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Zone Rep Report January 2012

Sean CridlandIn the Zone by Sean Cridland

Here we are in the “slow” season for Zone 9. I’m writing this just after the completion of the Holiday party season. No autocrosses, no track days, no car shows going on now. This is the time when we put away the driving gloves for a few weeks and spend time with our families and getting some R+R, stocking up on calories, and watching the bowl games, skiing, or assembling our new toys. It’s a time of regrouping. But that doesn’t mean we’re not thinking about our PCA activities. Here in Zone 9 we have 5 new Region Presidents coming into their terms whose heads are no doubt swimming with ideas.

Intermountain Region’s Will Crowther will be presiding over one of the biggest years in Intermountain history. Besides their annual Club Race/DE at Miller Motorsport Park, the many tours they do annually, and hosting this year’s Zone 9 Presidents meeting, they’re also hosting the 2012 Porsche Parade. While it’s true that the National model means far less demand on a Region, Intermountain is really stepping up to bat with a great spirit of voluntarism and many people are already planning tours and events. Club President Crowther will find himself very busy this year. Let’s all be sure to give him a pat on the back and words of encouragement when we see him at an event. Let’s also offer a hearty “thank you” to Doug Turquist, IMR’s outgoing president. Good job Doug! And we hope to see you around in PCA’s best job “past-President” this coming year at the events.

In the Rocky Mountain Region, longtime member and active participant Rick Goncalves is coming into the point position as president after serving as VP and several other club positions in the past several years. He’ll be well versed in the demands placed on him. Still, taking on a position of leadership always means new challenges and increased time involvement for him and his family. Rocky Mountain always has a full card of socials, autocrosses, track days, and tours. So, three cheers to Rick for taking on the president position for 2012. And to Rex Heck we wish a very warm thank you for your service the past two years. During Rex’s time, a lot of great events were staged successfully, and Rocky Mountain Region won the prestigious Overall Growth contest at Porsche Parade 2010.

In the Alpine Mountain Region, Tom Kautz is coming into the President’s postion, taking over the reins from Tim Drummer, who did a very fine job the past two years. Tom has been involved in many AMR events and projects over the past several years and is looking to take the Region into a couple more good ones with autocrosses, track-days and some of AMR’s legendary tours and socials on the books for next year. Tim has had a fine run as president and we all want to thank him for his generous donation of time and energy.

In the Roadrunner Region, Michael Galaviz is looking at his first year of presidency. Michael is a longtime PCA and Roadrunner Region member who has really stepped up to the plate in the last few years, first serving on the board, then as VP, chairing several events, and really doing an amazing job as Roadrunner Charity Chair, earning an Honorable Mention at this year’s Parade competing in a class with some much, much larger Regions and longer established programs. He also won this year’s Zone 9 Challenge by participating in PCA events in four of Zone 9’s seven Regions: Roadrunner, Llano Estacado, West Texas, and Carrera.  Michael will be taking over from a very active Tony Richey, who will be transferring his energies as Past-President on his other role as Region Webmaster.  Thanks to Tony for a job well done.

West Texas is the other Region in Zone 9 with a new President, though in this case, it’s worth noting that “new” is a relative term. Fred Stubbs will be stepping back into the role that he has occupied for many years in service to WTR. Fred is long experienced in all things PCA and along with his wife has attended many PCA Parades around the country. Fred takes over from Robert Harrington, who’s done a fine job this past year, even playing host to the rest of Zone 9 at the first Zone 9 Presidents meeting held outside of Albuquerque, this past year in Midland at the famous Jim Hall Chaparral Museum.

We also have two returning Presidents. Joe Papp leads the Llano Estacado Region over in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. LE is the smallest PCA Region in the country and often has one of the highest participation rates of any Region. Joe and his dad have also been regular Parade goers over the years and an extraordinary PCA family.

Last, and far, far from least, Dede Rogers is once again leading the Carrera Region on what she says will be her “victory lap,” with her own inimitable style and enthusiasm. Dede is a big presence in Zone 9 and anywhere else she goes, event to the far ends of the earth (literally, as she is one of only a small handful of people to have travelled to both poles of the earth). 

I want to thank all of our outgoing Regional Presidents, officers, board members and all the other event chairs and volunteers who contribute to making PCA the largest and most active single-marque car-club in the world. And I also welcome our new officers as they enter a busy year of great PCA, Zone 9 and Regional activities. Let’s all give them the support they need to fulfill their promise as we head toward a another fantastic year of fun Porsche-related activities and friendship.

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