Month: August 2021

Phoenix AZ Solo Region Formation

Phoenix AZ Solo Region Formation

Dear fellow Phoenix SCCA Autox Enthusiasts:

Your Steering Committee is pleased to announce a significant change in the club’s structure. The proposed change as put forth by your Steering Committee, and submitted to the SCCA for approval, would allow the Phoenix auto cross group more needed autonomy, transparency, security and freedom in matters of both financial and policy decisions in the future.

The change is a simple one, our club is presently in the Arizona Region in combination with other SCCA motorsports groups such as the road race group. In the future, if SCCA allows the change, we would operate as an independent region to be known simply as the “Phoenix AZ Solo Region”. While the impetus for the formation of this new region is supporting autox events, this new region would also be open to other types of SCCA events provided they are viable and are done in a manner that is cooperative and not competitive with neighboring SCCA regions.

What would this proposed structural change mean to you as a member?
Great question! As far as our annual dues and event fees are concerned, little to no changes are anticipated. Event schedules, duty assignments and Steering Committee Membership would remain constant.

What then is gained by becoming more independent from the road racer and rally groups?
Simply two things, the ability to see that any SCCA regional membership money you as a member put into the region ONLY goes to our local solo program. Secondly, the decision-making process regarding club policies and practices would be made by local autocross members vs. a multi-group region. This will create more transparency into the workings of our local club. And two, to foster more member participation in the decision-making process of our club.

What do I need to do?
If the new Region is granted only a simple change with SCCA to move your region ofrecord from Arizona Region to Phoenix AZ Solo Region is needed.

More news to follow shortly on how you can help support this effort with SCCA.

Thank you and see you trackside soon!

Contact either Kevin [email protected] or Kim [email protected].   
AZ Solo Steering Committee

Meeting Minutes – August 2021 SC Meeting

Meeting Minutes – August 2021 SC Meeting

Minutes SC Meeting
August 12, 2021
Location – virtual

1. Update on Region

Kevin, Kim, and Rick Myers (SCCA Senior Manager, Region Development) presented an update on AZ Region and progress on ensuring the autocross program is represented at a region level. Rick confirmed that the AZ Region has agreed to a new Region formation.

2. Proposed Plan for a New Region

Kevin presented a plan to form a new Region. Reasons for the new Region were identified as (1) need to create a more transparent and accountable Region (2) need to have a more professionally run Region (3) provide protection over autocross funds and assets (4) control over and use of Region dues. Items discussed included SCCA approval process, SCCA required forms, necessary legal documents including bylaws, articles of incorporation, EIN and tax filing. Additional items covered included future elections, the continued role of the existing SC and officer/director structure of the club and for the SCCA. After the discussion a motion was made by Kevin and seconded by Kim to proceed with the creation of a new SCCA Region. Motion passed unanimously. Rick Myers pointed out that the National SCCA Board will have to approve the new Region.

3. Name of New Region

Discussed several options for the name of the proposed region. After discussion a motion by Kevin and second by Kim the name proposed was “Phoenix AZ Solo Region” with its legal name being “Phoenix AZ Solo Region, Sports Car Club of America, Incorporated.” Motion passed unanimously.

4. Appointment of SCCA Officer/Directors and Region Officer

Kim and Kevin presented a PowerPoint on a proposed list of Officers and Directors (all candidates had previously confirmed their willingness to serve in their respective roles). After discussion Lance moved and Steve Ashcraft seconded the following for SCCA Regional Officers: Kevin Venisnik as Regional Executive, Kim Kemper as Assistant Regional Executive, Steve Eymann as Treasurer, Chris Groppi as Secretary and Lance Hamilton as Membership Chair and for Phoenix AZ Solo Region (a not for profit club to be formed): Kevin Venisnik as President, Kim Kemper as Vice President, Steve Eymann as Treasurer and Chris Groppi as Secretary for the remainder of 2021 and for 2022, with elections to be held in the fall of 2022 for 2023. Motion passed unanimously.

5. Other

Discussion was held concerning a communication plan to present the new Region to the members of the AZ Region. Kim offered to reach out to Brian Miller to develop next steps and the various vehicles (i.e., Pylon Press, Forum on the AZ Solo club website and direct emails using MSR (working with Lance).

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