KYPCA Proposed Bylaws 2020

Kentucky Region,
Porsche Club of America, Inc
Bylaws


Bylaws of the Kentucky Region, Porsche Club of America, Inc

ARTICLE I: NAME and PRINCIPAL OFFICE
The name of the Club shall be the Kentucky Region (KY), Porsche Club of America, Inc. It shall operate as a Regional Club of the Porsche Club of America, Inc. under the charter granted September 10, 1959.

The principal office of the club shall be located at the residence of its duly elected President, or at the residence of his/her successor, in the event of the President’s disability or disqualification, unless otherwise directed by the managing Board of Directors.

ARTICLE II: GENERAL OBJECTIVES

The general objectives of the Club, to which its members are joined together and mutually pledged, shall be the furtherance and promotion of the following:

A. The highest standards of courtesy and safety on the roads.

B. The enjoyment and sharing of goodwill and fellowship engendered by owning a Porsche and engaging in such social or other events as may be agreeable to the membership.

C. The maintenance of the highest standards of operation and performance of the marque by sharing and exchanging technical and mechanical information.

D. The establishment and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships with the Porsche Works, Porsche Dealers, and other service sources to the end that the marque shall prosper and continue to enjoy its unique leadership and position in sports car annals.

E. The interchange of ideas and suggestions with other Porsche Clubs throughout the world and in such cooperation as may be desirable.

F. The establishment of such mutually cooperative relationships with other car clubs as may be desirable.

G. The preservation of the independence of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) and the Kentucky Region, free of control or undue influence by any outside individual, organization, company, or other entity, no matter how closely aligned to the Club in interest or purpose. In furtherance of this goal, the Kentucky Region, Porsche Club of America is and shall remain a totally member-driven and primarily member-financed independent entity allowing neither inappropriate or undue influence, financial or material, from outside its domain, owing allegiance only to its members.

ARTICLE III: POWERS, CORPORATE SEAL, AND BADGE

Section 1 – Powers

The Club shall be empowered to do all things and conduct all business, not for profit, as a 501(c)(4), necessary to carry out the general objectives of the Club as set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation, issued under the statutes of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and in these Bylaws.

Section 2 – Corporate Seal

The corporate seal of the Club shall be circular in form, being inscribed with the name of the Club.

Section 3 – Badge

The logo/badge for the Club shall be as shown on exhibit A to these Bylaws. It shall be of a form appropriate to its theme, inscribed with the initials of the Club and such other inscriptions as appropriate. The colors shall be appropriate to the symbolic design established for the insignia.

ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIPS, DUES, AND FEES

Section 1 – Membership

Membership in the Club shall be restricted to owners, lessees, or co-owners of Porsches who are 18 years of age or older, and to such other persons interested in the Club and its objectives as provided in Section 2 (B), (C), and (D) of this Article. A Porsche is defined as an automobile body and suspension which is, basically, as manufactured by or designated as a Porsche automobile by Porsche, Porsche AG or its successor, which is powered by an engine which is, basically, one which was installed in such bodies by the manufacturer of such automobiles, although not necessarily in the body concerned. The word “co-owner”, in addition to its usual meaning, shall include a person who holds a substantial stock ownership in a franchised Porsche dealership or distributorship.

Section 2 – Classes of Membership

A. ACTIVE – Any owner, lessee or co-owner of a Porsche acceptable to a Regional Club, who is 18 years of age or older, having paid Club dues and fees as required.

B. FAMILY-ACTIVE – An individual requested by an active member as his or her family- active member, restricted to persons 18 years of age or older, whether otherwise qualified for active membership by ownership of a Porsche or not.

C. ASSOCIATE – Any active member who ceases to own, lease or co-own a Porsche while in good standing, or any person, employed by a Porsche-oriented business, interested in the Club and its objectives having paid Club dues and fees as required. A person of the associate member’s family who has been a family-active member as in (B) above, may continue as a family-associate member similarly.

D. HONORARY – Any person who, on the affirmative vote of the Executive Council, is deemed to merit recognition for outstanding interest in or service to the Club. Such membership shall be limited to one year, but may, upon the affirmative vote of the Executive Council be renewed.

E. LIFE – Any person who, on the affirmative vote of the Board of Directors, is deemed to have performed such extraordinary service to the Club as to warrant this singular honor. Each Region President, upon termination of the President’s elected term, shall automatically be a life member of the Region without such vote, so long as they remain an active member of the National Organization. A life member shall be considered as an active member, may name a family member under (B) above.

F. AFFILIATE MEMBER – A person, 18 years of age or older, named by the active member at the time of joining or at any renewal of membership in lieu of a family-active member. An Affiliate Member is defined as a non-family member who is not related to the Active Member. This can be a friend, neighbor, business associate, etc. Every Active Member is allowed to have either a free Family-Active or Affiliate Member as part of their membership, but not both.

Section 3 – National and Regional Club Membership

No active, family-active, associate, family-associate, or affiliate member may hold membership in the Kentucky Region without at the same time being a member in good standing of a National Club which are each a separate legal entity.

Section 4 – Membership Application

Applications for membership may be made either through the National Office or Kentucky Region, either of which may reject it.

Section 5 – Dues

National annual dues for the various classes of membership shall be determined from time to time by the National Board of Directors. National dues shall be collected by the National Club, which shall refund to Kentucky Region such part thereof as shall have been set by the Board of Directors. National dues shall be due and payable at the end of the month in which the member joined or in which the member last renewed.

Section 6 – Membership Year

The membership year for members in Kentucky Region shall be set forth by the National organization who will manage renewal notices. Members who do not renew shall be dropped from membership.

Section 7 – Privileges

Members, including family members, in good standing shall be entitled to all the privileges of the Club, except that honorary members, associate members and affiliate members shall be entitled neither to vote nor hold elective office, and except further that family-active members, affiliate members, and family associate members shall not be entitled to receive any duplication of any Club mailing to the active member. Ballots will be mailed (or, if electronic means shall have been approved in accordance with these Bylaws, then by mail, by electronic means or any combination thereof), to active members only, with space for the vote of the family-active member. Only active members and family-active members, in good standing, shall be eligible to be nominated for elective Club office. The active and family active member may cast only one vote each in any election or referendum. Any active member who becomes an associate member while holding office may continue in that office until the end of the year. Associate members may function in any committee capacity.

Section 8 – Suspension

Any member may be suspended by a two -thirds vote of the Board of Directors or by a National Club in accordance with its Bylaws for infractions of Regional Club or National rules or regulations or for actions inimical to the general objectives or best interests of Club or PCA.

Upon written notice of such suspension, the suspended member shall be afforded reasonable opportunity to be heard, in person or through a representative, by the PCA National Board of Directors or a committee appointed by the National Executive Council for the purpose, concerning the alleged misconduct. In order to be considered valid, such appeal must be made in writing within 45 days of the written suspension notification. If the suspension was not for a stated length of time and no written appeal is tendered, the member is automatically expelled from PCA at the end of the 45-day appeal window. In the event of an appeal, the Board of Directors may thereafter continue the suspension for a definite time, lift the suspension, or expel the member, and its decision shall be final. Suspensions of active and associate members are also applicable to family-active, family associate and affiliate members.

Section 9 – Resignations

Any member may resign by addressing a letter of resignation to the Secretary of the Regional Club or to the Executive Director of the National Office. The recipient shall inform the other of the resignation. The member’s resignation shall become effective upon receipt and all Club privileges shall terminate as of that date. Resignation of an active member likewise terminates membership of his/her family or affiliate member. An active member may terminate the membership of an affiliate member named by written notification to the Executive Director of the National Office.

Section 10 – Transfers

Any member may request for transfer out of Kentucky Region to another region within the PCA. This request shall be submitted in writing to the National office.

Section 11 – Termination

An Active member or Associate member may terminate or change the Family-Active, Affiliate or Family-Associate membership by written notice to the National office.

ARTICLE V: ELECTED OFFICERS

Section 1 – Elected Officers

The elected officers of the Club shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and 2 Board Members At Large. Their terms of office shall be one year and shall end on December 31. The Regional President shall not serve in the same office more than two consecutive terms. No person may hold more than one office at one time. No officer may continue in office if the officer shall move the officer’s residence beyond the borders of the Club. Term Limit exceptions may be authorized by a majority vote of the Board of Directors when special skills and training are required (e.g. Treasurer) and no qualified candidate is available.

Section 2 – Eligibility

Only active members and family-active members, in good standing, shall be eligible to be nominated for elective Club office.

ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1 – Executive Council

The President, the Vice President, the last Past President continuing to be an active member of the Club, the Secretary, and the Treasurer shall constitute the Executive Council in which the government of the Club shall be vested. It shall be responsible for the proper conduct of the administrative affairs of the Club, the proper functioning of the committees, and shall insure compliance with these Bylaws. All decisions of the Executive Council shall be by a majority vote unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws.

Section 2 – Board of Directors

The President, Vice President, last Past President continuing to be an active member of the Club, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Activities Chair, Technology Chair, Content Editor, and 2 Board Members at large shall constitute the Board of Directors of the Club. It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Directors to determine all matters of Club policy. The Board of Directors shall insure the proper conduct of the administrative affairs of the Club by the Executive Council, the fulfillment of duties by the officers, and compliance with these Bylaws. All decisions of the Board of Directors involving major policy considerations shall be arrived at in person, by mail, telephonic, or electronic canvass of the entire Board, to the fullest extent permitted by law. All decisions shall be by majority vote of the Board members voting, to the fullest extent permitted by law. All decisions of the Board of Directors at any called meeting of the Board shall be by a majority of the votes cast by those members present, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

ARTICLE VII: DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1 – Duties of President

The President shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Council and the Board of Directors and shall perform the duties usually appertaining to the President’s office. The President shall call at least 2 meetings of the Board of Directors per calendar year. The President may call meetings of the Executive Council as the President may see fit and shall call such a meeting at the request of any 3 members of the Council. He/She shall report to the members at regular meetings and, shall cause to be published on the Club’s official website the status of the Club, its plans and programs, policy decisions reached by the Board of Directors and other pertinent matters dealing with the affairs of the Club. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall preside, and act as President. In case of the President’s death, resignation or disqualification, the Vice President shall become President. Note: A President’s letter in each edition of the official publication would fulfill the status report above.
The President shall have custody of or cause to be kept the Club’s National Charter and all non-financial records at all times.

The President is a voting member of the National Board of Directors and participates in all National Board of Directors meetings.

Section 2 – Duties of Vice President

The Vice President shall assist the President in the conduct of the administrative affairs of the Club and perform such other duties as may be assigned to the Vice President by the President.

Section 3 – Duties of Secretary

The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Executive Council and the Board of Directors and shall keep full and complete minutes of the proceedings and of all votes cast. The Secretary shall cause to be published in the Club’s official publication notices of proposed and adopted amendments of these Bylaws and other matters relating to the proper conduct of the Club. The Secretary shall perform all duties incident to the Secretary’s office required by law.

Section 4 – Duties of Treasurer

The Treasurer shall have responsibility for all monies, debts, obligations and assets belonging to the Club. The Treasurer shall cause all monies of the Club to be deposited to the Club accounts in a bank or banks insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Treasurer shall have direct control over, and supervision of, all Club assets and of all payments of Club debts and obligations. The Treasurer shall insure strict compliance with these Bylaws in all matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the Club. The Treasurer shall give a full and correct report on the financial status of the Club at any meeting of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall cause to be maintained double-entry books of account which shall properly reflect the true and correct financial status of all receipts, disbursements, balances, assets and liabilities of the Club. All checks or other orders for the payment of monies in the name of the Club shall be signed by the Treasurer or by such other person(s) as designated by the Executive Council, and who is (are) overseen by the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have the financial books of the Region audited or reviewed at least every 5 years, and results made available to the membership no later than 30 days from completion. The Treasurer shall have custody or cause to be kept the financial records of the Club.

Section 5 – Duties of the Past President

The Past President shall have the responsibility to serve as a member of the Executive Council and Board of Directors to provide continuity. Duties shall be assigned by the Executive Council and Board of Directors as needed for the improvement and advancement of the Club’s objectives.

Section 6 – Duties of Activities Chair

The Activities Chair shall be appointed by the Executive Council and shall have the responsibility of planning the Club’s Calendar of Events for the year. He/She shall cause to be published such Calendar of Events in the Club’s publication and on the Club’s website. The Activities Chair shall try to coordinate all activities of the club so as to not incur avoidable conflicts. The Activities Chair can appoint other members to assist them in their duties. Individual Event Chairs should send their event descriptions and dates to the Activities Chair for coordination and publication.

Section 7 – Duties of Membership Chair

The Membership Chair shall be appointed by the Executive Council and shall have the responsibility of keeping accurate, up-to-date records of all Region Members: Active, Family-Active, Associate, Family-Associate and Affiliate Members and shall report that information to the board of directors on a regular basis or as needed. The Membership Chair should keep member’s information private and only share this information with other board members on an as needed basis as determined by the President or vote of the board of directors. The Membership Chair is responsible for recruiting new members and promotion of the Club to prospective new members.

Section 8 – Duties of the Technology Chair

The Technology Chair shall be appointed by the Executive Council and shall have the responsibility of creating and maintaining the Regional website and other technologies as directed by the board. The Technology Chair will work in conjunction with the Content Editor to maintain the content of the Regional website.

Section 9 – Duties of the Content Editor

The Content Editor shall be appointed by the Executive Council and shall be responsible for producing, editing, and publishing the official publication, the “Pacesetter.” The Content Editor will work in conjunction with the Technology Chair to maintain the content of the Regional website.

Section 10 – Vacancies / Interim appointments

In the event of the death, resignation, disability or disqualification of the Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer, the Executive Council shall make an interim appointment to the office so vacated for the balance of the unexpired term.

In the event of the death, resignation, disability or disqualification of a candidate for the office of Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer, running unopposed, or elected but not yet seated, the Executive Council shall make an interim appointment to that office for not more than one year, during which time a special election will be held to fill the office for the remainder of the term.

Section 11 – Removal of an Elected Officer or Board Member

Removal of an Elected Officer or Board Member for malfeasance, dereliction of duty, non-compliance or sustained non-attendance at a majority of board meetings will require a two thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Section 12 – Financial Accounts

The Executive Council will specify a minimum of one additional Elected Officer’s name other than the Treasurer as signature authority on the Club’s accounts.

ARTICLE VIII: STANDING COMMITTEES and SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Section 1 – Appointment of Standing Committee Chairs

Standing Committee Chairs are appointed by a majority vote of the Executive Council and may, in like manner, be dismissed by the majority vote of same, except that a unanimous vote of the Council shall be required for the appointment of the chair and members of the Nominating Committee and for their dismissal or replacement.

Any voting member of the Club may serve as a member or Chair of a Standing Committee.

Section 2 – Number

There shall be 11 standing committees of the Club, as follows:

1) Nomination
2) Historian
3) Driver Education
4) Activities
5) Membership
6) Website
7) Social Media
8) Official Publication/Newsletter
9) Insurance
10) Tours
11) Dealer Liaison

Section 3 – Standing Committee Members

Standing Committee members must be a member in good standing of the Club and may vary in number as required to accomplish the work of each committee. Committee members may be appointed by Standing Committee Chairs. It is recommended that Standing Committee members be appointed from the general membership to encourage new participation in the many varied activities of the club. Committee members may be dismissed or replaced by a majority consent of the Executive Council.

Section 4 – Duties and Responsibilities

Committee Chairs are responsible to the Executive Council and shall submit event budgets of all anticipated expenses and income in connection with their function.

Section 5 – Special Committees

The Executive Council may create such other ad hoc committees from time to time as required to execute the Club’s special activities, events, or objectives.

Section 6 – Term

Standing Committee Chair and member terms are from January 1 to December 31 of each year. They will automatically renew each year unless terminated by a majority vote of the Executive Council.

ARTICLE IX: ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1 – Nominating Committee

The President will appoint a Nominating Committee Chairperson from the active membership, who is not running for office. Two other members selected by the Nominating Committee Chair shall serve as members of the Nominating Committee. It is preferred that these additional members also not be running for office. Not later than September 15 of each election year, the Nominating Committee shall recommend to the Executive Council at least one or more candidates for each elected Officer position that will be vacated on December 31.

All nominations for offices shall be published and made available to the membership by October 15. Elections shall be held by November 30.

Section 2 – Nominations by the Members

Active and Family Active members in good standing may nominate candidates for each office. Such nominations must be submitted to the Nominating Committee not later than September 15 of each year.

No member may be nominated or placed on the ballot without their consent.

Section 3 – Notice of Elections

In October of any election year, the Secretary shall cause to be published a notice of election and the names of all nominees for office. The Notice of Election shall contain the dates for when the Election voting will begin and when all voting will end.

Section 4 – Ballots

During the month of October of any election year, the Secretary shall cause to be mailed (or, if electronic means shall have been approved in accordance with these Bylaws, then by mail, by electronic means or any combination thereof), to all current active members a notice of election and a ballot.

Active and Family-Active members are entitled to one (1) vote each on any and each issue arising.

The ballot shall contain:
• Names of the nominees
• Instructions to vote for no more than one candidate for each Officer position.
• Space for voting for the ACTIVE member’s vote and the FAMILY ACTIVE member’s vote.
• A statement noting the calendar date deadline for the receipt of all mail-in ballots and the end of any electronic voting, if approved. November 1 is recommended.
• Mail-in Ballots will contain the return address of the Secretary.

The notice of election shall set a return date for the ballot which shall be at least 30 days before the end of the year.

All ballots must be received by the Secretary. Ballots may be mailed or sent electronically.

Section 5 – Tellers

The Secretary and one member in good standing who is not running for office in the election shall serve as tellers and shall tabulate the votes cast not later than December 1. Membership numbers shall be supplied by the Membership Chairman from the National Membership to the Secretary for validation of all ballots. If the active Secretary is on the ballot, the Past President will substitute.

Ballots received after the deadline shall not be counted unless there is a tie for any of the positions. If a tie remains after all the late ballots are tallied, the Secretary (or Past President) shall flip a coin in the presence of the candidates or members present to determine a winner.

Written protests shall be directed to the Executive Council within 15 days of the results being announced. The Executive Council has 15 days to hear the objection and determine a resolution. The Executive Council’s decision will be final.

Section 6 – Notice of Election Results

The Secretary shall cause to be published within 30 days the results of the election in the Club’s official publication and/or on the Club’s website.

Section 7 –Duties of Newly Elected Officials

Upon tabulation of the votes the Secretary shall immediately notify the persons elected of their election. The President-Elect shall, as soon as feasible, call a meeting of the newly constituted Executive Council for the purpose of appointment of committee members whose terms are to start at the first of the next year, as well as other appointments which may be required. At the discretion of the President-Elect, the meeting described above may be by telephone or mail, or electronic means.

ARTICLE X: FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the Club shall be the calendar year.

ARTICLE XI: OBLIGATIONS AND INDEBTEDNESS

Section 1 – Authority to Incur Obligations or Indebtedness

Only persons authorized by the Executive Council to act on behalf of the Club shall incur any obligation or indebtedness in the name of the Club. All obligations or indebtedness incurred in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws shall be incurred as corporate obligations. No personal liability whatever shall attach to or be incurred by any member or officer of the Club by reason of any such corporate obligation or liability. No elected officer or any other person authorized to act on behalf of the Club shall incur any obligations or indebtedness in the name of the Club in excess of the sum of $100.00 without prior approval of a majority of the Executive Council.

Section 2 – Unauthorized Obligations

No elected Officer or any other person authorized to act in behalf of the Club shall incur any obligation or indebtedness in the name of the Club which is not for the general benefit of the entire membership of the Club nor shall the Executive Council or the Board of Directors approve the incurring of any such obligation or indebtedness.

Section 3 – Personal Liability for Unauthorized Obligation

The incurring of any obligation or indebtedness in the name of the Club by any elected Officer or member in violation of these Bylaws shall be an illegal act. The person or persons responsible for such act or acts shall be personally liable, individually and collectively, to the Club in an amount equal to the obligations or indebtedness which the Club may be required to pay.

Section 4 – Conflict of Interest

No Director shall engage in any transaction that could create a conflict of interest with the Club. Directors shall disclose to the Executive Council any potential conflicts between their personal interests and the Club’s. No Director shall vote on any matter in which they have a material financial interest or conflict of interest.

Section 5- Financial Oversight

All Committee Chairs, Special Appointees and individual members of the Executive Council shall prepare and submit annual budgets to the Treasurer for collective review and approval by the Executive Council.

The Treasurer shall submit and the Executive Council shall internally review and audit quarterly reports on the Club’s finances.

The Treasurer shall give a full and correct report on the financial status of the Club at any meeting of the Board of Directors and present a brief summary of the Club’s current financial status to the membership at the monthly meetings.

The Treasurer shall submit the Club’s financial records to the Executive Council for internal review annually. In addition, the financial records can be reviewed by an independent council consisting of no less than 3 club members, 1 of whom may be on the Board. The independent council may, at any time, recommend a formal audit by a certified public accountant to be conducted at the club’s expense.

ARTICLE XII: ARTICLE XI – MEETINGS

Section 1 – Executive Council Meetings

Meetings of the Executive Council may be called at any time by the President or by a majority of the Executive Council members. Each Executive Council member shall be notified of such meeting at least seven (7) days prior to the time set for the meeting. A simple majority of the Executive Council is required to pass a voting issue, with non-attending board members votes acquired either by mail, e-mail, or telephone.

Section 2 – Board of Directors Meetings

Meetings of the Board of Directors may be called at any time, but not less than 2 times per calendar year, by the President or by a majority of the Board of Directors. Each Director shall be notified of such meeting at least seven (7) days prior to the time set for the meeting. A simple majority of Directors is required to pass an issue being voted on, with a majority of Directors in attendance.

Meeting attendance may be in person, electronic, or telephonic.

In between meetings, decisions which cannot or should not be delayed until the next meeting may be made via teleconference or by electronic vote provided the requirements of a quorum are met.

Section 3 – Club General Membership Meetings

Regular meetings of the members will be held monthly, on the second Monday of the month as designated by the President, unless otherwise designated by the Executive Council. Due notice of any Club Member Meetings shall be given by publishing in the official publication, on the club’s website or via other electronic notice that reaches the entire membership.

Section 4 – Special Meetings

Special meetings of the members may be called by the President, by a majority of the Executive Council, or by a petition signed by five (5) percent of the members. Due notice shall be given stating the date, time, place, and purpose of any such meeting at least 7 days before such meeting.

A quorum at any special meeting of the members shall consist of ten (10) percent of the members in good standing, or ten (10) members in good standing, whichever is larger.

Section 5 – Voting

At all meetings of the members, each Active or Active Family member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote on any matter which may be properly brought before the membership. Such vote may be via voice or by written ballot.

Section 6 – Conduct of Meetings

The President, or in his/her absence the Vice President, shall preside at all meetings and will manage the agenda, discussion and voting.

Section 7 – Guests

Guests shall be permitted at all meetings unless a closed meeting is declared by a majority vote.

ARTICLE XIII – OFFICIAL PUBLICATION

The Club will publish an official publication, which can be web-based, to announce upcoming events, official notifications, stories about activities, etc. The official name of the Kentucky Region publication is “Pacesetter.” The “Pacesetter” can be found at kypca.org.

ARTICLE XIV: AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

Section 1 – Review

Bylaws will be reviewed annually by the Board of Directors each January.

Section 2 – Amendment of Bylaws
Proposed amendments to these Bylaws may be considered upon either recommendation by a majority of the Board of Directors or by written petition signed by at least ten (10) Active or Family Active members in good standing. The Secretary shall prepare the suggested amendment(s) in such a manner as appropriate for incorporation in these Bylaws.

Section 3 – Approval of Proposed Amendments

The proposed amendment(s) shall be distributed to all members of the Club by mail or electronically, published in the official publication of the Club or on the Club’s website within sixty (60) days thereafter, with an explanation of the proposed Amendment(s), together with the date of the meeting at which any proposed amendment(s) will be voted on – no less than 30 days or more than 45 days after publication.

Section 4 – Ballots

Voting on amendment(s) to the Bylaws shall be by mail or electronically. Each ballot must uniquely identify the Active or Family active voting member and at a minimum require either a printed name or membership number and signature (if printed ballot). Ballots received after the referendum date shall not be counted.

Amendment(s) to these Bylaws shall be approved by a majority of the votes cast by the membership. A 10-percent quorum of the total membership in ballots must be received if the amendment is to be passed.

Section 5 – Tellers

The Secretary and two Active or Family Active members appointed by the President shall open, count, and tally all ballots and crosscheck any mail-in votes against electronic votes for duplicates. The Secretary shall certify the results to the President.

Section 6 – Notice of Vote or Referendum Results

The results shall be read into the minutes of the meeting and published in the next issue of the official publication of the Club or on the Club’s website within thirty (30) days.

ARTICLE XV: DISSOLUTION:
The Club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than two-thirds (2/3) of the total membership. In the event of the dissolution of the Club, whether voluntary or by operation of law, none of the property of the Club nor any proceeds thereof nor any assets of the Club shall be distributed to any members of the Club. Upon the dissolution of the Club, the Board shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Club, dispose of all the assets of the Club to organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or to such other organization with purposes similar to the purposes of this Club, as the Board shall determine.

Exhibit A: Club Logo/Badge

October 2019 Activities Report

“Do not go gentle into that good night”. In Kentucky, we interpret that to mean, as the summer driving season comes to a close, we need to rage against the dying of the light. And not going gentle is what we do. First up was a LuxRow Distillery tour in Bardstown, KY. As Bardstown is 65 miles away (based on the roads we take), it gives ample opportunity to explore secondary roads twisting around hills and streams.

Two weeks later, it was a drive out Huber’s Farm to meet up with three other Porsche regions: Central and Southern Indiana and Bluegrass. Huber’s is a local farm experience: pick ya own pumpkins, wine tasting, turkey dines and rows upon rows of Porsches.

We followed that up with our 5th annual Germanfest/Bourbonfest hosted by Steve and Bernadette Doolin at their place out in the woods outside of Louisville. Next up was two more bourbon tours on two separate weekends. Wild Turkey, one of the oldest distilleries in Kentucky, followed by Castle & Key, two weeks later, one of the newest.

Castle & Key Distillery is located on the site of the historic Old Taylor Distillery, outside Frankfort. After sitting abandoned to fall into ruin, new owners purchased the property in 2014. Production began at the distillery in late 2016 for the first time in over 40 years. Besides incredible architecture, the site also has 110 acres of gardens and river views in one of the prettiest locations in Kentucky.

We finished off the season with the Kentucky Covered Bridge Tour. Covered bridges are a staple of the Midwest, the wood covering preserving the bridges from the ravages of sun and rain.

Kentucky Invades Ohio!

Before we escalate to acts of armed aggression, I should clarify: the PCA region of Kentucky spent the weekend driving through the Hocking Hills portion of southeast Ohio. The Hocking Hills is a deeply dissected area of the Allegheny Plateau featuring cliffs, gorges, rock shelters, and waterfalls. The area’s topography is due to particular sandstone formation: thick, hard and weather-resistant, forming high cliffs and narrow, deep gorges.

The area is world famous for its roads featuring sweeping curves and scenery. What would you expect from roads named “Black Diamond Run”, “Zaleski Zipper” or “Hocking Hills Nipper”? A favored spot for America’s motor journalists, frequently using the area for sports car comparisons. In fact, Car & Driver magazine has declared a 14-mile path they’ve carved out in the Hills as their “favorite test loop” for taking a vehicle through the motions. The magazine has been testing cars on the roads here since at least 1989. Well, if it’s good enough for Car & Driver, it must be good enough for KYPCA.

Lest you think it was all roads meant to be explored in a spirited fashion, the area also features more bucolic routes: “Lazy Rivers” and “Rim of the World”. Not least but last, there is the famed “Triple Nickle”: up and down and around a route guaranteed to make your passenger sick.

We decided to make a weekend out of the trip, leaving Louisville early Saturday to return Sunday night. Of our 700 mile round trip, 300 miles were spent on the Hills’ “Windy 9” (as in “winding”, not as in blowing air); 9 specific routes featuring the best scenic and winding routes for cars and motorcycles. A brief aside: does everyone in Ohio always drive 20 miles under the speed limit at all times? Our admittedly less than statistically accurate survey would say “YES”!

Besides sampling routes, we spent time visiting many popular tourist attractions, including the pencil sharpener museum, featuring a collection of over 3,400 pencil sharpeners (including one shaped like a 911 Turbo), thought to be the nation’s largest.

Our monthly activities also included our annual trip to Southern Indiana’s Polly’s Freeze, serving ice cream continuously since 1952.

 

June 30 Drive to Hocking Hills, Ohio

Most of us probably read Car & Driver and Road & Track magazines each month. Over the course of many Porsche, Jaguar, Maserati, etc road tests, there are continuous references to the Hocking Hills and Southeastern Ohio’s magnificent roads. Well, maybe it’s time we checked this out: if it’s good enough for motor sports journalists, it’s got to be good enough for us.

And so, June 29th to 30th, we drive to Athens for the Windy 9 (as in winding roads, not blowing air).

Want more info on why? Check out: https://www.explorehockinghills.com/blog/posts/2016/may/experience-the-thrill-of-driving-hocking-hills-famously-scenic-roads/

We’ll leave 9 am Saturday freewaying to Cincinnati, from where we’ll take 2 lane roads arriving in the Hocking Hills by 12 or so. We’ll spend the next 4 to 5 hours sampling roads following a pre-planned route, stopping in Athens for the night. Sunday, we’ll drive more of the hills until around 1 PM or so, before heading back to Louisville via Maysville and Paris. Some of our stops may include the one remaining, still in operation, washboard factory.

Please RSVP so we can get a head count and try to arrange a group rate at a motel. Food, lodging all responsibility of attendees.

May 2019 Activity Report

The Kentucky Region covers a territory 200 miles wide by 120 miles North to South. Of our 480 members, 410 reside in the greater Louisville area, at the North East corner of the region. 20 members are in the south and 50 in the West (and 1 in Belgium).

This month, we decided to follow Horace Greeley’s advice and go West to join up with our far western neighbors. We first traveled Kentucky parkways for 90 miles prior to smaller two lane roads. Our first destination Jefferson Davis State Park, home of the world’s tallest concrete non-reinforced obelisk. Washington’s Monument stands 554 feet tall: Jeff Davis Memorial stands 351. Kentucky was a southern state during the Civil War.

Don’t know any of us would claim confederate sympathies, just wanted to see a 35 story concrete obelisk standing in the middle of a farm field.

Our next stop was the Casey Jones distillery, where we met some of our western members, located outside of Hopkinsville, KY. The distillery was named neither for the famed engineer, nor the Grateful Dead song, but for an early moonshiner from the woods of far Western KY, whose grandson operates it today using the original still design. His shine was the only liquor acceptable to Al Capone, himself a native of the same area.

After touring the modest, but attractive distillery, we all repaired to a local BBQ for lunch (and home made coconut cream pie) prior to the long drive home.

Would that have been all, it would have been enough, except the region also attended the annual Joe and Jane Galownia Steak and Wine party, a pre-purchase inspections tech session from Mitch at Stuttgart Specialists and KYPCA Ladies Night at the local Massage Envy hosted by the lovely Vycki Minstein.

 

April 2019 Drive to Overlook Restaurant

The Overlook restaurant is uniquely positioned on a bluff in Leavenworth, Indiana, offering a 20 mile panoramic vista of the Ohio River.  As you enjoy your meal, watch barges churning up and down the river or the sun setting behind the wooded hills of Indiana.

The restaurant serves up country classics such as fried chicken, pork chops, chicken pot pie, and catfish fillets—and in-house baked coconut cream pie worth an hour’s drive.

Or maybe, it was the donuts. April’s first drive started at a late enough hour to get folk out of bed (10:30 leave time) and at what is arguably Louisville’s best for donuts: North Lime Donuts. Regardless, we had a 50 mile drive through the farm country of deep south Indiana, between the twin urban Indiana metropolises of Elizabeth (pop204) and Laconia (pop 51). Once through Corydon, our group of 27 cars and 38 folk remained on Hwy 62 along the Ohio River bottoms until reaching Leavenworth and the Overlook restaurant.

Following PCA recommended protocol, we had split the 27 cars into three separate drive groups. Leaving 5 minutes apart and staying within speed limits allowed us to be safe, and not disrupt local traffic by trains 10,15 or more cars long. As a result, we arrived at the Overlook parking area with enough time between to safely park.

The Overlook had reserved 3 long and two 6 top tables in a separate room, surrounded by views of the curve of the Ohio. Everyone enjoyed a country style home cooked lunch and some of wisely chose dessert (the wisest among us choosing coconut cream pie, just sayin’).

After lunch, it was time to saddle up for the drive home. Some chose to go direct to the freeway, a little West and North. Some chose back to drive East back to Corydon following State Scenic Route Hwy 62 getting on the freeway after the scenic part of the drive. And some decided the day was warm enough to drive further North and West to Patoka Lake sampling a wine called “Drunken Bunny Piss”. We hope they make a safe return.

 

2019 Endurance Donut Run

An old proverb states: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. Well, here in Kentucky, it’s more comes in like a lion and hangs around like a feral boar. Scheduling drives means potentially contending with rain, sleet, ice, cold, sunshine, and that’s all in one day.

This past Saturday, a group of stalwarts braved the 30 degree temperatures to meet at the rest area on I64 at 8:30 because, well…getting the car out is important, but even more: visiting not 1, but 2 separate donut shops is well-nigh life saving. In the words the great philosopher, Homer Simpson: “Uhm…donuts”…indeed.

We left the interstate in Shelbyville venturing out on some of Kentucky’s fine back roads, around, alongside and over the Kentucky river and its many tributaries. For those geology buffs among us, the open limestone cliffs were a stark reminder of the tremendous waterflow through here from the melting of the great ice sheets of the last ice age. How much water?

Well, water density at room temperature is 0.998g/cm³; the density of ice is 0.9167 g/cm³.  The ratio of volumes is inversely proportional to the ratio of densities.  So, for example, one gallon of water near the freezing point would make the equivalent of 1.090 gallons of ice. When an ice sheet two miles thick melts it produces a lot of water. Enough to carve out hills, valleys and carry off sediment, displaying (and eroding) the hard rock underneath.

Whatever: we had a lot of pretty scenery to drive through as we got to our first stop: B’s Bakery in downtown Frankfort. Their constantly shifting selection of fresh donuts made decisions hard and a number of us grabbed some to go. The heath bar donut especially interested me, but too much sugar can be, well, too much.

After B’s, we saddled up and went out through the flat farm lands of central Kentucky, again driving along the Kentucky river and more of it’s tributaries, but this time, in the flatter zone indicative of the Kentucky Bluegrass. We ended up driving through the thoroughbred horse farms producing Derby competition to arrive at our 2nd stop: Doughdaddy’s Donuts outside Versailles. Although a donut specialty house, the clear winner was Bs with their varied home made specialties.

We finished off the drive with lunch at the Versailles Tap Room (enough safe parking for the Porsches) before striking out back home. Great drive, though some of those one lane wide roads were a bit off-putting to all concerned.

 

March 2019 Drive to Story Inn in Story, Indiana

“It was a dark and stormy night…”, well actually, it was cloudy (thought it did get stormy later) and it was morning…like early morning. But! We met at a donut shop and had excellent donuts from North Lime Donuts (their original store in Lexington was on our 1st Annual Donut Run last year, but cut for being too far away). 6 cars and 7 folk altogether made the 200 mile round trip to Story Inn, in Story, IN, inside Brown County.

Along the way, we decided to explore some of the farm country between Salem, IN and I-65. We visited two separate covered bridges along the way, including one outside Medora, the longest single span covered bridge and this one in Leota, what must be the worlds shortest.

 

 

Although rain had threatened and was in the air, we were able to get to the Story Inn on time for our noon reservation. We looked at the numerous antique bottles and other glassware, the kitchen meat grinder (I remember my mother using one in the 1960s) and other antiques in the main dining room.

The village of Story itself was founded in 1851, with the grant of a land patent from President Millard Fillmore to Dr. George Story. Dr. Story and his progeny built many of the structures which distinguish this town today, from the then-ample supply of domestic hardwoods. Story soon became the largest settlement in the area. In its heyday (1880-1929) the village supported two general stores, a nondenominational church, a one-room schoolhouse, a grain mill, a sawmill, a slaughterhouse, a blacksmith’s forge and a post office.

Story never recovered from the Great Depression (1929-1933), as families abandoned farms in search of work elsewhere. Brown County lost half of its population between 1930 and 1940. The exodus created the opportunity for the State of Indiana to purchase 16,000 for what is now Brown County State Park.

By the time we had finished lunch, the rain had started. Some opted to head south and hop on I 65 in Brownstown; others, chose the highway through Salem, passing through some occasionally intense cloud bursts, but mostly, just more rain.

Barber Motorsports Museum

Submitted by Anthony Minstein – Membership Chair

For car and motorsports enthusiasts, Louisville seems to be in the center of the world. Putnam Park is 2.5 hours away; Mid-Ohio, 6 hours, Road America, 9. But, for the true enthusiast, the best destination might be Barber Motorsports Museum and road course.

In the 1960s George Barber’s zeal for speed ignited his vision for today’s museum. Having raced Porsches in the 1960s, Barber held an impressive track record—63 first place wins. A thriving business executive, Barber rediscovered his motorsports passion in 1988 and began collecting and restoring classic cars.

Since the world’s best and largest car collections had already been established, Barber heeded some wise advice. His longtime friend Dave Hooper—a motorcycle enthusiast as well as the person who ran Barber’s delivery fleet for 27 years—suggested that Barber shift his focus from cars to motorcycles. Being a man of big dreams, Barber seized the opportunity to accomplish what no one else had done… build the world’s “best and largest” motorcycle collection.

To help jumpstart Barber’s collection, Hooper suggested a trio of Honda V-Fours. He then gifted Barber with two of his own motorcycles. One of these bikes—a rare, exquisitely detailed 1952 Victoria Bergmeister—instantly won Barber’s affection. The quest for more was on. In 1994, the Bergmeister inspired Barber. He appreciated motorcycles for much more than just fast machines. They were also works of art.

He established the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum as a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. The museum opened to the public at its original Southside Birmingham location in 1995. Along the way, Barber’s love for speed was not forgotten. The Barber staff excelled in conserving or restoring motorcycles to running condition, and, in some cases, to competition-ready shape. Having launched a race program to promote the collection, Barber also demonstrated to the world that this was a “living museum.”

The Barber Racing Team first competed in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) series in 1992 in Daytona. The previously unknown team won premier races and created a buzz in the vintage motorcycle community. The team continued competing in the U.S. and Europe until 1998, bringing seven national championships back home to Birmingham.

A call from New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 1997 was a defining moment for the Barber Museum. Sending 21 bikes to exhibit at the original New York show, “The Art of the Motorcycle,” Barber continued to make the connection between motorsports and art. “The Art of the Motorcycle” exhibit also traveled to Chicago and Bilbao, Spain. The thrill of the New York exhibit sparked a much bigger dream for Barber. “We can do this in Birmingham!” he maintained. Barber set out to create a one-of-a-kind, world-class facility. Going even further, he imagined a road course as well where the “living museum” quality of the collection could be demonstrated.

A sprawling Birmingham landscape was required to accommodate the large scale of Barber’s dream. Consulting with world champion racers John Surtees and Dan Gurney, uncommon precision drove the design of the complex. In September 2003, the 930-acre park, with its world-class 16-turn, 2.38 mile racetrack, opened to the public. The track is home to the Porsche Sport Driving School, and numerous automakers have chosen the park as their stage for vehicle debuts and to film commercials. In 2014, the Barber Proving Grounds were built adjacent to the racetrack and consist of a track area, which can be converted to various layouts, along with a wet/dry skidpad. The proving grounds allow users to demonstrate vehicle capabilities such as accident avoidance, braking, turning, and acceleration. Mercedes Benz began using the grounds for their employees’ “Brand Immersion Experience” in October. Other uses for the proving grounds include product debuts, kart racing, driving schools, and safety instruction.

Today, the museum is home to over 1,400 motorcycles that span over 100 years of production. More than 650 bikes can be seen on any given day, and 200 different manufacturers from 20 countries are represented in the collection—from Harley-Davidson, Honda, and Indian—to Showa, DSK, and Cagiva. The museum features the world’s most extensive Lotus collection, anchored by the Lotus 21. The museum also displays rare racecars, including the 1964 Ferrari F-158, in which John Surtees won the 1964 Formula 1 Driver’s World Championship.

A number of us journey down to Birmingham for track events. The track being the site for a number HPDEs, plus other DE type events sponsored by independent promoters. The track is fast, with a couple of long straights, elevation changes and well-maintained surface. One danger, if you hit a barrier, a truck will be out to retrieve your car in minutes, along with a bill for replacing and repainting the barriers. George is serious about maintaining the track.

The setting is in rolling hills a few miles outside of Birmingham with woods and two bridges crossing the track from the museum into the woods. Periodically through the year, besides professional racing (Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, part of the IndyCar Series, is one of the annual events at the park) there are annual events such as the Barber Vintage Festival, the Small Bore Festival and more.

Come for a DE, come to visit the museum, come for a weekend of racing…but come. You’ll be amazed at what you find, and it’s only seven hours from Louisville.

 

May 2018 Club Activities

We don’t get to drive much for fun in Kentucky November to February: too cold, wet and dreary. We make up for it when the weather turns and May was a typical example.

We started the month with the 4th Annual Wine and Steak tasting at the home of Joe and Jane Galownia. 60 members came with two bottles of wine: one to share and one to auction off to members at the event end. As usual, Joe and Jane were delightful hosts. Members were greeted with a terrific spread of charcuterie and a selection of cheeses (including member Kenny Mattingly Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese) followed by a dinner of grilled steaks, oven roast potatoes and salad. Desert was a selection of fine cakes and pies (gotta love that coconut cream cake!).

The monthly membership meeting was held at Mango’s Mexican Restaurant. Our membership attendance numbers keep climbing to such an extent it’s getting harder and harder to find someplace to accommodate all of us. I guess we should be happy we’re so successful! Nothing succeeds like success.

The next weekend, Region leadership Jason Miller (President), Robert Klein (VP), Anthony Minstein (Membership Chair) and Jim Doll and Gene Hoffman (Board Members) drove up to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Northern New Jersey Region experienced driver weekend. It’s always nice to see how other regions run their DEs and a great time was had by all, in spite of the low temps and damp track.

The same weekend, another group made the 100 mile trip South to member Ken Mattingly Kenny’s Farm to tour the new automated barns (robot milking stations for the cows!) and of course, to buy some of Kenny’s locally famous cheese. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate for the drive; rain, slick roads and cold temps tried to damp the enthusiasm, unsuccessfully. 11 cars and 20 members braved the elements returning with lots of fresh cheese (Kenny always brings a good assortment of cheeses for tasting at our own track event).

To round the month off, we had a Memorial Day weekend drive through the Ohio River valley out to Georgetown, KY to visit Babe’s BBQ. TH Morris, our Activity Chair led 16 cars (on Memorial Day weekend!) us on a long drive across the twisty county roads along the many streams and rivers. A favorite was the path following the Kentucky River curving past the river locks and dams outside of Lockport, KY then crossing Appalachian the foothill ridges normal to this part of the state. Babe’s is an off-the-trail family dining spot on the list of Kentucky 10 best off-the-beaten-path restaurants and the service and home cooking demonstrated why. Everything from the warm greeting, to the great service and food impressed our group of travelers.

I’m not sure what we liked more: the drive? Or, the BBQ? Typical KY staples like pork, brisket, chicken, and Kentucky specialty sides including corn pudding and fried okra (yee haw!) plus traditional side dishes like cole slaw, beans and corn bread (and did I mention the toasted coconut pie?). The ride ended at Babe’s with many members opting the more direct freeway route home.