I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season. It was a great year for our club. We had great participation from our members and realized strong growth within our club. This has led to many new friendships and great looking cars joining our club.
Looking back, our monthly meet and greets in Clovis at On The Edge were a great success. The group continually grew in participation and we filled the streets of Clovis with a large variety of Porsches. There were a lot of great conversations, and whether the free coffee contributed, or the great people and cars did; it resulted in new membership growing mainly from this monthly event.
Our dinners continue to grow in club participation as well. Cindy did a wonderful job in setting up the dinners all year long. The size of our dinners has resulted in needing to find new venues that can hold our ever- growing group. If anyone has contacts or ideas for new gathering places, please let us know. We will continue to try to change it up to keep it fun and new.
Our tours were designed to meet everyone’s preferences. We had Obie’s wine tours, a long tour to the coast run by Randy Ames, and Dave’s tours were as fun as always. Having both the spirited and tour groups hopefully helped everyone enjoy the tours more.
Our board members are changing slightly going into 2018. Richard Webb is passing the Vice President’s torch on to Darrick Duerksen. Darrick is excited to take on the Vice Presidency. Darrick has been very active in the club for years and we look forward to his support this coming year. I want to thank Richard and his wife Fran for being so involved with the club and helping the club in so many ways. Richard has agreed to continue to help with his fantastic mapping capabilities for our tours.
Larry Kirlin will take on the lead in continuing our autocross for 2018. Our biggest issue is finding a good location for our autocross this year. Larry is actively trying to secure us a spot.
We will continue to ask for, and accept our club members’ helping lead different events.
Financially, we had a good year in maintaining our costs, while being able to fund many events, such as the free coffee on our Saturday Cars and Coffee meet ups. We also funded our yearly donations, which mainly come from our raffles. We also helped to fund the Octoberfest and our Christmas party.
Special thanks this year to CJ Wilson at Fresno Porsche and his staff for helping make our year one of the best ever. They supported us for tours, Octoberfest (which was a great event), Saturday car shows at the dealership, along with the tech days. We are looking forward to a continued strong relationship with CJ and the dealership.
Lastly, I want to thank the members of our board for their unwavering support and enthusiasm in making our events fun and fulfilling to our membership. It takes a great deal of time and coordination to handle all the events that we hold throughout the year. Even though they are volunteers, they take it so seriously, that you would think they were getting paid, as hard as they work at it.
Without a question, I want to thank the membership for coming out to the events and making this a very fun club to be a part of. We can never forget it’s more than just the cars, it’s the people that keep us together.
Happy New Year and looking forward to a great 2018!!!
President Sequoia Region PCA