OREGON REGION SCCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES
PLACE: Raccoon Lodge Restaurant
PRESENT: BOARD MEMBERS: Todd Harris, Kristen Moore, Tim Ferrick,
Tim Scott, Randy Thieme
OFFICIALS: Karen McCoy. Mary Thompson
ABSENT: Jim Weidenbaum, Carrie Sutherland, Mark Tabor, Aaron Bucci
Jeff Zurschmeide, Dan Bullis,
CALL TO ORDER: Todd called the meeting to order at 6:10
MEMBER/NEW BUSINESS COMMENTS: None
REGIONAL OFFICE: Karen talked about the Radical Sports Racers being built by Dave Cormier in Canada. These will be a good fit for our open wheel group Group 2. The hope is that they will join us after April.
She attended The Volunteer Training PIR and passed out SCCA membership form and signed up 14 new members.
Karen requested approval to send the deposit to the hotel to secure the site for our annual banquet scheduled for November.
Region Financial information was given to Todd and Kristen.
LOUD PEDAL: Absent
Kristen suggested that everyone take a good look at the new web site to see if you feel that all of the content you would like is there. Advise your thoughts as to changes that might make it more user friendly or interesting.
ROAD RACE: Kristen advised that we have 48 entries as of today for the April event. Thursday will be a test day with a school and so far there are 6 students registered.
Club Trials (where you run against the clock) will be held in April-June and August.
Hopefully between these along with TNiA and track days, we will gain a few new drivers.
SOLO II: Absent
VINTAGE: Tim advised that the out of area drivers coming for The Rose Cup, that had hoped to leave their cars in order to run the Vintage SVRA event, will need to make other arrangements as they cannot leave the at PIR.
DIRECTOR I: Randy asked the question, why do we weigh each car after a race? He thinks it is a great time to be social but wonders just why this is done.
Todd thought that this was a very valid question and was surprised that it had not been raised before. He said that not all regions do weigh after a race. Maybe we should address this and perhaps weigh only the first five and a couple of others random! He felt that it would be worth discussion to feel out the need. More to come on this later.
DIRECTOR II: Absent.
PAST REGIONAL EXEC: Absent
ASST: REGIONAL EXE: Tim talked about the upcoming TNiA event and the changes that Ntl SCCA has made in regards to instructors.
He plans to bring his car and offer rides to try to drum up interest in some of the TNiA folks to look into club racing.
Discussion followed as to the costs involved with putting these TNiA events on.
While Ntl SCCA gives us a small stipend, it does not cover the entire cost of each night.
We secure emergency services- pay for the use of the land line and also provide some food for the volunteer workers. We may find that it is not cost effective to do this program next year. So far we have not gained any new interested drivers from our investment. We will look at this later to make a decision.
REGIONAL EXEC: Todd advised that there are ongoing meetings planning for this year’s Rose Cup. Things are shaping up nicely and it should be a great event.
He has been traveling to many areas of the country to race. Everywhere he goes he sees and hears the same issues that we here in Oregon, low entries, higher costs and not an influx of new bodies. At The Majors in CA there were 140 entries with SRF having the highest counts and Spec Miata very light. Obviously it is a trend and
hopefully it will reverse for all of us. He talked up our events and he said many CA drivers indicated that they were coming to our Majors. Cal Club has a race that same weekend so he is hoping that it will not impact ours.
ADJOURN M/S (Kristen/Tim S.) M/P
Oregon Region SCCA
Our monthly board meeting minutes are published here.