SOLO II Committee Meeting Minutes 8/14/12
Members In Attendance— Gretchen Everett, Jodi Fordahl, Mike & Carol Leuty,
Tim Weidemann, Dick Willy, Charles Aggenbach, Joel Ferguson, Matt Zykowski,
Karen Babb, Bud Bohrer, Ron & Alyson Bauer, Travis Boyle, Keith Brown, and
Meeting Minutes- Minutes were approved as written.
NWR Board Report (Glenn) - Karen Babb was in attendance. Not a lot was
discussed. The banquet is coming up in November. Canceled a co-sanctioned
event with Oregon because not enough people were signed up. They are still
working on our treasury situation, and hope to have something to report
NORPAC Report - (Keith) - No conference call for a while. Larger sized tents
were available for rent by each of the regions at Nationals for $300.
Several spaces were blocked out to accommodate these tents during the online
paddock registration which caused some confusion. They hope to have a more
organized system in place for next year so that regions can block a larger
number of spots. It will be important for our region to get together earlier
next year and figure out exactly how many spots we need, etc.
WWSCC Report - (Keith) - ACE/NWDE events were held three weeks ago. Things
went pretty well, no issues. Both events were approved for championship
status. The sports car spectacular is coming up, and SCCA is responsible
for grid. Tim Weidemann volunteered to cover this position.
Drift Report - (Russell) - Had a lovely time at their last event in
Packwood. 111 degrees in the sun by Saturday at 1 pm. Things cooled down a
little bit on Sunday. Great turn out. Last year was a lower turnout, and
they doubled that with 42 paid entrants this year and one no-show. One
pre-event issue - Russell was not able to get to the bus prior to leaving
for Packwood to pick up the fire extinguishers. This meant he had to go to
the hardware store and purchase six. A motion was made and seconded to
reimburse Russell up to $150 for the purchase ($145.09). They had a couple
honey buckets on site, but next year they will need to get at least one or
two additional. There was a situation with a power line coming into contact
with a tree branch, but the fire department was contacted, and nothing
caught on fire.
There is one outstanding issue. There has been an entrant competing at the
last three events who has been harassing the workers, and trying to pass off
illegal equipment through tech (outdated helmet), and basically making poor
decisions that endanger other people. Due to these behaviors, he has been
put on probation and has been suspended from participating in any further
events this season.
They need to get some weekend memberships. Next event is coming up on 9/30
as previously planned.
Novice School report - Had a full 50 student school. There were not enough
instructors unfortunately. Joel would like to vote that we do the school
earlier in the season next year because it will help with the number of
students, and also help with the higher temperatures later in the summer. It
was discussed that although there was a problem with timing, some felt it
was nice to not have it. Others disagreed and felt that without a time, the
students didn't really have any way to judge whether they were improving or
Event #5 - Only 140 entrants. This was mainly due to the 100+ temperatures.
Many people decided to go home for the afternoon even though the course was
really fun. This meant they were fairly short on workers. Tim received some
very positive feedback and also some constructive criticism for his first
course design. Overall, good event.
Event Chairs Openings - Need a chair for the last regional Pro the end of
September. We also need a bus driver and Novice Chair for the whole weekend
because Brian won't be there. Joel has volunteered to cover both halves of
the day for the novices.
Equipment - It was brought up at the last event that having a couple of
portable fans for the timing vehicle would be nice. Dick found a battery
powered one online for $22. Keith suggested that if we make a purchase, we
should buy a real one. Karen suggested that we take a look at the wattage
out put so that it doesn't overpower the generator. A motion was made and
seconded to spend up to $100 for a total of two fans.
Sound meter calibration - Matt has noticed that since event #2 there has
been some lower readings. He planned on calibrating our sound meter while
the National office was here for the NT/Pro, but theirs was reading at 114
and ours was at 94. Matt would like to request that we purchase something to
calibrate the meter. The group agreed that it would probably be less
expensive to just purchase a new self-calibrating meter instead. Karen Babb
has one that BEAC purchased, and she will get the information to Matt so
that we can figure out what to purchase.
September SCCA meeting - The next meeting should be held on September 11th.
A motion was made and seconded to cancel the meeting since so many people
will be just arriving home after Nationals.
Restaurant Closing - There is a sign outside this premise saying the
restaurant will be closing down on October 31st. This information should be
confirmed so that we can find a new place to meet starting in November. The
restaurant shared that they would be closing this location, but would be
reopening something in the area. They should know more next month. Dick is
going to check in with Vince’s in Renton Highlands to see if they are
willing to take monthly reservations.
Wireless Timing - The wireless timing system did not work again for the
Novice school. There was a problem with the receiver that goes inside the
bus. No one knows whether this has actually been fixed or not. Ron is
concerned that the state of the regular timing is getting pretty frayed, so
he is not comfortable relying on that either. He has been told by three
different people that it never got fixed. Dick will asked Aaron what the
status is, and will also talk to Dan to see if he is aware of any issues.
Joel says that several people couldn't find everything necessary to run the
wireless, but Ron actually packed all of the equipment away, so he knew it
was there. Another option from Electronic Sports Timing was starting at
$1200. The URL iswww.farmtek.net
anyone wants to go research this further.
Meeting adjourned at 7:57 pm.