In 1983, I founded the Finger Lakes Microd Club. At that time I


sighted three goals for starting FL.M.C. These were stated on Page 2


of our proposal for membership. All three times we asked for


admission to the New York State Microd Assoc. (they were also


printed on page 24 of both planbooks we have used over the years).


A fourth “goal” was conceived at the same time F.L.M.C. was born


but it was never written down mainly because it was an attitude (a


way of looking at things). During the past year and a half it has


become painfully clear that this “goal” not only needs to be written


down clearly, but is the most important of the “Five Goals”. This


doctrine we will be discussing. The fifth “goal” was developed over a


period of years starting in 1987. While goal five was not an original


goal of F.L.M.C., the current directors and I feel very strongly that it


be included as an official goal of F.L.M.C. at this time.



Goal I: To bring Microd Racing within reach (money wise) of any family.


Explanation: From the very beginning I wanted a club where money


was not the determining factor of who had a chance to win races. it


was also my opinion that while most families could afford a microd,


many could not afford the expense of being competitive at higher


levels in the metal frame clubs. This is mostly because of the level of


technology involved.



Goal 2: To make cars as even and competitive as possible so that


the driver’s skill wins the race instead of a well built engine or well


designed car.


Explanation:  This was a big challenge to develop a system where all


drivers had equal chance to win (even for drivers without a lot of


experience). We know there are better and faster ways to build race


cars - that was never our aim at F.L.M.C. Our objective will always be


to minimize “Daddy racing”. We do not want a lot of things on the cars


that are adjustable. Parents who enjoy tinkering on the car will find


the system we’ve developed very frustrating. This is intentional.


These parents should look to move up to the metal frame clubs in the


area because innovation is one of the main features of these clubs!



Goal 3: To simplify construction of microds and reduce maintenance


of engines so that a person of no special skills can build and maintain


his own car.


Explanation:   This has come to mean strict adherence to the Little


Wheels plan book, and club owned stock motors for all classes. Every


member should realize these two principals afford all members the


best opportunity to remain competitive on an on-going basis. Lack of


latitude on interpretation of “car specs” insures all competitors of


uniformity among cars and no advantages to “Rule Stretchers”. A list


of do’s and don’ts on engine care is provided to each family. Among


other things this states only authorized personnel may take a motor





Goal 4: To teach children to be successful in life (long term). Also to


let each child know he or she can be somebody and that they can


make a difference for others with their lives.


Explanation:  Our biggest responsibility at F.L.M.C. is to teach each


child success principles he or she can use and apply in their lives


after they leave F.L.M.C. Many people believe success is winning


races, but this has never been the case and never will be. * “Success


isn’t a matter of being the best. Success is a matter of handling the


worst. It’s being able to deal constructively with life’s


disappointments.” The people who keep focused on achieving their


goals despite disappoint­ments are the real winners in life and always


will be! Children are taught not to measure themselves against


others but against their own personal best records. Children need to


understand that winning is something “special” that happens as a


result of doing their best. Demanding parents that “expect” winning,


take the joy out of the experience of winning. Remember these are


kids and they do not need to deal with adult situations this early in






* From Robert Schuiler’s book “Life’s Not Fair. But God is Good”



Goal 5: To always be willing to accommodate the Physically &


Mentally Challenged, or people with other special needs.


Explanation:  Since the time I was seven years old, I have believed


very strongly that God places each of us here on earth with both a


purpose and a destiny. Whether a person fulfills God’s destiny for


themselves is in large part up to the individual themselves. But make


no mistake; the environment in which a child is raised has a big


effect. At F.L.M.C. our goal is to provide an environment where


children can both be encouraged and loved, not by just their


immediate family, but by their club family as well. The current


directors and I believe the system of racing we have developed


builds the self esteem of all drivers (not just a select few) because no


one dominates from week to week. in the years since 1987 I have


encountered people who have criticized me for allowing handicapped


individuals to race with us stating “They should stay home where


they belong.” The thing these people haven’t taken the time to


understand is, that if you are trying to hide what you are, or what you


have, you live in fear for someone finding out. This is not really living.


Every child needs a place where they can be accepted for who they


are, and be treated as just one of the gang. It is my hope that F.L.M.C.


will always be a place where any person can come and be welcomed


regardless of their special situation.



In Conclusion:  Over the years many members have become


discontent and left F.L.M.C.  The reason is almost always the same.


F.L.M.C. has refused to change (progress in their eyes) as they


change. This is because our focus is not on technology advancement


or competition, our goal is to not change, to be stable so that


members do not have to spend money making changes, trying to


keep up with advancing technology. My vision for F.L.M.C. has


always been to focus on people rather than on competition.


In my opinion, “it is for this reason more than any other that


makes F.L.M.C. unique among other microd clubs.” It was


never my intention that F.L.M.C. compete (competition wise) with


other clubs around the state. In my view, F.L.M.C. serves a


completely different type of person as compared to our metal frame


counterparts. The Board of Directors and I want everyone to know of


these differences before they join F.L.M.C. We’ll also require that if


you still wish to join our club after reading these goals, you sign a


pledge to support these goals for as long as you are a member of







A.J. Burgess

F.L.M.C. President




(I/we)agree: ____________________________________________________________________  to support these goals for as long as we are members of F.L.M.C.










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