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.
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!
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.