Happy Holidays! The hours upon hours of planning, organizing, operating, competing and fellowship that was the 2018 Season for Cincinnati SCCA has come to a close with an exciting outlook for 2019! At our last General Meeting in November there were a few exciting developments to report.
First, let me introduce your 2019 Cincinnati Board of Directors: Region Executive – Tony Brown Assistant R.E. – Gordon Benson Treasurer – Shari McCoy Secretary – Scott Bitzer Board Members at Large
– Jim Clark
– Christy Graham
– Tom Thomlinson
– Takuto Takagi
– Brian Walker
– Glenn Thompson
Next up, Annual Awards Banquet! As previously mentioned our normal meeting place of Mill Race will be unavailable for Jan-Feb 2019 due to major HVAC work being done in the building. I am excited to announce our ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET will be the evening of Saturday February 2nd, 2019 at Receptions-FAIRFIELD (located at 5975 Boymel Dr, Fairfield, OH 45014). Details on registration will be coming soon!
And finally, NEW SCHEDULE FOR 2019 MEETINGS!! After much discussion regarding our passed General Meetings and how to improve member participation, the board decided on some changes for 2019 including:
– ALL monthly General Meetings will continue on the 3rd Tuesday of the month but will start at 7pm
– The General Meeting will follow the agenda of the normal Board Meeting but will also include a time for “Open Discussion” where any Cincinati SCCA member can ask questions of the board or event chairs.
– LOCATION of MEETINGS. Due to the rising cost of rental and availability of the Mill Race Banquet Center, we will be reducing the quantity of monthly meetings at Mill Race and will have alternate locations during the “off months” from Mill Race. Below is our tentative 2019 General Meeting Schedule (all TBA locations will be confirmed and posted on our website cincyscca.com, our Facebook page and email blasts):
January 15th 2019 – TBA
February 19th 2019 – TBA
March 19th 2019 – Mill Race Banquet Center
April 16th 2019 – TBA
May 21st 2019 – Mill Race Banquet Center
June 18th 2019 – TBA
July 16th 2019 – Mill Race Banquet Center
August 20th 2019 – Mill Race Banquet Center
September 17th 2019 – TBA
October 15th 2019 – Mill Race Banquet Center
November 19th 2019 – Mill Race Banquet Center
December – No Meeting
Thank you to everyone that participated, volunteered and organized our events in 2018!
Have a safe holiday season and look forward to seeing everyone in 2019!
Next General Meeting & Board Nomination Meeting coming up on Tuesday October 16th!!
Hello Cincinnati Region SCCA members! It’s been a very long and winding road this season with all of the events your Cincinnati Region has hosted in 2018 and a few more still left to run! But more on that later….
I wanted to take a short moment to remind everyone of our upcoming General Meeting 8PM this Tuesday on October 16th at the Mill Race Banquet Center. This is our annual Nomination Meeting to form the ballot for our 2019 Board Elections on Tuesday November 20th. Each November we vote for one year terms for the Region Executive, Assistant R.E., Treasurer and Secretary. Then we also vote in 3 members as Board-Members-At-Large for a 2 year term. To be on the ballot you must be nominated at the October General Meeting and a current Cincinnati Region SCCA member in good standing. If you are interested in more information for any of the positions, please contact our region nominating committee; either EB Lunken or Jim Clark by clicking here.
At our events this year you may have heard about the initiative Cincinnati Region is sponsoring to have an approved SCCA License Plate available in the state of Ohio. We are gathering over 150 signatures to support the petition for the opportunity to purchase a license plate with the official SCCA Logo on the plate. In order to sign the petition you must have an Ohio Drivers License and then state an Ohio license plate number that your are listed on. The petition does not require you to buy the plate once it becomes available so there is no obligation to buy it, just basically endorsing its existence. Once approved the plate needs to be purchased by a minimum 50 times across the state to be renewed each year. The petition will be at the next events coming up!!
Speaking of our next competition events… the next RallyCross should is on Saturday 10/27, the last Solo points event is 10/28 and our last RoadRally for 2019 will be Saturday 11/3. Make sure to check our website and Facebook for event updates!
And finally, please save the tentative date of Februarye 2, 2019 for our Annual Awards Banquet at the Mill Race Center. Confirmation of the date and more details are to come!
Once again our Nominating Meeting is coming up this Tuesday October 16th, look forward to seeing you there!
The Mill Race Banquet Center is located at:
1515 W. Sharon Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240
For being in the middle of winter, Cincinnati Region SCCA has been super busy! We kicked off our year with our first General Membership meeting for 2018 on 1/16, thank you for all that attended! A reminder that our General Membership Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 8pm at the Mill Race Banquet Center.
Immediately after that meeting, Scott Bitzer (RallyCross Chair & Board Member at Large), Tact Takagi (Webmaster & Board Member at Large) and I attended the 2018 SCCA National Convention. The convention this year was jam-packed with information filled sessions and meetings. The initial highlight was being introduced to our new SCCA President & CEO, Michael Cobb. Mr. Cobb gave an impassioned, hopeful, and thoughtful presentation during the Annual Meeting and the Leadership Kickoff Meeting on the current state of the SCCA. He presented his 2018 leadership focus for our club that “We are all here to serve our Members and those that serve the Member.” He gave goals to continue reaching for in our local regions to fulfill our core mission in that “We exist to fuel a safe, and exciting motorsports experience for auto enthusiasts.” Other sessions of note included more detail of the newest race worker specialty “Data Acquisition/Race Data Technician”. This specialty is responsible for collecting and analyzing data to provide the CRB and the Advisory Committees with valuable information to make decisions on car classifications and Balance of Power (BoP) adjustments. If you are interested in more information about this new worker specialty please contact me! During the R.E. meetings and panels we met with our recently re-elected Area Director Marcus Meredith. A big topic of discussion between the R.E.’s was the organization of Great Lakes Division and the upcoming Spring Training.in Findlay, OH on March 10th. During the Road Race meeting there was review of the Runoffs success in 2017 at Indianapolis and talk of the upcoming Runoffs at Sonoma Raceway. Rumor at the time for 2019 Runoffs was Virginia International Raceway (VIR was confirmed the week after we returned). There was also much discussion the following day regarding brainstorming of events that could possibly be done in connection with our existing Solo, Rally and Race events to increase participation, we’ll be talking about some of these at upcoming committee and membership meetings for feedback.
And finally on the last Saturday of January on the 27th we held our Annual Awards Banquet at the Mill Race Banquet Center. We easily had the best turnout for this event in many years and I want to thank everyone again who came out for this event! Many trophies and awards were handed out and there will be a full recap with photos on the website coming soon! And since I have this forum, I wanted to say a few words on being the latest recipient of The Joel Williams Award. Over the years I have had an incredible opportunity to work with & for a group of people that are passionate about competing & organizing motorsports events in our Cincinnati Region and at the Divisional and National level. The team effort to meet and rise above the challenges to move our club forward are sometimes astounding for a “little” not-for-profit organization. I am humbled and honored for the recognition this year. The future looks very promising for our Cincinnati Region and I can’t wait to see what comes next! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring!
Thanks again and see you soon down the road,
It’s hard to believe the 2017 Season has already come to a close and 2018 is right around the corner! At our last General Membership meeting for 2017 on November 21st, we held our annual elections for the following years board of directors.
Your 2018 Board will be:
Region Executive – Tony Brown
Assistant R.E. – Gordon Benson
Treasurer – Shari McCoy
Secretary – TBD
Board Members at Large 2017-18:
Board Members at Large 2018-19:
Thank you to Jeff Loewe and Bill Stevens for your years of service on the Board, each wrapped up there terms as Board Members at Large this year and Jim Clark was re-elected to a new 2 year term. And a very special THANK YOU to our one and only Bryan Schafer who will be stepping back from his many years of service to the club as our Secretary, the to be determined successor will have HUGE shoes to fill, Thank you all!
Our 2018 Event Chairs will be:
Road Race Chair – Christy Graham
PDX Chair – Brian Walker
SOLO Chair – Kent Weaver
RallyCross Chair – Scott Bitzer
Rally Chair – Christy Graham
Also at the meeting the proposed changes to the Region By-Laws were ratified by majority vote and will be updated on our website very soon.
A reminder that we do not have a General Membership meeting in December, so our next meeting will be JANUARY 16th at 8PM at the Mill Race Banquet Center. Also mark your calendar for our Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday JANUARY 27th. More details and a link to register for the banquet will be coming very soon to reserve your spot!
Have a safe holiday season and if travel is in your plans, be safe on the roads! See you in 2018!
The 2017 Season has been flying by and you will see some great recaps from our event chairs, as well as a few announcements on events to tie up the year!
I have a few scheduling reminders and announcements to make. Our next General Membership Meeting on October 17th at 8PM at our normal meeting place (the Mill Race Banquet Center) will be our annual nominating meeting to create the ballot for our club ELECTIONS in November, if you are interested in serving your club, be sure to attend! Our November General Meeting and 2018 Board ELECTIONS will be on November 21st at 8PM. On this election night we will also be voting on the proposed updates to our Region By-Laws! We will have NO General Meeting in December and kick off the year with our first meeting in January on January 16th. And finally, MARK YOUR CALENDAR for JANUARY 27TH, we have confirmed the date for our annual Awards Banquet to be held that evening at the Mill Race Banquet Center, more details to come!! Enjoy the fall weather and see you soon!
The summer is flying by and we have some great events coming up on every weekend this month!
First, our 2017 Todd Cholmondeley IT SPEC*tacular & PDX is coming up this weekend August 4-6th at Mid-Ohio! Online registration has closed but if you are still interested in participating to either compete or volunteer over the weekend, please check out our website for details on late registration or contact our race chair Brian Walker ASAP (email@example.com)!
The Cincinnati Region SCCA 2017 Season is in full swing!!
The last couple of months we have had our kickoff SOLO, Rally and Rallycross events. On our website (www.cincyscca.com) you will read some great event recaps from all of our programs and the updated 2017 event schedules!
We have recently had some great turnouts for our monthly General Membership meetings and our next one is Tuesday, June 20th, 8pm at the Mill Race Banquet Center (1515 W Sharon Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45240). This will be an important meeting as the membership present at the meeting will be voting on the proposed changes to our club by-laws. The proposed changes will basically update our by-laws to be in conformity with our current means of electronic publishing of events of our club (the website) and notifications to our membership via email messages and Facebook updates. Hope to see you at an event or upcoming meeting!
2016 was an incredibly busy year for Cincinnati SCCA and we are getting ready to recap it with a BANG! Our Annual Awards Banquet is coming up quick on January 14th, 2017! The turn-around time for registration is very short so please sign-up online at myautoevents.com (search for “Cincinnati Region SCCA” and you will find the Banquet sign-up). At the banquet we will also be celebrating our 60th Anniversary!! So please come out for an evening of food, fun and great door prizes. If you have something you would like to donate as a door prize, please bring it to the banquet!
Our past November meeting was also our annual election night for our new Board. I first would like to thank our outgoing Board Members Chase Heikkila, Nathan Roberts and Christy Graham for their many years of service on the board and as they continue with other responsibilities and activities to support our club!
The 2017 Cincinnati SCCA Board is as follows:
Chairman of the Board – Bill Niemeyer, Jr.
Regional Executive – Tony Brown
Assistant R.E. – E.B. Lunken
Secretary – Bryan Schafer
Treasurer – Shari McCoy
Members-at-Large: Jim Clark
Our 2017 Event Chairs will be:
Solo Chairs: Kent & Crissy Weaver
Race/PDX Chair: Brian Walker
Rally Chair: Christy Graham
Rally Cross Chair: Scott Bitzer
Our 2017 Event Schedules are being worked on and will be announced soon. Please check our website for updates and info. Have a safe winter and look forward to seeing everyone at the Banquet on January 14th at Mill Race!