This year’s Annual Dinner was a delightful treat.  The venue at the Reed Carseum in Modesto was very welcoming and was set up very nicely! The car displays were impressive with a very nice, red soft top Targa SC, flanked by a blue Pantera and a black Ferrari! All sorts of other yummy cars were there to help with the backdrop. And unlike many other auto museums, a number of the cars were “open” to sit in (not the Pantera, sorry!)

John Reed kicked off the evening with an introduction to the museum, how his father started it and how the family continues to expand the holdings. He relived how they came to buy the Porsche and how it was one of the family’s favorites (yea, I bet that Ferrari was the family favorite when some “other” car club visited the museum! The final count of attendees was 58 members, including some “new” members. Ted Fisher, a transfer in member and long time friend of the Pierces, drove in from north of Sacramento!The evening started with a social hour, beer and wine (thank you Brian!) and hours d’Oeuvres, giving everyone time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Just to spur memories, a “slide show” of all our events from 2019 played on a HD TV. Dinner was a three course meal with salad, a very tasty beef and poultry plate and desert.

After dinner, Brian started the “business” part of the meeting, with a power-point presentation — just enough to keep things on track. Of course, he welcomed everyone and gave a brief glimpse of the health of the region (more on this later). Brian introduced the board with particular attention to the “new” board members: Dave Boyd (VP), Larry Ingleman (Treasurer), Anthony Vierra (Membership). Of note was the growth of the region — now with over 250 overall members (over 150 “primary” members) and, interestingly, 7 “Junior” members — a nice demographic to highlight for future growth! Brain then moved to announcing the “Member of the Year” award. This year, the region had the honor to recognize the incredible contribution of BOTH Chuck and Jennifer Pierce. The impact that Chuck and Jennifer had on energizing, expanding and making the activities FUN cannot be overstated. If you missed this event, we are sorry (for you) as everyone had a grand time. Below is evidence of the good times: