WMOTA OCTOBER 2020 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

WMOTA club meeting held during Bear Claw Ride ride that was organized by Maurice. Thank you to everyone who prepared the trail for a great ride! There were 25 total units.

President Jack Dyer called the meeting to order. Welcome to all members and guests.

Karen, club treasurer, provided an updated Treasurer Report. Sept. balance $9,573.27

It was discussed that the weekday rides continue to be popular and will continue.

Reminder made about the WMOTA facebook page which is to allow members to get together for smaller group rides.

Paul will lead the next club ride on Oct. 24 in the Heber/Overgaard area. More details to come in the near furture.

Jack then talked about the need for new ride leaders and how training will be provided. Contact Don Kramer, club Vice President and Ride Chairman, if you would like to do this.

It was announced that Nathan Leonard will now serve as the club Secretary.

Meeting was ajourned.

Nathan Leonard

Late Oct. Cub Ride

Paul Kulas will lead a ride on Saturday, October 24th.  The ride will stage from the intersection of forest roads 146 and 124.  There is an area southwest of the intersection where the Club has camped in the past and there is plenty of parking.  The turn into this area is about 50 yards west of the intersection on the 124.  Take 260 to the 146 and turn south on the 146.  The 146 is between the 314 and 313 mile makers about 200 yards west of the 314 marker.  It is about 3½ miles south on the 146 to the 124. Obviously, anyone that wishes to can camp for this ride may.  Paul wants to get the ride started promptly at 9:30 am so please arrive early enough to be ready to go then.  The ride will be about 34-40 miles long, so expect to be back 3ish.  As always bring you lunch and plenty of water.     

October 2020 Club Ride

WMOTA had a very successful camp and ride this week, six campers and a camp fire every night. On Tuesday, morning, hot coffee and donuts greeted everyone. We rode out with 25 machines, including the ride leader, Maurice, and tail gunner, Ken. It was a great 49 mile ride and elk, deer and antelope were sighted along the way. We returned to camp about 4pm, somewhat longer than our rides normally take, but there were lots of slower, rocky sections. While the trails were dusty, no one seemed to mind but all should check their air intake box for dirt and clean or replace their air filter. Jack held an impromptu meeting when we stopped for lunch. The ride was also a poker run, won by Karen

September 2020 Membership Meeting

WMOTA General meeting September 10, 2020

President, Jack Dyer called the meeting to order.  Welcome to all new members and guest.

Our club ride will be during the week, this seems to work for the club. Maybe 3rd Wednesday or let the ride leader chose the date.

Webmaster, Steve Dudley informed us we have converted to a new E-mail server.  Now it is a new learning curve.

Minutes were approved from last meeting. Available on Club web site.

The club needs a Secretary and Social director. If interested contact Jerry Smith.

The Club needs more ride leaders and the we will train.

Maurice Colwell has been working on the Maverick West trail from Clay Springs North to 277.  This was proposed 8 or 9 years ago. roro

Maurice will be leading the Fall Color Ride in October.  More info to come later.

50/50 was won by Karen Smith $80.00.

Meeting was adjourned.

Secretary,

Lila Dudley

RIDE September 15, 2020

 Tuesday, September 15th   The Club has now ridden twice during the week (July and August) instead of Saturday and the consensus is nearly unanimous that weekday rides work.  We are still finalizing plans for this ride, but will be leaving from the Sheep’s Corral, which is almost a mile north of 260 on 117 where 117C branches to the right.  We’re planning on starting the ride at 09:00 am.  More details will follow before the ride, but mark you calendars for that day and join us.

Club Picnic

WMOTA is hosting a members only, BBQ rib dinner on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  This year the dinner will be held at Woodland Lake Park, Ramada #2 in Pinetop.  In addition to the dinner, we will provide Ice Tea and Lemonade, if you want any other liquid refreshments bring your own.  Woodland Lake Park is off Highway 260 — turn at the Chevron station and take the first park entrance to the right.  Ramada #2 is the second one you come to and parking is just past the Ramada.
RSVP is required by August 31th!!  Please reply to this email, with a head count, only if you are coming. 

We will have WMOTA shirts to sell at the BBQ, so bring cash or your check book.
We will also do a 50/50 drawing at the meeting.
Hope to see all of you at the BBQ
Your Board of Directors

August 2020 Club Ride

On Wednesday, August 12th WMOTA had its August ride.  Yes, on a weekday.  The initial response to my inquiry about riding on other than a Saturday was overwhelmingly in favor of weekday rides, so we tried it in August.  I think most would call the ride a success.  Twenty-five machines made the ride.   We did get a little rain, but our ride leader, Karen Smith, timed our lunch stop in a period of no rain.  The little rain settled the dust nicely.

  1. We are planning a ride for September.  Given the success of the August ride, the September ride will likely also be on a weekday.  Watch your e-mail for details as the plans finalize.   
  2.      We are also planning a September meeting.  Yes, an actual meeting.  We’ve reserved a ramada at Woodland Lake Park and are planning a dinner for Club members similar to the one last year.  This will be on our regular meeting date, the second Thursday, September 10th.      Since we’re providing dinner, we will need an accurate count on how many are coming.  So, we’ll be asking who is planning to come.  Again, watch you e-mail for details.

Jack Dryer WMOTA President

WMOTA JULY 2020 Membership Meeting

WMOTA July 2020 Membership Meeting

On July 18th 2020 while on a club ride from Buckelew Springs and around Greens Peak our club president, Jack, after our lunch break, called a club meeting to order.

There were 16 rigs and 30 club members in attendance. After a greeting from Jack, Maurice gave an update on the Maverick trail and how plans with the Forest Service to update and extend the trail are going.

Then Steve Dudley gave a short talk about the new WMOTA ATV Riders Facebook group. When finished this will allow members to schedule a ride any time between Club Monthly rides and send info through a Post on Facebook to all WMOTA Group members.  Watch for an email with details in the near future.

Jack than talked about our need for new Ride Leaders, how the club will train you to lead a ride. Contact Don Kramer, club Vice President and Ride Chairman, if you would like to do this.

Karen, Club Treasurer, said she would give an updated Treasurer Report next meeting, as she did not bring the report with her on the ride today. She assured us the club is solvent.

The club is planning a club picnic in September at Woodland Lake Park with the club supplying the meal.  More information will be sent on this at a closer date.

No regular club meeting will be held in August, we will have the meeting after lunch during the August ride.

Karen Smith will be the ride leader, with her number one navigator Jerry, in August. The ride will start on the 409 road, near what we call Camp WMOTA, due to the many times the club has camped there. The ride date may be changed and that info will be sent to all club members when the date is confirmed, with details on the ride.

Maurice is planning to lead a ride near Big Lake in September. The normal club date of September 19th may be changed. This is supposed to be a Fall Colors ride depending on the best date to see the leaves in color around Big Lake. It is spectacular if we time it right!

There was some discussion of a Ladies only ride.  If and when that is planned info will be emailed out.

The meeting ended at 1:15 PM and we continued on our club ride. A very good club ride, led by Chuck and Pam Wood over new trails some of us had not seen before.  A great ride, THANK YOU Chuck and Pam

Secretary Lila Dudley   July 18, 2020

New Facebook Group For Wmota

We are working on creating a Facebook group, WMOTA ATV Riders.  Only members of WMOTA will be allowed to join this group and they must be users of Facebook.

The reason for the group is a way for WMOTA members that want to ride on days other than the club ride date, can send information to group members as to when, where, time, any other info of a ride they are planning to go on.  This will not be a WMOTA sponsored ride, just a group of ATV, UTV riders that want to get together and ride.

The Group is limited to WMOTA members only as we do not want to invite any ATV rider in the area to join us. This should be small groups of riders only. If someone wants to bring a friend, no problem as this is not an organized WMOTA function!

Members will Post a message about  the ride they are planning and send the post out, only members of the group should see the post. We are still developing this and would like you to go to Groups on Facebook, find ‘WMOTA ATV Riders’ group, Riders is Capitol R and lower case iders, and send us a request to JOIN the group.  This is a test of the group and a request for comments as how to make it work, or make it better. Steve and Steve are Administers and will have to approve your request and all requests in the future.

Steve Dudley and Steve Lovett

July 2020 Club Ride

First, the Club will NOT meet this Thursday, July 9th.  It just seems prudent to avoid gathering indoors.  We will have the monthly Club meeting at our monthly ride after lunch as we did in June.  This seems to have work well.  As in June I invite all to send any items for the July meeting agenda.  Please try to send item before COB next Wednesday.     

The Club will ride on its regularly scheduled Saturday, July 18th.  Chuck Wood will be leading our July ride. The ride will stage from the Buckelew Springs area, beginning at 9am. The ride is 40 miles in length and will visit the Juan Garcia area, CC Cabin, Greens Peak, and Little Giant Spring area. Lunch will be at the Little Giant Spring area before returning back to the staging location. The ride should end around 3- 3:30pm. The ride is a combination of forest roads, and forest trails that are appropriate for all skill levels. We can hope for Monsoon rain before the ride, it was terribly dusty during the pre-ride.

The Club is not organizing a camp.  However, if you’d like to camp you’re welcome to do so.  The Club has camped at the Buckelew Springs before.  We will provide more precise directions to the staging area in an e-mail next week.

Again, we urge all members to exercise prudent judgment.  If you don’t feel well, don’t come on this ride.  If you think you may have been exposed to COVID 19, please don’t come on the ride.  Social distancing on these rides is easily doable.  At our stops just be conscious of social distancing.   This should be a fun ride and I hope you can join us on  the 18th.