Without a bunch of amazing people, Wrangler Riders would never of taken off. In this page, we thank our key players that led to the success of RL4WDA.
Legendary Leader Award 2018 Doug Richter - Doug has been a tremendous resource to Wisconsin 4X4 for 30+ years. From brushing and building trails, to going to meetings, to teaching new riders, Doug is passionate about furthering the recreation. His lifelong dedication to the wheeling earned him our highest honor.
Regional Directors Award 2018 Regan O'Neill - Regan has managed much of our Wisconsin efforts throughout 2017 and 2018. An amazing guide, program director, coordinator, mediator, and problem solver, Regan is a big reason why Wrangler Riders and the RL4WDA was able to keep going during the very tough early growth periods. Regan reaches out and coordinates with many other 4x4 groups, attends state and regional meetings, and helps behind the scenes on many projects. Regan and Connie opened their property to us, built trails, and invite total strangers into their home as if to say "welcome to the family". His passion to push his Jeep and his skill takes him to places we all learn from. Without Regan, RL4WDA would not have continued past the initial concept stage.
Master Trail Builder Award 2018 Dick Schmidt - Dick has been a monumental help with trail and communication development. He's volunteered his time and equipment to build much of the technical features at Camp Sinawa and the 1869 Homestead. Much of the things we crawl on in Southeastern Wisconsin are because of his efforts!
Master Trail Guide Award 2018 Peter Rohde - Pete has spent tireless hours guiding and building 4X4 trails for over 15 years. Without Pete, we wouldn't have been able to even host our first event. It was his dedication and determination that helped us with an early success. He's guided hundreds of our members over some of the most challenging trails.
Master Coordinator of Chaos 2018 Connie O'Neill - Connie was the heart of building Wrangler Riders / RL4WDA in 2018. From scheduling trips out west, to sometimes weekly rides, she went way above and beyond to help grow our group (and still does). Few have what it takes to do all the promotion and marketing on top of coordinating and management, Connie is one of those people.
Master Engineering Award 2018 Jeff Lohry - Jeff was out there coming up with solutions during our first trail builds. From keeping machinery running to coming up with unique ways to do things like dumping rocks over hills while sideways with a full trailer, the talent it takes to "Jeff" something is hard to do, but he finds a way. Always there, usually with a joke or comment to make folks smile, Jeff has been a major factor to helping new folks feel welcome.
Master Trail Guide Award 2018 Tom De Sombre - Tom is an amazing guide, a great instructor and amazing trail builder. You'll find Tom running in the coldest rides without doors, running equipment until dark, scouting trails between the thorns and kicking up wild cougars in the process. Toms love of Jeeping and mechanical knowledge has helped many drivers in our group. We've been very fortunate to have him lead groups as we continue to grow!
Premium members are the folks who help us achieve our 2018 foundation goals. While the founding members have helped with the startup phase, the Premium Members are assisting in further website development, online education software development, and public registration program development.
These folks donated a high dollar first-year entry into what was then just Wrangler Riders (a year later it became the Road Legal 4WD Association) to give us the seed money to launch a successful platform and events in Wisconsin. Many also have given the most physical efforts out of all of us. Back in 2017, we didn't know if anyone would even show up at our events. We saw a great need to host events that we friendly to folks who've never been on the trails before. These founders saw this vision and helped kick-start it all!
Founding Membership Benefits (from the subscription wording once found on the site): Founding membership is our VIP program. These members get special event pricing throughout the term of the membership as well as special stickers and promotions.
Founders signing up past the initial 2017 sunset must already be a member and the advisory board will have time to comment on allowing anyone new in. During this time the board will also determine if the founding member will be invited to the private advisory board community. This community is the sounding board for any changes within Wrangler Riders. The board may vote to end allowing new founders into the program. We're not sure how much longer this unique status will be available.
Upon expiring, Founding Members will get the limited edition badge on their profile as well as access to the exclusive founding member merchandise, awards and more. While the founding membership expires after one year, the badge and acknowledgments are permanent. Founders, while not a lifetime membership, will always be known as founders within the foundation.
Doug Richter - Doug has been wheeling for over 40 years. He helped start one of the oldest clubs in Wisconsin the Legendary Civilian Jeepers out of Manitowoc. They were also once the largest club in the state. Doug was also a major player in developing the Pipeline trail/road in northern WI. He's provided hours of industry insight that helped steer us in the right direction along with many hours of aiding us in trail development. Doug also actively supports the foundation with his business sponsorship.
Jeff Lohry - He signed up as a founder something like 5 minutes within us making the membership active. Jeff is a passionate leader in Wrangler Riders. From tireless hours spent making and improving trails to tons of laughs around the campfire, Jeff is an amazing guy! Jeff is the main reason the trails at Camp Sinawa are as nice as they are. His CJ did much of the heavy lifting in the beginning stages of trail reconstruction. Sinawa became a big success because of his hard work and dedication.
Peter Rohde - Pete literally made Wrangler Riders happen from the first event we held. It was Pete that saw our event on social media and then he called his riding buddies and BOOM, we had a full parking lot! Pete is a 15+ year veteran to wheeling and serves and helps with many clubs and associations. You'll likely catch him helping you as a trail guide and sharing stories around the campfire. he's been to nearly every event we've held in Wisconsin and is among the point leaders within the foundation.
Dan Smith - Dan has been a dedicated member and avid rider in Wrangler Riders. He's also helped with some of the backside website work.
Chad Balke - Chad has been to almost every event in Southeast Wisconsin and has been a huge help in the advisory community.
Candy Gabriels - Candy has provided great feedback and action at our annual meetings and is a big help with pictures and videos.
Adam Gabrielse- Adam helps admin the social media networks along with providing great feedback in our advisory community.
Brandon Begotka - Brandon and his family have given a load of support at our workdays and in the advisory group.
Bob E Duncan - Bob has been a great help on the site.
Jess Harden - Jessica has contributed major financial and database processing along with voluntary bookkeeping.
Ryan Harden - Daily operations director.
Tim Duenkel - Tim was a big help in getting Wrangler Riders off the ground. As president of WOHVA, he helped us promote our group and provided safety and educational training along with the rest of the WOHVA team. Tim also gives council via the advisory community.