Seth Reid 2020 Director Candidate Statement
Hi everyone! I am writing to ask for your support in running for a seat on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Region of the SCCA. I’ve been with the SFR Region since I moved to the Bay Area in 2008. In my twelve years with the club, I’ve been able to autocross and attend Driver’s School which enabled me to race at Laguna Seca. I have worked on the Emergency Crew for eleven years, and I’ve been a Chief of the Emergency Crew. I am currently in my second year on the Board of Directors. That seems like a lot when I type it out, but there are so many more things I’d like to learn and do in the SCCA.
What do I hope to accomplish if I am elected for another two years? I want to work to improve the involvement in our racing family. My first daughter is three, and by the time this gets printed I will hopefully be holding my second daughter. Family has been foremost in my mind the past few years. Not only my immediate family, but the wonderful race family that I have become a part of in my time with the SCCA. I want my racing family to continue to have an enjoyable experience, whether that be it at an autocross or a road race; or driving or volunteering. I would like to strengthen the bonds between those that are already here as well as bring in new peopleto our family.
Our club is evolving. People are leaving to do other things. Every form of racing has gotten more expensive with the costs of fuel, entry fees, and the cars themselves. This year alone our world has changed in a number of ways. We have a lot of challenges ahead of us not only in just continuing to run the club, but to make it a place people want to be. Some of these challenges have been around for many years and some are brand new. Even just coming out to a parking lot and driving cars around cones has new challenges this year.
As a current and hopefully future board member, I’m trying to solve some of the problems that we have. Dwindling volunteer numbers increases the number of tasks to complete, causing higher burnout among current workers. When workers stop having fun because they are burnt out, they stop coming out, and this further decreases the number of workers. I don’t like using the word “work” when it comes to volunteering at races because it should be enjoyable. People come out because they love cars, competition, and being with their fellow volunteers and/or racers. Mostly, many of our members come to events because racing is something they love and they want to share that love with our other members.
One of the biggest things I am striving for is to improve communications between the Board of Directors and the club. I know not getting answers to questions or getting the information needed to run the club can be very frustrating. Sometimes we don’t have the answers, but hearing nothing is the worst thing. I want to make sure that everyone who asks a question to the Board gets some kind of answer so that they know they are heard. Group emails are great, but I think personal communication is the most important aspect to having more open and forward moving communication. Just a phone call to talk to someone about an issue can go a long way to understanding the problem and finding a solution that will benefit everyone involved. No problem is unsolvable if we communicate and put our heads together.