Annual Meeting 2012


Friday April 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM CDT
Sunday April 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM CDT

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Grand Lodge by Stoney Creek 
805 Creske Ave.
Rothschild, WI 54474

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Our annual meeting is made possible by the following presenters:

  • Sarah Klavas of Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism
  • Sarah Pishcer of Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism
  • Diane Conklin of Wisconsin DNR
  • Gary Eddy of Wisconsin DNR
  • Jane Landretti (invited) of Wisconsin DNR
  • Pat Mullarky of the Dun Good Riders
  • Greg Olson of Wisconsin ATV Association
  • Ron Klimke of American Suzuki
  • Jon Bush of Polaris Industries
  • Ryan Stiver of Yamaha Motor Corp.
  • Bill O’Brion of Plum Creek Timber Company
  • Jerry Guth of Green County
  • Mike Peterson - Washburn County Forest
  • Administrator / WCFA Rep / ORV Council Rep
  • Joan Marburger (invited) of the National Forest Service
  • Skip Schulz of Mi-TRALE
  • Rob McConnell of Wisconsin ATV Association
  • Hank Wozniel of Wisconsin ATV Association
  • Terry Coplien of Wisconsin ATV Association
  • Randy Harden of Wisconsin ATV Association
  • Adam Harden of Wisconsin ATV Association

Wisconsin ATV Association Annual Meeting & Workshops 

Friday April 20th - Workshops & Lunch

This year we are added new features to our Friday workshops by inviting anyone to the workshops and hear our invited guests speak primarily on tourism. Learn how tourism can enhance your ATV visitors and encourage them to explore and spend more travel dollars in your community.

Lunch will be provided as part of the workshop. Your $20 lunch ticket includes access into the Friday workshops. Pre-registration is required for Friday.

Timeline of Events for Friday:

  • 10am - 11:45am:
    Town Hall Session on Tourism, Trail Access and Economic Growth: A first ever “Town Hall” session with representatives from Dept. of Tourism and land managers from around the state (town, county, state & federal). This town hall session offers a way to discover issues on how tourism sometimes conflicts with trail access . “Hot Topics” that come up during the town hall will be continued into lunch and the 1:00 p.m. session.
  • 11:45am - 12:50pm:
    Lunch - $20 per person. The lunch hour is a great place to meet with other land managers / tourism / club leaders and continue discussions from the open listening session by the Dept. of Tourism.
  • 1:00pm - 1:45pm:
    Power of Tourism Workshop: Presented by Sarah Klavas. This workshop continues the morning discussions and offers a chance to explore the resources from the Department of Tourism to help promote your event.
  • 2:00pm - 2:45pm:
    Tri-County Trail Commission & The Economic Survey Results Workshop: Presented by Green County Representative Jerry Guth. This workshop reviews the results of the recent economic impact study conducted on the Cheese Country Trail in Green, Iowa and Lafayette County.

  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm:
    Trail Patrol Advisory Council Meeting: A meeting for our Trail Patrol Advisory Council members as we work towards improving the program. 

Saturday April 21st - Workshops & Lunch

Pre-registration Required. An optional $25 (includes tax and tip) dinner is available for Saturday Night.

  • 8:30 AM:
    General Session for all members: Opening session by Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp.

Track A:

  • 10:00 a.m.10:45 a.m.
    Wisconsin ATV / UTV Demonstration Day & OEM Discussions: Presented by representatives from various powersports manufacturers on the topic of a statewide demonstration day event and possible cooperation from various resources to assist the manufactures with the event.11:00 a.m.11:45 a.m.Trail Patrol Ambassador Changes / DNR Update: Presented by the NOHVIS Group and Department of Natural Resources ATV / Snowmobile  Gary Eddy, this workshop will focus on the addition of the two tier program (Advanced & Auxiliary).

  • 11:45 a.m.12:50 p.m.
    Lunch on your own

  • 1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
    Route Legal Questions / Resolutions Workshop: Presented by Department of Natural Resources about various ATV/UTV route legal issues and how they apply to you and your club / municipality.

  • 2:00 p.m.2:45 p.m.
    UTV Program / Youth Safety Bill Overview: Presented by the NOHVIS Group, this workshop reviews on the proposed UTV Program including regulations, requirements and funding for maintenance. The workshop continues with the review of the Youth Safety Bill which refines the rules on age restrictions and safety certificates in regards to the operation of ATVs on private and public land by youth. 

  • 3:00 p.m.3:45 p.m.
    Tourism Workshop on Resources Available: Presented by Dept. of Tourism Northern Region Specialist Sarah Pischer & Dept. of Tourism Industry Relations & Services Bureau Director Sarah Klavas this workshop will focus on department of Tourism programs and how ATV / UTV leaders can take advantage of their services.

  • 4:00 p.m.4:45 p.m.
    Funding Update; TROUTE (Route Hybrid) Discussions; Landowner Incentive Program Information: Presented by Department of Natural Resources Grant Manager Diane Conklin and ORV Council Representative Mike Peterson discuss various funding updates from the DNR, the new TROUTE (or Route Hybrid) program and the Landowner Incentive Program on how private land owners can be reimbursed for the usage of their land for trail access.

Track B:

  • 10:00 a.m.10:45 a.m.
    Upper Michigan  & Wisconsin & Plum Creek Timber Company Trail Access: Plum Creek Resource Manager Bill O’Brion, WATVA’s Hank Wozniel, MI-TRALE’s Skip Schulz & Don Helsel to share the partnership success in MI, how we can expand ATV / UTV trail access here in Wisconsin?
  • 11:00 a.m.11:45 a.m.
    Social Networking / Positive Image on the Web: Presented by WATVA’s web site administrator Adam Harden, this workshop focuses on how to promote your club or organization using social networking sites such as FaceBook, Twitter or Google Plus. The workshop also will emphasize on the importance of proper images being published on the internet.

  • 11:45 a.m.12:50 p.m.
    Lunch on your own

  • 1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
    ATV and Snowmobile Club Merger Workshop: Presented by Dun Good Riders ATV Snowmobile Club Pat Mullarky and others, this workshop talks about the benefits and struggles with merging a snowmobile club into a joint snowmobile and ATV / UTV club. 

  • 2:00 p.m.2:45 p.m.
    Marketing / Promotion / Press Releases Workshop: Presented by Mi-TRALE President Skip Schultz, this workshop focuses on Skips 35 year background in media, as many clubs either do few press releases, marketing, promotion, etc, and some simply do the press releases wrong. Some press releases are written for print, which does NOT work for broadcast. 

  • 3:00 p.m.3:45 p.m.
    Forest Service Workshop on MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map) & UTV on Forest Service Property: This workshop focuses on the upcoming changes and / or updates on the map and on allowing UTVs that match our state program on federal trails. 

  • 4:00 p.m.4:45 p.m.
    No Workshop Available.

Saturday Evening Activities:

  • 5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
    Saturday Night Dinner: $25 (includes tax and tip) per person. Dinner is a buffet style meal and is optional.

  • 6:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.
    Special Presentation by Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett

  • 7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
    Trail Patrol Ambassador / TREADY Awards Presentation: Enjoy this awards presentation which will feature the top trail patrol ambassadors of the 2011 year, special recognition of above and beyond dedication from the volunteers of our sport and our winners of the Trail Rider Experience AwarD of the Year (TREADY)! Check out for more information. 

Sunday April 22nd - Meeting & Lunch

  • 9:00 AM 
    Registration opens.  Pre-registration Required, $18 includes the Sunday brunch.
  • 9:30 AM
    Annual Meeting Starts:Call To OrderSecretary ReportTreasures ReportPresidents ReportElection ResultsLegislative Objectives 
  • 11:00 AM Finish Any Member Discussions and Needs
  • 12:00 Noon - Adjourn


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3321 Behrens Parkway
Sheboygan, WI 53081