Happy New Year to you all!! Looks like the snow and cold has arrived in BC. Time to hunker down and plan for the nice spring days to go riding, unless of course you have tracks and now have the snow to ride in. LOL!!!

As some of you may know, there are presently 4, with one more to come, of the ATVBC Directors enjoying the riding in the desert around Quartzsite, Arizona, but this won’t stop us from conducting the business of ATVBC as we have good internet services and Zoom. One of the most exciting things that happened over the Christmas was the Quartzsite Christmas parade. The local ATV club – the Arizona Sunriders – had a float and 43 machines in the parade. Talk about impressive!! Well, the Sunriders, of which all of your Directors are members of, won first prize for the best entry, and were awarded a huge trophy for their efforts. The really cool thing is that the ATVBC Directors were on the float committee, and helped build the float, with John Blinston and Dave MacIntosh being the designers, the welders and the general construction workers, etc.

By now, you will have seen the notice that the ATVBC strategic plan has been completed and released to all for information on ATVBC’s direction for the next 3 years. This plan was constructed with the help of you the members and your input into what you believe is important to you and your clubs and where ATVBC should be focusing its efforts. Please feel free to share your feedback on the plan. The hard work now begins as ATVBC flushes out each of the strategic objectives with specific tasks to achieve what we have laid out. We will be coming to you, as members, for further input and to engage you in some of the work that we have planned.

Something else to look for in 2024, is the new committee structure that we have designed to both simplify the committee process and to ensure that we engage our members in these committees. Again, ATVBC feels that your input is critical to the success of the organisation. More information will follow, both at the Club Presidents’ meetings and in the newsletter.

Lastly, and just as important, is the grant process. The first intake for grant requests closed recently, and the announcements on the successful applications were made on January 15, 2024.  We will be moving forward with the second trail grant intake and letting everyone know about the RSTBC ORV grant fund and its deadlines. This fund, has also had some changes made to its process to help streamline the application process.  Further enhancements will be made for the 2025 grant process.

ATVBC is looking forward to a very productive year in 2024 and we expect to be able to provide our membership with much greater value going forward.

Respectfully submitted

Chris DSilva