I’m giddy with excitement to head out on my first road trip in the Miata tomorrow to visit Watkins Glen International for the first time this season for some NASCAR Track Services Training.
I’m also excited to see Watkins Glen International promote the event through their facebook page with this poster:
This is marketing done right. Watkins Glen International has 67,065 likes at the time of this writing, and 37,357 check-ins. That’s an amazing amount of fans. And a great number of potential volunteers reached by a simple and effective method.
WGI wrote the following beneath the picture:
We’re looking for some great volunteers for a number of positions!
Come to the Motorsports Safety Seminar / Race Services, Inc. Open House this Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM – 3 PM and see what it’s all about!
It’s the start of the year and Race Services Inc. (RSI) has sent out it’s membership renewal application which consists of a “contract” requiring a signature to agree to (among other things) the understanding that volunteering with the club is an extremely hazardous undertaking; absolutely no monetary compensation of any form should be expected; RSI cannot be held responsible for any bodily injury or damage/loss of personal property; etc. And a Medical History Form which is a way to self-report any current or past medical treatment, allergies, past surgeries and current medications taken. Pretty smart idea!
What took me by surprise was a little gem at the bottom of “The Pursuit” newsletter that accompanied the membership renewal application which offered to subsidize in a form of $200 reimbursement of up to 10 RSI members to attend the SCCA National Convention, which this year is being held in Charlotte, NC.
Why is this surprising to me?
Because while working with the RSI I didn’t get the impression the club wanted anything to do with the SCCA, nevermind subsidize attending their conventions. Even though some RSI members are obviously SCCA members (myself included). To be a member of the RSI though, SCCA membership is not required. So that’s why I find it very interesting.
There is also a note about attending the NASCAR Summit. This I find less surprising because RSI works very closely with NASCAR by hosting a training day organized by NASCAR itself at the start of every year. That, I wish to personally attend one day.
So there you have it. Join RSI and take advantage of some serious opportunities that I didn’t even know existed, until now.
Club events have got to be my least favorite volunteering experiences because they tend to be pretty boring. Granted its not always the case but more often than not its the case. This time I was on my first visit to the Glen. I joined RSI – Race Services Incorporated in order to volunteer the 6hr endurance Rolex Grand Am race, but before I could be considered I had to audition. This was the only weekend I had open to go to Watkins Glen.
I used the opportunity to CouchSurf again and found an amazing host whom I hung out with part of the weekend. There was a neat cardboard regatta held at Seneca Lake of which she was a part so it was very much fun in that respect.
I am however looking forward to the actual race which is just around the corner.
Motorsport Marshal, Miata Driver, Hot Wheels Collector