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February 2017 GGR Membership News

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Capt. Mike (AKA) Capt. Michael Terry “Patrick” Sherman, USN-Ret.

Membership Director

GGR Regional Summary

Primary Members  2,127
Affiliate Members  1,030
Life Members          6
Total Members  3,163
New/Transferred Members – Total:  48

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The Wearin’ of the Green

By the time this blog comes out, it’ll almost be time for that wonderful tribute to Irishmen/women all around the world, St. Patrick’s Day.  Isn’t it true that we’re all Irish when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around?  Maybe, since we all seem to love the pageantry and fun (Guinness) that  it invokes…did I mention Guinness?  In fact, more than 100 million Irish will celebrate the day including some 34.7 million U.S. residents of Irish ancestry (more than 7 times the population of Ireland). Now, I’m more Italian than anything (mom) but I did choose “Patrick” for my confirmation name!  Just wishful thinking I guess.  So, on the day, drive carefully, watch out for Banshees, mind your P’s and Q’s (pints and quarts), and wear a little green!  Here are some neat facts:

  • Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish. In 2009, roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States.
  • Irish soda bread gets its name and distinctive character from the use of baking soda rather than yeast as a leavening agent.
  • Lime green chrysanthemums are often requested for St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
  • More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.
  • At the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, between 150,000 and 250,000 participants march up 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street each year!

What’s all this mean for us?  I’ll tell you that there’s a group of our mates in Ireland who will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year – The Porsche Club of Ireland – a small (300) but dedicated group of Porsche nuts!  Hoist one for them!

Here are some of our new members this month.  Please welcome them aboard when you see them:

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Michael Anderson 2017 Cayman Black
Duncan Arnold 2011 Cayman Meteor Grey
P Baron 1989 911 Carrera Grand Prix White
Reinhard Boost 1989 911 Carrera Satin Black
Francesco Brianti 2005 911 Carrera Cabriolet Black
Chris Chang 1996 911 Carrera 4S White
Douglas Clark 2004 911 Carrera 4S Grey
Ilonka Edwards Marsovszki 2016 Macan S Blue
Louis Fielder 2017 911 Turbo Silver
Bruce Garretson 2000 911 Carrera Cabriolet Black
Dan Grillo 2000 Boxster Silver
Thomas Jensen 1979 911 Turbo Carrera Silver
Leslie Joel 1967 912
Katharine Kearnan 2004 911 Targa Atlas Grey
Brian Lema 2014 911 Carrera Basalt Black
Joe Leverich 2014 Boxster Black
Laura Meininger 1987 911 Carrera Light Blue
Surf Monkey 1996 911 Carrera Midnight Blue Metallic
Michel Noury 2003 Boxster S Lapis Blue
Patrick Pedroso 2006 Cayenne Silver
Marco Reb 1974 911 Carrera (US) Orange
Salma Salami 2014 Cayenne Brown
Axel Streichardt 2013 911 Carrera Cabriolet Silver
Gregory Tucker 2006 911 Carrera S GT Silver
Joe Viso 1981 Race Car Red
Jake Yoo 2017 Cayenne
Kent Young 2012 911 Carrera S Guards Red
Dan Zitter 2015 Cayman S Agate Gray
Oscar Suen 1991 944 S2 Guards Red
Derek Haskins 2009 911 Turbo Cabriolet Basalt Black
Nick Church 2008 Cayenne Turbo
Dietrich Featherston 2013 Carrera S Agate Gray

Congratulations to our February 2017 Anniversary Members!

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First of all, I’d like to point out that 81 members renewed their affiliation in the past 30 days.  Way to go!  We love that kind of commitment. We have over  3,100 GGR member/volunteers who have made us one of the largest and most recognized regions in the PCA world. We are proud to have you as members and thank you for your commitment to GGR.  Here are the members who celebrate their anniversaries in February.

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Mark Jennings 2005 911 Carrera S Silver

25 Years

Gustin Ho 1989 911 Carrera Red
Wolfgang Reif 1989 911 Carrera
Gregory Sirakides 2005 911 Turbo S Blue

20 Years

Derek Dean 1997 911 Carrera

15 Years

John Andrews 1991 944 S2 Red

10 Years

Michael Adler 2007 911 Carrera Grey
Jay Feero 2007 Cayman Forrest Green
Cal Fugitt 2001 911 Turbo Black
Sanjeev Mankotia 2016 Cayman GT4 White

5 Years

Chuck Bloom 2005 Cayenne S Gray
Gavin Burt 2007 Cayman Black
Bruno Chemel 2011 911 Carrera GTS Gray
Ken Mitchell 2006 911 Carrera Red
Bard Strong 2010 911 Carrera Black

GGR PLACARDS

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Our placard (left) has been created to encourage unattached Porschephiles to join.  They are available at every GGR function and we’d like you to pick some up and feel free to use them whenever you see an unaffiliated Porsche sitting idle. I stick them on windshields of Porsches everywhere if they don’t have our logo in the window.  No one is safe from the devious membership director! Porsche owners in Half Moon Bay now run when they see me coming!

Badges (Again)

I still have a YUUGE back-log of badges created from event “no shows.”  Please make sure to ask for yours at the next event you attend, we’ll have them set out. Member badges are provided free to all those new members/affiliates who RSVP and attend social and/or driving events for the first time. Otherwise, member badges are available for a small fee through Spotlight Impressions in San Mateo. The badges feature the GGR logo, your name and a convenient magnetic clasp. The cost is $12.00 for the badge plus shipping. So, it behooves you to get them from us during an event. Otherwise, to order your badges fill out the form on our website at www.pca-ggr.org/membership/badges and email back to Spotlight Impressions at sales@spotlightimpressions.com.  Make sure to wear your badge to all functions to help interact with 0ther members!

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Logo-wear/Show the Flag

The PCA online Webstore features a whole line of wearable GGR plunder. It’s located at www.pcawebstore.com; look for us in the regional section, create an account, and get shopping.

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Remember to check the calendar for upcoming events.  See you at the AX,  Track, Concours, or next function, e.g., Boxster Brunch?

 Cheers and stay dry,

‘Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!’  – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Capt. Mike

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