BRC Board of Directors Election: ONLINE VOTING IS OPEN

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October 08, 2013 10:40 AM


Online voting is now available for the BlueRibbon Coalition Board of Directors Election (details below). Click HERE to start voting. Online voting will end at noon on Friday, December 6th, 2013.


The BlueRibbon Coalition 2013 Board of Directors Election is coming up. This year's board election will include two current board members standing for re-election (Kay Lloyd and John Stewart) and two additional candidates standing for election (2012 candidate Danny Hale and previous BRC President Jack Welch). More information on these outstanding candidates is available below this announcement.

Final voting will be conducted, and the election results tabulated, at the 2013 BRC General Meeting on December 7, 2013 (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 when available. All absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than November 29 to be eligible. Online voting will be available when announced.

Below are the candidates...

For re-election to the BRC Board of Directors

  • Affilitations (Current/Recent): Board Member of the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center, Secretary of the Kittitas Grooming Council, Secretary/Treasurer of the Nimpo Lake Homeowners (B.C., Canada), Secretary of  the Summerside Homeowners, and Secretary/Volunteer Coordinator of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Rails to Ales Brewfest in South Cle Elum. Secretary of the Yellowstone Task Force to keep Yellowstone open for snowmobiling.
    (Previous): Former President of Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA, 1986-1988). Former Chair of the International Snowmobile Council (ISC, 1994-1996). Worked with a committee formed the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (1995-1997). Former Chair of American Trails (1997-2002). Appointed by President & Mrs Clinton to the Millennium Trail Committee (1998-2000). Elected the 1st President of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (1998-2000). Inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame (1999).
  • Recreational Interests: Snowmobiling, jeeping, going to the ocean. traveling in my 5th Wheel, going on Cruises, watching professional football (Seahawks) and baseball (Mariners) games, movies, attending concerts, watching a sunset, enjoying a sunrise, traveling and just living life as an adventure. Gardening, travel, & grandkids!
  • Home State: Washington
  • How You Got Involved In BRC: In 1987 I helped start the BlueRibbon Coalition at the Harris Cabin in Island Park. Sat on the first Board of Directors meeting.
  • Affilitations: and, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Tierra del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego.
  • Recreational Interests: Four Wheeling
  • Home State: California
  • How You Got Involved In BRC: Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the lands. As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I moved from working in the public sector to being a full time advocate for recreation. Participated on Collaborative Action Team (CAT) with Inyo National Forest on travel management and forest plan revision. The CAT received a "Spirit of the Inyo" award from the Inyo Forest Supervisor for participation in developing a "community based" alternative for travel management.
  • Comments/Goals For BRC: I have a strong professional background in planning and analysis, simplifying large amounts of details, preparing written documentation of complex projects, and development of strategic plans. Committed to the highest levels of professionalism and fairness.

For election to the BRC Board of Directors

  • In his own words...
  • My passion for ATVing has lead to a career in trail management. I am currently the Executive Director of the Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association (VASA). I also serve as a volunteer in several different capacities. 
  • I also sit on several sub-committees and boards at the local, state, and national level, allowing me to gain a wealth of knowledge involving recreation in Vermont.

    I often describe myself as a "true multi-use guy." My philosophy is simple; there is not enough land, time or money for each user group to build their own trail system, so let's all work together and do what is best for everyone. With that in mind, I have worked hard to gain as much knowledge as possible regarding all trails and recreation. I am very familiar with Federal, State, and Local recreation plans along with a fair recollection of Vermont Statutes pertaining to trails. Vermont does not currently support motorized use on public lands, and I am very anxious to expand my knowledge in this area in an effort to further educate Vermont to the many benefits of legal motorized and multi-use trails.

    I feel that I am a very qualified candidate for a position on the board of the Blue Ribbon Coalition. I feel that my knowledge of trails, recreation, and laws, combined with my years of experience in the trail industry would make me a valuable asset.

    Danny Hale
    Executive Director, Vermont All-Terrain Vehicle Sportsman's Association (VASA)

  • (see Danny's full resume here)
  • In his own words...
  • I have been involved in motorized recreation since I earned my driver's license at 16. My first off road vehicle was a CJ2A Jeep that my step- father and I purchased in 1960.  From there, four-wheeled drive vehicles have been my vehicle of choice. Today many of the areas my family and I used to ride are closed. Because of this, I have worked hard to stop additional closures and additional restrictive Wilderness areas.

    I have been a snowmobile enthusiast since my first Sears Snow Cruiser in 1969.  I was one of the leaders and founders of the Colorado Association of Snowmobile Clubs (CASC), created in 1970. I was a Safety Instructor for the Colorado Snowmobile Registration Program, and was responsible for creating the Colorado Snowmobile Rescue Force.

    In 1972, the Governor appointed me to the first Colorado State Recreational Trails Committee and I served on that Committee for ten years, of which I was Chairman four years.

    In 1987 I was one of the founders of Colorado Off-High Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO) and served as its Chair for several years. During my time in COHVCO leadership I became interested in ATV and Dirt Bike recreation activities and took many treks on both machines.

    I was involved in the early formation of BlueRibbon Coalition (founded in 1987). I was elected to the BRC Board. I have served in many positions on the Board, also as Board President from 1996-2007.

    In 2008 I stepped down from the Board to become a Special Project Consultant and became a BlueRibbon Contractor.  I have been in that position as a paid contractor and now a Volunteer Special Project Consultant raising my own expense funds.

    I feel that I have shown my leadership abilities in the past by working with motorized recreationists and groups and, especially, by my service to the BlueRibbon Coalition. Thank you in advance for your consideration of me as a candidate for election to the BlueRibbon Board.

    Jack Welch
    BRC Volunteer Consultant

  • (see Jack's full resume here)

Click HERE to cast your vote online!


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