W4WDA Fall Meeting Minutes Oct 2016

October 16, 2016 Meeting Notes

I. Meeting called to order at 9 am at Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center –
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Reading of Mission Statement – Sam Vandenberg

II. Roll Call – 19 people present

Officers/Board members present:
President – Sam Vandenberg, Region A V.P. – Arnie Miller, Region B V.P. – Orlin Clark, Region C V.P. – Helen Wagner, Secretary – Jan Kasper, Treasurer – Mary Hoernke

Clubs Present:
Borderline 4X4 Trailseekers – Lone Riders 4X4 – 4 Lakes 4-Wheelers, Inc – River City 4-Wheelers – 4X4 Forever, LTD. – Green Bay High Riders, LTD. – Trailgators 4-Wheelers, Inc.

III. Secretary’s Report – accepted as printed

IV. Treasurer’s Report – accepted as printed.

V. Guests: None

VI. Reports:
A. Pipeline – Nothing new
B. Web Page – Jan Kasper to work with Amanda Cottrell to keep website updated.
C. Bylaws/SOP – It has been many years since the bylaws/SOPs have been reviewed. It was decided that a committee should review them and bring back ideas for updating – Volunteers to review include: Amanda Cottrell, Jan Kasper & Helen Wagner
D. S.C.O.R.P. – see Luana;s report out – A survey has been sent out – everyone was encouraged to take the survey to provide feedback regarding the use of the trails by off-road vehicles.
E  . S.T.C. – see Luana’s report out – Tim Duenkel attended in Luana’s place at the August 12, 2016 meeting. A report of the meeting was sent to all W4WDA board, yahoo group and others. If you would like a copy – see Luana.
F. United Four Wheel Drive Association – see Luana’s report out – they will begin having spring and fall webinars to keep the delegates updated. If interested, see Luana.
G. MW4WDA – Nothing to report
H. WOHVA – has agreed to continue to work with W4WDA and will have their spring meeting the same weekend and same venue as W4WDA. Associate membership was discussed, Helen Wagner would like to be involved in the discussion.
I. Membership – Helen is working on an updated pamphlet. Chris sent the app to her for review. Orlin said that he was contacted by someone from the Crandon area that is interested in starting a club.

J. Motorized Recreation Area – see Luana’s report out – Everyone should talk to their local legislators in regard to needing motorized recreation areas that include four wheel drive vehicles such as jeeps, trucks, etc.
K. Rally – Nothing new
L. WORVPI – Nothing new, nothing updated since March.
M. LBR105- Registration/Sticker/Decal Program – see Luana’s report out – nothing new. Luana hopes to work with Tim Duenkel this fall to get this on the right path.

VII. Region Vice Presidents Report
A. There is no more Toys for Toys fund raiser – they suggested that donations be designated for a food shelf during the holiday season.
B. Nothing to Report
C. Titletown Jeepers will have their 2nd Annual Toys for Tots ride on December 3rd, starting in Green Bay and ending in Appleton. Just bring a toy to donate and you will be entered in the raffle, there are thousands of dollars of items to win.
Mary Hoernke made a motion to donate $100 to each region to donate to a locat charity in each region – motion passed.

VIII. Old Business
A. Vehicle Modification Bill – SEMA is fighting this bill – Since it restricts modifications, it could affect off-road vehicles as well as race vehicles. We need to continue to watch this.
B. It was discussed how we could attract people that use social media for everything, such as facebook.
C. Trail specifications – see Luana’s report out – nothing new
D. Huston MN off road park – Orlin said there is no update, it is an ongoing process.
E. Conference Calling, Skype, we need this for the January meeting in case of weather issues.

IX. New Business
A. Any ideas on a location that we could host a Rally or different event? Frontenac Farms is too busy for 2017 to host.
B. Winter Meeting will be at Hidden Waters Golf Course – Waupaca, WI on 1/14/17
C. Spring Convention – April 7 – 9, 2017. WOHVA will host the combined convention this year. More information to follow.
D. WOHVA will be having Tread Lightly do a Tread Lightly Trainer class on April 7, 2017. This is an 8 hour class to certify you as a Tread Lightly Trainer. The cost is $74 per person. If anyone is interested let Tim Duenkel or Sam Vandenberg know.
E. We discussed a new place to go off-roading called Freedom Ridge which is southwest of Gilbert. Information can be found at www.freedomridgerocks.com
F. 2017 Fall Convention – everyone seems to like the Wintergreen Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The dates would be October 20-22, 2017. We should go ahead and book the room if possible.

X. Fall Elections 2016
A. President – Sam Vandenberg- accepted nomination for re-election
Same nominated Gil Wagner, who declined.
White ballot was passed for Sam Vandenberg.
B. Region B VIce President – Orlin Clark – accepted nomination for re-election
Nominations: None
White ballot was passed for Orlin Clark.
C. Region A Assistant Vice President – Nate Odman – declined
Nominations: Bev Miller
White ballot was passed for Bev Miller.
D. Region C Assistant Vice President – Jesse Thompson – decline
Nominations: Gil Wagner
White ballot was passed for Gil Wagner
E. Treasurer – Mary Hoernke – accepted nomination for re-election
Nominations: None
White ballot was passed for Mary Hoernke
F. Secretary – Jan Kasper

XI. Adjourned

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W4WDA Fall 2015 Meeting minutes

Wisconsin 4 Wheel Drive Association

10-17-2015 Fall Meeting

  1. Meeting called to order at: 9:24 a.m.

Reading of Mission Statement.

  1. 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.

Clubs present.

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.

  1. Treasury report – Mary not present – Report accepted as printed.
  2. No Guests
  3. Reports
  4. 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
  5. 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

  1. Bylaws/SOP – nothing.
  2. S.C.O.R.P. – Grants may have been elliminated.
  3.  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.

  1. United Four Wheel Drive Association – Nothing.
  2. MW4WDA – nothing.
  3. 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.

  1. Helen will be sending out a membership packet to Title Town Jeepers – they may be looking to join WI
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. MRA – Luana reviewed what the MRA is responsible for – no new news on from the MRA
  5. 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.

  1. WORVPI – nothing.
  2. AB369(Sticker/decal program) – Needs to be re-introduced.

VII. Region Vice President Reports

  1. Arnold Miller – Toys for Tots October 24 at Frontenac Farms, $25/truck + toy.
  2. Orlin Clark – Orlin and Ginny are celebrating their 50th anniversary.
  3. Helen Wagner – 4×4 Forever had a fund raiser for Old Glory Honor Flights, and volunteered at last Quarry Quest Charity event.

VIII. Break

  1. Old Business
  2. 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.
  3.   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.
  4. Trail Specifications requested by DNR – had seperate group meeting to discuss this.
  5. 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
  6. Conference Calling/Skype – Arny and Bev Miller donated speakers to use for this.  Will be tried at Winter meeting.
  7. New Business
  8. Any ideas where to host 4-wheel-to-heal or another event,  Let Jesse Thompson know.

   B. MW4WDA Fall 2016 Convention will be held at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells again on October 16, 2016.  Sam Vandenberg will be handling this again.  room rates are $79.00/night.  100 North Gasser Road  (or 100 Gasser Road),  Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin  53965. 608-254-2285

 XI. Fall Election Results

   A. Region A Vice President – Arnold Miller

   B. Region B Assistant Vice President – Dave Bahr

   C. Region C Vice President – Helen Wagner

   D. Secretary –  Vacant, no nominations

Elections for fall 2016

   President – Sam Vandenberg

   Region B Vice President – Orlin Clark

   Region A Assistant Vice President – Nate Odman

   Region C Assistant Vice President – Jesse Thompson

   Treasurer – Mary Hoernke

   Secretary – Jan Kasper

XIII. Meeting Adjourned at 11:42am.

Does anyone know where the W4WDA banner/flag is?

Thank you Jesse for taking notes and video of the meeting.

Thank you to Jan Kasper for stepping up and volunteering to take the Secretary position later Saturday night after the meeting.

2015 W4WDA Spring Convention meeting minutes

Thank you Jesse Thompson for taking notes.

Wisconsin Spring Convection 4-18-2015

Board Meeting

No changes to memos or notes

Board meeting called to order at 9:08

Board meeting closed at 9:11

 

Meet started at 9:15

Roll Call taken

Officers/Board present – Sam Vandenberg, Arnold Miller, Orlin Clark, Dave Bahr, Helen Wagner, Jesse Thompson, Luana Schneider.

Clubs present – Borderline 4×4 Trailseekers, Lone Riders 4×4, 4 Lakes 4-Wheelers, River City 4-Wheelers, Burr Oak Off-Road Machines, 4×4 Forever LTD., Green Bay High Riders LTD., Trailgators 4-Wheelers Inc., Twin City Bushwackers,

Secretary’s report –  Was accepted as printed. Still need someone to fill this position.

Treasures report – Was accepted as printed

One question on printing expenses came up – this was for membership cards – we received about 3000 cards that should last us for then several years.

Guests –  Karl Miller was present he is the president from a local ATV organization.  He is here to learn more about us and see how we can work together   Jacksoncountyatv.org is his club site – the local trails here are wide enough for UTV with about a 60” width mark.  They have been working with the county to make the trails even wider.  Noted that trail width is actually up to the local county.  Most areas have been opened up to 60”

Pipeline – Opens up on June 1st – most of it’s closed at this point

Webpage – Noted that Jesse will look wi4wda.org and check to see if we can purchase it.  If you want anything posted on the site – send it to Amanda C.

STC –  next meeting is April 27th in Fitchburg on 3911 fish hatcher road

It was noted in the budget that “all roads” must be classified.  Whether it is off-road, trail, or road. Currently they need to classify the type of roads.  It was mentioned by Luana that the DNR has termed the type of trail/road that we want to ride on as “Nature Based”.  This classification is all being done by the DNR with no input from other areas.  The Park and Recreation group was unaware that this road classification action was happening

MW4WDA – No claims have been filed this year – the insurance dues did go up about $300 this year.

WOHVA – Will be hosting the GNT and Jeep Jamboree rides – also looking at an event for wounded worriers – this is 4 wheel to heal This event will be held the 1st of August.  John Lewins has been nominated as the CEO of WohVA.

Joel noted that they need volunteers as well have veterans to attend the event. The cost will be $50 and this includes lunch and dinner.  It was noted that some people will need rides and others will bring their own.  To do the ride along will require a spill kit.  This is a one-day event.

A motion was made to provide up to $600 dollars towards the efforts of this event.  This motion was passed – the money will need final approval from the board.

Volunteers would not need to pay a fee as long they do not ride on the trails.  This event is not open to the public – it is for the veterans – our participation will be to provide them with rides.

There will be pre-registration for the event and most likely close down in mid-July.

Membership – No new clubs or news at this time

LSAR – There will be a meeting in July to determine who it will be dissolved and where the funds will be disburse.  W4WDA has request some of the funds be allotted to us.  The tax status with LSAR may impact the way this distribution can be handled.  They are a 501c3 and it sounds like the funds can only be transferred to another 501c3 organization

Sauk Prairie – April 11th the roads will be open for travel. There also a lot of turmoil around the use of this land – several organization would like this to be none motorized and on the other side many organizations want trails. It was noted that there is some sections in the area that are suitable for moderate trail use for your average 4 wheel drive vehicle.

MRA – No new news at this time.

Region Reports

Region A:  Discussed the phone conference from last month and that we’ll use it going forward

Region B: Nothing significant to report

Region C: Nothing new to report – Contact Hellen if you need to call a Region C Meeting

Old Business

Fall meeting/convention will be held at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center October 16 – 18, 2015.  This is located in Wisconsin Dells so there is plenty of things to do when not in meetings.  Rooms are $79.00 per night with choice of 2-queen beds or 1-king with sofa and whirlpool.  There is only 12 rooms blocked so please reserve soon so more rooms can be added if needed.  To reserve rooms call (800)-648-4765 press 1 and ask for  MW4WDA block.  I am not planning a dinner unless there is enough requests for one.  Contact Sam Vandenberg with any questions (920)-268-6869 or broncosam1618@yahoo.com.

Winter meeting is January 9th at the Waupaca hidden waters golf resort.

Trail specifications – Luana – gave overview of what we would like for trails.  We are being asked to provide more bullet points of what we need.  It is difficult to explain to non-trail riding folks on what type of trails we like to wheel on.

WORVPI

John Schnorr called into the meeting at 10:42

Jon Schnorr will be giving an overview

Forest County continues to make progress at a snail’s pace.  The informed decisions process has taking a long time.  This has been dragging on since December.  There has been some interest by some private individuals to help with the park.  John discussed some other options that will be looked at to keep this project moving.  There are also other areas in Wisconsin that are being looked at. Currently working with the county governments’.  The other counties are interested and they are currently working to develop relationships with the townships.  The potential for success in these other areas is much greater in these areas, however this would be less acreage than the planned 10000 acres.  It was discussed that there was an allocation in the state budget for funding by the government, however forest county did not take advantage of this.  Today the land generates about $10 an acre.  The park would make this jump up to about $138 an acre.  This is across all forest land, not just the park land.

Sticker Program – The legislation for the sticker program is dead.  This would not to basically start all over again.  There was also not enough support for it.  It does not sound like anyone will be picking this backup up.

New Business

Luanna reviewed the news spot for the usage of trails.  This included horses on the trails and winching activities.  This ride consisted of 6 vehicles and a news report filming the event.  The news spot is out on the YouTube if you want to watch it

Update on Huston MN off road park – Orlin

The park is progressing at a good pace at this point.  They have had a few issues along the way but have able to work past them.  Everything is still in progress and have local support.  They continue to buy more land.  It is approaching about 700 acres at this time.

Spring Convention 2016 will be held at the Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel in Waupaca April 15-17, 2016. 4×4 Forever will be hosting the 2016 Spring Convention – Jesse handed out flyers to “save the date.”  It was discussed that there is interest in doing this convention together with WHOVA.  John Lewins has been contacted and will be bringing it up to the WOHVA board next month. More details to come as discussions are had.

Was noted to have Mary provide and updated membership list so we can update the e-mail lists.

Talked about engaging Crandon to see if we can possibly hold some sort of event at the raceway since they now have additional trails and a rock crawling section.  I can look out to see if Chris, Brian, or John to see if they have any contacts or information around this.

 

It was brought up that people need to register for stuff earlier so there is no last minute issues with attendance at events.

Fall Elections

Region A Vice President:  Arnold Miller -yes

Region B Assistant Vice President: Dave Bahr – yes

Region C Vice President:  Helen Wagner – yes

Secretary – still vacant

Meeting adjourned at 11:31 a.m

2015 Winter Meeting Minutes

WISCONSIN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATION

Jan 10, 2015

BOARD MEETING

Review and revised agenda as needed.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

President Sam Vandenberg called the meeting to order at 9:26am.  Mission statement was read.

Roll call – Attendance sheet was passed around.  Board members: Sam Vandenberg, Mary Hoernke, Orlin Clark, Arnie Miller, Helen Wagner, Luana Schneider, Jesse Thompson & 8 Clubs present.

Secretary’s Report – Motion to approve the secretary’s report as printed and distributed made by Mark White, 2nd by Chris Hannis Motion Carried.

Treasurer’s Report  – Discussion was had regarding paying of UFWDA dues when dues on-behalf of W4WDA are due.  Motion to pay/renew UFWDA Dues when membership due made by Orlin Clark, 2nd by Helen Wagner.  Motion Carried.   Discussion Regarding Filling the Secretary’s UFWDA membership with another member who could represent W4WDA at UFWDA meetings, Orlin Clark nominated Telle from Weekend 4Wheelers, no other names were brought forward, Mary Hoernke will add Telle to the list of memberships for UEWDA.  Discussion regarding emailing/mailing out Treasurer’s report to members attending via teleconference prior to the meeting.  Mary will email/mail out report prior to meetings to those she knows will be attending via teleconference.  Motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as printed and distributed made by Amanda Cottrell, 2nd by Orlin Clark.  Motion Carried.  She will also send an electronic copy to the officers so they can send out even the day of the meeting.

Committee Reports: 

Pipeline –   No new information at this time.

Website – Chris Hannis asked if W4WDA would like him to contact the previous owner of the web address for W4WDA (WI4WDA.org).  Motion to spend up to $200 to pay the previous owner for the website, made by Mark White, 2nd by Mary Hoernke, motion passed.  Discussion regarding the BOD list, Membership & Club list missing from the webpage.  Amanda Cottrell added the BOD list and membership information back to the menu bar prior to the end of the meeting.  Mary Hoernke will get a Club membership to Amanda once the 2015 Club dues are paid.  Send any information to Amanda Cottrell and she will update website.

Bylaws/SOP – Nothing to report at this time.

SCORP – Nothing new to report at this time.

STC – The November meeting was held in Lapham Peak.  Of particular interest was the fact that in the budget bill there was a charge that all State roads in State Parks and Forests be identified, classified and mapped.  Something we need to watch closely.  For further info on that meeting go to the State Trails Council website at dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/stc /

UFWDA – New President was elected, Tom Mandra.  Currently the Treasurer’s seat is vacant, however Bob Devore is filling in until a new person is elected.  UFWDA will continue to hold 4 meetings/year and they will continue with Webinars for their meetings in 2015.  The next meeting is January 13.

WOHVA – Great Northern Trail ride, August 13, 14, 15th. Early registration is open now on WOHVA.com.

MW4WDA – Nothing new to report.

WORVPI – More support is being seen from the local population.  This project continues to be a work in progress and currently is Status Quo.

Membership – Nothing new to report.

Lake States Resource Alliance (LSRA) – Helen Wagner reported that LSRA is on schedule to dissolve in July 2015.  Helen has requested the process by which organizations can ask for LSRA funds to be distributed, with no response.  She will draft letters on behalf of W4WDA & UFWDA and send them to LSRA requesting donations be made to them.

Motorized Recreation Area – Nothing new

RTP –Request for funds need to be applied for by May 1

Rally – Jesse Thompson has been working with John Lewins on a possibility of having a rally type event at the Mole lake property.  Joel Kasper reported that Mole Lake is looking to hold more events on their property and they are willing to work with other groups to make that happen.  Joel has also been working with John Lewins and we have the opportunity to have an event that will help Veterans get off road.  The organization is called 4Wheel to Heal.  This event was presented to WOHVA as well and there is interest to co-sponsor the event.  Event insurance would be needed for this event.  Orlin Clark made a motion to have W4WDA purchase the event insurance for a co-sponsored event with a projected cost of no more than $250 per day, 2nd by Mark White, motion carried.   No date is set yet however it would be sometime at the end of July/beginning of August.

Region A report – Arnie Miller discussed the Toy for tot’s event held at the farm.  96 Trucks & 28 ATV’s/UTV’s were in attendance.

Region B report – Orlin Clark discussed Houston, MN off road park.  More land was bought for the park, they currently are planning on approximately 700 ac.  There will be work weekends coming up this summer, with possible camping availability.  Contact Orlin for more information.

Region C report – Helen Wagner had nothing new to report.

Old Business:

  1. Conference Calling- Luana Schneider has found a no cost conference call that can be used for the meetings.  No Cost conference calling and Skype were tested at this meeting with Arnie & Bev Miller. It worked well, although it would be nice to figure out how to get things up on a bigger screen and/or louder through a speaker.  Arnie & Bev will check out speakers.
  2. Winter Meeting 2016 – looking for volunteers to host the winter meeting.  With no new volunteers stepped forward it was decided to have the 2016 meeting at  Hidden Waters Resort in Waupaca January 9, 2016

 

New Business:

  1. Fall meeting 2015 location?  Black River Falls?  No decisions made on this at this time.
  2. Spring Meeting April 2016 location/host club volunteer – 4×4 Forever is considering hosting the 2016 meeting.  More news to follow at upcoming meetings.

Fall 2014 Elections

Region A Vice President – Arnie Miller is re running.

Region B Assistant Vice President – Dave Bahr is re running.

Secretary – Not filled need nominations!

Region C Vice President – Helen Wagner is re running.

2015 Spring Convention is April 17-19th at the Best Western Arrowhead Lodge, Black River Falls WI.  Host is 4 Lakes 4 Wheelers. Luana Schneider is requesting ideas for presenters be sent to her.

Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Amanda Cottrell, 2nd by Mary Hoernke.  Motion Carried.  Meeting adjourned 12:12pm.

Respectfully Submitted by Amanda Cottrell, Filling in for Secretary & Sam Vandenberg, President.

01102015 W4WDA Minutes

Minutes from Fall 2014 Meeting

Fall 2014 W4WDA minutes

MOU WORVPI

WISCONSIN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATION

October 11, 2014

Black River Falls, WI

BOARD MEETING

Review and revised agenda as needed.

 

REGULAR MEETING

President Sam Vandenberg called the meeting to order at 8:53 am.

Roll call was held.

Secretary’s Report was approved with correction.

Treasurer’s Report  none was available.

Committee Reports;

Pipeline- none

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

Bylaws/SOP- Nothing to report.

SCORP-Nothing new.

STC- The next meeting is November 13.  At the meeting in July there was a presentation from the hiking and snowmobile representatives.

UFWDA- Luana participated in a conference call meeting in early October and has a power point program that UFWDA put together. UFWDA is having issues with continuing the insurance program. The website has been down as there are some issues with it. The fiscal year will finish in the black. There is a new membership director and business manager. This is helping to free up some time for the President and Vice President as they have been doing most of the work.

MW4WDA- All 4 wheel drive clubs that belong to MW4WDA, with a 100% of their members sign up, are  aware that their trail ride/events are covered under the insurance policy that MW4WDA pays for. This is a very valuable asset to have available to local clubs. Currently membership per person is $10.00.

WOHVA- given by Sam Vandenberg. There was a golf outing last weekend that WOHVA sponsored. He attended the general meeting. The Great Northern Trail Ride is growing more popular. There was discussion about WOHVA’s spill kit and the rule that each vehicle must carry one. WOHVA is setting up a chain saw training course for January or February which will be posted on their website. Currently there are 150 members in WOHVA.

Membership—nothing new.

Lake States Resource Alliance (LSRA)—Helen Wagner reported that this organization may dissolve in July 2015 if no one steps forward to fill the offices of President and other empty positions. The precedure to dissolve is left to the Board of Directors and not the membership of LSRA. Helen is going to do some checking into the bylaws and check on the process of dissolution. There are many restrictions on the logging industry and lots of hoops for them to jump through. OHV users may lose out if this connection to the timber industry is lost.

Motorized Recreation Area- Luana Schneider reported that Wisconsin is still looking for property closer to urban areas for an off road park.  Near Menominee there are thousands of acres on the Wisconsin/Michigan border with OHV access. The middle section has official trails for four wheel drive vehicles, Luana was not sure how these trails were marked. You may view maps on the DNR website. Meanwhile in the Rome, WI area, the easement with Plum Creek will hopefully include 4WD vehicles.

Rally-  Jesse Thompson reported on the online survey that took place late last year. He suggested that W4WDA host a guided trail ride like the Great Northern Trail Ride. He has talked with John L. about the possibility of using the Mole Lake area. For the first year only inviting members of W4WDA and perhaps MW4WDA. John L. would like a date to bring forth to the tribal council to be approved.  There was discussion on the width of the trails, insurance coverage and prizes/door prizes. A motion was passed to move forward with this event. If you would like to volunteer for this contact Jesse Thompson.

WORVPI- reported by Sam Vandenberg. Apparently there was a misunderstanding with the Forest county board and when the grants would need to be paid back. These grants apparently do not need to be paid back until the area is logged which may not be for another 50 years. Forest county will need to visit their land use plan and make changes to allow WORVPI to happen. There was discussion on the area to be used for the park.

AB369- reported on by Luana. There is a need for more Senators to sponsor this bill in the senate. If anyone has connections with the Senate please contact John Schnorr on the WORVPI website.

Region A report by Arnold and Beverly Miller, October 25th will be Toys For Tots at a private location in Minnesota. $40/truck and $5/passenger. Contact Arnold by email for details.

Region B has no report.

Region C has no report.

New Business

-In an effort to spread the W4WDA meeting area, there will be a request from a different region to host the Winter Meeting in 2016.

-WORVPI’s Memo of Understanding was voted on and passed to sign agreement.

-The Wisconsin Department of Resources will have a presentation at the State Trails Council on the process of mapping and planning motorized access.

-It was decided  John L. would be contacted for group access to the Mole Lake property for trail riding.

 

Elections;

President- Sam Vandenberg

Secretary-open, need volunteer.

Treasurer- Mary Hoernke

Region A,  Assistant VP- Nate Odman

Region B VP- Orlin Clark

Region C,  Assistant VP- Jesse Thompson

Adjourned  12;23pm.

The Winter Meeting will be  9:00am, January 10, 2014 at Hidden Waters in Waupaca with a potluck lunch.

Respectfully Submitted by Cindy Bahr, Secretary

Spring Meeting 2014 Minutes

Sorry for the delay folks….computer issues are resolved! Well….maybe…

W4WDA Minutes spring 2014 pdf

WISCONSIN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATION

April 26, 2014

BOARD MEETING

Review and revised agenda as needed.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

President Sam Vandenberg called the meeting to order at 8:34am. Mission statement was read.

Roll call was held, 9 of 9 clubs present. 2 Guest Clubs from Region B present – WHCI Off-road & BOOM (Burr Oak Offroad Machines Inc.) Motion to accept WHCI Off-road & BOOM as W4WDA members Subject to paperwork made by Orlin Clark, 2nd by Mike Hannis. Motion Carried. WELCOME!

Secretary’s Report

– Motion to approve the secretary’s report as printed and distributed made by Orlin Clark, 2nd by Mike Hannis Motion Carried.

Treasurer’s Report

– Discussion had regarding paying of WORVPI dues in-behalf of W4WDA. Motion to pay/renew WORVPI Dues when membership due made by Luana Schneider, 2nd by Helen Wagner. Motion Carried. Motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as printed and distributed made by Orlin Clark, 2nd by Helen Wagner. Motion Carried.

Committee Reports:

Pipeline

– Attempts made to determine the scheduled date for the pipeline clean up day were unsuccessful, WOHVA’s website had no date listed as of the meeting date & time.

Website

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

Bylaws/SOP

– Nothing to report.

SCORP

– The plan for this five year period was worked on with the UW doing the surveys, reviews etc. 19% of WI Citizens recreate with by ATV, UTV, 4WD & OHM at least 1 time per year. Full SCORP plan/ results can be found on the WI DNR website.

STC

– Conference call meeting held Jan 28th discussed trail/town connections not pertaining to 4WD, Meeting April 7th presentation by the DNR on what it takes to repurpose trails on state land, Informational presentations on hiking & snowmobiling, Adhoc committee for trails and access to towns near trails formed, update on Sauk Prairie Recreation Area/Adams County Easement, & new trail program in Milwaukee County on property that has been used illegally by motorized recreationists including 4WD for years. Luana had put together a Power Point program in regard to Four Wheel Drive for the STC meeting last November and would like some input by others as to how what needs to be revised etc. and use it for other presentations, etc. Next meeting July 31, place not set yet.

UFWDA

– 2014 AGM will be a Webinar this year date & time not set yet. Luana will update when she knows. UFWDA spill kit only contains peat sorb, Spill kit WHOVA is offering is more complete and is required by Mole Lake for events planned on their land. Luana invited John Lewins to attend the meeting to discuss the kit and give a demonstration on how to use the kit, but he was unable to attend. United has formed a land use committee & would like a member from this organization on this committee. Dave Dick a member of 4 Lakes 4 Wheelers has volunteered to represent them and W4WDA on this committee. If anyone else is interested touch base with Jason Church UFWDA’s land use director. There is now a CD PowerPoint on Trail Patrol which Luana Schneider has purchased and will present at a meeting if membership is interested.

Update since the meeting: UFWDA meeting will be June 24th 7:30pm contact Luana for details.

WOHVA

– Annual workshop/meeting was held in Mole Lake on April 5th – announced that the first 2400 acres should be accessed very soon for WORVPI. Spring pipeline Cleanup – no date set. Jeep jamboree at Mole Lake on July 17, 18 &19th. Great Northern Trail Ride is August 14-16 at Mole Lake. WOHVA is very active in AB369 (sticker program). The bill never made it to the full assembly before they dismissed for the year and is now dead for this year. It will need to be reintroduced next year starting the process from the beginning again. They are also still looking for Senators to sponsor the bill in the Senate, if you know of anyone please encourage them to support and or sponsor this bill.

MW4WDA

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

WORVPI is promoting membership at $10/membership, You can also become a charter member for $150 this allows for 1 year of park privileges. A plea was made for a new wave of letters to be sent to the local press, elected officials and the DNR in support of the park. See Luana Schneider’s report for a list of email addresses you can send your letters/emails of support to.

Membership

Helen Wagner is still working on a new membership packet. Discussion regarding incorporating & becoming a club occurred, Orlin Clark has information in many forms and is willing to help as new clubs need. Amanda Cottrell has offered to help put the information into an electronic format so it can be posted on the website for access to all.

Lake States Resource Alliance (LSRA

Helen Wagner had raffle tickets for sale, all cash prizes & tickets were $5 each or 6 for $20. Meetings are currently being held at Trees for tomorrow in Eagle River but may change. Trees for tomorrow has new director & primary job is to fundraise. Secretary’s position is currently open, They are looking for a part time, 10-15 hrs/week Contract employee. John Schnor is currently president but will not be re-running at the end of his term in July. Nomination Committee has not released any candidates yet for the position. LSRA is also looking for Board Members, if interested please let Helen know & she will help you get the nomination forms and information together. LSRA has made donations 1. Trees for tomorrow for Scholarships to bring kids to the location to learn about trees & 2. Treehaven for scholarships for students to learn about tree management. 1/3 of the monies are earmarked for UP schools.

Motorized Recreation Area Sauk Prairie Recreation area (Badger Ammunition Plant)open only until May 27th. There are 80 miles of roads there however they are reclaiming (tearing out) most of the roads, as well as the areas available to 4WD are limited. Discussion regarding a group trip to the plant on May 17th &/or 18th.

W4WDA is encouraging groups of licensed vehicles to get together and visit the location on either of those days to show support for 4WD access on the sight.

Milwaukee County area has possibility to open to 4WD access. We need representation on the committee/group discussing this option. If interested please contact Luana for information. Bentley Hills (HWY 13/Adams/Friendship/South of Roam) See Luana for information if interested in representing 4WD and gaining access to this area. Plum Creek is selling off property.

RTP

– Any organizations may apply for funding with a 50/50 grant. Applications need to be sent by May 1, 2014(tentative date) not too late to start on it for next year. Forms may be found on the DNR website. Remember to thank your legislators for voting to keep these funds available.

Rally– given by Jesse

Luana has addresses/emails addresses for participants over many years of the rally. Luana has asked that the Four Wheelin’ with Feelin’ name not be used unless it is a comparable event. Discussion regarding capabilities that Survey Monkey has with our current free membership vs. a 1 month paid membership service. A motion to pay for Survey monkey for 1 month to obtain data was made by Mark White, 2nd by Orlin Clark. Motion carried.

Region A report

– Arnie Miller discussed the importance for our new clubs by-laws to address the dissolution of the club. Also discussed the need for a teleconference set up at all meetings so those clubs unable to make the convention/meeting can still participate.

Region B report

– Orlin Clark Welcomed 2 new clubs to his region.

Region C report

– Helen Wagner discussed the need to hold meetings in her region, President Sam Vandenberg requested that each region begin holding meetings between State meeting times again.

Old Business:

A. Fall Meeting October 18, 2014 location – Butch Chapin was asked if his club would be hosting the meeting and what arrangements were made. Butch reported he had not come to an agreement with hotel he was working regarding price of rooms and meeting rooms there for if someone else was willing to take it on he encouraged it. Trailgators spoke with the Best Western Black River Falls and they were willing to give us a deal on rooms and not pay for meeting rooms if 10 rooms were acquired. A motion to have the meeting in Black River Falls with a room rate of $69.99/double was made by Arnie Miller, 2nd by Mike Hannis. Motion Carried.

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

C. Trail specifications – DNR requested a list of trail specifications which Luana Schneider has sent off to them.

New Business:

A. Conference Calls/Skype for meetings – Nothing new at this time. Jesse Thompson has availability to use his work conference calling system. We would just need to verify that the hosting hotel has capabilities for conference calling.

B. Spring Meeting April 18, 2015 location/host club volunteer – Tabled at this time. Discussion regarding having it in Eau Claire occurred.

C. 4×4 Forever’s Brat/Burger Fry June 14th 11-6 Holidays Sports Pub and Grill to raise Donations for WORVPI. Poster was -provided & passed around. All W4WDA members were encouraged to attend or donate.

Fall 2014 Elections

President- Sam Vandenberg is rerunning.

Region B Vice President – Orlin Clark is rerunning.

Secretary- Cindy Bahr is not rerunning. Nominations needed!

Treasurer-Mary Hoernke is rerunning.

Region A Assistant VP Board member – Nate Odman- not in attendance, Arnie Miller will talk to him about position.

Region C Assistant VP Board member – Jesse Thompson is rerunning.

Motion to Adjourn the meeting made by Orlin Clark, 2nd by Mark White. Motion Carried. Meeting adjourned 11:33am.

Please reference Luana’s report for more details on committee reportsRespectfully Submitted by Amanda Cottrell, Filling in for Secretary.

Updates Since the meeting:

UFWDA meeting will be June 24th 7:30pm contact Luana for details.

W4WDA Winter Meeting Minutes Jan. 2014

WISCONSIN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATION

Meeting minutes, January 11, 2014

Link: 01 11 14 W4WDA Minutes

BOARD MEETING

 Review and revised agenda as needed.

 

REGULAR MEETING

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.

Fall Meeting Minutes

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WISCONSIN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATION
October 19, 2013
BOARD MEETING
Review and revised agenda as needed.
REGULAR MEETING
President Sam Vanderberg called the meeting to order at 9:01am.
Roll call was held.
Secretary’s Report was approved as printed.
Treasurer’s Report was accepted as printed. There was some discussion about the format of the report.
Committee Reports;
Pipeline- WOHVA hosted a cleanup day in September.
Website- Send any information to Amanda Cottrell and she will update website. The complication with the domain name has been fixed. Discussion followed about posting pictures on the website because it could use some color.
Bylaws/SOP- Nothing to report.
SCORP-No updates.
STC- The next meeting is November 8, 10am-3pm, at the Sparta community Center in Sparta, WI. This meeting is open to the public. See Luana’s Director’s report for more information.
SAUK PRAIRIE RECREATION AREA- After attending an open house on the property, Luana deemed this as a perfect area for ac ‘Sunday drive’ type trail. It is close to a populated area and would give people a place to start. Due to a lack of understanding about the 4WD sport, our wishes are being drowned out by those that wish it to be a non motorized area. Feel free to contact the DNR and have your voice heard!
UFWDA- In order for UWFDA to stay afloat they are choosing the most significant issues to support. The Annual General Meeting in June was poorly attended and may be leaning towards webinar meetings in the future. The Jeep raffle ends December 31, 2013 or when all 4000 tickets are sold, whichever comes first.
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. Discussion of some of the concerns of AB369 was in the definitions of Class A and B vehicles and the road tax exemptions.
MW4WDA- Nothing to report.
Membership— Three membership packets were given out at Trailcon to potential members.
Lake States Resource Alliance (LSRA)— by Helen Wagner. The Forest Service has used 47% of their budget for fire control. The BOD for LSRA consists of atv, snowmobile, 4WD, forestry, lumber company and wildlife representatives. LSRA helps to sponsor Trees For Tomorrow and also provides grants to other programs that provide environmental based education. LSRA has finally received their 501c3 certification. The display owned by LSRA can be borrowed with an agreement. It has been reported that 54% of the land in Forest County is national forest. Only 13% of the remaining property is taxable income for the county. An economic boost such as an OHV is very welcome. Individual membership to LSRA is $25.00.
Motorized Recreation Area- The DNR is still open to purchasing property near an urban area for an OHV park. If you know of any please contact Dan Schuller at the DNR.
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.
Region A report by Arnold and Beverly Miller reported on the Toys For Tots trail ride. Many toys and a good amount of cash was donated.
Region B report by Orlin Clark, no news. Although Orlin suggested that we contact any areas that have been closed to 4WD to see if the businesses in that area experiencing an economic growth or downfall.
Region C by Helen Wagner- no news.
Elections held;
Region A VP- Arnold Miller
Region C VP- Helen Wagner
Region B Assistant VP- Dave Bahr
Luana Schneider was appointed State Director.
Four Wheelin With Feelin by Luana Schneider. There were 60 vehicles with donation for the March of Dimes being around $14,000.00. Luana has contacted the forester to be sure that there was no damage to trails from the wet weather. She also wrote an article for the local paper t thank the area businesses and residents for their support. Jim G. showed interest in keeping the rally ‘alive’, but to support the 4wd sport in some way.
Trailcon given by Helen Wagner. The advertising could have been better listing all the participating sports. Represented were ATV, campers, snowmobiling, horse, 4WD and the DNR. There was lots of interaction between the user groups. More education is needed with the younger generation to Tread Lightly.

New Business:
Discussion about the date of the Spring Convention and the possible sharing of date and venue with WOHVA if the location could be more central. A letter was going to be sent to WOHVA proposing a joint venture on the spring meeting/convention. Better communication with W4WDA members about important notices/issues. Presentation by Jim Goeldner for WORVPI. Followed by discussion on whether or not and how much financial support to pledge to WORVPI. There were many questions that those in attendance had about where the money would go and how it would be spent. There was some confusion on what the money was needed for by the end of the year. Jim promised to get the answers to us that he did not have. Orlin Clark motioned that W4WDA pledge $1000.00 from the land use fund to be determined by the BOD for WORVPI, the green tier program for WORVPI or the sticker/decal program. This motion was seconded and passed. Consider joining WORVPI at an individual or club level. WORVPI has also come out with a Charter VIP Pass for $150.00. The following is direct from WORVPI’s website: As a Charter VIP Pass holder you will receive one Annual VIP Pass issued the first year our Park opens. You’ll also have your name engraved on a custom plaque which will be permanently displayed in our Park office, a limited edition Charter VIP Pass dash plaque (which you can mount on your trail or tow vehicle) and a limited edition Charter VIP Pass windshield decal . With the dash plaque and windshield decal you’ll be able to show the world that you’re a true Badger State Off-Road Trail Enthusiast. Please visit their website for more information.

Winter Meeting is at Hidden Waters Golf course in Waupaca, WI on January 11, 2014. Meeting starts at 9am, please bring a dish for the potluck lunch.

Adjourned 1:26pm.

Please reference Luana’s report for more details.

Respectfully Submitted by Cindy Bahr, Secretary.

The 2014 Spring Convention will be held at Best Western Arrowhead Lodge in Black River Falls on April 26, 2014. A host club is still needed contact Cindy Bahr. More details to follow.

Minutes – Spring Convention 2013

Minutes – Spring Convention 2013

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WISCONSIN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATION

April 20, 2013

BOARD MEETING

Review and revised agenda as needed.

Discussed the possible change of date for 2014 spring Convention.

REGULAR MEETING

President Sam Vandenberg called the meeting to order at 9:01am.

Roll call was held.

Secretary’s Report was approved as printed.

Treasurer’s Report  was accepted as printed.

James Goeldner representing WOHVA and Damage Inc. was very informative and entertaining.

Committee Reports;

Pipeline- Open June 1, watch WOHVA’s website for volunteer opportunities to maintain and clean. It was discussed that there has been some vandalism of gates/berms while the area is closed.

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

Bylaws/SOP- Nothing to report.

SCORP-You may access the full report on the WI DNR website. 19% of all Wisconsin citizens use 4WD for recreation at least once a year.

STC- The next meeting is April 25, 10am-3pm, at the State Capitol Building in Madison, WI. This meeting is open to the public. There will be a presentation in regard to the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. See Luana’s  Director’s report for more information.

UFWDA- There is a new land use committee who requests a state representative to sit in on conference calls. The annual UFWDA meeting/convention will be June 26-30, 2013 in Manitou Springs, CO.

MW4WDA- Luana wants to be sure that all 4 wheel drive clubs that belong to MW4WDA, with a 100% of their members sign up, is aware that their trail ride/events are covered under the insurance policy that MW4WDA pays for. The premium this year went up just over $100.00. This is a very valuable asset to have available to local clubs. Currently membership per person is $9.00.

WOHVA- James Goeldner presented two videos, one published in 2004 from Canada and the other he and his nephews did. Both put a very positive spin on off-road activities, showing how family and environmentally friendly our sport can be. Remember  trails can be fire breaks, as well as a road system for wildlife. James is preparing to do another more professional video showing the positives of our sports. Feel free to contact him  through the WOHVA.com website if you wish to participate he will soon be the membership chair for that organization. James also updated us on the Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc(WORVPI). Based in Forest county Wisconsin, WORVPI is gaining momentum to become a reality. Please visit their website(worvpi.org) for membership  opportunities to help fund this park.

Membership—Application was given to Damage Inc. There are currently 167 members of W4WDA.

Lake States Resource Alliance (LSRA)—Helen Wagner reported that LSRA has 63,335 members. Each Board of Director is to create a power point presentation of the sport/organization that they represent.  July 17 is the next meeting. There is a calendar of events on the website along with links to different organizations. The raffle drawing will be May 15. The biggest sales in ATV’s are the side by side vehicles.

Budget Committee had no report. There will be a time set up at the fall meeting for a budget to be reviewed.

Motorized Recreation Area- See Luana’s report for a more details. The DNR is requesting help with locating land in central and southern Wisconsin for a OHV park.

RTP- Any organizations may apply for funding with a 50/50 grant. Applications need to be sent by May 1, 2013. Forms may be found on the DNR website.

Region A report by Arnold and Beverly Miller, nothing to report.

Region B report by Orlin Clark, no changes since January.

Region C by Helen Wagner- She got no response from the newspaper that published a discouraging article about OHV involving a small user group.

Public Service- Rod and Luana Schneider have decided that this will be their last year as Rally Masters for the Four Wheelin With Feelin. Anyone care to take over? This will be the 35th year and they hope to pass the million dollar mark. The March of Dimes are changing their policy as to their participation in this fundraiser also.

TailCon USA- Helen hasn’t heard anything and will be contacting Adam Harden.

Needed, a volunteer to host the fall meeting in Lacrosse at the Days Inn October 18-19, 2013.

A motion was made and passed the W4WDA join WORVPI as a club membership.

A discussion was brought forth to help member clubs with a ‘grant’ from W4WDA to help in responsible promotion of the OHV sport/clubs. It was decided that there is already a clause in the by-laws for expenditures $250 and under to be overseen by the President and Vice Presidents. Please contact your region VP for more information.

Crandon Race Track will have trails open on 400 acres during the 4th of July weekend for Trucks Gone Wild.

Fall Elections;

Region A,  VP- Arnold Miller

Region B, Assistant VP- Dave Bahr

Region C, VP- Helen Wagner

State Director-(an appointed position)  Luana volunteered.

Adjourned  11:41am.

The Midwest/Wisconsin Fall Meeting will be October 19, 2013 at Days Inn Lacrosse,WI.

The Winter Meeting will be January 11, 2013 at Hidden Waters in Waupaca with a potluck lunch.

Please reference Luana’s report for more details.

Respectfully Submitted by Cindy Bahr, Secretary.