President's Message
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Vern Rogers
I hope that you all had a great holiday season and wish
each and every one of you a very Happy New Year!
As with 2022, we have a calendar filling with activities. Just like last year, filling does not mean filled. If you have an idea for a drive or other event please contact a board member and we will work with you to make it happen. We continue to work hard at supporting our members in the pursuit of new and unique activities. The Ironstone/Murphy’s weekend
and the Flying Lizard tour at Sonoma Raceway are only two examples.
Please take a look at upcoming events on our website to get a preview of what we already have scheduled for the first few months of 2023.
I enthusiastically encourage both long time and new members to come out to a Brunch Run, Tech Session, Autocross, Wine Tour, Non-Driving Social or other event. We are a very friendly and welcoming group. Whether you are new or not, if you would like to get more involved there are several ways to make that happen. There are little ways to
assist, like handing out route maps at driver's meetings, helping get folks into their run group, assuring that waivers get signed, or writing a newsletter article for an activity you have attended. Many hands do make light work. As President I am always looking for ways to lighten the work and increase the fun. All Board members, committee members, and event staff are volunteers. The more fun we can have while serving our members
the better our experience, and the better yours.
I would like to start this year, as I have each Presidential term, in a spirit of thanks
and acknowledgement. The contributions of all Board and Committee members
are an integral part of the Region's success. THANK YOU ALL!!!

Let me end with the same words I used in way back in January of 2013 -- Great People, Great Cars, Great Fun... Come out and share these with us! I am looking forward to seeing and talking to each and every one of you this year.  I said the same last time I
was President. Those of you who participated back then know I did just that. I had a
great time doing so. This club is its people and I very much enjoy you all!
Down the road,
Upcoming Events
Sharon Neidel

Happy New Year!
It is shaping up to be a great 2023 for Redwood Region.
The tentative calendar is now posted on the website,
and we have something for everyone.

A couple of Auto X's, Concours, 3 Rallies, 2 Tech Sessions,
7 Tours and 5 Social Events.  There are still dates available.
If you have an idea, we would love to hear from you.
The next event is the Tour and Crab Feed on February 18th.
Our CRAB Co-Chairs Rona Stefani and Kurt Fisher are putting together
a great event. Watch the website for details and a registration link.
I want to have a message for you each month and to start the year I want you to get
your Affiliate or Family member involved. They are members too. Make sure we have
an e-mail address so they receive a copy of the der Riesenbaum and calendar updates
so, you don’t miss any of the amazing activities we have planned. Remember to check your PCA Membership and make sure everything is complete so you both have
access the all the benefits of PCA.  If you need a contact, you can send it to me
Hope to see you all out and enjoying an event in 2023.
Holiday Party Festivities
Ben Davoren
Past President

My favorite non-driving event of each year is our annual Holiday Party. For 2022, outgoing Vice President Rick Duste performed the hardest job of his role (finding a venue for this bash that meets our club’s needs and budget) with aplomb! The Petaluma-based Rooster Run Golf Club had a perfectly-sized private room for us with ample space for both schmoozing and dancing. Check-in elves Linda Duste and Eileen Gaines made it a breeze for the staff to get our 50 attendees their proper dinners, and with the club covering the corkage, many members shared a wide variety of bottles of their favorite sparkling, white, and red wines.

The spirit of sharing extended well beyond glasses of great wine. Jeff Hall had coordinated a donation drive for Toys for Tots this year and we ended up donating at
least 100 new toys on our first try, in addition to a check for $500. Immediate Past President Chip Witt presented our primary charity, Sonoma CASA, with a check for $3000 which their President Jill Joseph happily accepted. Donations to Paws for Purple Hearts and the Redwood Empire Food Bank rounded out our season of giving this year.
After dinner, Void Where Prohibited rocked the house yet again, and it seemed to me
that everybody got on the dance floor at least once, another marker of party success. During their break, our incoming 2023 officers were introduced and I turned over the Redwood Region Presidential scepter (complete with a 911 Carrera at the business end) to Vern Rogers. New First Lady Sharon Castle Rogers accepted the Stuttgart Tiara from Lisa Davoren to complete the transition.

A good crowd shut the place down and the weather cooperated nicely so that we all had dry trips back home. Put this party on your list for next year. Incoming VP Sharon Neidel has a tough act to follow but will undoubtedly deliver!
Brisket Round Trip: The One One Fun Run
Ben Davoren
Past President
Tucked in between significant rainstorms at the turn of the calendar, New Year’s Day was a glorious shot of sunshine in the Redwood Region.
What a perfect day to go for a 74-mile backroads drive with 29 best friends in their Porsches! President Vern Rogers put together a great tour beginning and ending at
the famous Hamburger Ranch in Cloverdale, scene of many of our
“One One Fun Runs” since they are open on New Year's Day and serve classic BBQ.
After a chilly Drivers Safety Meeting, two groups of 15 happy cars headed west on Highway 128 towards Boonville. The road was in great shape without any of the expected mudslides or downed trees that had been in the news in other parts of the Bay Area.
The incredible green of new growth grass combined with clear blue skies made for a gorgeous route. Joe Burroughs provided sweep duties for Group 1, and we kept a tight line into Ukiah and then back down south on Old River Road before touching 101 South
to the Hamburger Ranch.
Group 2, led by David Bunch and swept by Essy Fariab, came into the Ranch with big smiles signifying that they, too, had enjoyed this brand-new tour route. Once inside, the restaurant staff took great care of our (maybe slightly boisterous) group, and absolutely
no one left hungry.
New Year’s Day is already highlighted on your calendar for next year; make a little
note to yourself now to come and join us on another low-traffic, great road, fantastic camaraderie adventure!
In the Zone
Brian Adkins
Zone 7 Rep

Hello Zone 7, I’m Brian Adkins. Your new zone representative.
I've been a Diablo Region member since 2009, have served on the Diablo Region Board as Member at Large, served as Vice President, Past Social Media Chair and most recently President (2019 - 2022).
I was born into the Porsche and PCA world and coming home from the hospital in a suitcase on the back seat of a ‘58 356 was just the start of this journey. My father joined PCA in November of 1956. Dad started and grew many PCA Regions. A prize possession of mine is the Concours trophy Dad won when I was 6 months old. He discovered diapers are great detailer tools, so I got the trophy.

My first Porsche was a 75 911 2.7 wide body. It was a bit of a “Frankenstein” with no OEM VIN number. I learned a lot, to say the least. A Cayman became the fun car and track car where instructor credentials were earned. Toss in some other cool cars along the way, and it was all a unique experience, The current stable is now 2 ½ Porsches; a 996 that started as a bit of a project is my current daily driver. My wife is a true supporter of my passion and just happens to have found a Macan in the driveway with her name on it. (She says I can borrow it). The ½ is a 1998 Porsche Bike FS. These are in the company of motorcycles and even a Russian motorcycle sidecar that my dog just loves.
With much encouragement and guidance from Collin, I have stepped into the position and hope to fill those shoes well. Collin, thank you for your past years of service as a zone rep. And in the recent past all of your help, information and insight on the role of learning how to best serve zone 7 Regions and members to the best of my abilities.
I look forward to working with all 10 of our zone’s presidents, their teams, and getting to know them and each and every one of you, learning all the different stories of who we are, what brings us here, what our passions are with a common ground of the brand and maximizing that experience with everything that PCA has to offer.
2023 looks to be shaping up to a full schedule of things to do. I see updates already from PCA West Coast Race Series, Zone 7 Autocross, Zone 7 Concours, Werks & Car Week, Rennsport Reunion, Parade in our backyard (Palm Springs) & MORE.

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Stacy O'Connell
AX Chair

The 2022 Zone Autocross season is behind us and the final results are posted. Congrats to everyone who participated:

The 2023 Zone 7 Autocross Series schedule is coming together, and Redwood is hosting two events again this year with sister region SVR @ Thunderhill: Sunday, April 30 and Sunday, September, September 17. You don't need to compete in the Zone series to come to a Zone event -- anyone is welcome and driving instruction is always available! 

We're also reaching out to past partners hoping to secure a Redwood event at Sonoma Raceway this year and will share any news as it becomes available.

2023 Zone 7 Autocross Series dates & locations:

  • LPR March 25 at Crows Landing
  • GGR March 26 at Crows Landing
  • SVR April 29 at Thunderhill
  • RED April 30 at Thunderhill
  • SEQ May 13 at Madera Airport
  • SVR September 16 at Thunderhill
  • RED September 17 at Thunderhill
  • GGR & LPR October: TBA

Don't forget that you can always visit the Zone 7 AX page for the latest information
on dates, venues and year-to-date results.

I hope to see you at an upcoming autocross! If you have any questions,
feel free to drop me an email.
Charitable Donations for 2022
Chip Witt
Past President

One of the many joys of the role of sitting Past President is interfacing with our club’s charities.
This year I was honored to represent the Redwood Region in the presentation of a check to Jill Joseph from CASA of Sonoma County at our Holiday Party on December 10, 2022.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and our many dedicated volunteers we thank you for joining us as we give hope to young victims of the horrible reality of child abuse.”

Heloisa Heinen
CASA Executive Director

On December 19, 2022, I was also
able to hand-deliver a check to
Shana Davis (right in photo), Lisa Cannon (left in photo), and Nicole Lorange (photo credit) of the
Redwood Empire Food Bank
at their Santa Rosa facility.
Shana was even able to take the opportunity of my visit to sit in “Sasha” for a quick photo op.

Shana was even able to take the opportunity of my visit to sit in “Sasha” for a quick photo op.

My final visit on December 19th was to our friends at Paws for Purple Hearts. There I was able to hand-deliver a check from the club to Claire Richardson and George, their official four-legged public liaison, at their Penngrove Headquarters.

George (on the left in photo) was a trooper, and extremely photogenic!
As these visits and this recounting of them mark the final chapter of my
eight years on the Executive Council of the Redwood Region PCA Board,
I wanted to use the opportunity to thank you all for allowing me to serve.
It has been a distinct privilege and pleasure to represent our club nationally
and within our own community for almost a decade, and I appreciate each
and every one of you.

May 2023 bring us all smooth roads, more throttle, and less brake.
Be well, and Happy New Year!

Chip Witt
Remembering Bob Schoenherr
  • David Bunch

  • Redwood Region lost one of our finest members in September. Bob, 69, of Kelseyville, passed away suddenly September 12, 2022.
  • Yes, Bob passed away on 912. In fact, Bob and Anita took “Queenie” the 912 that they owned for a long drive earlier that day.
  • Bob was born in 1953 and raised in Riverdale, North Dakota before the family moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico for high school and then on to “New Mexico State University”. Bob earned his master’s at
  • Cal State Long Beach. Bob first worked
  • in Southern California and then made
  • his way to Northern California.
Bob’s love for adventures on
foot, clipped into bicycle pedals, or via boat, car, train and plane always led him to new adventures documented by
his camera.
Bob's spent 30+ years of teaching and coaching grades
4 through university, in Lake County. Bob taught at Konocti Unified, Middletown Unified
and Yuba College.
The 15 years before retirement, Bob spent as a developer for Cisco’s Networking
Academy, a program that has educated over 4 million students worldwide on the
use of Information Technology careers. 
Bob joined Redwood Region of PCA in 2006 and was extremely active in Autocross and Concours with his Porsches with Anita always by his side. Bob served the club as “Membership Director”, “Autocross Chief Instructor” and “Autocross Director”. With anything with which Bob was involved, he gave of himself wholly, both as an instructor
for the events, and an avid participate. If you autocrossed with Redwood any time since
about 2010, you more than likely competed on an AX course that Bob designed.
In 2010 Bob was awarded the Zone 7 “Dick Cottrell Spirit of the Concours Award” and
the Zone 7 "Concours Rookie of the Year'.
At the 2011 ZONE 7 Awards Luncheon,
Bob & Anita were the big winners.
They took home 1st in Bob's Class for both Autocross & Concours, the big trophy was for having the "Highest Point Total" for Concours and they were Co-winners for the "Zone 7 Enthusiast of the Year" Award. Pictured with Sharon Neidel, the Zone 7 Rep.
At the “Legends of the Autobahn” event
in 2013, in Carmel Valley, Bob won the “914” Class but also won Porsche’s
“Best of Marque” with the 1971 914,
Bob had purchased from Redwood’s
John Fitzgerald.
Bob led many Redwood driving tours of wineries in Lake County and the
“Whale to Whale Tail” tours out to the
Point Arena Lighthouse.
Bob was involved in many other organizations, always giving of his time and experiences, including “Konocti Bay Sailing Club”, “Forest Fire Lookout Association”, “Audubon National”, “Redbud Chapter”, “Lake County Land Trust”, “Clear Lake State Park” and President of the Board of Clear Lake State Park Interpretive Association.
When not volunteering and involved in a project outdoors, he could be seen kayaking, boating or hiking the trails, camera always in hand.
He was an avid bicyclist, riding the roads of
Lake County as well as participating in multiple biking events throughout several states.
In fact, Bob was training for another multi-day
bike event in a couple of weeks.

As active as he was, he was never too busy to
lend a helping hand or be included in projects
that needed to be accomplished.
On November 19th, many of us gathered
at Bob’s “Celebration of Life”, at Bell
Haven Flower Farm and Resort, in Kelseyville. Besides members of Redwood, there was also members from GGR, SVR and Diablo regions. Vern Rogers spoke on behalf of the club, remising about his experiences with Bob.

Something needed doing,
Bob was your man.
Board Meeting Minutes
Eileen Gaines
There was no "Board Meeting" in December.

Next Board Meeting: Redwood Region Monthly Board Meeting
Tue, Jan 31, 2023, 7 pm - 9 pm
423 N McDowell Blvd. Petaluma CA 94954

Our monthly Board meetings are open to all Redwood Region Members.
The club will buy your dinner; you pay for your beverage.

If you’re interested in Zooming in to the next meeting,
send me an email and I will send you the meeting link.  

Membership Report & Information
December's Membership Report will appear next month.
New Members December 2022
In December, we welcomed nine new members to our Redwood Region.
You all will be receiving a complimentary Redwood Region name badge shortly.
If you’d like to order a name badge for your associate or family member,
check out our website for full details and instructions.
Name CITY Porsche 
Andrew Cunliffe Corte Madera 2014 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
Frossanna Vallerga Sonoma 2009 911 Carrera S
Daniel Fifer Windsor 2006 911 Carrera S
Michelle Siemsen Santa Rosa
Thomas Mensing Sonoma 2019 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
Duke Ferris Forestville 2001 Boxster S
Paul Bartolini Santa Rosa 2007 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Nicholas Ivanoff Bodega Bay 2018 Macan S
Daniel Zmolik San Rafael 2006 911 Carrera
If you spot any errors or have any questions about membership please feel free to email our membership director.
From The Editor
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David Bunch
Welcome to 2023! The 2023 Planning meeting was held a few weeks ago with an overflow attendance! We have lots of Redwood events plan for the year and the Zone 7 calendar is coming together.
Besides all the region's events going on we have three major events this year on the
West Coast; the Porsche Parade in Palm Springs, June 18-24, Werks Reunion,
August 18 in Monterey and that little event at Laguna Seca, Rennsport Reunion VII.

By the time you read this "The One One Fun Run" was already done!
Please make sure you read our New Zone Rep, Brian Adkins' "In the Zone".
January also brings us the start of racing with the "Rolex 24" at Daytona International Raceway. This will include the first race for the new Porsche Prototype the "963", being raced by Roger Penske Motorsport with prototypes from BMW, Acura and Cadillac,
Jan. 28 & 29.
Back in 2010, I had the opportunity to go to the Rolex with the TRG race group.
Kevin Buckler's "The Racers Group" had 7 Porsches in the 24 Hours and 4 Porsches
in the "Koni Challenge". Being a part of the TRG group was amazing, with almost 40 drivers and 65 crew & staff people to keep the drivers and Porsches on track for
24 hours.

Our 2023 Board of Directors has been voted in, but we do still have many more volunteer opportunities available. If there is something you would particularly like to achieve, please volunteer to be on a committee in that area.

To contribute to this newsletter, please send in your article and/or photos. If you are a
new member and would like to be interviewed for our spotlight section
(der Scheinwerfer) please let me know.
Zone 7 Rallye School
TSD Rally School and Rally
Sunday, March 19th
Porsche Fremont
Fremont, CA

Register at

Presented by Sacramento Valley Region
of the Porsche Club of America

This event is designed to provide fellow PCA members the opportunity to experience
a TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) Rally using the RICHTA GPS timing and scoring system. Since the CRAB 38 event (April 21-23) and Porsche Parade in Palm Springs (June)
will have a TSD Rally using the RICHTA app, a Rally School and practice rally will
give you a leg up on the competition.
The school will be conducted in the morning, the practice rally in the afternoon.
Lunch provided in between.
The event (enter one or both) costs $20 total for 2 people. And includes lunch.
Open to PCA members and to the public.
Sign up at MotorsportReg at
The navigator must be at least 13 years of age.
To run the rally in the afternoon there must be 2 people in the vehicle.
Release forms will be signed when you register on MotorsportReg (MSR).
Registration closes March 15.
The RICHTA timing and scoring system uses a free app that runs on your
smartphone or tablet. Timing and scoring occur in real-time along the route.
No stopping at checkpoints. No scorecard to fill out. EZ PZ

Questions: ----- send an email to
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David Bunch
der Riesenbaum Editor
Porsche Club of America, Redwood Region