Everglades Region’s New Slate of Board Members

As many of you already know Dave Noelken recently resigned as President of Everglades PCA.

According to the Bylaws of our Club, in case of the departure or resignation of the elected President, the elected Vice President becomes the interim President and as a result on April 20, 2019 John Petracco became interim President.

Change sometimes can be difficult for some, but for the vast majority of our almost 1,014 members, this has been a seamless, openly transparent transition in leadership. Some of the decisions that have been recently made may not be a personal fit for all members, but were made to service the full membership with our growth.

With the resignation of Dave Noelken as President, according to PCA Bylaws as well as our own Everglades Bylaws, Dave has now stepped into the role as the Immediate Past President, replacing Chris Branston, who we thank for his many years serving as President and Immediate Past President on the Board.

The Board wishes to thank Dave Noelkin for his tireless efforts and dedication, sometimes through trying circumstances, for the betterment of the Club.

Everglades Region Treks North to Central Florida for the 2019 Weekend of the Year

Everglades Region Treks North to Central Florida for the 2019 Weekend of the Year

Each year, the Everglades Region PCA holds a “Weekend of the Year” aka WOTY as our annual last hurrah at the end of Southwest Florida’s peak season. This year on April 12, the club drove north to Central Florida for a weekend at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills. This location gave us the opportunity to take advantage of the curve-carving capabilities of our Porsches in one of the few hilly regions of Florida. Along the way, we all got to enjoy the epic scenery of mossy oak trees, native wildlife like sandhill cranes and rolling pastures.

The weekend started Friday morning at the Daniels Parkway & I-75 rest stop, where we all met to check in and get our group drive assignments. A total of 64 people participated in the WOTY with 32 cars. For this leg of the journey most particpants split into 2 groups, each with a lead car and a sweep car driving in single-file with headlights on.

The first stop of the weekend was lunch at the Texas Cattle Company on Mirror Lake in Lakeland. This very special restaurant is known for serving only select USDA Prime & Choice three year old grain-fed beef. The non-beefeaters of the group enjoyed fabulous smoked salmon and chicken. The restaurant normally is open only for dinner but opened especially for our group.

From Lakeland, we drove on backroads to Howey-In-the-Hills through scenic farmland and the rolling hills that give the town its name. Our destination was the Mission Inn Resort & Golf Club, with its historic golf course dating back to 1917. The scenic Mission Inn was the perfect home base for a lively weekend of driving, sightseeing and camaraderie.

On Friday night we had a Western-themed dinner party with late-night dancing to live music by the talented Nathan Leslie band. The party was held at Marina Del Rey right near the hotel in a glass enclosed gazebo on Lake Harris surrounded by cypress and oak trees dripping with moss. The lake and mossy trees were the perfect back-drop for a rare large-group club photo.

Many in our group attended the party in full western gear. As always, prizes were distributed for the best costumes. Winners of the best costume prizes were as follows:

  • Best couple: Peter Thomasetti and Gloria Plyser
  • Best male costume: Dr. Tom Oker
  • Best female costume: Lynn Haars

Our Zone 12 Rep Lisa Lewis joined us for an early start on Saturday morning with an 89 mile Photo/Clue rally that took us through small towns and some of the most beautiful scenic roads in Florida. Number Two Road in Yahala (near the Yalaha Bakery) is definitely movie-scene worthy. We drove along many lakes in the area’s famous lake chain including Lake Apopka, Lake Jem and Lake Ola and through two forests, the Seminole State Forest and the Ocala National Forest. We also passed through several small towns and solved puzzles and searched for photo subjects along the way. Some unplanned sights along the way included a newborn calf, several pairs of sandhill cranes and a brief stop to see a protected gopher tortoise cross the road. Photo/Clue rallies can get very competitive but at the end of the day our WOTY rally winners were as follows:

  1. Gail & David Bernstein
  2. Gordon Browne & Barbara Carnes
  3. Scott Eckels & Karen Kitzpatrick
  4. Mark & Susan Lowers
  5. Tom & Mary Ann Oker
  6. Yancey Braeme & Amy Manley
  7. Cathy & Dan Alberson
  8. Pete & Kim Badami
  9. Ann Wardlow & Vicki Frey
  10. Dave & Gerry Mahaney
  11. Chuck and Maxine Shapiro
  12. Bill & Deb Wickum

The rally destination was a seafood buffet at Mount Dora’s historic Lakeside Inn. After lunch team Everglades Region enjoyed exploring Mount Dora’s antique shops and ice cream parlors or took a boat ride on the lake. We had some free time in the afternoon for golf, shopping or more driving. Some chose to re-visit spots along the rally where they wished to spend more time.

An outdoor cocktail hour at Legends, the Mission Inn’s Country Club, kicked off Saturday night. This was followed by dinner and hilarious entertainment by our old friend Jimmy (Liar) Keys. The multi-talented Jimmy Keys sings, plays the piano and does dead-on accurate impersonations of celebrities and musicians combined with stand-up comedy. Our crowd was rapt at his performance, during which he brought members including Ed Brust, Kim Badami and Jenny Branston up to the stage for some love. After the dinner party Jimmy Keys went along with some late-night rabble-rousers back to the hotel bar while others turned in, closing out the 2019 Weekend of the Year with hotel check-out on Sunday.

Thank you to our friends at Adam’s Polishes for helping us all “stay shiny” during the weekend with a full-sized bottle of detail spray and a microfiber towel. Visit https://adamspolishes.com/ for more detail spray when you need it!

Special thanks to Jenny Branston, the Everglades Region PCA Rally Chair and Chris Branston, Past President, for all of their time and effort putting this fantastic weekend together for us. Bravo! Don’t miss the 2020 Weekend of the Year. Planning is already underway and we’ll keep you posted…

Please submit any additional WOTY photos you have to egrpcaphotos@gmail.com so we can add them to our photo albums!

1,000th Member Joins Everglades Region PCA!

1,000th Member Joins Everglades Region PCA!

Everglades Region has enjoyed significant growth over the past 5 years, in all categories of primary, affiliate and co-members. March 18, 2019 marked an especially important date for us when Kevin Campanella joined PCA and became our 1,000th member. 

The Campanella family lives in Naples, where Kevin owns “The Barber Parlor” on Immokalee Road. We reached out to Kevin to learn more about his love for cars, driving and Porsche:

EGR: Congratulations on becoming the 1000th member of Everglades Region. How did your passion for Porsche begin?
Kevin: It started with this poster of a flying 911, hanging on my bedroom wall.

EGR: Was Porsche your first sports car?                                                                                          Kevin: Actually no, I have been a BMW owner for years. In fact, it was a driving instructor at Sebring who first told me about the benefits of becoming a PCA member.

EGR: What was your first Porsche?
Kevin: It was a 2005 Boxster S that I purchased pre-owned here in Florida. It’s for sale right now, so let me know if anyone is interested!
EGR: So you must have bought a second one?
Kevin: Yes I did, it’s a 2008 – 911 Carrera S, also purchased here in Florida.

EGR: It’s a beautiful car Kevin, do you take care of the maintenance and service yourself?   Kevin: I do routine maintenance in my home garage, as well as accessory upgrades.

EGR: What would be the perfect day with your Porsche?                                                              Kevin: I would get up early on a Saturday morning and drive to Sebring or Palm Beach International Raceway for a day on the track. Probably take along my drone to capture some aerial footage of the cars. Photography is another favorite hobby.

EGR: Does your family share your passion for Porsche?
Kevin: Our 6 year old son is showing some interest, along with basketball!
In recognition of this milestone, Kevin will be presented with an Everglades Region jacket at an upcoming event. Congratulations Kevin, we are thrilled to have you join us!

Feeling Lucky: EGR PCA Celebrates St. Patty’s Day

Feeling Lucky: EGR PCA Celebrates St. Patty’s Day

Irish eyes were smiling on March 17 at the St. Patty’s Day celebration for the Everglades Region Porsche Club.  The Carrigans, O’Grady’s, and Mahaneys joined fellow club members – and we were all Irish that day!  It was a beautiful warm winter day along the breezy Caloosahatchee River, and we began our day with green mimosas, Irish scones and great conversation.

After the Oktoberfest theme party, the Wassersugs followed up with a St. Patty’s day theme meet-up and tour of the Edison Ford Estates.  Following the tour, 36 club members drove their 20 Porsches down palm lined McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers – the City of Palms – for an al fresco lunch at Cristoff’s. 

The guided tour at the Edison Ford Winter Estates was a “way back” walk through the Edison Lab from the early 1900’s, the Ford Museum, the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry, and getting up close and personal with some original Model A and T cars and pick-up trucks.

Edison’s museum was a testament to his brilliance. As car enthusiasts, we enjoyed learning about the collaboration of Ford, Firestone, Lindbergh, and Edison right here in the Fort Myers Estate as they envisioned and created early car manufacturing and the various spin-offs leading to the vehicles of today.  Clearly, these original vehicles were not made for speed, but as we walked along the pathways visited by world leaders and famous inventors and celebrities, we all appreciated the genius of these folks over 100 years ago.    Our members commented, “I had no idea that this treasured estate was in Ft Myers and that Edison and his friends were responsible for so many of the things we use today, and how they were discovered.”

Mina and Thomas Edison were dedicated botanists and were responsible for the outstanding gardens and worldwide vegetation; flowers, trees, and exotic plantings throughout the estate.  The collection is about 100 years old and many were planted to fill a need for materials to be used in car tires.  We marveled at the second largest Banyan Tree in North America.

Following the tour, the road rally set off for Christoff’s restaurant where we dined outside on the shady patio reserved for our club.  Food was outstanding, we celebrated with additional libations, and enjoyed a rousing concert from our EGRPCA “ladies glee club” with a rendition of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”  We dressed in our best greens throughout the day, donned our St Patty’s wristbands, tattoos and beads, and awarded Karen Wiss a prize for the best St Patty’s dressed lassie.  We loved meeting some first timers to our club activities (welcome to the Kuneks and Pietruszkos), loved seeing old friends and sharing stories, and of course enjoying our beautiful cars.

Visit the photo gallery below. Additional photos can be shared by emailing them to EGRPCAphotos@gmail.com.

Porsches Shine at the 2019 B.I.G. Car Show in Cape Coral

Porsches Shine at the 2019 B.I.G. Car Show in Cape Coral

On Sunday March 3, 2019 Everglades Region PCA members turned up either to show their cars or to spectate at the Seventh Annual British, Italian & German (B.I.G.) Car Show at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral.  Mike Andrade, our Concourse Chair, coordinated Everglades Region PCA participation in the show for both volunteers and those showing cars.

Located on the bank of the Caloosahatchee River with plenty of green space under shady pines and oaks, Jaycee Park was the perfect venue for this relaxed gathering of European cars and auto aficionados. The B.I.G. show was held from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, which allowed about 20 participants in the monthly Cars & Coffee at Fort Myers Porsche (held 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM the first Sunday of every month) to caravan over to Jaycee Park afterwards.

Over 100 cars participated in the show including sports and collector cars both vintage and modern. Although only 8 Porsches were entered, they represented the historical spectrum from vintage 356 to an air-cooled 911 to early water-cooled cars like the 968 and modern 911s. All 8 Porches were entered by PCA members. Six of the Porsches were Everglades Region PCA member cars. One entrant made the trip from the Suncoast Region and another was a North Country Region member from Maine who snowbirds in Cape Coral.  

The B.I.G. show is sponsored each year by the Triumph Club of Southwest Florida. Awards were presented by Stan Dale (pictured), President of the BMW Club, to the following Porsche winners:

Winner – Porsche Air Cooled Class

Bob Rode – Estero / Everglades Region PCA

Bob Rode’s 1963 – 356B Coupe






Winner – Porsche Water Cooled 1970-1995

Mike Grishman – Cape Coral / North Country Region PCA

Mike Grishman’s 1976 – 914






Winner – Porsche Water Cooled 1999 – Current

Rick Lumpp – Punta Gorda / Everglades Region PCA

Rick Lumpp’s 2014 – 911 Turbo S







Thank you to everyone who volunteered, entered their cars and just showed up to enjoy the day. Congratulations to the winners. More photos from the 2019 B.I.G. Car Show can be seen below:

Porsche Parade Tips

Porsche Parade Tips

Did you ever dream about a week long, Everglades Region event combining WOTY, Cars on 5th, Autocross, Amelia Island Concours, Cars & Cocktails and the Holiday Party? Then think about Porsche Parade 2019 in Boca Raton from July 21-27!

You have probably heard about it, maybe read about it or even completed Phase 1 Registration. But in case you are on the fence or apprehensive, here are a few pointers to help you through the process.

Phase 1 Registration is open now at www.porscheparade.org. During Phase 1, you only need to register the entrant. A co-entrant, children and other event guests can be added during Phase 2 registration. The only fee collected during Phase 1 is a $200 entrant registration fee which covers the entrant and one co-entrant only. Housing reservations are a separate fee from Parade Registration. Phase 2 will have additional fees for Banquets/Events.

When planning your trip, consider the event schedule. Most of the high-profile events are at the front of the week such as the Welcome Party, the Concours, TSD rally and Porsche Concours Banquet. Autocross and the Gimmick Rally are mid-week. Driving Tours (and these are extremely popular) are scheduled throughout the week.

All attendees are required to register if they plan on attending the 2019 Porsche Parade whether or not they attend for the day, multiple days or the entire week. There are no exceptions. Each registrant will be issued attendance credentials and each vehicle registered will have a number placed on their car. Without either, you will not be permitted to park or enter the official Porsche Parade areas.

When completing the registration information, an emergency contact name and telephone number must be completed on the form. The emergency contact must be someone other than those attending.

American Express, MasterCard or Visa in US funds are the only accepted methods of payment. Credit card payment addresses must match the address that is on file at pca.org or it will not be processed. For on-going communication, suggest you reconfirm the phone number and email address that is on file with at pca.org.

You will receive a confirmation email once your payment has successfully been processed to your email inbox. It will contain the Entrant Access Code and email link to reserve your housing along with an 800 number for Conference Direct if you encounter difficulty with your reservation.

The Porsche Parade committee has negotiated discounts rates for your hotel stay at the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Boca Raton Resort and Club. Information about rates and room options can be found at www.porscheparade.org. You are not required to stay at the hotel the entire week. You can make a hotel reservation for just the number of nights you’ll plan on staying. Although the resort is ground zero for many major events, participants are not required to stay at the resort.

If you’re staying at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, there is a fee of $5/day for self-parking. Valet parking is also available for $20/day. Yes, these fees are at a reduced rate as registered attendee of Parade!

All fees paid will be recorded and deposited at the time of registration. Parade registrations are not transferable. 100% of your registration fee will be refunded if your cancellation request is emailed prior to April 19, 2019 (11:59 pm EDT) to registrar@pcaparade.org. Otherwise there will be a 50% cancellation fee incurred. After Sunday, June 23rd (11:59 pm EDT) there are no refunds available.

Phase 2 Registration for specific events and banquets will open on Monday, April 15, 2019 (12 Noon EDT). There are additional costs associated with attending the various individual events that will take place during Parade week. The events and cost information will be available during Phase 2.

Volunteers are needed to assist in all aspects of the Parade during the week. You will have an opportunity to sign-up as volunteers during Phase 2 registration. They are usually 2 hour shifts. Official t-shirts are issued, as well as attendance at a special volunteer banquet as a “thank you” for your time. Check the official Parade site for a list of tasks to volunteer for.

Once we have a full understanding of Everglades Region participation, there will be opportunities to organize group drives across the peninsula and hook-up at Parade events in Boca.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me for assistance.

Tom Stuart – Everglades Region / 2019 Porsche Parade Liaison

Mexican Treasure Hunt & Cryptic Clue Rally

Mexican Treasure Hunt & Cryptic Clue Rally

On February 24, 2019, 37 cars and 59 Everglades Region PCA members met up for a “muy bueno” day of driving and fun around Collier and Lee counties. The Mexican Treasure Hunt & Cryptic Clue Rally was organized by the club’s Rally Chair Jenny Branston and her husband, former President Chris Branston.

Participants convened at 9:00 AM at the Greenway parking lot in Naples off Goodlette-Frank Road for socializing and car admiration. At 9:30, the group hit the road to begin a 74-mile route through Golden Gate Estates and the farmlands of Collier County in Immokalee and Ave Maria. Clues were answered along the way at various odometer points and the co-pilots were also on the look-out for the locations of various photo subjects as well. There were a few breaks from clues to enjoy the scenic farmland, cow pastures and orange groves.

Upon completion of the Cryptic Clue and Photo portion, attendees were further tested by a scavenger hunt through historic downtown Bonita Springs and along the Imperial River. Areas covered by the hunt included Shangri La Springs, Everglades Wonder Gardens and the Riverside Park. This section of the challenge included taking photos of some specific items, purchasing $4 in gas and grocery items as well as answering additional cryptic questions about the surrounding area. Bonus points were given for bringing an item from Mexico.

The group gathered at Maria’s Restaurant on Old 41 in downtown Bonita for a delicious authentic Mexican buffet lunch. Prizes were distributed to the following top performers:

-Gordon Browne & Barbara Carnes
-Jeff & Margaret Thornton
-Tony & Jenny Reed and their daughter Presley
-Duffy and Lalita Cofer
-Tom Pitser & Lynn
-Pietre & Anya Pietruszko
-John & Kathy Westerman
-Art & Lois Stein
-Yancey & Amy Braeme
-Nick & Sue Nicholaus
-Larry & Suzanne Pickering
-Blanche & Rich LeCausi
-Charles & Josie Moir
-Patsy Zalokar & Bobby

A rousing good time was had by all… thank you to Maria’s for the wonderful food & service and thank you to Jenny & Chris Branston for organizing this fun outing for the Everglades Region PCA. Muchas Gracias!

Porsches on the Pasture: Cows and Chickens and Pigs, Oh My !

Porsches on the Pasture: Cows and Chickens and Pigs, Oh My!

On Sunday February 17, caravans of cars from our sponsor’s locations, Porsche Naples and Porsche Fort Myers, drove up to North Fort Myers and rolled up the long driveway at Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm. It was a beautiful blue-sky day for a drive and 92 attendees in 48 Porsches certainly turned some heads en route to the farm.

Everglades Region members and Porsche guests started their afternoon enjoying scenic vistas while sampling wine, champagne and craft beers as well as hibiscus and lavender-infused lemonade for the designated drivers.

Owner, Rosy O’Dell King and Chef Richard served a delicious array of farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres. The mouth-watering spread included farm-made cheeses, pork, beef, turkey, fresh vegetables, spring rolls, homemade ravioli and more. The tables on the farm’s shaded patio were laden and most guests enjoyed second and third helpings.

Porsche aficionados socialized and grooved to the delightful Alan Bradford Trio.  These talented musicians performed instrumental covers of current music with an uncanny ability to read the crowd. Their music provided the perfect soundtrack to the event and Everglades Region members are already asking to have them play again at future events.

The farm provided bucolic scenery with barns, tractors and plenty of requisite white fencing around the pastures. Attendees had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the livestock.  Alfalfa biscuits were available to hand-feed to the cows and burros and some guests enjoyed a game of fetch with Sandy, the farm’s resident pooch.

Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm is an excellent location to visit with family and friends for lunch or brunch. Situated on 100 acres in North Fort Myers, the farm is totally committed to raise the very best food; organically, holistically, sustainably and humanely, and as close to nature as possible. Visit http://www.rosy-tomorrows.com/ for more information.

Gee’s GoPro Video from Porsches on the Pasture

2019 5th Avenue Car Show Breaks Fundraising Record

2019 5th Avenue Car Show Breaks Fundraising Record
A letter from the Ferrari Club regarding Cars on 5th

Fellow car owners,

We wanted to thank you for your participation in Cars on 5th. We were able to raise more than $400,000 this year for St. Matthew’s House. A check will be presented to them in the name of all of the clubs that participated. We had 607 total cars, a new record. The peak crowd was reduced about 25%, which was the target set by the city. Most of the restaurants reported better sales than prior years and all of them report this as their best day of the year. The feedback from the owners has been universally positive about the crowd reduction. They reported that they were able to be more engaged with the car enthusiasts and were less worried about something happening to their cars. The VIP area was very well received. I received 5 complaints about the price being too high. I took the time to explain the need to change the price to each one. Three of them understood and supported our point of view. I did not hear from the other two. Considering 607 cars, 20-30,000 people, 100 vendors, 400+ volunteers, etc. this complaint level seems reasonable.

A few things we need to address:
The band at 3rd was great, but way too loud. The VIP area needs bigger tents and more bathrooms. We need more bathrooms near 3rd. The band at 3rd played later than they were supposed to and stepped on the exit instructions. Some car owners on the west end want to drive through to 8th. We are Ok with that.

We welcome all feedback.

We thank you again. They come to see the cars!

Best regards,
Tom O’Riordan
Naples Ferrari Club

via email: events@naplesferrariclub.com


Saturday Night Fever: A 70’s Night Out for EGR PCA

Saturday Night Fever: A 70’s Night Out for EGR PCA

Everglades Region PCA members recently relived memories of the 70’s at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Ft. Myers with the musical Saturday Night Fever, based on the movie. The announcement of our Porsche Club attending was made on stage before the January 26th performance and members gave a rousing cheer.

Marc Woontner, Bonnie Woontner and Patrice Roma

Twenty-seven members attended, including some new members across our region, and new friends were made. After a great dinner, we were entertained by the high energy electric performance of singers and dancers wearing their “Boogie Shoes” to tunes from the Bee Gees. The electric dance moves, accompanied by “Jive Talk”, and “How Deep is Your Love” brought back great memories for all attendees. We shared stories of how we danced at the discotheque and who we met. At the end of the performance, dancers and singers included a café caberet where many of our members not only stood clapping to the tunes, but some danced in the isles to “Night Fever” and “Stayin’ Alive”.

Jerry & Angela Marty, Bill & Kathy Ginnow, Val & Darlene Arnold

Each year our region has enjoyed theater performances at the Florida Rep and now the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. All tickets are usually sold out soon after an announcement is emailed. We hope to offer more theater events next year for EGR PCA members. If any other venues or performances are of interest to you in our region, just let us know well in advance of performance dates!

-Faith & Steve Wassersug, North Area Event Coordinators