SFWDA - Official 2015 Newsletter

Southern Four Wheel Drive
December 2015 Newsletter


 Happy Holidays From Southern!

Here at Southern we hope that this holiday season is treating you well. As I mentioned in last month's newsletter, Christmas is upon us. That means its time to find a tree, decorate it and wait patiently for some fat man to show up and give you gifts. Well, maybe just for the kids. If you haven't been good and your "Elf on the Shelf" knows it you can always go with plan B. Buy your own.

Black Friday rolled around and there wasn't too much hubbub. There's also been Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Did you check out the Southern deal on shirts? If not, don't worry there's still plenty left to shove in a stocking or two. Memberships are cool too. Just sayin'. You can also visit the Southern Business Members and use your membership to the fullest by receiving discounts on gifts this year.

Besides all that we need to remember one thing that really impacts all of us. Especially this year when so many people out there are going without. Yes, you're right. It's the massive El Nino front pushing through the US. This behemoth is one of the largest in 18 years and could totally ruin everyone's chances of a white Christmas. Even in places like BFE Minnesota they're talking like it won't happen. Yeah thanks Mother Nature. Remind me to go outside and leave a present for you. No snow wheeling for Tiny Tim. And to think he just got his suspension back under him.  

Lastly, let's not forget about the last Southern event of the year and that's the 2015 SFWDA Leadership Council Meeting & Webinar. It's happening on December 5th at 9 am. If you're in Oak Ridge you can also hit the Double Tree for some live action. We want everyone to participate and join in. Even online! You can ask questions and even vote from the comfort of your own home. Don't miss this chance for your voice to be heard during some important planning sessions. 

Jokes aside, I hope everyone out there in the Southern family has a wonderful holiday season. Stay safe and keep it rubber side down. We want you back in 2016. We've got a lot more in store for everyone.  

- Editorial Written by Nick McCracken, North Carolina

Southern Jeeps Checks It Out

Recently, the guys and gals from Southern Jeeps rolled into Windrock for a fun trip of riding and camaraderie. Here they are discussing the November SFWDA Newsletter under the pavilion that the Rock Solids Jeep Club constructed. Nice work Rock Solid. Many thanks!

Major Lulz This Winter
I don't know if anyone is paying attention on the internet but there have been some fantastic memes floating around this year and lots of laughs. There have been many car & truck tips to help motorists through the cold and ice. Allow me to share a few for our mutual benefit and much needed laughs.

I hate to even think I need to say this but DO NOT try this at home!

SFWDA Fall Meet & Ride!


Beautiful weather, great people, great turnout! We graciously thank the whole Warner Robbins Jeep Club for all their effort hosting this successful event. We filled a trailer full of toys for the tots and helped support a local OHV park, all while having a GREAT time! Be sure to join us at the next Meet and Ride.

From Oscar Indreland ; President of Warner Robbins Jeep Club :
"On behalf of the Warner Robins Jeep Club it truly was our pleasure to be apart of this. Seems everyone had a great time. Few broken parts here and there but that's part of the game. We ended up with nearly 100 vehicles and almost double that in people. The WRJC had a blast and we hope everyone else did too."

2015 SFWDA Annual Leadership Council Meeting & Webinar

  Join us for our end of year meeting where we wrap up 2015 and discuss
Everyone is invited. Whether your a life long member or just now heard of us, you are all welcome to join us at this important meeting. We'll meet at the Doubletree Hotel conference room for our 9am meeting to cover all current events, budget & financials, web and Social growth, grant developments, current land use matters, plans for 2016, future events, 2016-2017 elections, and even a couple of special call in guests. There are several important positions open. If you or anyone you know of might be interested pleasecontact us. 
 Interactive, This will be an interactive event which all attendees can ask questions both in person and through the online chat box inside of the webinar.  We will also take votes online from attendees for our BOD elections who will be verified as active eligible members.
Discount Rooms, Special room rates have been arranged and everyone is invited. We will cover allot of topics, conduct 2016-2017 elections, and more. We even have a couple of special call in guests from UFWDA, and Blue Ribbon Coalition. Don't miss out. 
2014 meeting photo
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Online Meeting Sync, If you can't attend this important meeting in person you can still participate, webinar logo linkregister for the 2015 SFWDA Leadership Council Webinar at attend the meeting from the comfort of your home on any computer, laptop, Ipad, tablet, or Smart Phone. No special equipment if needed to listen and vote, just an internet connection.  

2016 Premium Membership Gear Has Arrived

 We are now at almost 100 new Premium Members with the inaugural year of this new concept barely behind us! Thank you to each of our premium Members!

 Want to show more support for SFWDA? Become a PREMIUM Member today and wear your support everywhere you go! This is one more way to help support our journey. Designed for the individual who wants to give and receive a little more.

The PREMIUM Members only gear package is the way to go.

  • $50 per Year Renewable on Application Date
  • All the same benefits of Basic Membership
  • Direct participation with your association through the SFWDA Leadership Council; and all communications and updates from the SFWDA Leadership Council and Board of Directors
  • SFWDA "Members Only" branded merchandise package (T-Shirt, Hat, & Sticker & free delivery)

Don't Buy From REI

A message from Del Albright with the Blue Ribbon Coalition:

I'll come right out and say it, Do Not Buy from REI as you shop this holiday season. They oppose motorized recreation for all intents and purposes, and they advocate openly for more closures and unnecessary Wilderness. They support ONLY muscle-power recreation. Period. They have given millions in grants to groups and causes that are not motor friendly. So just don't buy from REI. There are many alternatives for outdoor goodies, such as my favorite, Cabelas, or Bass Pro, or Sportsman's Warehouse.

Don't Buy From REI....please.

Feeling the Love From FourWheeler...Dixie Run

Recently, the good folks at Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-road decided to give a little love to the Dixie Run. They tagged along at this year's Run and wrote an article to let everyone know what a great Southern tradition it has become. Here's a small snippet of the article below. Follow the link at the end to read the whole thing online while also checking out some sweet pics.

For the last 29 years, the Dixie Run has been a southern tradition, hosted by the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association. Originally held in the legendary mountains of Tellico, North Carolina, the Dixie Run now resides at Golden Mountain Off-Road Park, which boasts over 500 acres of trails in Sparta, Tennessee. The event is packed with guided trail rides, vendors, an RC crawler competition, a timed rock race, and of course open trail riding...
(Read On Here)

All Premium Members and Attendees of our 2015 Annual Meeting will be entered into a raffle to win some brand new Yeti, and SFWDA brand merchandise!

All active 2015-2016 Premium SFWDA Members have an opportunity to win a brand new Yeti Roadie 20 quart cooler that's just the right size to hold all you need for the weekend yet fit in every size rig. Also, all meeting attendees at the conference hotel have an opportunity to win a couple of Yeti Rambler Colster thermal drink holders along with some all new SFWDA brand shirts and hats.

(Not yet a Premium Member, no problem. Enroll or Upgrade before December 5th for just $50 and enter to win this exclusive cooler valued at $250.)

Real World 4x4 Rolls On

Check out the latest video from the guys at Real World 4x4. We hope you checked out last month's installment. Now catch up on the latest. Tie rods are important, mkay.

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