I can't possibly explain how pissed off and disappointed all of this makes me. Not that it matters to most, I wouldn't expect it to.
Let me take a moment and introduce myself, for those that don't know me. I'm Bob Gervais, I was President of this fine club for a couple of years, and involved in Staff in one way or another for about 4 years. In my time as President, I learned why nobody else wanted the job. You can't please all of the people all of the time, but you try. People complain and you look like an *******, which is fine by me. I've looked like an ******* for much worse reasons.
Also in my time as President, I organized a few national meets. Guess what, a lot of people complained because of location, it was too far away, etc. My thoughts at the time? I felt badly about the location, but from a financial standpoint, the locations I picked were the only ones that worked for attendance. Whomever is putting meets together needs to realize that this club consists of members from every part of the economic structure, from family guys who need to budget, to kids who blow their budget on a 99 cent Happy Meal. It ain't easy organizing a meet, and financial matters are just the tip of the iceberg on that issue.
The first Gingerman ROTB we did, I got sponsors for. Not as many as I would have liked, but Northeast SHO
and SHOFast (Kirk and Brad) stepped up to the plate with $500 each to lessen the cost of the meet. Even with those generous contributions, I put $3500 out of pocket for renting the track, t-shirts, and food. $3500 that I was unsure if I was going to make back or not. Thankfully I did, and the meet was a huge success. Mostly due to location, low cost, and location. Did I mention location? I know Jason has had to do the same things with the track events he has put on, and I also know that he had the same worries of not losing the money he put in. Let's face it, we drive Tauruseses. We ain't exactly a rich crowd.
The very first club sanctioned ROTB was in Norwalk, OH. I rented Norwalk's drag strip for some fun, and we went to Cedar Point Park for even more fun. It became apparent from that first meet, that I needed to have some type of release of liability. When it comes down to it ONE PERSON is responsible for ownership of the - NOW PAY ATTENTION KIDDIES - WEBSITE, if something happened at an event and the retarded lawyers started listing people to sue, the club will be on that list, and so will the website/forums. Guess who was listed as owner of the domain? Yep, me. Just the same as Jason, or anyone else that ends up with the Presidency, is listed as the domain owner. Thankfully there were never any "incidents" beyond maybe two people getting tickets, but there's always going to be a moron at any event that takes things too far and increases the liability of the club. There are liability forms, as Kirk pointed out, but as I was advised at the time, releasing liability can be as simple as a statement on a forum that says exactly what Jason said. "The TCCA is not sanctioning this event, and does not condone street racing, or reckless driving on public roads". Not verbatim, but something to that effect.[/b]