Welcome to the first President’s Letter of 2018. I’m happy to report, things are smoothing out, thanks to members stepping up to answer the call to serve. We CIR members have relied on teamwork like this throughout our years together. Brian, my husband, put it this way last weekend: ‘Relax. You’re sailing into calmer waters now.’ I’m embracing that!
The election held in November took care of electing the President to replace Bruce Fleischmann; Rob Fike was elected as VP; Bobby Prostko, first-time board member, replaced Bryan Fleischmann as Secretary; and Randy Faunce, also first-time board member, replaced Bob Snider as Membership Chair. The Newsletter Editor, Activities Chair, and Treasurer’s positions came available in the early months of 2018: Sima, newsletter editor, resigned in January due to a hectic 2018 work and travel schedule; his remarkable skill at finessing the keyboard, and his willingness to chip in at the Putnam track and host social and driving events, will be missed. Due to on-going health challenges, Cindy and Dave McDaniel made a joint decision that lead to her resigning her position as Activities Chair January 2. We counted on her ready smile as she and husband, Dave, hosted 1st Saturday Breakfasts; hats off to her, too, for the perseverance and hard work that she put into planning and executing the Annual Dinner. Finally, Ryan Fuhrmann, Treasurer, informed me that owning and operating his own capital firm, along with family responsibilities, had to preclude continuing as CIR’s Treasurer this year past May 1.
Jim Legault, former newsletter editor, has agreed to step up and fill Sima’s spot; his first issue as editor of the CIRcular will be April 1. Jim, and wife, Laura, produced the newsletter in 2013-2015. Sima and Jim are working together on the transition, though Jim, knowing exactly what’s involved, promises to make it a smooth one. As to Activities Chair, Karin Scarbrough, wife of long-time member and officer-holder, Jim Scarbrough, has taken over Cindy’s responsibilities as a first-time board member. The Treasurer’s position will be taken over in May by long-time CIR member, Owen (Rusty) Pruden. He will assume Ryan’s duties in May. We hope to see the Scipios, McDaniels, Ryan Fuhrmann, and the Fleischmanns at activities in 2018. This winter’s staying power will abate, the gray clouds will part, and the sun will break through on another fun and event-packed year! Please, visit www.cirpca.org and our new website now in place. See what the calendar already holds in store! Keep referring back; as the calendar changes often as events are added.
All members are welcome to attend the board meetings held the first Wednesday of the month at One America Tower’s Skyline Club. Both CIR and PCA share the expectation that a gradual build-up of responsibility could lead to accepting office. If you have board aspirations, a good way to start is by attending board meetings and hosting events to increase not only your knowledge of the club, but important networking with members. Contact any board member with your desire to join us at a monthly business meeting (see Contact Us on the cirpca.org website). I know that I speak for the entire board in assuring you that we intend to continue the tradition of light-hearted comradery we’ve been blessed to enjoy together – with our love and appreciation of the Porsche marque, as always, front and center!
Rebecca Pinto President
Central Indiana Region Porsche Club of America