Southern Jeeps adds a new Lifetime Member!

Lucas Weidner was given the most recent Lifetime Membership to Southern Jeeps Club for all his hard work. He is the Membership Director, He does all the SJ Forum Updates, He does all the SJ Facebook page updates and he drives the wheels off of his jeep on some of the hardest trails around.

Lucas joins the ranks of Milt Webb, Steve Crawford, Ray Stanley and Chris Orr, our previously recognized Lifetime Members.

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Congrats to Chris Orr!

Congrats to Chris Orr on his win in the SFWDA Trailfest pic and video submission contest! He took the win and will get free registration for next year’s event and an SFWDA T-Shirt!

Heres the video!

Congrats and great work Chris!

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Trailfest 2014 Recap

Southern Jeeps has been too busy wheeling lately to update our page or blogs!

We’ve had a busy spring with a Polar Bear Run in February at Adventure OffRoad Park in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee.  We followed that with repairs and upgrades and then opened the Spring with Southern Four Wheel Drive Association’s Trailfest at AOP the first weekend of May.  
We had a great time and perfect weather!  The weekend got off to a start Thursday with set-up of the SFWDA booth at the park, and we were up early Friday to man the Tech Inspection station till Noon, welcoming all comers and making sure they were setup for a fun, safe weekend!  When we hit the trials Friday we were immediately met with carnage when Chris Fish broke the sector shaft off of his steering box.

We rigged together a couple hi-lift jacks to make an improvised a tow bar that enabled us to pull him back to the trail head. Incidents like this are what makes SJ the best club in the South. We all worked together to come up with a solution and make sure everyone made it out of the woods in one piece!

Once that was sorted out, we ran trails 41 and 62, had some dinner, took a little night cruise and then called it a day.

Saturday started off with many of us tagging along for a great new SFWDA Tradition, the Ladies Ride.  This was a lot of fun as we got a good tour of the park and an opportunity to scout new trails.  We ended that in time to catch some of the hill killing on the Bounty Hill.  After lunch we played on AOP’s obstacle course a bit then rode the trails a bit more.  Saturday ended at the pavilion with the raffle, presentations and finally we headed back to the hotel for a little unwinding with the SJ Family.

Overall this was an amazing weekend spent with good friends doing what we love in the great outdoors!

We hope to see you at our next event, Cook N Camp scheduled for July 25-27 at AOP.

Also, be sure to see the video Chris Orr put together here!

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SJ has a new Facebook Page

We’re finally getting with the times and migrating from our old Facebook ‘Group’ to a shiny new Facebook ‘Page’.

This will let us better manage our content, make it easier for interested folks to subscribe, and is all around ‘better’.

We hope you’ll join us there!

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Trailfest 2014 is coming!

Southern Jeeps hopes to see you at SFWDA’s TrailFest, May 2-4 at Adventure OffRoad Park in South Pittsburgh Tennessee!

You can register here !

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An important note on Tellico from SFWDA

Hope everyone can take a moment to read this important note from the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association on Tellico.

For those of you who dont know, SFWDA has lead the fight in land use and preservation of our rights to use and recreate on the Tellico OHV System in partnership with BRC and UFWDA. Please read the article below, and if you are able, contribute to the cause!

thanks,
Lucas

The fight for Tellico is not over by any stretch…

If ever there were a fight for public lands access, Tellico has certainly been that fight. What the Forest Service did in choosing to close Tellico was wrong, and the partner groups, SFWDA, BRC, and UFWDA, are holding them accountable for that decision. We will not and cannot abandon this fight. Tellico is important, not only as a trail system, but also to put a marker down for the Agency to understand that closure is the LAST OPTION for ongoing management FOR recreational access. If the administrative decision at Tellico is allowed to stand, where is the next place they will just decide to close without legitimate management?

We know that information on the Tellico battle has been sparse and we apologize for that. In today’s world of rapid communications, we hope you understand that strategy is a challenging thing to keep from your adversaries. But that certainly doesn’t mean we haven’t been diligent in the battle.

In this process, we meticulously exhausted every option throughout the administrative process, including appeals. In the end, it was to no avail. The Forest Service did not listen. Unfortunately, the partnership had no other option but to choose the route of legal action and, along with it, the challenging process of working through the court system. Throughout the legal process, we have continued our efforts to explore every legal avenue in an attempt to come to some amenable resolution with the Forest Service for the Trail System at Tellico—again to no avail.

The groups have decided that “enough is enough” and have now formally requested to put the issue in front of a judge to decide. As it stands now, all the briefs have been filed and we are awaiting our day in court this spring.

Not counting the twenty year history of working with the Forest Service with thousands of volunteer hours, the fight for Tellico has been long and arduous. Commendably demonstrating their resolve in Tellico, to date Southern Four Wheel Drive Association’s Rescue Tellico Fund alone has received $56,883.80 in support contributions and spent nearly $132,000.00 in professional and legal fees in the fight for Tellico, with over $75,000.00 coming from Southern’s normal income and cash reserves to make up the difference.

As we said, the fight is NOT over and our day in court is finally on the horizon. Win or lose in court, we expect there will be an appeal. We have come so far. Please help us push this fight to the finish with a generous donation to the Rescue Tellico Fund at: http://www.sfwda.org/reopen-tellico/

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March Social Gathering

SJ’s March get-together will happen at Caffeine and Octane, Sunday March 4th from 8-11AM. The event takes place on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta, just west of GA 400.

All of the event details are here.

Hope to see you there!

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January Meeting

The January meeting will be held at SmokeJack BBQ on Saturday, January 7th at 11:00 am. The address for SmokeJack is 29 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30004.

Here is a link to the location on Google maps. http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=t&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLD_en___US258&q=smoke+jack+alpharetta

Please park in the back parking lot and enter the restaurant from the back patio. To get to the back parking lot from HWY 9, turn by the Marathon gas station sign. As you enter the building from the back patio, the meeting room will be to your right and up the stairs.

Board member elections will be held at this meeting as well as discussing the new focus and direction for the club in 2012. Please make plans to attend.

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New website

We have a new website! The content is basically the same as before, but the new site will be easier to manage and maintain. This means we’ll be able to update the information more often.

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