President's message

August 2016




Hope everyone is taking a little break from the heat we have been experiencing.  The Delaware Region had a busy July, leading off with our Club Night at El Maya Restaurant, Street Survival at Frawley Stadium and our Summer Picnic at Granogue.
I would like to thank Ron Johnson, Vice President, for substituting for me and setting up the July meeting.  

We want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Mitch Saltzberg for his very interesting and informative talk on heart health, during the July Club Night, at El Maya. Having good heart health is imperative in driving our great cars safely and with the highest level of enjoyment. Some of his tips are sure to be valuable for those who take them to heart. Mitch recently received a big promotion and will be moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to start a new heart failure program there. We wish him all the best. Oh, and one more thing....Dr. Saltzberg sold his Boxster to a Delaware PCA club member. So, it was a great night for Mitch too."

Thanks to Vince Crognale, our first Street Survival School was a very successful one - selling out all 20 registrations.  On a brutally hot Saturday afternoon, over 12 volunteers from the Club assisted the team of in-car instructors on various exercises.  With the exception of one minor mishap, the program proceeded flawlessly throughout the day.  Many thanks to Joe McDonald and his team at Delaware Stadium Corp. for use of their facilities, Wilmington Fire Dept. and Delaware Dept. of Public Works for wetting our skid pad and keeping it so(!), To-Jo Mushrooms for their big rig demo, Morgans Auto for the airbags, and Janney for the ice cream – a great way to cap off a hot day!! A personal thank you to each of you: Mark Loch for his MotorsportReg expertise, Tom Holmes - our Chief instructor, Tim Beechuk - Street Survival Program Manager and our classroom instructor, Rich Dunbar from Philadelphia SCCA for all of his time, effort, and expertise, and  of course our Club Volunteers – we could not have done it without your help and dedication!  THANK YOU !!!!

Please see note below we received from one of our students - it perfectly encapsulates why this program exists, how much it is needed, and why we do it:

Hello, my name is Pierce Carter and I was a member of the Street Survival course that took place at Frawley Stadium on Saturday July 23.

I'd just like to express my gratitude to the amazing and dedicated yellow-shirted instructors that showed up in the scorching heat to give the equivalent of years of driving experience to a group of twenty teens (and some eager parents) for about eight hours. It wasn't easy to drive those courses, but I know it was even harder to stand there and pick up cones, or to direct the students, or teach in the classroom.

You guys taught me the limits of my car and, therefore, how to react in an emergency situation and reinforced my knowledge of how to drive safely.

The coordination of the entire affair was in need of recognition and I think that all members involved should be proud of the amazing work they did. By sparing some of their time and effort, they helped make the roads a safer place.

Keep up the good work, everyone.

This is what the Street Survival Program is all about, thank you Vince.

Our Summer Picnic, at Granogue last Sunday, was a huge success with over 150 people in attendance. Thank you very much to Mr. Irenee Dupont Jr. for allowing us the use of Granogue.  It was the largest gathering at a Summer Club Picnic.  Even though the threat of rain was in the air we never saw a drop of rain fall all day. A great day for a picnic and Pamela’s Gourmet did another outstanding job preparing the buffet.  Ron Johnson, Vice President, made several of the arrangements to help make this event a success.  My sincere thanks to Ron.  Thank you also to the club members who showed up early to help set up for the picnic, starting with Liz Reid, Secretary, George and Joan Pearson, Vince Crognale, Past President and Angela Crognale, Ron and Cathy Johnson and Chris Dali.

Thank you to Twin Lakes, and Adam Doherty, for all his help and cooperation, who kept the brews flowing all day long.   And a special thanks to Joe, the steel drum musician that set the tone for the event, just a great job on a great day. 

The Club Bleu 2016 Porsche 911 Club Coupe, owned by Joyce and Peter Hunt, of Kennett Square, PA, won the People’s Choice Award by a very thin margin. The Club Coupe is one of only 60 that were produced to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Porsche Club of America. The Hunts will receive a specially produced, one-of-a-kind, growler to commemorate their victory in the People’s Choice Competition.

Upcoming Events:

Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.  DE Event at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ. 

I hope all of you will be able to make our next special Club Night at Schaefer's Canal House.  Until then..

See you on the Road,

Sam


From Fred Stapleford:

We're all looking froward to a great club meeting


8/10 at Schaeffer's Canal House.


Bring a friend or your significant other to enjoy the canal views.

In an effort to help with our service I've ask them to serve all meal items at the same time.  By this I mean that they would usually stage the orders. Appetizers first then entree's.  Last year this created a delay in the overall service. So please keep this in mind when ordering.

Next, if you would, please send me an email confirming you're coming. I will do my best to have enough servers and tables.

Safe driving!
Fred
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The Delaware Porsche Club and Social Networking:
We will be using the Facebook social network in conjunction with our web site to provide the best information experience for our club members.  Facebook will offer club users real-time access to club notices, events, and updates while allowing all members to communicate with each other.

We have created two methods of access:
1.) We have created a general corporate page called "DelawarePCA". This is accessible from our web site. This page does not require a Facebook account and is visible to anyone. Non-Facebook account holders can view, but not comment or post, to this page. Facebook account holders can comment and post. Please click the "Like" button to have information show up in your news feed.

2.) We have also created a Facebook group called "Delaware Porsche Club". A group requires a user with a Facebook account. The advantages of a group are: Users must join the group before they can participate. Members of this group have the ability to be notified optionally by email and or text message of any changes/additions to the page. This would be very useful for event changes or "spur of the moment" activities. This page would only be visible to members of the group.

The WebMaster,chairpersons and members will keep the pages up-to-date with official info, and users are encouraged to add any information that would be of interest to our membership. Photos, ride reviews, Porsche news, etc. would be appreciated.

Remember "Delawarepca" for Facebook and non Facebook members. For Facebook users search for "Delaware Porsche Club" our Ride-N-Dine, and ask to join.

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