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name is Paul Anderson and I am running for reelection to the Board of
Directors. I have been a member of the Washington DC Region for over
40 years. I’ve served as your Regional Executive for the past two
years and as Assistant RE the previous year. I have held a National
F&C license for many years. My wife Penny is also involved in the
Region having served as Chief of Start and she now works in T&S.
is a list of Region positions I have held:
on the Board of Directors for three earlier terms.
the committee that developed the MARRS series.
5 years as Asst. Flag Marshal.
the Annual Awards banquet for 3 years.
served at various times as Secretary, Board Liaison to the CRC,
Membership Chairman, Social Chairman and Merchandise Chairman.
region is one of the largest in SCCA and we run high quality,
competitive and fun events. Though all of our programs are
successful, we should always seek to keep them evolving as the sport,
and the way people participate, changes so that we may continue to
provide the best member experience possible. There are always
challenges for an organization like ours. Board members open to new
ideas, like the current Bracket Racing trial, will be important to
our continued success.
of my priorities when I ran for the board four years ago was to
improve Region communications. With the hard work of Bob Crawford
(Member Services Chair) we have published the new electronic
Straightpipe and the goal for the future is a more regular
publication schedule. These are the sorts of things needed to bring
value to your SCCA membership.
our current favorable contract with Summit Point was one of my more
important tasks last year. We’ll have another contract renewal
coming up in 2017. I have also worked closely with Dominion Raceway
over the past two years to support their efforts to become SCCA
approved for track events.
bring a historical perspective to the Board that none of the current
candidates can duplicate. I’m mostly from the racing side of the
club, though I have run solos and rallys in the past, and am very
supportive of those activities as well as the PDX and RallyCross
programs. I believe I can continue to be an asset to the Region and
its Board of Directors.
retired, I spent my professional career in Logistics and Distribution
management, most recently with Connections Education as Senior
|I’m 55 years old, married with a son and daughter residing in Burtonsville, MD. I hold a degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Computer Science and Management. I am an owner of Advantage Electrostatic Refinishers, Inc., a painting company I co-founded in 1984. I also have a Baltimore City Development Company called Chester Street Associates.
I joined the Sports Car Club of America and AutoCrossers, Inc (a DC Region chapter club) as a working member in 1992. By 1996 I was in charge of our autocross events at Camden Yards. At the time they were the largest events in the area. I started doing National level events, both Pro Solo and Tours in 1996. I have been to Nationals and the Pro Finale 19 times, trophying four times. At Nationals, I have served as Grid Chief, Chief of Course, Operating Steward and Assistant Chief Steward. I have served two year stints as President, Treasurer and Vice President of AutoCrossers, Inc. I have been a Solo 2 Safety Steward for 17 years. As a DC Region member I have helped operate the National level events in Petersburg and FedEx Stadium.
I am currently on the Board of Directors of the DC Region serving as the Treasurer. I have served on the Board for over 7 years. My goal is to always try to provide what each Program needs to survive and grow. I enjoy being actively involved in SCCA organization, not just competing, but in making the SCCA a better value for all its members.
I am seeking reelection to the Board of
Directors. For those who don’t know me I am a Flagger, Steward,
sometime competitor in SSM and MARRS Points Keeper. I have also
served as the Chief Steward for the Region’s PDX/CT/TT Program
since it was formed. Since joining the board in 2008 I have served
as the Assistant RE, BoD Rep to the PDX, Rally Cross, Solo Programs,
Rep to the Grand Prix of Baltimore, the Rep for the 2014 Awards
Banquet and currently serve as the BoD’s Rep to the to the Club
Racing Committee. My experience with SCCA actually dates back to the
early 1970's. I started as a Solo Driver and flagger in the San
Francisco Region, but a military career got in the way and my
membership lapsed after a transfer back to Sea Duty. My last
transfer brought us to Martinsburg and it was in 1996 I won tickets
to the Labor Day event and it was while I was spectating with the
family at Turn 1, I met Josh Cockey and the rest is history as three
weeks later I was "in whites" cross track at Station 8.
Since then the entire family has gotten involved. My wife, Janet,
works in T&S and my son Jim after many years crewing for Meathead
Racing is the Shop Manager & Senior Race Mechanic for WISKO Race
Engineering at VIR.
The DC Region continues to offer some of the
best Regional programs in SCCA. Our MARRS Series is one of the 2 or
3 best Regional Racing Programs in the country, our Solo program is
considered to be one of the best in SCCA, the PDX Program continues
to be the only Stand Alone PDX Program in SCCA and over the last
couple of years our RallyCross Program has also become one of the top
programs in the Country. These programs excel because of the
insanely dedicated volunteers we have running them, the competitors
that keep them viable and the hundreds of volunteers that show up
each event and give of their time and expertise to make them work.
If we are to survive we need to continue to identify ways to enhance
and expand our programs as well as being prepared to take serious
looks at new ideas and concepts. As an example one such program
would be Bracket Racing where we finally figured out how to Race Cars
without a 700 pages of classing specifications. If your car has a
valid Annual Safety Tech, it can race against other cars with
comparable lap times. I was an entrant in the 1st
Bracket Race and look forward to the next one. I strongly support
these kinds of ‘Out of the Box’ ideas that make us stronger. I
strongly support expanding programs and looking for new ideas to
Professionally, I am a retired Coast Guard
Chief Warrant Officer, and I retired from full time work in March of
2012 after 31 yrs active duty and 12 yrs as a civilian contractor for
the Coast Guard. Currently I work part time as a Corner Worker for
Summit Point Raceway, Virginia International Raceway, and 2x4 Safety
Services. For the past 15 years I have served as Captain of the Bus
Stop Chicane flag crew for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and pride
myself on being able to expose some of our new flaggers to Pro Racing
as I historically host 10-12 DC Region Flaggers at the Bus Stop each
year. Of course the other side of this I get to enjoy the benefits
of being Captain of a Shift for the Rolex that is solely made up of
DC Region Flaggers. Our back patches look pretty nice on TV don’t
Lastly; not many race organizations would
welcome a 6 year old child to the race track, then train them to be a
valued member of the worker team, but our region does it on a regular
basis. It's been said that it takes a village to raise a child and
the Washington DC Region was the 'village' that raised "JimAAAA",
and I want help to continue to see our 'village' grow and see more of
our youngsters enjoying our village; be it Summit Point, FedEx Field,
Blue Crabs Stadium, A RallyCross venue or who knows where the Rally
might end. The greatest honor I have ever received was the
opportunity to represent the Region Membership on the Board,
something I take very seriously and I hope you allow me to continue
to represent you.
So some 25 years ago
I was a single parent living in the suburbs, working for a living and
filling my spare time as a Girl Scout leader, theater mom, swim team
ribbon writer, and occasional Masters swimmer. What I knew about
cars and auto racing could be written on a dipstick , which I did
(barely) know how to use.
One day along came
some silver tongued snake oil (automotive paint) salesman, who
whispered sweet nothings – “I drive a race car” and “Want to
see my garage?” And with promises of excitement and free gourmet
track food, he lured me out to Summit Point one fine spring weekend.
What he didn’t tell me was that his race car was an old British MG
that had yet to make it through one full race without blowing up.
And that I would have to make the track food myself.
learned my lesson when he said “Oh, you will be so bored sitting in
the paddock” and dragged me off to Timing and Scoring. And then to
the Pit Lane….
Long story short, I
managed to find my own way after that. To a thank-you FATT from Bill
Scott for the race workers who volunteered at the Jefferson 500,
where one of our finest driving instructors taught me all about track
in and late apexes, and where I learned without a doubt that my
competitive drive did not include driving fast on a race track. To
the specialties of Registration, and F&C, and Start, and lately
Tech. To race tracks around the country, both as a worker and as
crew. To the Grand Prix of Baltimore, my first pro event. To the
Competition Committee several times, and to head of the Charity
Committee for about 8 years, where I (and about 50 of my closest
friends) helped raise nearly $200K for various worthy charities
including the Summit Point Library, my very first cause. And
eventually to the position of Assistant and then Director of Club
Racing. Along the way I also worked with both the PDX and the AutoX
leadership, and have developed a familiarity with how the those
programs function and an appreciation of their unique contributions
to the DC Region.
Through all those
years in the trenches, I think I have learned a few things. About
people, mostly, and what drives them to the race track (besides a tow
vehicle) and what keeps them coming back. I think I have a few good
ideas left in me, and would like to try to serve this club and this
region in yet another way. I have no agenda, hidden or otherwise,
only a desire to keep this region growing, to be the best we can be,
and to be responsive to the needs of our members.
I am retired from a
career as an accountant and business manager, mostly in non profit
environments, a background which I believe will serve me well as a
member of the Board of Directors. I am also an active volunteer
with the AARP Tax Aide program which provides free income tax
preparation services. My husband Gary and I between us have four
adult children and six of the world’s most amazing grandchildren.
(Just ask, I’ll show you pictures!)
My secrets? I have
always wanted to participate in a TSD Rally. And to learn to play
the drums. I think the first has a greater chance of happening,
especially with a little help from my friends …
Thank you for your
I was dragged to a
few autocross events in 2004 by my girlfriend and we soon started
going to a lot of autocross events. After a slow start in 2004,
by late 2004 we had bought a Miata (official car of the autocross
addicted) and joined the SCCA. In 2005, we did 50+ different
autocross events in the Mid-Atlantic area. Then we decided to
cut back a bit on the number of events in 2006, so we joined the DC
solo committee. We wanted to help put on the best run events we had
seen during all the different events in 2005. When the Solo
chair stepped down in 2010, I was one of the people that stepped up
to become the solo co-chairs with Evanthe Salisbury and David Sann.
I also became a solo safety steward in 2007.
autocross was not taking up enough of our time we decided to start
rallycrossing. So in 2010 we started rallycrossing and by late 2011 I
had taken over keeping the rallycross website up to date. I
have since gotten more involved in registration and timing for the
rallycross events as well as becoming a rallycross safety steward in
did not grow up in a racing household. My parents had a long
procession of white Ford Taurus wagons during my teen years. So
while my interest in motorsports did not come from my parents I did
get the volunteer sprit from them. Everything I was involved in
growing up my parents were there as volunteers. Playing soccer,
my parents ran the local soccer organization. Joining 4-H, my
mom was the leader of the local club. So knowing how much
volunteers put into making clubs work, I have always volunteered to
help out as needed. I was the treasurer of my local 4-H club
and the corresponding secretary for the local chapter of Phi Theta
Kappa in college.
I have worked in
computer support for Montgomery College for the last 15 years and
live in Woodbridge, VA with my wife Katie Orgler and a few less
Miatas than you would see in a spec miata race.
I have been happy
with the direction of the BOD in the last few years and would like to
help them continue along the same path.
Hello, my name is
Dave Fitzgerald and I’m running for a seat on the Board of
Directors for the Washington DC Region SCCA.
I have been
involved in the SCCA for more than 10 years and was first introduced
to our club through the Auto-X program in 1995. Not knowing what to
expect I was impressed with the camaraderie of the event organizers
and participants and knew right then that this was the type of
organization I wanted to be a part of. From there it was a slippery
slope from track days to Club Racing in a relatively short period.
In 2006 I
attained my Competition license and again found the SCCA Club Racing
family welcoming and willing to help me get through the first few
events. Honestly, I think I was a little too overwhelmed to concern
myself with just how these events were run and who was behind the
curtain pulling all the strings. From my early perspective, I showed
up, unloaded my car, registered, raced and went home but I soon
realized that putting on a Club Racing weekend was a result of months
of planning and a small army of well-organized volunteers to man the
grid, registration, flag stations, emergency services and timing and
scoring and to whom all racers should be eternally grateful.
In addition to
Club Racing I have been involved with the Performance Driving
eXperience program (PDX) for the past 4 years; first as a
participant, then an instructor and more recently a member of the
PDX/Time Trials Organizing Committee. Not to disparage any of the
other fine programs, I believe there is no better introduction to our
sport than a PDX. Driving your own car in the (relatively) safe
environment of an open racetrack with the calm guidance of a seasoned
instructor in the right seat talking you through your session. As an
Instructor, watching a Novice student progress through the weekend is
very gratifying and has also sparked many new friendships over the
So why am I
running for a seat on the Board of Directors?
back from the PDX program I still want to be involved with some
aspect of our club and the region. For the past 19 years, my day job
is to manage the I.T. infrastructure of a mid-sized family owned
company. I provide technical support, planning and implementation of
new initiatives, develop and manage the I.T. budget and negotiate
contracts and terms with vendors. These attributes, I feel are all
very relatable skills for a position on the board of a regional
The Board is
doing a phenomenal job and I hope my attitude, aptitude and
experience will only enhance what is already a very competent group.
listening (reading). Vote early and often!
Since the moment
my father put me, aged three, on his lap and showed me how to turn
the steering wheel, I became hooked for life. Maybe it was the
feeling of the steering in my hands. Maybe it was simply his trust
in allowing me to move such a large object! The bottom line is that,
from then on, I did everything I could to get my hands on that
wheel…or any wheel for that matter! When I couldn’t drive because
I was grounded, I would hop onto either my bicycle or my moped!
Whatever it was… I just hated walking and I still do!
crashed, I always hid the car in the corner of our parking lot in the
hopes that my father wouldn’t notice! Eventually he gave up on me
and decided that putting me in a Jeep Wrangler would nip my speeding
in the bud. Well, he was correct -- but with such big wheels I
turned to conquering hills as my next goal. Let’s just say my
father settled on driving me to school after losing the 3rd
funniest quote: “Why is the second gear grinding (on his Camry)?"
-- Then looking straight at me.
quote by my mother: (to my father) “You're going to let him drive?!
my father is long gone, I remember him every time I step on the
The track is my
home. I've tried throughout the years – but with no luck -- to take
up other less costly, less dangerous hobbies. I sometimes wonder why
I couldn't fall in love with playing the piano or perhaps the violin!
My mother asks me why I have 5 sets of rims and tires stacked up. My
brother says I should invest my money and stop wasting my time. What
they've never understood is that, to me, racing is not just some
escape. It's life. And there is no feeling more beautiful, more
life-affirming, than when I am behind that wheel.
My many years of
involvement in the SCCA program, including serving as the Chief
Instructor for the PDX program, have provided me with incredible
opportunities for personal growth. It has helped me just as much as
I've helped the program, if not more. There is nothing like seeing
the smile of a student after the track day is over, and it's moments
like these that have shaped me into a more caring and understanding
person. The frustration, the desire to go faster, the love for a
machine made of metal and sheer power – all giving rise to a smile
that you keep for weeks, months, if not years!
After many years
of instructing and helping students reach their own goals, I decided
in 2014 that I was financially capable of racing. I got my SCCA
License and did over 8 races in the SSM class between 2014 and 2016.
There was much to learn and every race provided a new experience and
invaluable lessons. I will continue to race every season to compete
and maintain my license, and I hope to enter enduro races in the near
I value the
friends I've made through the PDX program, from instructors to racers
to mechanics, who have taught me an important lesson in teamwork. The
experience has had an enormously positive impact on my own life, both
professionally and personally. My interaction with them, the
knowledge they have passed on to me, and their grace are all things
that will stay with me for a very long time.
If elected, I
would work to not only ensure that the sport thrives in this large
region, but also to expand it and introduce it to new students and
racers. Key to this would be expanding awareness in the DC area of
the sport, the terrific tracks that surround us, and finally our
If elected, I
will strive to move the program forward, communicate effectively with
members and board members, and foster a positive, team-oriented
environment that will help us achieve the goals we all strive for!