February 24: General Club Meeting

DSC_0458-copyHDTAll are welcome to the next SOARA general meeting on February 24 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.

Our guest speakers will be Christine and Kris Marciniak to talk about off road rallying and to gather communication support for their rallies.  SOARA has been a proud supporter of their events in the past and in the future.

From Christine and Kris:

We’re getting ready for the 2014 High Desert Trails Rally on Saturday, May 3rd! Our website is: http://highdeserttrails.com

The 2014 event will be much the same as the last few years on the Jawbone area stages near Ridgecrest, CA, but as the event expands we need even more volunteers every year to be able to put on a great event. We need YOUR help!
There’s lots of positions that we need filled, especially:

– Time Control Workers, including MTC, and Stage Captains
– Communications / Amateur Radio Operators
– Course Set-up (including banners, stakes, and arrows) – before event start (Friday during the day or VERY early on Saturday)
– Course Clean-up – after event finish
– Course closing or sweep vehicles
– Licensed EMTs
– Non-ham road blockages
– Scoring Team
– Spectator Marshals
– Trophy Team (Digital Photography)

For more information and to sign up, please see the volunteer area of our website at: http://highdeserttrails.com/volunteers

We will be providing lunch and water for all registered volunteers. As an additional incentive for participating as a volunteer for this year’s rally, we are also offering you a discounted entry at the brand new High Desert Trail Rallycross! For more information and to sign up for the rallycross, please visit the rallycross section of our website! (Please note that signing up as a volunteer, which you must do first, does not automatically enter you in the rallycross.)

We have a great reduced host hotel rate for all suites at the SpringHill Suites Marriott. Please be sure to book your rooms with the host hotel soon! Call Brooklynn at (760) 428-6003 for reservations, and be sure to mention “The High Desert Trails Rally” to receive the same great reduced rate as last year of $109 (plus tax) per night (before the rate expires on April 12th). You can also use the following link to make your reservations:
There are many additional hotels in town to choose from with rates ranging from $50-$150 per night.

Please feel free to email us at:

Thank you in advance for your participation, Christine & Kristopher Marciniak Co-Organizers, High Desert Trails Rally http://highdeserttrails.com