Author: Donald Eidse

Eastman ATV April Update

It’s going to be a great riding year with our 1st ride on the Eastman ATV Trail. You will get a copy of the exact EATV trail on our color brochure when you receive your membership. I will send you an email, before the ride, with specific information to help you enjoy the ride. The 1st ride we ask members not to invite guests as we need to keep our number of people in check, and we will send an update before the ride.

ATV Ride for Mom
Is canceled this year due to Covid 19. We look forward to Saturday, June 4th, 2022.

Trail Maintenance / Environmental Development

We have attached our work schedule and will update as necessary. If you want to come and help, feel free! Our members are welcome to come and join the fun!
We know, that if good trails are available, the majority of the ORV community will use and enjoy them. A healthy, properly developed trail plan, provides manageable environmental protection, allowing for regrowth. Trails can be moved if needed for environmental management reasons. Having the majority of traffic on maintained trails, is the healthiest long term protection of untouched environments.

Membership
Duration; March 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022
$45 online for membership at https://eastmanatv.com/product/membership-2021
All members receive a “Membership / Voluntary Trail Pass ” decal, 2021 Eastman ATV Membership card, and an official Eastman ATV Trail map.

First Aid
Eastman ATV is planning on holding a St Johns First Aid course. If interested in joining us, please let me know. I can say that I am glad to be here doing my part to support organized ATV riding. Thank you Eastman ATV members for your team work

2021 ATV Ride for Mom Update

Due to the uncertainty of COVID restrictions, the 2021 ATV Ride for Mom, scheduled for Saturday June 5th, is canceled.

We have moved the ATV Ride for Mom to Saturday June 4th 2022!! Last year, the ATV Ride for Mom, raised over $14,000 for Cancer Care Manitoba. The funds raised were achieved without the ride event and without the support of our sponsors. Making a difference doesn’t always require a complicated agenda.

This year, I’m asking our membership to consider investing their time to help CancerCare Manitoba. I will be reporting back after we meet in mid summer, to make a plan. Please let me know if you want to help.

The ATV Ride for Mom is a committee formed by Eastman ATV and we do not take the decision to cancel lightly. This event is there to help the health of Manitobans. Ultimately, the ride cancellation is about respecting the health and well being of our health care workers, and fellow Manitobans. COVID restrictions may still be in place this coming fall. Therefore, planning a ride for that time of year, does not guarantee that the ride wouldn’t be canceled. We want this event to stand out in every one’s mind, while doing right by all Manitobans along with visitors from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Minnesota and North Dakota! The ride welcomes all guests and we don’t want to prevent anyone from attending. So yes, the responsible thing to do is to have the ATV Ride for Mom June, Saturday 4th, 2022.

Thank you Deb Nickel, founder of this event. The energy this event brings to the club is very positive, and the spirit of the “event” touches most of those who have participated. Our club is proud to continue to do our best with treating all RFM events with the care and respect each event deserves.

The ATV Ride for Mom is looking for a breast cancer survivor, to share their story, using Eastman ATV as a platform to raise money for Cancer Care Manitoba. It can be a difficult decision to share one’s story and not everyone is able to do it. However, your story can help and touch many lives. If you are able, please consider this sharing opportunity. You can choose your level of involvement; a little or a lot, this year or next year.

Thank you

Phone format, with the Eastman ATV trail map. We will have scheduled trail clean up and repair dates in advance. These will be added to our Ride Schedule, which will then be forwarded to you in an upcoming update.

If you rode with us last year, you know we enjoyed our riding experiences. Support our trail building and lobbying efforts now and for our future. Buy your Membership for $45.00 at Eastman ATV: online at https://eastmanatv.com/product/membership-2021 The Ride Schedule is also available upon request. Please feel free to ask past members what they think of our rides. Come and join us for epic rides this year. Let the good times roll!

Eastman ATV March Update

Correction from last month Feb Update; its – Robert Nuttall, not Richard that accepted the nomination to sit on the nomination committee, and in addition he will be leading some of the rides. Leading rides requires several skills including GPS & radio crew coordination, we will all support Robert and appreciate the extra time Robert and all Rolland’s Ride Crew to hosts such enjoyable rides. Speaking of Rolland’s Ride Schedule…

See attached Ride Schedule

This year will be 2021 members only, sorry no open rides. It’s going to be a great riding year with our 1st ride on the Eastman ATV Trail. You will get a copy of the exact EATV trail on our color brochure when you receive your membership, I will send you an email before the ride with that date specific information you need to enjoy the ride.

ATV Ride for Mom – Update coming March 13th … – Ride tentatively scheduled for Saturday June 5th

Thank you Members of Eastman ATV

If this is your 5th year as a member of Eastman ATV, congratulations, you will receive a “Member 5 Years Decal” A small way of saying thank you, for being part of Eastman ATV. If you have been a member for 5 years or more and you do not get a decal with your new membership, please let me know, I will correct it. You are all part of our success today in one way or another! A genuine thank you!

10 year membership will be celebrated at our annual Steak and Spud Wind Up we are expecting to have, see the event schedule. It would be great to see you 5 and 10 year members at the wind up, pencil it in please. Again we await a change in indoor restrictions before we confirm the event.

Trail Maintenance and Development

Maintenance and development are ongoing, we applied for the “Building Sustainable Communities Program” a 50/50 grant, and we are in communications with Provincial land managers regarding ongoing projects.

Membership

$45 online for membership at https://eastmanatv.com/product/membership-2021

All members receive a “Membership / Voluntary Trail Pass ” decal, 2021 Eastman ATV Membership card, an official Eastman ATV Trail map along with the monthly scheduled rides, see attached.

We have T-shirts, hats and toques for $20 each.

Eastman ATV February 2021 Update

What’s new for February on your board of directors?
Richard Nuttall has accepted the nomination to sit on the nomination committee. Richard is passionate about Eastman ATV, he recognizes the direction of the club, and the goodwill it generates. Richard takes his position as Director seriously and is involved in the board’s actions and has become very active on the ride crew.
Bill Marsh has accepted the nomination of Secretary. Bill has been riding Eastern Manitoba trail for many years and knows the Sandilands in great detail. Bill has helped at the Ride for Mom registration for many years, thank you Bill.

Membership Registration Open
We have opened our online family membership. One price $45, same as always, continues to provide a great value package. Please join online at https://eastmanatv.com/product/membership-2021 it’s less work for our volunteers online and it’s more accurate as it’s only entered once, by you. Considering we have a membership forecast of 150 memberships, supporting online registration, its the only way we can continue to grow. Online renewals are easy to complete, we have the info you gave us, change it if you need to. From people who want to join the club for the rides, or who want to become more active on the board and/or committee’s; to people who don’t have interest in club rides but would like to support our trail development and maintenance: this club’s for you. What is included in membership? We will have a schedule of about 8 events, mostly club rides to enjoy and to become a part of. If you are helping on pre-rides you will get double the rides. There will be more information next month, with the Ride Schedule!
Members will receive our package in the mail. Included is 1 -ATVMB sticker, 1 – 4 ” Eastman ATV “Membership /Trail Pass Decal”, a membership card, showing your name, number, and current year, (it can be taken in for a 10% insurance discount on your ORV at Toys Are Us Insurance.), an EastmanATV membership brochure with ORV information, and a map of the official Eastman ATV Trail.
Once you become a member, you will receive a Members Ride Update email every riding month. The update will provide details of the upcoming ride and member specific information. In addition,you will receive the general monthly Eastman ATV Update, that goes to the wider Eastman ORV community.

Please go online and get your membership at https://eastmanatv.com/product/membership-2021 

ORV Maintenance:
If you haven’t done it, schedule your ORV maintenance now. Don’t be caught overheating or worse on a group ride or small group. New or old, any brand, they are all fun as long as they run. On top of taking care of your own machine many members carry various parts, that’s being prepared for anything. Maintenance and preparation is an enjoyable part of group rides, be prepared and then it’s way more fun.

Looking forward to the rides ahead!

Eastman ATV January 2021 Update

Hello and best wishes for the New Year.

To all of you who ride sleds, I’m happy to see we have just enough snow. Some of our friends are going to Gimli, as riding is good out there, with more snow. We support our fellow sled riders and wish you a good base and tons of powder for a great season! I have attached a provincial update from ATVMB. Next month’s update will have Eastman ATV news.
Wishing you all the best.
Enjoy your time off if you have it.
Enjoy the day.
Enjoy the moment.
Donald C. Eidse

Provincial Government Trail Strategy


Please consider completing the survey through the link below. The more of us that do, the more we are in the decisions that lay in front of us. The provincial government would like all trail stakeholders and interested parties to participate in a survey regarding a provincial trail strategy. Here is the link to the survey, https://engagemb.ca/manitoba-trails-strategy.  This is important and we appreciate your participation. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Eastman ATV December 2020 Update

The 2020 riding season is coming to an end. In spite of Covid-19, we had a full ride season. Did you have a good number of rides, where you hadn’t been before? Did you enjoy meeting fellow members and sharing your riding experiences? I think many new friends were made, ones that we are looking to reconnect with next year. I have made some longtime friends in our community. These new friendships grow every year and statistically, we are finding that there is a growing number who are staying with the club. We look forward to reconnecting when the clubs start up again in 2021.

The expected growth of the club is expected to be about 20%, meaning around 150 memberships could be purchased for 2021. If you have been with the club a year or two to please consider volunteering to help with the new members. I know time is valuable, and I respect and value your time. However, If you can make some time, it would be greatly appreciated. Our organizing efforts are making a difference for your club, and for others in Manitoba who are less fortunate. Volunteering will provide you with opportunities to shape your club and enjoy the great company of your fellow ORV community.

This year 2020 Eastman ATV, in support of the ATV Ride for Mom Fundraising Event, raised $14,645 for Cancer Care Manitoba, by fundraising alone! 100% to CancerCare Manitoba. Below a reply from Sherelle Kwan with Cancer Care Manitoba on our 2020 event.

Hi Don:
It looks like the grand total for this year’s Eastman ATV Ride For Mom is $14,645 WOW!!! Truly wonderful. CancerCare Manitoba Foundation is extremely grateful for the amazing support from the Eastman ATV Ride For Mom. This year has certainly been challenging for so many due to COVID-19 and although the event was cancelled your dedication to help those touched by cancer didn’t stop. Thank you so much for your ongoing support. You are truly making a difference for so many Manitobans touched by cancer. We look forward to the 2021 event. With your help there is hope!
Sherelle Kwan
Community Events Manager CCMF

Why do we make the investment in organizing? I asked Armando Brambilla, President of ATVMB for the past 4 years. Armando started helping the ORV community back in 2013 by re-building the website for ATVMB. In 2014, he joined the ATVMB board of directors. After a few years as a director at large, he accepted the nomination for VP. Armando continues to provide good leadership as Chairman of the board. He has been a member of Eastman ATV and served Eastman’s board for about 1.5 years, during which time he was the treasurer. He has been on the planning committee for the two ATV Ride for Dad events Part of his role, with all these organizations, includes attending many events and trade shows, as a representative. Armando, is currently a member of The Sandhogs ATV club.   I asked Armando, “Why do we make the investment in organizing?

ATVing as a leisure activity has exploded in popularity over the past 20 years. There are well over 45 thousand registered ATVs and side-by-sides in Manitoba. This has driven the need for accessibility to safe riding areas for enthusiasts from beginner to expert. We organize for one main reason: we are stronger together. Not only do we meet people from all walks of life who have common interests; we, as ATVMB advocates, (on behalf of ATV enthusiasts, with the government,) create a strong base which amplifies our standing and makes more of an impact. In addition, the government prefers to deal with one representative organization rather than many small ones. As membership increases, so does the community’s standing.

A big thank you to everyone involved in the success of our club. It is the combined effort of all of us that energize our club. We are very fortunate to have such good people around us.

The black in our logo represents the trails we manage, (the stewardship of the trail Eastman ATV is responsible for). I am proud to say that we take care of our trail like we own it.

I particularly want to thank our secretary Greg Gowryluk, who will be stepping down from the board this year. Greg will leave Eastman in excellent shape. He developed a straightforward process for minute taking, managing the cloud for document storage of club info. He manages both the ATV Ride for Mom and EastmanATV websites. In addition he processes, builds and mails out all membership packages from the online store he built. He has been the acting VP, (without the title) and the unofficial general manager of Eastman ATV. Greg will continue to co-chair for the 2021 ATV RFM and assist in the background, for the necessary online aspects of the club.

It will take more than a few people to replace you Greg. We will all miss you at the board. Thank you again for your many years of valuable work.

I look forward to being part of your ORV experience next year.

Eastman ATV November 2020 Update

Saturday October 17th was Eastman ATV final ride. It was the best ride of the year, the cool temperature of 0C kept the moisture in the sand and no dust was a reward of the cooler temperatures. Everyone was well dressed and with it being sunny and calm we had ideal weather for the October ride. The route was level 2, so a surprising challenge for new riders, Roland advised the group to use 4WD or low through the hills. You would never know such trials are out there in the flat Manitoba. A big thank you to Roland for all the rides this year. Thank you for a full riding season and leading and gathering support crew and pre-rides.

Thank You to Bill Marsh for joining the Eastman ATV board of Directors and thanks again to Robert Nuttall for joining the board back in August. Eastman ATV continues to look for like minded members to become active with our board of directors or you can join a single committee. Our board and RFM committee meetings are moving to a Zoom format, other committees may vary the pending size and frequency of meetings, feel free to call me anytime to talk about it or if you have any questions about Eastman ATV. The gold in our logo represents the volunteers of Eastman ATV that built and continue to give their best to this organization.

The ATV Ride for Mom is a committee of Eastman ATV. ATV Ride for Mom has raised over $54,000 for CancerCare Manitoba over the past 4 years, this gives a growing purpose to our organization. Supporting CCM while experiencing a great family ride demonstrates the good will and actions of our ATV community. This is an excellent event to show we can manage a sustainable trail network and be able to give back to our province at the same time. Making it a family event, it will become a tradition. We are organizing 2021, we have an excellent, much larger & stronger committee managing the event. When the time comes for day volunteers please step up, we are going to need you all. We will be more organized than ever as we know this will be the biggest crowd ever. Please mark June 5th in your calendar now.

Our 2021 ATV Ride for Mom Sponsors starting list, and a big thank you to those committing. I will be providing more info as to where, and why, we need our sponsors’ support in upcoming updates. Our sponsors are a true partner and are the ones that foot the bill to put this fantastic event on. We do need more sponsors and they will be added to this list as they see this as the fastest growing outdoor family event that is giving back to the& Province of Manitoba, and want to be part of it.

Our Sponsors include: SAR, Enns Bros, TCG, Adventure Power Products, Headingley Sports Shop, Winnipeg Sport & Leisure, Westside Honda, Ronds Marine, Chudds Power Sports, Smoke House design, Silk Screen Ind., Nelson River Construction, Fort Garry Ind., Speciality Tire, X-Promo, Pine Ridge Offroad, Sherp North America and the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Manitoba.

Thank you to all our past supporters, we have a big list of people who have not rejoined this year that’s ok we know you still support our efforts of developing signed trails we can all ride. Our membership decals now read Membership / Trail Pass to reflect the many members we have that join only to support trail development and an organized club that is actively working with the government to enhance and add to the trail network. We understand some people don’t want to be part of a club, they only want maintained trails, and more of them, that’s ok, buy a voluntary trail pass then. Lots of different people, styles and reasons to ride, we all need a trail though.

2020 Ride For Mom Donation Campaign

Annually in June our club does a “Ride for Mom”, the goal of which is to raise money for CancerCare MB. We are very proud to state that over the last four years the Ride for Mom has raised over $54,000, all of which was turned over to CancerCare MB to be used at their discretion in the research and treatment of cancer in this Province.
This year, due to Covid-19, there was not an actual Ride for Mom, however despite that, the Eastman ATV Club has instead decided to launch a Ride for Mom Campaign to raise funds. The Ride for Mom Campaign will run from September 15 th toOctober 31 st , 2020, after which all donations will be turned over to CancerCare MB. I am asking you to consider making a donation for this very worthy cause. All donations in any amount are more than welcome and tax receipts will be issued by CancerCare MB for any donation over $15. We have several easy options available to assist you with your donation:

  1. You can make your donation directly to CancerCare MB by following the this link to their site. The advantage of this is that you will receive your tax receipt by email very promptly. CancerCare MB link is: http://support.cancercarefdn.mb.ca/goto/EastmanATVRideForMom
  2. Make a cheque payable to CancerCare MB Foundation and mail it to Eastman ATV, 6-1329 Niakwa Road East, Winnipeg, MB, R2J 3T4. Please also include your name, mailing address and email address for tax receipting purposes.
  3. You can e-transfer your donation to rideformom@eastmanatv.com Please include your name, mailing address and
    email address for tax receipting purposes. In order to ensure your e-donation is secure, please use the following question and password: Question: What is the name of this campaign? Answer: rideformom
  4. You can contact Eastman ATV Club President Donald Eidse at deidse@eastmanatv.com or 204- 558-5690 for more information.

Cancer is a devastating disease that touches our hearts deeply, as we all have loved ones and friends that it has impacted in the past, is doing so right now and unfortunately will do so again in the future. However, your donation helps enable ongoing cancer research, which equates to new cutting-edge treatments and drugs, which in some cases translates into cures or longer life expectancies.
Once again, thanks very much for supporting this very worthy cause. Its people like you that make a difference.

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