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Trail_Fanatic
July 29th, 2008, 10:02 PM
United Four Wheel Drive Associationsí
2008 Annual General Meeting Report
Iíd like to thank the Association for the honor of representing them at the Annual Meeting this year. The Meeting was hosted by the North East Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs in Manchester New Hampshire.

The primary focus of the Meeting this year was to compare the performance of the newly implemented Business Plan with its projections. I believe President Wayne Groom said it best at the opening of the Meeting ďThe good news is that United is performing close to expected projections, the bad news is that United is performing close to expected projectionsĒ. The Business Planís call for paid professional positions to staff United is proving quite successful. These positions will be filled as the funding becomes available. The Director of Environmental Affairs position is still unfunded, but the hire of Marti Pugh as Operations and Business Development Manager has been a huge success. Under Martiís stewardship magazine contacts have increased 102%, advertizing sales have increased 715%, and business sales have increased 2,734%! Thatís not a misprint. Thatís 2,734%!

Even with that tremendous news, United faces challenges for the future. While business sales have increased incredibly, membership has dropped below the Planís projections. Five regional associations have continued to bring their full roster forward to United. Those associations who no longer bring their roster forward are not realizing the number of renewals anticipated. It is this Delegateís opinion that GLFWDA has made the right decision by continuing to support United at the 100% level. The organized four wheel drive community needs to lead the way and show the tenderfoot and the uninformed what is necessary for the successful protection of our sport. I urge you to all to vote in favor of maintaining our 100% support of United during upcoming discussions.

Elections yielded Wayne Groom (incumbent) of the Central Ontario 4x4 club as President, Peter Vahry ran unopposed for the International Vice-Presidentís position, Tom Sumner of the Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association will be our new united Membership Director, and to fill the remainder of Trish Groomís term, Paul Hittie of the Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association was appointed as UFWDA Treasurer! A tremendous congratulations go out to Paul for serving the four wheel drive community at the National level! Thank you for your continuous support of our sport at ALL levels!

United provided assistance in California, Idaho, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia over the last year. The most critical and visible are the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area and Tellico issues. United, Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, and many others have partnered to file suit to halt the pending closures in Tellico. Your donations are needed. You can donate online at http://www.SFWDA.org (http://www.sfwda.org/) or tax deductable through the United Land Action Fund at P.O. Box 15696, Chesapeake, VA 23328. You can also purchase Rescue Tellico items at http://www.cafepress.com/rescuetellico (http://www.cafepress.com/rescuetellico). All proceeds are donated to the Rescue Tellico Fund.

United is seeking an individual to serve as the United Store Keeper. Interested members can apply by contacting United by mail at 14525 SW Millikan Way #22622, Beaverton, OR 97005-2343, by phone Toll Free (US): 800-44-UFWDA, International: 920-667-4914, fax 920-667-4915, or email at INFO@UFWDA.ORG (INFO@UFWDA.ORG).

The 2009 Annual General Meeting location will be announced in late September. Salt Lake City and Dallas are under consideration. Additional data was required before a proper decision could be reached. Volunteers were tasked with compiling the necessary information and submitting it to the United Board no later than September first. The Board will expedite their review and selection and announce the location as soon as possible. There was a proposal to host the 2010 Meeting by the Wisconsin Off Highway Vehicle Association but it failed to meet the required minimum qualifications. Would GLFWDA be interested in hosting the United meeting again? We have not done so since Silver Lake in 1998.

Additional business conducted were the passage of a minor housekeeping revision to the By-Laws, reports issued by the United BoD and attending associations, this yearís Top Trails were outlined by BF Goodrich a representative, and the United Survey results were reviewed.

Trail_Fanatic
July 29th, 2008, 10:03 PM
:banghead: Sorry it took me so long to get this posted.
:ahhh: I came home to a couple of hot issues that demanded immediate attention.

:thumb: Thank you for your understanding!

DDS4X4
July 29th, 2008, 11:56 PM
THANKS for the report, Pat!
Thanks for representing GL!
THANKS for ALL you do in land use to support our sport!
Because of ALL the above, we can wait a couple of days for this report!

Can the Wisconsin proposal be adjusted to meet the minimum requirements or is the location impossible to meet the requirements?

Trail_Fanatic
July 30th, 2008, 05:49 AM
Can the Wisconsin proposal be adjusted to meet the minimum requirements or is the location impossible to meet the requirements?


We called WOHVA while the meeting was still in session to ask.

Unfortunately, the proposal could not be modified to work out.

kb8ymf
July 30th, 2008, 05:44 PM
I think we should put together at least two or three proposals for United to consider. As the one who put on the 1998 Convention I can say it wasn't really that much work. It was held @ Silver Lake and those who have done the Quarterly meeings there know how easy is it to work with them!
The only drawback with Silver Lake might be transportation to and from the airport.
Next location might be Traverse City and the third might be Flint....Don't laugh at this one. If we keep heading on the path we are, we could have a first rate rock crawling facility by then!
The only thing you have to do is to comply with the Q&A that Carla put out with respect to cost for things. Things like banquet costs, room costs, transportation to and from airports etc.
The other thing we could/should consider is to provide some sort of wheeling entertainment at the meeting. I know that we could do a trip to Canada like we did last time or Grayling/Gaylord or West Branch. Wheeling doesn't have to be real difficult as it will be tough to draw to many people here for the wheeling aspect of Michigan.
Just some thought starters as I believe GLFWDA should host another meeting here soon
jim-kb8ymf

P.S. Thanks Pat for representing us this year.

DDS4X4
July 31st, 2008, 03:46 AM
What Jim M said X2!