Vern Rogers     by Vern Rogers, 2012 Redwood Region President (October 2012)

It has been said that the only thing that is certain in life is change...

Many of you have heard by this time that our current VP, Chris Harrell, will not be running to maintain his Board position for next year. Chris's business has required multiple trips per week to Southern California for quite some time now. As one might imagine, this has gotten to be a bit challenging and tiresome. His attitude, however, continues to be amazingly positive. Nonetheless, Chris and his wife, Veronica, have decided to take temporary leave of the Redwood Region and move to closer to his company's office in Chino. Not only will he have less of a commute, but the move will allow him to take advantage of additional opportunities with his company. We all wish Chris and Veronica the best of luck and will send them off with our deepest thanks!
No organization lasts for long without effective succession planning. I have continued my predecessor's emphasis on this concept for our Region. While we continue to solicit nominations for all for elected positions (President, VP, Secretary, and Treasurer), the reality of filling positions in volunteer organizations is that only a dedicated few actually step up. Redwood Region does have those dedicated few, and we are always searching for a few more.

No organization lasts for long without effective succession planning. I have continued my predecessor's emphasis on this concept for our Region. While we continue to solicit nominations for all for elected positions (President, VP, Secretary, and Treasurer), the reality of filling positions in volunteer organizations is that only a dedicated few actually step up. Redwood Region does have those dedicated few, and we are always searching for a few more.

Mike Hinton, our current Secretary, has agreed to run for next year's VP.

Craig Steele, who has helped the Region in several non-official capacities so far, has agreed to run for Secretary. 

Grady Carter has agreed to be next year's primary Autocross Director, with Bob Schoenherr (our current Membership Director) as his Co-Director.

2013 Newsletter Editor duties will be handled by one or more current Directors, and hopefully taken over at mid-year by a pair of yet to be announced enthusiastic members.

Bob (Schoenherr) will continue in his current job as Membership Director with the goal of mentoring a successor. Please let me or Bob know if you have an interest.

Nothing, of course, is set in stone until you - the members - have voted, and until next year's Board approves the 2013 President's recommendations (yes, I am running again). I would like to give special thanks to Grady and Craig for stepping up.

On a related note, Sunday, October 21 is the date of our Annual Members Meeting, and I encourage all of you to attend.  This year's meeting will once again be at the Union Hotel in Occidental. I promise to do my very best to follow the entire route of our run this year....

The Annual Members Meeting is the last opportunity to throw your hat in the ring for the four elected Board positions. Please do that if you are so motivated. The meeting is also a forum for conversations about what you like to see in the Club, and what you would like to see improved. Our Event Director, Don Magdanz, will be presenting ideas for some new events and he sincerely wants your feedback. We definitely want to hear of any new ideas you may have. The Region Swap Meet, Dinner Runs, and Sunday events were all born of last year's meeting.

I highly encourage each and every one of you to come out and participate. You get out of the Club what you put into it. Big thanks to all who make our vast array of eclectic event offerings possible!

That's all for now. Down the road,

Vern


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