I am writing to share my personal observations about the importance of a sport-specific state association like the California Association of 4Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC). Since my first published article about landuse and public lands in 1982 (yea, 30 years ago since I got in the fight), I have always preached the critical need of clubs and individuals belonging to “everything they can afford and that makes sense to them.” Nothing has changed. The strength of our landuse fights lies in our clubs and organizations, supported by folks like you. Now more than ever is the time to be in the game at the national AND state level.
Obviously I believe firmly in our national umbrella group for all sports, all trails – the BlueRibbon Coalition. But I also feel just as strongly about clubs being members of state associations for their sport. It goes hand in hand with our successes in keeping the sport alive. Every four-wheeler in CA should belong to CA4WDC. I am not confused about that. If you want to add other groups to your lists of memberships (that you can afford and that make sense to you), then for sure I encourage that as well. It is all about memberships.
I will add that my entire training course (the Recreational Leadership Training Course - RLTC) is based in the fact that volunteer organizations, from churches to charities to clubs, always have “issues” and maybe even some “drama.” It just seems to be human nature. Many times the issues are driven by personalities, misunderstandings, lack of communication, or just plain ugliness of some sort. No matter; the strength of volunteer associations/clubs lies in its members working together to a brighter future to serve the cause. It’s all about all of us being on the team, getting past issues, and shoring up those groups we belong to. It’s about fixing things that are broken so we can all have a better off-road future.
I hope you will join me and be in the game, by being a solid member of BRC and for four-wheelers, the Calif. Assoc. of 4Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC). If you join other groups as well, I applaud you.
Thanks for listening,