasurer for the Region. Thank you two so very, very much.

Both Jerry and Barbara are stepping out of this additional role at the end of this year. We have tried repeatedly to enroll/engage one or more individuals/members in being mentored as Newsletter Editor over the last year and a half. This has not been successful to date. I am writing today to ask again for volunteers to take over the shepherding of this publication. Unless someone(s) steps up in the next 4 months or so we will lose this wonderful, informative, and entertaining Region resource. Please, please do think about giving your time and efforts in support of your Region in this valuable and necessary way. We need your help. Interested/willing parties can contact me, Barbara, Jerry, or any other Board Member.

That is not the only way you as a single member can become a part of the "inner-circle" and share in the direction and running of the Redwood Region. We will have a normal nominating committee run by the most recent Past President once again this year, and are actively looking for Vice-Presidential candidates now. No Mike is not leaving, but he has agreed to run for next year's Presidential spot, and most if not all other Board members have agreed to serve in their current spots if asked/elected. That will leave a hole in the VP spot on the election ticket. The VP has control over what is listed in the Region Calendar and posts Redwood events on the National Calendar. He/She also takes over for the President in the event that the President is unable to fulfill his/her duties. Please see Mike's article below for what it is like to hold the VP position.

On another note, I want to put out thanks to the members of Loma Prieta Region for another great Zone 7 Concours and Swap Meet at Parts Heaven in Hayward. I had a great time and even made a little money from those parts that have been sitting in my garage all winter. It was nice to see Bob Schoenherr and Anita Benzing with the Green Machine, as well as Larry and KC Sharp . I also enjoyed Rod Moore, his son, and Simone and Thorsten Kopitzki who all shared a couple of "retail-spots" on the street. Many of us have parts that we have taken off of our car(s) and are just storing. The Swap Meet is a lot of fun, allows you to pass your used parts to fellow enthusiasts, and lets you make a buck at the same time. You've missed it for this year, but I am sure it will be back next June.

That's all for now.  Down the road (in Monterey!)


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