Registration is now open for the 2018 SCCA® National Convention taking place in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada, January 18-20 at South Point Hotel and Casino. The cost is currently only $275 per attendee and grants access to more than 40 educational seminars, as well as the Annual Meeting and Welcome Party Thursday evening and Saturday's SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards banquet. The cost to attend goes up beginning December 25 to $335 per person.
Leadership Summit seminars Friday and Saturday are designed to provide SCCA members with opportunities to further develop leadership skills, acquire specific SCCA training and network with others from the Club. The tentative schedule is available online and shows a wide range of topics to be addressed during sessions. A few featured topics this year include:
- Junior Karting: A panel presentation on the 2018 Solo Junior Driver Program, including an overview of the revised program and training to fulfill licensing requirements in the critical areas of course design, driver instruction, kart rules/inspection, and event operations.
- Critical Incident Management: A panel discussion outlining steps to be taken in the event of a critical incident during any type of SCCA activity. From defining a "critical" incident to appropriate public relations procedures, attendees will be better equipped to manage such situations.
- Leadership 101/201: Effective leaders build and maintain strong relationships, so the ability to build trust and credibility is crucial! In these sessions people will learn to evaluate their own credibility, and develop an action plan to build and maintain trusting relationships.
Mike Cobb, SCCA President and CEO, said, "As a Club, we are working to define our collective Regional, Divisional and National paths forward, and the annual National Convention is essential in aligning concepts with 'real world' actions. The convention is where useful tools are provided to better serve members, those who serve the members, and the Club overall."
A block of rooms has been set aside for SCCA National Convention attendees, and guests can book a stay by contacting the hotel's reservations department directly at 866-791-7626 or visit the hotel's reservation webpage. In order to obtain the special group rate, guests need to identify themselves as being with SCCA 2018 National Convention or supply the group code SCC2018, which will entitle a rate of $70.00/night Monday through Thursday, and $110.00/night for Friday and Saturday. Additional fees and taxes may apply.
The block of rooms for convention attendees will be held until December 25, 2017. So, don't delay in making reservations. The hotel requires a first night's deposit of room and tax, per room, to guarantee individual reservations, and a credit card will be charged for the first night's room and tax. Guaranteed reservations will be held until 6:00 a.m. the following date.
The nomination deadline for the Sports Car Club of America® Member of Excellence award is Monday, Nov. 20. The honor is presented to the winner at the 2018 SCCA National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. Aside from the recognition, the recipient is given the opportunity to attend any motorsport event of their choosing, with an expense cap of $5000, anywhere on the planet.
The award, selected by the SCCA Board of Directors, is given to a member who provided a great contribution to the Club during the previous 12 months, regardless of competition area. Below are the official criteria:
"The award is presented to the volunteer who shows the greatest commitment to SCCA Motor Sports activities. The recipient can be involved in Solo, Rally and/or Club Racing. This person should personify the SCCA volunteer who gives of his/her time and effort to helping organize, work in a specialty or any volunteer role necessary to a motor sports event."
To be selected, the member must have rendered long-term service working SCCA events or activities for a five-year minimum. The recipient cannot be a paid SCCA staff member, current Board of Directors member or any member who is a paid consultant to SCCA.
The winner of this year's award will join Sydney Davis-Yagel (2016), Paula Hawthorne (2015), J.D. King (2014), Jerry Cabe (2013), Mary Shiloff (2012), Arnie Coleman (2011), Marina Kraft (2010), Dave Deborde (2009) and Carol Cohn (2008) as previous recipients.
The fabulous trip is funded with a 20-year private endowment by an anonymous SCCA member. Nominations should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be received by close of business Nov. 20, 2017, for consideration.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 28, 2017) -- From the Runoffs to the Hoosier Racing Tire Super Tour, U.S. Majors Tour to regional weekends, SCCA road racing events are made possible thanks to the tremendous effort of SCCA workers. And each year, a handful of workers are recognized for their enormous contribution. Those individuals are bestowed with Worker of the Year honors, presented by Mazda.
"Running an event the scale of this year's Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway requires a lot of event officials and a lot of workers as well," said Michael Cobb, SCCA President and CEO. "Fortunately, the SCCA has the best in the business on both fronts supporting all our Club events. But this year they took their collective leadership to a whole new level with an all-new Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour series and a Runoffs for the record books. It is in this spirit that we are proud to honor this year's SCCA Workers of the Year."
The Flagging & Communications Worker of the Year is Tiffany Stiller of the Milwaukee Region. From the same Region, Michael Holz was named Sound Worker of the Year. And Glen Thielke, another Milwaukee Region member, received the Race Data Technician Worker of the Year award.
Dennis Bednar, of the Chicago Region, was awarded the Grid/Pit Worker of the Year. Kevin Coulter, also of the Chicago Region, was named Steward Worker of the Year.
Rosa Lee Smart, of Houston Region, earned the Registration Worker of the Year. Fellow Houston Region member Bill Skibbe also received Timing & Scoring Worker of the Year.
Scrutineer Worker of the Year was received by Matt Wojtkowiak Sr. of the South Jersey Region. Dwain Panian, of the Oregon Region, was named Starter Worker of the Year. The Emergency Services Worker of the Year is William Carter of the Colorado Region, and Race Administration Worker of the Year is Mark Smith of Cal Club.
Award recipients have shown dedication throughout the season to their Specialty, events, Region, competitors, fellow workers and the SCCA; exhibited strong skills, good leadership, and a willingness to go above and beyond what is expected; and provide excellent customer service to everyone encountered. SCCA members submitted Worker of the Year nominations, and winners were then selected by the SCCA national staff with input from Division leadership.
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