GGR – Bigger and Better!

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GGR – Bigger and Better!

Capt. Mike (AKA) Capt. Michael Sherman, USN-Ret.
Membership Director

Love that snow!

GGR Regional Summary

Total Members 3306

Primary Members

2240
Affiliate Members 1060

Life Members

6
New/Transferred Members 31

GGR Keeps Growing!  Over 3300!!!

NOW – REFER A FRIEND

You may note that  we’ve now hit +3300 members. That’s a tribute to us all as membership is a job for everyone. That’s why last year  I emailed copies of our “leave behind” card for all members to reprint and distribute (see below).  If you don’t like leaving them in windshields, then feel free to hand them to Porsche drivers whenever you can.

And if you have friends who might be interested, go to the PCA website and the “Refer a Friend” feature. It’s an excellent way to invite and introduce prospective members to the Porsche Club of America.  It is an easy and quick way to follow up after making a personal contact.  See the steps below.  The great thing about this feature is that ANY member can use it.  So, give it a try.
1. Log in to your account.
2. From the Menu Bar, click Membership, Refer a Friend.
3. Under “Refer Friends” enter the email addresses of friends you would like to refer.  Separate each email address by a comma.
4. Under “Message” an automatic message will appear.  Feel free to make changes.  In fact, I would encourage you to personalize your message and direct them not only to the PCA website, but the Membership Benefits page as well (https://www.pca.org/membership-benefits).  Whatever message is in the box will be sent to each friend you listed.

Christmas in Germany

So, how were your Christmas/New Year’s holidays? I spent the time dodging Beemers, Benzes, Audis and Porsches (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!) on the autobahn in Germany amid the snow and rain while visiting my son in Garmisch. Lots of fun. While it’s a bit unnerving tooling along at 110+ MPH, the courtesy and road-awareness of the German drivers is amazing and makes it manageable. If we tried it in this country it would be chaos! Left lane is for speed, no passing on the inside lanes, if someone is coming up behind, get the hell over or you’ll experience the utmost in tail-gating…and I don’t mean burgers on the grill. But when the speed changes from warp speed to a posted speed, you do it NOW, and you don’t merely slow…you drop the mphs.

Didn’t get up to Stuttgart to see the Porsche museum, but did get to Munich and the BMW museum, which was quite well done. Lots of showcase older motorcycles as well as their lineup of autos…even an older BMW 1600 which I once owned…nostalgia! Before I moved from that dark place. But I wore my Porsche cap the whole time just to freak them a bit. Fun.

The great attractions in Germany of course are the Christmas markets and we hit them all – Garmisch, Munich, Innsbruck, Strasbourg – and all the mulled wine you could drink! Nothing like a strong hot drink when it’s 2C! So much fun.

If you’ve been over to Carlsen Porsche recently – our premier sponsor – you’ll see that they’re under an amazing renovation. Not only updating but expanding offices, showrooms, etc., so they can carry even more of our great autos. But it’s business as usual over there, so don’t hesitate to head on in for your servicing or shopping! Take a look at the GT3 on the floor, nice.

Taking a look at membership, we’ve continued to grow despite moves in and out as members change locations or transfer. With more than 3200 members located in 15 countries the membership is as diverse as their cars. Nearly every year and model is represented in our “stable” of Porsches…and you’re likely to see most of them at either the concours, autocross or on the track. I’m always open to suggestions on how to increase membership, so send it on!

 New Members in January 

Please welcome them aboard when you see them

Name Car
Michael Allen 2013 Cayenne Diesel Black
John Basanese 2018 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet Chalk
Brent Bertsch 1982 911 SC
Ted Bonkenburg 2018 911 GT3 White
Thomas Chalberg 2011 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Black
Josef Chervenka 2006 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet Cobalt Blue Metallic
Brett Coon 2018 911 Carrera Agate Grey
Jim de la Riva  2011 911 Carrera S Black
Tim Dine 2014 911 Carrera Basalt black
Ashod Donikian 2015 Boxster GTS Black
Jason Falleiro 2005 911S
Alex Grab 2013 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
William Gray 1984 944 Gold/Beige
Derek Harpt 1975 911S
Hans Gregory Hartmann 2016 911 Targa 4 GTS
Michael Janis 2007 Cayman Guards Red
Eric Jungling 2003 Boxster S  White
Paul Labossiere 2004  Cayenne Turbo
Frank Lee 2018 911 GT3 White
Paul Meyliker 1972 911T Yellow
Alaina Miller 2014 Cayman S White
David Ning 1974 911  Blue
David Nissen 2011 911 Carrera S Silver
Maryann Obrien 2001 911 Carrera Dark Blue
Steven Pape 1972 911T White
Serge Platonov 2013 911 Carrera S
Jarques Pretorius 2016 Cayman GT4 White
Zixiao Wang 2018 Macan S White
John Wenstrand 2012 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Black
Jeffrey Wieland 2016  Cayman GTS Rhodium Silver

Congrats to our January 2018 Anniversary Members!

ImageAs we start off a new year, there’s good news as we continue to grow. Way to go!  We now have   +3,200 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 will celebrate their anniversaries in July.

I’m going to start this list off recognizing someone who has been a member since January 1957, so I think a special acknowledgement is in order! 

61 Years (1957)

Kevin Webster 1955 356       

45 Years (1973)

Graham Chloupek 1970 911T
William Patton 1973 914 1.7

25 Years (1993)

Michael Cullinan 1980 911 SC
John Sherck 1969 912

20 Years (1998)

Jesse Avilla 1996 911 Carrera4S       
Glenn Davis 1993 968           
Scott Triou 2007 911 Carrera White

15 Years (2003)

Bohumil Kypta 1983 911SC 
Kirk Millet 1985 911 Carrera Prussian Blue
Leonard Stanton 1983 911SC
Volker Weber 1961 356         

10 Years (2008)

Michael Chiu 2007 CaymanS Meteor Grey Metallic
Sidney Huey 2002 911 Carrera4S Arctic Silver
William Jhun
Joe Lee 1968 912 Silver
Wayne Okubo 1996 911 Carrera Black
Evan Shahin 1997 911 Carrera4 Cabriolet Black
Michael Summers 2006 CaymanS Silver
Clifford Veltenaar 1972 911E White
Stephen Wolking 1979 911 Turbo Silver

5 Years (2013)

Kaihan Ashtiani 2007 911GT3 Red
Michael Comet 2014 CaymanS Red
Nicolas Heyman 2012 Panamera Black
Sean Quinlan 2013 911 Carrera Blue
Chauncey Schmidt 1996 911 Carrera4S Silver
Syd Weiss 2004 911 Carrera Silver
David Winter 1986 911 Carrera Black

GGR Placards

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I’ve restocked the cupboard with all new reprints of our placard that feature our new numbers (3200+) and I know you’ll want to hand these out! These 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 or hand them to drivers 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!  If you want, I’ll even mail some to you so you can hand them out…let me know and I’ll get them to you! 

Badges – I still got em!

I still have a HUUUGE 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 Winter Wear

We’ve got a great selection at the GGR- PCA online Webstore with both men and women’s hoodies, sweatshirts, etc.  The site 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.  If you have a recommendation for some other item, let us know.
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Remember to check the calendar for upcoming events.  See you at the AX,  Track, Fun Run or next social function, e.g., Boxster Brunch?

 

 

Happy New Year! from Capt. Mike

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