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  • Convention February 19-21, 2016
    Rancho Cordova
  • Molina Ghost Run May 13-15, 2016
    Hollister SVRA
  • Hi Desert Round-Up May 27-30, 2016
    Near Barstow
  • Sierra Trek August 11-14, 2016
    Meadow Lake near Truckee
  • High Sierra Poker Run September 2-5, 2016
    Near Shaver Lake
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    Superstition Mountain OHV Area
  • Panamint Valley Days November 11-13, 2016
    Near Trona
  • Winter Fun Festival January 2017
    Grass Valley

Corporate donations can make a difference

As avid off-roaders, we are always concerned about how to effectively fight for “OUR” public lands. Many of us donate hundreds of hours and dollars to these efforts to different organizations. Some of us even join in the fight by becoming board members on different boards to help give direction to these organizations.

We are always looking for the corporate dollars to help in these fights, and most of these corporate dollars are hard to find. Many of our members work for corporate giants though, and I am one of those that am lucky enough to work for a billion dollar company — Chevron Corporation to be exact. With that, Chevron has a program called Human Kind that gives the employees the ability to donate time to an organization and Chevron will give grants of $500 per 20 hours donated. To date, I have donated over 120 hours and Chevron has given over $3,000 to BlueRibbon Coalition for my donated hours. The Cal4Wheel Conservation and Education Foundation has received over $1,500 in grants and matching pay check donations. You may say that Chevron is a billion dollar company, and they should do this. They do it because they know that their employees enjoy helping non-profits or 501(c)3’s perform their work.

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Winners of XVenture Trailer and Grub Hub announced

XVenture off-road trailer donated by Schutt Industries.

Today at the International Sportsmen's Expo in Sacramento two very lucky ticket holders came away with some very nice prizes.

XVenture Trailer

The trailer will go home with Paul Gugielmoni from Vacaville (ticket #245484). His new XVenture off-road trailer was designed, built and donated by Schutt Industries and is equipped with an ARB tent, awning and fridge freezer.

 

Maudi McDougall (on right) with her new Grub Hub USA camp kitchen.

Grub Hub Camp Kitchen

The bonus prize, a Grub Hub Camp Kitchen donated by Grub Hub USA was won by Maudi McDougall, all the way from Canada (ticket #227823). Maudi (at right in the photo) was actually at the show and got to pick up her new kitchen, complete with an Ozark stove, from CA4WDC Office Manager Bonnie Steele.

Congratulations to both winners and thank you to all who bought tickets, donated to the program and volunteered to help with this important fundraiser.

 

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Scouts West's Chicken lays a big egg

The following is from an article written by Scouts West President Tim Potter to the club:

Note from Dave Henry: The featherless fowl that Tim is referring to is a rubber chicken. When the Sheriff fines a member, the fine is put in the rubber chicken. I guess it’s safer than a bank now a’days. This is all done in good fun and it helps to fatten up the chicken. At the end of the year the chicken gets opened up and the year’s fines are donated to some deserving organization. Most years the fines amount to around $150. When you consider how the money was collected, this represents a lot of breakdowns and other mishaps for the members to incur in a single year.

When the chicken was opened at the 2011 December meeting, there was only $50 in the chicken. Members had not been doing as much wheeling and/or breaking as they usually do. I do have a theory about this; in order for a Scout not to break down it must be left in the garage and that is not a sure bet.

The Chicken would go to Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), for the kids. Four or, five new DVD’s for the kids would make the greatest impact with what the Chicken had to offer. We sat there, all of us looking at each other for what can only be described as the longest, quietest ten seconds in Main Chapter meeting history. We must have all been thinking the same thing. The gift did seem minimal, given the cause. In those ponderous ten seconds, Scouts West Members were asking themselves perhaps the biggest question of all; “how blessed are we?”

And then, something extraordinary; something wonderful began to happen. First, one Member said, “I’ll throw 20 bucks at it,” then, another Member said, “I’ll throw 20 bucks at it,” then another and, another and, another. The hat was passed among the Members and, it came back filled to overflowing with bucks. In less than two minutes another $200 had been collected, raising the total to just over $250; a tidy sum to be sure, and greater than previous years’ donations.

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Then, another Member must have thought, that’s not a really nice round figure and, contributed even more to the sum, which spurred another round of giving up to $375. Now, we’re really talking about a useful and, meaningful gift to the kids. But, $375 isn’t round either, another Member must have thought and, yet another round of giving ensued bringing the total to over $400, then to over $500. It became a giving frenzy, I tell you, with Members repeatedly reaching into their wallets for more and, more and, more. Members from San Diego and Grapevine Chapters, even our guests for the evening joined in the giving. I swear to you, that in the hour or so after this ridiculous rubber Chicken was first opened, these wonderful people opened their hearts to these kids who are in the care of CHOC and, they opened their wallets, that Scouts West might give them the most meaningful gift possible and, answered the question in thunderous fashion. Truly, we are blessed.

My friends, I must tell you, that while I know what an extraordinary group of people Scouts West Members are, because I have experienced their generosity many times: even I was and, still am as I write this, amazed at what this great group of people can do. Truly, this is by far, the finest group of human beings that I have ever known and, repeatedly they show it. So, you ask if this moment is an apparition and, I tell you; no. It is commonplace and everyday, and it comes in many forms. It is who these people are. It is what this group is, at its core. It is the heart of Scouts West that beat so strongly and loudly that night. And it moved us all to do something greater than any of us was capable as an individual.

I suppose that even the casual onlooker may be able to see, from this account, the type of people who make up this Club. What one might not see though, is the real camaraderie among these folks that transcends the Club: the feeling of oneness that exists between these diverse individuals who come together once a month at meetings, on trail runs and, at Club parties? One might still miss that these people are in many ways a family. They are brothers and sisters, who despite their diverse opinions and imperfections, when together, create something that could not otherwise exist. They are the heart and soul of greatness. They are Scouts West.

In the end, these kind and generous hearted people had donated just over $600 to this cause. Our Sheriff graciously agreed to go shopping, to buy the DVDs that would be the gift to CHOC. He did a wonderful job of selecting 56 brand new DVDs for the money that had been collected. All the movies he was able to get are all first quality movies that these kids will really enjoy.

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