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Zone Rep Report March 2012

Zone 9 Rep Sean CridlandIn the Zone by Sean Cridland

This is the time of year I can only associate with being in the blocks. On your mark, get set.... Planning is done, dates and locations picked, volunteers are recruited, discussions at socials center less and less on last summer and fall, more and more on the first driving tours and autocrosses coming up. Each winter snowstorm, cloudy and wind day is less and less about the current season, instead a barrier keeping us from spring and our first confident drives on dry, and clean, pavement. Of course we'll still have a few of those days before spring is firmly in our grips and summer is on its way, but we all know that it's time to be ready, to get set with getting equipment clean and functioning, and ... any day now...GO!

As I write this, I'm boarding the plane to attend the PCA Winter meeting at the PCA headquarters in Columbia, Maryland. I'm looking forward to it for several reasons. One, I have a lot of work to do with the other Zone Reps and on a couple committees I'm on. I'm also looking forward to seeing the PCA headquarters that the club acquired almost two years ago, giving it a permanent home and helping to ensure the future of the club in this modern era. Besides housing the staff that serve all of us in the day-to-day workings of the club that keep so many different programs working, it also houses the PCA historical archives and some permanent collections donated by PCA members over the years. On top of that, this trip will be a little bittersweet, since it will be the last winter meeting I'll attend as your Zone Rep. But I am looking forward to meeting all the new Zone Reps that have come on board since last fall.

I'm also chomping at the bit to get moving on the  2012 PCA Website Contest. This is my second year of chairing  the contest and I feel as if I've learned a lot and hopefully made some positive changes for this year. To see them, go to PCA.org and to the Regions/forms and documents page. Things are ready to go now.  I have my judges chosen, the new judging criteria in place, and a tested entry form that will hopefully be easier to use for both entrants and judges. There are also a couple new features for this year. One is a new Overall award, parallel to the Robert Heinmiller award for the newsletter contest. The other is that the PCA Zones have their own class, although they won't be eligible for the Overall award. Entries will be open for all Regions and Zones till March 25 and judging will be from April 1 to May 1. It's a challenge to do among all the other ZR duties, but it's incredibly rewarding getting to know so many of our PCAers from around the country through their creative abilities and their dedication to their Regions and Zones. In the past four years I've been extremely privileged to be involved with both the Newsletter and Website contests and I can't begin to tell you how much each has taught me about our great club.

As soon as I get back and get the Website Contest going, I'll be heading off to start my annual visits to the Regions and then the Zone 9 meeting in Salt Lake City. So, even though I'm still tense with anticipation in the proverbial "starting blocks," I know it's going to seem like only seconds till the gun fires and we all start sprinting into action toward an action packed year of great events in all seven Regions and, of course Porsche Parade in Salt Lake City in July.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the events!

Sean

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