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Potomac Region socializing with distance

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Article by Damon Lowney

In the midst of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, much of North America has screeched to a crawl as non-essential businesses close and governments tell citizens to physically distance themselves from other people. That also means Porsche Club of America Regions have had to cancel events and social gatherings, though at least one Region has been engaging its members in new ways.

The moment of inspiration came when President of the Potomac Region Mia Walsh thought, “What value can we provide our members?” So she started to communicate with her Region’s members digitally, through a new email address and YouTube.

“We created a covid19@pcapotomac.org email address, and the thought process was, while we’re all being socially distanced, to keep the members together in some way, shape, or form,” Walsh says. “What’s come out of it is, we have members who have offered to help other members, whether it’s dropping off groceries, or getting a prescription filled, or if they’re not able to do something themselves, they can send a message.” She said people have been sending pictures and videos, dentists and doctors have offered information to those waiting to see their primary caregivers, and members have generally shared their prayers and well wishes.

In addition to creating a private request line of sorts for members in need, Walsh has also been active on the Potomac Region’s YouTube channel, giving updates on the club and sharing select messages that members send to the email address. The videos include helpful advice from Walsh, photos of members isolated with their Porsches, a video of a daughter driving her father’s Porsche, and more. They paint a picture of people trying to make the best of an extraordinary situation and succeeding.

Walsh’s advice to Regions that are wondering what they can do to help their members and keep them engaged is to stay in communication with them. There are plenty of tools that can facilitate club business remotely, and Regions can also be proactive with communications to their members and the outside world.

Every year across Porsche Club of America, members are making a difference with many heartwarming and thoughtful acts of kindness. The above is just one of those community contributions. Be sure to check e-Brake News to read more about PCA Regions making a difference and visit the Members Making a Difference page for additional past articles. If your Region has a charitable activity or event that you would like to share, contact us to share the story.