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In the spirit of Jack and Alexia’s comments, CCS will gladly turn over to the racers the planning of the 2003 Awards Ceremony. For those who are interested, the parameters are: 1. Pick a date that everyone can make, stay off traditional dates such as the Super Bowl or the Daytona 500. (You want no excuses for riders to not attend your shindig.)2. Make the location convenient to ALL racers in the region(s). Racers who competed regularly in the Mid-west, Great Plains and Great Lakes regions came from Minnesota, Iowa ,Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, North Dakota and Wisconsin.3. The hotel/restaurant has to be flexible, crowd will be from 50 to 300 people, we won’t know until the night of the dinner. (We had 108 pre-enter, 92 show up “unannounced” this year, 120 pre enter and 60 show up “unannounced” in 2002 and 150 pre-enter with 35 or so “unannounced” in 2001.)4. Obtain a total price, including taxes, tips, set-up fees, room charge, bartenders, cash bar, public address system and any clean-up fees there may be. If it is a sit-down dinner or dinner buffet, you need to satisfy those who eat only meat and potatoes, vegetarians, and those who only eat “healthy” like chicken or fish. Must be under $35 per person total and include non-alcoholic beverages.For an appetizer / finger food buffet, you must come up with a small variety of foods that will be acceptable to a very wide variety of people fro vegetarians to the meat lovers. Cost must be $15 or less and include non-alcoholic beverages5. Negotiate a good room deal. No complimentary rooms for every 10-20, you want to get the discount spread over every room so it benefits everyone, not just a few.6. Find an Emcee that won’t offend the attendees. Pay scale is free dinner, must have prior experience and be acceptable to both CCS and racers.Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your intention to arrange next years Awards Ceremony, and I will choose a representative in each region to plan the 2004 event.
Jack and Alexa, there is a group that is a go between from racer to CCS. They are the regional race director and staff. They should be getting information, complaints or compliments to CCS and solving your problems during the year. Nobody should have to go beyond them to get things handled. I doubt seriously that CCS would recognize an outside group of racers. KC 124, no, I got on here and blasted away before I sent anything to Kevin. Notice the time on my post, 3:09 a.m., I sent it after I drove home from the banquet. Then I sent a message to Kevin and we are playing email tag right now.I did not send anything seperately to Tiffanny because I'm quite sure Kevin will share.Why am I so disappointed with the banquet some of you may ask. Because I think the racers, workers staff and everyone else involved with this sport deserves a better effort than what was presented. And think of this. Clear Channel prides itself in being one of, if not the largest entertainment promoter in the world and we have to put up with stuff like Saturday night. Let me ask you, WHY?CCS probably has the smallest budget of any of their organizations, why? Because we don't make enough money for them? No, we don't pack the stands with thousands of people like the monster trucks, supercross or concerts they promote, does that mean we should not get a decent banquet to honor the guys that spend their hard earned money to race with CCS?Yeah, we can have a good time getting together anywhere. Does that mean we have to settle for less from CCS? If you guys don't demand better you won't get better. Why are some of you willing to accept mediocrity? This is your organization. It is made up of members that pay an annual membership fee (your license) as well as pay dearly all year long for the privilege (?) of racing with CCS. If you guys are willing to accept what they are giving you then go ahead. I will sit back and remain silent. It's your organization, do with it what you will. ;D
The problem here is not CCS it is CCE. The large corp CCE is just milking CCS for all it is worth. CCS makes money that is why they combined events with FUSA as FUSA made no money. CCE brags how they are the #1 provider of concerts and events but spends no money promoting FUSA races. It is obvious why FUSA fell apart. The problem with the banquet is just another example of their incompetence. The CCE office is local , i am sure the have had corporate events at hotels and facilities throughout this area over the years so they know what facilities are available.You are the customers of CCS if you keep making excuses for them please don't complain when they dump on you over and over. There are other choices out there for your money spend it where you get a return. Gordy has been around a long time also he was there for the good and bad days of CCS, he has done a great deal for the sport and i have to agree with a lot of what he said. Gman was also correct , if you want to be in charge of something be accountable and take your lumps. is it ok to screw up and then tell people to sit down and shut up when it's your fault i think not. K3 it's a shame you looked forward to a exciting night and it wasn't what you expected , you still had fun because you made the best of it , good for you! Someone should start a campaign to tell CCS and CCE how you would like to be treated as customers.
Would we be so lucky as to be actively involved in our safety issues as well?Matt
I guess the tracks up there are closed this time of year because of the cold weather huh? My .02
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