Hi George, yes, that is great advice and a sound plan for increasing membership. If every single member of every single club or association spreads the word and gets one or two members to join, our numbers will increase exponentially. In so many cases, as Carla has pointed out, folks not joining clubs, associations or UFWDA has much to do with not knowing versus not wanting or needing the 4WD community. As you state, new people who join are just as excited today as we were 'back in the day' whenever that day was. And yes, they too are looking for guidance and "need us" so to speak.
But let's not forget, we need them too. As land closures, trail closures, forest certifications and other issues get more complicated and confusing, it becomes more and more critical for our numbers to grow. The more people we educate and involve in our sport, the more people we have involved, paying attention and helping make a difference for our side. The more we _all_ know the better our chances for keeping our trails open - not just for ourselves - but for our kids and grandkids too.
One final thought - this Christmas I gave the gift of UFWDA membership to a friend just starting out. Another way to introduce new folks to UFWDA and all that we have to offer.
Thanks for the great post George and all the good work in Indiana Four Wheel Drive Association. Happy New Year and Happy Trails!
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