Spring is coming, well, at least I think so. With the weather in the Northwest over the last couple weeks, one might think we are stuck in winter.
If you don’t already know, Oregon Region won 2018 Jumbo Region of the year. This award is based on many factors, all of which are impacted by our members, board members and certainly our volunteers.
I went to Las Vegas this January to receive the award and take part in the National convention. We had many great discussions with National office staff and other regional leaders regarding important issues affecting regions across the country.
The number one topic, Customer Service. By that, we mean, everyone involved in running an event is, in part, responsible to insure our members have a great weekend.
Our own Oregon Region has been exemplary at this, and it shows when we receive Jumbo Region of the year award. The direction our board has been on, and will continue to pursue, is to run an amazing event and to insure our membership has a positive memorable experience.
This starts the minute members pay the annual dues to be a part of this club. From the moment an SCCA member registers at an event, to presenting a car to Tech. or happily assisting them with issues that may arise.
Whether or not they may be asking a big favor or simply not understanding what may need to be done, we all must provide them with courteous and friendly service and answers.
The life and growth of Oregon SCCA depends on this positive behavior.
This is the direction Oregon Region BOD is going and we will do our very best to see that our members have a great experience, no matter which event they be participating in.
Happy racing to everyone in 2019. We look forward to seeing you at the events
Oregon Region Regional Executive
Congratulations to Oregon SCCA for winning Jumbo region of the year for 2018.
This award belongs to all of our outstanding, amazing and dedicated volunteers.
From our volunteer corner workers who stand guard in our turn stations, to the grid workers in solo and road race who keep the rat race organized on grid in all types of weather, to our E Crew who may dig us out of the tire wall, to the registrars with their smiling faces checking us in for the weekend, to the rally folks and their muddy boots, to the solo crew for never backing down in rain, floods and sun, and the dedicated BOD.
Congratulations! It’s because of all of you the Oregon region won the award. It’s because of you that racers get to race and as a racer I would like to say “Thank you” on behalf of all of us who have raced, auto crossed or rallied under your supervision.
See you at the track in 2019
Oregon Region has been named the Region of the Year among all Jumbo regions of SCCA. The Region of the Year Award gauges Region’s management team performance relating to the SCCA’s Goals and Business Strategies.
The region was recognized for its leadership in Road Racing, Solo, and Rally, as well as adopting the new Time Trials and Track Night in America programs. Further, Oregon Region does a great job with membership, welcoming, and representing the region at the Solo, RallyCross, and Road Racing national events.
All the winners are listed as follows.
- Small Regions (under 200 members): Big Island of Hawaii Region; Tim Minick, Regional Executive
- Medium Regions (201-400 members): Tennessee Region; Brian Sowders, Regional Executive
- Large Regions (401-800 members): Philadelphia Region; Jeff Jacobs, Regional Executive
- Jumbo Regions (over 800 members): Oregon Region; Tim Ferrick, Regional Executive
Your 2019 Oregon Region Board of Directors:
Regional Executive: Tim Ferrick
Assistant RE: Derrick Ambrose
Past Regional Executive: Todd Harris
Road Race Director: Kristen Moore
Rally Director: Jacob Sturgeon
Solo Director: Rio Rios
Vintage Director: Tim Scott
Director 1: Allie Ferrick
Director 2: Bernadette Kuehn
56 votes were cast.
Thank you for supporting Oregon Region!
Mary Thompson, Secretary
And Our 2018 Perpetual & Special Award Recipients Are:
National Driver of the Year: Tony Opheim
Regional Driver of the Year: JD Barnum
Most Inspirational Driver of the Year: Jason Brassfield
Pro Driver of the Year: Brad McAllister
Novice Driver of the Year: Scott Vondrachek
Crew Person of the Year: John Grant
Region Worker of the Year: Patrik Lundin
Norton Gaston Award: Will Schrader & Rio Rios
Steward Appreciation Award: Bonnie Aarseth
Rookie Flagger of the Year: Dave Darke
Westfield Vintage Champion: Jonathan Keeble
Spring is Finally here. The finishing details on race cars are complete. OK, except mine and maybe a few others. But all of us have been looking forward to the nice weather, better driving conditions and racing. By racing, I mean all of us who auto cross, rally, road race or time trial and most importantly, are out having fun with our family, friends and cars.
My point here, is FAMILY. Some of us are lucky enough to have grown up around the race track with other people who enjoy cars. Some of us have family members who come to the events, not as competitors but as support and companionship. But as I look around the paddock, I see a majority of guys hanging out with friends, which is great. To the ladies, spouses, significant others and kids who do come out, I would like say a huge, thank you. SCCA is as much about family as it is about fun with cars. For me personally, my wife comes out,,,,,occasionally, but its certainly not on the top of her priority list. So I ask myself, (and now the rest of you), how can we make this more fun and inviting to our non racing, non competitive family members? The future of SCCA depends on all of us to encourage, invite and welcome our families, our neighbors, the neighbors kids, whoever, to come out and be a part of something new.
So how do we do this? Ideas? I’m really looking for answers here, (firstname.lastname@example.org) As a miata racer and part of that group, we have several individuals who have done an outstanding job of bringing the fun and family back into the fun with cars. So how can we improve, here are some ideas (some good, some maybe not so good), but it’s a start. Potluck dinners, maybe spouses meet at the event and then go out to breakfast together. Dinner dates with the group after the event, Family parade laps during lunch break (yes that means handing the keys over to your spouse for a little non competitive, slow speed, seat time. Volunteering with the most awesome group ever (our SCCA volunteers). For the kids, perhaps it is helping to change tires, setting tire pressures, calling green flags on the radio, soap box derby type racing. Should we create and dedicate at least one event to honor our families during the course of the day ?
Good luck this season, stay safe and have fun. See you in the paddock