As your new President, and on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank outgoing President Brian Nawrocki for his willingness to step in and help the Chapter through the past 18 months of challenges.
As a twenty-five year member of CCA, former Buckeye Secretary, founding member of Northern Ohio, and its longest-termed Secretary, I have spent years with core members and officers from our corner of the state as well as with those from other Chapters: Great people joined by the enthusiasm for the marque.
So, "let's look under the hood" at some of the Chapter mechanics. In case you don't know, a portion of your membership dues is rebated back to support local events. This pays for web hosting, a portion of newsletter publication and postage (no longer supplemented by National), and covers drive insurance fees (at this time, each insurance fee can be rebated back in full, if requested within 30 days of the event).
However, to host major events, you need a stable, substantive source of income. Our only revenue-generating (and our major) event is the Memorial Day weekend Drivers' School (HPDE) and Club Race. In order to sustain Chapter operations and any other activities, it is essential that the weekend be a financial success. Last year, the Board had a short time to sort out event management, and, frankly, we missed several critical details, which significantly impacted the Chapter. If we are to continue our existence, we must "get it right" this year. That means, providing an enjoyable, informative driving experience on the "school" side of the event. And, hosting the North American Challenge race—the major event of each race season and something a Chapter does usually only once in a decade—is important to us and all of Club Racing.
So, if you have time to assist with registration and check-in tech, drivers' school activities, or race assistance, please contact a Board member and plan to be at Mid-Ohio during Memorial Day weekend. If you've always wanted to do a school or know someone who has, plan for this year and contact a Board member for information. The story of my first time appeared in the March, 1998 Roundel (we'll be posting the text shortly on our web site for you "younger" members to read).
What's the Chapter have for you, if track events aren't your fortè? We have a very active ZBimmer group, doing a drive per month during the season. Roundel Weekly columnist (and local Chapter member) Chris Doersen and I are planning a limited-attendance Connoisseurs' Vintner Visit to Harpersfield Vineyard in Geneva for late April. Now wait! If you don't want to spend that much time with a vintner or don't make the cut-off, I'm planning the regular winery drive for early June! As well, I'll schedule other events for summer and fall, and we'll finish our drive season with a brewery run in October.
To reduce future organizational obstacles, new board member and long-time Bimmerphile Jon Stupar and I are reviewing our by-laws and code of regulations. In late spring you will receive proposed by-law changes to bring us into the 21st century; we will need your votes of approval.
Finally, starting this summer I shall compile our 20-plus years of governance decisions into an accessible electronic format to be distributed to all Board members; this will include event checklists and timetables, so those "critical details" should not be missed again. Now, it's going to take a while; there's seven bank boxes of treasury records, a file drawer of minutes, and enough event and presidential records to have filled the trunk and back seat of a 540.
So, if you enjoy the events we host and our enthusiasm for this marque, please share some of your time and energy in 2014. I can highly vouch for the returned rewards of good experiences and long-lasting friendships.
Hope to see you soon!
C. L. Harrison, NOCBMWCCA president