Today, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs has a membership of more than 3,600 members. If you consider family members in addition to paid members, the total membership is more than 8,000.
“The association has now been here for 50 years,” said current president Don Spuhler, “and clearly we have gone through some good times and bad times. Right now, we are in a period of national economic slowdown and that is having an effect on increasing membership and we have seen a decline in members attending our events. This creates a hardship, but the association, just like our members in their private lives, will survive and continue to move forward.”
Spuhler said that the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM are currently revising Travel Management Plans and there is increasing pressure to pass new Wilderness Bills in Congress. There are endless lawsuits by anti-access groups to keep motorized recreation out of public lands. “We are continuing to fight statewide to keep public lands open to the public,” the president said.
“Our biggest strength and our biggest weakness beginning our next 50 years is our membership,” he said. “We have some of the most talented and dedicated people working to keep our lands open and putting on our great events that we all enjoy. At the same time, we need new members and we need more volunteers to move our association forward. We are a volunteer membership organization and we can only go as far as our members take us.”