Porsche Parade Delivers Gifts to Golisano Children’s Hospital
WINK-TV News Spends Time at Cars ‘N Coffee in Fort Myers
WINK-TV spent 3 hours at the December’s Cars ‘n Coffee event. Our own Dave Noelken was interviewed live during the 3 hour news program. The Everglades Porsche Club and Porsche of Fort Myers were featured on the program.
In addition to Dave, several of our other members were also interviewed live including Gladwyn Lopez (Gee), Mike Garro and Norm Lipack.
Well over 100 cars were in attendance filling the parking lot to capacity. The Coasting Donuts food truck was on hand as they are at every Cars ‘n Coffee serving up their famous donuts baked on site and their delicious coffee. The next Cars “n Coffee will be held on Sunday January 7, 2018.
Cars ‘n Coffee takes place every 1st Sunday of each month year-round at Porsche of Fort Meyers from 8:00 am-10:00 am.
Get there early!
Click on the link below to get a glimpse of what all the fuss was about!
Holiday Parade Ride To Golisano Children’s Hospital
Everglades Region PCA is pleased to announce the…
Police Escorted “Porsche Parade to Golisano Children’s Hospital”
on Thursday, December 14th.
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, part of the Lee Health System is a state-of-the-art, family centered, full-service children’s hospital. It is a stand alone facility on the HealthPark Medical Center campus, dedicated to the unique health care needs of children. We are fortunate to own, drive and enjoy our Porsche cars …….. this is an opportunity to give back to the greater community during the holiday season.
For more information about Golisano Children’s hospital click on the link below:
Our Ride Mission
Golisano has a Pedriatic Cancer unit, dedicated to helping children fight the many forms of this dangerous disease. 50 kids, ranging from infants to teens, are currently in the Galisano cancer unit. Our mission is to deliver an extra holiday gift to each and everyone of these kids. And for those kids well enough to come outside the hospital, share our passion for Porsche and the cars we drive.
Our Ride Plan
Participating Everglades Region members and Porsche drivers will meet at Autoquest (14498 S Tamiami Trail) in Fort Myers on Thursday morning, December 14th at 9:00am.
When all the cars have assembled, we will caravan to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers to deliver holiday cargo and spend time with the kids. From Golisano, we will caravan to lunch.
There is no registration form or entry fee to participate. Your only expenses will be the cost of a gift and your lunch if you choose to stay on.
The Everglades Region Porsche Club would like to thank our members
Members Hit the Jackpot at 20th Anniversary Celebration
Everglades Region members celebrated the 20th anniversary of our PCA charter with a 2-day, gala celebration at the Seminole Casino & Hotel in Immokalee, Florida.
More than 70 members participated in the event, starting with a cocktail reception in the casino Events Center, followed by a wonderful buffet dinner.
The highlight of the weekend was our pair of quest speakers; Brian Redman and Bob Garretson. Brian and Bob captivated the audience with stories of racing in an era when safety took a back seat to speed, performance and winning!
Saturday morning featured the Peoples Choice car show with 20 member cars competing for top honors.
While members inspected the cars, they were entertained by “The Good Bad Kids”, club band from Naples and were treated to Mimosas and Bloody Marys from the outdoor casino featured bar.
Special thanks to Seminole Casino & Hotel in Immokalee for hosting us and providing major sponsorship to the event. We also want to recognize La Colmar Bakery & Bistro (Naples) and The Club at Olde Cyprus (Naples) for their generous support.
“Dueling Porsches” Autocross at Buckingham
Online registration and payment is required, click on link to register:
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
Maintain the club’s website with a goal to provide a top quality resource to members.
The members of the club and Board of Directors
- 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.
- 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.
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, email@example.com or by phone or 239-676-8899
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.
“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.
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.”
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
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.