From the President’s Desk

Happy New Year to all our members.  I hope you had an amazing 2017.  Below is a recap of the events that happened from Oct – Dec. of 2017.

On Oct. 7th, the chapter hosted the Tire Rack Street Survival event at the NVHP Vehicle Training Facility.  The event had 19 students who learned in their own cars its handling limits and how to control them.  A couple of guest speakers were present to communicate to young driving adults how important it is to be alert at all times when behind the wheel.  A semi-trailer truck was parked on the track where students were allowed to climb on the driver’s seat to give them a glimpse of what the driver can see or not see.  As always Steve Polemini did an outstanding job in being the event leader and class room god.  Thank you to all who volunteered and donated their Saturday to make sure that this event was a success.

My favorite club event, Sierra Foothills Wine Tour took place on October 14th & 16th.  We had a good mix of new and not so new members that were in attendance.  I always encourage everyone especially the people new to the group to go to this trip, it will not disappoint.  Ron Rachow did a brilliant job of leading the group thru the windy roads off Rt. 88 on our way to Plymouth, CA.  We visited two well liked wineries and two new ones that we can definitely add to our “go to” vintners for next year’s trip.  A relaxing stop for lunch, dinner and drinks by the pool, and a breakfast fit for a king make this one a complete experience.

The Halloween themed Fun Rally was held on Oct 28 and was organized by VP Mart Jaama and Newsletter editor Fred Watson.  Participants were asked to complete a predetermined set of stops and note the time and location of each in costume!  Everyone had a blast.  Thank you and hats off to the organizers for making this event fun.

The two part Holiday party on Dec 14th started off at the well-appointed home of the McGoff’s.  Serving a few fun appetizers and opening a few bottles of wine was all it took to get the Holiday party going.  Followed by dinner at The Club at Arrowcreek which is just a quick jaunt from Casa McGoff.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I am looking forward to a fantastic 2018!

~Ron Nicasio