Presidents Column – Q4 2018

Presidents Column – Q4 2018

by | Nov 10, 2018

The days are getting shorter and fall seems to be around the corner, but that does not mean that we have less to do. True, the track season is over, but we are already looking to 2019. Events and communications with members are mostly done electronically as you all know. In this issue of the Zündfolge, I am highlighting two members who are responsible for the maintenance of the Club website and construction of the Around-the-Sound emails that you receive.

Kathleen Gillette has been the “person behind the curtains,” keeping the website up to date and the ATSs rolling. She has been most patient with me during the trying times of our website over-haul. We are truly fortunate to have her on the team. Here is a bit about her:

I am a Graphic Designer, Master Gardener, Singer, Team Player, BMW Driver, and all-around life enthusiast. Currently I work as a graphic artist for Sound Publishing, where I spend my weekdays creating print and web ads and announcements for over 90 newspapers in British Columbia, Washington, and San Francisco. 

I’ve been using my graphic design and photography skills for the Puget Sound BMW Club since 2013 which include: posting events and updates to the club website; uploading the newest edition of the Zündfolge; designing and editing visuals including graphics, photos, and headers for use on the website and club emails; and editing, building, and sending out the Around the Sound newsletters to keep you all informed about all the great upcoming events!

In my spare time, I am a singer and have sung in many musicals and operettas, ranging from Ado Annie in ‘Okalahoma!’ to Mabel in ‘Pirates of Penzance’ and Violetta in ‘La Traviata’.

As a Master Gardener I enjoy helping others grow their own beautiful gardens, answering questions at clinics, and working with other avid, knowledgeable gardeners at the demonstration gardens. I love combining the concepts of Edible Gardening and Year-Round Flowers to create a garden that provides both beauty for the eyes and food for the table.

When not working on graphic design projects or gardening, I love to go on road trips around the west. And, I drive a bright red BMW 323i convertible!


James Santos is the newest member to the team as the assistant webmaster. James brings some fresh ideas to the table and very useful suggestions on how to make the website more user-friendly. James’s introduction to the club was parking cars at Burgers & BMWs for the first time, a bit trial-by-fire. We welcome his ideas and talents to the Club.

I am a parent, a BMW lover, a gym rat, an avid DYIer, and a drummer. Besides that, I am currently the assistant webmaster for the Club. My day job is a being a software engineer for REI.  In my spare time, I enjoy a lot of REI products with my family taking advantage of the great Northwest. I currently own a 1999 BMW 528i Touring black-on-black with a 5-speed manual gear box.



Elizabeth Andrew was the first woman organizer of the Labour Party in Wales in 1882 and was famously quoted “Volunteers do not have the time; they just have the heart.” You all know that the club does not run by itself, but by volunteers. Time is short, we are busy, there are things to do, yet volunteers still make it work. We have been fortunate to have new members on the board and some new instructors who decided that it was time to give back to the club. I would implore you to consider such an act. Contact me directly:

Thank you for supporting the club and continuing to attend the events your board organizes,

Steve Libby
President, Puget Sound Chapter BMW CCA