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|From the Wurst Wing |
| --by John Celona, GGR President
As we go into the fall, club stuff is not done for the year yet!
The Election is ON!
It's time for GGR's annual election for Board of Director positions. This is your chance to VOTE for the folks you'd like to keep putting in their unpaid time to run the club and put on club events. Check out the top of the Nugget for voting instructions, or click here to go directly to the voting link.
In contrast to traditional Chicago-style voting, you will unfortunately only be able to vote once and will need your member number to vote.
If you're interested in getting more involved with the club, there are a great number of appointed positions: one of the autocross co-chairs, track event chair, sponsorship chair, etc. If you think of something else the club might need, just let us know and we'll create a position just for YOU!
Club events only happen because of volunteers just like you who put in their time to help out, so please show your support by voting or by helping out yourself.
The Olen Creech Award
Normally, the highest honor given at the GGR's annual Awards Banquet is the Perc Bliss Award, named after GGR's first president. The criteria for it is stated as follows:
At year-end, the President shall present the "Perc Bliss Award "to the member(s)deemed to have made the greatest contribution to the Club during the year.
However, the Board was faced last year with a conundrum: how to honor a member who has consistently made outstanding contributions to the club year after year? The member in question was Olen Creech who each year does GGR's tax return FOR FREE. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, GGR has to file annual tax returns with both the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board. This gnarly document runs to 46 pages of utter tax yucka poopoo, and I for one would not want to have to prepare. It's enough for me to read and sign it!
Accordingly, in a secret closed session last summer, the Board voted to create the Olen Creech Award, described as follows:
The Olen Creech Award is given to the member(s) who have made outstanding contributions to the club of a period of years above and beyond the already extraordinary contributions other member put in. It is named in honor of Olen Creech, the first recipient who for many years has prepared GGR's tax returns. It is expected that this award shall rarely awarded and only for outstanding service over many years as exemplified by Olen Creech.
Turns out creating the award was the easy part--the hard part has been getting Olen to an event to give it to him! For over a year now, we've been trying unsuccessfully to get the oh-so-shy Olen to an event.
I finally ran into Olen at the Carlsen Concours and spilled the beans about his award. Olen said "you can give it to me now!" Only I didn't know he'd be there, so didn't have it with me.
Accordingly, the actual award has been given to another member with instructions to find Olen and inflict it on him. We'll have to thank Olen here rather than in front of a crowd.
Thanks Olen! We appreciate it!
More Autocrosses Coming Up
Here's what's coming up for the rest of the schedule this year, courtesy of Autocross Co-Chairs Chris Hamilton and Elaine Macey:
October 20 Alameda Autocross #9November 17 Alameda Autocross #10 Only two more chances to wear your tires down before you get new ones for next year!
Save the Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013
This will be the date for the next GGR Awards Banquet. It will be a big whoop-de-doo, running from 5 to 10 pm. More details will be announced as they develop. This is one you won't want to miss!
Maybe we can get Olen to this one if we promise NOT to give him an award!
Till next month...
|Letter from the Editor |
--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!
Thanks for reading.
--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director
GGR Regional Summary--August 2012
Primary Members 1,475
Affiliate Members 974
Life Members 6
Total Members 2,450
Total Renewals 85
Transfers Out 10
We all remember our first: No, not that one...our first automobile. I'm almost embarrassed to say mine was a (gulp) new 1961 Corvair - that homage to air cooled engines, perhaps even to Porsche. No, no, I'm not saying that it was in any way a Porsche or even Porsche-like, even though some auto flacks called the 1961 Corvair Monza "the poor man's Porsche." Yet, the little Corvair did have independent suspension with coil springs at all four wheels and IRS arms at the rear, similar to Porsche, VW, and MBZ. But that's where comparisons stopped. In reality, however, my non-Monza was characterized by a three-speed manual on the floor, constantly burned out valves, too little expertise outside the dealerships (mine slipped off the oil rack at a Shell station one day but was saved by a quick-handed mechanic), uncomfortable seating, and shoddy finishing. But it was my "first" and it took me across the states to Kansas and back to California. No Dorothy, that wasn't home, but an ill-advised year in college there. Do you know they have winter in Kansas? A mind-numbing, wind-whipping, teeth-chattering, not-California winter! But that little Corvair, with its weird heater and 80-HP rear-engine actually got me through it. After all, the Corvair was Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year for 1960 (didn't know that didja?) So the memory of my "first" is bittersweet...as most are. Drive safely, my friends. Capt. Mike
New Members/Transfers: 21 (+6 Affiliate Members)
Carlos Azcarate (Mexico) 1967 911 Gray
Douglas Bablitch 1986 911 Red
Juergen & Danijela Barthel (SDO) 2006 911 Silver
Dennis Bulcao 2006 Carrera 4S Black
Ronald Cates (CCC) 2003 Carrera 4 Gray
Vince Duperron & Marcia Sivek 2010 Boxster Red
Teri & Larry Fernandes 2003 Carrera Red
Jeffrey & Deirdre Fujimoto 2012 911 S Gray
Norman Hersch 1981 911sc Brown
Kelvin Kwan 2004 Carrera Silver
Lee Henry 2012 Carrera S Gray
Michael Little(CCC) 2011 Cayman S White
Carl Mendel 2009 911 Gray
Mod, Craig 1996 Carrera 4 Silver
Steven Nemirov 2008 Cayman Silver
Al & Jen Salvador 1998 Boxster Red
Keiko Schmid 2004 Boxster Blue
Richard Skalski 2012 911
Victor & Jolanta Szczerba 2007 Carrera 4S Black
Louie Vengco 1964 356C Red
Deborah Yaney 1998 Boxster White
55 Years - 1967
Gary Evans 1989 911
Paul Greene 1966 911
30 Years - 1982
Rodney Chew 1972 911
25 Years - 1987
20 Years - 1992
James and Meda Semien 1976 911T Blue
15 Years - 1997
Jeff Jensen 1973 911RS Orange
Paul Millar 1976 912
10 Years - 2002
Alan and Ann Davis 1973.5911 Red
Brian Eddy 2001 Boxster S
Mark Fecchi 1991 928 GT
Joe Greenhalgh 2011 997 TT S White
Mark Greenstein 2002 Boxster S
Jim McClelland 2002 Carrera Black
Alvin Wong 1995 993
5 Years - 2007
Richard Baer 2006 Cayman S Arctic silver
Gary Grande 1984 911 Black
RonaldKisling 2002 Boxster S Grey
Jonas Sicking 2001 Boxster S Arena Red
David Jevans 2001 Boxster Silver
Michael Riger 1998 993 Arena Red
Board of Directors
--by Richard French, Secretary
GGR Board of Directors
Minutes for September 16, 2012
In attendance: John Celona, Paul Larson, Richard French, Linda Adams, Larry Adams, Mike Sherman, Bill Benz, Andrew Forrest, Chris Hamilton.
Absent: Joe Sweis
No agenda changes
No calendar changes
Postmortem of Past events
8/31 SF Porsche Design Center evening was very well attended.
9/8 GGR AX at Marina followed by LPR AX on Sunday. Both days were well attended (65-70 people).
9/8-9/9 DE/TT at Thunderhill was well attended with 92 drivers.
President - An update on the rule change process was led by John Celona. The Technical Bulletin approved at the last board meeting updating the GGR rules regarding clothing requirements at track events has been withdrawn.
Secretary - Minutes of 6/10/12 board meeting were reviewed and approved. A discussion on the upcoming BoD election included the use of an online balloting service. A petition for inclusion of an additional candidate in the election for Competition Director was received from Carl Switzer and approved by the board. Subsequently the candidate withdrew his name.
Vice President -Upcoming events with insurance in place include: 10/20 and 11/17 AX. Certificates still required include 11/3 Dent pro and 11/21-11/22 DE/TT at Laguna Seca.
Treasurer - The Treasurer's report was delivered and accepted.
Membership - 85 renewals, 35 new members, 34 did not renew in August 2012. Current total 2466.
Webmaster -Facebook page remains popular, especially after events when photos are uploaded. No major change.
The track chair position will be vacated by Carl Switzer in 2013. Currently there is no new person appointed. Bill Benz agreed to help lead the search for a volunteer for this position.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:45pm
--by Bill Benz, Competition Director
GGR needs a chairperson or team of co-chairpersons for its 2013 Track Event Series.
The good news is that initial planning for the 2013 series is well underway. More importantly, Carl Switzer, the outgoing chair, leaves behind a series that is in the best shape in many years. He has everyone's thanks for a job well done. We do need a chairperson (or 2) for 2013, however who can build on Carl's success.
For more information, please contact Bill Benz (outgoing competition director) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650 328 4221
or Chris Hamilton (2013 competition director candidate) at
It's time for the driving event community to step up and assure the series continued success!!
--by Joe Sweis, Social Director
--Joe is still recovering from the almost-illegally good time had by all at the SF Porsche Design Store this past Friday night. He will be back to tell us about it next month. --Ed.
DentPro Day 2012
Saturday, November 3
Our annual DentPro Day will be held on Saturday, November 3d. It will be held at the new DentPro facility at 1436 White Oaks Rd, Unit 5, Campbell, CA. http://www.mapquest.com/?version=1.0&hk=3-4Vvs0LwK
Here's your chance to get that ding out, small or large! Or get some minor paint done! Or have the plastic covers on your headlights polished out! Or just hang out with other car-guys/gals.
This will be the 19th (maybe 20th) year that I've coordinated this event using this same DentPro business. To say the least, these guys are pros. I've seen them massage out dings/dents that I would swear were beyond repair.
For those unfamiliar with DentPro, they provide an excellent alternative to body repair shops. Taken to a regular body shop, a door ding can be an expensive proposition requiring not only the body repair, but also a likely repaint of the damaged panel. We're talking hundreds of dollars here. With DentPro, through the artistry of getting behind the dent/ding, they massage it out.
Pricing for the DentPro service will be as last year's. It will be $40 for 1" dents; $80 for 2" dents, and $120 for 3" ones. In most cases, no repaint is needed. In each case, DentPro will examine your car, point out any blemishes that you may have missed (and I guarantee there will be some), and provide you an estimate before beginning work. You may opt out at that point.
To start the day, DentPro will provide bagels and smears, donuts, and coffee. They will also have drinks for us to soothe our throats as we bench-race and tell lies about our cars. At noon, a tasty lunch will be provided.
Beginning at 9 AM, we will schedule in 3-4 cars per hour, ending at 2 PM. If you need a later time, DentPro may be able to accommodate you depending on how many sign up, that is, they may be working on cars beyond 2 PM. If you need an earlier time, that may also be possible, but for now, 9 AM is the start time. You are welcome to come early and leave late, just hang out to see all the cars passing through.
Please RSVP to me at email@example.com, giving an idea of how much work needs to be done on your car (number/size of dents and location), and a requested time. If the time requested is filled, I'll provide alternative times. BTW, any and all cars are welcome, but priority will be given to PCA-GGR members.
Hope to see you there!
Yosemite Region Zone 7 Concours
Hope there was enough to read this month! See you next month...
As always, thanks for reading.