Big Numbers, PCA Juniors, and Anniversaries!

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Big Numbers, PCA Juniors, and Anniversaries!

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Captain Mike says, “Welcome to the Member Zone”

Long time, no blog…yeah well life happens, and I’ve had to sit a few out. But as the man said, “I’m back!” Just where am I? Sitting in my office in lovely Half Moon Bay watching the sunset and listening to the drone of small aircraft overhead. Nothing new, just waiting to get my passenger seat sensor replaced on the Macan…had to put my wife in the back seat today…she felt like a princess back there with her driver! Oh well.

Still, it’s a great little SUV, hauled Halloween decorations around for our huge Halloween party recently including an 8-foot ladder, blow-up Frankenstein monster, and numerous pumpkins – plastic and vegetable. No sweat. I see that in two years (2023) we’ll see both an EV model and a gas model…great news. Still in love with my Taycan by the way…what a beauty.

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The Macans have been outselling 911s two to one all over the world. They fit the niche market between sports car and larger haulers like the Cayenne. I’ve seen where fans are now driving them in all sorts of events, AX, in the dirt offroad, and even on the track!

OK, let’s get on with the numbers…they are great. Right now, we have 3,580 members in our Bay Area club list, including 4 Honorary Lifetime members and 129 PCA Juniors. Did you know that not all these members are in the SF Bay Area? We have members from 11 countries, including Japan, Norway, Australia, Belgium, Germany (of course), the UK, France and Spain. And our members in the USA are from 19 states including Rhode Island, North Carolina, Florida and Nebraska!

­GOLDEN GATE REGION ACTIVE MEMBER COUNTS:

Total: 3580
Primary Members:
2428
Co-Members:
1127
Honorary/Lifetime:
4
PCA Juniors:
121

PCA Juniors!

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Now you’ve just said, “PCA Juniors, what the heck is that!” OK, you’re into PCA and GGR and that means you’re off on a fun run or AX or at the track…gone from the family for a day, weekend or more, and they’re starting to grumble. Well, there’s a way to include them as well. Have you heard about the PCA Juniors? It’s FREE! Participants must be registered by an active PCA member, and there is no cost to join!

The PCA Juniors program is for Porsche enthusiasts under the age of 18 and has been created so kids can enjoy PCA events, learn about Porsches and build the enthusiasm that runs through all of the Porsche Club of America. It’s easy to get on board. Once registered by an active PCA member they’ll receive a welcome package that includes an age-appropriate gift and PCA Juniors ID badge. PCA will be developing the program and adding features over time.

Register for the PCA Juniors Program here!

Anniversary Certificates – Get ‘em!

Did you know that PCA automatically sends out member anniversary certificates for 25 years+ for all our members? That’s right, they send them out quarterly. In 2020, the anniversary dates are from Jan-April, and the materials will be sent in February.

Here’s what you get:25 years – Letter, Decal, Certificate, Pin
30 years – Letter, Decal, Certificate
35 years – Letter, Decal, Certificate
40 years – Letter, Decal, Certificate, Name Badge
45 years – Letter, Decal, Certificate, Name Badge
50 years – Letter, Decal, Certificate, Pin and Name Badge55 years – Letter, Decal, Certificate, Pin and Name Badge

60 years – Letter, Decal, Certificate, Pin and Name Badge

But what about the rest of us you might ask? We mere humans who will celebrate 5, 10, 15, and 20? Well, we too get something and may request certificates and a nice logo cling decal! Five- to 20-year anniversary materials are available upon request!

Members who request anniversary materials at www.pca.org/anniversary , will receive a letter, certificate and decal commemorating their anniversary.

This anniversary link calculates the member’s anniversary so they can send them the correct materials based upon their account information. PCA recognizes membership anniversaries in five-year increments.

If you have not received your membership anniversary materials for a previous anniversary, please send an email to anniversary@pca.org with your membership number and full name.

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New 4-Door Videos

Hey four-door-ers, here’s some news and videos from PCA.

Going Banzai in a Taycan!

In an article by Damon Lowney, The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah finally released his review of the Taycan Turbo S (link is external), and it provides some real excitement behind the wheel of the EV.

In Farah’s words, the Turbo S is blisteringly fast — or “banzai” fast, as he exclaimed several times throughout the video. After starting the segment with a 750-horsepower launch-control start, he proceeds to slither almost silently through a winding mountain road in Los Angeles County. One interesting bit he mentions is how the lack of an engine note makes it tougher to gauge corner entry speed, which requires more focus from him. Watch the video above to get his full opinion (after a one-minute coffee-maker ad and a few in between – but it’s worth It to watch this baby G).

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A Big Salute and Congrats to the 2021 Anniversary Members!

Discarding old, used, and tired items today is too easy. Luckily we are Porsche owners and we keep our cars pristine, refurbish them when necessary, wash them, lavish buckets of polish on them, and value our relationships. 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 December 2021.

35 Years – 1996

Dave Murphy 1982 911 SC Los Gatos

20 Years – 2001

Mark Palmer 1991 911 Carrera 2 San Francisco

Catherine Rafii 1988 911 Carrera San Mateo

Bejan Rafii 1988 911 Carrera San Mateo

Hue Nguyen Campbell

Christine Burger San Jose

Gary Howerton 1977 911S San Jose

Craig Burger 1997 911 Carrera San Jose

Jeffrey Rosen 1986 928S San Jose

Tanushree Ghosh-Rosen San Jose

15 Years- 2006

Florence Spelt Bolinas

Leonard Spelt 1967 912 Los Altos

Lisa Furia San Rafael

Chris Furia 2010 911 GT3 San Rafael

David Blake 2007 911 Carrera Los Altos

Jason Harmon 2000 Boxster S San Francisco

Claire Harmon Dallas

William Shrader 2003 911 Carrera 4S Belmont

Hali Forstner Belmont

Tim Brown 1970 911E Glen Ellen

David Fambrini 2007 Cayman Burlingame

10 Years – 2011

Florence Spelt Bolinas

Leonard Spelt 1967 912 Los Altos

Lisa Furia San Rafael

Chris Furia 2010 911 GT3 San Rafael

David Blake 2007 911 Carrera Los Altos

Jason Harmon 2000 Boxster S San Francisco

Claire Harmon Dallas

William Shrader 2003 911 Carrera 4S Belmont

Hali Forstner Belmont

Tim Brown 1970 911E Glen Ellen

David Fambrini 2007 Cayman Burlingame

5 Years – 2016

Ralph Finley 1965 356 San Jose

Fernando Wong 2001 Boxster Millbrae

Garrett Smith 2006 Cayman S Campbell

Dan Decker 2015 911 GT3 Los Gatos

Lisa Decker Los Gatos

Henry Riggs 2000 Boxster S Menlo Park

Lenore Forshay Moraga

Aaron Tubbs 2016 Cayman GTS San Bruno

Steven Forshay 2019 911 GT3 RS Moraga

Jack Stanghellini 2015 Cayman San Mateo

Cathy Stanghellini San Mateo

Volunteer Placards

We have created a placard that features info on GGR 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!

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Badges – Get ‘em so we know who you are!

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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 other members!

As usual, if you have any questions regarding Membership or problems with your membership, let me know and I can help. That’s all for now. Enjoy the New Year!

Cheers, Capt. Mike

hmbsherm@comcast.net

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