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Gift Certificates Available for the Holidays!

posted Dec 8, 2017, 8:09 AM by Club Office

 
It's not too late - give the gift of speed!  Do you have a special someone who has been AutoCrossing but has always wanted to try a track-day?  How about the club racer who could use some extra seat-time?  Gift Certificates are available in any amount and there is still time to get one under your tree.

Contact the Club Office for more info at: cluboffice@wdcr-scca.org.

PS: You can get a Gift Certificate for AutoCross, Rally, Club Racing or any other program too!

2018 Club Racing Schedule Sneak-Peak

posted Nov 29, 2017, 7:13 PM by Club Office

 
We are pleased to announce the following dates for 2018 at Summit Point:

March 24-25: Drivers School 

April 14-15: MARRS 1

April 28-29: Majors 

June 16-17: MARRS 

July 28-29: MARRS 

Sept 1-3: Labor Day MARRS 

Oct 6-7: MARRS

Out of Region MARRS races have not yet been selected by the CRC.  We will update this space when those dates have been confirmed.


Sad News - Passing of Anne Callihan (details updated)

posted Nov 16, 2017, 9:00 AM by Club Office   [ updated Nov 20, 2017, 9:04 AM ]

 
It is with great sadness that we report the Region's loss of one of our most dedicated members.  Anne Callihan passed away this morning (Thursday, Nov 16th) after an illness.  Anne has held many leadership roles within our club including Club Race Chair and most recently was a member of our Region's Board of Directors.

UPDATED 11/20: A memorial service for Anne is planned for Saturday, December 2nd at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  Visitation with the family will start at noon with a ceremony at 1:30 p.m.  A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Clarion InnHarpers Ferry, 4328 William L Wilson Fwy, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.

“All who knew Anne are welcome and encouraged to attend. She always enjoyed a big crowd and a great party."  Gary Callihan

Anne's family has released a statement - please see attached below.

Anne will be greatly missed.

The Votes are IN!

posted Oct 26, 2017, 3:15 AM by Club Office   [ updated Oct 26, 2017, 3:16 AM ]

 
Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors members, Wayne Armbrust, John Nesbitt, Shawn Roberts, & Alan Olson.

These gentlemen will join our existing Board officially on December 1st, 2017.  The continuing Board of Directors are: Paul Anderson, Lin Toland, Mike Snyder, Dave Fitzgerald and Anne Callihan.

Chuck Edmondson, Brian Garfield, Eric Wallgren and Steve Salisbury chose not to seek re-election, and will end their terms on 12/01.  We thank these individuals for their years of hard work and dedication to our club!

Also of important note: the newly proposed bylaws were passed by 95% of the vote!  This means they go into effect immediately, replacing the old bylaws.  A copy of our new bylaws is attached here and can be found on our website here.

When next our Board convenes, they will vote to decide the new officers for the upcoming year and also decide how best to implement the new terms of service for the existing and newly elected Board members.  Our new bylaws provide for a three-year term (instead of two) and for a term limit of no more than 3 consecutive terms.  It also requires that the terms of Directors shall be staggered so that no more than one-third of the total number of Directors are elected annually.  This means that some of the newly elected members will serve two years, and some will serve three, in order to maintain the correct number of elected members for each annual election.

Thank you to all our members who participated in the election!

WDCR iRacing League - Season II

posted Oct 25, 2017, 12:06 PM by Club Office   [ updated Oct 26, 2017, 3:16 AM ]

 

The 2nd season of the WDCR iRacing League kicks off Wednesday, November 1st with the inaugural 1.2 Hours at the Point on our home track of Summit Point.

If you haven't registered already, please take a minute and complete the short registration questionnaire.  (https://goo.gl/forms/t4Ra7bsZoqHy4FFr2)

If you're not already a league member, you can join the WDCR league by clicking on the LEAGUES menu in iRacing and selecting LEAGUE DIRECTORY.  From there, search for 'WDCR' and click the Join link located all the way on the right and we'll get you signed up. 

If you're unable to join us on the track, please follow our antics live each week on the WDCR Facebook page. 


2017 MARRS Championship Points Available

posted Oct 19, 2017, 4:54 AM by WDCR SCCA

Points for the 2017 MARRS championship have been made available. Please Contact Lin Toland if you have any issues with the information. Points can be viewed here:https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0DAjl8siZI9dzc4QV96NUtGSjA


Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NEDiv Council

posted Sep 28, 2017, 6:54 PM by Club Office   [ updated Oct 25, 2017, 8:45 PM ]

 
The 2017 SCCA Northeast Division Mini-Con will be held November 10-11, 2017

Location: Turf Valley Resort
                2700 Turf Valley Road
                Ellicott City, MD 21042

Hotel Reservations: 410-465-1500 or 1-888-833-8837 or www.turfvalley.com.
Group Name: SCCA   Group Code: 2828UA
Room Rate: $129 (Traditional 1 Bed or Traditional 2 Bed)
                  $154 (Executive King)
                   Special convention price good through 10/11/2017

Event Registration Package:  $ 150 per person

Registration and Welcome Reception on Friday Evening 11/10/17, from 7-9pm
Saturday 11/11/17:
Breakfast
Lunch
General sessions
Dinner - Keynote speaker - Awards Presentation 

Saturday November 11, 2017 Guest Dinner Only: $ 40 

Event Registration Package without Dinner:  $ 120 

Registration closes Sunday 10/29/17 

Please register on MSR at: 
www.motorsportreg.com/events/2017-nediv-mini-con-hosted-by-wash-dc-turf-valley-resort-scca-washington-848411

Turf Valley Resort amenities include: Spa, Pool, Volleyball, Basketball, Walking Trail, Regular Golf.


The Staightpipe is Here - Sept 2017 Edition

posted Sep 21, 2017, 4:23 AM by Club Office

 

Our DC Region newsletter, The Straightpipe, is newly published, hot off the presses!  Thanks to everyone who contributed content and especially to our wonderful Straightpipe editor, Taylor Hyatt for getting this to us.  Enjoy!

Click to go to our Straightpipe webpage, then open the 2017 folder to find the September edition.

We are always looking for more great content.  If you have something to contribute (articles, pictures, etc.) please email Taylor at straightpipe@wdcr-scca.org.


MARRS Labor Day Charity Event Wrap-Up

posted Sep 12, 2017, 1:07 PM by Club Office   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 1:08 PM ]

 

Last weekend's Labor Day Charity event benefited the Cancer Society's "Relay for Life".  Over $16,200 dollars was raised - so far!!  We still have a few donations coming in - and - we have four DC Region members who have all pledged an additional amount, and here's where we all can help.  For every member who votes in our current election, these individuals have pledged $1 each.  We have had over 300 people vote so far, so that's at least another $1,200 for the charity!  Now we have two great reasons to vote, so please make sure you do.

In addition to the funds raised, a great time was had by young and old with parade laps, exotic car rides, white elephant, raffles and more.  And - there was some really great racing going on all weekend!  Saturday started out a bit wet, but the rest of the weekend held up with wonderful weather.

Mike High was the winner of our Worker Contest - he received a $100 gift card and additional random drawings for the workers gave out more gift cards as well.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to Shirley Thompson for once again leading the charge and to her whole team and all the volunteers who worked so hard to put together such a terrific event.  It was truly another great success for our Region!


UPDATE: Labor Day Ceremony - Passing of SCCA Legend, Sue Roethel

posted Aug 12, 2017, 4:49 PM by Club Office   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 8:35 AM ]

We are deeply saddened to report the loss of Sue Roethel who died Friday, August 11th after a brief illness.  Sue was one of our club's longest and biggest supporters.

UPDATED 08/27/17:

Both of Sue's daughters will be in attendance on Saturday evening of the Labor Day Double (September 2nd).  During the day on Saturday there will be a video presentation in the classroom, a missing man lap during the last race group, and a brief ceremony at or after dinner.  The dinner ceremony will not include the opportunity for remarks/remembrances from all our members.  Instead, if you have thoughts to share, please write them and send to Sue’s daughters:
Betsy Nickless at nickless@integrity.com or Susan Morris at srmorris722@yahoo.com            

There will be a Celebration of Life for Sue Roethel on Sunday, Aug 27th at The Fountain Church, 1985 Old Fountain Rd., Lawrenceville, GA  30042.

Please join us to celebrate the life of Sue Roethel, who "crossed the finish line" on Friday, August 11. As we all know, Sue would want a celebration. Please dress colorfully or wear racetrack attire if you like. If you would like to make remarks during the service (or if you have a memory you would like the selected speakers to include), please let us know in advance. There will NOT be an open time of sharing. Too many people loved her, and it could go on for days... We'd rather spend time together sharing memories, as she would have wanted. Please RSVP to Sue’s daughter, Betsy Nickless, who can be contacted at nickless@integrity.com     so they know how many to expect and please share with those who would want to be there.

Betsy also says:
“We're compiling stories and people's memories of Sue Roethel. There are so many - funny, touching, and generous. If you have anything you want added, please post to Sue’s Facebook page or send to me [Betsy]”. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SCCA Foundation, a 501(c)3 Foundation that serves to preserve the history of the Sports Car Club of America as well as fund the Street Survival teen safe driving program. Memorial donations can be made through its website at www.sccafoundation.com or mailed to: SCCA Foundation, PO Box 299, Topeka, KS 66619.

Additional celebrations are in the works for the Labor Day weekend at Summit Point as well as during the Runoffs in Indianapolis.


From Jerry Wannarka, past National Board member: We certainly lost a wonderful lady, a great person, and friend to all. Sue had a distinguished career with the American Chemical Society and then went on to work at the Club Office in Denver after retirement. She eventually moved to Georgia to be closer to family.
In her SCCA career she was:
- One of the first SCCA race stewards
- RE in the DC Region
- Competition Director for DC
- Led DC steward group making it one of the best in the Country
- Asst. Executive Steward for Area 2
- Executive Steward for NEDIV
- Worked in the Club Office in Denver
- Chief Steward for the first Spec Racer Renault Pro series
- Chief Steward for the SCCA Pro Truck Series
- Chief Steward of the runoffs
- Member and secretary for the Court of Appeals
- Selectee for the inaugural Hall Of Fame class
- Mentor and friend to all

There was also a perpetual award created for her and given in her name to a DC Region member who's lifetime achievements are recognized.

The Sue Roethel Award for lifetime service and achievement was presented by donors, members and friends of the Washington D.C. Region acting out of admiration and affection for Sue and her trophy was presented to her in September 1994.  The Sue Roethel Award is awarded from time to time to a member of the Region whose lifetime record of service to the Region reflects dedication to the Region, its members, and its programs; who is always cheerful and ready to work, regardless of the nature of the job; and who displays excellence in everything he or she undertakes for the Region.  The Sue Roethel Award winners select the next recipient of the Award.

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