It is ELECTION time once again for USARM. For those wishing to run for the USARM Board of Directors, a candidate statement must be submitted to the Election Chairman, Bruce Brunner: email@example.com
There are 4 members who are up for re-election. If you have an interest in how YOUR club is run, why not be part of the process instead of being part of the masses?
I'm Dave Jansen and I've been a USARM member for a number of years (starting in 1986 with breaks). I flag and race, and am also the importer of a race vehicle from England.
My thoughts are very basic, and straightforward. Prior planning prevents crisis and poor decision making.
We have one huge event per year, and this year will be different as we are hoping to earn the Moto-GP contract. This will entail working with a completely new group of Promoters and Organizers in order to achieve success. Additionally ARC has stated their intent to dramatically increase the number of events that they will sanction next year, using Buttonwillow, Laguna, Sears, Thunderhill and Reno-Fernley as their tracks of choice. Adding those dates to our existing clients of Russel, Skippy, Historic Motorsports Association, etc. this looks to be an upcoming year of activity and fun!
My service to the board would be to work heavily in the planning and preparation for events, and after planning, to continue to work the corners! That's where I'm happy, and can make the best contribution to the Club during racing events.
Another important item that has been discussed will be the actual implementation of training for new, and older workers, in order to standardize our techniques and responses, and to raise the level of trust between workers.
I look forward to serving the members of USARM in the upcoming sessions, and am looking forward to putting thoughts into action and deeds.
For all of you who expect to see the name of Jan Weaver on the ballot this time around, she has decided NOT to run for re-election.
For those of you who may not know, Jan's mother is ill & Jan wants to devote as much time as she can to being with her mother and the rest of her family.
As we are all involved with families, I know that we can understand and respect her decision.
We have some excellent candidates running this year, so support the ones of your choice in the USARM elections for 2005.
September 4-5th, 2004
Well it was a hot one in Sonoma this weekend, we had a race marshal need relief from the heat on Saturday, but was fine by "beer-30."
Shelby had lots of neat cars out making lots of noise, something like 12 cars over sound @ 103db, but no major incidents and no injuries all weekend. Shelby is always a fun group to work with, and we have two more events coming up a weekend event October 23 & 24th at ThunderHill and December 26 at Laguna Seca ( 1 day).
Please come out and support our clients, having fun along the way . . . . .
Jerry Huff - USARM Director
Last weekend at the 34th annual Virginia City Hill Climb, there were 52 cars ranging from an old classic Ferrari Boxer to new Ferrari 360 with a few odd mixtures thrown in (a supercharged Ford pickup and both generations on Minis).
The Ferrari club appreciates us very much and invited us all to dinner Saturday night at the Gold Hill Hotel, which is the oldest hotel in Nevada.
It was a very cold weekend, and it rained (with snow at the top of the course) on Sunday, but everyone that went told me they had a good time. They ran the cars quite a bit closer, 30-45 seconds with 6-8 cars on the 5.2 mile course. (2 years ago it was 1- 1/2 minutes separation and 2-3 cars).
All indications are they will have us back next year, and several drivers would like for USARM to cover all of the marshaling duties, so stay tuned for further updates.
Jerry Huff - USARM Director
The USARM Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month. Place to be determined. Members are encouraged to attend BoD meetings. Please contact a BoD member for particulars.
Training is a big part of what makes USARM the organization that it is. As an organization, we are very highly thought of, providing professional course marshals for wide and varied events.
To that end, the BoD of USARM wants to initiate a formal training program.
If you are interested in participating in the planning of this training program, please contact one of the board members.
It is our hope that we can have several “trainers” and be able to offer you, the members of USARM, a comprehensive program in which you can gain added confidence, polish skills and learn something new.
We have been given the opportunity to store much of the equipment that is used by USARM only once a year. This storage will be at Laguna Seca in a dry, secure con-ex. This will enable us to free up space in the USARM trailer, keep the equipment safe, dry and out of the way till next year.
We need to devise some sort of way to contain the various flags, fire bottles and number boards, as well as miscellaneous items. If you have any thoughts or would like to help moving these items to a new “home”, please call or contact on of your BoD members & we will organize a "moving party" for the equipment.
Once again USARM is beginning to think about the annual banquet. The BoD would love to have a committee to take charge this year. If you are interested in being a part of the planning stages of the USARM Banquet, please contact the Grid Editor, any BoD member or sent email.
Let's make the Banquet this year one of the best, most fun events we have.
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