WOHVA has so much to be thankful for this holiday season. First and foremost WOHVA is thankful for our volunteers and members. Without this group of absolutely exceptional people; this association wouldn’t exist as the successful, future minded state association we share today. With this group of people WOHVA will soon complete the best year in WOHVA history. Growth has occurred in membership, member participation, volunteer base, political action, event sizes, finances and overall impact on the Badger state. WOHVA is also thankful for the relationship with the Mole Lake Community that shares their property with us for events. Because of these relationships WOHVA has made great strides towards the mission that drives us forward in 2014. Happy Holidays!
WOHVA THANKS YOU!
WOHVA Golf Outing
October 4, 2014
The first annual Wisconsin Off Highway Vehicle Association Golf Outing is in the books. The outing was held at Royal St. Patrick's Golf Links in Wrightstown just south of Green Bay on Saturday October 4th. While the weather was less than perfect, all of the participants thoroughly enjoyed and were challenged by the links. The day started with tee off times between 8 and 8:30 am. The Barrett foursome was the first off and looking forward to a great round. Next the Bergin foursome teed off to challenge the course. Lastly, the Stephens/Groshek foursome addressed the 1st tee with excitement.
Play continued throughout the morning in spite of the cool temps, wind, and the occasional showers. Even the periodic rain could not dampen the spirits of the hardy golfers.
The outing was a scramble event with several specific hole challenges. There were a 2 Longest Putt, and 2 Best drive/Closest to the Pin contests to add to the competition of the day. Prizes for the hole events included the newly designed WOHVA Sweatshirts, a $25 gift certificate to Warrior Products and a bottle a Famous Grouse Scottish Whiskey. The event winners were announced during the Fall Trail Meeting. Several WOHVA members who came for the Fall Trail and B.O.D. meeting enjoyed lunch at the Crosswinds Pub &Grille along with the golf outing participants. After lunch, a few adult beverages and a whole bunch of conversation about the event, the group moved into the 19th hole for the WOHVA Falls Trails Meeting. The Fall Trail Meeting ended with the final competition of the day. Members and guests tossed golf balls off the balcony of the restaurant toward the 19th hole tee for a 50/50 split of the proceeds.
While the weather was cool for golf, the staff at Royal St. Patrick's Golf Links received many warm congratulations and many great comments about the food, drink and condition of the golf course.
Plans are already underway for next year's event. We are confident that the 2015 WOHVA GOLF OUTING will be another success. Our thanks go out to all who participated and planned this event.
WOHVA’s September '14 Member of the Month Winner
Congratulations to John Giles of Green Bay, Wisconsin. John has been selected as our July WOHVA Member of the Month! WOHVA appreciates your support! Each month, WOHVA selects one lucky WOHVA Individual Member at random to be recognized as the WOHVA Member of the Month. Winners are announced on the WOHVA website and awarded a special monthly prize (Box of "FREE STUFF!"). All current WOHVA Individual Members are eligible to win.
Congratulations John, hope to see you at WOHVA events in 2014! Bring friends!
WOHVA’s October '14 Member of the Month Winner
Congratulations to Michael Glick of Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Michael has been selected as our July WOHVA Member of the Month! WOHVA appreciates your support! Each month, WOHVA selects one lucky WOHVA Individual Member at random to be recognized as the WOHVA Member of the Month. Winners are announced on the WOHVA website and awarded a special monthly prize (Box of "FREE STUFF!"). All current WOHVA Individual Members are eligible to win.
Congratulations Michael, hope to see you at WOHVA events in 2014! Bring friends!
WOHVA Update April '14
Thank you to all our annual meeting attendees and sponsors. Friday’s volunteer banquet was a great time with good food and great people. WOHVA is proud to award a Volunteer of the Year Award at each Volunteer banquet. This award is given to a deserving person who is decided on by the past Volunteer of the Year winners. The 2013 award is awarded in 2014. Our winner is Mike Diermeier. Mike and his wife Carol and Jeep CJ5 “Cooter” attended nearly every work weekend during the 2013 season and helped out above and beyond the norm. Thanks Mike!
Annual meeting is also a time for elections. Thank you to all our candidates, incumbent and otherwise. Our 2014-2015 Board of Directors consists of Dan Bergin CEO, John Lewins COO, Jerry Stephens CCO and Dave Groshek CFO.
Special thanks for many years of service to Jayne Duenkel. Jayne recently passed the membership position on to Laura Bergin. Jayne has done an absolutely awesome job in this thankless position for longer than I can remember. She passed all the information and systems over in great order to make the job as easy as possible for our new volunteer. Thank you Jayne! Rejoin us soon!
I had trouble finding words to describe our volunteers so I borrowed some quotes. “Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” This one applies very well to our group: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it to happen, others make it happen.” Our group is the latter and we all know that slowly we are converting the former in to us.
Below is an update from our tireless Legislative Director John Schnorr.
OHV & OHM Sticker Programs Update
Assembly Bill 369 (AB36) relates to the regulation of off-highway vehicles, creating an off-highway vehicle council, granting rule-making authority, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, making appropriations, and providing penalties. It is a sticker program for full-size 4WD vehicles (both street legal and non-registered).
AB369 was introduced in the Wisconsin State Assembly on September 13th, 2013. From there AB369 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage. The Public Hearing for AB369 was held on September 25th, 2013. Four amendments were introduced to AB369 and it was then referred to the Joint Committee on Finance on February 3rd. Fiscal implications of AB369 were then researched by the Wisconsin Fiscal Bureau and their findings reported back to the Joint Committee on Finance.
The complete bill document (including amendments) and the entire history of AB369 can be downloaded and tracked at:
Assembly Bill 694 (AB694) relates to the operation of off-highway motorcycles, granting rule-making authority, providing penalties, and making appropriations. It is a sticker program for motorcycles.
AB694 was introduced in the Wisconsin State Assembly on January 31st, 2014. From there AB694 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage. The Public Hearing for AB694 was held on February 12th, 2014. Currently AB694 is still awaiting action from the Committee.
The complete bill document and the entire history of AB694 can be downloaded and tracked at:
The Wisconsin State Assembly has ended their current legislative session. The Wisconsin State Senate will do so shortly.
That leaves us with two very good pieces of legislation which have no hope of passage during the current year. Unfortunately, that’s how our system of government works.
Following the elections later this fall, the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Wisconsin will convene in a new session in January 2015. At that time, WOHVA hopes to have both these proposed laws introduced once again.
So, in short, we will start again with a new legislature in 2015. WOHVA will begin immediately developing a plan of attack to succeed in passage of these important programs. Please watch the WOHVA Forums for information on how you can help to assure passage in 2015.
“Remember, join and advocate (that’s) the two most important things that you can do!”
- Del Albright (April ’09, WOHVA’s 5th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiast Workshops)
To benefit the association with safety equipment, chain saws and tools for volunteers who will help build the Motorized Recreation Area in northern Wisconsin.
Saturday October 4, 2014
9:00 am Scramble with Buffet Lunch to follow.
Participant Cost: $95.00
(Price includes: 18 Holes with cart, two drinks, buffet lunch & prizes) RSVP by September 1st.
To register your foursome, please contact:
Royal St. Patricks Golf Links
201 Royal St. Pats Dr.
Wrightstown, WI 54180
The Fall Trails Meeting will immediately follow the Outing Buffet. If you wish to attend the buffet only the cost will be $14.00. RSVP for the buffet by September 13, 2014.
WOHVA Update February '14
Every month WOHVA provides our members and other motorized trail recreation advocates with this short synopsis of WOHVA's efforts to assure that environmentally responsible OHV recreational opportunities are expanded here the Badger State.
February 22nd WOHVA hosted the Spring Trail Meeting at Royal St. Patrick's Golf Links in Wrightstown, WI. The WOHVA Trail Coordinators with members and prospective members to discuss plans for WOVHA trails days and WOHVA events being planned for 2014. Presentations by Head Trail Coordinator John Lewins and CEO Dan Bergin covered, safety, dates, procedures, WORVPI updates and well as updates regarding AB369- WOHVA's pending OHV sticker legislation.
In 2014 WOHVA has worked to boost corporate sponsorship to assist with reaching our goals an upholding the mission statement. Each monthly update I would like to spotlight one of our new partners. RSP, host of the spring trail meeting is owned by WOHVA members and has committed in 2014 to continuing the partnership started in 2013. Royal St. Patrick's Golf Links is Appleton and Green Bay's best conditioned golf course. Conveniently located along Hwy 41 in Wrightstown, Wisconsin. This challenging, well manicured, championship layout has great greens and beautiful fairways. Royal St. Patrick's is a public golf course adjoined by golf course lots and the Royal St. Patrick's residential community. In addition to the very unique Links style golf course, Royal St. Patrick's boasts the Crosswind Sports Bar and Grille and delicious Friday Night Fish Fry. Crosswind, with its plantation style building, is a wonderful location for Weddings, Banquets, Meeting Space and Parties of every variety. www.royalstpatricks.com
"Remember, join and advocate (that's) the two most important things that you can do!"
- Del Albright (April '09, WOHVA's 5th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiast Workshops)
The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association exists for the sole purpose of proactively assuring that public and private off-highway motorized vehicular recreational opportunities are expanded in Wisconsin for safe use by this and future generations