Castrol EDGE Volunteer of the Month - Ron Florentinus

Castrol EDGE Volunteer of the Month – Ron Florentinus

Ron Florentinus has become an integral part of the Whyalla Kart Club in South Australia and has been selected as this month’s Castrol EDGE Volunteer of the Month.

Ron got into the sport through some mates at work who raced. They needed a hand at the local track with timekeeping.

“I had a bit of nouse when it came to using computers, so they thought I’d be ideal for the timekeeping, as they needed someone who was computer savvy” Ron recalls.

“So I went along and became the timekeeper and helped out the club in that way – and it has grown from there.”

It has become a family affair since then, with his granddaughter racing and Ron’s wife managing the kart for her.

“I sometimes head down from the tower to give them a hand, but always get stuck, so it’s the best place to be up there I think.”

He has gone on from timekeeping to playing so many roles – to Clerk of Course, Chief Steward, Race Secretary – and draws glowing recommendations from fellow club members.

“If our small club had another two of Ron, we would be the best club in Australia bar none,” said one nomination.

“Working bees he is like the rock he is always there first to open last to leave, our club would not be what is if it wasn’t for this individual.”

Retired now, Ron is still heavily involved on a week to week basis – the day we spoke to him he was preparing for that night’s club meeting, he also sits on the State Karting Council and Supplementary Regulation committee – he’s also been instrumental in implementing the MYLAPS Orbits Timing System into South Australia.

Amazingly, he’s never raced himself and is involved in his sixth year of just ‘helping out’.

“He is involved in everything that we do. Ron has never raced or even been in a kart. After a couple of years of being involved, he went out and bought a Kart for his 7 year old granddaughter. Ron did not slow down on helping out the Club and has continued to do so ever since.”

It is volunteers like Ron Florentinus that keep the sport going – congratulations on being nominated as our Castrol EDGE Volunteer of the Month Ron – you’ve received a Castrol

EDGE Merchandise pack and 20 to be used as giveaways at your club.

To nominate someone in your club as our Castrol EDGE Volunteer of the Month, CLICK THIS LINK.