Sonne Porsche
Newsletter January 2005

Great Expectations for 2005!
By Ambro Ilagan, PCA-Hawai‘i President

In the spirit of the recent holidays, we hope that the joy and peace of the season remain with you and your respective families thoughout the coming year. I would like to send a big Mahalo to John and Joni Arafiles in appreciation for their dedication and leadership in 2004. It was an especially historic year, as it marked our 45th Anniversary in the islands. As we look back at all the events of 2004, we will surely appreciate and cherish them with special memories of a great year. I am indeed privileged to serve as the President of PCA-HI in 2005, the 46th year of the Hawai‘i Region.

I want to congratulate the other officers who will be joining me in providing yet another exciting year of festivities to our membership. I especially want to congratulate the new officers, Chip Hughes - this year’s Vice President who will also maintain his chores as Newsletter Editor and PCA-HI Region Website Liaison, John Gschwend ? Secretary, and Scott Schulte - Safety Chairman. Their active participation, technical expertise, and years of allegiance to the care and feeding of Porsches and PCA-HI Region makethem all highly qualified to serve you in these capacities. And, of course, the incomparable Richard Lau, Craig Wood, and Ray Frietas will continue on in their respective jobs as Treasurer, Membership Chairman, and Newsletter Graphics Editor. As the year of the Rooster unfolds, we intend to bring you more innovation excitement with all our club events.

We encourage your participation in these events and in the bi-monthly membership meetings. Your specific input into the discussions that dictate the direction of the club will serve to improve our club as a whole. Our great team of officers intend to keep you on the edge of your seats with new ideas that will change our events to make them more interesting, more challenging and, therefore, more enjoyable. For example, John Gschwend will be coordinating a rally-type event, which will require not only your driving skills, but also your tactical and strategic problem-solving skills in meeting the requirements of the course. Darryl Lee from Porsche of Hawaii promises to"WOW" us with a Tech Session that will get us thinking about upgrading, and Sun and Scott Schulte will bring about that October Fest event that slipped our grasp last year. These are only a few of the exciting changes that we plan this year. Even other events such as the Sweetheart Run, Food Bank Drive, Toy for Tots, and Xmas Party will have twists that will be make them very different from the traditions of past years.

Remember, the club exists solely for benefit of its members and we’re asking for your increased involvement in this year’s slate of events. We promise you a great year! So, come out and enjoy a new experience with the New Year. Again, I appreciate the opportunity to lead the club and share in our successes in the coming year. Let’s start together with our first event of the year, the Sweetheart Run to the North Shore on the 13th of February.