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Registration Closes on January 7th! Don't Miss this One!  
The 52nd Annual
Awards Banquet
Golden Gate Region Porsche Club of America
at the Historic Fox Theater, Redwood City
Click Here to Register!

Join us on Saturday, January 12th as GGR celebrates its 52nd annual Awards Banquet with a blowout black-tie optional event at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City.

Includes gourmet plated dinner, hosted wine, beer and soft drink bar, and the entertainment--a total steal at only $75 per person.

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! Hosted bar will be open from 5 to 9 pm.
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 directed by Bay Area Critics Circle and Dean Goodman award-winner Bubba Gong 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.

Click HERE to register! This is an 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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January 2013. Volume 53, Issue 1
In This Issue
GGR Awards Banquet
From the Wurst Wing
Letter from the Editor
Membership Report
Board of Directors
Social Report
Competiton Report
The Power Chef
Quick Links
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From the Wurst Wing  
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This is the time of year when we close out the club's many activities and celebrate them at the Awards Banquet. We have a very special ne plus ultra event this year on Saturday, January 12th at the Fox Theater, so do consider coming on by to join us. It should be a great event and is heavily subsidized by the club, so a deal like this likely won't come along again soon! Click here to register.

A Great Time Was Had at Volunteer Appreciation Day at Chef Chu's.      

Per our usual custom, all the folks who pitch for regular club positions were invited to join us at Chef Chu's for a gourmet, 10-course banquet. We started with shark fin soup, then the Peking Duck (yes, we had the little rolls and slivered green onions), then the courses just kept on coming, finally ending with the baby bok choy with shiitake mushrooms and wok-seared black bean salmon. Here's a look at the food that just kept coming at us!

When the salmon arrived, our Membership Chair Capt. Mike just pushed back from the table and said "I give up!" Plus we had a selection of fine wines chosen by the Wall Street Journal Wine Club. Here's Howard Yao and Marina enjoying the evening.

To give back at the holidays, this event is also our annual fund raiser for Toys for Tots. The members were truly generous in bringing toys so that disadvantaged youngsters would wake up to something on Christmas morning.

To cap the evening off, Chef Chu himself came out to say hello and make sure everything was going great--as it surely was!

For more photos, check out the GGR Facebook page. Be sure to like us!

If you'd like to join us for next year, it's not too late to volunteer for a club position and help out! You'll find that it's actually a lot of fun to help put on events in addition to participating, and it's a great way to get to know other club members. Just take a look at the board contact list here and email someone to help out wherever your interest is. For sure we'll find something for you to do!

Club Planning in Gear         
This is the time of year when club members plan the events for 2013. The calendar planning for autocross, track, social events, concours and the picnic is well under way.

Reminder to board members and event chairs: please send your budgets to Linda Adams. We plan to review budgets at the January 20 board meeting and then formally approve them at the February meeting.

That's it for now. Hope to see you at the Awards Banquet! 

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! 


Thanks for reading.   


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Membership Report

--by Capt. Mike Sherman, Membership Director


GGR Regional Summary--November 2012 


Primary Members     1,492  

Affiliate Members        975                 

Life Members                  6         

Total Members          2.473

Total Renewals              66

Transfers Out                  5

Non-renewals                16


Driving Distracted. 'Tis the season to ... stay safe. This time of year, when folks are late for parties, enroute to shopping or just plain frustrated with the whole deal, distractions abound. Distracted driving occurs when you're texting, talking, eating, and drinking...not to mention trying to get the satellite radio or GPS to work or, even with an ear plug, trying to get Siri to understand you want "mom," not "Ron!" Federal estimates suggest that distraction contributes to 16% of all fatal crashes, leading to around 5,000 deaths every year. Texting (SMS) is a huge culprit and is up from year over 2008 there were a mere one trillion 2011 that number had risen to more than seven trillion!!! And texting is six times more likely to cause an auto accident than drunk driving according to the stats. Now it's easy to accuse teens...but with the prevalence of texting today, we're all targets/victims/guilty. How're these for stats? From 35 MPH, it takes -

  • Unimpaired: .54 seconds to brake
  • Legally drunk: add 4 feet
  • Reading e-mail: add 36 feet.
  • Sending a text: add 70 feet

Just wanted to mention all this - after all, the holidays are the season to be merry, not sorry! Stay safe members and have a great holiday...Captain Mike


New Members/Transfers: 18 (+3 Affiliate/Family Members)

Eric Argent                                                    2007 911 GT3 White

Tony Blevins & Jill Jacinto                            1985 911 Red

Raymond Chu                                               2012 Panamera Blue

Joe Goldsmith                                               2007 997 Gray

Gregory Kutsuris                                           2002 911 Turbo Blue

Jonathan & Patricia Vary-Loflin                     2011 Turbo S Silver

1996 Carrera 4S

Manning Louie                                              2007 911 Gray

Eugene Malobrodsky,                                   1996 993 Black

Michael Moon                                                2013 Carerra S Black

Tony Pratama,                                               2013 Panamera Black

Glenn Ramsdell                                             2006 Cayman S Silver

Scott Rutherford                                            2004 911 4S Blue

David Swenson                                              2013 Boxster Blue

David Troensegaard                                      2004 Boxster Black

Patrick Van Osta & Serena Stephenson        2006 997 S Cabriolet

Barry Sternfeld                                               1999 996


November 2012 Anniversaries


35 Years - 1977

PhillipWhalen                                                1963 356-C Bali Blue                      

Peg Goerges   


25 Years - 1987

Victoria Wolf


20 Years - 1992

Georg Konradsheim                                      1973 911

JeffreyWilliams                                              1992 968


15 Years - 1997

Stanley Chang                                                1989 951                                       

John Gingrich                                                 1993 911 RSA Blue                          

Reg Johnston                                                  2004 Cayenne T                                                                


10 Years - 2002

Edward Ishizaki                                              1986 Carrera                                                          Catalina Mendez                                                        

Patricia Pascoe                                                           

Maria Paterno                                                            

Fred Prager                                                    1997 Carrera 2S Purple                                             

5 Years - 2007

Marina            Collins                        

Terence Collins                                              1979 911 Red                            

Kristen            Doherty                                 

StevenDoherty                                              1997 993 C4S Black                          

Sean Mac Cann                                            1989 911 White                          

Christian Miller                                               2005 Arctic Silver                  

Nancy Miller                         

Eileen Prager                          

John Turner                                                   2000 Boxster S Blue                          

Anthony Ward                                                2000 Cup GT3 White                          

Dietmar Zapf                                                  2007 911 Turbo GT Silver                      

Hollyjean Zapf                                  

Alec Clark                              






Board of Directors
Richard French

GGR Board of Directors

Minutes for December 8, 2012


--not by Richard French, Secretary 


In attendance: 50 of the club's officers and volunteers, it being Volunteer Appreciation Day at Chef Chu's! 


Absent: all the folks who have yet to figure out how much fun we have doing club stuff! 


No agenda changes

No calendar changes


Postmortem of Past events

The last glass of wine was really good. As was the one before it. As was the food!


Director's Report


- Eat. Drink. Be Merry. And thank you all for make the club events happen over the past year! 



Vice President

- Was at the company Christmas Party. Bummer.  




- Took and posted great photos on the GGR Facebook page. Thanks, Richard! 



Treasurer - Thank you, Linda, for bringing along the GGR debit card to pay the bill. Much appreciated! 


Competition -

Carl Switzer brought along a whole cadre of track folks, who courteously gave the waiters a "point by" to indicate when a dish was headed to the next table.  




- Capt. Mike advised that traffic coming over Highway 92 was extremely heavy until he called in close-in air support to clear the road. The he arrived in no time at all.  



Webmaster - Folks kept asking Andrew where his Santa costume was. Andrew would only reply "ho ho ho." 


Other Business

Come to the Awards Banquet on January 12th! Did I say that already??



Being no business to transact at all, the meeting went on and on--which was exactly the point! 


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Social Report

Joe Sweis --by Joe Sweis, Social Director





-Joe advised no news this month, and will be back with a column next month.  






Competition Report






-Bill says thanks to autocross chairs Chris Hamilton and Elaine Macey and track chair Carl Switzer for their great work during his time as Competition Director and for making his job easy. Carl Switzer will be taking over as Competition Director in the New Year.  







The Power Chef

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 Resolved: Keep a Resolution!


Right about now many folks are mulling over their New Year's Resolution(s). Possibly made well in anticipation of the new year starting, or possibly late last night (if very late, possibly not remembered!)  


Any survey of the top 5 resolutions would probably include both (a) losing weight; and (b) exercising regularly. Sadly, prospects for keeping either dim quickly. I was at the gym this morning and it was spectacularly empty. Certainly, it is a holiday and most folks accord themselves January 1 as a grace period, but, as the tide of "New Year's Resolutionaries" flows in over the coming days, it will just as surely ebb by about the end of the month. Be February, evidence of resolutions to exercise more still in practice can only be detected with special equipment.  


So, if your chosen or still-contemplated resolution involves more exercise, here's a few simple suggestions to help you make it happen.  


Have Fun with It


This may seem impossible: how to enjoy exercising? Isn't it supposed to be sweaty, painful and unpleasant?


Sure, getting going from a cold start will make you sore. That's evidence of exertion.   


To really get the many benefits from exercise, though, it has to be a regular part of your life. My theory is that, for this to happen, it has to be a form of exercise you get some sort of enjoyment from.  


What that is depends on YOU. Some people like the solitary moving mediation of walking or running, while others prefer the camaraderie and mutual support of a group exercise class. Some like chatting in the gym in between clanging about. Some people discover that, now that the years of hard training for swim team are far enough in the past, they can actually enjoy it. Maybe a masters' swim team would be just the ticket. As any masters' swimmer knows, the workout laid out by the coach is just a suggestion. You can do whatever you like--including deciding you've had enough for today!


If you can find--and it may require some experimentation--a form of exercise you have some fun with, you're much more likely to succeed with suggestion #2, which is:


Stick with It


This is for a lot of reasons. First, none of the benefits from exercise accrue unless you stick with it. One or three workouts does not a thing for your cardiovascular fitness, strength, weight control, etc. Those all come over time with repetition.


Second, it won't get easier unless you do stick with it. For young kids, about two weeks of regular exercise (3 or more times a week) is needed to make fitness gains. For older folks, it takes longer and you should go slower. Think in terms of a month of regular exercise to really get you going. By then, your body will become accustomed what you're making it do (that is--it will be fitter), and it will be easier to keep going. You'll think back to how hard the first few workouts were, and wonder at how much more confident and strong you've become.  


Some goals will take much longer to achieve, so take your time and let things build. I've known many folks who, for example, join a program to go from no exercise at all to completing a half-marathon in 12 weeks, or not much longer to complete a marathon. Frequently, injury stops them well short of the goal. Your body needs time to strengthen and adapt, and the older you are, the longer it will take. Hence, suggestion #3:


Give Yourself a Break


There's absolutely nothing wrong with taking a day or few days off when you're feeling sore and tired. Those are messages from your body to take a break. If you ignore them, they'll likely be followed by an injury which will force to really take a break. Listen to soreness and fatigue before working out as a signal to rest. 


In fact, the strengthening happens when you're recovering from exercise--not when you're actually doing it. The exercise stains and to a degree breaks down your muscles. They get stronger recovering from it.


If you'd prefer doing something to complete rest, you can do active recovery: also known as cross training. This means, for example, doing an aerobics class after a hard day in the gym, or yoga after a run day. Cross-training will make you fitter faster, while varying the load on your body enough to allow what you worked the day before to recover.  


Here's hoping that, through some combination of these, you can make exercise a regular part of your life, getting you to where your New Year's Resolution might be like mine: More Of The Same!


Here's wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!



The Turbo Carrera


For the club's 50th Anniversary Celebration, I created a special signature cocktail: The Turbo Carrera Martini. It's everything I like in a cocktail: crisp, refreshing, low in calories and very high octane! Won't clog the catalytic converters, either!


This drink will be poured at the Awards Banquet and Board Inaugural Gala on January 12th (along with red and white wines, beer and soft drinks) as part of the $75 price of admission! Save your $12 each and come join us!  


  Turbo Carrera  

The Gist 

Mix together, shake over ice, pour into your favorite martini glass and enjoy!

2 parts vodka
2 parts grapefruit juice
1 part Triple Sec or Cointreau
1/2 part lime juice or Rose's lime juice

Mix all ingredients together, shake over ice and strain into a martini glass.

Use fresh lime juice to make it less sweet, or Rose's lime juice if you like it sweeter.





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
John Celona
Porsche Club of America-Golden Gate Region
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