By Bob Walker
We've talked for the past 30 years about the need for more funds to adequately address the needs of motorized recreation in Montana. Unfortunately, by the time this article gets published in the MTRN the February 1st deadline for applying for grants will have passed, however the information in this article is still newsworthy and can help raise awareness of the program. The information that follows from Michelle McNamee helps explain the program and how to apply for the grants, albeit for next year at this point.
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From Cathy Covert, Membership Chair
For MTVRA, I keep the membership data base updated by entering new members and removing non-renewing members. We try for five years to get a non-renewing member to respond and pay the membership dues. If after the fifth consecutive yearly attempt there is not a paid renewal, then the inactive membership is removed from the data base.
MTVRA has added a convenient “Pay Online” feature to the MTVRA website for renewing your membership. You can go to https://www.mtvra.com/pay-online if you would like to renew your membership on-line.
Unfortunately, since I have been filling this role as Membership Chair, I have removed 5,586 non-paying memberships our MTVRA data base. This equates to a potential $129,492 in annual revenue.
There are two things that make an association successful: Memberships and money-period.
From NOHVCC and Carl Siroky
Do you shop on Amazon? If so, you could help support NOHVCC with your purchases! The screen captures below show what this means to NOHVCC.
From Amazon’s website: “AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. NOHVCC is one of the organizations that you can choose to support. As noted above, Amazon makes the donations – at no cost to you. Simply, visit smile.amazon.com, login or create an Amazon account and follow the on-screen directions to select NOHVCC as your charity of choice. Once you are finished – all your purchases through smile.amazon.com will include a donation of 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to NOHVCC. when you shop on AmazonSmile. For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
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Sign Your Club/Association/Agency Up To Support RTP Moving Forward
The importance of the Recreational Trails Program cannot be overstated. It is likely the most important government program for OHV recreation. For any who may not be aware of the RTP, it is a grant program administered by the Federal Highway Administration. The program embodies the user-pay, user-benefit philosophy by utilizing a portion of funds generated by motorized vehicle users who pay the gas tax on any fuel they purchase for use in their off-highway vehicles to provide grants to fund trail building, maintenance and other trail-related projects. For more information click here.
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Bob Walker notified MTVRA Board that he will serve as the volunteer editor of the Montana Trails Rider News through the Fall-Winter 2018 edition. He said, “It has been a pleasure putting the newsletter together since 2012 and I will always be dedicated to and a supporter of MTVRA!”
“I find myself overwhelmed by all the work still needed and demanded to enhance trails in Montana. I volunteer my time to an array of trail recreation organizations, both motorized and non-motorized, and to the department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks which manages your OHV grant program as well as snowmobile and RTP. I was recently appointed to your OHV Advisory Committee to assist FWP with the OHV grant program. I also was recently elected Chair of the Montana Trails Coalition, an organization that brings all statewide and some regional trail organizations together to address fiscal and programmatic needs of trails in Montana. I plan to dedicate the majority of my volunteer time to those efforts.”
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