Vern Rogers

  by Vern Rogers, Redwood Region President
  (November 2014)

Wow, November already. We just had our last club run for the year, and have the December 13th Holiday Party to look forward to. Our calendar meeting to plan 2015 events is done. Big thanks to Mike Hinton, Don Magdanz, James Heisey, Kurt Fischer, Chip Witt, and most especially Craig and Sandy Steele. Craig and Sandy not only hosted the meeting, but provided a sumptuous meal to all attendees. The meal really raised the bar for those hosting this event.


The last run mentioned above was a late afternoon, early evening drive through some great Sonoma and Napa back roads ending at the Plaza Bistro on the Sonoma Town Square. Don Magdanz, who most often does sweep for our runs took the lead on this one, and did a fantastic job of keeping the folks together. Don was also our contact with the Bistro. The food was excellent, and the company better. We had 20 members in attendance and all left very well fed and watered.


Autocross fans will be happy to know that we got all 9 dates that Grady submitted to the airport - our schedule for next year is set. Also of note is the fact that the airport runway expansion project is completing/has completed its last phase. We hope to have all sections of the track cleared of construction materials, including the giant pile of hay bales, before we start the 2015 season.


2015 will once again see us doing a tour to Field Stone Winery in July, as well as drives to and events at other wineries.


Although we have laid out a basic plan and many events for next year already, please do not hesitate to contact myself or other Redwood Board members with your suggestions for new events. Also, if you would like to become more involved in event planning and/or leadership there is plenty of opportunity and always a need. Please come out and support your club.


As noted above, this year's Holiday Party will be on the 13th of December. We will be back at Nourish in Mill Valley. This was the party location two years ago. The band will once again be Todd Morgan and the Emblems. This is the third year we have hired Todd to provide very danceable tunes. If you have yet to attend one of these parties, or are new to the Region, please do come out. Food at Nourish is always fabulous and this year will be no exception. Nourish Restaurant is owned by Redwood Member Ray Kaliski, and I want to extend my thanks to him in advance. I know this year will be equal to or better than two years ago; thanks Ray! Thanks in advance to Ray's wife Carla and our own Simone Kopitzki who I know will do a beautiful job on table decorations.

That's all for now. Hope to see you on December 13th.  Down the road.


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