CNYR SCCA Meeting Minutes For Wed., December 14, 2011
CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order by R.E. Mike Donofrio at 7:16 p.m.
Mike Donofrio welcomed all to the December meeting and wished everyone a very Merry Christmas.
Rex Franklin mentioned to Mike that Mike Giambatista from Giambatista Railroad Construction, where our November meeting was held was very unhappy with the region.
Apparently someone left food debris literally on some of his car collection and it was not discovered until the follow day.
It was suggested that a formal letter of apology be sent to Mr. Giambatista by the Secretary and this will be done.
Mike Donofrio suggested that we consider posting the monthly meeting minutes on our web-site instead of waiting for the latest Snarling Exhaust to come out.
Scott Newton said if he received the minutes he would get them up on the web-site immediately.
Sec. Bob Holcomb will forward all previously unpublished minutes to Scott.
Ed Leubner had nothing new to report other than to suggest we correct the web-site calendar to show no business meeting for January, 2012 which will be our annual awards dinner instead.
Bob Holcomb reported that the current situation of no Snarling Exhaust being published since the July, 2011 issue is on it's way to resolution.
Former Snarling Exhaust editor Karl Hughes will get out the missing issues, while new editor Dustin Ehrlich will get out the current issue and continue through 2012.
All the unpublished meeting minutes from May, 2011 to December, 2011 will be voted for approval once published.
Bob mentioned the passing of former CNYR member Shirley Van Nostrand at age 76 on Dec. 2, 2011.
Shirley and her late husband Robert had been very active in CNYR for years and were involved in F&C and S/F among other specialties.
Lee Hidy and Rex Franklin attended the services for Shirley.
Contributions in Shirley's name can be made to either The American Diabetes Assoc., 6390 Fly Rd., East Syracuse, 13057 or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at 5005 Campuswood Dr.. E.Syr., NY 13057.
Bob said that while he is in Florida "snowbirding", Jon Coffin will assume the duty of secretary to take the meeting minutes.
Jay Cartini said he received payment from 2011 sponsor Skaneateles Jewelers and will be contacting some delinquent advertisers for payment.
Those that do not pay will be dropped from any advertising for 2012.
Jim Quattro reported that our latest Rally Cross was held at the Walczyk farm near Weedsport, NY on December 11th and a good turnout of 17 cars made for a fun day.
The weather was good, the track slick and everyone had a good time.
The Cherry Valley Kart Track will not be considered for Rally Cross as it was determined to not meet specified safety standards as set forth in the SCCA Rally Cross rules.
Jim is working on a sponsor for the 2012 season and it appears that J.D.Motors in Fulton will be the prime contender.
A tentative 2012 schedule is as follows:
Sat.Feb.25 a night session at the Walczyk farm.
Sun.Mar.25 a day event at the Walczyk farm.
Sun.June 3rd will be the STPR event in Pennsylvania.
Sat.July 14 a night event at Walcyzk farm.
Sat.& Sun.Aug.4&5 a two day event at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park near Elbridge.
Sat.& Sun.Sept. 8&9 a two day event at Fulton Speedway.
Sun. Nov.11 at the Walczyk farm.
All dates are tentative and subject to change.
Jim also said that end of year trophies have been ordered.
Rob Sgarlata (an avid Subaru guy) was absent.
Speculation was he was home polishing his latest purchase, a MIATA.
Mark Bizzozero said end of year trophies are being worked on.
No dates have been finalized for 2012.
Scott Newton mentioned that Finger Lakes Region has shown interest in having a SOLO event at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Mick Levy reported on a licensing problem with his F&C National license.
He reminded those in attendance to make sure they had sufficient work days in to maintain their licenses at the Divisional or National level.
Bob Holcomb reported that he will be working F&C at the Southern Florida DBL Nationals at Homestead-Miami in mid-January along with the Daytona 24HRS at the end of January.
Mick said that per e-mail from WDCR members, the Baltimore IRL Grand Prix for 2012 is in jeopardy due to extreme expenses encountered for the 2011 event.
Andrew Beyer said that for October, 2011 we had 150 members, with two new members, Jeremy Keck of Wellsboro, PA and Sait Paljevic of Glendale, NY.
Peter Maciulewicz celebrated his one year anniversary as a member of CNYR.
For November, 2011 we have 152 members including new members John D'Addario of Syracuse, NY and Richard Trent of Brewerton, NY.
Welcome to all and congratulations to Peter.
Scott Newton reminded everyone that the January awards dinner will be held on Sunday, January 15th at Nestico's Restaurant in North Syracuse, NY on Rte 11 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The cost is $15 per person and please RSVP to Rob Sgarlata.
Mike Gagliardi reported that the Central New York Raceway Park near Brewerton has started clearing land and Glenn Donnelly is hoping for a late summer, early fall 2012 first event date.
John Lehman reassessed the cost of a SOLO event for the facility and the cost is now very competitive with other locations.
There was a general discussion of the two United States Formula One locations, Austin, TX and New Jersey.
Despite financial difficulties, it appears Austin will hold an F-1 race in 2012 with New Jersey hosting an event in 2013.
Lee Hidy made a motion to adjourn.
Rex Franklin seconded.
Motion carried, meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.
Submitted by Bob Holcomb, Sec.