by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer
Imagine a birthday cake in the shape of the Unites States and Canada.
If you put a candle in every state and province that has a NOHVCC State Partner, there would be 45 candles. Light all the candles and you can start to see the impact of this network of experienced, dedicated volunteers — creating a positive (and bright) future for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation.
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The key to its longevity and success are many talented, hard-working State Partners and Associate State Partners. NOHVCC was founded not as a member organization, but a service organization. From the very beginning, its role has been to assist and support the work of OHV clubs and state associations, not compete for membership. “This was not a president-top-down approach but a council of OHV leaders, all at the same level,” said Paul Slavik, who helped organize NOHVCC in 1990. (See “Honda’s Vision Became NOHVCC’s Mission” in last month’s newsletter: http://www.nohvcc.org/Materials/Newsletter/news01-2015).
State Partners and Associate State Partners act as a liaison between NOHVCC and the OHV communities in their states. They promote and distribute the many “tools” NOHVCC has compiled over 25 years, on safe and responsible riding, building and maintaining sustainable trails, and related issues. Partners also assist OHV enthusiasts in organizing local clubs and state associations, attend the annual NOHVCC conference, and regularly report to NOHVCC news on their state’s OHV events, legislation, trails and related matters.
NOHVCC Partners work closely with the NOHVCC Staff and Board of Directors. However, they are not official media spokes-persons for NOHVCC. “NOHVCC Partners support the NOHVCC mission by being informed on important issues and speaking on behalf of their clubs and associations, but they do not speak on behalf of NOHVCC,” said Russ Ehnes, NOHVCC Executive Director. (See the October, 2014, Newsletter: http://www.nohvcc.org/Materials/Newsletter/news10-2014)
Join this incredible network of OHV advocates
Currently, there are 15 states and provinces without a NOHVCC State Partner. They are Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Wyoming, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Yukon. Of the states with State Partners, those with openings for Associate State Partners are: Kansas, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York.
Please note: Even if your state has Associate State Partners, consider applying to join that list. There is no limit to the number of Associate State Partners, and NOHVCC’s goal is to have representatives in each state and province from all types of OHVs.
For a complete list of the responsibilities, qualifications and benefits of becoming a NOHVCC State Partner or Associate State Partner, go to this page of the NOHVCC web site: http://www.nohvcc.org/About/partners.aspx.
To receive an application to become a State Partner or Associate State Partner, contact NOHVCC by sending an email to [email protected], calling 800-348-6487, or writing to NOHVCC, 427 Central Ave West, Great Falls, MT 59404.
To identify and contact the current NOHVCC State Partner and Associate State Partners in your State, go to http://www.nohvcc.org/Contacts/PartnerContact.aspx.