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

The First and Second workshop segments are currently being offered as webinars

Workshop Segment One :: Webinar


Details:

Date
February 28, 2019
Day
Thursday
Time
5:30 – 8:30pm
Location
Online Webinar

Pre-registration is required to obtain the link for the webinars.

Register

Workshop Segment Two :: Webinar


Details:

Date
March 4, 2019 or March 7, 2019
Day
Monday or Thursday
Time
5:30 – 8:30pm
Location
Online Webinar

Pre-registration is required to obtain the link for the webinars.

Register

The Third workshop segment is being offered on two different days and locations:

Monday :: March 11, 2019 :: West


Details:

Date
March 11, 2019
Day
Monday
Time
5:30 – 8:30pm
Location
Motorsports International
444 Washington Street
Auburn, MA 01501
508-832-3690

Register

Tuesday :: March 12, 2019 :: East


Details:

Date
March 12, 2019
Day
Tuesday
Time
6:00 – 9:00pm
NEW Location
Elks Lodge
24 High Street
Middleborough, MA 02346
508-947-0190

Register

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

The entire workshop series consists of 3 segments:

  • The first workshop segment will cover the building blocks of club formation including topics such as importance of clubs, creating official documents such as by-laws and articles of incorporation, setting up board and officer positions, executive committees, creating a non-profit corporation, etc. The workshops are anticipated to last approximately 3.5 hours. There will be a mixture of lecture and hands-on activities.
  • The second segment will focus on the difference between a non-profit organization and a tax exempt organizations, types of tax-exempt organizations, requirements for 501c(3) versus other 501c(x) organizations, financial reporting, and fundraising.
  • The third segment will include information on State and Federal taxes, forms involved, pros and cons of filing on your own or seeking the aid of a tax consultant; advocacy 101, and the process of creating trails in the State.

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.

This workshop series will be repeated in the 2020 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.

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