The temperature has dipped drastically over the last few days and snow is starting to fly in many parts of the province. This is the time of year that many of our member clubs are wrapping up their rides for the season and starting to winterize their machines. At our recent Club Presidents Meeting on Oct 24th, many clubs spoke about continuing to stay connected with members through the winter months with dinners and other (indoor) activities including holiday parties and other fun events. Some brave souls are entering their clubs into holiday parades to help promote their clubs! If you haven’t reached out to your club lately, I encourage you to do so, it’s a great way to stay connected to the work they are doing and find ways for you to get involved.

One of the other key themes in our recent club presidents meeting was the concern for a lack of volunteers coming forward to assist with club events, rides, meetings, marketing efforts and membership. I wanted to take a moment to speak about this as it is a very important topic for all of us. Our member clubs are driven by dedicated volunteers with a passion for the sport of atving. For many of these clubs that can mean a small group of people doing the heavy lifting to ensure the club remains active. If you have specific skills that you can bring to your club to assist in any of the areas listed above, I encourage you to reach out to your club and offer to help. Even just a few hours on a specific project can mean the world to these hard working volunteers. As we move into the holiday season, consider giving back with a donation of your time to help strengthen your club and support your volunteers.

SAFETY TRAINING Update

I am very excited to announce that ATVBC now has 3 directors trained as Safety Trainers for SxS’s and can now provide 1-day safety courses in the Kootenays, Okanagan and Vancouver Island, along with at all ATVBC events. We will be adding 3 more Safety Trainers for ATV’s to our safety program in the Spring of 2024, giving ATVBC access to trainers in all areas of the province.

Why does this matter to you? At all future ATVBC events we will now have a 1-day safety training course available during the event for members to participate in at a “member only” special price. Space will be limited and we will provide details on registration well in advance!

In addition, our ATVBC safety trainers will be available to clubs interested in bringing them in to provide safety training courses to their members, again at a special “member only” price.

Our hope with this program is to encourage all our members to participate in a safety course, not only to receive your added insurance discounts, but to ensure we are all trained in the best practices to safely operate our machines while out on the trails!

MEMBER SURVEY – The Results are IN!!

The annual Member Survey closed on September 30th and we have started to review the results. WOW what a great response we got. Over 1500 people completed the survey and here are just a few of the highlights.

  • 86% of respondents were Male
  • 83% of respondents were over 50 years old
  • 65% of respondents have been riding for 10years or more
  • 71% of respondents bought their machine brand new
  • 75% of respondents spending up to $500 on multi-day rides
  • 60% in favour of ATVBC Advocating for ATV access in communities
  • 239 communities listed as potential for ATVBC access
  • 87% of respondents participate in ATVing to “Explore the Outdoors”
  • 61% of respondents have been ATVBC members for less than 5 years
  • 58% of respondents joined a local ATV Club “to support ATVBC and their advocacy efforts”
  • 79% of respondents are interested in Advocacy – a voice at government as their main benefit to membership
  • 84% of respondents prefer direct email for all correspondence
  • 81% of respondents would like to see more advocacy to government for better trail access

The results of the survey were presented to the ATVBC Board of Directors during their annual Face-to-Face meeting and were used in the brainstorming sessions and during the development of the new Strategic Plan! We are very excited to hear from so many members about how we can serve you better and look forward to showing you how we have used your feedback to guide our path forward!

50/50 DRAWS – Directly linked to the upcoming Grant Intake#1

If you haven’t heard, we are running our Spring & Fall 50/50 draws to raise important funds to go directly back to our clubs in the form of trail grants. The net proceeds of these draws will be awarded to our successful grant applicants who apply during our grant intake #1 which opens Nov 1st-Dec 15th.

The more we raise in these draws, the more everyone wins!

What would you do with an extra $7,000 in your pocket? $10,000? What about $20,000?

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your tickets and support your sport and your club.

Have you seen the latest list of sales by club? How is your club doing? Are you leading in the sales? Or falling short? Its so easy to sell, just share the club link with your friends, family, riding partners and encourage them to buy. Also, what a great Christmas gift to give to a loved one!!

Support your local clubs and purchase your ticket today!!! Go online to see what the prize pot is at today and watch it grow!

Until next month, stay warm, ride safe, ride smart!

Cheers,

Kristin