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Zone Rep Report March 2013

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello, Zone 9! As promised, I’ve got a report for you that’s heavy on the pictures and light on the verbiage.  In late January, my friend, Linda, and I volunteered for The Racers Group at the Rolex 24 in Daytona. This was our second year and we have a fantastic time. TRG had 3 cars in the GT Class but had some problems with each of them throughout the race and was not able to finish the race with any of them.  But Linda and I were able to help out for most of the race and of course, we stayed in the pits for the entire race and that was a lot of fun. It was amazing that for the last 5 minutes of the race, things were very close with the DP class and the GT class. I’m sure Linda and I will make the trip next year and volunteer again with the team.

In early February (as in February 1st), many of the Zone 9 Region representatives descended upon Amarillo for the Presidents Meeting.  We gathered at Napoli’s on Friday night and got a head-start on meeting everyone (or renewing friendships). Then on Saturday morning, we met at Vintage Autohaus for the day-long meeting. I was pleased that nearly every president was in attendance (vice-president in the case of RMR), plus we had a couple of PCA award-winning webmasters and the newsletter editor from IMR. In addition, Steve Krysil from PCNA joined us, plus RJ Wilmoth and his wife, Linda Bosko, were there.  Steve gave a great presentation on info from the Porsche factory, and RJ educated us on some early history of PCA.  Also, as part of the presentations, Chris Lennon explained how to plan and organize a tour. I’ve been on a tour organized by Chris and Kathleen Lennon and they are definitely the experts in that area!

Saturday night dinner was at the Big Texan Steakhouse – Home of the 72 Ounce Free Steak! (As long as you eat it in within an hour).  Several of us tried (well, not really), and we had a very enjoyable dinner, as several of the Llano Estacado Region members joined us. Then after dinner, Chris Lennon showed some pictures and an in-car video of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. A fun weekend, to be sure.

A week later, I attended the PCA Winter meeting in Orlando. Two days of meetings with the PCA Executive Council, National Staff, and several chair-people. It was great to meet with the other Zone Reps and go through “Zone College”. There were several new Zone Reps and some new National staff members and we learned more about PCA and the club governance. Unfortunately, most of us didn’t have time to enjoy Disney World, but we did get to see the fireworks on Friday night and us newbies got our mouse ears.

The Zone 9 Regions have their calendars filling up so check them out and sign up for something! Hope to see you soon.

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