Everglades Region PCA Board Openings

Everglades Region PCA Board Openings

The Everglades Region of the PCA is immediately seeking to fill 2 critical Board level positions, Webmaster and Social Chair. These are non-paid volunteer positions. 

Webmaster Job Description

 Position Summary:

 Maintain the club’s website with a goal to provide a top quality resource to members. 

Responsible To:

             The members of the club and Board of Directors

Responsibilities 

  • Edit web pages, post reports/agenda/minutes/files, create new links, post club and Porsche resource information as needed to keep web site current.
  • Respond to member questions and problems regarding web site.
  • Test and monitor website to ensure stability and functionality.
  • Communicate with the Board to make sure all information on the web site is current and accurate.
  • Update website as needed
  • Provide input to the Board on all matters for the development of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the club.
  • In consultation with the Board, approves or denies any requests to add links or other content to the website.
  • Conducts regular hands-on reviews of the website to identify and implement improvements.
  • Attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings to present Webmaster’s report.

Requirements:

  • Basic familiarity with WordPress software, HTML, websites, gmail email communications, Microsoft word. Possess good writing and communication skills.  The club/ PCA National web coordinator will provide basic training for this position to the qualified volunteer member.

Social Chair Responsibilities

  • Develop and organize social events that highlight the Everglades PCA organization. This might be a larger-scale overnight trip, party or a gathering that doubles as a fundraiser or simply an entertaining and light party-like event that promotes the fun side of the Everglades Club. As the social chair, you coordinate these events from start to finish.
  • Present and maintain the social calendar for the organization and post those events to the Region’s website. This includes events that you will attend in addition to events that you expect Everglades club members to attend.
  • Develop the social calendar and getting approval from the Board on the events you’ve planned and chosen.
  • Responsible for changes that occur as the year goes on, meaning you might need to add and delete events accordingly.
  • Coordinate all social activities with the club’s northern tier sub-committee members.
  • Arrangements for all club activities including dinner events or parties, special events, annual meeting or conferences, open houses, receptions or social mixers to attract new club members. Planning activities include developing the event’s program, including when and where to hold it and managing costs. May also schedule special fundraising events for the club or outside charitable organizations.
  • Provide leadership and direction to Board members and volunteers. In events that include performances, the event coordinator auditions professional performers, arranges their contracts and schedules when they perform.
  • Negotiates contracts with all types of vendors as needed for club events. On the day of the scheduled event he oversees site setup, vendor placement, performers, caterers and volunteers. Makes themselves available for the crises that inevitably arise.
  • Attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings to present Social Chair’s report.

Requirements:

Must have strong detailed planning and organization skills. Have an ability to communicate with people from differing backgrounds. Have had previous experience planning organizing and running large and small group gatherings. Working knowledge of gmail email communications, Microsoft word. Possess good writing and communication skills.

Those interested in applying for the positions listed above must respond no later than November 21, 2017.

Please contact the Club’s VP, Dave Noelken at, cdnoelken@comcast.net or by phone or 239-676-8899

Peter Schutz, Executive Who Saved a Signature Porsche, Dies at 87

 
Peter Schutz in an undated photo with a Porsche 356 Cabriolet. CreditSven Simon

FRANKFURT — Peter Schutz, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who became the only American to serve as chief executive of the German sports car maker Porsche, where he was credited with saving the company’s signature 911 model from oblivion, died on Oct. 29 in Naples, Fla. He was 87.

His wife, Sheila Harris-Schutz, said the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Schutz was a boy when he and his family fled Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II. He returned years later to lead a company whose founders had collaborated with Adolf Hitler. The man who hired Mr. Schutz for the job, Ferdinand Porsche Jr., better known as Ferry, had joined with his father in designing tanks for the German war machine. The elder man formed Porsche A.G. after the war, in 1948.

Among sports car connoisseurs, Mr. Schutz is best remembered for blocking plans in 1981 to end production of the 911 model, which remains the quintessential Porsche.

When Mr. Schutz took charge that year, the company, based in Stuttgart, had just suffered the first loss-making year in its history and was in crisis, largely because of slumping sales in the United States. The 911 had been plagued by quality problems, and its air-cooled motor, mounted in the rear, was considered anachronistic; most cars had water-cooled motors in the front. It was also tricky to drive because the heavy rear end gave it a tendency to spin out.

Sales were falling, and the Porsche board had already decided to kill the 911 in favor of other models, like the 928, which, with a motor in front, was easier to handle.

As Mr. Schutz told the story, about three weeks into his new job he noticed a chart on the office wall of Helmuth Bott, Porsche’s lead engineer, who was also unhappy about the 911’s impending demise. The graph plotted plans for the company’s models. The line for the 911 stopped in 1981.

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The 1982 Porsche 911, one of the company’s signature cars. Mr. Schutz, as chief executive, was credited with halting plans to retire it. CreditPorsche Cars North America

“I grabbed a marker off Professor Bott’s desk,” Mr. Schutz wrote in Road & Track, “and extended the 911 line across the page, onto the wall, and out the door. When I came back, Bott stood there, grinning.”

Under Mr. Schutz, Porsche modernized and expanded the 911 line and unveiled a convertible version in 1982. Later versions retained the model’s trademark rear-mounted engine — now water cooled — and sleek lines.

Peter Werner Schutz was born in Berlin on April 20, 1930, the son of Erna Brugger, a seamstress, and Leopold Schutz, a pediatrician. The family fled in 1939, going first to Cuba because the United States had limited the number of Jewish refugees it would accept. Restrictions were loosened after the war began, and the family eventually settled in Chicago.

After studying at the Illinois Institute of Technology in that city, Mr. Schutz worked as an engineer for the tractor maker Caterpillar and later at the engine manufacturer Cummins. In 1978, a corporate recruiter lured him back to Germany after discovering that he could speak German, Ms. Harris-Schutz said. German companies at the time wanted executives who could help them build sales in the United States.

Mr. Schutz worked initially as head of the engine division of Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz, an equipment manufacturer in Cologne now known simply as Deutz. Porsche hired him at the beginning of 1981 in the hope that he would be able to revive sales in America, the company’s most important market.

The Porsche and Piëch families, which owned Porsche, had a fraught history. Ferdinand Porsche Sr., a noted automotive engineer, designed the Volkswagen Beetle for Hitler with the help of his son and oversaw construction of the enormous factory in Wolfsburg that remains Volkswagen’s headquarters.

During the war, the factory produced rocket parts, antitank weapons and military vehicles using slave laborers, including Jews from Auschwitz who were overseen by S.S. guards. Ferdinand Sr. was held by the Allies after the war but never charged with any crimes.

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Mr. Schutz, center, in 1981 in Le Mans, France, with Ferdinand Porsche Jr., left, who hired Mr. Schutz to be chief executive of Porsche A.G. CreditPorsche Museum

After the war, Ferry Porsche used modified Volkswagen Beetle engines and chassis as the basis for the first Porsche sports cars, which evolved into the 911. (It was designed by a grandson of the founder, also named Ferdinand.)

Despite their association with the Nazis, the Porsche and Piëch families received Mr. Schutz warmly, Ms. Harris-Schutz said by telephone from Naples, adding that she and her husband had never felt hostility while living in Stuttgart.

Mr. Schutz was also credited with reviving the Porsche racing program. He told his engineers to pull a successful but aging 936 model from the company’s museum and fit it with a more modern engine. In 1982, Porsche won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

The company’s revenue more than tripled under Mr. Schutz. But it began to slump in the second half of the 1980s, leading his critics to complain that he was focusing excessively on the United States, which was heading toward recession. He left Porsche at the end of 1987.

After returning to the United States, Mr. Schutz and his wife started a consulting firm, and he became a sought-after speaker on management topics.

In addition to Ms. Harris-Schutz, he is survived by a brother, Rudolph; a daughter, Lori Schutz; two sons, Michael and Mitchel; and three grandchildren.

Even though his family had been persecuted by the Nazis, Mr. Schutz never bore a grudge toward the Porsches or toward Germans in general, Ms. Harris-Schutz said.

“For a kid who gets run out of the country then gets to run a prestigious company — that was a blessing,” she said. “That was the way he felt about it.”

NEW MEMBERS JOIN REGION

Please Join us in Welcoming the new members to our region:

John Chenciner – Naples, 2013 Boxster S

Emre Conklo – Naples, 2016 Cayman S cabriolet

Michael Davis – Naples, 2015 911 Carrera 4S

Marc Gonsalves – Port Charlotte, 2017 911 Carrera S cabriolet

Bobby Greenwell – Cape Coral, 2013 911 Carrera 4S

Douglas Martin – Fort Myers, 2013 911 Carrera S

Jerry Marty – Fort Myers, 2017 718 Boxster S

Andrew Twetan – Naples, 2012 Cayenne S

Jeff Winters – Punta Gorda – 2006 Cayenne S

Mark Pelak – Cape Coral

Alan Burton – Naples

Rob Curland – Fort Myers, 2017 Cayman S

John Dreith – Naples, 2017 911 Carrera 4S

Rudolph Faust – Sanibel, 2017 Cayman GT4

Chen Su – Naples, 1988 911 Carrera

Thomas Bulleit – Naples, 2017 911 Carrera S cabriolet & 2015 911 Carrera 4S

Gene Nau – Naples – 1988 928 S4

Jacqueline Neunzig – Fort Myers, 2003 Boxster

Kevin Ofenloch – Estero, 1998 Boxster

Larry Richardson – (transfer from St Louis), 2017 911 Carrera & 2014 911 Carrera

 

 

The Passing of Richard Newton

 

It is with great sadness that we report the death on June 19th of Richard Newton after a long illness.

Richard was a longstanding Club member who was President of the Volunteers at the Collier Museum and a well-known automobile journalist. Both Richard and his wife were enthusiastic supporters of our Club

Condolences go to his wife Elizabeth, who was Secretary of the Everglades Region
for some years. 

Annual Summer Party in Goodland Well Attended

Annual Summer Party in Goodland Well Attended

Sunday,  June 11th marked yet another successful outing for the Everglades Region. Thankfully the weather cooperated as Southwest Florida skies produced some stormy earlier in the day.

It was a wonderful sight to behold a stream of Porsches of all colors and types lining the narrow street and on the grass!


Parmesan Pete’s food truck put on a fine (and large portioned!) menu of Italian specialties.

The “Good Bad Kids “ band kept everyone’s toes tapping as some members played lawn games.


The day was very relaxed while everyone sat around chatting or admiring the cars.


A fine day in our fun summer calendar!

F1 Imports and Exotics kindly sponsored our event and we are very grateful for their generous support!

Video of Porsche 917 Fully Restored in 4 minutes 7 seconds

Canepa Porsche 917 Fully Restored in 4 minutes 7 seconds…

Enjoy the video

Behold one of the best combinations of aluminum, magnesium and titianium, ever. Canepa presents their restoration of the Porsche 180° flat-12 cylinder mechanical miracle that powered the legendary 917s. One of the greatest racing engines of all time restored in four minutes and seven seconds.

 

Welcome Our Latest Members

 

Steven Hinkle, Naples. Steven drives a 2014 911 in Blue

William Perry, Fort Myers. William drives a 2014 911 Carrera S in Guards Red

Alexander Stanowsky, Cape Coral. Alexander drives a 1991Carrera in White

Deanna Kniola, Naples. Deanna drives a 1999 911 Carrera Cabriolet in White

William Peterson, Marco island. William drives a 2017 Macan GTS in Red

Jeff Thornton, Punta Gorda. Jeff drives a 2011 911 Carrera 4S in Silver

Joe Wright, Cape Coral. Joe drives a 2015 GT-3 in Blue

 

 

Members Enjoy Brand New Events in April

 

EVERGLADES REGION MEMBERS ENJOY 2 NEW EVENTS IN APRIL

Cars and Cocktails at AutoQuest

Everglades Region members enjoyed two new events in April and you can check out all the photos CLICK HERE .

AutoQuest hosted Porsches & Pizza at their Fort Myers facility on April 12th. Although the winds were brisk outside, the atmosphere was festive inside.
Our hosts, Gavin & Amy Riches, tested Everglades Region members on their Porsche knowledge, awarding prizes to the winners.
Two lucky winners took home Sebring track experiences. For photos, go to Gallery and click on the Social Events Gallery tab.

Porsche of Naples/Fort Myers Sponsors Karting Outing at Anderson Race Park

Porsche of Naples & Porsche of Fort Myers sponsored an open lapping karting event on April 23rd at Andersen Race Park in Palmetto, Florida.
28 drivers took on the challenging Andersen course which is home base for the Mazda Road to Indy program. Drivers were competing for fast lap time in each of their 10 minute track sessions.
Marc Cauchy was quickest overall with a time of 46.39 seconds.
For Driver Education photos, CLICK HERE .

President of the Region, Chris Branston, Letter to the Membership

 

President’s Letter 2017

Dear Everglades Region Members,

2017 has started with big turn outs for all our events! We need to look, however, at our achievements during 2016. We had an active season of rallies – the October one to Boca Grande had the largest number yet – 97 Porsche people! Our events are varied from supporting sports, theater, charity cycle events, and several social dinners, culminating at the end of the year with the Holiday Party which attracted a record turnout at Longshore Lake’s Clubhouse – where we were treated to an excellent dinner and performance by the evening’s entertainer.

Perhaps more exciting, however, was our program of autocross and driving events. This went from strength to strength last year – thanks to the efforts of Tom Kring and David Noelken. Thanks again are due to the sponsorship the Club has received from Porsche Naples and Porsche Fort Myers who supported all of the autocross events.

Looking forward to this year we have a great social calendar planned and with a strong Board we are moving ahead in lots of ways. For example the Club’s website has been greatly enhanced – and I urge you to check it from time to time in order to keep up with our exciting program of events. I can only emphasize, however, that a club is only as good as its members – and the more those members contribute to it, the better the club will be- my thanks to you for turning out and supporting all our events in greater numbers than ever before!

Our plans for the Weekend Of The Year (W.O.T.Y 28th April- 30th April ) are well in place at the Inn on the Lakes in Sebring and already 54 members have booked and paid their deposits for the event – it should be a weekend to remember! Sebring is in an interesting part of Florida and if your only experience has been through racing give this weekend a look as we explore the wider area around Sebring !
A rally is already being planned and potluck dinners have been fixed for most months plus a summer party on Sunday June 11th in Goodland!

Big Announcement!


This year is Everglades Region 20th birthday (20 years since the grant of our charter from PCA) and we plan to celebrate it big time on Friday November 3rd/ Saturday 4th November at Immokalee Casino with a wonderful program. Please mark your calendars and watch for more details soon. The board is working hard to bring you exciting events and look forward to your support!

So please use your cars – and continue to enjoy – “Driving in its purest form.”

See you at the next event –

Chris Branston President – Everglades Region – PCA