Volunteers Celebrate at Chef Chu’s; Awards Banquet; Board Update

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Volunteers Celebrate at Chef Chu’s; Awards Banquet; Board Update

Volunteers Rock Volunteer Appreciation Day

On this past December 15th, GGR celebrated the volunteers who make the club run at the world-famous Chef Chu’s in Los Altos. This annual, complimentary, invitation-only event is the club’s way of thanking those who don’t just attend events (which we greatly appreciate!), but who also step forward to help put them on and run them (which we appreciate even more!).

President-elect John Celona with some of the Volunteers

With a 10-course Imperial Banquet created just for us by Chef Chu, the feast included:

  • Seafood blossom soup with winter melon
  • Classic Peking Duck with steamed buns and Hoisin Sauce
  • Candied prawns with walnuts
  • Basil beef in clay pot
  • Wok-seared salmon in black bean sauce
  • Baby bok choy with fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • Pineapple fried rice
  • Etc.!

and finally ended with fried banana with lychee sorbet. Anyone who left hungry, it was their own fault!

Wok-seared salmon in black bean sauce with steamed broccoli

To remember those who are less fortunate at the holidays, this event is also a benefit for Toys for Tots. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate.

Event co-chair Bubba Gong with the first 15 minutes-worth of toys

The GGR volunteers were especially generous this year, and brought enough that they almost didn’t fit into the take-home vehicle! This pitch-in attitude is part of what makes GGR such a great club and what we gathered to celebrate.

Dropping off the toys

We were also pleased to welcome a table of folks from Porsche Redwood City (née Carlsen Porsche). PRC is GGR’s longtime biggest supporter and we were glad to thank them for their support throughout the year, from sponsorship to the autocross series to the Porsche Redwood City Concours. Thank you, PRC!

That guy in red with Porsche Redwood City general manager Todd Parkinson

Awards Banquet Coming Up on January 25th

If you missed this one, the next great time with GGR is coming up on Saturday, January 25th: our annual Awards Banquet which this year will be held on the historic USS Hornet anchored at Alameda.

The next GGR great time lands here

Autocross chair Ed Hunter has taken the lead organizing this event and it should be a GT3RSR-level time: ship tours, a gourmet buffet, and the presentation of region, autocross, track, and social awards. Read more about it in Ed’s blog post this month, and click below for more information and to register before it fills up:


If you miss this one, well, you were alerted!

Update on Board Agenda

Last month, we had a whole update from the “Annual GGR Tech Inspection” at the December board meeting. Since then, we have been working away on fixing and addressing the issues raised at that meeting.

First off, some members have come forward to fill some of the board positions. After the board meeting this Sunday, January 5th, we should have some specifics on those. We are still looking for a webmaster, so please holler if online floats your boat. You can email me at nugget-ed@sbcglobal.net.

Next is the matter sorting out board election cycles so board member elections are more evenly split. Our secretary has reviewed when positions were elected and we hope to have a concrete recommendation next month.

As part of cleaning up club governance, we’ve been talking to finance and accounting professionals about the minimum mandatory financial management procedures the club should be following. At a minimum, seems we should split the roles of approving proposed expenditures, doing the books and financial statements, and approving checks when the money is spent. In addition, we need to ensure expenditures have gone through the approval process before funds are spent. We will have some specifics on this next month.

Lastly, we needed to take a hard look at what happened with our track series in 2019 and where to go in 2020. Thanks to all of you who have contributed their input on this critical issue.

Track chair Jim McClelland has taken a deep dive into the numbers and what happened and has come up with some concrete recommendations for what to do differently in 2020. I’d like to extend my personal thanks and appreciation for the time and hard look Jim has taken on this issue. The track team will be gathering this Saturday, January 4th to further these efforts in planning our 2020 series.

In addition, discussions have begun with folks at Hooked on Driving and we are exploring whether cooperation may offer for GGR and in what form.

Further, the board will be looking at budget approvals this next meeting and Jim has gotten the information needed to put into place a cancellation plan if, despite our best efforts, event financial results are falling way below targets.

That said, registration for our first Driver’s Education and Club Race weekend at Buttonwillow is now open. Click below to register or for more info:


If you’ve never driven at Buttonwillow or haven’t driven there recently, it’s a great track to get out on and not much longer to get to than going across San Francisco these days(!). Check it out!

That’s it for this month. Hope to see you on January 25th at the Hornet!

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