RE Update by Peter Schneider

2021 was an eventful year. The Region was very busy, we conducted 10 Solo events with over 1,000 entries including hosting the SCCA Champ Tour at the Meadowlands in May. NNJR's Solo events are among the most active in the Division. We returned to Pocono for the Joe DeLuca and Linda Gronlund Freedom Majors and conducted 6 RoadRallies including returning to the SCCA National Course RoadRally series after 29 years with the New Jersey Monte in honor of Dave Panas. In addition, we conducted our 31st Annual Teddy Bear rally which over the years we have raised almost $30,000 for the Toys for Tots program. Once again for the second year in a row NNJR had the most active RoadRally program in the country.

For those that do not follow events at SCCA National, there was a change at the National Board of Directors for Area 1. NNJR's member Bob Dowie who has represented Area 1 (New England Region, New York Region and NNJR) is stepping down from his second term, due to required term limits and I will be replacing him as Area 1 Director. The term of the position is three years and there is a two-term limit. Whether I can make it the full six years, only time can tell. The Region would like to thank Bob for his six years of service on the Board of Directors and years of service on the Club Racing Board.

At the December Board of Trustee (BOT) Meeting the 2022 Board members were confirmed since the individuals running for the four open positions ran unopposed. Listed below is the full list of the elected positions, those that are highlighted have just started their two-year term. The remaining positions are on their second year of their two-year term.

Region Executive: Peter Schneider

Assistant RE: Mark Labbancz

Treasurer: Jason Evangelista

Trustee: Chris Mosley

Trustee: Jeff Yatsko

Trustee: Perry Aidelbaum

Trustee: Linda Santangelo-Mosley

In addition, at the December BOT two annual awards were discussed and agreed upon. The Walter Huber Scholarship and The Vinny Blancuzzi Award. For those that do not know the Walter Huber Scholarship is a $500.00 grant presented in memory of Walter to a NNJR member attending their first Solo Nationals, National Runoffs, United States Road Rally Challenge or like events in the other Specialties. The Vinny Blancuzzi Award is presented to a region member to recognize the time and effort it takes to make the Region work above and beyond the normal effort.

The recipient of the Walter Huber Scholarship fund is William Petrow, we will announce the individual that received the Vinny Blancuzzi Award in February.

2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year. While we are unable to host the 2022 Joe DeLuca and Linda Gronlund Freedom Majors this year due to a scheduling conflict with the Watkins Glen International Super Tour, we will have a full schedule of Solo and RoadRally events available to our membership and friends. 

I hope to see you at one of our events in the next twelve months.

Regards and Happy New Year

Peter Schneider