March 26, 2020, 5:30pm
Team SCCA –
We find ourselves in unprecedented times. With the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the inconceivable speed at which things are changing around us, we are continuously evaluating and adapting our operations and business, much like countless others. I know many of you have questions about the future, and while we don’t have all of the answers, I want to share with you the overall landscape here at National SCCA headquarters, along with our current plan—shared with the SCCA Board this past Monday (3/23)—that we are putting into effect immediately to ensure that the SCCA emerges from this crisis as strong as possible.
Our rapidly changing environment requires that we take immediate action to better protect our future as an organization. In short, we must make some sacrifices today, so that we can endure in the future. This unfortunately includes some impacts to staffing and will affect the levels of service we are able to provide out of the National Office. No doubt many of you are experiencing these same kinds of impacts already, both personally and professionally, and we here at the SCCA share in that hardship.
As you already know, our sacrifices began—like many others across the broader U.S. motorsports landscape—with the postponement or cancellation of early-season events. Looking at the event calendar just through the end of April, we’re expecting impacts to ~200 events—about 10% of our annual schedule. Moreover, events will continue to be affected until regulatory mandates and restrictions are lifted, and we can once again ensure a safe environment at events—which could stretch further into the season. This, of course, has a significant negative impact on our short-term ability to operate as a business at the National level, leading us to take further action to protect our future.
Facing the realities that we will have far fewer SCCA events occurring across the country short term, and that many of us are under self-quarantine and stay-at-home mandates (including the one that goes into effect in Topeka today), we are temporarily reducing staff and staff hours to provide only essential services and support, effective April 1 through April 30, 2020. This move impacts every employee of SCCA, Inc.—starting with me, the full executive team, all full-time employees and all independent contractors—as we are all in this together as One Team.
With reduced staff and limited services, and to better serve you across this interim period, we ask that—should you need support or help—you reach out to the following “service centers” using the email addresses listed at the end of this message.
Our number one priority has been, and continues to be, keeping all of our members, volunteers, drivers, event leaders and staff safe. But our main goal is now to maintain the overall health of the organization. Right now, we are focused on the near future—today through the end of April. We will continue to monitor and evaluate daily, and as the situation with the coronavirus continues to evolve, more changes and impacts across our organization are likely. Flexibility is, and will remain, our key approach moving forward, as there isn’t any room for speculation past the immediate short-term.
In addition, we are keeping a watchful and hopeful eye on developments which may come about at the Federal level (i.e., COVID-19 stimulus) that might offer us additional support during this season.
In closing—as your CEO, and as someone who, like you, cares deeply about this organization, I want to share that we are all working tirelessly on the Club’s behalf, with full transparency and in concert with the Board of Directors. No one—including me—is in charge of the environmental elements that can and will impact our trajectory going forward. But, I am fully committed to doing everything I can to turn these short-term sacrifices into opportunities for development and growth.
The challenges in front of us all are real and they are significant, but we are—and will continue—to work through this as One Team so that we can do our part to “flatten the curve” and then crush some apexes with you as soon as we can!
Thank you for your continued membership and support. Stay safe and stay healthy.
All the best,
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