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Post by Britpart on Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:13 am

received this from the 4wdabc . posted here for general interest only . gerry b

2014 AGM

Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) Saturday, March 15th, 2014. The Four Wheel Drive Association of BC has scheduled the 2014 Annual General Meeting as follows:

Date: Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM
Location: ABC Country Restaurant
Address: 2773 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC V3B 1C2
Phone: (604) 474-2773

Come join us for breakfast (at 9am) and participate in the meeting which should start around 10am.

We plan on completing the meeting around 1pm.

Please contact kris@4wdabc.ca for further details if needed.



Call for Volunteers

In our case, we especially need passionate volunteers in a couple of areas.

The Mission Interpretive Forest initiative is one. Mission has intentions of making many things happen over the next 6 months in the West Stave area to further their goal of creating a multi use recreation area that is controlled.

This representative could expect to invest 10 hours per month doing things like attending meetings, interacting with other recreation interests, becoming familiar with the nuances of the area, attending BOD meetings with the Association, etc.

Another area we need help is for someone with the ability to sign up corporate sustaining members to assist with helping solidify funding for the Association. These memberships are only $250 a year and shouldn't be too difficult to sell given our track record and accomplishments.

Trail run leaders are always welcome to lead one of our monthly maintenance runs in West Harrison and East Stave.

And as always, photographs or stories for the Backroader are in demand

See you on the trail, please contact Kris@4wdabc.ca for any additional information.


Rail Vandal Update

Bart Vogelzang and Glynn Trafford (our vice president) had the opportunity to head up Island to the logging community of Port Alberni this weekend. It was a great weekend to visit and a chance for them to reach out to another society that's sadly been in the news over the last week. We're talking about the destructive vandalism that occurred to the railroad track near McLean Mill, just outside of Port Alberni, BC.

They spent over an hour surveying the horrific damage along the old E & N track leading from Parksville into Port Alberni. It is disgusting at what a few ignorant people have done to this amazing historic rail line. The rail line has actually been cut in two places, about a city block apart, severing five rails in total.

It is sad that an inconsiderate few can destroy so much, and so quickly. This is an active railway; it is not decommissioned. The East End Track Gang (EETG) regularly do maintenance on the line from Parksville to Port Alberni. Cutting these rails is life threatening for any crew not able to stop in time. One cut was actually on a corner, virtually ensuring a crew would not see it in time!

Unfortunately they weren't able to catch up with James Woodyatt at the scene of the destruction to the line, but were later able to meet with him in Parksville. They had a long chat with James, and friend Glenn, who were both out that day surveying the damage. We are all on the same page, about getting the word out to all users of these track crossings, and all other crossing too, that this is very much an active rail line, and that everyone on or along it needs to be cautious and observant at ALL the crossings at ALL times!

The Four Wheel Drive of Association BC, and member clubs' immediate offer to aid in the track repair was reiterated, and accepted by the EETG. I urge all off-road clubs, ATV and 4X4, to watch the Facebook pages of the EETG and 4WDABC for more information on a work party to repair the vandalized railway; expected to be later in the spring. It was a pleasure to meet James & Glenn and we hope we can work with them later in the year.

Please contact Glynn for more info at kris@4wdabc.ca for more info and she will put you in touch with Glynn.


Membership
Thank you for being a member or supporter of the Four Wheel Drive Association of BC, without your support we would not be able to accomplish what we do.

If you're not a current member we'd like to invite you to sign-up or renew today. If you'd like to do this, please visit our website for ways to do this at: http://www.4wdabc.ca/joinus.php?131-Join-Us.

Upcoming events:

Maintenance Runs meet at 9:30 AM, Depart at 10 AM
Hale - Meet at Sasquatch
Kenyon - Meet at Davis Lake Staging Area (Stock & Newbie Friendly)

Feb 8 - Hale Maint. Run
Mar 7 - 9 - Sportsman Show (Abbotsford Tradex)
Mar 8 - Hale Maint. Run
Mar 15 - 4WDABC - AGM

Apr 12 - Hale Maint. Run
Apr 19 - East Stave Clean up

May 10 - Hale Maint. Run
May 18 - Kenyon Maint. Run

June 14 - West Stave Clean Up
June 15 - Kenyon Maint. Run
June Hale Maint Run Date TBA













Our mailing address is:

Four Wheel Drive Association of BC
PO Box 284
Surrey, Bc V3T 4W8
Canada


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