W4WDA Winter Meeting Minutes Jan. 2014


Meeting minutes, January 11, 2014

Link: 01 11 14 W4WDA Minutes


 Review and revised agenda as needed.



Vice President Orlin Clark called the meeting to order at 9:15am.

Roll call was held.

Secretary’s Report was approved as printed.

Treasurer’s Report  was accepted as printed.

Committee Reports;

Pipeline-  Clean up day scheduled for May 17, 2014 hosted by WOHVA. For details go to WOHVA’s website.

Website- Send any information to Amanda Cottrell and she will update website.

Bylaws/SOP- Nothing to report.

SCORP-No updates. Luana was also unsure if there would be another one due to funding issues.

STC- At the November meeting in Sparta, Luana Schneider and Orlin Clark presented a power point media to the STC on the sport of 4WD. There seems to be more user groups open to multi use trails. Luana reported that the STC members are becoming more willing to work together.

UFWDA- In 2014 there will be no face to face Annual General Meeting since 2013′s AGA was so poorly attended. There is hope that an internet meeting would have better attendance. It was reported that the Jeep raffle was cancelled. Those who purchased tickets were given the option of a refund or make a donation.

WOHVA- Has been very involved in legislation for the sticker/decal program. For a copy of the bill and more details go to http://legiscan.com/WI/bill/AB369/2013. WOHVA’s Annual Meeting/Workshop is April  4-6, 2014 in Mole Lake, WI.

MW4WDA-  Nothing to report. Cindy had Four Wheelin With Feelin t-shirts for sale at the meeting.

WORVPI- Discussion was had that reviewed what had happened at the fall meeting involving unanswered questions and the $1000.00 that was donated. The BOD for W4WDA put together a list of questions for WORVPI to clarify some concerns that had risen at the fall meeting. Time was spent  reviewing the answers to those questions from John Schnorr.  It was determined that W4WDA should have a representative on WORVPI’s BOD to replace our previous one.  A letter to members of W4WDA was discussed to present  some of the issues involving WORVPI.

Membership— Given by Helen Wagner. Helen will be working on updating the membership packets that are sent out with new materials. Orlin will be looking for the new club incorporation packets/info he has to see if any updating is needed there.

Lake States Resource Alliance (LSRA)— by Helen Wagner. There will be a meeting on January 15, 2014. Nothing new to report until after the meeting. Elections will be held soon.

Motorized Recreation Area- There are two counties interested in 4WD trails, one is located in the south.

RTP- Any organizations may apply for funding with a 50/50 grant. Applications need to be sent by May 1, 2014(tentative date). Forms may be found on the DNR website. Remember to thank your legislators for voting to keep these funds available.

Rally- Given by Amanda in Jesse’s absence. The survey currently has 48 responses, a brief review was given. Jesse suggests sending the invitation out to more people. The survey consists of questions  to see if continuing an OHV rally is viable. Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HFXLKKN to participate.

Region A report – Nothing.

Region B report by Orlin Clark, no news.

Region C by Helen Wagner- no news.

Old Business:

-Before any more donations are made to WORVPI there needs to more clarification of those questions that were not completely answered.

-AB369 reported on by Luana. A couple of issues were addressed last week. One being that all vehicles must have a VIN number. The thought behind this is to limit the size of the vehicle on trails. The other was giving the DNR administrative rule. There are a few issues that Luana sees yet such as definition of a spill kit and the use of the word sealed in relation to it. The use of the words club and organization. To be eligible for a grant from these funds the qualifications seem to be too restrictive. For instance a club would not be eligible for these grants, it would need to be an organization or an association applying.

-Host club for Spring Meeting/Convention may be Trailgators 4 Wheelers and/or River City 4 Wheelers. Delegates from these clubs need approval before confirming.

New Business:

-WORVPI questions and answers were already covered previously.

-Fall Meeting location? The date is October 17, 2014.

-Trail specifications given by Luana. A printout was available to review the materials/ideas that Luana is complying for the DNR to help set trail standards.

-Discussion was held to implement the availability of conference calls or Skype for meeting attendance.


Fall 2014 Elections;

President- Sam Vandenberg

Region B Vice President – Orlin Clark

Secretary- Cindy Bahr(not running)

Treasurer-Mary Hoernke

Region A Assistant VP Board member – Nate Odman

Region C Assistant VP Board member – Jesse Thompson

The Spring Meeting/Convention will be held at Best Western Arrowhead Lodge in Black River Falls on April 26, 2014. Flyers were available at the meeting and it is posted on the website for W4WDA and MW4WDA. Reservations for lunch need to be in by April 12, 2014.

Fall Meeting 2014 is October 17, location to be determined.

Winter Meeting 2015 at Hidden Waters Resort in Waupaca January 10, 2015.

Adjourned 12:24pm.

Please reference Luana’s report for more details.

Respectfully Submitted by Cindy Bahr, Secretary.

2014 Spring Meeting/Convention April 26, 2014

2014 Spring Convention flyer
2014 Spring Convention
April 26, 2014
Black River Falls, WI
Best Western Arrowhead Lodge
600 Oasis Road (54615)
Special room rates April 25&26: Single & Double Room-$80.99/Triple-$89.99/Quad-$98.99(use code MW4WD)

Friday night reception possible, but requires a host club.
8:00 am – 8:15 am W4WDA BOD meeting
8:15 am – 12:00 pm W4WDA General Membership meeting
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch – $12/person pre paid by 4/12/14
1:30 pm -1:45 pm MW4WDA BOD meeting
1:45 pm – 4:30 pm MW4WDA General Membership meeting

To all of the supporters of Wisconsin Four Wheel Drive Association (W4WDA),

Everyone here at W4WDA would like to express their gratitude for supporting us over the years as we co-sponsored the March of Dimes rally. It is with excitement we share with you the facts. Over the past 35 years we were able to raise $1,000,000 towards birth defects and truly make a difference. Everyone at W4WDA knows that many families were touched and that’s where the slogan “4 Wheelin’ with Feelin’” was born. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those that were involved because we couldn’t be more proud of all the support throughout the years. We have a feeling that this isn’t the end, only the beginning of something better yet to come. Please consider taking 2 minutes to complete a small survey we have constructed. The information you provide will give us direction as we move forward.


It is our hope that another event can be organized to help promote more recreational opportunities in Wisconsin. Please feel free to email us back and give us your feedback good or bad. If you have a good story or a great pic we would love them also.

Please remember to support those that support you and have a great Holiday season with your family.


W4WDA Rally Committee

WORVPI Press Release 11/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact:  John Schnorr

November 18, 2013  (715) 490-5463

 Off-Road Park memberships selling fast in Forest County

Proposed Park has over 30 charter members before an acre is acquired

In just the first two weeks since the plan was announced, over 30 members have invested $150 each to become charter members of the Off-Road Park that is being proposed in Forest County.  The charter memberships are being limited to only 100.

“An Off-Road Park in Wisconsin is the dream of thousands of enthusiasts just here in our state alone,” stated charter member Brian Goeldner who sent his check to the Wisconsin Off-Road Park, Incorporated (WORVPI) last week.  “Right now we have to make the long trips to Minnesota, Michigan, and even Missouri and Utah.”  With a Park in Forest County we will be able to enjoy our hobby more often, and in a place that understands enthusiasm for Off-Road vehicles.

WORVPI has been working with Forest County organizations over the past several years to go through the necessary planning steps to make certain that the park is economically viable and can be done in an environmentally friendly way without disruption to residents in the county.  The feasibility study reveals economic impact projections of $28 million per year to Forest County businesses with over $300,000 in Forest County sales tax going to both the county treasury and to the Tourism Commission with room tax receipts.  Annual guests to the park are projected to number 50,000 but it seems conservative considering parks such as Michigan’s Silver Lake ORV Park host over 600,000 visitors annually.

Off-Road Parks have an incredible impact to communities nearby, as evidenced by Gilbert, Minnesota.  Gilbert was once known as the red-light district of the Iron Range in Minnesota now proclaims itself as the “Home of Minnesota’s first ORV Park.”  According to Bob Chance, Recreation Area Manager for Minnesota’s DNR Gilbert has seen several businesses launched since the Park was opened in 2007 including a rental business that rents ATVs, we have a car wash that’s all of a sudden popped up, and the idea was they would cater to people using the recreation area. The [city] campground has increased its business over and over and over again to the point where now it’s a moneymaker and before we opened up it was not. And then another campground, a private campground, opened up. So we see things happening in Gilbert that were not there before.”

WORVPI’s charter members will receive a dash plaque, and their name will be enshrined in a plaque that will be installed within the park once it is operational.  To become a charter member of the Off-Road Park, you can find information at www.worvpi.org.