July 8th Club Meeting

Date: July 8, 2021

Location: Show Low Cafe

Called to Order at 6: P.M. by Don Kramer, Vice President

New members got up and introduced themselves.

Forest is open at a level II. We will have a ride on July 17th. Green Peaks area, 117 road – staging at the Sheep’s coral. This will be 36.5 miles, poker run, bring a lunch, rain gear.

Treasurer reports: Karen Smith provided an update on the balance of the accounts. We bought a new box for the 1st aide kit and Don explained the use of the Sat Phone. The motion was made to approve the treasurers report by Frank and Ken seconded it.

Forest Service: Joyce stated that there is a new fire at Wish Bone Mountain. She is also was asking for people interested in helping police the forest. This would involve training.

Karen stated that we had 11 machines signed up for the August 8th ride in Winslow, AZ.

Jerry Smith had a meeting in Payson with representatives of the Forest Service and Park Rangers. They talked about the 400 mile trail from which will be called the Arizona Alpine Trail. This will be a loop. There will be places to stop and stay overnight, shopping and restaurants. The Facebook page is Arizona Alpine Trail, Inc.. Chuck asked for pictures to use on the web site.

We are looking for more ride leaders.

Old Business: We need people to receive information by text if we need help, they will need to learn how to use find me spot.

New Business: Larry Shepard talked about how important safety is in riding. He told his story

Motion was made to accept the minutes from the last meeting, passed.

50/50 Ken Anderson won $63.00.

Jerry made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:40 P.M. Rick seconded it.

Judy Koski, Acting Secretary


Date: June 10, 2021

Location: Show Low Cafe

Called to order by Jack Dyer, President

Approximately 36 in attendance including some new members

Karen Smith, club treasurer, provided an updated balance total of $10,165 as of end of May 2021.

It was announced that George Leach would be providing a fire prevention presentation at Fools Hollow Lake State Park on Saturday June 12, 2021 at 7:30pm.

Jack Dyer Club president reminded everyone that the club email system is currently experiencing some challenges and that when someone replies to an email that was sent out to not reply to all.

One of our club sponsors, Show Low Motorsports, has requested a member list that could be readily accessed by them to verify that individuals claiming to be a member to provide the discount reserved for club members. Jack Dyer, President, asked if there were any objections which there wasn’t any from those in attendance. It was further explained that the only information to be provided was member names.

If anyone is willing to lead a club ride please let any member of the board know. We are neding a leader for the July ride, TBD.

We are needing a volunteer to organize things for the club supporting the Fall festival during the last weekend in September. Traditionally the club provides observation support to the vendors/participants during the hours that event isn’t happening. The Pinetop/Lakeside Chamber of Commerce provides $1,000 to the club for providing this important service. Please let a board member know if you are interested in organizing this.

Reminder to have both Arizona decals, off road and highway use, when using public roads and trails. Also children under 18 must be wearing a DOT approved helmet.

A tip regarding registration is to register primarily as an off road vehicle thereby saving on registrations costs.

Meeting was concluded at 6:57pm

Nathan Leonard, Secretary

June SPECIAL and May Meeting

Hello Members, 

We are putting together a special OHV/ ATV trip to La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ.  The dates are June 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2021.  We will have two rides, one on the 21st and another on the 22nd and both rides are about 35 to 40 miles south of Winslow off highway 87.  That puts us at a higher, treed location.   

We will arrive at the hotel Sunday, late afternoon, in time to check in and meet for dinner in the Turquoise Room Restaurant at 6:00 pm.  After breakfast on Monday, we will travel south on highway 87 for a day of riding and exploring new territory.  We return to the Hotel for another fabulous meal and relaxing evening.  On Tuesday, after breakfast and check out of hotel, we will again travel south on highway 87 for a second day of riding.  After our ride we travel home or you may choose to stay a third night at La Posada Hotel. 

Important Information:  You must call the hotel and make your own reservation under our group White Mountain Open Trail Assoc. before MAY 4th.  We are going “dutch” for both dinner and breakfast.  

La Posada Hotel 

303 E. Second Ave. 

Winslow, AZ 86047 

Phone number: 928-289-4366 

Web Site:  www.laposada.org 

As always you will need to bring a lunch, snacks and water for the rides. 

Please reply to this email after you have your reservation so I will know how many will be for dinner and on the rides. 

Karen Smith, Treasurer 

928-367-4001 Home 

480-225-0658 Cell 

p.s. Our next regular monthly ride will be Thursday, May 27th, with ride leader Maurice Colwell.  More details will follow. 

November 2020 Club Ride

The Weather has changed and now doesn’t look so good…….So we are changing the ride to Tuesday, November 17th which is predicted to be sunny and warm.  Everything else remains the same.  

Our November ride on Tuesday, November 10th, will be to Trappers in Taylor for lunch.  We will leave from the Trail Head (34.33192N, 110.11697 W) at Lone Pine Dam Rd and Burton Rd at 9:00 am in order to reach Trappers by 12:00 to 12:30 pm.  If you don‘t want to ride, you can also meet us at Trappers, but I need to know how many will be there for lunch, so I can make a reservation.  Please reply, l if you are planning to ride or just join us for lunch.  Treasurer@wmota.org

The ride itself is very interesting.  We will start by traveling part of the Maverick Trail, then entering Wilson Draw on our way to Taylor.  After lunch we will return by way of Schoens Lake and an old smelter. 

The weather is predicted to be dry and in the 60’s for a high so dress in layers and bring water and any snacks you may need.  But don’t forget Trappers has great homemade pies! 

This is our last club ride for 2020 so we are hoping for a good turnout.  Karen and Jerry Smith, Ride Leaders

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

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

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