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Zone Rep Report March 2016

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello Zone 9ers,

The PCA Winter Board of Directors meeting was held in Atlanta during the next-to-the-last weekend in January. The Zone Reps started things early by meeting at 8am on Friday. We had several guest speakers throughout the day and we had some good Zone Rep-only discussions. It’s always great to get together and talk about what’s going on in our Zones, plus we welcomed 4 new Zone Reps into our special group.

On Saturday, our meetings started early again and we continued with speakers from the National staff. Even though we were stuck in the hotel meeting rooms all day, we did check on the weather from time to time. This was the weekend of the massive snow storms that hit the south and traveled up to Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, and New York. Some people found out that their flights were going to be cancelled so they reserved rental cars for the trip home.

The Board of Directors meeting was held in the afternoon and after a presentation from PCNA’s Paul Gregor, members from the PCA Executive Council presented quite a bit of information. Much of it centered around comparisons from what was going on in the club in 2005, to 10 years later. The EC also discussed their strategic vision for the next 10 years: providing value to the members, embracing and supporting new technologies as they relate to member communication and interaction, and remaining fiscally responsible.

After the BOD meeting, everyone piled into big buses and headed to the Porsche Experience Center, on the Atlanta airport property. In case you’ve been living in a cave, I’ll quote the description from PCNA:  “The Porsche Experience Center, which features a module-based 1.6 mile driver development track, includes a Driving Simulator Lab, Porsche Driver’s Selection Store, Carrera Café, and Restaurant 356 for the ultimate fine-dining experience. The venue is also home to Human Performance Center, Business Center, Classic Car Gallery and Restoration Center and the Porsche Exclusive – Personal Design Studio.” I was surprised at how HUGE the entire facility is! We were divided into a few groups and Porsche staff members led us on tours to the major features of the building. My group was the first one to get “spirited” rides around the track and that was great because there was still some daylight left. When we went outside, there was a line of red 911’s waiting for us. Fun, fun, fun! I definitely need to look into returning to the Experience Center to drive on that track.

After the tours, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Restaurant 356 and then got back into the buses for the trip back to the hotel.

A few weeks later, I held the Zone 9 Presidents’ meeting at the Homewood Suites near the Denver International Airport. I was pleased to have presidents and vice-presidents from all 7 Regions, plus our guest speaker this year was PCA Vice-President, Tom Gorsuch. There were also webmasters and newsletter editors from most of the Regions. Several of us met for dinner at the Urban Sombrero on Friday night and then on Saturday, we had a full day of meetings and discussions. Tom showed the slides from the EC’s presentation at the Winter BOD meeting and it was nice for the meeting attendees to get that information.

After the meetings were finished, we met for dinner in downtown Denver at the Rock Bottom Brewery. This was Super Bowl weekend so much of the crowds in the restaurants and the streets were dressed in Broncos orange and blue. There was a big group of Rocky Mountain Region members who joined us for dinner and it was a great get-together. Plus, we were treated to a beer tasting and short tour of the brewery. Thanks very much to RMR member, Holly Jackson, for arranging everything.

Coming up for me in March will probably be the RMR New Member Social and maybe a couple of other Region events. Hope to see you around the Zone!

Liz Shaw, Zone 9 Rep

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