September Zone Rep Notes:
Zone 5 Notes
It has been a great privilege to be your zone rep for the last four years. I really didn’t know much about Zones or Zone reps when I took on the position, but from what I had seen and heard of Lynn Friedman, I wanted to be like her.
As the Zone rep, you are the representative for PCA national at the region level. In the case of Zone 5, that is 12 regions in the Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas area. The zone rep tries to make themselves available to help the regions when they need advice, share information from PCA National, and in general help make sure the regions are running smoothly and taking care of you- the PCA member.
I have to say that being the zone rep for zone 5 has been a true joy. I have really enjoyed getting out and visiting the different regions, and getting to know- if just a little, many of the wonderful people that make up PCA. And sure, I have seen some nice cars, but it really is the people that make this club special.
And it is the people who make this club work. So many volunteers that work tirelessly to put on the many fun events that make our regions so successful. During region drives, DE’s, charitable events, newsletters, etc., there are so many folks that give tirelessly to put on fun and safe events- and they do it over and over. The camaraderie and spirit of these folks is truly remarkable.
All this hard work has not gone unnoticed. Within the last few years, regions in Zone 5 have taken many national level awards- regions of the year, family of the year, newsletter of the year, etc. This year, zone 5 regions are on track to win both actual and factored growth awards.
One thing that I have observed over the years is that PCA and Zone 5 in particular have a unique culture. Despite being a club based on luxury sports cars, we have a very frugal membership. We know a good value when we see it, and PCA membership is a good value whether you drive a couple thousand-dollar Porsche or a half million dollar one. The club is inclusive and thrives on camaraderie and the enjoyment of our special little German cars. Because we love our cars, we want to take care of them.
One of the things I hear from many folks is that they are worried about driving their cars in some of our competitive and drivers training events. Safety is a concern at all levels of PCA and we strive to provide fun events that balance with safety. The only real existential threat to PCA at a National level is if we lose our insurance through negligence. I have been so pleased as zone rep that our regions take this to heart and run safe events. You can be assured that if you drive your car in a PCA event, you are going to have good safe fun. You will be better for it, and your car will be happy too!
I wish I could tell you who the PCA executive committee has decided as my replacement, but that is still in progress and an announcement for another day. Suffice it to say that all the candidates are special and will no doubt be an improvement.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Joyous and prosperous New Year!
Zone 5 Rep.