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    Petition for CMRA Board Member Recall

    As many of you know, I was recently dismissed from my position at Chief Technical Director and Grid Marshal with the Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association (CMRA) by the CMRA’s Race Director, Walter Walker. I was “terminated” from my position by email -- I was not called and informed of this decision, nor was I dismissed in person.

    I want to thank you all for the hundreds of emails, calls and texts regarding my recent termination from the CMRA. Your support is very much appreciated. Most of you have asked me what happened and what led to my termination. Walter Walker’s email stated in part that I was terminated because there have been “more than a few complaints” about me from both staff members and the members [of the CMRA]. I (and most of you) highly doubt that there have many substantial complaints about me by the members/racers within the organization. (As a side note, there’s never been a weekend where I didn’t hear at least one complaint from someone in the Club about the Race Director, but those they were afraid to make this public for fear of reprisals or sanctions.)

    I am not tooting my own horn, but since my termination, I have been called by quite a large contingent of the CMRA as perhaps the most helpful and friendly of all the staff members, and some have even called me the “face of the CMRA”. Others have stated that the reason they went racing with the CMRA in the first place was because of me. (Additionally, in the past, I the CMRA’s secretary, Nancy Selleck, stated I was the best newsletter writer and editor the CMRA ever had.) Some members have stated that they will no longer race with the CMRA because of the way my dismissal was handled, and many others have stated that they think there’s something wrong with the managerial direction of the Club, and this issue is the latest reason to believe that.

    Why would they think that? Well, I am in my 29th straight year as a member of the Club, I have previously served two terms (four years) on the CMRA’s Board of Directors, and I was in my ninth year as staff member. I formerly authored and edited the Club’s newsletter and wrote the Club’s press releases. I have given the Club countless images for use in press releases, license cards, rule books and other advertisement media, and I have promoted the CMRA, its racers and vendors with a flood of images after each race event for many years on Facebook. I also recruited my family to work for the Club, first as corner workers, with my eldest daughter, Raynie, who essentially grew up at the track, moving up to chief manual scorer, gate worker and worker with CMRA merchandise sales. In time, Raynie herself, became one of the dozens and dozens I helped get licensed and on the racetrack, where she raced Mini Motards last season and at the first two races of this season, and had offers to ride the Lightweight Endurance series on a Kawasaki 300. She was also hoping to ride my KTM450SMR in at least a couple of Motard races. I put together "give back" programs whereby I donated money back to the Club for equipment such as EZ-Ups for cornerworkers, and I offered sponsorship programs for injured racers. Furthermore, my family and I have donated something to the CMRA’s end of year banquet every season for I don't know how long. So, with that said, one might think someone who has given as much to the CMRA as I have over close to three decades would be due at least a phone call when terminated. I know I would have made a phone call.

    The answer to “what happened”, is, I think, simple: after almost three decades of passionately supporting the CMRA, I was dismissed because of politics; I was fired for being friends with Peyton Inge. I lobbied for Peyton during Board elections, mainly because he is a lawyer. When I was on the Board, I served alongside a lawyer and his advice and direction was very helpful. I felt Peyton could offer similar value.
    I want to make it VERY clear that I DO NOT agree with everything Peyton has done, and I am saddened by the fact that the CMRA is being sued by Peyton. The lawsuit has fragmented relationships and divided some of the Club’s membership, and it has made enemies of friends.Furthermore, I feel the lawsuit could have been avoided. After losing a bid for a seat on the CMRA’s Board of Directors in 2014, emails posted by then CMRA president John Orchard show that Peyton originally asked the CMRA Board of Directors to do three things, which I believe the CMRA By Laws allow in some form or another:

    • Audit 25 election ballots;
    • Issue an apology to him;
    • Produce the CMRA’s books and records.

    Instead of doing these things, the Board revoked Peyton’s CMRA license and kicked him out of the Club. From this action, one could presume that hiding someone’s personal secrets justify risking the CMRA’s future existence. Or, maybe the Board’s actions could be explained away as petty pride. Regardless, I have always maintained that the CMRA’s Board of Directors, secretary and race director, do not own the Club and should always act in the best interest of the Club. We, the members of the Club, own the CMRA, not the Board or anyone else.

    I believe the Board, in part or in whole, had Walter Walker fire me (via email, mind you) because of my relationship with Peyton Inge.

    As such, I am asking for 75 names, pursuant to Section 3.15 of the CMRA’s By Laws, to initiate a recall of current the sitting CMRA Vice President, Mr. John Orchard. Mr. Orchard was the acting CMRA President in December 2014. If there is truly nothing to hide, Mr. Orchard is also a symbol of the Board’s refusal to address the Peyton Inge issue in the best interest of the Club. Mr. Orchard, you do not have my permission to risk MY Club over a pissing contest, petty pride, personal secrets, or anything else. Refrain from being a career politician and stand up for the Club we - the members - love.

    PLEASE READ THIS: I am asking for 75 names of people who are pissed about the current situation and believes the CMRA deserves better. This recall petition DOES NOT mean I (OR YOU) side with Peyton Inge or his lawsuit. In fact, you can hate Peyton Inge and his lawsuit and still sign this petition. Additionally, this petition ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT mean I, or you, as a signer, are anti-CMRA. In fact, I created this petition because I LOVE the CMRA and do not want its future jeopardized by the decisions of a few. And maybe most importantly, NEITHER I NOR YOU AS A SIGNER RISK BEING REPRIMANDED BY THE CMRA OR ITS EMPLOYEES BECAUSE YOU AGREE WITH THIS RECALL PETITION. A RECALL PETITION IS PURSUANT TO SECTION 3.15 OF THE CMRA’S BY LAWS. A recall petition means you have lost faith in one or more members of the leadership committee, and you are demanding change. Mr. John Orchard himself stated that “Changes are occasionally made as needed and in the best interest of the CMRA as with any organization.” I agree, which is why I created this petition.
    When we reach 75 names, the Board must take action, or explain their refusal to do so. The Board may also try to delete this thread, or hide it. If that happens, I will demand to know why.
    Thanks for believing that the CMRA is a Club for the members, by the members.

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    2. Myla Van Duyn (disappointed that we have not been addressed about this, and lack of support in other things for members, though I'm risking not getting greeted in the same manner by some people who I do appreciate...i would rather stand for Cmra functioning as it used to)
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    Adding the same reply that I posted on your fb post.

    Linz, I'm sorry to see you post this. Your assessment of what occurred is inaccurate and nothing could be further from the truth regarding acting in the best interest of the CMRA.

    I'm unable to address specifics related to the lawsuit, but please don't take my silence anything more than following the instructions and guidance of our council, which is not to comment for the benefit of the CMRA.


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    Quote Originally Posted by John Orchard View Post
    Adding the same reply that I posted on your fb post.

    Linz, I'm sorry to see you post this. Your assessment of what occurred is inaccurate and nothing could be further from the truth regarding acting in the best interest of the CMRA.

    I'm unable to address specifics related to the lawsuit, but please don't take my silence anything more than following the instructions and guidance of our council, which is not to comment for the benefit of the CMRA.


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    Sorry it's come to this. Next time you fire someone, use a phone.
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    Petition for CMRA Board Member Recall

    Is this about the reasons that Linz was let go or the way it was communicated?
    In regards to your relationship or communication with the plaintiff, this is not new information and it has nothing to do with any of this. If that was the reason, why would you have been asked to work this year? It would have been logical to remove you a long time ago.
    I can't stress enough how hard it is to communicate to the membership when everything has to be run by a legal team, even when issues do not involve the current litigation.
    We felt like keeping the reasons and yes there are reasons (plural) for removing Linz from his position private to save embarrassment or more division amongst the membership. This decision was not taken lightly nor was Walter the only one involved.
    Everyone on the BOD knew this decision was going to be very unpopular with many of the members but we felt like it was the right choice.


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    Jeremy Dillon would sign petition
    Termination of employee by means via e - mail seems shady and disrespectful. The respect to long term employees should matter to a club/organization even the CMRA and members not just BOD. I think it is reasonable to sit down for a few minutes and let an employee know the BOD speaking on behalf of CMRA members want to go in another direction! The CMRA and BOD should be professional and set the example. To say it saves linz embarrassment just leads to more division , clear communication always is best in any business or organization.

    Regardless of the pending lawsuit the attorneys could set in with BOD or Walter and make sure there would only stick to the termination of an employee? Seems legitimate based on comments that BOD knew that it was a very unpopular decision! lending the CMRA just racers view of the club they love!

    Writing this might get me kicked out but there is a professional ethics in business to termination of employees? Show respect get respect regardless if you have made your decision on an employee at the BOD meeting.

    Linz, Was always tough on me at tech safety wire stuff not in rule book! I also respect the techs and did what was required. I gave him respect and staff of CMRA . I want to be safe and have a good time racing.

    Just putting out the two ways of looking at a fair road racing Club standards!

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    Jeremy, your comments or beliefs will not get you "kicked out". Man, is that really what people think? There have been MANY vocal members on this BBS that have had much more to say than that and they still enjoy their membership privileges.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve McNamara View Post
    Is this about the reasons that Linz was let go or the way it was communicated?
    In regards to your relationship or communication with the plaintiff, this is not new information and it has nothing to do with any of this. If that was the reason, why would you have been asked to work this year? It would have been logical to remove you a long time ago.
    I can't stress enough how hard it is to communicate to the membership when everything has to be run by a legal team, even when issues do not involve the current litigation.
    We felt like keeping the reasons and yes there are reasons (plural) for removing Linz from his position private to save embarrassment or more division amongst the membership. This decision was not taken lightly nor was Walter the only one involved.
    Everyone on the BOD knew this decision was going to be very unpopular with many of the members but we felt like it was the right choice.


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    Steve, seems to me it could have been handled better than it was. We the (Members), have been kept in the dark for the reasons, a long standing fixture in the club has been fired by email. How are we supposed to react to this? The question I keep asking myself is this, was Linz allowed to defend himself against the reasons, was there any dialogue with Linz before the firing? I think a phone call would have been the appropriate way to handle this, I think he deserved at least that much.

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