President’s Report January 2017

It has been three years since I began my first tenure as your KYPCA President, serving in 2014 and 2015. I am excited to return to the post in 2017 and I want to thank Steve McCombs for his excellent leadership not only in 2016, but the countless prior years he has served our club. Steve will continue to be involved as our liaison to the President, serving as our PCA National representative – Thank you Steve!

While our total membership numbers have remained consistent, the overall participation of our members, and the number of club events have grown significantly over the last three plus years. The Monthly Meetings continue to have record attendance, as do our Club Drives. And, as usual, with the support of Blue Grass Porsche, our DE’s remain a huge success. This is due in large part to our officers and to you the members for investing your time. Thank you to everyone for making our club what it is.

With that said, I hope everyone had a wonderful 2016. Here’s to 2017! I wish you all a prosperous new year. As I have said many times, the club is what we make it. There is something for everyone. Planning is already underway to ensure another great year.

I am once again honored to serve as your 2017 KYPCA President. And, I hope to see everyone at the After-Holiday Party Saturday, January 14 when we bring the party back to Blue Grass Porsche.

Our January meeting will be Monday, January 9 at Roosters. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

Jason Miller

President’s Report December 2016

This will be my last President’s Report for the year and my presidency. As I reflect back, my goal was to have an all inclusive year. I’ve encouraged those who haven’t tried our DE events to do so. I’ve asked the membership to get involved in the wonderful Drives and Tours over the 2016 year, and also to partake in the Social events as well as attend the monthly meeting. I can now proudly say, I’ve accomplished that goal. This has truly been an outstanding year of Events. I would like to thank the Kentucky Region membership for allowing me to be the 2016 President. It has been a blast.

Many thanks goes out to: T.H. Morris and Edward Hessel for the endless hours they‘ve taken to make the Driving Tours outstanding; and to Jeremy Miller, Richard Darnell and the entire DE team for another wonderful Driving experience; and to our most fabulous Porsche Dealership and Randy Biery and his team of talented professionals for their support and investment throughout this past year. The Kentucky Region has truly been blessed this year with a safe, fun and exciting 2016.

My wishes are for the new President Jason Miller and the executive offices to carry the excitement through out the New Year. I also encourage the Membership to support the 2017 Events, because this is your Club. Be involved and have fun. As George Carlen quoted, “If you’re not having fun , you’re not doing it right”.

On behalf of The Kentucky Region PCA, I extend my warmest regards and best wishes to all of the Club’s membership. May the spirit of this wonderful season be with you and your loved ones throughout the holiday, and many blessings in the New Year.

Sincerely,

Steve McCombs (2106 President)

President’s Report November 2016

November is here already and elections are in a few days, both at National and KyPCA. I would like to ask the membership to come out to BoomBozz Pizza in St. Matthews Nov. 14th and place your vote. (See page 9 for ballot.) Hopefully you feel that I did a fair job because I would like to finish out a second term as your President. So please remember, your vote does matter for everything.

I wasn’t here for the October meeting. I was traveling in Arizona where I attended the Phoenix PCA DE event. It was small, only 25 cars and a one day event. I
understand that most PCA DE events across the country are having problems with getting enough people to make these events happen. We are especially blessed to have Bluegrass Porsche involved, since only a select few have Dealership involvement. Please thank Randy Biery and crew for their involvement, because it is special. And don’t forget the DEs allows us to pay for dinners and drinks at our monthly meetings.

As the driving year comes to a close, I would once again like to thank T.H. Morris and Edward Hessel for their support and efforts in putting together the BEST year ever for KyPCA Driving/Tour events. We can only hope they will be willing to continue in 2017 with an equal or better driving experience. We had a huge crowd for the Huber’s Winery Drive Oct 15th which prompted some arrangement changes that will most likely be implemented going forward. Changes may include smaller groups and a different departing location, but more on that later. Another item on the agenda is the After Christmas Party. It has been requested that we repeat last’s year event with Mark’s Feed Store at Lake Forest Club House for this party. Please work on gathering door prizes. I believe the only decision left is picking a date.

The Kentucky Region has been blessed with quite a few new members this year. I once again ask the membership to help in making these new Club members feel welcome. Please take a few minutes at the meetings or on the drives to introduce yourself to them so they know who we are and that they are part of the best Region in all of PCA. And for us “old timers,” if you can remember how you felt during your first two meetings, step up an offer to bring them into the group. New people are the growth of our Club, and with new people come new ideas. This is my public announcement for the month.

I hope you see you all at the November 14th monthly meeting at BoomBozz in St. Matthews. Meeting starts at 7:00pm. (or some say 6:30).

Best Regards,

Steve McCombs (2016 KyPCA president)

President’s Report October 2016

Wow it’s hard to believe that October is already here. October offers some of the best weather in the Ohio Valley for driving. There are several events that we have planned including The Overlook Restaurant in Leavenworth, IN, The 2nd German Fest and Bourbon tasting, and the 15th annual Huber’s Winery Drive and meet-up with 3 other PCA Regions. Plus there’s Cars & Coffee and the monthly membership meeting. Things are pretty packed with fun things to do, just check out the website for details.

In September, I did my fourth DE event, and I have to say I’m having a blast. Driving the Mini, the smallest car with the lowest horsepower, against the truly awesome Porsche cars is exciting and changeling. But the most fun is meeting the people. The members at the DE’s are usually not the ones who go on the drives, do the car shows, or even come to the monthly meetings. But never the less, they are true Porsche lovers. They’re really nice, helpful and a fun group people to be with. As President, I would like to thank all the DE participants for their involvement each and every time and their endless enthusiasm. It would be wonderful if the DE people would join the Club in some of the drives and/or monthly meetings. And the non-DE members should go up and watch a track event and enjoy the whole thing. The Kentucky Region has the best group of car people anywhere. And the best thing is that everyone makes each other feel welcome and part of the BEST Region in all of PCA!

The Bluegrass Motorsports Porsche Dealership, with Randy Biery and the Bluegrass mechanics and support team, makes our DE events such a huge success. No other Porsche Dealership has this kind of involvement and commitment to their PCA Region. Thank You Bluegrass Porsche for everything you do with us and for us. You guys are the very BEST.

November is election month for our Club and our Country. All I would like to say just, GO out and Vote! If you would like to hold an office for 2017 club offices, please email your name to Anthony Minstein (nyc2sf2@gmail.com) so we can have an election at the November 14th monthly meeting @ BoomBozz in St. Matthews. And if you’re happy with those currently in office we can re-elect them and move on towards more fun things to do in 2017.

We will be having an After Christmas Party probably the second Saturday evening in January. I would like to ask the entire membership to please attend. I would also like to ask for your help in offering door prizes for this party. If you have a business and you would like to offer a gift certificate, or if you are friends with someone who would like to offer a door prize, please help us make the party really exciting and extra fun with some awesome prizes. Thanks in advance for all your help.

That’s all for now, see you at the October meeting at Rooster’s on Shelbyville Rd. Middletown. @ 7:00pm

Regards,

Steve H. McCombs, 2016 Kypca president

President’s Report September 2016

The year is just flying by. September is here, school is starting and hopefully the heat is backing off. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the heat, over the icy cold any day. Our Club is still in a heat up mode, with the September 10th-11th DE coming up and more driving tours from our activity chairs. I would like to push the Huber Winery drive on October 15th. It is only seven weeks away and it will be our 15th continuous anniversary meet up with three to four other PCA Regions. It’s always a good time and it’s really close. Please plan on attending. Let’s try to have the largest gathering of KyPCA members ever at Huber’s that day!

I would like to thank the new members for getting involved and going on the drives and especially doing the DE events. The monthly meetings are attended by at least two new members each month. I feel it is very important for the existing membership to make the new people feel welcome and a part of the Club. Our Region is growing and with new people comes new ideas. So I ask this year’s new members to help us out with some new ideas and suggestions. Maybe you might want to do a drive or even a tour of your business. We’re blessed to have some very talented people as members, why not share those talents with the membership? We haven’t preformed any Tech secessions, or helpful events, even if it isn’t directly Porsche related. I ask you just to give it a thought and think outside the box. Maybe, just maybe, some of us would be interested and attend an activity, demo, presentation, or what ever (as long as you’re not selling something). We’ve never promoted that and we can start now.

Also keep in mind that our Officer elections happen at our November meeting. So if you would like to run for office please let us know. I will need a nomination chair volunteer for gathering candidates for 2017 offices. Please let me know at the September meeting or email me if you are interested. As a side note, I would love to return as president for a second term, if you will have me. But remember, all positions are open.

Keep getting involved with the Club. We are in the best position we have ever been with activities, dinner meeting, DE events, and most important of all, great car people.

See you at the September meeting:

Mammas, Mustard, Pickles & Barbecue
102 Bauer Ave.
St. Matthews

Steve McCombs, 2016 President

President’s Report August 2016

It’s August and the heat is on, and so is the Club activities list. In a little more than a month, we’ll have another fabulous DE event in early September. We had 21 cars go on the Keeneland Concours drive and the weather held out to become a hot and beautiful day. Our Club donated about $1,000 to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital of Lexington with the 50 entrance tickets and the coral changeling donation. We’re very proud to support such a great operation. T.H. Morris and Edward Hessel have completed the Kentucky Covered bridges tour and the BBQ smokehouse Brandenburg tour with 8, that right 8, more drives in the coming months! I would highly suggest you make plans to attend the August 7th drive to Hall’s restaurant in Winchester. What a fun place. Thanks again to T.H. and Edward for putting these drives together.

I have to apologize for the disarray concerning the monthly restaurant meeting places. It’s either too expensive, closed on Mondays, or their rooms are not available. I’m asking the membership for HELP. We have an August meeting cook out at Jim Doll’s home, September is at BoomBozz, October at Rooster’s, and we really need places for November and December. We could always do Mexican again, but I believe most are getting tired of that. So if you have any suggestions for a place that is reasonably priced, not super loud, and can accommodate 35+ people, please let me or one of the officers know.

As for National news: The full approval and purchasing of the increased office condo space is completed. There will be an open house and car show at the National Office building in early August in Maryland. If you’re interested, check out National’s website for details. The latest National talk is there will be another National Raffle and more cars will be given away soon.
I always like to close with this statement: “This is your Club, you guys make it happen.” I ask that both new and existing members get involved. Attend an event, come to the monthly meeting. We have more new members this year than ever. Please make them feel welcome. And if there’s something you would like to do, let us know.

Or better yet, put together the idea plan and we’ll help you pull it off.

Until next month, see you at Jim Doll’s house for the August cookout meeting. (His address: 4612 Wolfcreek Pkwy)

Steve McCombs (2016 Kypca president)

PRESIDENT’S REPORT JULY 2016

In this June’s President’s report, I would like to thank our DE Chair Jeremy Miller along with Mark Bos and Richard Darnell for another fantastic DE event June 5th and 6th.  It was a huge success. I would also like to thank our entire crew (Jason & Jim Miller, Gene & Peggy Hoffman, T.H. Morris, Chuck Hicks, and Dan Stewart) for their endless time and effort. But most importantly I would like thank Randy Biery and his crew at Bluegrass Motorsports Porsche for everything. You guys are very special to the success of the KYPCA DE events. And to think, in just a little over three months, we’ll be doing it all over again! Awesome.

The Club has also been very busy with drives and events here in May and June. T.H Morris and Edward Hessel have already completed six wonderful drives with many more to come. And Joe and Jane Galownia hosted a totally outstanding wine party that gets bigger and better each year. Thank you all so much for your hard work to make it so. There is really something for everyone. 2016 is truly the most active year in the history of this club.

Over the past three months I have received notices each week from National on new members. That’s twelve and counting. I ask the new members to get involved and go on some of these drives and events. I assure you will have fun. Our auto detail tech session went well and I believe the club will have a new advertising sponsor from it.

 From National:

Caren Cooper was voted in as the 2017 President. I have met Caren and she is a huge plus for the Club. Other offices were voted in on this past Sunday by a teleconference vote.

National has moved forward with purchasing the next door office condo to assist in the growth of PCA National offices. And the property was paid for in full ($400k) from excess funds. Great things are in store for the future growth of the Club.

Sad news, Pete Stout, the editor of the Panorama, is moving on. Pete has been responsible for making the magazine what it is today. But thankfully, Pete has trained an excellent team on how to publish this wonderful magazine. So we shouldn’t see any changes to the look and feel of it.

National membership count total as of May 2016 is 116,611. Only thing to be said is, wow.

Porsche AG updates: 2016 sales year-to-date is up 7.3 % over last year. And a interesting fact—Porsche doesn’t build a car until it is sold. The Factory doesn’t have room to store unsold cars like the US manufactures do. So year-to-date, Porsche has built in total 22,226 cars and SUVs. Maybe the US auto makers should take notes from Porsche on inventory control. Just saying…

For next month’s meeting we’re heading to a completely different part of Louisville than we usually do. We’re heading to Mike Linnigs on the river. So we’ll enjoy outdoor eating and really good fish dinners.

See you then.

Steve McCombs, KYPCA President

 

President’s Report June 2016

Warm weather is here at last. The Club has had some very fun Drives over the past month and a half. Which has been put together by T.H. and Edward and I would like to thank them for taking their time away for their families to offer the membership some fun driving experiences. That leads me into telling everyone about the June 4 &5th  DE at Putnam Park. We have at last count some 133 people planning on participating at one of the country’s best Driver’s Education events. Even if you don’t want to go out on the track come up to hang out for the day and enjoy the dinners both Friday and Saturday evening. You will have a good time.

The Club receive a extra rebate check from National courtesy of the Porsche Raffles. Free money is always good. So if you have some extra money buy a Raffle ticket. You’ll be supporting rebates to our club plus you’ll have a chance on winning a new Porsche.

Hopefully we’ll have good weather for the Tech session on June 11th at 12 noon. The guys at Studio A in Middletown a first class Detailer shop are eagerly awaiting our visit. This should prove to be an interesting and helpful demo on making our cars look great. If you have any other friend with special cars that would like to join us they’re welcome to come and hang out with us. Also Cars and Coffee is that morning as well.

I have stated many times in the past, if there is anything/anywhere you would like to go/do let us know. It would also be helpful if you could host that event. It’s very easy to do and they’re several members that would be willing to help out or give you information on how to do you event. New ideas are always welcome and new members have that new car fever that will drive them to get involved and get out there. Thanks to all the new members this year and we hope to see you on the next event.

The June Meeting will be at Edward and Stassa Hessel’s house see pacesetter for details. See you then.

Regards,

Steve McCombs  (Kypca president)

President’s Report May 2016

Wow, Spring is really here, and we have an outstanding list of events planned. Both T.H. and Edward has gone out of their ways to put together a fun and interesting list of Drives and events for this 2016 Driving calendar. I just want to thank them for spending the time and effort to put this list together and especially for taking their personal time away from their families to head up these Drives each month. Next month is our Spring DE and by the time this letter is read by each of you the event just may be completely filled up. But check anyway. It’s aways a great time, weather it’s your first time or 100th time. The fun, food, driving experience and the friendship is second to none. There are 71 Regions across the country that holds DE events each year and the numbers are growing. And I would put ours up against anyone’s as the best. And as always, we want to deeply thank Bluegrass Motorsports Porsche Dealership, Randy Biery and the entire Bluegrass team for their continued support.

On March 19th I attended the Zone 13 president’s meeting in Springfield, IL. Caren Cooper (National president) and Greg Halverson (National Tour Director) attended. The theme of the meeting was to review National changes and to review each Region successes and challenges. I do have to say after attending several of these meeting in the past years this was the best and most informative meeting ever.
I want to take a few minutes to highlight items concerning National and the behind the scenes actions that go on with PCA North America. Hopefully you’ll find this of interest.

What is the PCA 10 year Plan

  1. To provide a professional evolution of the National Office to support the growth and expansion of the Club. ( By 2020 PCA will have 100,000 members with an operational budget of $10 million)
  2.  Communications in all directions to be consistence. And using all forms of digital communications with a common look and style including all print forms as well. Hiring professional in these areas for support these efforts. (i.e. the Panorama chief editor and publisher was Excellent Magazine editor. He now works for PCA with 6 other professionals).
  3. Dealing with the Club’s aging membership. (more then 60% of the membership are over 55yrs of age) Plans of bring new, younger people to become members and developing plan of getting them involved.

Other bits of information

Porsche Club of America as of the end of 2015 has 73,000 members. 144 Regions with an annual budget of $8.4 million. On average 60% of all new members sign up online. The National office has 14 employees and will be expanding with in the next several years requiring more office space. That’s why they are purchasing additional offices next door to the existing PCA office condo.

The Raffles, they are a PCA event but is not PCA budgeted. It is held solely on its own merits. If the Raffles were stopped today it would not affect the running of PCA at all. Cars are not purchased until the money is in hand. So if they over sell they add additional cars. That is why there were 6 cars given away in 2015. These Raffles are a big success and will continue with special car being put together by Porsche AG for these Raffles. All extra moneys are going back to each Region in forms of rebates.

One other note the younger generation uses Twitter and the newer forms of instance communications. They consider facebook for old people and email is seldom used if at all by them. The newest members found out about PCA through friends. So it is very important that we all represent the Club is a favorable light when you meet other Porsche owners and encourage them to join.

PCA is growing and is one of the largest car clubs in the world. We should be proud of the Club and the people who run the operation because 90% of them are volunteers. If there is anything you would like to see or do here in the Kentucky Region please let us know. So we can help make this your club and one that’s worth belonging to.

That’s all for now, See you at the next meeting.

Regards,
Steve McCombs (2016 president)

President’s Report March 2016

Well it’s getting closer to the Season. Driving Season that is! Spring is only a month away and it is time to uncover those cars, wax them, change the oil and let’s roll. Also racing season has official started with the 500 on the 21st and F1 in March. The KYPCA activity chairs have some really fun drives arranged starting in early April and what looks like enough things to do for every weekend. But of course we can’t expect TH and Edward to take every weekend to arrange the membership’s fun. So just be on the lookout for the list of events to be posted soon. The best DE event around begins in June with registration opening in April.

My goal this year is to have the membership meeting at different restaurants other than Mexican and Pizza. But there is a draw back on having meetings at better restaurants: the cost. It is a wonderful perk to be a member of the KYPCA, because we buy your dinner at the monthly meetings. This perk is the result of the DE Events our Club puts on twice a year. In order to be able to have meetings at these nicer places, I’m asking ALL members in attendance to control their selections from the restaurant’s menu. Ordering a large prime rib dinner and other such expensive items is just not acceptable. As well as ordering and drinking adult beverages at the rate of an alcoholic. Please use your best judgment when ordering and don’t mess up a good thing.

Once again, if there is something that you would like to do and something you have to offer for the betterment of the club, we would really like to know. Cars & Coffee in Louisville will start in March if the weather is nice otherwise it’s April. For other car shows see www.wilderthanmost.com/events. March’s club meeting will be at Famous Dave’s off S. Hurstbourne.

See you then..
Steve McCombs