The Founding of the Red River Region, Porsche Club of America
On November 6th 1999, the Executive Council of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) granted its 141st charter to the Red River Region, an area geographically known as the Province of Manitoba, Canada. This was a day of celebration for those that had created the Porsche Club ofManitoba five years earlier, and the small group of people who worked for almost a year to make the dream of belonging to the PCA a reality.
The Porsche Club of Manitoba was formed in the fall of 1994, with a chance meeting of two Porsche enthusiasts, a 1970, 914-6 owner (Gord Luy) and a 1975, 911 Cabriolet owner (the late Erik Fossberg). The club started out with only a half dozen members! Over the years, the club grew as existing members took sport in attaching “join the club” leaflets to every parked Porsche they could find, although some cars with sensitive alarms would object very noisily to any movement of the wiper blade! At times Porsche drivers were accosted at a stoplight, or run down in a race through the traffic. As a result, the club’s size increased, slowly but surely.
In late 1998, the club membership had passed twenty people, a number that was now close to the magic “twenty-five” required to form a region. Discussions were opened with the PCA regarding the procedures to be followed to determine if all of the requirements could be met. It was encouraging at the time to view the PCA website on which Manitoba appeared to be the single unclaimed territory in the whole of North America (this was later found to be incorrect, however!).
Throughout the summer and fall of 1999, many hours went into preparing the package of material that was required by the PCA. By the late summer, a target was established to be on the agenda of the PCA Executive Council meeting on November 6th, 1999. A meeting was held on September 1st to select a name for the region. Five proposed names were on the ballot, and of the fourteen members present, eight voted in favour of the RED RIVER REGION. As the application package was on its way to PCA head office, it was discovered that the “list of members” that was submitted was not to be names of people who were willing to join, but rather people who had already joined the PCA in advance of the Executive Council meeting.
With only thirty days and counting, the Manitoba PCA membership had to be increased from the existing three, to twenty-five! Keith Gordon readily accepted the challenge of being the shepherd, repeatedly going after people, and often making an application on behalf of a new member in the middle of the night over the Internet. On the day of the Executive Council meeting, PCA confirmed twenty-five members (new and transferred in) and two “in the mail”, (the two never did arrive). We had not had sufficient members to be accepted only two days earlier! A week earlier, we had been short ten members!
A few days after the PCA Executive Council meeting, a letter was received from the PCA which stated in part: “On behalf of the Executive Council of the Porsche Club of America, I would like to welcome Red River Region as the 141st region in the PCA. Your charter was granted on November 6th, 1999 at the Executive Council Meeting in Portland, Oregon.” The letter was signed by Thomas J. Provasi, the PCA National Secretary. In advance of receipt of the letter, however, Tom had kindly made a brief phone call to advise of the good news and to offer his congratulations. The whole process had taken a little more than a year!
The Red River Region is one of the younger regions in the Porsche Club of America
(original by: Malcolm Hinds, Membership Chair-from Newsletter 2001-Issue 5, additions by Andreas Kottschoth, Webmaster )
Gord Luy and the late Erik Fossberg are the two founding members of the Porsche Club of Manitoba. Erik was Vice-President of the Porsche Club of Manitoba and later the Red River Region PCA. Erik emigrated from Oslo, Norway in 1963. This gave him his first opportunity to develop an affinity for Porsche automobiles. In the seventies Erik drove a 356, then later a 1969 911T. In 1993 Erik bought a immaculate 1975 911 cabriolet that you see here. Erik has also owned numerous other interesting cars over the years including a 1954 VW Beetle, 1957 Thunderbird, and a rare 1968 VW Beetle cabriolet. Erik passed away on November 8, 2005
Red River Region of the Porsche Club of America – today
We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2019
The purpose of the Club is to bring together drivers of Porsche vehicles. Club membership will promote camaraderie among its members, provide information on brand vehicles, and organize recreational meetings, events and excursions.
Throughout the years the Club has developed many activities for its members. Highly recognized events include the Bemidji trip and the Coffee and Cars. Recreational outings are designed to get to know our province and strengthen the links among Porsche users in our club’s catchement are of Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, and Minnesota, and to promote camaraderie among other members.
The club’s continues to provide its partners high quality services by generating events that satisfy without exception by respecting the tradition and prestige of the brand and Porsche products while interacting with related clubs and the community in a respectful and proactive manner.
Additionally, the Club is committed to integrate and interact respectfully with those communities that we visit, trying to approach them in an open and informal way. We want the communities to enjoy the presence of the Club wherever we go. The Red River Region of the Porsche Club of America also carries out awareness actions among its associates in order to inculcate a prudent use of its vehicles and the unrestricted respect of the traffic regulations in force in North America.
There are just 11 PCA regions in Canada. British Columbia is host to 3 regions in Zone 6: Canada West, British Columbia Interior and Vancouver Island. Also in Zone 6; Alberta is home to Wild Rose, centred in Calgary and Polar Region in the Edmonton area and the newly formed Living Skies Prairie Region of Saskatchewan. The lone Zone 10 region in Canada is Red River Region. The remainder of the Canadian contingent comes under Zone 1: Upper Canada in Ontario, Rennsport which is made up of Quebec and Southeast Ontario, and Acadia which covers the Atlantic provinces.
According to the MPI over 800 Porsche are registered in Manitoba alone (not including Red River club members in other provinces and states). That means less than 20% of Porsche owners are RRR club members. So if you see a Porsche ask the owner/driver if he/she is a PCA members or if they would be interested to join the Red River Region PCA.