Minutes – W4WDA January 2013 Meeting

Wisconsin Four Wheel Drive Association

Minutes January 12, 2013

Waupaca, WI

Board of Director’s Meeting

Call to Order at 8:46am by Sam Vandenberg.

Reviewed agenda for the general meeting , no revisions.

Adjourned at 8:55am.

General Meeting

Call to order at 9:03am by President Sam Vandenberg..

Mission statement read.

Roll Call

Officers present:

President- Sam Vandenberg, Secretary-Cindy Schmitt, Treasurer-Mary Hoernke, Region A Assistant VP-Nate Odman, Region B VP- Orlin Clark, Region B Assistant VP Board member- Dave Bahr, Region C VP- Helen Wagner, Region C Assistant VP- Jesse Tompson

Officers absent:

Region A VP-Arnold Miller

Member Clubs present:

4 Lakes 4 Wheelers, Inc., River City 4-Wheelers, Weekend 4-Wheelers, Inc., 4×4 Forever, Ltd., Green Bay High Riders, Ltd, Trailgators 4-Wheeers, Inc., Twin City Bushwackers

Secretary Report

One correction the date of the LSRA meeting is January 16. Motion made and passed to accept minutes with correction.

Treasurer’s Report given by Mary Hoernke

Discussion of report followed by motion passed to accept as printed.

Guest– Randy Harden, representative from TrailCon USA.

Committee Reports (additional information can be found in Luana’s Director’s Report.)

Pipeline –  given by Luana Schneider and John Lewins.

Will be closed until Memorial Weekend 2013. This section of land is open from June 1, 2012  to March 14, 2013 and will reopen on June 1, 2013. WOHVA is hosting 2 work days they are set for June 1 and September 28. Watch W4WDA and WOHVA websites for more information. WOHVA is working on a 50/50 grant to perform maintenance on the pipeline.

Website – Is hosted by I H8 MUD.Com.

Brian is looking for help with updating the website since he is forever short of time.

Bylaws and SOP– given by Amanda Cottrell

No changes.

S.C.O.R.P.– given by Luana Schneider

Luana has the current report, but anyone can access it on the DNR’s website.

S.T.C. given by Luana Schneider

Hunting and trapping in state parks is open unless stated closed, as opposed to being closed unless stated open. There is a town in northern Wisconsin that doesn’t want an ATV trailhead in the city limits.

UFWDA– given by Luana Schneider

There is a new land use director and he is looking for a delegate from each state for occasional discussions. Details of the raffle for a 2012 Jeep can be found at http://jk8.ticketleap.com/the-great-jk-8-raffle/.  Each donation is $25.00. The annual general meeting is June 26 & 27, 2013 in Manitou Springs, CO. UFWDA is looking for a volunteer to cover the membership director’s position. Luana is in need of a stand in for the conference call January 24, 2012.

MW4WDA– given by Luana.

No contact from MW4WDA. Luana has some concern with the financial stability of MW4WDA in respects to the insurance cost. MW4WDA membership numbers are down therefore there are less funds available. Some attending this meeting were not aware that a 100% club membership to MW4WDA allowed you to use their insurance for all club events.

Membershipgiven by Helen Wagner

A membership package was sent to Damage Inc. Helen freshened up the cover letter and it was discussed if a new pamphlet should be designed.

Lake States Resource Alliance– given by Helen Wagner.

The next meeting is January 16, 2013 in Eagle River, WI. There is a monthly web newsletter and a paper one twice a year.

MRA (Motorized Recreation Area) – given by Luana Schneider

The Sauk Prairie Recreation Area land use committee has some proposals ready. Two weeks after a proposal becomes public knowledge, a public hearing can be held. Luana is asking for letters of support for the use of OHV trails in the property to Wisconsin DNR.

RTP given by Luana Schneider

The property near La Crosse fell through and the funds to help purchase any property has possibly dried up. You may be able to get a 50/50 grant through the RTP program. May 1, 2013 is the deadline for requests.

WOHVA given by Luana and John Lewins.

Legislation is going to be introduced February or March for the sticker/decal program. Anyone using the secondary trails would need to purchase this to help generate extra funds. Only on state land would this sticker need to be shown. The Forest County OHV park (www.worvpi.org/ ) is in the midst of a feasibility study. There was discussion on whether it would be a daily fee or yearly fee. Joining at the $10.00 level helps fund this venture. Crandon International is accessible for OHV as well as ATV.

March of Dimes Rally – given by Luana

Thank you letters with the patches were sent out for the 2012 rally. The date and place have not been set yet for 2013. We would welcome any new volunteers.

Region VP Reports

Region A – Covered by Luana.

Region B – given by Orlin Clark

No news.

Region C – given by Helen Wagner

There was some unfavorable media coverage of a group of OHV users. They were shown in deep mud and tearing up the land. A quote from the newspaper said they had no rules. This type of activity is not appreciated by W4WDA.

Old Business

*The group email is currently set up for the officers. The general membership will be added within the next 30 days.

*Apple Valley Farms has declined our request to host the Spring Fling.

*The Spring Convention will be in La Crosse April 19-20, 2013. There will be door prizes with dinner tickets, a kids program, activities for the ladies and seminars. You are welcome to bring your vehicle to display.

New Business

Randy Harden gave a presentation on TrailCon USA. This will take place August 8-9, 2013 in antigo, WI. A motion passed for W4WDA to lend support for the OHV part of the conference.

Sunshine Committeegiven by Luana

A sympathy gift was sent to the family of Gerald Krueger.

Fall Elections 2013

Region A VP

Region C VP

Region B Assistant VP Board member

State Director (this is an appointed position)

Fall Meeting

October 19, 2013 in Lacrosse at America’s Best Value Inn. A host club is needed yet.

Winter Meeting

Will beJanuary 11, 2014 in Waupaca, WI at Hidden Waters Country Club in Waupaca.

Thanks to Randy Harden and John Lewins for your input at today’s meeting.

Adjourned 12:05 pm


Respectfully submitted by Cindy Bahr

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