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 BBQ at Sue and Steve Messer’s home at 12 Noon, right after our First Saturday Coffee Stop. An organized drive from Coffee isn’t feasible because of the city streets and stop lights we’ll encounter. But there are several interesting ways to reach their home, ready for you to explore. Just bring yourself and your favorite beverage and prepare to enjoy good food and good company. RSVPs by April 30 are absolutely essential.
Come and learn about the latest approaches to protecting the paint on your favorite investment… your Porsche!
Xpel, a leading supplier of Paint Protection Film (PPF) and ceramic coatings, has partnered with Porsche to provide solutions for its customers. Body Guard Paint Protection is a factory certified installer of Xpel materials. You’ll learn about preparation, available Xpel templates, custom installations and more. Bring your questions! RSVPs are essential so that we can arrange coffee and morning snacks for attendees.
We are planning a drive on May 21 from Eugene to Reedsport, for lunch at the Harbor Light Restaurant. To be honest, I haven’t finalized the entire route yet. But I wanted to get this notice out now so that you can make plans.
The UPDATED plan at this point is to gather at Lowe’s on W11th in Eugene at 9:00, with a 9:30 departure time. With a short rest stop on the way, that should get us into Reedsport a bit before 11:30 for a slightly early lunch. The Harbor Light Restaurant indicated that it will easier for them to accommodate a group if we don’t arrive right at 12:00. Depending on how many of us there are, there could be a delay in getting seated.
This will be a bit longer drive than many. Due to the length of the drive, you should expect to get back to Eugene no earlier than 3:30, maybe a bit later.
For our Central Coast members, feel free to meet us in Reedsport for lunch and a bit of a meet and greet!
RSVPs are required for lunch, as I need to give the eatery some advance warning. Click this link to RSVP, and note whether you will be driving from Eugene or just meeting in Reedsport for lunch.
See you then!
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!).