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 as we drive some of our favorite back roads to Cottage Grove, then turn south past Cottage Grove Lake and enjoy twisty bits to Sutherlin, ultimately arriving at Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards in time for lunch. Reustle Vineyards will offer gourmet burgers for purchase as well as wine tasting opportunities. Early RSVPs are essential so we can let the winery know how many people are coming, how many plan to purchase food, and how many plan to taste. Please RSVP now to email@example.com.
Plan to arrive at 9:00 AM at Lowes on West 11th in Eugene for a brief driver’s briefing and prompt 9:30 AM departure.
Join us for a tour of twisty backroads along the Willamette and Santiam Rivers, arriving at Oregon Garden just before noon. The route was put together by two former members and was enjoyed by all who participated the last time it was a featured PCA Drive! There are several lunch choices… picnic in the Garden, purchase a lunch at the Little Leaf Cafe in the Garden’s visitor center, eat at the Oregon Garden Resort, or choose from several good restaurants in Silverton. Admission to the Garden is $12, with discounts for AAA and Seniors; an $8 rate if we can get early RSVPs for a minimum of 15 people. So RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org soon.
Assemble at the old Shopko / new Winco on Coburg Rd near the Human Bean at 9:00 AM. We’ll roll promptly at 9:30 AM.
NOTE NEW DATE! September 25… Join us for a Drive! to the unique Steamboat Inn on the bank of the hypnotic Umpqua River. Our route first takes us to jewel-like Dorena Lake, where we’ll make a short pit stop. Then we’ll hone our technical skills on a low speed, tight and twisty, autocross-like route through the Umpqua National Forest, arriving at the Steamboat Inn on Highway 138 for lunch. RSVP to email@example.com.
NOTE: Assemble at E 40th Ave and Donald St in Eugene in front of Highlands Pub at 9:00 AM for a 9:30 AM departure.
Join us for our inaugural Drive! of the season to lovely Dallas (Oregon, not Texas!). This is a repeat running of our most popular drive of 2021. We meet at Lowe’s on West 11th in Eugene at 9 AM. After signing insurance waivers and a brief drivers’ briefing, we’ll roll at about 9:30, taking interesting two-lanes to Philomath, then Kings Valley Highway into Dallas. Lunch will be at the Washington Street Bar and Grill. RSVPs are essential so our host restaurant can plan for our group. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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!