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    Board Meeting Minutes

    November 13, 2019

    Help Wanted!

    The “fuel” for our Region is volunteers. We encourage you to consider volunteering to run an event or serving on the Board. For more information about serving on the Board, please contact Mike Hodson ( We need you!

    President's Column


    I am pleased to report that 2019 will not be the end of the Santa Barbara Region.

    Barry Carson has graciously volunteered to run for Club President for 2020, as have Rod Hersberger for Vice President and Tom Sutphen for Secretary. Howard Rubenstein, Treasurer, and Doreen Pankow, Activities, both standing for re-election, round out the slate. Please join us in welcoming these candidates for office.

    Ballots and biographies of the nominees are included elsewhere in this issue of Der Auspuff. The ballots will also be distributed at the November Camarillo and Santa Barbara breakfasts and byemail. Your vote is important - please vote!

    In the last few months the Board has been considering significant changes to the Club’s Bylaws and you will be asked to vote to approve these changes on the ballot. The full text of the proposed Bylaws can be found at The major changes are:

    • Provide more specificity to Club policies and procedures based on PCA’s best practices guidelines for Region bylaws.
    • Provide greater transparency regarding Board decisions and the Club’s finances.
    • Change the term of elected officers from one (1) to two (2) years with a limit of two (2) terms. This will hopefully minimize succession challenges like we experienced this year.

    I encourage you to read the new Bylaws and vote to adopt them when you vote for the 2020 slate of officers. Remember, your vote is important - please vote!

    Rem Laan

    About Us


      The Porsche Club of America was founded in 1955 to meet the particular needs and interests of the owners of Porsche cars. Our general objectives are to promote the highest standards of courtesy and safety on the roads; the enjoyment and sharing of other events as may be agreeable to the membership; the maintenance of the highest standards of operation and performance of the marque by sharing and exchanging technical and mechanical information; 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; the exchange of ideas and suggestions with other Porsche Clubs throughout the world and in such cooperation as may be desirable; the establishment of such mutually cooperative relationships with other Sports Car Clubs as may be desirable.

      Santa Barbara Region

      The Santa Barbara Region of Zone 8, Porsche Club of America covers Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. We are a region of more than 700 members plus over 500 affiliate members. We were chartered in June, 1964 and celebrated our 50th anniversary on July 19, 2014 in Santa Barbara.

      This region exemplifies national PCA’s motto: "It's not just the cars, it's the people." Lasting friendships are the rule, not the exception within our club.

      We meet for breakfast on the first Saturday of every month at Johnny Rockets and Panera Bread in the Camarillo Premium Outlets from 8–10 a.m., and on the second Saturday each month at the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, from 8:30–10 a.m.

      Our region offers competitive driving events such as autocrosses, driver education, and even a gimmick rally just for fun. We go on numerous exciting drives on back roads throughout Southern California and hold various social events including a chili cook-off, a progressive dinner and our holiday brunch. A highlight every year is SBR’s Concours d’Elegance where Porsches are judged in competition or just placed for display on beautiful grounds for all to enjoy. We also organize several extended weekend trips to places of interest such as Yosemite, Zion and Bryce National Parks. Most of all we offer friendly people driving great cars. We invite you to join us for some fun driving your Porsche with other car enthusiasts.

      Click for breakfast meeting directions

      Check our Calendar for all of our exciting upcoming events.

    PCA Membership

      Membership in the Porsche Club of America is open to anyone 18 years or older who owns or has ordered a Porsche automobile produced by the factory. A limited, six month "Quest" membership is also available for those searching for a Porsche to purchase. Dues are $46 a year, $90 for two years or $132 for three years and includes the monthly PCA Porsche Panorama magazine and our local monthly newsletter, the Der Auspuff.

      The Santa Barbara Region hosts two monthly breakfast meetings on the first and second Saturdays of each month. The first meeting is held at the Panara Bread and begins at 8:00 a.m. The second meeting is held at the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara and begins at 8:00 a.m. All Porsche owners are invited to attend. Other activities are held each month throughout the year.

      Join The Club!

      The easiest way to become a member of the Porsche Club of America is by completing an application online at PCA's website: JOIN NOW

      Hard copies are also available through Membership Chairman Sue Kinsling at We hope that you will consider membership in the Porsche Club of America, Santa Barbara Region. You won’t be disappointed!

      PCA SBR Name Badges

      Personalized SBR Name Badges are available to members by completing and mailing in the following form: PCASBR Name Badges


    Contact Us

    • President: Rem Laan
    • Vice President: Randall Fishwick
    • Treasurer: Howard Rubenstein
    • Secretary: Suzi Sheller
    • Membership: Sue Kinsling
    • Activities Chair: Doreen Pankow
    • Goodie Store: John Barrison
    • Past President: Mike Hodson

    Send eMail to:

    Porsche Club of America, Santa Barbara Region
    P. O. Box 959, Camarillo, CA 93011


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    Porsche Taycan 4S at the LA Auto Show
    By Steve Geldman

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