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the 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes in PDF format are now available online for your convenience

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 These 2018 Meeting Minutes have been added to our Google Drive directory for archive and are also available for a direct download right here on our website.

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We also have the complete Video "LIVE" stream view-able on any device through our Facebook Page - Videos.  https://www.facebook.com/SFWDA.org/videos/534150473610555/ 

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A look back at 2017 and wishing all a Happy New Year for 2018

Happy New Year

What's your Association been up to.......

Video from meeting archived on Facebook from our LIVE stream


SFWDA Membership Status

  • Membership overall is up over 10% on a year to year bases.
  • Active club members: 2018 / up 16%
  • Individual members 375 / Premium members 223
  • Clubs 36/ up 12.5%
  • Business members: 62 /up 19.2%

Social Media (Dec. 2017)

  • Facebook Group: 7,006 / up 13%
  • Facebook Page 1,000 Likes + since mid 2017 inception 
  • 500+ followers for Instagram
  • 300 followers on Twitter

Third party awards for BOD Members

  • UFWDA Four-Wheeler of the Year Award:  Flint Holbrook
  • ORBA/SEMA Recognition Award for Outstanding Commitment:  Walter Shafer and Pete Mier

Regional Land Use Updates

Brent Galloway: WindRock – state of park activities

  • Additional cabins to be built on WR land and within the next 2 months online reservation will be available.
  • Building new parking lot next to T2- will be open for special events.  
  • WRP be getting into the concert business.  Spring 2018 will be timeframe of first event.
  • Currently has a Shooting range- shoot your own or rent.
  • A new restaurant on site:  WR Grill   
  • WR Bike Park- leased area for a prof mountain cyclist.   WR is diversifying. 
  • WR ATV Club is involved with trail systems since inception.   Disbanding at end of year.

DBBB Mountain Springs Rd Update:

  • Another hearing schedule on December 6.  We are trying to show 15 years of public use of roads. 
  • Goal to move forward to receive from the court system a Summary Judgement by Feb 2018.

New dialogues about the Blackwater Watershed.

  • Aaron Roddy- Carburetor Hill update:  
  • Early this year Forrest Service has closed it to OHV traffic due to landslide. 
  • Next few years to start process to do a land swap with the Forest Service and County. 

Uwharrie National Forest update: updates by Flint Holbrook and Ray Stanley

  • New District Ranger Michael Spisak  
  • USFS approved Interpretive OHV Trail system developed by Tread Lightly, 4Wheel Parts and Path Less Traveled, Inc.
  • Construction of expansion of Baldwin Lake Trail starting mid-December and will be RTP funding.

Beasley Knob OHV

  • GBR GA RTP grant complete.  The ongoing maintenance continues.
  • Problem area at Nicholson Gap, the potential solution may be re-route.
  • GBR proposed adding camping to Satterfield Station area.
  • Jay Bird discussed new Rock Garden at Beasley Knob.

Tennessee Commissioner’s Council on Greenways and Trails

  • Update provided by Bob Yarbrough: 
  • Things are more positive than in years past.
  • Currently in the planning stage which includes the study and surveys of OHV usage

NFS Region 8 Southern Region Recreations Resource Advisory committee

  • Ray Stanley has seat on committee
  • First meeting was elections, setting up structure and by-laws.

South Carolina Recreation Trail Program

  • Updates provided by Flint Holbrook
  • Rebecca Smith is the point of contact.
  • Trick N Traction looking for RTP grant to provide help to land area.

GA Recreation Trail Program Ken Sutz GA RTP committee

  • Completed a 2year cycle for RTP grant funds.
  • Estimating roughly 2million dollars available for motorized RTP grant funds.
  • Pre-application phase in progress and Phase 2 scheduled to commence April 2018
  • GA NR Projects for 2017
  • Conassuga Ranger district OHV trail Maintenance $70K
  • Bush Head Shoals State ATV Park $1.1M ATV project
         Proposal had public resistance with NEPA issues; the project was not approved.
  • GA DNR Projects for 2018, preliminary $2M to develop OHV trails.

Overview on Land Use:

Adventure Off Road Park:

  • change of ownership in 2017  
  • Committed to hosting Trailfest May 3-6 2018
  • Troy discussed conversations with Shawn and his continued commitment to the AOP.

Big Creek Rocks LLC Uwharrie NC

  • Mapping by Cartotracks/ campsites built / entrance gate and fencing installed / road repaired and shelter pad rocked.

Busted Knuckle Off-Road Park, Stevenson AL

  • Monitor progress of BKOR / hosting SFWDA M&R March 3, 2018

Coalmount TN Southern Gulf Off Road Park:

  • Roger Theurer provided status of construction.
  • TN RTP grant – purchased 1340 acres with an additional RTP grant for Construction
  • Started the project in 2010; $528K construction grant coming in.
  • Will need volunteers to help complete this park.  
  • Will be requesting SFWDA grant to help maintain water issues and road access.
  • Target is to open in end of year 2018.

Golden Mountain Park – Sparta Tn

  • Property is for sale and was reclassified for tax purposes.
  • GMP loss significant monies in recent periods.
  • DR31 & DR32 on GMP calendar, but no firm commitment if property sells.
  • Review findings of Event Planning Committee in the 2018 SFWDA calendar building portion of meeting. SFWDA will continue to monitor progress of any potential investors.

Tread Lightly updates

Al Sweeney:  Master Trainer Regional training projected schedule

  • July in Troy NC
  • November in Greenville SC   
  • Support of UNF Interpretive trail and SFWDA Educational Initiatives
  • Membership discussion on cost, time and requirements for having a Master Training Class with individual clubs in the Southeastern area.

ORBA and UFWDA

  • ORBA association of motorized offroad related businesses formed to promote and preserve off road recreation.
  • One Voice: explanation of the purpose and what is stands for “one voice to our government leaders”

2018 Grant opportunities:

  • Regional Tread Lightly Training  
  • Educational Videos
  • Organizational Support
  • Charity Contributions
  • UNF Mapping Project

2018 Organization support

Charity Contributions

  • Grant request to continue annual commitment to $1K each to TreadLightly, UFWDA, ORBA, and BRC
  • Grant request to donate $2500 each charity Crawling for Reid and 4 wheeling for a Cure

UNF Interpretive Trail System Project

  • Scope: create printable map of 173 miles in UNFTS which includes OHV, hiking, mountain bike, horse back and Kayaking trails.  Key part of Treadlightly interpretive trail project.
  • Start Dec 2017 / projected complete date May 2018
  • Total cost $10,954 / Carolina Beach Jeep Go Topless contributing $5954/4 Wheels Parts $10,000
  • Approved $5K SFWDA grant to help support

We are optimistic for a very successful and prosperous year ahead in 2018.


Hope to see you on the trails soon. 

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Congratulations to all 3 of our newly elected Board of Directors joining the SFWDA Team!

 Welcome our three newly appointed Board of Directors. 

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 This past Saturday during our Annual Meeting we conducted elections for four BOD positions due for turnover under the SFWDA leadership bylaws.

  We were fortunate to have three well qualified candidates express interest.  After the formal voting process we have appointed each of these newly elected representatives to an Assistant Position for this first 2 year period,  at which time they will each assume the Directors role of each respective position.

 Those three positions were each filled with existing SFWDA members, while some are new and and some have been around for decades, they all have a deep passion and commitment to supporting the core mission of SFWDA; COnservation * Education * Recreation. 


Welcome our new Board of Directors

  • President -  open needs fulfilled before 2020 elections 

  • Treasurer -  newly appointed "Assistant Treasurer"
         - K
    im Spangler Mcgee

  • Director Conservation and Land Use - newly appointed
         "Assistant Director Conservation and Land Use" 
         - Robert Parmer

  • Director of Membership - newly appointed
          "Assistant Director of Membership" 
          - Bo Rosa


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 If you get a chance please take a moment to Thanks and Congratulate these folks. They have taken a leap forward and a rewarding commitment to support a regional non-profit off road stewardship organization. Their efforts and actions over the next 2-4 years will have a direct impact in our community.


From all of us here at SFWDA, and to all of our BOD, Leadership, and Volunteers.

Thanks gain for all your support! 

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Annual Meeting LIVE Streaming on Facebook! This Saturday @ 8 AM

  If you can't join us in Oak Ridge for our Annual Meeting then you can watch online in your own home easier than ever before!

  Over the past few years, technology has evolved considerably and so has our outreach within the Association's membership. In the past, we managed a live audio and video feed available to anyone through a program by Citrix called GoToWebinar. While this still works and is widely used in business we wanted to provide more to our members.

  With Social Media options more diverse than ever we carefully considered which channel outlet to best connect with our members. According to all our reports, Facebook is one place where almost all of our audience frequents.  Now, for the first time, we have decided to go LIVE on Facebook to broadcast our meeting. We hope to make getting involved more accessible for everyone. 

  Please visit our Facebook Page or our website on Saturday morning. From 8AM - 12 PM EST Noon, you will be able to listen and watch our meeting LIVE from the conference room at the DoubleTree Hotel & Resort in Oak Ridge, TN.  https://www.facebook.com/SFWDA.org/

 Live Stream begins at 8 AM Saturday Morning 

Live Stream begins at 8 AM Saturday Morning 

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SFWDA has Several Positions Open for 2018 -2019 BOD Elections - We need Your Help

 Contact us to submit a nomination. We need your support! 

Contact us to submit a nomination. We need your support! 


Do you like to go off road in your 4x4, and enjoy trail riding?
Do you want to help ensure public access to our OHV trails?
Do you have some spare time to volunteer and support a not for profit? 
Do you believe Education and Conservation are the keys to sustainability in OHV recreation? 


We need your help!

 Become a vital part of the largest and most active full size OHV stewardship organization on the east coast? 

 Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) has the following positions coming up in December for Board of Directors Election of the 2018 -2019 term.  
 

BOD
  • President

  • Treasurer

  • Director Conservation and Land Use

  • Director Membership

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2018 SFWDA Board of Directors Annual Meeting

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Join us for our end of year meeting where we wrap up 2017 and discuss 2018.

Everyone is invited.This is an all access, no membership required meeting, and we want you all to join us either in person or LIVE online. That's right, anyone who can't make it in person can join us on your phone, tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc., right at home. You are all welcome to join in. We will be streaming our Meeting LIVE on Facebook this year from our SFWDA Page.

( https://www.facebook.com/SFWDA.org )

We'll meet at the Doubletree Hotel, Oak Ridge, TN conference room for our 8 AM meeting to begin. During which time we will cover a variety of land use topics and new areas of riding under development. We will also discuss and approve 2017 Grants, SFWDA Bylaws, upcoming events, our budget, plans for 2018, and 2018-2020 elections.

 

 

There are several important positions open which we hope will be fulfilled by a qualified volunteer for a term of 2 years. If you or anyone you know of might be interested please contact us.

This will be an interactive event which all attendees can ask questions both in person and online live during the meeting while viewing the Facebook LIVE stream.

Lodging

Use our Group Code S4W when booking. Rooms are only $82 if reserved by Nov. 15th. 

 Lodging is Available at our discounted rate with our Group Code - (S4W) code if you book by Nov. 15th. A block of rooms has been reserved for December 1, 2017 - December 3, 2017. The special room rate will be available until November 15th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Guests can use this link to book their rooms directly or, call the hotel at 865-481-2468 and refer to the group code: S4W This link will take them directly to their special rate and when to make reservations.  
http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/O/ORKDTDT-S4W-20171201/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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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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