2014 Board Nominees
Chuck Cecil – Regional Executive
I’m asking for your support in my run for regional executive. After some major changes in my life this year, Janet losing her battle with cancer and being semi-retired, I now have plenty of time to devote to the region and can concentrate on rebuilding our region to its previous status, locating solo sites, getting minutes published timely on the web site, etc.
For those of you who are not acquainted with me, I’ve been associated with sports car clubs, here and in Germany, since 1968. I’ve been a member of South Carolina Region over 30 years. During those years, I’ve autocrossed, done hillclimbs, rallied, and road raced Formula Ford and Formula Continential. Several years, I was the Southeast Division champion in Formula Ford and Formula Continental, in addition to holding records at Chimney Rock Hillclimb, and numerous FTDs at autocrosses in my Lotus Super 7.
From 1987 to 2002, I was the regional executive of South Carolina Region. During that time, SCR hosted one of the most successful Southeast Division Awards Banquets. SCR hosted pro rallies at Cheraw. The autocross program was restarted and flourished. SCR held national road races at Roat Atlanta, regional races at Roebling Road Raceway and also Solo I events at RRR. SCR hosted the first SCCA race at Carolina Motorsports Park.
In addition to the above events, SCR was contacted by BMW and ended up hosting the charity autocrosses at Eurofest for many years. For those of you who were not involved, BMW provided Z-3s and Mini Coopers and, for a donation to the Red Cross, people were allowed to run the autocross course in those cars and large sums for the Red Cross were raised. I’m currently involved with two groups from the University of South Carolina with their Legends cars. Totally rebuilt one and working on the second one, which was just recently brought to my shop.
My plans for South Carolina Region include finding more solo sites, encouraging more productive communications among the members, publishing minutes in a timely manner on the web site, and to revise the web site into a more informative outlet, and encourage member participation on all levels.
Melanie Murray – Regional Executive
My name is Melanie Murray and I am running to be re-elected as Regional Executive of SCR-SCCA. My experience on the board over the last three years has shown that I can help the region continue to grow in a positive and exciting direction. We have had some ups and downs in the past, but I have helped to pull us together and keep our region moving forward. Our solo reorganization has helped us work together and we have a terrific team that I am very proud to be a part of. In the last year, our autocross group was able to return to North Charleston Coliseum and ran at a new site in Myrtle Beach. We also held our first Tire Rack Street Survival event in three years. We’ve worked hard and should be announcing two new sponsors and a new autocross site for 2014.
The Buck Muse Race was more profitable this year and we had better feedback on this event than ever before. Even with it being held over Easter, we had 96 cars at our event.
I will continue to work to make our region profitable and ensure fiscal responsibility in the next year if re-elected. We have made some good progress on our bylaws and it will be a priority for those to be finished and presented to the region in the next several months. Anyone who knows me is aware that I care deeply about this region and am working to help it be FUN and well attended! If I am re-elected, I will work hard to continue the positive direction we are moving in and bring about more exciting events to our region. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your group and I look forward to helping this region in 2014!
Roy Blakeney – Assistant RE
I am Roy Blakeney and I am asking for your vote to be The South Carolina Region’s Assistant Regional Executive. After sharing responsibility with my son Daniel to help run the SOLO program in 2013, I am seeking a position that would allow me more flexibility to learn the overall aspects of supporting The South Carolina Region. I will be depending on the experience I have in SOLO, flagging, and road racing as well as the relationships formed over the last 30 or so years to help me support the region’s membership as we work to grow.
Thank you for a great 2013 and I will look for to seeing all of you next year!
Scott Hurley – Treasurer
I’m running for the position of Treasure of the SCR of the SCCA because I believe in giving back to this sport through volunteering. I’ve been a member of the SCCA for 9 years, competed nationally for 8 years, and have been an autocross instructor for both the SCCA and PCA for the last 5 years as well as a Solo Safety Steward for 4 years (although not currently one). I’ve competed with over 20 different SCCA regions and a half dozen or so organizations over the years and have seen many different ways regions run their events and organizations, learning along the way things that work well and things that don’t. What I’ve taken away is that while there are many ways of running events, no one way is “the right way”, by listening to your own members you can improve the participation at the local level so don’t become locked into your own vision of how it should be but rather be willing to explore and encourage suggestions and new things with the understanding that if it doesn’t work out it’s OK to change back to what worked in the past but at least you were willing to try. The most successful regions always have a core group of volunteers who exude dedication, fun and encouragement and those qualities are what I hope to bring to the SCR by joining the team as your treasure.
Kyle Ray-Smith – Secretary
Hello my name is Kyle Ray-Smith and I am a running for reelection as the South Carolinas Region SCCA Secretary. I was asked to step this year when our past one needed to step down. I will be in charge of keeping track of our minutes. On top of that I will be helping this year as a co-solo director. I have been a SCCA member since 2010. I have been active in the region and one of the first members of the Gamecock Chapter continuing to help with them now that I have graduated from USC. I am ready to take on a full year with on the board and solo director.
David Dreezer – Charleston Chapter
Hi! My name is David Dreezer. I’m running for Charleston/Swampfox Chapter Director of the S.C.C.A. South Carolina Region. Though I am fairly new to S.C.C.A and to this region I’ve been bitten by the bug and would like to contribute as much as possible. I’m fortunate to have a job that allows me to attend to as many events as possible and to attend or schedule meetings as necessary. The people in this region have really been good to me and welcomed me in with open arms. I’d like to be able to give that back in kind.
Daniel Blakeney – Member at Large
Hello everyone! My name is Daniel Blakeney and I am running for a member at large position on this year’s board of directors. I started auto crossing with SCR in 2008 and have been to almost every event since. I am currently on the board of directors in a member at large position and have done my best to help our region succeed. I have been the novice chief of our solo program for the last year and some change. I have been an active participant in all of our track events including working corners, getting my tech license and working tech, and helping out with whatever else I can. I have also traveled to other regions to work their track events such as the 13hour at VIR last year (where we took third in the cooking contest ^_^). Through Donna Markley Littlejohn’s efforts this year we have built a strong core team for our solo program and I would like to see this continue. My father Roy Blakeney and I will be co chairing the Solo program in 2013. I feel that there is a lot we can still do to make our solo and track events run more smoothly by continuing with Donna’s program of building a team dedicated to each task. We have had some good ideas in the past about member retention and getting new members but we have not had (until this year) the manpower to put some of them in action. One of my goals for this year is going to be to try to increase member involvement in the background of making each of our events run. We can only grow stronger as we have more hands to handle needed tasks, and we cut down the risk of burning out our core members/board of directors. In closing, I already do everything that I am currently able to do for the region, and would like to continue doing so. My thanks to everyone who contributes to the fun and success of our region!
Grey Minshew – Member at Large
Hello everyone, my name is Grey Minshew and I am running for Board Member at Large for SCR. I have been a part of SCR since 2009 and have participated in numerous events throughout the region. As a board member I would help move the region in a direction that I feel best reflects the desires of the varied peoples who attend SCCA SCR events. Those of you who know me know that I am no nonsense and have no ongoing personal drama. I have no personal ambition by running for the formerly stated position; but only an obligation to help make this region the best it can possibly be during my proposed tenure. Thanks for your time and I’ll see you out there regardless!!
Jocelyn Locascio – Member at Large
I have been an active member in the SCCA Solo community for nearly six years.
After serving as SCR’s Assistant RE for 2013, I would like to remain as a voting member on the board, but would like to do that as a member at large as my new career responsibilities have recently greatly increased. I plan to promote SCR, create membership increases, encourage local volunteer participation in the club, and encourage participation of all SCR members in more regional and nationally competitive events. I will strive to create a cohesive environment for all SCR members to have open communication and valuable input to SCR.
I would also like to promote SCR with local businesses in hopes of gaining more internal corporate contacts that could provide sponsorship to the club and bring enthusiastic new member support. I plan to assist the board with any event planning, member communication, and policy changes. I will help with planning regional meetings and local meets for SCR members in Columbia.
I look forward to serving SCR as a member at large, because our club’s members deserve to enjoy our hobby with a cohesive board managing events that become what we all look forward to doing every weekend!
Kelly Mezzapelle – Member at Large
I have no speech. I navigate politics every day at work, and have no desire to play politics here. Quite simply, I have been asked to serve, and will do so gladly if members think it’d be in their best interest for me to do so. My history and hard work with the club speaks for itself.
Mike Hoatson – Member at Large
My name is Michael Hoatson and I am running for the Member at Large position for the 2014 Board of Directors for SCR. I have been a member of SCR since 2009 and with each year, become more active in my participation. At the beginning of last year I volunteered to put our website back in working order. With the assistance of another member, I was able to get the website back up and functioning 100%. I then started running our old timing equipment at Solo events and was pivotal in helping us to acquire our new system. I have lots of little upgrades planned for our Timing System over the next year. I would greatly appreciate your vote for Member at Large of the 2014 SCR Board of Directors.