The October Central District meeting will now be October 5 at The Park at Martin's River Ranch, 15398 Vinewood Ave., Livingston, CA 95334. The meeting will begin at 9:30AM with a light breakfast until 10:30AM. We will also have basic drinks (coffee, water, soda, tea).
Lunch will be served at noon and meeting will end at 2PM.
It is with great sadness that we announce that Steve Morris, the inaugural president of Cal4Wheel, passed away recently at his beloved Rubicon Springs.
Steve was the association president from 1959 to 1961 and was instrumental in the formation of the association.He was actively involved from its first day until the present, including volunteering every week at the office.
One of the bylaw changes that passed during this year’s Convention involved a change in the way that we collect dues from the clubs. Since the association’s inception, clubs have paid the association directly for each of their members. Beginning each April, the office staff printed rosters, billings and forms and mailed them to each club. Then the clubs were expected to collect the dues from their members and ensure that the forms and payments were received by the office no later than June so that the club could remain in good standing for the year. All club members expired on June 30, and new club members who joined during the year were required to have their dues prorated so that they would also expire on June 30.
We have learned that several of our fellow association members and their families have been deeply affected by California’s recent wildfires, including some who escaped with nothing other than the clothes they were wearing.
Our passion is to help those in need, especially members of the Cal4Wheel family. We have established a new fund through our non-profit Cal4Wheel Foundation to collect cash donations that will be distributed directly to Cal4Wheel member families who have been affected by the fires. These donations are tax-deductible and will be given directly to the members based on need and funds available.
The Hi-Landers 4WD Club wrote to say thanks for a grant from the C4WDA Conservation and Education Foundation. The funds were used to purchase meals at two chainsaw classes that they conducted in April.
For more information about the foundation, see this link
The 2016 Sierra Trek: Come for the trail, stay for the party!
Back in 1964, a small group of Jeepers got the idea of creating a fundraising event for the newly formed California Association of 4WD Clubs (CA4WDC). It would need to be a first-rate event similar to the then-famous Jeepers Jamboree on the Rubicon. Sacramento Jeepers member Ed Dunkley, an encyclopedia of knowledge on Sierra Nevada history and old mining routes, gathered a few folks and began searching for a suitable trail. The chosen route was a long-abandoned wagon road from Cisco Grove, California (near Truckee), to the shores of Meadow Lake and the 1860’s mining camp of Summit City. It had been decades since the “road” had been used, and Mother Nature had played her hand at reclaiming the land.