2020 has been a trying year for all of us. Our Club has made the best of it as we adapted to the constant changes with the fires, restrictions and CDC guidelines. We had to change tour routes at the last minute, as well as tour locations as we flexed to meet COVID guidelines and the fire restrictions.
Autocross overall was a great success, though we had to make adjustments also. We have been able to make it a very safe event, with the opportunity for the drivers to experience track time and learn how to properly control their cars.
Our Saturday Cars and Coffee really grew this year, despite all the restrictions. We had over 80 cars at times and lots of participation! It continues to be where we get most of our newest members, sometimes 2-3 each time.
We did lose our Social dinners due to the many restrictions that restaurants could not overcome. We had hoped our Octoberfest and Christmas dinner would happen, but once again caterers had to pull out at the last minute. Cindy Suarez continues to search potential sites that might be able/willing to handle our group.
Charity dollars were less this year without raffle money, but thankfully we found other ways to give back to our community with events like the Food drive that Ed Suarez put together. This was a highly successful charity. This past Saturday we completed our Toys for Tots with a huge number of Toys along with online contributions.
Donations from members and others reached $1,126. Your Board voted to contribute $1000 to go alongside our members. Thanks to everyone that contributed.
We’ve been able to do this thanks to PCA National having a strong Year in Region Refunds. This money becomes available to us by the growth of new members.
PCA National is seeing a significant amount of growth in New Members. We have also seen the same percentage of growth on our Region as well.
There has been roughly 2-3 new members per month joining our region. Due to this, we created a committee chair with Dan Morris leading the position as New Member Mentor. Dan has been reaching out to new members and helping them connect and plug into events we put on. Our goal is to get new members more involved so we don’t see them drop out in a year or two.
2021 is going to start like 2020 finished up it appears. We have already planned Tours and also scheduled Autocross. First Sat Cars and Coffee is also plugged in. Social dinners if allowed will come back as well. Elections are over and small change at VP with Darrick stepping out and Ed Suarez moved in. We did hand out our Awards for 2020 at C&C last Saturday. Randy Ames was Event of the Year (all Tours) . Randy does so many things behind the scenes that you are not aware of like pre-running route and being highly flexible with routes and destinations. Enthusiast of the Year (Mike Wickstrom Award) was handed to Antonio Panzera. Here is a guy on fire. Last 6 months he led 2 South Valley C&C’s along with starting up Text alerts. Antonio pre-tests each blast and link before you see them along with running our email blast and website. The Pillar Award went to Larry Kirlin who has AX handled turnkey. Larry is like the other two award winners, he does it all and most of us do not see the time or efforts he puts into an event like AX.
The Club also recognized Ed Suarez for all his behind the scene work with a pair of Porsche tumblers for his Coffee. Anytime I need help with a flier or a pickup, Ed is there to cover us.
Thank these guys when you see them for all they do behind the scene that allows us to be a dynamic club like we are.
Till our next event, be safe and healthy for the Holidays and we look forward to seeing your smiling eyes behind the mask!