Is it spring yet? I don’t know what it’s been like where you are, but it has been both colder and wetter than average in my neighborhood. And while I know that and late snow pack in the mountains is a really good thing, I’m especially tired of the cold. I personally am really ready for some nicer weather.
But I also know that the weather has not prevented both Cascade chapters from getting started on their events for 2022. Of course, the monthly social coffee get-togethers have been happening for months, but the day trip drives have also resumed in both chapters. I myself even drove down to the March Cars & Coffee in Medford, which was only the second time I’ve been able to come down since my presidential duties started in 2019 (global pandemics and associated lockdowns will do that.) But this year is starting to show some promise (assuming the weather finally breaks.) Watch for event emails from your chapter reps, check (or subscribe to) the event calendars on the website, or watch for event announcements on Facebook.
In the last newsletter I wrote about the member increase we had during 2021. And it is still happening—PCA reported that Cascade was third (out of 146 regions) in membership growth for the first quarter of 2022, when factored based on size of region. I’m not sure if we’ve ever done that before. And we had a good month in April, too. Our numbers are now 231 primary, and 360 total. That’s pretty amazing, really.
Part of that growth is simply due to the amazing cars we drive. When people buy a first Porsche, it seems normal for them to join the club. And that is what we see with these new members. But we need to remember that once they are part of the group, it’s on all of us to welcome them and include them so that they will want to continue with us.
Again, thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see some of you on the road before long!
– Arne Berglund
Cascade Region President
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The below calendar shows 4 different local event categories:
- Cascade Region, Central Chapter
- Cascade Region, Southern Chapter
- Other PCA events
- Non-PCA events of possible interest
Join us for a Drive! to the Yamhill County Historical Society’s Heritage Center. The Heritage Center complex features over 40,000 square feet of displays showcasing the area’s agricultural history, including a collection of more than 100 antique tractors, horse-drawn equipment and buggies, autos from the early 1900s, and fire-fighting equipment from the late 1890s.
Order lunch in advance from Harvest Fresh Grocery in McMinnville, www.harvestfresh.com. Be sure to mention PCA and delivery to the Heritage Center will be arranged.
The starting point for this DRIVE! will be at the Safeway at the north end of Junction City. Plan on meeting at the starting point at 9:00 AM with arrival at the Heritage Center around Noon.
Join us at 10 AM at the new Winco Foods (formerly Shopko) on Chad Drive in Eugene for a short, but entertaining Drive! to Thompson’s Mills on the beautiful Calapooia river in Shedd, Oregon. Thompson’s Mills is a unique survivor of times past; the last water-powered mill in the state that still runs the milling machines for demonstrations today. Bring a picnic (we’re scouting locations to pick up lunch near the mill), take a tour, and just chill in this great spot. Don’t forget your State Parks pass, if you have one!
Our First Saturday Coffee Stop moves to Florence for August! Gather in the public parking lot at First and Nopal Streets. Old Town Coffee Roasters is a yellow building across Nopal and down a small alley. They can also be found off of Bay Street, in the back. If you prefer tea, Lovejoy’s Restaurant and Tea Room is also just across Nopal. Restrooms in the Tea and Coffee houses and at Bay and Maple Streets. Join us! (especially those of you who live on the Coast!).
Join us on Saturday, August 13 for one of our prettiest twisty drives! If you haven’t driven Tyee Road before, it twists along the banks of the Umpqua river, from just south of Elkton to the little town of Umpqua, just east of Sutherlin. We’ll picnic (and taste wine, if you’d like) at Henry Estate Winery. For those who don’t want to pack a picnic, we’ll make a stop at the Lighthouse Center Bakery in Umpqua to pick up food. It’s a fantastic drive that is completely paved, even the short bit to the winery.
We meet at 9 AM at Lowe’s on West 11th in Eugene. Hope to see you there!
Join us for our monthly coffee gathering at Market of Choice, 29th and Willamette in Eugene. At the front of the store, drive north, past Pegasus Pizza and Office Max, to the lot in the back. There’s plenty of safe parking, surrounded by your fellow PCA members. Coffee, breakfast treats and restrooms in Market of Choice. If the weather is foul, look for us at the tables at the top of the stairs in the store. We meet rain or shine.
Join us for one of the more unique drives on the calendar. Meet at the Edgewood Center at E 40th Ave & Donald St in Eugene at 9 AM. After a brief drivers’ meeting, we’ll roll at 9:30. After a quick pit stop at Dorena Lake (which is a little gem all on its own), we’ll enjoy a low-speed autocross-like route through the forest, ending with lunch at the Steamboat Inn on the banks of the Umpqua River. RSVPs are essential so the Inn can accomodate us. Send email to email@example.com/