November 2009 Minutes
From the President
As we move into the holiday season I am once again reminded of how thankful I am for this great country we live in and the freedoms that it allows us. I am grateful that we are able to enjoy and take part in this great sport of automobile racing. Whether we are a NASCAR fan, a short track fan, an open wheel fan, and whether we like road courses, drag racing, or oval tracks we are all bound together by the thrill, the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the atmosphere found at any of the many racing venues we have access to.
I am also very thankful to all of our members, our member tracks, and all of our supporters that keep this great club moving forward. Take the time to be safe this winter and also to enjoy those around you for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. I apologize for the lag in putting up some new information on the website but I said last month that we would leave the stuff up a bit longer and that is what we did.
Yours in Racing
44th Annual Awards Banquet January 16, 2010
The Annual MARFC Awards Banquet and Dinner Dance is coming up so mark your calendars for January 16, 2010 so you don’t miss it. Tickets will go on sale at the end of October but you can reserve yours now by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As in the past tickets can be purchased for a donation of $39.00 each and include dinner, open bar, awards presentation, door prizes, and dancing. No tickets will be sold at the door. At present we have selected our top award recipients for this year and George Keen will be receiving the Electronic Media Award for his show and website entitled “The Racing Show”. George has made many contributions to Michigan Auto Racing over the years and his endeavors with “The Racing Show” have been keeping many of our Western and Mid-Michigan racers and fans abreast of all the happenings and goings on in the racing world.
Mike Eddy has been selected to receive the Eddie Sachs Jr. Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his stellar career not only in the ASA and ARTGO races of days gone by but also or the many race wins, championships, and great talent He has shown over the years in regular weekly racing all over the State of Michigan as well as the mid-west and parts south.
I will update you all on the recipient of the President’s Award as we have not been able to contact the winner as of press time and we don’t want to surprise them on the internet.
We have learned that longtime MARFC member and Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Gordy Vanderlaan passed away on October 17, 2009. We pass along our condolences to Gordy’s family and wish him God Speed, Thanks for the memories Gordy.
FAN CLUB DAY UPDATES
Our fan club days for 2009 are in the record books but many of our members took advantage of the $5.00 discount to club members at the recent “Glass City 200” at the Toledo Speedway. Thanks again to Ron Drager, Roy Mott, Scott Schultz, and the staff at the Toledo Speedway for providing this opportunity. It was a great day of racing even though Mother Nature tried to dampen things but the Toledo Speedway staff kept the show going and ended it with green flag racing right up to the checkered flag.
Our first monthly meeting of the winter season was held on October 17th at the Kart 2 Kart indoor karting center. Club President, Dave DeHem gave a rundown of the past summer’s events and an update on what is coming up over the winter and into the spring. The winners of our annual raffle were drawn from the barrel and this year’s top prize winner of $300 was Jeff Moroni, Sharon Evans took second prize of $150, while Donna Darrow took home the $100 third prize. Steve Stein was the 50/50 winner and donated it back to the club for the Kid’s Christmas Party. Thank You Steve! Sue Ginter was the door prize winner. Many thanks to the staff and owners of Kart 2 Kart for having us out as well as longtime supporter and club member Bob Capps for getting the meeting set-up for us.
Our November meeting will be on Sunday afternoon, November 8th at the Best Western in Birch Run. The Hotel is located just off of I-75 at exit 136. The meeting gets the green flag at 2:30 PM.