It’s amazing how quickly the year goes by. It’s hard to believe April is here and the driving season is about to begin in Zone 13. The year has gotten off to a busy start. The annual Winter Board Meeting was held in Baltimore, MD. The highlight of the weekend was the dinner held Saturday night at the newly expanded offices of the National Headquarters. Vu Nguyen, PCA Executive Director has done a wonderful job as General Contractor overseeing the buildout of the new office space. With the added space, Vu has had the ability to display many of the fascinating Porsche memorabilia that has been donated to and collected by the Club. I highly recommend that if you are in the area, you take the time to visit the offices. The National Staff are wonderful. Please be sure to thank them for the work they do for us.
One of the items coming out of the Board meeting and then voted on and approved on the Board Member phone call, was the approval of a set aside of $200,000 for the development of a new webpage. Anyone who has been to our current site at www.pca.org knows that it is not the most intuitive site to explore. The new front end will be geared towards the non-member to show off the Club and invite them to join the Club.
Another meeting was the annual Zone 13 President’s Meeting. This meeting was help in Chicago this year. It was attended by the following Presidents:
Patrick Meyer – Bluegrass Region
Neil MacDonald – Chicago Region
Charles Holstein – Central Wisconsin Region
Todd Benz – Fox Valley Region
Marcus Lucas – Lincoln Trail Region
Tony Quebbemann – Milwaukee Region
Jeff Jackson – Southern Indiana Region
Attending on behalf of Kentucky Region was Steve McComb who is a Past President of the Region. He was a welcome addition to the discussions. The weekend kicked off with a group dinner on Friday night for those who cared to attend. It was followed on Saturday by a full day of presentations and discussions. In addition to the Presidents in attendance, Cindy Jacisin, National Secretary, attended on behalf of the Executive Council. Cindy provided updates to the 20/20 Program and led the discussions on insurance and risk management. These two programs protect the Club and the club members. Without insurance, the Club could not put on the activities that it does. A strong risk management program helps contain the cost of insurance premiums. We must all take it risk management seriously. So, if you put on an event, please complete the Post Event Forms. If you are participating in an event and are asked to complete an Observer’s Report, please do it promptly and honestly.
In addition to Cindy’s presentations, we also heard from Robert Gutjahr and Amber Door of the National Policy Committee. We also heard from Greg Halverson, National Driving Tour Chair. Greg discussed the Driving Tour Minimum standards that became effective at the beginning of the year. Bob and Amber discussed the need for a review of each regions by-laws and stressed the importance of following the by-laws as written. In order to aid the regions in the updating of their by-laws, the Policy Committee has updated the by-laws template.
2018 Parade Registration is open and so far there are 108 entries from Zone 13. It’s not too late to sign up if you want to come. Parade is being held at Tan-tar-a Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, MO. With so many people attending from within the Zone, groups may want to caravan to Parade. Informal caravan groups, not sponsored by the Region, will not have the advantage of national insurance coverage. Formal caravans officially sponsored by your region are considered a tour and must adhere to the Tour minimum standards. Insurance needs to be applied for and waivers signed. Compliance with all of the other items outlined in the standards must be followed.
Don’t forget Zone 13 is on Facebook and our website is almost ready to go public. Many thanks to Julie Dallak Woods of Bluegrass Region for her work on the Webpage. Please join the Facebook Group for PCA Zone 13 to stay up to date on happenings in the Zone.
Here’s looking forward to a great and safe year!
Zone 13 Representative