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Default Region 4 minutes August 8, 2017

AUGUST 8, 2017

Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a moment of silence for the sick and departed was observed. No guests were present.

MINUTES: Secretary Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) said she had one correction to the minutes, on the last page under meeting dates it should have said the next Region meeting - August 8th not the 9th. Gary Harting (Desert Rats) made a motion seconded by Doug Conner (Roamin' Chariots) that we accept the corrected minutes from July 11, 2017; motion carried.

TREASURER'S REPORT was given by Treasurer Sande Nettnin, she said we are waiting for the bill for the Comp T-Shirts. She will also check with the bank to see if we can now add back in the $300 check that was written a year ago to Olympic 4X4 that was never cashed.

COMP: Summer Convention is August 18-20, 2017 in Camas Valley hosted by Ruff Country.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: We have a new club in Wenatchee, WA. The club, Trail Seekers have most of their paper work in order, and we look forward to welcoming them to the Region when everything is complete. This club plans to be more active in the area doing more service oriented things. They have three families now and four or five more have shown an interest in joining.

CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Chairman Gary Harting said he had received paper work for the Liberty Trail Maintenance work party May 22 - 26, 2017. They reported 392 man hours and trail miles driven 126.9. Also reported were miles club members and guests had driven totaled 3,631 miles. Paper work for the Naches Trail Puncheon & Burrito work party July 14-16, 2017 was submitted with total miles driven by club members and guests 1,246 miles. Man hours totaled 402. Gary reminded everyone to please turn in your paper work for activities.

JR. JEEPERS: If anyone is interested in taking this on, please contact Region Director Earl Nettnin.

TRAIL JAMBOREE: If you attended, please fill out and turn in the survey that was in your packet so they can make next year's Jamboree better. Hopefully a full report will be given at Fall Delegates.

PICK UP A MOUNTAIN (PUAM): CHAIRMAN Alicia Palachuk said they are working on getting donations. T-Shirt orders need to be turned in by August 29, 2017. If you would like to help, please contact Alicia at 509-697-4178 or Alicia said she is planning two kids scavenger hunts; one for age 5 and under the other for age 6 - 11. The Sand Commandos are still doing the Sunday Breakfast. There will also be the corn shucking contest for adults and kids. John Thompson (Midnite Mudders) asked for some additional information on PUAM, i.e. where do you go and what else takes place. We camp at Jim Sprick Park and camping is $20 for the event. Friday night show up and sign in. We want everyone to sign in including all children. A drivers meeting will take place Saturday morning; and you decide where you want to go and pick up garbage etc. You can go on the trails or Forest Service roads, or pick up in campgrounds. Garbage bags will be provided. Plan to be back in the camp area about 4. Saturday night we have a pot luck, the region supplies pulled pork you are asked to bring a side of some kind (salad, hot dish or dessert) after dinner the Most Inspirational Trophy is given to a person who was voted on by Region 4 members for being the most inspirational for 2017. Also raffle tickets will be sold throughout the event and drawn, and given out Saturday night. On the t-Shirts it will say in memory of Deputy Steve Sutliff who was a very active part of Region 4. His famous quote was "press hard 4 copies" Steve passed away in December of 2016.

PR Chairman Jim Hall (Jeepin' Nomads) is ready to send out information on activities, land matters, etc to our alert list. Please contact Jim if you need to have something sent out, his contact information is: Cell phone 509-969-9905; home phone 509-697-8724, email In our July Tri-Power there is an article that was printed in the Yakima Herald Newspaper on our Naches Trail Puncheon & Burrito work party. They gave us some really good PR.

Dale Neuman (High Country Cruisers) said he had had an issue with the Forest Service a while back, he and Diane had written them a letter stating their concerns and they seem to be getting resolved. Travel Management is progressing slowly. Fires are a concern as the forest is so dry.

Ron Rutherford (Jeepin' Nomads) said nothing new on the Little Naches/Little Crow project; but there is a meeting August 9th government speed. The Oak Creek/Milk Creek reroute is a go when the fire ban is lifted and weather improves. Nothing new in the Ahtanum.

Grants: Jim Hall will be attending a special meeting in Olympia Wednesday, August 9th regarding RTP funds. Seems they have more money to spend and needed direction on where to put it.

NOVA Fund Grants: We are still waiting to hear what was funded.

Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision: should be finished in early 2018. John Thompson said he had been up on Skyline and found lots of gates had been put up blocking areas off. Discussion followed, John will try to check into seeing what organization put up the gates and why.

Juniper Dunes - Doug Conner reported it is pretty dry out there and he didn't see much happening. We understand they are still trying to acquire right of ways. Doug said dirt may move in September.

Ron Rutherford reported the work party July 20th to fix the Rabbit holes was completed. This work party was done mostly by mechanized equipment.

Doug Conner said he had requested vehicle maps for several areas from the Coeur D'Alene National Forest for places to go around Wallace. He received the maps and found information showing roads were open, only to find when they got there a sign was up stating it was closed to motorized use etc. Doug said he had the map that said it was open so they went. Later they stopped at a ranger station and asked about it. He was told by the lady on duty that she didn't know why they had not taken the signs down as it was open and if they had the current use map with them, they were good to go and they couldn't be issued a ticket.

Earl said that Senate Bill 517 - would put a great risk to most of our motor vehicles, the 15% Ethanol is not designed for ATV's, boats, motorcycles, jeeps, and various cars and small engines. This is still being kicked around in congress. We need to encourage our senators to vote NO on it.

Nominations are open for the most inspirational person in Region 4. The following were nominated: Jim Hall, Alicia & Mike Palachuk and Ron Rutherford. Nominations closed and will open again at the September meeting and be voted on at that time.

WOHVA SURVEY: WOHVA is partnering with DNR, WDFW, Washington State Parks and other user groups in a study by Washington State University (WSU) to identify opportunities to simplify the state's recreation pass and permit system, help increase access to our public outdoor recreation lands and find ways to ensure our public lands are adequately funded. It will take about 10 - 15 minutes to fill it out, We are asking Jim Hall to send this out to everyone.

Dale Neuman said he heard Legislature is asking for 2000 volunteers to do a study on Gas Tax, changing from tax per gallon to tax on mileage.

Desert Rats - Gary Harting reported they were Trail Hosts at Trail Jamboree; a couple attended the Naches Work Party in July, we have been asked to help launch Sprint Boats at St. John August 26th and another race may be in September. We plan to attend Fall Delegates, PUAM and the Motorcycle Grand Prix race if it's held September 30 and October 1.

High Country Cruisers - Dale and Diane Neuman said they had attended the Naches Puncheon & Burrito work party, they[[ plan to go to PUAM and the Offroad Expo September 23 in Snohomish, WA.

Roamin' Chariots - Doug Conner said they had nothing to report,

Shindig Wheelers - Mike Palachuk said they had a run last month to Rim Rock. They attended the Ahtanum cleanup July 22nd. In September they plan to go to Liberty over Labor Day; and PUAM.

Jeepin' Nomads - Ron Rutherford reported they attended the Naches Puncheon & Burrito work party, they attended the Ahtanum cleanup July 22nd. For something different last weekend four of their club went to Mossyrock to the Blue Berry Festival and car show; they had a good time. They attended the memorial service for Gene Nalley one of their members who passed away from cancer. They plan to attend PUAM and they have a new candidate.

Wenatchee Mountain Masters - Skip Frans reported he had attended Trail Jamboree and gave his Ham Radio pitch. Skip said this probably should be under good of the order, Ham Radio use while driving is exempt from the no cell phone use while driving rule that went into effect. You can use either the hand held one or microphone. Ham Radio's are the way to go, you get much better reception and they work anywhere. Skip explained how they work and encouraged everyone to get one.

Trail Seekers - Skip Frans reported they were getting their paper work in order and had a number of meetings and runs.

Midnite Mudders - John Thompson reported he and daughter Tori had attended Trail Jamboree and had a very good time. He said Skip Frans was an awesome trail host, sharing history and good stories from the good old days. He said they were supposed to go to Bumping Lake, but they went to Granite Lake instead because they couldn't get into Bumping Lake because it was very crowded. Granite Lake was beautiful. They plan to attend either PUAM or Operation Shore Patrol. John said they have a lot of people getting married and having babies so they haven't done a lot.

Ron Rutherford thanked everyone who participated in the 3-day work party on the Naches Puncheon & Burrito work party in July.

Skip Frans showed an 18 power Zoom lens that will fit your cell phone. It's available on Amazon for $40.

Earl and Sande Nettnin have a new great granddaughter, Vanessa Irene born Sunday August 6, 2017.

John Thompson took his family on the Naches Trail, down the west side, the meadows seemed to be torn up, he was wondering if we could help them out by putting some logs on the edge of the trail to prevent rigs from going out into the meadows. This area is on the White River District, so we can only contact Region 2 to see if they would like some help.

Fiberglass bridges - information is still being looked at on how we could make them work. Ron Rutherford said we are looking into funding etc now so when it's time to get going on it hopefully we'll be ahead of the game.

Alaska or Rust - some of our PNW members are on this adventure and have posted their fun on Facebook. The group was made up mostly of flat fender Jeeps.

John Thompson said he had taken his family on the Rattle Snake trail and down to the swimming hole. John said the PNW had done a great job with all the puncheons that we had put in, but he felt we needed to have some recognition on them saying who had built them etc. Discussion followed on the best way we could do that. We can add this to our project list.

Next two Region 4 meeting dates will be:
September 12, 2017 Abby's Pizza 702 Grant Road East Wenatchee, WA 7:30 PM
October 10, 2017 Doug Conner's Shop 3300 Road 96 Pasco, WA 7:30 PM

August 18-20, 2017 Summer Convention in Camas Valley Hosted by Ruff Country
September 9, 2017 Fall Delegates - Moose Lodge, Longview, WA
September 15-17, 2017 PUAM Jim Sprick Park
September 23, 2017 NW Offroad Expo - Thomas Family Farms - Snohomish, WA
September 30 - October 1 - PNW event at Clatsop County Fairgrounds (more info to come)

Hearing no further business a motion was made to adjourn at 9:15 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sande Nettnin, Region 4
Sande Nettnin
PNW4WDA Secretary
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:51 AM
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There are YouTube video's of the meadows being torn up on the westside of the Naches. Leo's are/have investigated.
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