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Default September 13, 2011 Region minutes

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

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; however, we had some new faces around the table so Earl asked everyone to introduce themselves.

Minutes: A motion was made by Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) seconded by Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) that we accept the Region 4 minutes from August 9, 2011 as printed; motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report was given by Treasurer Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats). Tonight we turned over the cash in the Junior Jeepers account to their advisor Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) to start a bank account for them. This will make things easier for Gloria when she needs to purchase things for them. Gloria will provide an accounting of this money to the Region.

Comp report – Region 4 did well at Summer Convention. Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) reported that the Shindig Wheelers finished like this: Men’s Obstacle: s/t short 1st Sid Hagemeier; s/t long/med 3rd Terry Joralemon; Women’s Obstacle: s/t short 1st Kelda Hagemeier; s/t long/med 2nd Star Joralemon - 4th Alicia Palachuk; Men’s Barrels: s/t short 1st Sid Hagemeier, s/t med/long 3rd Mike Palachuk, 4th Terry Joralemon; Women’s Barrels: s/t short 1st Kelda Hagemeier – s/t med/long 1st Star Joralemon; Men’s Cross Country: s/t short 1st Sid Hagemeier; Women’s Cross Country: s/t short 1st Kelda Hagemeier –s/t med/long 2nd Star Joralemon, 4th Alicia Palachuk; Club Challenge 1st Place Street and Trail women’s Krista Palachuk, Alicia Palachuk, Vicki Da Mora; men’s Mike Palachuk, Scott Jensen, Terri Joralemon and Sid Hagemeier. The COMP committee said they were very excited to have some new and young racers getting involved. Nominations were opened and voted on for the Region 4 COMP Chairman. Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) made a motion seconded by Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) that we cast a unanimous ballot for Terri and Kevin Mohan (Nitty Gritty) as our 2012 Region 4 COMP Chairmen, motion passed.

Membership – nothing new to report.

PNW Web Site – If your club has not turned in the name of your club contact to the PNW4WDA’s Web Master so he can get them set up with a special password allowing them to make changes for your club’s registration, please do so immediately. This will allow them to make address changes etc so that it will be instantly up to date. The program should be up and running in October.

Club Power/We Did It – Chairman Gary Harting (Desert Rats) said he had talked with the PNW’s Club Power/We Did It Chairman Kathy Greenwood (Off Road Animals), they had a very good discussion about some of the things she would like to see take place. Gary asked the delegation how they felt about pins, patches, points etc. Our group thought they would like to see us use patches and a point system. Gary will get this information back to Kathy and she will present her findings to the PNW Board of Directors and hopefully it will be brought up at Winter Convention.

Junior Jeepers – Advisor Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) said she will be starting a bank account for them. She has lots of things going for Pick Up A Mountain for kids this weekend. Tree Top has donated 6 cases of Apple Juice, Region 4 gave them $200 for prizes, a Scavenger Hunt, movie night and games have been planned.

Trail Jamboree – Co-Chairman Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) said it was done this year; however, they are looking for sponsors and prize donations for next year. The Secretary read a thank you note from Co-Chairmen Sid and Kelda Hagemeier thanking us for our donations of prizes and personal time our clubs dedicated to Trail Jamboree. Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) was our official photographer taking 2400 pictures that will be released on the PNW’s Web site soon, and in Tri-Power. Kelda said they are working with Tri-Power to set up a monthly Trail Jamboree section with a count down to next year’s Jamboree.

Pick Up A Mountain – Chairman Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) said things were coming together. She will have a schedule of events ready to hand out when you arrive. Friday night games, social hour, there is a burning ban in the Yakima area however, we are allowed to have a ceremonial fire. Saturday morning drivers meeting with group picture taken at the staging area, corn shucking contest, an evening pot luck, followed by a dance (special thanks to Build It Off Road for providing the DJ). Sunday morning a free pancake breakfast will be served. Pam said we could expect some special guests from the Forest Service, Sue Ranger, Merrick Graves and Jeff Lacey. She also said that she had invited some members of the Nile community to come. Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) said she had also invited some of the school kids to come who are working on their community service hours they need for graduation.

PR – Chairman Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) said she had attended the Nomad’s Swap meet and moved a lot of PNW information. She had to re-pack her goodie bags several times. She also said it was very HOT.

Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) reported that Juniper Dunes is open, however, when he went out there after it was announced the road was now a public road - the no trespassing sign was still up. We do have legal access after 27 years.
Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) reported that the Ahtanum was warm and dusty. Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) said it seemed that the Blue Lake area was being overused. Clay reported that Beverly Dunes was hot and he said he couldn’t drive fast enough to keep cool.
The Rock Crawl is open – could use some bigger rocks – right now there are 5 or 6 different rock crawls.

Earl shared his report for Fall Delegates.

Forest Revision Plan – The plan for Wenatchee/Okanogan/Colville National Forest is now open for public comment until September 28, 2011. The plan includes more Wilderness and closing some roads. Write letters, make comments as to our desires and interests in recreating in our National Forest.
Naches Ranger District – Annual seasonal closures are being discussed. They need to have an Environmental Analysis (EA) this winter. Travel Management Plan is still in the planning stage, and will be open for Public Comment probably in January of 2012. Glass Angel Restoration Project has some environment issues – no decision yet – may start next year. When it is started our trails in the area will be shut down for two years. Rock Crawl in the Rimrock area had a finish date at the end of October; but it is still a work in progress. The 1800 and 1808 Roads (access to Copper City) – bridges will be finished by the end of September. The road damage is still to be accessed. They will stay closed until next year so there will be no Copper City Work party this Fall unless there is a change in plans. Logs have been taken to the saw mill to be cut into planks for the bridges and projects for the Copper City project, so when the road is open and access gained work parties will have the material ready. The 1050 Road in Rimrock is open, the construction and relocation is complete. Trail repairs in the South Tieton area and in the Naches Pass Trail have been addressed. Two flood repair projects are now open for public comment; the 1501 Road which is the access to the Little Rattlesnake and the 1900 Road which is the paved road in the Little Naches drainage. These projects need an environmental analysis and probably won’t even start until next year. The comment period will close on September 16, 2011. Comments-pacificnorthwest-wenatchee-naches@fs.fed.us
Bald Mountain sale should be complete by the end of the year. Funding has become available and when the final appraisal is finished and all the legal agreements complete the land will be under Washington Fish and Wild Life. Discover Pass territory.
Cle Elum Ranger District - There is a new (E & E) Education & Enforcement Ranger (PNW4WDA member Dave McMains, Hurtin’ Units & Columbia Basin Sand Commandos) who also joins Merrick Graves (Wandering Willy’s & High Country Cruisers) as who is one of the E & E officers for the Naches Ranger District. Flood damage in the Manastash area was extensive. The county road to the area was washed out and several Forest Service roads as well. Campgrounds and Trailheads also suffered severe damage.
Liberty was spared extreme flood damage. Work parties were held by special permit and all but thee trails were opened. The three were being relocated and reconstructed. The V-Team in Cle Elum is working well contributing many volunteer hours.
In the course of communications I was asked about Trout Unlimited proposed ORV Program called “Ride Right”. In the research of the program by Carol Jensen, IAD #2 (Individual Members Club & Sand Fleas) this group is another anti-access organization using the Clean Water Act as a lever to shut down logging and motorized recreation.

The 695 Road at Moon Rocks is closed.

The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) is going to be coming up with a Travel Management Plan. They seem to be following what the Forest Service is doing.

Nominations are open for the most Inspirational Person in Region 4 for 2011. Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) and Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) were nominated. The winner will receive the trophy at Pick Up A Mountain.

There is an opening on the NOVA (Non-highway and Off-road Vehicle Activities) Board. The Recreation and Conservation Office (ROC) is seeking five (5) volunteers to evaluate grant applications for backcountry trail projects in Washington. Volunteers will serve on the NOVA program advisory committee. You must submit your application no later than September 30, 2011. For an application and additional information contact Lorinda Anderson at (360) 902-3009 or Lorinda.Anderson@roc.wa.gov.

We need to watch what’s happening with the wording on Initiative I-1125. This has to do with the fuel tax refund. Our Senator Jerome Delvin is continuing to track this and will let us know more as information becomes available.

The annual meeting of WOHVA (Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance) has been scheduled for November 20th, 2011. The meeting location will be in or around Tacoma and a detailed agenda will be sent out in November along with the meeting place. More information to come.

Be thinking about nominations for the 2012 officers for Region 4, they will be opened in November and January and voted on at the January meeting.

Due to the lateness of the hour Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) made a motion seconded by Gary Harting (Desert Rats) that we dispense with the Club Reports. Motion passed.

Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) thanked everyone on behalf of the Nomads who came to their swap meet and participated in their 17th year of holding a swap meet. The hot weather seemed to take its toll. Ron thanked Kelda Hagemeier and Doug Conner for all their hours of PR.

Door Prize was won by Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots).

Next meeting dates for Region 4 will be:
October 11th, Doug Conner’s shop – Pasco, WA 7:30 PM
November 8th, Liberty Off Road in Moses Lake, WA 7:30PM

Pick Up A Mountain September 16-18
Winter Convention – February 10 - 12, 2012 in Vancouver, WA at Heathman Lodge

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM

Respectfully Submitted:

Sande Nettnin
Region 4

The following clubs submitted written reports:
Desert Rats: some members attended a run to the Liberty area August 19-21. Some are attending a run to the Rubicon with the Wine Country Rock Crawlers September 9 – 18; some attended Fall Delegates September 10th. A run has been called to the West Richland Veteran’s Day Parade November 5th. Some will attend Pick Up A Mountain this weekend, and set up tables for the pot luck.
Shindig Wheelers: Some attended Summer Convention and did very well. They had a steak feed and swim party in August, some attended the Nomads’ Swap meet September 11th, some will attend Pick Up A Mountain this weekend; and some will help with the Rimrock Grand Prix at Silver Beach October 1st and 2nd.
Yakima Valley Mountaineers had a run a couple of weeks ago.
Jeepin’ Nomads had their 17th annual Swap meet at Mobile Fleet September 11th.
Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch plan to attend Pick Up A Mountain, cook and serve the Sunday breakfast.
Roamin’ Chariots are just trying to go camping again and attend meetings and writing letters.
Sande Nettnin
PNW4WDA Secretary
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer
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