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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 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. 


 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


 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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2016 BOD Elections - Description of Duties & Obligations


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 *
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.



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


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.



Last chance to become a Premium Member for your chance to Win A YET!

Beyond this great merchandise pack Premium Members also have access to numerous retailer discounts, BRC, and Tread Lightly affiliation, and perhaps most importantly you're supporting our local region to fight for OHV trail access, promote OHV education, and preserve our trails. Today is the last full day to become a Premium Member for your exclusive chance to win a YETI!



Online Webinar Registraion is now Live for our 2015 SFWDA Annual Leadership Council Meeting & Webinar


If you can't attend this important meeting in person you can still participate, register for the 2015 SFWDA Leadership Council Webinar at attend the meeting from the comfort of your home on any computer, laptop, Ipad, tablet, or Smart Phone. No special equipment if needed to listen and vote, just an internet connection.



SFWDA Leadership Meeting Minutes



Southern Four Wheel Drive Association

SFWDA Leadership and Board of Directors Online Meeting

Monday, June 22, 2015 8:00 PM EST



Ray Stanley, President

Doyle Punches, Treasurer

Flint Holbrook, Director of Conservation and Land Management

Walter Shafer, Web Administrator and Public Relations

Jon Plaza, Director of Public Relations

Aimee Darnell, Recording Secretary

Jeremy Rose, Co-Director of Membership

Brian Overly, Vice President

Tony Wilson, Rock Corp 4x4

Brian Staley,  East TN 4WD Club

Al Sweney, Trick N’ Traction

Barry Flowers, Stones River Jeep Club

Jim Berliner, Trick N’ Traction

Aaron Roddy, Ohio River Four Wheel Drive Club

Denver Issacs, Scenic City 4WD Club

John Galbreath, Hardline Crawlers

Tony Chaapel, Georgia Bounty Runners

Jay Bird, Georgia Bounty Runners

 Roger Theurer, STLC Association

Membership updates

            • Clubs – 28 Clubs + 843 Members

• 1360+ Total Members (Total 1700 +)

• Premium Members Update – 69 Total

• 2886 Facebook Members as of 06.22.2015

Clubs with active dialog on becoming members:

            West TN Off Road (Jackson TN)

            Triad Jeep Club (Troy NC)

            Evansville Area Jeepers (Indiana)

            CNC 4x4 (North Carolina)

Business Renewals

            Black Mountain Off Road (Harlan KY)

            EVAC Emergency Preparedness Equipment & Supply LLC (Rock Island TN)

Business member target:  Coghill Jeep (Knoxville TN)

            No contact has been made with Coghill Jeep at this time.

            Brian suggested Jared Slabel as a contact at Coghill Jeep.

Jon has started a conversation with Rice dealership. 

• SFWDA Traffic

Bleeping Jeep website has logged almost 22K views for the SFWDA Educational Videos with a total of 60K estimated minutes watch.

Calendar Updates:

 • July 28, 2015 – UFWDA Annual Meeting (Flint Holbrook SFWDA Rep)

•September 22, 2015 – Board of Directors and Leadership Council Meeting

•September 24-27 – Dixie Run 29, Golden Mountain Park, Sparta, TN

•October 3, 2015 – Knox Off Road "Wheeler's for the Wounded” benefiting Smoky Mtn. Service Dogs" event at Windrock Park

•October 20, 2015 - Board of Directors Work Session

•October/November, 2015 – SFWDA Meet and Ride, TBD (Morris Mountain, AL)

•November, 2015 - Board of Directors Work Session (As Required)

•December 6, 2015 – SFWDA Annual Meeting and Leader Council


TrailFest 2015 Recap

•Total Attendance – 392 Total

•150 Full Weekend Driver

•110 Full Weekend Passenger

•95 Saturday Only Driver   

•22 Saturday Only Passenger


•392 Meals Sold, Served 295 Meals (Commitment for 300)

•AOP Costs for TrailFest 2015 - $7,735

•Total Revenue $23,050   

•Total Expenses $14,383  

•NET - $10,130 including adjustments   

Survey feedback on Trailfest 2015

            Overall rating:  very good

            Value for the money:  a lot of value

            Organized:  very organized

            Online registration: very good

            Onsite registration: very good

            Desirable features: open park trails/ guided trail rides

            Receiving add’l information:  email

Comments from Leadership group:

Traffic:  Over all everyone thought the traffic flow was good. The only negative comment was when guided trail groups going through there seemed to be an overlap of general park traffic that intercepted the guided trail traffic.

In the future we need to think about traffic management for large guided groups on the trail systems.

Registration: We need to have the registration for rides open the entire time of event.

Newer members want to know about the trails, we need a knowledgeable person who can answer questions about the trails skill levels.

Volunteers:  Need to start considering a process for individuals or clubs that step up and volunteer.    A suggestion made for a volunteer only raffle.   The amount of time volunteered would equal one raffle ticket; 4 hours = 4 tickets.


Unlimited Off Road Expo Recap

Total visitors June 5 - 7, 2015: 13120

Total vehicles at the Tavern & Cavern Charity Night Crawl: 1887                          

This is the first event SFWDA has set up as a vendor.  Something to consider for other large scale events.

June SFWDA Meet and Ride Recap

• Hosted by the Georgia Bounty Runners

• 48 Vehicles and approximately 75 people

• Jay Bird conducted the meeting portion of the ride

• One Issue: Ford Ranger PU Rolled over on an off camber trail.

     Curtis and Rita Barnhardt are OK.

Bantam Jeep Recap

2937 Jeeps in attendance

Jeeps from 38 states and Canada

25,000 people over 3 days in attendance

Guinness World Record Parade was comprised of 2,420 Jeeps

6th annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival on June 10-12, 2016

 Additional Updates

          UFWDA Four Wheeler of the Year

Curtis Barnhardt Nomination

ORBA National Advocate

·         Jeffrey Dozier Contribution Page 29 on the Sand Lick Area

·         Daniel Boone National Forest Scenic Byway

Preliminary Agreement on Access, appeal has been withdrawn

Scheduled Ride 26-27

Vandalism Update Uwharrie National Forest

Chris has organized a couple of work days to put up barriers to prevent ATVs cutting road trails through the forest in areas they could not make it over the obstacles.  Since the work day (6-13), the fencing has been torn down, the barriers relocated.

We are continuing to work with the archeological reports that keep threatening the existence of the Uwharrie system.


SFWDA Grant Program

            •2015 Educational YouTube Video – Phase 2

                        Should see a late summer for video release  

Future topics for consideration:

Fire Safety

Managing fluids and other materials on the trail

Advanced Recovery Techniques

•2015 Rock Solid Picnic Area Grant Request

            Target completion: late August 2015

•2015 Review of Grant Process

            We are not getting the attention or traction from clubs.

Set something up to send a club individual to get trained and use the grant process to fund the educational training.

Example:  Certified Master Trainer for Tread Lightly Training Classes


Big Creek possible SFWDA Grant Request

Entrance road issues getting to the park property. 

Rain has made road worse.

Grant request of $10K for gravel, new gate, drainage work, etc.

SFWDA has asked Scott to revisit grant request with new quotes. 

Dixie Run 2015 Planning

           38 registrations

             21 passengers

             5 registered for the Ladies Ride 

Pre-registration has increased from years past.

To encourage early registration, SFWDA has offered as perks:

First 50 SFWDA Member registrations receive a SFWDA LED Flashlight

Next 100 SFWDA Member registrations receive a SFWDA First Aid Kit

Next 100 SFWDA Member registrations receive 10 Raffle tickets

Registration Costs

SFWDA Member $99.00

SFWDA Passenger/ Child Over 6 $29.00

SFWDA Saturday Only $49.00

SFWDA Saturday Only

Spectator/Passenger/ Child Over 6 $19.00

Meeting adjourned.



Southern Four Wheel Drive Continues to Gain Momentum

    As we tally up the results from an exciting year in 2014, it's clear that SFWDA is continuing on the momentum of renewed enthusiasm! After just recently adding several more new business members we are connecting to the Off Road business industry in exciting new ways. We have a renewed sense of energy among our clubs and members, and we are beginning to all become better focused on how to strive together.

 Just this week alone we have added two new Business Memberships in Tennessee, and a first time club from Georgia. Our members are loyal and dedicated just like our business's who offer our individual members opportunities an and savings you wont want to pass up. Let's all please warmly welcome the following new members of the SFWDA family; 

 We're also making strides in our Membership Database through the support of Lucas Weidner our newly elected Co-Director of Membership as he aggregates data on daily basis in-between breaks at his real job and with his little spare time as a father he has single handed managed to wrangle up all of our historical membership data and compiled it into one clean database of approximately 4,300 unique identities. We plan to be reaching out to the most recent part of that group in the near future to invite  them back once again into SFWDA and our free Newsletter Subscription as blaze forward into 2015.  

2014 Membership Status; As discussed in our Annul Meeting last weekend our current membership numbers are rising quickly. To date we have the following active Business, Individual, and Club / Group Members;

  • 21 active businesses 
  • 786 total active people
  • 409 active people who are club members
  • 377 active people who are individuals
  • 27 of which are premium individual members
  • 34 total clubs / groups 
  • 18 active clubs / groups

  We already have commitments from several additional large Clubs and Groups within the next month. Who will be the next Business to join forces in our mission for 2015? 

  ET4WD just assisted us with hosting our productive and efficient Annual Meeting last weekend in Oak Ridge, TN. If you were not able to attend in person or on the webinar we also have the complete presentation posted as a PDF file on our website message board.

 As we wrap up a successful year lets all take a moment to reflect on the success of 2014 and remember those who helped make this happen.  We have an amazing and diverse Board of Directors, Delegates, and Leadership Council deeply involved in a variety of aspects within SFWDA day to day operations. However, it is only with the support of each individual like yourself that we will continue to make it happen. So Thank You to all the individuals reading this all the way to the last detail to stay in tune. Thank You to the many clubs who collectively volunteer thousands of hours to numerous and elaborate volunteer efforts and Thank You to those business's who continue to support us among our common goal. 

* Conservation * Education * Recreation