PCASB - President's Column

President’s Column - January 2018 - by Rem Laan

Rem Laan

  Thank you all for entrusting me with the presidency of the Santa Barbara Region of PCA. Mike Hodson and Doreen Pankow were exceptional leaders and I am looking forward to their mentorship.

   My wife Sally and I joined PCA/SBR in 2014 and we’ve gotten to know quite a few of you through club activities and our leadership of the RUF (Retired & Unemployed Folks) group. However, the club now has close to 800 members and there are even more of you that we don’t know. I hope to get to know many more of you in the next year.

   A bit about me…I’ve been a PCA member “off and on” for more than 20 years. My first Porsche was a 1964 356C coupe when I belonged to the Nord Stern Region in Minnesota. My second Porsche was a 1996 911 Carrera Coupe when I belonged to the Central Indiana Region. I wish I had never sold either one. I currently own a 2009 911 Carrera Coupe and a 2017 Macan GTS. I spent my career working in the medical device industry and I am now semi-retired. Along the way we spent 5 years living and working in Germany about 90 minutes away from the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen, where we were frequent visitors.

   My goal for the next year is to get more of you involved in club activities. Whether your interest is social, competitive, or just exercising your car, the club has something to offer you. If you have never attended our Camarillo or Santa Barbara breakfasts, that would be a great place to start. Just let one of the club officers know that you plan to attend and we will match you with another club member who can introduce you to people and tell you more about the club.

   Don Dickey, our events coordinator, has a wide range of activities planned for 2018. Our tours are a great way to meet new people with common interests and see new parts of our beautiful country. Even if you are not the competitive type, our autocross and driver’s education events are a fun and safe way to learn what you and your Porsche can do. You will be amazed. I guarantee that you will come away from one of our autocross events with a grin from ear to ear. Finally, I’d like to remind club members that they are always welcome at the events of other PCA regions. Please email Don or me if there are additional activities that you would like to suggest -- we would love to hear your ideas.

   For better or worse, rapid change has become a constant in our world. Porsche has gone from air cooled to water cooled to all turbo and now to fully electric in a little over a generation. Our club is changing, too. We’re shifting how we communicate more from print to electronic. We’re adding and removing events from our calendar as the demand for them changes. The one thing that is not changing is the wonderful, friendly people of the SBR.

   With best regards,

   Rem Laan