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May 2022

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.

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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
Jun
5
Sat
First Saturday Coffee Stop (Central Chapter) @ Market of Choice
Jun 5 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

We’re returning to the original venue for our monthly coffee gathering, beginning on the 7th of August. Once you get to Market of Choice, drive north past Pegasus Pizza and Office Max to the parking lot in the back. There is plenty of safe parking available. Coffee, goodies and restrooms are available inside Market of Choice. We’ll likely gather at the tables right in front of the store.

Jun
26
Sat
Drive to Walport & Mary’s Peak
Jun 26 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Meet in Florence at the public parking lot at 1st and Nopal streets at 9:00 AM (coffee across the street at Old Town Coffee Roasters, restrooms just west of Mo’s), depart at 9:30 AM. North on Hwy 101 to Waldport, rest stop in a park near Waldport, then East on Hwy 34 and up to the top of Mary’s Peak, the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range. Plan to either picnic at Mary’s Peak, or (health regs permitting) driving to Alsea or Philomath to a local eatery.

Jul
3
Sat
First Saturday Coffee Stop (Central Chapter) @ Market of Choice
Jul 3 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

We’re returning to the original venue for our monthly coffee gathering, beginning on the 7th of August. Once you get to Market of Choice, drive north past Pegasus Pizza and Office Max to the parking lot in the back. There is plenty of safe parking available. Coffee, goodies and restrooms are available inside Market of Choice. We’ll likely gather at the tables right in front of the store.

Jul
24
Sat
Drive! Cottage Grove Lake @ Reustle-Prayer Creek Winery
Jul 24 @ 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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 centralchapter@cascade-pca.org.

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.

Aug
7
Sat
First Saturday Coffee Stop (Central Chapter) @ Market of Choice
Aug 7 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

We’re returning to the original venue for our monthly coffee gathering, beginning on the 7th of August. Once you get to Market of Choice, drive north past Pegasus Pizza and Office Max to the parking lot in the back. There is plenty of safe parking available. Coffee, goodies and restrooms are available inside Market of Choice. We’ll likely gather at the tables right in front of the store.

Aug
21
Sat
Drive! Oregon Garden @ Oregon Garden
Aug 21 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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 centralchapter@cascade-pca.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.