Check out the latest eddition of 4Low Off Road magazines' feature of Dixie Run 30

We made the cover)  

We made the cover)  

These guys joined us for the first time in Sparta but most likely not the last at our 30th annual event. Looks like they had a great time and hope to see more from them in the future. There's several great photo shots in side as well as some coverage of other local off-road parks and events in our area. Get your copy here; https://www.magzter.com/US/4LOW-Offroad-Magazine/4LOW-Offroad-Magazine/Automotive/

Centerfold shot too!  

Centerfold shot too!  

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Joint Club Initiative to collect Essentials for victims of the Gatlinburg fires

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 These fires in Gatlinburg have devastated many Sevier County, TN residents, many of which are members and friends of our Association. 

 What can we do? Great question....
 SFWDA has been working all day along with several local Tennessee OHV clubs collectively to help out.

 How you may ask.....
 Together we will strive to provide neccasary essentials to those in need. It takes more than an idea, it takes your effort. Red Cross established shelters in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where well over 1,300 people have gathered to seek refuge.

 This is also why today we took immediate action to begin a campaign of collecting essential items for the victims of these ongoing Gatlinburg fires. As of now Jeeps & Wrenches, Mule Town Jeepers, Stones River Jeep Club, and Smoky Mountain Jeep Club along with others are actively collecting essentials supplies which together we will be delivering to one of the primary shelters in the county.

 Throughout the rest of the week we urge you to connect with one or more of these clubs in effort to do what you can to help. In addition we will be collecting the essentials at our upcoming Annual Meeting on December 3rd at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge, TN.  Between the hours of 9am-3pm you can stop by and drop off any of the items listed below in the hotel lobby at our collection table. 

 Once we conclude and combine all of our efforts we will deliver these essential items directly to the shelter. If you can, please take a moment to connect with your local club reps attending our Annual Meeting to relay these hard goods, and / or join us at the Double Tree on Saturday. These people can certainly use the help and it's moments like this where we truly shine as OHV enthusiasts. Let's do our part to help when we can.

 Below, is a list of the essentials that the shelters are requesting at the moment. It may be up to 5 days before they can make their way back home if they even have one. 


UPDATE ; 

 There are now several additional collection points which have joined forces with SFWDA and others to collect essentials. Off Road Mafia in Woodstock, GA and JeepHut in Jasper, GA, Highland Expedition Outfitters (HEO) are also collecting at there shops. Ohio River Four Wheelers in Kentucky is collecting for folks on our norther reach.

 It is reported at this time consumables are still needed; such as diapers, toilet paper, baby wipes, clothing, hygiene items, as well as cases of Gatorade, and individual pre-wrapped snacks are still being accepted in highest demand at the shelters for both victims and first responders alike.  The outpouring of support has been amazing. We sincerely appreciate everyone's help. 


You can drop off any of these essential goods at the Double Tree Hotel.
We'll have a collection in the lobby this Saturday, Dec. 3rd between 9am-3pm in Oak Ridge, TN.

 

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2016 BOD Elections - Description of Duties & Obligations

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These are the upcoming openings to be elected at our Annual Meeting. Each of these positions are a 2 year volunteer term; Vice President, Secretary, Director of Legislative Affairs, and Director of Public Relations for 2017-2018 will be elected.

 The attached PDF document below will illustrate according to our current by-laws the standard duties & obligations of each of the four positions open for election this year. 

 To be selected to one of these position please submit your contact info below and we will include your name on the ballot. We will conduct a live election during our Annual Meeting on December 3, 2016 in Oak Ridge, TN. Those unable to attend can still submit and participate online though our webinar electronically. You may also vote online at the same live moment that we  process the election of each position. 

Below is the link for more details on the meeting including a link to our Webinar, to register and participate if you are unable to join us in person at the Double Tree hotel. 

Meeting Details

Webinar Registration

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
In case we need to reach you with any prompt follow up questions.
Position of Interest *
Please select which position you would like to be nominated.

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SFWDA wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving

A short poem from your
Southern Four Wheel Drive Association....... 

Happy Thanksgiving

"Thanksgiving Delights"

On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.
For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.
We're grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.
The list of all we're grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!
- By Joanna Fuchs

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SFWDA Board of Directors Nominations are now open....

Would you like to be a part of the SFWDA Board of Directors team? We want you! Nominations are now open.

We are currently requesting nominations for 4 positions. All members are invited and encouraged to become more involved. This is one of the best ways to do it. Please send us an email or reply to the post below for nominations.

These are the upcoming openings to be elected at our Annual Meeting. Each of these positions are a 2 year volunteer term; Vice President, Secretary, Director of Legislative Affairs, and Director of Public Relations for 2017-2018 will be elected.

Our meeting will be held December 3rd in Oak Ridge, Tennessee but everyone can participate online as well.

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Grant initiative is our largest annual project committing a significant portion of the association net income

What does your association do with our proceeds?
First and foremost our goal is to provide Grants to our members.

Volunteers hard at work at one of our completed projects. Spreading gravel funded by SFWDA grants in the Uwharrie National Forest, NC. 

 The SFWDA Grant initiative is our largest annual project committing a significant portion of the association net income to this program.  The SFWDA Grant initiative supports the membership and regional projects focused on our core missions – Conservation, Education and Recreation. 

Since inception we have completed a variety of new projects at local parks and trails we can all enjoy for years to come. 

Established members are not only welcome but encouraged to utilize this valuable benefit. 

Learn More....  http://www.sfwda.org/grants

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Grant funding fuels the success of the DBBB creating new trails and preserved access.

Grants are available right now for your local club or group project. Apply Today Online. 

Grants are available right now for your local club or group project. Apply Today Online. 

  We hope everyone enjoyed themselves at our Fall 2016 Meet & Ride. Before we move focus onto our Annual Meeting on December 3rd, in which everyone's invited to attend, it's seems worthy to reflect on our success together as an Association for a moment. It is well known how successful this past years SFWDA events were, generating thousands of dollars of revenue for our non-profit association. With the success of these events and through the support of our constantly growing membership base we will never stop fighting the core mission of your Association;  Conservation * Education * Recreation. 

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 For those that were able to join us at  our Meet & Ride this past Saturday you were able to see first hand a rural and majestic part of the Appalachian Mountains. The route there near Slade, KY and the Red River Gorge area that everyone traveled is part of a long term and ongoing project which was made possible by grants from both the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) and TreadLIghtly. Soon several local off road business's and others in the community stepped up to support as well. With combined financial support and together along with the hard work from volunteers like the Ohio River Four Wheeler's club and Friends of Daniel Boone we have created what is now know as the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway.

Current map digitally available from Cartotracks.com 

  These joint efforts have proven successful in reclaiming the nearly 100 miles of the byway into a OHV route for everyone, highlighting the beautiful nature in this area all the while stimulating the economy by attracting many wheeler's and tourists to the area. As members of SFWDA we pride ourselves on being comprised mostly of responsible enthusiasts who practice the TreadLightly principles and we strive to serve as a model of what the OHV community should be perceived as to others. Our core SFWDA mission is in full effect here in the DBBB with grant funds in a variety of ways to include; marking the byway route with kiosks and signage, digitally mapping for smartphones, continual volunteer maintenance of these trails, engineered water and erosion management projects, bridge building, and even routine trash removal. This continued effort is how we plan to protect and preserve access to this beautiful trail.

 If you missed it this past weekend don't worry, with our continued efforts the DBBB will remain open for generations to come. Feel free to look up the ORFW club (links below) for more info about joining them on a ride of the area. 

  For anyone interested in more rides like this..... We host 4 of these Meet & Ride events across the Southeast Region at various off road trails & parks annually. Subscribe to our newsletter and visit our website on a regular basis at www.SFWDA.org , and also check out our Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/SFWDA .

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Jeffrey Dozier receives national recognition on the DBBB project, earning the 2016 - UFWDA - Four Wheeler of the Year Award!

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 A well deserved congratulations to another one of our very own SFWDA members. Jeffrey Dozier (Ohio River Four Wheelers / Friends of Daniel Boone) on being selected to receive the UFWDA 2016 - FOUR WHEELER OF THE YEAR AWARD. This award is designed to recognize, on a national level, the overall significant achievements and contributions of individuals to the sport of recreational four wheeling. Jeff, you most certainly deserve it. Your hard work and dedication on the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway over the past years will continue to benefit generations of off road enthusiasts.  

Local Clay City Times paper article on the DBBB. 

 The DBBB provides designated maps, markers, and preserved access to a beautiful rural route through sections of un-maintained county roads in the Slade and Red River Gorge area of Kentucky creating the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway offering approximately 100 miles of scenic trails offering up many unique and challenging obstacles. For more about the DBBB visit ;  www.sfwda.org/dbbb

 


For more about UFWDA visit; http://www.ufwda.org/
For more about the ORFW club visit : http://www.sfwda.org/orfw
For more about the Friends of Boone visit: https://www.facebook.com/Daniel-Boone-Backcountry-Byway-694090960601745/

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Sharing the latest UFWDA eNews from November 2016

" Welcome to another edition of eNews.
A busy month for many of the UFWDA board members as several attended the SEMA show and the many associated meetings that are scheduled during the show. There are usually several recreation related gatherings and among them this year there was a 'One Voice' meeting under the guidance of ORBA, that UFWDA was involved in.
With all the meetings it seems that there was not so much time to explore the vast array of exhibits, but I've been sent a few shots of what was there and others will be in the UFWDA Voice shortly.
There has also been a BOD meeting that looked at the SOP's for UFWDA membership and some changes are underway. None change the basic membership fee. "
- Peter Vahry; editor

Complete Newsletter
http://ufwda.bmetrack.com/c/v?e=A5494C&c=48E9&t=0&l=16163C58&email=0EnQ6xbRWFPP9CaHGkYR0Aif8GG0Zxj9

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Fall 2016 SFWDA Meet & Ride is a Success in the DBBB - Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway

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A great SFWDA Meet & Ride Saturday hosted by your association and the Ohio River Four Wheeler's. We had 135+ vehicles and over 200 people from KY, TN, IL, IN, OH, WVA, SC, GA and MI. 

Beautiful fall day exploring the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway. And to top off our day we presented the Jeffrey Dozier the UFWDA Four Wheeler of the Year award for dedication, focus and efforts on the DBBB. Our sincerest thanks Jeff.

Also special thanks to Aaron Roddy,  Joe Kling, and all of the ORFW members for outstanding work in organizing the day and also for your efforts on the DBBB.

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