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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
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!