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Save the Date: Saturday, January 12th! 
The 53rd Annual
Awards Banquet
Golden Gate Region Porsche Club of America
at the Historic Fox Theater, Redwood City
Tickets go on sale in December!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 12th as GGR celebrates its 53rd annual Awards Banquet with a blowout black-tie optional event at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City.

Photographers will be ready to snap your photo on the Red Carpet as you arrive (yes, we will have a Red Carpet!), then cruise pass the Ballet Folklorico dancers performing at you enter the Theater.

Inside, a string quartet will set the mood  on the Grand Staircase as you enjoy appetizers and cocktails before the show begins.

The Grand Staircase
Mingle & Jingle in this historic venue at either level. So you never dry out, there's a bar upstairs, too!
The Upstairs Bar
Then, take your seat for a gourmet plated dinner in the Theater itself as you enjoy an evening of food, drink, and entertainment just like at the Golden Globes!
Dinner and Show in the Theater
We'll awarding GGR's special regional awards along with 2012's autocross and time trail awards. Plus we'll be introducing and inaugurating our new board of directors and event chairs.

In between all the awards, the award-winning Foothill Repertory Dance company will be performing numbers ranging from Peking Opera to Irish Clogging to Burlesque. Foothill Dance is fresh from performing at the Northern California Emmy Awards.
Foothill Dance performing at the Emmy Awards
The dazzling world premier of "The Last Emperor" features traditional chinese flag work and antique silk-and-gold Ching dynasty costumes.
"The Last Emperor"
Modern numbers will include "Welcome to Burlesque" from the movie with Cher and Christina Aguilera.
"Welcome to Burlesque"
Portions of the event will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Hospital.

Stay tuned for more event details as they are confirmed. This will be one club event not to miss!

GGR on Facebook & Twitter  

GGR is pleased to announce we've recently begun using some popular "Social Media" websites to help us stay in touch with our members. So, if you're inclined, please "like" Golden Gate Region PCA on Facebook or "Follow" @PCAGGR on Twitter!

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December 2012. Volume 52, Issue 11
In This Issue
GGR Awards Banquet
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Membership Report
Board of Directors
Social Report
Quick Links
Dear Porsche Enthusiast,

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From the Wurst Wing  
celona4 --by John Celona, GGR President

We're now officially through this year's driving events with our last tour, last autocross at Alameda, and last track event at Laguna Seca. Hope you managed to join us for some of these so you have good reason to get new tires and brakes for Christmas!

Club events aren't done yet, though! We have Volunteer Appreciation Day coming up in a little over a week and then our big annual Awards Banquet in January!

Volunteer Appreciation Day is Saturday, December 8th at 5 pm at Chef Chu's.      

This year we return to Chef Chu's in Los Altos to say thank you to all the volunteers who have helped up by pitching in over this past year. Invitations have already gone out via email, so if you are one of our hard-working club volunteers and didn't receive one, contact the event chair ASAP to get yourself on the list. RSVP's are due December 2nd.  Chef Chu outside 

Chef will be preparing a very special banquet for us, with gourmet red and white wines selected by the Wall Street  Journal Wine Club included. We'll be upstairs in the semi-private dining room. Should be another great event!

This event is INVITATION ONLY and we'll have a list of invitees at the door. 
Chef Chu dishes

We will also be launching our annual Toys for Tots drive at this event, so please considering bringing a toy to donate.

Mr. & Mrs. Sweis Brings a New Club Member Into the World        

Our Social Director Joe Sweis and Membership Director Capt. Mike Sherman work especially hard to bring new members into the club and to keep them.
Joe has taken his mission to a whole new level by creating a new club member, too! 
Meet Nat Sweis

On Sunday, November 11 at 2:28 am Joe and his wife welcomed into the world Nathaniel Joseph Sweis, weighing in at 7 lbs. 10 oz.


Here's Nathaniel in his competition driving seat with full racing harness. He can't yet reach the clutch pedal, but that's what the PDK transmission is made for!

We're sure there will be an autocross protest lodged before very long over Nathaniel's unfair weight advantage.

Congratulations to the Sweis Family!

That's it for now. Hope to see you at an event! 
Good night, Nathaniel!

Till next month...  





Letter from the Editor  
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--by John Celona, Nugget Editor

Self-Service on Email Addresses, Please!

Every month I get a few or sometimes many emails from readers about updating their email addresses. First, thanks for wanting to stay in touch! Second, there is no staff here! There's only CoCo and I doing this each month, and there are over 3,000 folks subscribing to The Nugget.

Accordingly, to send The Nugget to any email address you like or to unsubscribe, just go to the bottom of any issue of The Nugget. There's one option at the bottom that says:

And another that says:

These should be able to take care of you.

My apologies at the folks who get irritated with their change requests via reply emails not getting handled. I would cuss out the staff--but I don't have any! 


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Membership Report

--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director


GGR Regional Summary--October 2012 


Primary Members    1,482  

Affiliate Members       975                 

Life Members                 6         

Total Members        2.458

Total Renewals            69

Transfers Out                3

Non-renewals              30


Motor News. Big news on the motor front was the announcement of the rebirth of two Dodge types - the Dodge Dart and the vaunted Dodge Viper - Lazarus-like the snake appears reconfigured and re-engineered to appease the power-crazed populace for the ultimate Detroit Iron! When last we saw it, it was an uncontrollable beast. The new SRT Viper (fathered by no other than the boys in Italy who do pretty good auto) features a new 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine that delivers 640 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque. The Dart may not garner as many headlines, but it is essentially an Alfa Romeo Giulietta with new bodywork, 6-speeds, and a 3.6L engine. No, they'll never catch us - although some say the Viper is a valid competitor to the Porsche 911 Turbo - but it looks like the US is getting serious again with the help of Fiat! Forza Italia! Cheers and drive well my friends. Capt. Mike


New Members/Transfers: 23 (+8 Affiliate/Family Members)

Clifton Braun & Tanya Luthin (RED)           1971 914 Blue

Miguel Diaz-Rios & Hector Diaz (DIA)        1983 944 Black & 1982 928

Arnau, & Mariseth Ferring (CCC)               2010 Panamera Blue

Rick Hagan                                                 2011 911 Silver

Lorraine Jacobs & Dan Johnson                1959 356A Conv. D Silver

Koichiro Kanda                                           1975 911 Blue

Rishi Khaitan,                                              2006 Cayman S Silver

Rick & Siri Kilduff                                        2006 911 Black

Jay Kim (CCC)                                           1987 911 Red W

Junwoo & Jiyeon Lee                                 2011 Carrera S Silver

Bill & Tom Monroe                                      2007 Boxster

Tyler Nielson                                              1985 911 Gray

Gary Royce                                                2012 911 Gray

Dana Spencer  (CCC)                               1999 Carrera Silver

Hoang Tran                                                2009 Carrera Blue

Michael Wittmann (CCC)                           2012 911 4 GTS Gray

Alice Yeh                                                    2007 Cayman S Silver

Tito Young (DIA)                                        1969 911T Guards Red

Darryl Fong & Shannon Lee (LA)              1997 Carrera

Mark Pitchford (DIA)                                  2006 911S Silver

Andrew Spencer (SNV)                             1990 964 C2 White

Michael & Christine Tsang (DIA)                1998 911 C2S Arctic Silver

Peter Vinsel (DIA)                                      1999 996 Silver


September Anniversaries


40 Years - 1972

Steven Conston                                  1972 914



35 Years - 1977

Richard Goerges                                1965 356C      


25 Years - 1987

Louise Frye                                                    

Michael Mitchell                                 1995 993

Gordon Wolf                                       1980 911SC                          


20 Years - 1992

Jon Cox                                              1982 911SC                          

George Morones                                1984 911

GeorgeLazarus                                  1982 911SC                          


15 Years - 1997

Lisa Berry                              

David Fujimoto                                   1968 912

Tariq Roomi                                        2000 Boxster                      

Arno Ruben                           


10 Years - 2002

Meredith Cilker                                 

Debra Ervin                            

Brandee Krzanich                              

Holger Mishal                                      2002 Boxster S                      

George Vaccaro                                  1967 912


5 Years - 2007

Larry   Adams                                                

Rachel Bontempi                                                       

Andrew Ferguson                               2002 Boxster S Black                                     

Alan Rich                                            2007    Cayman S Grey                                

Rebecca Rich                                                  

Ken Salvail                                         1974 914 Marathon Blue                  


Cliff Takemoto                                    2008 Boxster Blue                             

Derek Tam-Scott                                                       

Peter Vinsel                                       1999 996 Silver                                 

MarvinMendelsohn                           2005 911 Silver                                 

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Board of Directors
Richard French

GGR Board of Directors

Minutes for November 18, 2012


In attendance: John Celona, Paul Larson, Richard French, Linda Adams, Larry Adams, Andrew Forrest, Chris Hamilton, Mike Sherman


Absent: Joe Sweis, Bill Benz


No agenda changes

No calendar changes


Postmortem of Past events

11/3 Dent Pro Campbell - well attended

11/10 Pescadero Drive - very well attended with over 40 cars and 50 people.

11/17 GGR AX at Alemeda. - very well attended with over 50 people in the morning and 35 people in the afternoon.


Director's Report

President - Volunteer appreciation dinner will be at Chef Chu's in Los Altos on 12/8 and Awards banquet on Jan 12, 2013 at the Fox Theater. Both events will also benefit local charities. Volunteer Appreciation - Toys for Tots & Awards banquet - Ronald McDonald House.


Vice President - Certificate in place for 11/20-21 DE/TT at Laguna Seca.


Secretary - Previous board meeting minutes were read and accepted.


Treasurer - The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted. A discussion on the 2013 budget occurred with agreement that individual budgets should be provided to the Treasurer no later than 12/21/2012. A budget review will be conducted at the January board meeting and approvals sought at that time.


Competition - Purchase of additional timing system for 2013 agreed and approved. The board approved the appointment of Tim Smith as track chair for 2013/2014 and Michael Tsang as Sponsorship Chair.


Membership - 2458 members (69 renewals, 3 transfer outs & 30 non renewals). A process to establish badges for the membership was approved.


Webmaster - the search for a new web site hosting company continues.


Other Business

Policy discussion with reference to preferred methods for expense payments be checks and not cash was reaffirmed.

Future board meeting dates (2012) 12/8 - (2013) 1/8, 2/17, 3/24, 4/21, 5/19, 7/7.



Being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:20pm

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Social Report

Joe Sweis --by Joe Sweis, Social Director




Past Event: Pescadero Tour





-as reported by co-chair Michael Griffin


On Saturday November 10th, 2012, over the hills and through the woods, from Alice's to the Coast side, on to Davenport and back. It was a glorious sunny day, reminding everyone why we live where we do. GGR's Social Chair Joe Sweis and his wife were busy birthing their baby boy, so Michael & Grace Griffin subbed for Joe, leading the parade on a "spirited" drive over a twisty mix of Santa Cruz mountain roads to the water.   






There were about 48 of us, including four GGR board members, in 30 some-odd cars, including Ferrari and BMW guests. The circuitous route through the redwoods above Pescadero and then high along the coast, attracted members from Loma Prieta and Diablo clubs, joining us in ogling the ocean views and glimpses of artichoke fields in the crisp November air. A portion of the entourage was momentarily lost in the trees for a bit, but found their way down Highway 1 to Davenport and lunch with the rest.   





 The meal at Roadhouse Inn was rated a success, in that the restaurant was able to absorb and serve our large, boisterous group. Afterwards, most drivers headed home, but an adventuresome - ten or so Porsches - returned to our starting point in Woodside, by taking an exhilarating route up swoopy Empire Grade, and down twisty-tight Jamison Canyon to Boulder Creek. And for a finale we cruised up Highway 9 back to Skyline Blvd. We were all so pumped with adrenalin that at the top of the mountain, we popped out of our cars in the parking lot, high-fiving each other, laughing and shouting about such a rush-producing ride. As you can tell, this was a very satisfying run, and everyone, EVERY one was chomping at the bit to do again soon.




Other Social:

We also have our regularly scheduled Social Events. The Boxster Brunches at Alice's Restaurant (17288 Skyline Blvd.) in gorgeous Woodside put on by George & Carol Grialou; all Porsches are welcome. Please check the calendar for upcoming dates.


Friday Night Socials are organized by Shirley Neidel to meet at Harry's Hofbrau (1909 El Camino Real) in Redwood City the third Friday night of every month.  No reservations are required but it's best to RSVP with Shirley at gsneidel@yahoo.com, and just stop on by!

NOTE: There will NOT be a Friday Night Social for the month of December.


As always, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO REACH OUT TO ME if you have any great ideas for a social event. If it sounds fun we'll do it! Thank you to everyone for your continued input.


-Joseph Sweis

PCA GGR Social Director






Hope there was enough to read this month! See you next month...

As always, thanks for reading.
John Celona
Porsche Club of America-Golden Gate Region
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Porsche Club of America-Golden Gate Region
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