Want to Ride an OHV in Massachusetts?

There is an unprecedented opportunity in Massachusetts right now. The State has created an Off-Highway Vehicle Coordinator position. The OHV Coordinator is working to improve, open, and reopen riding areas in the State, but he needs your help.

Grass roots advocacy and involvement is needed to support the OHV Coordinator. To this end, a workshop to help riders create clubs or associations has been created. The workshop is broken into 3 segments. Each segment has specific information for club or association formation. They also contain information that all clubs, including existing clubs, can use that focus on specific content.

UP! Outside, in conjunction with the Executive Office of Energy and Environment Affairs has created and will be delivering these workshops throughout the State and via webinars.


Topics related to club or association formation include:

  • Creating by-laws and articles of incorporation
  • Filing with the Secretary of State
  • Non-profit vs tax-exempt organizations
  • Insurance and liability for clubs
  • Filing taxes

Additional information for clubs includes:

  • Club CPR
  • Benefits of clubs
  • Developing partnerships
  • Working with agency personnel
  • Advocacy 101
  • The process of creating trails in the State

Open Houses:

During the open houses, we will be discussing the current state of OHV riding in Massachusetts, the vision of what we hope the future is like, the work that has been accomplished to-date, and what riders can do to help move us forward to more OHV riding in the State. Scott Morrill, the Massachusetts OHV Coordinator will be at all open houses and will be part of the discussion. He will also be available to answer questions.

Open House One


Details:

Date
November 12, 2019
Day
Tuesday
Time
6:00 – 7:30pm
Loc.
Motorsports International
444 Washington St
Auburn, MA

Open House Two


Details:

Date
November 13, 2019
Day
Wednesday
Time
6:00 – 7:30pm
Loc.
South Side Sales
546 Curran Highway
North Adams, MA

Open House Three


Details:

Date
November 14, 2019
Day
Thursday
Time
6:00 – 7:30pm
Loc.
Plymouth County Powersports
3 Abbey Ln Unit 2
Middleborough, MA

Club Develoment Workshops:

The above open houses will be followed up by a series of 2 workshops to help riders form clubs, the basic unit that governments can work with for riding opportunites. The workshops will also include information regarding how to help Scott provide more OHV riding in Massachusetts. Each workshop is held twice, once in the western part of the state and one in the eastern part of the state. Dates, times and locations are below.

Workshop 1:

Tuesday :: January 28, 2020 :: West


Details:

Date
January 28, 2020
Day
Tuesday
Time
6:00 – 7:30pm
Location
Motorsports International
444 Washington Street
Auburn, MA 01501
508-832-3690

Register

Wednesday :: January 29, 2020 :: East


Details:

Date
January 29, 2020
Day
Wednesday
Time
6:00 – 7:30pm
Location
Plymouth County Powersports
3 Abbey Ln Unit 2
Middleborough, MA
508-947-0190

Register

Workshop 2:

Tuesday :: March 24, 2020 :: West


Details:

Date
March 24, 2020
Day
Tuesday
Time
6:00 – 7:30pm
Location
Motorsports International
444 Washington Street
Auburn, MA 01501
508-832-3690

Register

Wednesday :: March 25, 2020 :: East


Details:

Date
March 25, 2020
Day
Wednesday
Time
6:00 – 7:30pm
Location
Plymouth County Powersports
3 Abbey Ln Unit 2
Middleborough, MA
508-947-0190

Register

Plan to attend both workshops to get the best start for your new club. Additional afternoon workshops may be added on demand.

There is no cost to attend the workshops, but space is limited so advanced registration is required. There will be no meals provided.

After the open houses, the workshops will focus on helping you get organized and educated to help the OHV Coordinator expand riding opportunities in Massachusetts. There will be a series of 2 workshops which will include information on:

  • Building blocks of club formation
  • By-laws and articles of incorporation
  • Setting up board and officer positions
  • Creating a non-profit corporation
  • Tax exempt organizations
  • Financial reporting, and fundraising
  • Advocacy 101
  • Process of creating trails in the State

The workshops will be both lecture and hands on to help you create some of the documents necessary for organization. We hope to see you there.

Additional Assistance

In addition to the workshops, the program will allow for, upon application, individual consulting time with UP! Outside via conference calls or video calls.

For more information, or questions, please contact:
Karen Umphress
UP! Outside
612-965-8619
karen@upoutside.com