Carolinas Region Holiday Banquet
January 1, 2012
By David Butler
The Mountain Area hosted the Carolinas Region Holiday Party held at The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa in Waynesville, NC on December 3. The weather was perfect with a few early arrivers lamenting they had not brought their golf clubs. We had seventy-two members and guests attending with all Carolinas Region areas represented. Two guests attended from the Knoxville area as well, explaining that the Carolinas Region throws better parties.

Ron Reed gets festive at the Carolinas Region Holiday Party.
Charlie Schieren, Harmony Motors Sales Manager, provided guest speaker comments. He spoke on the new 991, of course, but also informed the group of Porsche model offering plans which include GTS versions on a number of platforms. We were all envious of Charlie and his wife Amy as they were leaving for South Africa the following day to attend 991 launch activities.

Chief Driving Instructors Marty Barrett (out-going) and Shane Tisdale (in-coming) re-presented the Thomas J. Norby, Jr. Instructor of the Year Award to Jerry Kilcrease. Both Marty and Jerry spoke of their friendship and good times with Tom and the difficulty in dealing with his passing while instructing at Carolina Motorsports Park.

Harvey Yancey presented year-end Autocross Awards to class winners, and presented President’s Service Awards to Marty Barrett for his long term service as Chief Driving Instructor and Tom Morgan for his long term service as Editor of Tobacco Roads. Enthusiast of the Year Award was presented to Triad Area member Wayne Capwell.

We want to recognize the efforts of Bob Herrmann, Event Chair and Ron Camarata and Matt Pohsweg for planning the event. We also appreciate the efforts of Jan Herrmann and Jane Camarata in assisting with the event. We want to provide special thanks to Harmony Motors (formerly Deal Motorcars) for their sponsorship of the event. And also a special thanks to The Waynesville Inn staff for their efforts; the food, decoration and facility were great and we received numerous compliments on the venue. After the program and awards, everyone continued the evening with drinks, socializing and dancing.

Top left: Mountain Area members Scott and Sue Jordan. Top right: Shane and Jane Tisdale. Above left: Bob Herrmann and Sandy Shirley (center - Bob was chair of the event). Above right: Jerry and Tammy Collins (our new Membership Chairs).
Above left: Ron and Jane Camarata (assisted in planning the event). Below right: Marty Barrett receiving Presidents Service Award.