Delaware Region Holiday Extravaganza
By Liz Reid
You might believe that you had been there, done that with another annual Sunday Delaware Region Christmas party in the Gold Ballroom of the Mendenhall Inn; but I am going to inform you that it was far from the ordinary. We missed many of our regulars and welcomed some newbies like Ashit Dave, who as I had promised any brand new people who showed up would get a special gift.
We got our warm welcome from A.K. & Helga Kissel and current and continuing President, Vince Crognale and his beautiful wife Angela. They were nice and everything, but more importantly they were handing out goodies. Those goodies were raffle tickets for Porsche presents like coffee mugs, brake key chains, coasters, Porsche design cooler, and 2 large artisan calendars that went to Bill AND Debbie Cooper who say that they will not be keeping them but will instead put them in their 356 Registry charity silent auction. There were also gift bags for everyone with items such as an elegant Porsche glass, a gorgeous heavy Targa door bottle opener, and a vehicle ornament. Oh, and more ornaments in each wine glass with free wine to be poured in those glasses for dinner.
Ah, yes, the dinner itself. Well, leading up to the dinner were butlered hors d’oeuvres like lollipop lamb chops, coconut shrimp, crab—stuffed mushroom caps, bacon-wrapped scallops, etc. For dinner there were delicious choices some of which were, filet or dual crabcakes.
Lest we not forget annual awards that go to special, dedicated members who go the extra mile for Delaware Region and PCA like Everett Tjin, Ron Johnson, and Carl Thompson. We thanked integral folks to our region like our webmeister, John Kassay and our unique and important partner, Porsche of Delaware, a dealership with 2 employees who are active members of our region.
The Broken Wheel award went to Andy Crook who as it turned out also got one of two Zone 2 awards that most of us never knew existed. He received the Most Improved Track Driver. The other Zone 2 award went to one of our long term track instructors, Tom Holmes for his illustrious instructing. Tom got up and made a nice speech to inform us of what we have in this region and to pay tribute to our track drivers and instructors because as it turns out in this little region, we have 21 instructors out of 24 track people. That is quite amazing! I know I sat with 2 relatively new members who already want to sign up and get Tom as their instructor.
So may I conclude by saying what I opened with, this was no Groundhog Day Holiday Party. For those of you who missed it, there is always next year; and in the interim there are our monthly meetings, summer picnic, Braille Rally, autocrosses, tours, Cars & Coffee, October DE event at NJMP, etc. Please remember we need volunteers to keep Delaware Region what it is. See you in 2015.
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.