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August 9, 2011 minutes
REGION 4 MINUTES
AUGUST 9, 2011
MOSES LAKE, WA
Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a moment of silence for the sick and departed was observed.
Guest: Ed Weber Individual PNW member, soon to be a member of the Cascade 4X4 club out of Tacoma. Welcome Ed.
Minutes: A motion was made by Ed Massey (Sand Commandos & Hurtin’ Units) seconded by Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commands) to accept the minutes as printed. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report was given by Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats). We have no outstanding bills at this time.
COMP: If you want to keep your old COMP number you need to get a hold of Terri & Kevin Mohan (Nitty Gritty & the Region 4 COMP Chairmen). You need to do this ASAP or your number will be given away at Summer Convention this coming weekend. We have a request for 5 t-shirts for the COMP Team. They want them to match last year’s shirts. Terri said she would check with the t-shirt guy and see if they could just order 5, however they may have to order 10; Terri will get back to us as soon as she finds out. A motion was made by Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) seconded by Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) that we pay for 5 or 10 shirts for the COMP team. Motion passed.
Membership: no changes, however, a fellow living at Desert Aire is looking for a club to run with. He got our information off the PNW Web site. He said that he was having a hard time getting a hold of anyone who was listed as the person of contact on the Web site. Apparently the list has not been updated. That being said, Edward Campbell our PNW Web Master wants to have a person of contact for each club that will be responsible for making changes for their club on the web site. Discussion followed. The idea behind this is so that each club will have someone listed as the person who can make changes for your club. This is the new program that the PNW voted in at Winter Convention 2011. The person of contact for your club will be the administrator who will be responsible or entering your club information; that way all club renewals, address changes etc can be done on line by the club administrator. At the June Board meeting PNW President Angie Marek (Spanaway Moonshiners) directed Edward to have this information entered in the computer by August 1st. FYI – not sure how this is coming, but expect an update at Fall Delegates, in the mean time please get your club contact sent to Edward and also to the Region 4 Director as soon as possible.
Club Power/We Did It – be sure and turn in forms to Gary Harting (Desert Rats) our Region Club Power/We Did It chairman.
Junior Jeepers: Advisor Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) was not present because she had foot surgery again, but she wanted to let everyone know that the Junior Jeepers made $35 from the aluminum cans picked up at Trail Jamboree. She had 35 kids participate in activities at Trail Jamboree and she wanted to express special thanks to the 4 girls, Krista, Hannah, Amanda and Karrlie who stepped up and took care of the Ice Cream Social on their own because Gloria’s run that she was on didn’t get back to camp in time. Girls you did a fantastic job.
PR – Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) will get information sent out for you if you get the information to her.
Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) reported on the Moses Lake area. Dave shared an article about the Pygmy Rabbits that had been printed in the Tri-City Herald July 14, 2011. Fish and Wildlife are seeking comments on the Pygmy plan until August 15th on the proposed amendment to the 2007 draft recovery plan for Columbia Basin Pygmies. The new draft also seeks to survey the remaining suitable habitat to find out if any wild Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits remain. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nothing new at the Moses Lake Dunes except the ORV Deputies are back now that the NOVA money was reinstated. Dave also said that he had been appointed as an ORV Ranger for the Cle Elum Ranger District starting August 15th. Congratulations Dave.
Discussion followed on the Discover Pass. Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) read an e-mail he had received from Senator Jerome Delvin stating a huge majority of district constituents want families to have the option of transferring the card to another family car. So campers, picnickers, boaters, horseback riders and water users who may have experienced problems with your Discover Pass please feel free to make suggestions on what we might do to make this work better. Senator Delvin will pass on your suggestions to the bill’s sponsor Senator Ranker and to the interim committee staff who are reviewing changes for next year. Send comments to Jerome.Delvin@leg.wa.gov.
Discussion followed on Juniper Dunes. Franklin County Commissioners are having a meeting Wednesday, August 10th 8:30 AM; Juniper Dunes is an item on their agenda. Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) will attend this meeting and give a report at our next meeting.
Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) said he had attended a BLM meeting Tuesday, August 2nd in Pasco at the TRAC center on the Resource Management Plan. Basically this was an informational meeting with a facilitator who kept things moving. Group sessions were on travel management and access, recreation, and resource uses, restrictions, and protections. Basically they said they are going to revise the Resource Management Plan. Also attending were Steve Richards and his club the Peak Putters, and Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots).
NOVA committee has an opening for a volunteer who would represent the 4X4 vehicle riders. Appointed members will serve from January 2012 through December 2015 and advise RCO on trail issues, including grant funding and policies. To apply, contact Lorinda.Anderson@rco.wa.gov no later than September 30, 2011. Applicants can expect a reply from RCO by the end of the year. This position was held by Arlene Brooks (Green River Valley Jeepers and former WA State Executive Director of the PNW). Meetings are held usually from 8 AM to 4 PM in Olympia, WA and are for 3 or 4 days.
No one from Region 4 was able to attend either of the Forest Service Planning Rule meetings that were held in Portland and Seattle. We understand that the Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has no plans to scrap the agency’s draft planning rule for the nation’s forests and grasslands as urged last month by a group of nearly 60 lawmakers who warned the proposal would draw unwanted lawsuits. The agency still expects to finalize the rule by the end of the year. There are no plans to “redraft” the rule at this time. They are also considering possible fees to recreate on Forest lands.
Forest Plan Revision meeting Wednesday, August 10th in Yakima. The comment period has been extended to September 28, 2011. Please make comments letting them know that we don’t want anymore wilderness. This will be brought up at Fall Delegates requesting that we all write letters since the comment period has been extended. If you want to make a comment when the second comment period comes around - only the people who commented on the first go round will be allowed to comment the second time.
Travel Management Plan is still expected to have the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision in the spring of 2012 and a Motor Vehicle Use Map in the fall of 2012.
Glass Angel analysis did not go through because the fish people were not agreeing with the water crossing on the 1605 trail. Nothing will happen this year.
Bald Mountain – nothing new at this time.
OLD BUSINESS – NONE
Nominations were open for the most inspirational person in Region 4, no name was submitted; however, nominations will be opened again in September and voted on at that time. Trophy will be presented at Pick Up A Mountain.
Fall Delegates Meeting - September 10th in Rainier, WA. Please encourage your club delegates to attend. Fall Delegates is open to any PNW member to attend, this is a business meeting, the COMP chairman will be elected for 2012 and nominations for 2012 PNW officers will be opened. If you would like to run for PNW Treasurer you must complete an application and submit it by the December Board meeting. The Questionnaire for Candidate for Treasurer Form is found on the Web site in the member’s only section under By-Laws on page 43.
Mountain Masters – had their annual stag run in June with 13 rigs, no major break downs, no over night trips. Last month they had a family run. They have 5 new candidates and because they have some young blood they now are found on face book. Their person of contact is Brett Hull and or Donna Germain.
Peak Putters – back in May they did the Sky Line Loop out of Dayton. 4th of July they went to Liberty. Their club attended the BLM meeting in Pasco on August 2nd. Next run will be in September to Rim Rock and will be a Stag run. Contact person is Steve Richards.
Shindig Wheelers – after Jamboree they did the parking for Nile Valley Days, they met the Deschutes County 4X4 group out of Oregon at Rim Rock, they plan a run the 27th & 28th with a steak feed. They plan a run up the 625 trail; they try to do that once a year. They will have a run to Liberty over Labor Day weekend. Four or five families plan to attend Summer Convention.
Hurtin’ Units – went to Liberty over the 4th of July and Father’s Day. Some went to Trail Jamboree. They have a couple rigs that they need to get running so they can go to Liberty over Labor Day.
Roamin’ Chariots – Doug Conner is bemoaning the fact that he is missing all his camping trips. He did attend the BLM meeting August 2nd. He hopes to attend the Franklin County Commissioners meeting Wednesday, August 10th. Not sure when he’ll be going back to work. He is lots better.
Sand Commandos – haven’t had a meeting for a couple of months. They had some kind of family thing at the sand dunes where 18 people were going out in 3 Jeeps that would only hold 5 at a time. (That’s quite a picture) Ed says it was a little tough. So he told his kids one of them was going to have to buy a rig that would go out in the sand dunes. So son-in-law went to Kellogg, ID looking and found one – a 2008 Rubicon 4-door loaded with everything possible even a TV in the back seat for the kids. They plan to attend Fall Delegates and a wedding for an x Sand Commandos member, Mike Deason’s daughter is getting married August 28th.
Desert Rats – did security for Cool Desert Nights, hosted at Trail Jamboree, and are planning a Rubicon run in September as guests of the Wine Country Rock Crawlers. A run has been called to Liberty August 19-21.
Ed Weber Individual Member said he is going to Montana with the Cascade 4X4’s and possibly going to Moab in September.
Back up to Old Business: Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) reminded everyone that Pick Up A Mountain is September 16 – 18 at Jim Sprick Park. Camping will be $5 a night. Friday night will be a social with games; Saturday clean-up trails. Saturday night will be the pot luck; Desert Rats are in charge of the pot luck. Shields are donating bags again this year. Pam is working on getting a dump truck to help with garbage hauling away; getting donations and she is asking each club to donate something for the raffle, the Shindig Wheelers have donated $300. This is also the Corn Feed so the newest club in the Region will supply the corn. Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch is in charge of the Sunday breakfast. Event t-shirts will also be available to purchase. Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) made a motion seconded by Steve Richards (Peak Putters) that the Region donate $300 as seed money for the event. Motion passed. A motion was made by Roger Brittain (Shindig Wheelers) seconded by Lynn Kirk (Mountain Masters) that the Region donate $200 for door prizes. Motion passed.
Pam said it is the 40th Anniversary of Operation Shore Patrol and the 4th Anniversary of Pick Up A Mountain. Pam said this year there will be a prize for the most unusual find.
GOOD OF THE ORDER
Mike Deason’s daughter getting married August 28th. Channa & Shane have a 2008 Rubicon.
DOOR PRIZE – Was won by Char Massey (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos).
Next meeting dates for Region 4 will be:
September 13, 2011 at Magic’s Pizza in Selah, WA 7:30 PM
October 11, 2011 at Doug Conner’s Shop, 3300 Road 96, Pasco, WA 7:30 PM
Summer Convention August 12-14, 2011 at Straddleline hosted by Region 2
Fall Delegates September 10, 2011 hosted by the Rainier Ruffians at the Rainier Sportsman’s club 404 Alaska Street, Rainier, WA.
Nomad’s Swap meet in Yakima at Mobile Fleet Sunday, September 11, 2011
Pick Up A Mountain September 16-18, 2011 at Jim Sprick Park.
Motion was made by Lynn Kirk (Mountain Masters) seconded by Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 PM. Motion passed.
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