2020 IOHVA Annual Meeting Recap

Good day all,

This year’s annual meeting was a success and was put on at a great location…despite the snow. The Wa-no-ki Lodge was beautiful and worked excellent for this meeting. We had around 30 attendees even with the scary cold and blowing snow we had all weekend leading up to that point. We started a bit late to help let people get in and were done around the 3 PM mark. And of course we can’t forget the lunch provided by the super generous Struthers Brothers dealership down in Des Moines. With the dealer support on things like that luncheon as well as the dozens of door prizes, these meetings would be all about hearing me babble, a few stellar presenters, and not so much hearing your number called to win a great door prize and eat the free pizza a generous dealer gave. We again thank ALL of the dealers in Iowa and especially those who help make these events even better.

We started the morning with the usual recap of the 2019 events and some business for the association. As we all know, 2019 was not a good year for riding due to the monsoon season that lasted 97% of the Spring and Summer. This of course cancelled a handful of things including the planned workday/quarterly at Riverview in Waterloo, diminished numbers for riders at an open house event/ride at Hiklin Powersports, and even cancelled last year’s Legislative Breakfast at the Capitol due to snow. It just wasn’t a great year for riding and we sure hope things happen much more as planned this go around. We DID however hold the two Thank You for Your Service rides in June and September despite the rain that fell halfway through each of the perspective days. Luckily it was near lunch time so we were able to hang around the cafeteria and take lunch while mother nature did her thing. What better place to be rained into?? Look for more info on this years ride at the Veteran’s home below.

The next topic of the meeting was Federal Recreational Trail grants and how we once again served on the review board for those. I filled in for Dan Kleen this year and was more than willing to do so. It really is great to see the growth in any outdoor recreation in Iowa and of course more so us motorized sports. This year there was around 20 grants submitted for all sorts of trails and connectors around Iowa with a total ask for around $7.2 million dollars. Unfortunately the budget for FRT grants was the usual $1.3 million so it was quite competitive to secure funding. We in the motorized side are guaranteed at least 30% of that $1.3 so our grant to build 5 new bridges within Bluff Creek was easily approved. That project will be some time out, but will help possibly get that park open to side by sides in the near future (want to ride there with us THIS year?? Stay tuned).

Our next item was awards. This year we recognized SEVERAL folks in the Fort Dodge area including Matt Cosgrove from Webster County Conservation, Dennis Plautz from Webster County Improvement, Kerrie Kuiper from the Fort Dodge Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, as well as the Webster County Conservation Board and Webster County Improvement as a whole. Without their continued support the Gypsum City OHV park would not be what it is today, or will be tomorrow. We again thank them all for their tremendous amount of dedication and support for our sport.

Our next item was elections. All IOHVA board positions serve a 2-year term and this year we had three of our regional director positions up for grabs. We only seen one change with these three spots. Harvey Austin maintains his regional position and is in the Mason City area, Jarad Whitlatch retains his seat and is based in the Pella area, and we now welcome Scott Leuer from the Sioux City area who replaces Brad Murphy from Des Moines. We thank Brad for all of his efforts through the years and look forward to seeing him at events in the future. If you want to find out what these positions entail and how you can get involved in the future, reach out to any of us on the IOHVA board and we would be glad to help you learn more.

One of our biggest things we do at this event is set up rides and events for the year ahead. We always take input from members to see what works best for the group and have compiled the list below. NOTE the first quarterly meeting happening in April… We talked with the folks from Bluff Creek that day and will have a MEMBERS ONLY opportunity for those who own side by sides to be able to ride at Bluff Creek OHV park well before it’s opened to the public to do so. This is our chance to show how these machines can handle that park and ride responsibly. We will have more details on that event specifically real soon.

  • April 25th- IOHVA quarterly meeting and ride at Bluff Creek OHV park near Oskaloosa Iowa. SPECIAL circumstances allowing SxSs for paid members only
  • June 27th- Thank You for Your Service ride at the Iowa Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown (info flyer being created)
  • July 25th- IOHVA quarterly meeting and ride at Lakeview OHV park near Ely Iowa. The club will have their newly constructed building and SMELL-FREE bathrooms open to show just what the FRT funds can do for our parks
  • August 19th-22nd- NOHVCC Annual Conference in Knoxville Tennessee (info here- NOHVCC 2020 Annual Conference)
  • September 12th- The 2nd Thank You for Your Service Ride at the Iowa Veteran’s home
  • October 10th- IOHVA quarterly meeting and ride at Gypsum City OHV park in Fort Dodge (possible night ride)

After our morning business we heard form the Iowa DNR on the status of the program as well as the upcoming rules input for various changes we have been working with them on. Thanks to Rhonda Fowler for her presentation and her continued efforts to work with the best interests of riders in mind. We then heard from the Gypsum City folks and Tasha Nielsen the tail technician there at the park. If you’d like to see that presentation, click HERE. We thank Tasha and Matt Cosgrove for their time and putting together a great presentation. Towards the end of the day we heard from Steve Eliasen form the Big Snow Resort in the UP of Michigan. Steve shared a lot of info about their resort including some maps and videos of riding in the area. Steve also mentioned some special MEMBERS ONLY rates for those wanting to head there and see all the great things the resort offers not to mention the hundreds of miles of trails that lead out off of their property. If you want info on those rates, reach out to us and we can help you secure some amazingly low prices on their place.

Lastly, we heard from Jack Randleman from Randleman Designs/Moto 76 co. Jack approached us a few months back about a plan to create and sell shirts that would in turn promote the Iowa parks and possibly generate some extra funds for them. We did have many discussions on how to best collect then distribute those funds and in the end it was decided we would instead just sell the shirts at a lesser rate and work more towards promoting the parks as a whole. With a cheaper shirt they would sell more and show off the parks and websites to get riders to them. We worked with the Iowa Motorcycle Dealers Association (IMDA) and will also have shirts for sale inside several dealers across the state at the same low price ($15). This gets people in the doors there and helps out those very dealers who help the sport as a whole here in Iowa. Look for those to be on shelves real soon at your favorite IMDA member dealer. We DO offer them for sale on Jack’s website (MOTO76co) if    you cannot wait, but there is a shipping fee. Either way we want these to be worn all over the state and lets keep building on the parks and the program here in Iowa. We thank Jack for his amazing idea and even more amazing artwork on these. If you are looking for designs for work or play, reach out to Jack because he has some killer designs already in use all across the US and even in areas like Japan for vintage motorcycle events and collectors.

I think that is plenty of reading for one day yes?? I thank you for your interest and again offer to please reach out to the IOHVA if we can help you with any questions or concerns.


Justin Rath, President IOHVA


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