The Cascade Region was chartered on October 15, 1961 and we are the 2nd oldest region in Oregon and the 50th oldest region in PCA.
Our region consists of the following counties: Benton, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Harney, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln and Linn. To serve all members we are divided into two chapters: the Central and Southern Chapters, with each arranging a variety of functions to service our members.
So, if you enjoy driving your Porsche with the company of some fun loving people, then join us at our next event to experience some of the best roads and scenery that Oregon has to offer.
President — Ross Rampy
I was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana (which explains my lead foot) and received a BA in English Literature from Montana State University in 1976. After college, I moved to Southern California and eventually relocated away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California to Ashland, Oregon in the early 90’s. I have 6 kids, 5 grandkids and 2 Japanese chins, all of whom are very important in my life. In 1995 I started Par Mortgage, Inc, and have been helping people fulfill their dreams of home ownership, an incredibly fulfilling job. In January of 2006, I brought my first and only Porsche, a 2003 911 C4 with 18k miles. Since then, I’ve driven it over 140,000 miles, every single one of which has been an absolute BLAST. Lots of those miles are from our Club’s drives. I have held two Board Positions with the Club: Vice President in 2010 and 2011 and President from 2011 to present. Besides enjoying time with my family, my other two passions are driving my Porsche and what some say a walked best ruined, or golf.
Vice President — John Early
Secretary — Chris Chavez
Treasurer — Susan Ward
Membership Chairman — Glenn Gumaer
Dr. Glenn Gumaer has served on the Board for the Cascade Region PCA since 2010 as membership chair. He designed our logos and name badges, established our local member database and manages membership processing. Also, he contributes to the der Auspuff newsletter and takes photos at many of our club events.
Dr. Gumaer has worn several hats – In the 80’s, he worked as a heavy equipment operator in the Prudhoe Bay oilfields of Alaska, he attended the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, he worked as an agent for a financial public relations firm and he was a Volkswagen, Triumph and Jaguar mechanic. He graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon in 1991 and has practiced chiropractic medicine for 25 years.
Dr. Gumaer was born in the Territory of Alaska in 1955 – four years before statehood, and is proud to be a “Territorial Alaskan.” He is also the proud owner of a 2006 Cobalt-Blue Porsche Cayman S tuned with the SharkWerks RS350 kit.
Newsletter Editor — Joel Weyhe
Oddly enough, I am another Cascade Region board member who grew up in the Territory and State of Alaska. There can’t be many of us around since there was only about one person for every five square miles of trees and tundra at the time. We are the ‘Alaska diaspora’, if you will. Anyway, my wife and I retired to the Rogue Valley three years ago and I can’t tell you how great if feels to be able to drive the Porsche(s) all year around.
I had always loved big American muscle cars but I never could bring myself to get one. The closest I came to it was my 1965 Shelby GT350. What a beast. In short order after that car (mid-seventies) I cashed in my retirement plan to buy my first 911, a ’72 T. Although I only owned it a couple years, it made an enormous impression on me. The sound and feel of that 911T stuck with me for 25 years, and it finally drove me to buy a new 997 nine years ago, a car which I still pilot around. And having adopted the philosophy that if some is good, more is better, I recently cashiered my beloved first-edition Miata for an ’88 Carrera Targa. I’ve gotten crazy. Or crazier anyway. So, along with my ’62 Karmann Ghia convertible, I’m operating three cars with engines in the rear and ignition keys on the left. Six speeds, 5-speeds and 4-speeds. Great stuff.
I originally came into our club to help with the aging website we had at the time. While doing that I met a lot of great people and had a ton of fun at our events.
Webmaster, Central Chapter Representative — Arne Berglund
I’m a native Oregonian, grew up in Klamath Falls, and have lived in the Eugene-area since 1976. Married my wife Deanna in 1977, she has tolerated my car-craziness for over 40 years now. I’m a bit of a tech-geek, a casual home-brewer of dark beers, and a reasonable mechanic. After 20+ years working in tires and auto repair, I shifted carriers to be a tri-platform Linux/Windows/Mac systems administrator for 17 years. Now retired, I like working on and restoring cars as recreation. My ’84 Carrera coupe is mostly stock and in very nice shape, so the other projects save the Carrera from unnecessary tinkering. I’m not a track-rat, but thoroughly enjoy back-road weekend cruises and the like. Since I was fortunate enough to find and buy a galvanized Porsche, I do drive and enjoy my car year-round.