Author: Greg Gowryluk

ATVMB March Update

Greetings Everyone,

With the snow quickly on the wane, if not fully gone, the 2021 riding season is upon us and it’s no surprise there’s already people out taking advantage of the fantastic weather. We’re also coming up on the ATVMB Annual General Meeting which will be held in April. Due to ongoing uncertainty with public health orders, this year’s meeting will be held virtually as it was last year. Although it cannot replace the social energy of an in-person meeting, it allows people more flexibility with their attendance not having to travel to a destination. I approach this year’s AGM with both melancholy and optimism.

Sadly, my time serving ATVMB has come to an end. It is common for organizations to apply term limits to its board of directors, for good reason. All organizations are vulnerable to stagnation when the players don’t change, therefore it’s vitally important to allow that change to happen in order to bring new people and perspectives to the table. I have had the honor of serving on the ATVMB board of directors for six years, the past nearly four and a half serving as president. During that time we’ve made strides getting our sustainable funding plan moving forward with the government and have started participating as a voice for ATV enthusiasts regarding the government’s future vision for recreational trails in Manitoba. With life slowly returning to normal as people are vaccinated against COVID we are optimistic that these plans will come to fruition.

More than that, I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure to meet, associate and talk to many people during various rides and events. Whether it be the Iron Man run on the Interlake Pioneer Trail, attending the Outdoor Show, cruising through the Sandilands forest in the southeast or just heading out with a couple of people, it’s been a pleasure to engage with so many people from various backgrounds all joined in a common interest.

Even with COVID inhibiting many organizations from realizing their full potential, some very good things have come from it. When ATVMB realized we would not be able to meet in person due to public health orders, we subscribed to the Zoom service in order to conduct board meetings virtually. Although when able we will return to periodic in-person meetings, the current plan is to use Zoom almost exclusively as we found that it provides a significant amount of flexibility in allowing people to serve on the board. Especially for those living in the rural areas where travel can be prohibitive. It only behooves us to be able to have an option that provides a respectable balance between serving ATVMB and people’s personal time.

With this in mind, I leave you with one simple request: take part. I recognize that the past few years have sometimes been frustrating, especially with the slowdown as a result of COVID. That’s why prior to my departure I will be sending a letter to the government that will emphasize the time and effort our members put in to their trails and the immediate need for funding in order to allow you all to succeed and prevent all the good work you’ve done from going to waste.

With a sustainable funding model on the horizon, it is important that ATVMB have strong members and leadership not only to guide the process to completion, but also to ensure that as funding starts coming in there is a solid framework in place. This framework will be critical not only to trail management, but also to respect and incentivize the ongoing, tireless work that so many people dedicate their time to every year.

So I say to you again: take part. ATVMB can’t exist without member clubs and it especially can’t exist without people willing to serve on the board of directors. This year is a year of challenge for the board; continuity is vital to all organizations like ours, and it’s up to us to ensure success. Please consider stepping into a leadership role and serving on the ATVMB board. If you have interest in doing so, you can contact myself, ATVMB Vice President Gary Hora (vp@atvmb.ca) or Executive Director Kim Wozniak (manager@atvmb.ca).

When I bought my ATV in 2009 I never knew or imagined the community that I would be getting involved in just a few short years later. Nor did I imagine where that purchase would take me over the course of the last decade. I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed to making the last decade of my life so enjoyable and I hope to see you again on the trails some day soon.

Armando Brambilla
President, ATVMB

ATVMB Annual General Meeting

The 2020 ATVMB Annual General Meeting, which was to be held in April, was postponed due to the pandemic. Due to the fact that we are currently experiencing an increase in covid cases the ATVMB Board has decided that the 2020 AGM will be held virtually on Thursday, September 17th at 7 p.m. Your invitation to attend is below and we ask that you pre-register using the link contained in the invitation.

ATVMB is currently seeking nominations to the board for three open seats, attached is the nomination form which should be submitted no later than September 14th. All nominees must be aware of and agree to the nomination and must be a member in good standing of their club/ATVMB. Also attached for review prior to the AGM is the agenda, minutes of the 2019 AGM and the 2019 financial statement as prepared by On Business.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Sep 17, 2020 07:00 PM Winnipeg. Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Link . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Ride Notice for Eastman ATV – Members Only – Postponed to June 13

June 6th ride postponed to Saturday June 13th we have a ride. Fire risk too high

All 2020 Rides will be limited to only Eastman ATV members. This is due to Covid-19 Provincial restrictions at to keep outdoor gathering capped at 50 people.

  • Location: Eastman ATV Staging Area
  • Time: Meet 9 AM to 9:30 Rolling 10 AM sharp
  • Distance: 100 km
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Lunch: Bring a lunch & water or drinks with extras, for a few break stops

For safety reasons it’s good if you can safely bring additional fuel. Start with a full tank of gas and you should be fine, I always pack it, rarely use it , but when you need it for unforeseen reasons it’s pretty valuable.

Leaving at 10am, we will be riding the existing Eastman ATV trails to the staging area for lunch. We will take the newly proposed Ridge Trail and then in the afternoon we will go onto the newly proposed trail expansion and what we had planned for the 2020.

Please send an email to info@eastmanatv.com, with a yes attending ride, or maybe attending ride? This will greatly help us to get an idea of how to plan. This is not a firm commitment, we just want an idea of how many we may anticipate.

Ontario to Allow Off-Road Vehicles on Roads

If passed as part of the government’s actions to make life easier for people and for businesses in the proposed Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, the Ministry of Transportation would set out specific requirements in the regulations for a municipality to permit off-road vehicles (ORV) on their roads. This will be done in consultation with industry, the ORV riding community, municipalities and enforcement services

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Bud, Spud and Steak – Fundraiser

EastmanATV is holding its 1st annual Bud Spud and Steak Dinner on November 2 at the Dawson Trail Motor Inn, 113 Lagimodiere Ave, Lorette, MB.  Tickets are $25 each and there is a limited amount so get them while there still available.  We will be having a Silent Auction, Grand Prizes, Door prize, and 50/50 draw.  If any of you are interested in tickets or are able to Donate a Prize for the Silent Auction it is much appreciated.  Proceeds will be used to form a new trail towards Hadashville next year.

Looking forward to meeting many of you and share some Great Food and Great Company.  Event is from 6-9pm but feel free to stay as long as you want, gather your friends and family and bring them out.

Limited Tickets are available through the Eastman ATV Board Members or by contacting Roland at 204-771-7269 or email:  rfillion@eastmanatv.com

If you have Silent Auction Prizes you would like to donate please contact Roland as well.

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