Michigan Turn Marshals Newsletter
October-December 2000

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Welcome special new member!

Victoria Joy Johnston is the newest MTM member. She arrived to the joy of Barb and Dave and all the members. Victoria Joy has already attended two races. Her rookie stripes will be removed before she is one year old.

Other excitement

Two MTM members Nancy Johnson and Steve Campbell were married in Las Vegas on November 5, We pass along our best wishes and congratulations to the happy couple. [see later note]

Members Meeting – New Directions of MTM

 MTM Meeting Minutes – Oct 15, 2000

·         Meeting was called to order by Gordon Ensing at 12:10 p.m. Attending were Grant & Liz Wilcox, Phil & Nancy Schilke, John Jordan, Gordon Ensing, Verne Wandell Tom Allen, Dick Coburn, Melissa Wojciechowski, Bob La Moreaux, and Dave Hertzberg.

·         New MTM direction – Proposal – by Willy Perez, 2nd Nancy Schilke. To reinvent MTM per GCR 6.15 as an organisation providing leadership, training, recruiting, along with finding the funding for. We would provide mailers soliciting workers for race events. Motion passes 10 aye, 1 nay.

·         Training – We want to provide cohesive, consistent training across the state for all workers. GCR requires fire school every two years.

·         Motion – Nancy Schilke, 2nd Verne Wandell. To have the MTM Executive Board consist of seven voting members. These would consist of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and 1 flagging representative selected by Detroit Region, Western Michigan Region, and WHRRI. Motion passes by acclamation.

·         Motion – Gordon Ensing, 2nd Liz Wilcox. To add to the MTM Board as non-voting members a Flagging representative from all the Racing Organisations that operate a Road Race in Michigan while using MTM. Motion passes 10 aye, 1 nay. Motion for rephrasing as in prior sentence by Liz Wilcox, 2nd Tom Allen. Motion passes 10 aye, 1 nay.

·         Discussion was held on whether to appoint and/or elect board membership. The members attending wanted to keep the current members for the short term. Grant Wilcox volunteered to be an additional member at large, since Phil Schilke is Treasurer and Secretary at the moment. Verne Wandell is the WMR contact. Henry Hausler, Detroit Region Board member, will be working with us on appointing a chief. Nancy Schilke has been appointed by Detroit Region to be the temporary Region F&C administrator, until a Chief is appointed.

·         Motion by Gordon Ensing, 2nd by Grant Wilcox, to have MTM Board elections held by Oct 1 2001, for offices to begin Nov 1, 2001. Terms would be for a 2-year period. Motion passes by acclimation.

·         Need to appoint the following positions. Newsletter editor – Dick Coburn volunteers to continue. Trash & Trinkets Chair (Tom Allen & Scott Whitehead to head up). Webmaster (Melissa Wojciechowski volunteers). Need recruitment chair (Debbie Martens volunteers for this) & training chairs. Database chairperson (Willy Perez volunteered). Verne Wandell volunteers to co-ordinate training. We would want input from Debbie Martens, Don Tessmer and Willy Perez on training guidelines and materials. Propose holding formal schools separate from a race event. Social co-ordinator should also be appointed. Worker awards discussed – would want the executive (voting) board to handle this. Bob La Moreaux will host the Winter Party on February 17. Tom Allen will be the Social Co-ordinator. Verne Wandell and Gordon Ensing will work on flyers for training programs. Dave Hertzberg volunteers to help on printing flyers.

·         Fees – Need to look at restructuring the fees for membership. Discussion ensued on membership rates. Motion Grant Wilcox, 2nd Liz Wilcox, to raise MTM membership rates to $20, to cover current expenses. Motion Passes 7 to 3. Motion by Phil Schilke, 2nd Verne Wandell, to have to price increase take effect at the end of the 2001 season. Motion fails 5 to 7. Tom Allen to create membership packets to have available at all events.

·         Fee for Newsletter listing was. Currently fee is $25. This provides for an article in the newsletter, along with a response form. There is an E-mail remailing a week ahead of the event. Gordon will send a letter to Racing organisations, to tell them what they receive in terms of worker lists to chiefs, along with listing in the newsletter. We also post a CenDiv Calendar highlighting MTM events. Willy Perez will talk to Blackie Myers on co-ordinating a potential Detroit Region Fire School.

Should you have any comments or contributions to the improvement of MTM of the future please come to the winter meeting/party, which is described below. Please let your Executive members know your ideas and offers of assistance as well as refinements.

It is YOUR organization!

Planning Ahead 
Next Year’s MTM Winter Party
February 17, 2001

I (Rob LaMoreaux) offered earlier to host the 2001 party. I'm conveniently located 3 blocks from US-23 and Washtenaw Rd in Ann Arbor, and there is plenty of street parking on my residential (25 MPH) street. I also have a 1/32nd scale slot car track sitting on the pool table in the basement for racing entertainment.

Rob LaMoreaux
4096 Central Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Book February 17, 2001 NOW J


The editor welcomes articles and news items!

1)       Detroit Double Regional @ Grattan

2)       Detroit National @ Grattan [Check this edition]

3)       Western Michigan Events (highest ratio of F&C member involvement in the country)

4)       CART race in Detroit

5)       WOR Games @ MidOhio

Lots to report now we need reporters

Member News

Tradition carries on:

Sorry that I can't make these (events). It's been a long time since I've seen you folks. How are you doing? My son, Jeff, is a member of DC Region and works F & C.

Bob Janoska J

Hello and a snippet!

Hi! Hope all is well with you!  I wanted to mention something to you that might be a nice little snippet in the MTM newsletter. I was listening to the Houston race on the CART Radio Network.  They (I'm not sure who was announcing the race)... were talking about the difference between a stationary yellow flag, a waving yellow flag... and a vigorously waving yellow flag... and what it means (the vigorously waving yellow flag means the problem is HERE).

Anyway... the announcers were complimenting the workers and one of them brought up a Detroit race in the past... and the incident of when someone we all know and love... was waving that yellow flag so vigorously, he separated his shoulders!   :-)   Yes, I have to admit... I had a little chuckle.  :-)

Take Care!

Karen Rankey J

The wedding

Steve and I have been "dating" for 8 years. We finally decided it was about time we got going on all the plans we have been talking about and hopped on a plane to Las Vegas to get married. I had a little over a week to get the two of us and one of my daughters out of Detroit Metro airport, my sister on a plane from Minneapolis and my other daughter out of Seattle. We did the "evil deed" on November 5th at 7pm at the Little Church in the West. (It's a real church, not one of those tacky Las Vegas wedding chapels....)  (Steve interjects, "and we didn't even have to have a drink first!") It wasn’t fancy, we didn't get dressed up, and there were a few tears shed by
the women. We all stayed at the Stratosphere, and Steve and the girls went on the "Big Shot" and the roller coaster on top of the needle part there, along with a bunch of other rides at other casinos. A good time was had by all. (Nancy interjects, "I went to Vegas, took a gamble, and came home with a new diamond ring.") Now, how do we fit all his stuff in with all my stuff???

Nancy Johnson

New sites

 Michigan Turn Marshals maintained by Melissa Wojciechowski at a domain with our own name


Cornerworker Net of F&C Information touted as the F&C site for CenDiv from the Chicago Region SCCA maintained by Randy Hembry hembrey@mindspring.com at http://www.cornerworker.net/

Waterford Hills Flagging & Communications maintained by Debbie Martens at http://www.corecomm.net/~timdeb/racing/index.htm 

Central Division of SCCA usually publishes the schedules for the entire Division and all the tracks to which MTM members volunteer http://cendiv.scca.org/   

Western Michigan Region SCCA http://www.wmr-scca.gen.mi.us/ 

Detroit Region SCCA http://www.detroit-scca.org  

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