Team WetLeather started as a loose group of Wetleatherites going racing. The Team expanded, fundraising started, actual bucks began flowing in (and out). The Team has acquired some equipment necessary (and nice) for a race team. Case in point: the TWL awning and banner
Unfortunately, we've pretty much reached the limit of the number of bikes and riders we can reasonably accommodate and effectively lend support to in the Team. You can only do so much with limited resources, time, and energy.
The following charter contains guidelines that we hope will ensure the health of the Team. The Team has turned out to be a Good Thing™, and many of you have helped to make it happen.
Team Wetleather wishes to express how much we appreciate the friendship and support of all our pals on WetLeather.
Team WetLeather Charter
- Team WetLeather is not a profit oriented organization, an anarchy, monarchy, dictatorship, or democracy.
- It is a motorcycle road racing team.
- WetLeather refers to the WetLeather mailing list.
- Team WetLeather refers to all officially recognized members of Team WetLeather™, in the view of the steering committee.
- WetLeatherites refers to all active posters on WetLeather, their friends, and relatives.
Team WetLeather, its steering committee, riders, cook, masseuse, and bookmaker shall not be held legally or financially responsible for any loss or damages incurred by any other member of the Team, including damages or physical injury experienced by any Team member as a result of participation in an organized racing event. (This includes any illness that may be contracted by ingestion of raw meat or chilis at an event.)
Any profits resulting from the sale of any Team WetLeather paraphernalia or other fundraising shall be used for goods, equipment, or services that best benefit the team as a whole, in the view of the steering committee. Financial and/or material support to benefit the individual riders shall be at the discretion of the steering committee, and based on available funds.
In the event of dissolution of Team WetLeather, all Team equipment will be sold, and the proceeds will be used to host a party for all of WetLeather.
- Steering Committee:
- The steering committee shall preferably consist of three or more people, but shall never number less than two.
- The steering committee reserves the exclusive right to appoint new members to Team WetLeather.
- New members to the steering committee and Team WetLeather shall be admitted only upon a unanimous vote by the steering committee.
- The steering committee reserves the exclusive right to appoint new members to the steering committee. Prospective appointees must be current members of Team WetLeather.
- The steering committee has the final say in clarifying any ambiguity in this document.
- This document may only be amended by a majority vote of the steering committee. If a tie vote is cast, the tie shall be broken by first by a single coin toss, if the tie cannot be broken by the coin toss, then by a wheelie contest, lastly by a majority vote of the WetLeather mailing list.
- The official copy of this document shall remain for safekeeping in the hands of the steering committee.
- As of the date February 1998, the steering committee members are Kory Gill and Jeff Earls.
- Rider rights:
- Riders may, without prejudice, address the steering committee at any time regarding matters of team policy or the Charter. They are warned, however, that such behavior may well result in their appointment to the steering committee.
- Riders have the right of use of any Team WetLeather owned equipment or materials for use at road racing events. In the event of concurrent race dates or other conflicts, the steering committee will attempt to resolve the conflict in the fairest manner possible.
- Rider Responsibilities:
- Riders are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at the racetrack during a sanctioned racing event. This includes following all rules specified by the race track and sanctioning organization. (i.e. no drinking in the pits)
- Riders are expected to race with courtesy and safety in mind.
- Riders may be called upon by the steering committee to help with team management and administrative tasks, or decision making.
- Riders are encouraged to host a minimum of one Team party per race season.
- WetLeatherites responsibilities:
- WetLeather visitors to the pits should be sensitive to the needs of the Team. It is difficult to perform emergency maintenance to a motorcycle with a crowd of people and lawn chairs surrounding the motorcycle. Racing requires a big investment of mental energy. While we love having our friends around on race day, don't expect the riders to be particularly chatty or sociable. Please be sensitive to the riders' need for space, especially before a race or heat. There will be time to chat when the racing is over for the day.
- WetLeatherites MUST abide by the rules of the track and sanctioning body. This means no alcohol or drugs in the pits. The riders are responsible for the actions of their guests. This means the riders can LOSE THEIR RACING LICENSES because of the actions of their guests! This includes wheelying or racing through the pits on any vehicle.
- The Team cannot be responsible for your bikes and gear in the pits. Please park your motorcycles in the regular spectator's parking area. It can get very crowded otherwise, and hampers our efforts to pack up at the end of the day. We may offer a place to stow your things if there are not too many visitors, but can't be responsible for loss or damage. Historically, motorcycles tend to be very safe from tampering or theft at the racetrack. Gear, however, is not. There have been isolated instances of theft in the past. Be aware.
Team WetLeather members - 1995
- Kory Gill
- Jeff Earls
- Rolland Waters
- Briggs Willoughby
- Rebecca Wells
- Sam Stoney