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Zone Rep Report January 2013

Liz ShawIn the Zone

From Liz Shaw, Incoming Zone 9 Rep

Happy New Year, Zone 9! I’m pleased to be your new Zone rep and I will do my best to fill the role responsibly. Sean certainly took the job seriously and raised the bar for future Zone Reps! A little bit about me. I’m a native Santa Fean, although I went to college in Colorado (go Rams!) and lived in Washington state and California for many years. I joined PCA in 2002 when I bought a 1993 964. As a member of the Loma Prieta Region, I was very involved in the club – Membership Chair, DE Registrar, autocrosser, etc.

I moved back to Santa Fe in 2005 and was fortunate to attend my first Fiesta (del Porsche at the time) about a week after unloading the moving truck! Over the years as a Roadrunner, I’ve been Vice-President, President, Webmaster, Goodie Store Chair, Fiesta Chair and Co-Chair, and PCA Escape Registrar. On a PCA National level, I’ve been involved with the Parade Committee as Co-Chair of the Michelin Drive and Compare.
My first love with Porsches is anything race-related and to that end, I’ve attended several races at the major tracks around the country. More recently, I attended the inaugural Formula 1 races in Austin in November. That was sure a special weekend and I’d love to get back to that track (and drive on it!).

Later in January, I’m going to attend the Rolex 24 at Daytona and volunteer with The Racers Group. I volunteered with the team last year and it was a lot of fun! I was assigned to car #68 to handle the Dead Man fuel valve, and that meant staying in the hot pits for the entire race. I don’t know what my assignment will be this year but I know that I’ll be in the hot pits again and that’s the best place to watch the race! I’ve already put my name in the hat to volunteer for the 12 Hours of Sebring, when TRG will be running their newly added marque, Aston Martin!

Ok, back to the Zone! As of this printing, the Zone 9 meeting is being planned for February 2nd in Amarillo. I hope to see lots of Region officials and members at the meeting. In the works right now is a small get-together on Friday night, meeting on Saturday (including a guest speaker), then large get-together on Saturday night. Since the following day is Super Bowl Sunday, several members may be hitting the road early so that they don’t miss out on any Super Bowl parties.

The following weekend in February, I’ll be attending the PCA Winter Meeting in Orlando (I’m going to Disney World!). Part of this meeting will be some training for the new Zone Reps. It’ll be great to get this training and to interact with the Executive Council and other Zone Reps.

That’s all for now. The next report will have much more Zone 9 stuff, as all of the Regions will have their calendars out .

Sean CridlandFrom Sean Cridland, Retiring Zone 9 Rep

The time is here; I must say my good-byes and thank yous. It's often said that the Zone Rep position is the best job in PCA and I can add my name to the list of those who've said it. In the past four years I've had the honor and pleasure to serve all of you in Zone 9 as your liaison with PCA National. But I've also seen it as my opportunity to contribute to the well-being of the Regions of Zone 9, as have my predecessors. That's meant a lot of travelling, working at various events, late nights working on the website and, of course writing this column. Far from being a burden, it's been such a pleasure to meet and work -- and play -- with so many of you.

As I write this, I'm in the midst of doing my final rounds to various Regions for year-ending Christmas parties. Sure there's an obvious tone of bitter-sweet, but more-so there's a feeling of accomplishment and reward for seeing our Zone 9 doing so well at so many different things. Let's face it, we're not the wealthiest or most populous Zone. In fact, we are far behind the coastal Zones of 1,2, 3, 11, 7, and 8 in those areas. But we more than make up for our deficiencies with pure enthusiasm, hard work, and unbridled joy. It's been that way since the very beginnings of PCA and I'm so fortunate to add my name to the list of strong, adventurous, and forward-thinking individuals who have served Zone 9. Thank you for having me!

But that doesn't mean that I'm going to disappear entirely. I'll be working on the Parade staff as webmaster, publicity chair, and in training for presentations. I've also volunteered to be the Roadrunner Region historian. No doubt I'll still write the occasional Pano article and I've signed on to be a contributing editor for 9 Magazine, which is growing by leaps and bounds. So I hope you'll look for my articles and photography there.

And for those who have been asking me for the past couple of years "do you ever drive your Porsche anymore?," I can honestly say that one of my main goals for this year is to work on getting the 964 back where it belongs at autocrosses, DE events, and of course my beloved Bonneville.

For the future, I am confident that Zone 9 is in very capable hands with the appointement of Liz Shaw as the new Zone 9 Rep. As you 'll see in her self-introduction, and by working with her in the coming months and years, she is a force to be reckoned with and, in my opinion, is exactly the right person to represent Zone 9. She is hitting the ground running and has already contacted all of the Region Presidents to start making plans for the 2013 Zone 9 meeting in Amarillo, hosted by the Llano Estacado Region. I know you'll enjoy meeting and working with her.

And so I bid you adieu. I've really enjoyed getting to know you all and I look forward to seeing you at an event just a normal PCA member. Best wishes to you all, thank you for making my experience such a pleasant one, and happy driving in the coming months and years!

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