Region 4 minutes August 13, 2013
REGION 4 MINUTES
August 13, 2013
Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Vice Director Ed Massey (CBSC) in Earl Nettnin’s absence.
There wasn’t a flag salute as we did not have a flag. However, we did a moment of silence to honor those who were sick & had parted from us this past month including Randy Reynolds (CBSC).
There were no guests. 18 members representing 9 clubs were present.
Secretary Report: Pam Remley stepped in as Sande was absent to record the minutes. Motion made by Doug Connor (RC), 2nd by Ron Rutherford (JN) to dismiss the reading of the June Minutes. Passed. Note: There was not a July Meeting therefore no minutes.
Treasurer’s Report – None given as Sande was absent other than she had written a check for seed money to Pam for Pick Up A Mountain.
Competition Report: A request was written for shirts for the Team Relay Team for Summer Convention. No price was noted. The members are willing to pay pending the receipt/invoice at a future meeting.
Membership Report: Nothing new
PNW4WDA Region 4 Website: We all agreed it was a dead issue
Club Power/We Did It: Gary was not present
Junior Jeepers: Teia noted that as she was unable to attend Trail Jamboree, some people said items were lacking for the kids. She has a full lineup in store for Pick Up A Mountain.
Public Relations: Clay (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) asked the members to send him info that needs to be sent to members.
Juniper Dunes: Doug Connor (RC) mentioned a group called FLAP (Federal Land Access Program) did not get the funding requested. But the road is still open & he continues to attend meetings.
Athanum: Ron Rutherford (JN) keeps in contact with Jeff Jones of DNR. Working on suggesting a shortcut but is slow going. He & Clay mentioned that the recent clean-up work party went very well. Many users attended.
White Pass: Ron spoke about the Conrad Fire & at this time there are no 4WD trails affected. The Forest Rehab is ongoing.
Chinook Pass: Nothing much to report. The road repairs from the floods of 2011 are the big talk. Some property owners are up in arms about the decisions as they did not know about the comment period. (After meeting note: see Yakima Herald Republic 8-18 front page article)
Oak Creek Area: Ron was asked again to be a member of the committee. If no one else is interested, he will continue to sit on it. There was a 22 acres fire burning. Now out. The 1401 will be closed at MP 3 to wheeled vehicles from August 15th to September 15th.
Beverly Dunes: Clay reported that it is open and all good. Naneum Ridge to Columbia is closed as Clockum is on fire. He rode with Mike Williams to view area. The Committee he sits on is in need of a plan to compromise for all user groups for parking and area. He said he will strive to continue to work for our best interest.
Sand Dunes Moses Lake: Dave was not present but Ed spoke that they are open and sadly have had deaths & injures already this season.
Ed read a memo about the Pacific Crest Trail All Expenses Paid Trip Work Party. If anyone is interested, contact Earl!
Trail Jamboree: Sid was not present. Kris (RR) spoke that they attended as hosts and did a couple work parties beforehand as well as had a good time. Terry (SW) mentioned that this was the 1st year the ALL 5 of their host rigs stayed complete during TJ!
Rattlesnake Trail Celebration Work Party: Ron mentioned that the week before a few people went to haul many items to the area. Merrick arrived with his personal tractor which saved a ton of work. Chad Atkins did work of many volunteers with his equipment. Jeff Leisy (USFS) continues to seek info about Washington trails needs. The actual work party was long days and hard work but they got it done. 620 man hours were logged. Irene said that the work is to national trail standards. Thanks to all!
Ahtanum Clean-up: Clay said they did lots of work. Many user groups attended including the Timber Wolves, Ridgerunners, Ski Benders, & Cub Scouts.
Pick Up A Mountain: Pam explained the ‘new command’ for the park fees. Camping for the weekend will be $15. If you arrive early its $15 a night and she would like to know in advance in order to alert the caretakers. We will host a ‘Vendor Hour’ (afternoon) in the Midway free of charge to anyone wishing to show/tell/sell their products. Lisa will cook the corn after the contest. PLEASE bring your cookers/pots if you can. Ugly Christmas lights contest will be in the midway. Bring a WORKING string of ugly lights. Winner receives a special prize! Shirt orders must be in by the 28th! Motion made by Josh W (RR) & 2nd by Don Andrews (YVTW) to donate $300 toward PUAM for raffle prizes; motion passed.
Most Inspirational Trophy: Nominations were taken. Ron Rutherford & Earl Nettnin were nominated. More nominations & voting next month. Trophy will be presented at PUAM
Data Counter: Ron R (JN) spoke about a data counter that he has been looking into that is currently being used in several areas. It could be in our favor or not depending on data usage. After some good discussion, it was decided that each delegate take back to their club for discussion as well as to Fall Delegates Meeting in September.
Washington State Trails Caucus: September 13th in Wenatchee. For more info, contact Earl or go on line to register. Doug mentioned that is a great idea to attend & represent the 4WD community
Fall Delegates Meeting will be held at the Cowlitz PUD Auditorium. See the Website or TriPower for more info.
Trailer: Ron R borrowed a trailer from Heverlo’s Auctions. It was very helpful. When he returned it, he was asked if he wished to purchase it. It needs some work but Ron figured that those items could be donated. Ron looked into tab, insurance issues & that could be covered via the Association. Motion made by Frank R (SW) 2nd by Charlotte M (CBSC); motion passed.
Swap meet: Ron R (JN) presented the idea of hosting a Region swap meet; after discussion it was decided that the delegates were to take this back to their clubs to see how much interest there would be in doing this and bring it up again at our September meeting.
Columbia Basin Sand Commandos – Ed reported that they lost Randy and it’s been very hard on many. They also have 3 prospective members joining their club. They are planning on attending PUAM. They went fishing to Banks Lake where their granddaughter almost stepped on a rattler. Fishing was good.
Roamin’ Chariots – Camping with the Jeepin’ Nomads
Hurtin’ Units – Not Present but Ed reported that they have been up at Liberty a lot. Dave broke the FS jeep.
Ridgerunners – Had an initiation Run in June where they had 6 new members which now they are up to 162! Went to Jamboree & did the Rattlesnake Work Party
Jeepin’ Nomads – Ron reported that they did their Adopt A Trail Work Party on the 602, 602A Trail, camping & Rattlesnake Work Party.
Yakima Valley Timber Wolves – Don reported that they did the Ahtanum clean-up; some are going to PUAM, 2 new possible members otherwise laying low.
Yakima Valley Mountaineers – Nothing much to report other than went to the Ahtanum clean-up
Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch – Clay & Luke reported that this will be their last year in the association but members will try to stay as Individual Members. They hosted the Ahtanum Clean-up. The Beverly Dunes clean-up will be in the 1st weekend of November now not to conflict with the Sand Scorpions. They did their Adopt A Trail Work Party on the 613 & Ridges. They wish to spend the next week in the Nile Area having fun at Saw Mill Flats.
Shindig Wheelers – have a new member. Father’s Day weekend they did their annual Adopt A Trail work Party on the Leaning Tree. They later they did the Little Rattlesnake the weekend before TJ. They attended as host to TJ. Plan on attending PUAM and going to Liberty on Labor Day Weekend.
Good of The Order – Proud grandma Charlotte Massey reported that their grandson graduated from Basic Training in the Marines in San Diego.
August 17th – Off Road Animals Fun Poker Run
September 10th Region 4 Meeting in Pasco
September 13th – Washington Trail Caucus, Wenatchee
September 14th – Fall Delegates Meeting, Longview
September 20-22nd – Pick Up A Mountain, Jim Sprick Park
Motion to Adjourn the Meeting by Doug (RC) & 2nd by Alicia P (SW). Passed at 8:55 PM.
Submitted by Pam Remley for Sande Nettnin
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer