BRC Board Elections & General Membership Meeting

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September 01, 2013 4:32 PM

Attention Members! The BlueRibbon Coalition 2014 Board of Directors Election is coming up. This year's board election will include three current board members standing for re-election (Joni Mogstad, Todd Ockert and John "JP" Parrinello). More information on these outstanding candidates is available below this announcement.

Final voting will be conducted, and the election results tabulated, at the 2014 BRC General Meeting on Sunday, November 2, 2014 (details to be announced at a later date, check back at this site regularly for updates).

All members in good standing are eligible to vote. If you are a member in good standing but will not be able to attend, you may fill out and return an absentee ballot or vote online (see below). All absentee ballots must be received no later than October 30 to be eligible.

Online voting is open now (Go HERE to vote), and will continue until 5:00 p.m. on October 30, 2014.

Below are the candidates...

For re-election to the BRC Board of Directors

JOHN PARRINELLO (aka "JP"), President

John Parrinello
  • AFFILIATIONS: NOHVCC-State Partner, New Jersey Off Highway Vehicle Association- Founder ,VP & Advocacy Director, NJ Trail Council- Motorized Rep ,NJ Trails Plan Steering Committee, NJ Trails Council ORV Sub-Committee, AMA,ATVA,NRA ASI Safety Instructor, Tread Lightly Tread Trainer. National President – Wheelers for the Wounded, Team Leader – Wheelers for the Wounded NJ, Founder - Northeast OHV Congress (a collaboration of northeast trail users)  North Jersey Jeep Club- Land Use Chair.
  • RECREATIONAL INTERESTS:  Wheeling, ATV/Motorcycle riding, Softball, Target Shooting, camping. Working with our nations wounded warriors.
  • HOME STATE: New Jersey
  • FAVORITE TRAIL/AREA: Too many to mention. Never met a trail I didn`t like.
  • HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: I have been riding dirt bikes then quads for about 40 plus years and wheeling for more than 20 and have been involved with access issues for a good part of them. As I had been working issues in NJ, I realized we didn`t have a state association so after beating my head against the wall for years pretty much by myself, I reached out to BRC, NOHVCC, AMA and other groups for help and they all came up big for us in New Jersey, helping us start a state association which is a key element to preserving trails.
  • COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: Board member for the past five years with two as VP and one plus as President there is much work still to be done here at BRC. BRC has done so much over the years, and I would like to help that continue and to help collaborative efforts with all trail users in jeopardy of losing trails. The access issues we suffer are the same all over and we need to join together to save our trails. I want to be sure our members know that they have somewhere to turn when their trails are at risk of being shut down and that is the BlueRibbon Coalition.

JONI MOGSTAD, Treasurer

Joni Mogstad
  • AFFILIATIONS: Oregon State Snowmobile Association, Oregon Lands Coalition, Oregon Recreation Coalition, Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Committee
  • RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Snowmobiling, fishing, adventure travel
  • HOME STATE: Oregon
  • FAVORITE TRAIL/AREA: Trails and Coastal rivers in Oregon.
  • HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: Joani DuFord enlisted my help with the annual conference when it was held in Portland, Oregon
  • COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: Through the last 12 years, I've helped BlueRibbon grow from a fledgling Western states organization to a Nationally recognized force in the recreational access arena. I've done that by helping others stay focused on fiscal responsibility and professionalism and by offering my experience in these areas whenever the opportunity presents itself. My goals for the BlueRibbon Coalition's future ore to continue ordered growth , maintain a sound financial base, remember our mission, fight for access and attend to the needs of our members. An ability to put a BlueRibbon presence on the ground in areas where members are not prepared or unable to respond to local threats is a long term goal.

TODD OCKERT, Secretary

Todd Ockert
  • Born: Redlands California.
    Raised in: Traverse City Michigan
    Years off-roading: 37 years

    In his own words...

    I grew up in a middle sized town in Michigan, where my parents went off-roading in the back roads of Michigan for years, and still do, but in Nevada with warmer weather.

    I continued the tradition of taking my family camping and off-roading after I joined the Navy in 1984, where I was stationed north of Seattle Washington. Since moving to California in 2000 when the Navy relocated me, I continued to off-road to this day, and take my family camping and just enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. I retired from the Navy in 2009 and immediately went to work for Chevron in the Coalinga California oil fields as a fieldman.

    I am the current Secretary of my local club, Trail Busters of Kings County, and they are a Cal4Wheel affiliated club. We support Cal4Wheel at different events around the state. I am also on the Board of Trustees for the Cal4Wheel Conservation and Education Foundation in a spot nominated by Cal4Wheel. I have helped Del Albright at different events highlighting BlueRibbon Coalition and their achievements across the nation.

    Along with owning a Jeep, I also own a dual sport motorcycle that I have taken off-road a couple of times. It is fun to experience a different level of adventure off-road on the bike.

    Education wise, I currently hold an BA in general education, with a minor in business and computer information systems. I am also in the process of completing my MBA in business. All of my course work has been complete with Columbia College of Missouri and their distance learning here in Lemoore California. My current class is in Marketing Strategy, BUSI 544, and my class project paper is a marketing paper on a non-profit business and off-road business. It should be an interesting compilation to say the least, and look forward to completing this paper, and using BRC as my general guideline for information.

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We thought that our members and supporters might be interested in the Jeep JK that the California Association of 4-Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) is raffling off! Five bucks sounds like a good deal to us.

Five Buck JK

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Look Before You Pump!

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I attended the BLM 2.0 Listening Session in Sacramento yesterday on behalf of the BlueRibbon Coalition.  As many of you know, this is part of the BLM's ongoing effort to improve the management of the nation's public lands by working more efficiently with the public and partners. Both the Denver and Sacramento meetings provided an overview of the effort as well as facilitating group discussion on methods to improve the BLM's planning process.

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