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Default Region 4 minutes June 8, 2010

June 8, 2010
Pasco, 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. No guests were present.

MINUTES: Secretary Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) said she had received a correction to the minutes in regard to the Beverly Dunes clean-up. Clay Graham (All Wheelers Off Road Club) said that this line was wrong – The dunes weren’t very bad because the week-end before a group from Buckley had been over and had a clean-up. It should have read – There was not lot of trash on the dunes. Another group came out and picked up the dunes the week before the official clean-up since another group from the Buckley area left a big mess. Thanks Clay for bringing this to our attention. A motion was made by Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) seconded by Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) to accept the amended minutes. Motion passed.

TREASURER’S REPORT was given by the Treasurer. A bill was turned in for $31 for post cards and postage for Future Wheelers.

COMP: We received an e-mail from our Competition Co-Chairmen Kevin and Terri Mohan (Nitty Gritty) saying that try outs for the Region 4 Relay Team will be held at the Outdoor 4X4’s race July 17-18, 2010 in Ethel, WA. The team will be picked from your Obstacle Time – no extra runs. The Competition Committee has Summer Convention this year and Region 4 has been assigned Tech on Thursday night and the Barrel Course on Friday and Saturday; if any Region 4 members could help with the Barrel Course, please contact Kevin or Terri at 509-925-4904 or e-mail addajack@fairpoint.net . Also each club in the Region is asked to consider donating a door prize or a money donation that would be used to purchase door prizes. Contact Rob Stafford (PNW4WDA’S COMPETITION CHAIRMAN) at staffordmotorsports@yahoo.com or the Mohan’s. Kevin and Terri also asked the Region to purchase ten t-shirts for the Region 4 Relay Team. Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) made a motion seconded by Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) that the Region covers the cost of the t-shirts up to $200.00. Motion passed.

MEMBERSHIP: We still have not heard anything from the packets we have sent out.
Steve Richards (Peak Putters) said they were wondering what had happened to their membership check and membership cards. The Peak Putters Treasurer said the check had not been cashed yet, and they were wondering what happened. Earl said he would check on it following the meeting.

FUTURE 4-WHEELERS: Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) said she has mailed post cards to Region 4 families with children to see if they may be interested in becoming Future 4-Wheelers. If you have children ages 3 – 17 and you didn’t get this information please contact Gloria at 509-697-9595.

CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Please remember to turn in your forms.

WEB SITE: According to our Web master Rick White (Windy City Wheelers) the Region 4 site is still down.

PR: Kelda Hagemeier Region 4 PR Chairman (Shindig Wheelers) wanted to remind everyone she can help get the word out about your event. She said she is willing to set up a PR Booth at your event if you would like her to. She said, “No guarantee during the first an second week of July as she would be at Trail Jamboree.” You can get the word out on the PNW4WDA’s Web site also.

Juniper Dunes – Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) said he attended the Pasco scoping meeting for the Resource Management Plan the BLM is working on. Doug said there were about 30 people in attendance; not many motorized users. The idea was to talk about what we wanted in general from the BLM, and not specific things. Doug handed out copies of their News Release. During this initial scoping period, the BLM is also seeking suggestions regarding land use issues which should be addressed in the plan. In addition the public may comment on the preliminary planning criteria, which will help guide the planning process. The BLM will accept public comments up to June 25th. Mail to the Bureau of Land Management, Attention: Scott Pavey, 1103 North Francher, Spokane, WA 99212 or e-mail comments OR_Spokane_RMP@blm.gov. After the presentation several people had a good talk with some of the BLM people including Robert Towne, manager of the BLM in Washington State. Doug also said the Franklin County Commissioners have submitted a funding request to our federal representative for funding to extend East Foster Wells Road to the Pasco Kahlotus Highway; this would cross Peterson Road. They also requested funding for a public access road along Peterson Road to access the south end of Juniper Dunes. Doug said he had received word that BLM bought the quad that the Franklin County Sheriff’s department is using to patrol Juniper Dunes, so they are patrolling the dunes on a regular basis. Hopefully we will gain legal access in the near future (government speed though).

Earl reported on the Cle Elum work party May 22-28, 2010. All work was completed, however, by the end of Memorial Weekend because of the rain and heavy use everything was really hammered and trails had been torn up. This will require another work party to try and fix the damage. With no funds for enforcement, people think they can do whatever they want.

Earl reported there was a guest speaker, Bill Gaines (Forest Wildlife Biologist) who spoke on Forest Restoration Strategy and Introduction to Dry-Orr Analysis. Sue Ranger (Recreation Planner) gave the 2011 Title II Project Funding Results: Hell’s Crossing Campground Accessible Toilets - $74,520; White Pass Corridor Noxious Weed Management - $10,800; Deep Creek Trailheads Relocation/Reconstruction Planning (Copper City) - $27,094; South Fork Tieton Watershed Jeep Trail Drainage Maintenance - $39,960; and Road Stabilization – Main Stem Naches Watershed - $59,000. Trail Condition forms were available, Earl picked up a few to hand out at the Region meeting. This is one way we can help by filling them out and mailing them in when you see anything that should be brought to the attention of the District Ranger. We have been asked to write support letters for the Recreation Conservation Office (ROC) Grants for the Naches District OHV Education Rangers, Copper City 4WD Reconstruction Final Phase, and Naches Motorized Trails M & O 2011-2012. Letters are due by July 1st, be sure to mention the project, who you are and why you support it.

The main All Wheelers and ORV Trail Watch members that volunteer for the clean-ups, work parties, and watch trails in Yakima and Kittitas Counties have formed a new local Non-profit ORV Trail Watch group. Kris Coleman is their Tread Lightly Tread Trainer. Clay said they have a few sponsors willing to donate toward materials to use for repairing/improving the public lands and public land use education. Check out their web site at http://orvtw.org/. This does not take the place of the original Forest Watch which was started in the Ahtanum area; Ron Rutherford is a member of this group.

No news on the Travel Management Plan at this time.
An article was in the Yakima news paper, stating that the Rock Crawl is on track to open next year. Barry Collins, a Naches District Civil Engineer stated the Rock Crawl with boulders and other obstacles gives 4-wheelers a place to show off their equipment without tearing up trails and meadows. The District hopes to put its environmental assessment on the project out for public comment by late summer. Upon completion, the 11-½ acre site would have a sign and an informational kiosk.

No news on the Forest Management Plan at this time.

Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) had nothing new on the Wenas to report at this time.

Trail Jamboree – is in search of a sponsor for dinner Friday night. We have had a couple of sponsors back out due to the economy. We had an e-mail from Kilda Hagemeier Co-Chairman of the Trail Jamboree (Shindig Wheelers) asking if we would bring to the Region the idea that we sponsor or co-sponsor the Friday night dinner for about 400 people at a cost of about $2,500.00 or become a camp host sponsor for about $2,000.00. After much discussion the region felt that this should be a corporate sponsorship not a region sponsored event. If anyone has any suggestions contact Sid/Kelda Hagemeier at 509.698.3703 or 509.901.6943 or e-mail sk_hag@fairpoint.net. Plans are in the works for next year to have a Sponsor Committee.

No additional information was available on the Lind property that was proposed at Winter Convention by Gary deMoss. There seems to be a lot of unknowns connected to the property.

The Slick Magazine to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the PNW4WDA has been sent to press. Special thanks to Carol Jensen (IAD #2, Sand Fleas & Individual Members Club) and Ron McDonald Tri-Power Editor for their hard work; also thanks to everyone who submitted articles and pictures.

We have had a request from Pam Remley Chairman (Shindig Wheelers) for help at Pick Up A Mountain with the following: Corn Shucking Contest, Photos, Adult/Kids Course, Firewood & Fire, Horseshoes and possible Pancake feed Sunday morning. She thanked the Desert Rats for volunteering to handle the Pot Luck. Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) volunteered to help with the Corn Shucking. If you or your club can help please contact Pam at 509.658.2496 or mtnrubi76@yahoo.com. Staging will be out of Jim Sprick Park, 13680 State Route 410, Naches, WA; camping will be $5 a night September 17-19, 2010.

Team Trophy Challenge will be held in the Liberty area sponsored by the Timber Tamers on August 13 – 15, 2010. The deadline to register is July 1st. They are having a hard time filling the field of 20 teams; if they don’t get 15 teams by July 1st they probably will cancel this year’s event.

It’s time to renew our membership in WOHVA. Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) made a motion seconded by Curtis Richards (Peak Putters) that we renew our $100 membership in WOHVA. Motion passed.

Desert Rats - Leon Preddie wanted to thank Paul Ziemantz for showing Bill Kwaiser and his friend around checking out some of the trails and campsites in the Rim Rock area that they would be visiting on the Rubicon Run Exchange with the club from California. The Desert Rats have a new prospective member.
Roamin’ Chariots camped and wheeled with the Jeepin’ Nomads over Memorial Weekend. They plan on camping and wheeling with the Nomads again the end of June.
Ridgerunners held a three ball competition, horse shoe tournament, pot luck and BBQ. They plan to pre-run the trails they are hosting at Trail Jamboree.
Shindig Wheelers went to Liberty for Memorial weekend and had a good time; their new candidate was able to join them on Sunday morning and gave his Jeep a real work-out. A work party on the Little Rattlesnake trail will be June 11th -13th. A work party will also be held on June 19th & 20th Rim Rock/Leaning Tree Trail and from July 2nd – 11th will be at Trail Jamboree; July 17th & 18th the club will be parking cars and handling the gate for Nile Valley Days at Jim Sprick Park. They had 8 Jeeps participate in the Selah Community Days Parade instead of throwing candy they blew bubbles.
Jeepin’ Nomads camped in the Rim Rock area with the Roamin’ Chariots over Memorial Weekend. June 19th a run has been called to Oak Creek and June 26th a camp out/run was called to Sleepy Park; some former members from California are coming to have a reunion.
Peak Putters were involved in a program called “Operation Light Sabre” where one of their members had to raise a certain amount of money and shave his head. This was the brain child of Off-Road Adventures magazine which is the advertising arm of 4-Wheel Parts & 4-Wheel Drive Hardware. The money raised for Operation Light Sabre goes to buying off road lights to equip military vehicles to make it easier for soldiers to identify IEDs. Dollars donated are matched dollar for dollar by 4-Wheel Parts and the lights are shipped to our soldiers while 4-Wheel Parts pick up all the shipping costs. They also had a run to Darland Mountain and a night run to Juniper Dunes. Some of their members went to Naches and some to the Nile area over Memorial Weekend. They plan to help with Cool Desert Nights. They also did Tech inspection for the Mud Bog, Rock Crawl & Tuff Truck event at the Othello Fair Grounds April 24th. They voted in two new members and have two more candidates.

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 in Moses Lake, at Standard Battery 7:30 PM
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 in Selah, WA at Magic’s Pizza 7:30 PM

• July 24, 2010 Ahtanum ORV Trails clean-up – Ahtanum Sno-Park 10 AM – camping – hosted by All Wheelers Off Road Club & ORV Trail Watch (contact person Clay Graham ceg@aworc.com.)

DOOR PRISE was won by Leon Preddie

Hearing no more business/good of the order the meeting adjourned at 9:08 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sande Nettnin, Region 4
Sande Nettnin
PNW4WDA Secretary
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer
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