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)
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)
2014 WOHVA ANNUAL VOLUNTEER BANQUET
2014 WOHVA ANNUAL VOLUNTEER BANQUET
APRIL 4, 2014
213 N Lake Ave
CALLING ALL 2013 WOHVA VOLUNTEERS
Your time and effort are appreciated! WOHVA
would like to thank you with a dinner. Please join WOVHA at Ducks.
Cocktails at 6pm dinner at 7pm. Volunteers eat free, guests are welcome to eat for $10.
Please get your registration in through the annual meeting for available @
WOHVA’s February '14 Member of the Month Winner
Congratulations to Howard Mathe of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Howard has been selected as our February WOHVA Member of the Month! Howard is a regular Jeep Jamboree attendee and a veteran of the 2013 Great Northern Trail Ride. 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.
Again, congratulations Howard! Hope to see you at GNTR 2014!
Ice Racing 2014
Happy New Year! The end of 2013 and the start of 2014 have been great for making ICE! Once again the Extreme Offroaders of Oshkosh, WI will be hitting the ice Feb 1st and Feb 8th to put man and machine up against the elements and the clock.
Feb 1 racing will start at noon in Oshkosh, WI on Millers Bay, Lake Winnebago in conjunction with the Otter Street Fisheree. Registration starts at 10:30 am and a driver’s meeting will be held at 11:50am.
Feb 8 time will be the same in Neenah, WI. Races will be held just offshore of the Payne’s Point Hook and Spear Fishing Clubhouse on County Road A North of Oshkosh and South of Breezewood in Neenah.
We have interest in a 4x4 Side by Side UTV class this year and if we get enough registrations it will happen. It is excellent to see new interest and more racers are always welcome. Belts and helmets will be required.
Other classes will include Short, Medium and Long wheel base 4x4 vehicles, two wheel drive classes, studded 2x4, studded 4x4, and a women’s open class. It takes three vehicles to make a class. Cash pay outs to the top three drivers.
Pictures and results will be posted as fast as possible.
Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association
WOHVA SPRING 2014 Trails Information Meeting
FEBUARY 22ND, 2014
Royal St. Patricks Golf Links
201 Royal St. Pat’s Drive
Wrightstown, WI 54180
920 279-3000 (Cell)
Open to members and guests BOD meeting to follow a brief lunch.
Some highlights to expect:
Trail Updates – John Lewins
. Mole Lake Indian Reservation
1. Trail Days for 2014
a) 19th Annual Northwoods–Mole Lake Jeep Jamboree USA
b) 7th Annual Great Northern Trail Ride
. Pipeline 4x4 Corridor
1. Trail Maintenance Days
Ongoing WOHVA Projects – Dan Bergin
. Wisconsin Governor’s State Trails Council
. Motorized Recreation Area
. Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc.
. Sticker Programs
Bring a dish to pass if you wish as well as a lunch appropriate beverage.
January 2014 Member of the Month.
Congratulations to Jason Van Erem of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Jason has been selected as our January WOHVA Member of the Month! Jason is a member of Title Town Jeepers and a strong supporter of both WOHVA and WORVPI’s Forest County Off-Road Park Project! Check out Title Town Jeepers on Facebook and http://titletownjeepers.webs.com/
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.
Again, congratulations Jason!
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