GNTR VIII 2015 SPIRIT MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE
If two straight days of great family fun with 97 of your newest and now best friends, on some of the best trails, in the great Wisconsin Northwood’s sounds good to you then you just missed an awesome weekend. Never fear, plans for 2016 are already in the works.
The Great Northern Trail Ride took place in Mole Lake, Wisconsin August 13-15. The yearly event opened Thursday the 13th with check in for trail riders between 3pm and 7pm. Registrants picked up their event t-shirts, rented or purchased WOHVA spill kits, picked up their welcome packets as well as some raffle tickets. After checking in riders met their trail guides and selected trails for Friday. Choices included a Green 101 instructional or refresher ride to familiarize new or returning 4x4 OHV users. Other options included the Red, Blue and Orange trails. Each color designation has a different level of challenge and each trail is unique in terms of obstacles, width and terrain. Hospitality in the form of snacks and beverages were available for guests while getting checked in. At 7pm we kicked off the first of four raffles scheduled for the weekend. The “raffle every day” was a huge success in 2015 and will be coming back for 2016! WOHVA even did a raffle for all the kids in attendance! WOHVA raffled off the first of four $50 4WD Hardware gift cards that were donated by the TitleTown Jeepers. We also gave away a GNTR 2015 sweatshirt donated by Jay Paulson of Tee Time LLC. A set of Mechanix gloves from Del City rounded out the raffle. After the raffle most participants went back to their camps and hotel rooms to get a good night sleep.
Friday morning a few more registrants checked in and then vehicles were directed to the lineup field. Driver’s aired down their tires to allow better traction and leave minimal tracks on the trails. This was also the time for a final look over to secure everything inside and stow water and snacks for the morning. Each vehicle had a sticker that
matched their trail color designation and just East of the Casino the Jeeps, Toyotas and a Land Rover lined up behind the sign that showed their color. Each trail had a trail guide to lead and a tail gunner to help
out. Citizens Band radios are strongly suggested to keep riders involved in the ride, informed of what is going on and aware of upcoming obstacles. Each trail group gets a channel and chats over the radio all day. By 9am the trail groups were out on the trail until meeting at a rally area for lunch. Lunch was catered in by a local company this year. Groups met in the rally area for a chance to take a break, have a sandwich, apple and cookie. Plenty of water and soda was available as well. All groups meet in the same area and gather in the shade and talk about their trails and share stories. Porta Potties were a new addition for GNTR lunch area this year. They were in the shade when they were placed- next year they will get moved to stay that way! After lunch groups headed back out for a few more hours of trail rides and fun! A surprise rain shower Friday afternoon added some excitement to some trails and may have gotten the dust off more than one open top vehicle. Conversations Friday at dinner and the smiles on all the faces told the story- it was a great day on the trails! After dinner raffle #2 gave away another $50 4WD hardware card from the TitleTown Jeepers, another GNTR 2015 Sweatshirt, some more prizes from Delcity.net and Riverside Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Iron Mountain, MI. www.RIVERSIDEHASIT.COM Riverside had a huge presence at GNTR with several Jeeps and employee wheelers. They brought some display Jeeps and literature along with solid proof they don’t just sell Jeeps- they USE THEM! Their contributions to the weekend raffles were excellent and even better, General Manager Sean McAdams put in a great plug for Tread Lightly. He also reminded everyone to join Tread Lightly and get a better price on a new Jeep from Riverside! Post raffle the banquet room emptied out fairly quickly as participants headed off to sleep and prepare for Saturday.
Saturday participants went straight to lineup, and did a final check over. Each day WOHVA Trail and Tribal Relations Coordinator John Lewins gave some safety reminders and sent off each group for a safe day of guided Northwoods trail riding. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, sun and fun was the order of the day. New friendships were made among the children and adults, new driver skills were discovered and promises were made for next year. For some that just means getting back on the trail more, others will add parts and seat time to make their goals and get past that tree or get up that rock garden. The stories of conquering fear and physical obstacles were commonplace at dinner Saturday. Drivers were amazed at what some of the participants could overcome and what they found their vehicles could do with a little coaching and support. Grandfathers and Grand kids, husbands and wives all experienced a great time in Wisconsin’s great outdoors.
Saturday night opened up the BIG DADDY of WOVHA raffles. Gift certificates from Sport Truck USA, Wheel Pros, Tom Woods Driveshafts, Teraflex, 4WD Hardware, Del City, Prospero’s Garage, Royal St. Patrick’s Golf Links in Wrightstown, WI, product from Riverside CDJ in Iron Mountain, MI, Bacon and Cheese from GRFOODSINC.com, swag from Jeep, BDS Suspension, Zone Offroad Products, JKS Manufacturing, Tee Time LLC. All prizes sent by WOHVA partners to help further our cause. These companies realize that their investment in strong state OHV Associations pays back by increasing the number of people who buy their products. Please consider all of our partners when purchasing! Further assistance came from Lenz Truck Center of Fond du Lac, WI, Team Winnebagoland of Oshkosh, WI and Extreme Offroaders 4x4 Club LTD. of Oshkosh, WI
Spirit Mountain Challenge isn’t just a name, everybody that comes has a challenge or finds one there. WOHVA has a challenge to keep access to the mountain to put on these events. The Tribe has a challenge to maintain their property and the beauty it possesses for future generations. WOHVA has a challenge to bring together new friends and old, young and experienced, to enjoy the great outdoors and our love for OHV use. Our participants have challenges also. Getting out of the office, spending much needed time with the kids, spending time in their vehicle, maybe quietly reflecting on their daily life, maybe looking to turn a corner and develop a relationship with new people and a new form of recreation. These are all challenges for participants. One of the greatest challenges we all have is passing down the respect for our resources and opportunities to the young people interested in OHV use. Nothing can be taken for granted if Wisconsin is going to expand our opportunities for participating in trail rides like GNTR. Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to share the Spirit Mountain Challenge with Wisconsin Off Highway Vehicle Association. We look forward to 2016 with great expectations.
On behalf of the GNTR Committee that put this event together (Dan Bergin, Laura Bergin, Cotty Barrett, Jeff Lohry, Jerry Stephens, Mike Diermeier, and Jim Maze), we would like to thank EVERYONE who participated and helped make this event possible.
Great thanks go out to our property hosts, the Sokaogon-Chippewa Community Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Learn more about this community here www.sokaogonchippewa.com Without this property WOHVA could not have put on this event.
WOVHA Update January 2015
2014 is in the books and it was another great year for WOHVA and our members
Our membership ranks are full, our coffers are looking better than ever and our 2015
events are already deep in the planning stages.
Our trail leaders have trail work days planned. GNTR registration is open and
agreements are pending for the 2015 Mole Lake Jeep Jamboree USA
Here is our large event schedule for 2015
7 WOHVA Spring Trail Information Meeting
Royal St. Patrick’s Golf Links, Wrightstown, WI
10-11 WOHVA’s 11th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiast Workshops
Mole Lake Lodge & Conference Center
Mole Lake, Wisconsin
-FISTA chainsaw workshop on the 10th
16-18 20th Annual Northwoods-Mole Lake Jeep Jamboree USA
Mole Lake Lodge & Conference Center
Mole Lake, Wisconsin
13, 14 & 15 8th Annual Great Northern Trail Ride
Mole Lake Casino & Conference Center
Mole Lake, Wisconsin
3 WOHVA Fall Trail Information Meeting
Royal St. Patricks Golf Links Wrightstown, WI
Elections are part of our annual meeting in April each year. Nominations are open
for the positions that turnover this year. If you have any questions about increasing
your input to this great organization please contact a board member. We need a few
good men and women to keep this group going
I hope all of your holidays were rewarding time spent with family and friends.
Stay tuned to www.wohva.com and the WOHVA Facebook page I will keep updates
flowing as event plans get set in stone for the year
See you on the Trail !
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! To all WOHVA members and guests.
Remember the reason for the season. Be safe out on those roads and trails. Lend a helping hand. Give thanks to those who help you. Spend time with family. Keep our reality in perspective; that is how fortunate we are to be here with this great group of people, able to do what we love nearly 12 months of the year. Know that every positive thing we do for our chosen form of recreation opens up doors for future wheelers. We are all very blessed. Happy holidays from our Family to yours. Thank you for all you have done throughout this past year, may we all find peace, prosperity and lots of happiness in this coming year.
And who can turn down a picture of a really huge Jeep with SANTA behind the wheel?
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 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’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!
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