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|Bipartisan congressional letter aims to prevent E15-related engine damage
Urge your representative to sign before the deadline, May 27!
U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Steve Womack (R-Ark.) are taking the lead by sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to “…express concern about the lack of consumer awareness surrounding the inappropriate use of E15 gasoline and… how it [the EPA] plans to mitigate consumer misfuelings… .”
The bipartisan letter comes in response to the EPA’s Renewable Volume Obligations rule for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The EPA proposal would increase the amount of ethanol from all sources in the nation’s fuel supply to 17.4 billion gallons in 2016, up from 15.93 billion gallons in 2014.
Those increases come despite the EPA’s acknowledgement that the current market cannot absorb these higher ethanol production rates without substantially increasing the amount of ethanol in our nation’s gasoline supply. The practical effect of the EPA’s action is more unsafe E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume), less E10 and virtually no E0 for older and vintage machines.
The urgency of EPA action to address misfueling is supported by a recent study from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. The study indicates only five percent of consumers are aware that E15 is prohibited for use in certain engines and that 60 percent of consumers assume that any gas sold at a pump must be safe for all of their engines.
This letter would help protect the 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in operation and the riders who depend on their safe operation.
The deadline for signatures is Friday, May 27! Act today to ensure your representative signs the Goodlatte/Welch/Flores/Costa/Womack letter.
To urge your representative to sign on to the bipartisan letter, just follow the “Take Action” option, which will send a prewritten email directly to your lawmaker demanding access to safe fuel.
2016 Spring Convention
April 15-17, 2016
Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel (with waterpark)
110 Grand Season Drive.
Waupaca, WI 54981
Special room rates and block valid until March 15th(use code MW4WDA):
Two queen bed room-Occupancy-Single/double$89.99
Friday night hospitality room and registration 6:00 pm. BYOB. Hosting club – 4×4 Forever Ltd.
Saturday: (times subject to change)
9:00 am – 9:15 am W4WDA Board meeting
9:15 am – 12:00 pm W4WDA General Membership meeting
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch – On your own
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Seminars and Activities(more details to follow)
5:00pm Cocktails – cash bar
6:00pm Dinner with Program (DJ/door prizes/raffles) – Wear your 4×4 Club apparel.
9:00-11:00am MW4WDA Meeting
Saturday Family Style Dinner Menu
Adults – $22.00 per person – Includes Roasted Chicken and Tender Beef Tips, plated garden salad with dressings, mashed potatoes & gravy, oven baked dressing, hot garden vegetable , dinner rolls and coffee or milk.
Children 3-10 years ($12.00)
Please detach and send payment to W4WDA by April 7, 2016 for meeting and dinner reservation to Mary Hoernke at 203 Gruenwald Ave., Neenah, WI 54956-2040.
Name__________________________________________ # of adult dinner_____($22/PP)
Club Name______________________________________ # of child dinner______($12/PC)
Registration fee is $5.00 per family. Total Due______________
Email for updates_______________________________________________________________
Wisconsin 4 Wheel Drive Association
10-17-2015 Fall Meeting
- Meeting called to order at: 9:24 a.m.
Reading of Mission Statement.
- Roll Call 27 people present.
Officers/Board members present.
President-Sam Vandenberg, Region A V.P.-Arnold Miller, Region C V.P.-Helen Wagner, Region C Assistant V.P.-Jesse Thompson, State Director-Luana Schneider.
Borderline 4×4 Trail Seekers – Loan Riders 4×4 – 4 Lakes 4 Wheelers – Road Side 4 wheelers – 4×4 Forever Ltd. – Green Bay High Riders Ltd. – Trail Gators 4 Wheeler Inc.
III. Secretary’s report – accepted as printed.
- Treasury report – Mary not present – Report accepted as printed.
- No Guests
- Pipe line – does not open until June 1. No clean-up efforts this year – not much left to wheel on – just mud holes left now
- Jesse registered the w4wda.com domain name – it is being forwarded to the w4wda.org site – the association voted to reimburse Jess for the 3 year registration of $155
Discussed e-mails to the membership for spreading the word about the meetings and conventions
Noted that not everyone had e-mail access and that a text notification may help
- Bylaws/SOP – nothing.
- S.C.O.R.P. – Grants may have been elliminated.
- State Trails Council – minutes are posted on the website – noted that 2 key people on the committee that we’ve worked with have recently retired – these folks were up to speed on our 4 wheel drive needs – we’ll need to rebuild this relationship and educate the now members when they come onboard – no ETA on replacements – budget constraints may be a factor in this – mentioned the DNR needs to setup a road inventory – this is both paved and 2 track primitive roads – some discussion was had on the width of trails – this may eliminate our ability to be allowed on some of the trails due to vehicle size – all of these roads need to go through a master plan to identify the trail and accessibility for each trail –
Noted that there has been a lot of push back on the Sauk Prairie recreation area for anything motorized – this has even gotten to the point where a local rocketry club is being shot down… to use the area for rocket launching a few times a year.
Some discussions was had around leaving a foot print on the trails that we ride on – we need to be able to fund our sport and bringing in revenue to help repair and maintain trails –
Discussed that we may need to consider on “focus points” – No one person can do this alone – The group needs to support efforts and pitch in – if we just talk about stuff – nothing will really get done – There was a lot of “passion” bubbling up around working towards getting/keeping trails open
I will say that there was a lot of valid points made – not everyone wanted to hear these comments and observations – then again – this is not the first time these points have been made – nobody is grabbing the torch and running with it – this is the
Helen made a request that we come up with 5 focus points for the January meeting – we can review this ideas and pick 3 and run with them.
Luana would like to see that no more trails are closed on forest land – while this is not entirely possible – if we peruse this goal we can retain some % of open trails – Also – we need to take advantage of funds like RTP and find ways to use this to better the sport.
- United Four Wheel Drive Association – Nothing.
- MW4WDA – nothing.
- WOHVA – they have secured 3 more years of events at Mole lake – so there will be at least 2 events a year on the property – the jamboree and GNTR – This year’s GNTR had a good turn out – noted that Jon is working towards getting more trails open on the property – this would allow for spreading out the trucks and keeping the trails in better condition – this could then allow for more events on the property.
Looking at moving towards a more focused goal between the WOHVA and W4WDA. We hope to be able to join up with them for convention at some point – hopefully next year we can make this happen.
- Helen will be sending out a membership packet to Title Town Jeepers – they may be looking to join WI
- Lake States resource alliance has disbanded – funds were dispersed out to several different groups – W4WDA was not a recipient (Tax status has a play on that)
- Sauk Praire Recreation Area – Noted that there has been a lot of push back on the Sauk Prairie recreation area for anything motorized – this has even gotten to the point where a local rocketry club is being shot down… to use the area for rocket launching a few times a year.
- MRA – Luana reviewed what the MRA is responsible for – no new news on from the MRA
- Jesse and Joel will look into a Rally for 4 wheel to heal for Wisconsin – will need to head up the committee again to move this forward.
A proposal was made have an event or a convention at the Farm in Red Wing MN $40 a vehicle is the minim and we need to have 15 trucks – we would need to charge more to cover the additional insurance that the W4WDA would be responsible for if we decide to take in money for the association or a charity – would like to get a more formal proposal for January.
- WORVPI – nothing.
- AB369(Sticker/decal program) – Needs to be re-introduced.
VII. Region Vice President Reports
- Arnold Miller – Toys for Tots October 24 at Frontenac Farms, $25/truck + toy.
- Orlin Clark – Orlin and Ginny are celebrating their 50th anniversary.
- Helen Wagner – 4×4 Forever had a fund raiser for Old Glory Honor Flights, and volunteered at last Quarry Quest Charity event.
- Old Business
- Winter meeting will be at Hidden Waters Golf Course, E4480 State Road 22-54 Waupaca, WI 54983 on January 9, 2016. Board meeting at 8:45am, membership meeting at 9:00am. There will be a Pot Luck Lunch, W4WDA will provide sloppy joe and everyone else is asked to bring a dish. (Anyone remember who was going to handle the sloppy joe?). Arnold and Bev donated speakers and we will be setting up conference calling or skype for the meeting.
- Spring Convention – Spring Convention is being hosted by 4×4 Forever Ltd. and will be at the Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel in Waupaca, WI(110 Grand Seasons Dr, Waupaca, WI 54981. 1-715-258-9212)Room rates are $89.99/night use code MW4WDA when reserving rooms. on April 15-17, 2016. More info has been sent out and more will be.
- Trail Specifications requested by DNR – had seperate group meeting to discuss this.
- Houston Park is still moving forward – all land/property studies are completed and the town is all on-board. There is a new private park in MN that recently opened – that same group is planning on opening another private park near Houston http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/difficulty.html
- Conference Calling/Skype – Arny and Bev Miller donated speakers to use for this. Will be tried at Winter meeting.
- New Business
- Any ideas where to host 4-wheel-to-heal or another event, Let Jesse Thompson know.