Friday, November 19, 2010

BRC Founder Clark Collins Honored Tonight at AMA Hall of Fame

Clark (left) and Don (right) on Idaho Trail

The General will be leaving HQ today to fly down to Vegas to honor the founder of the BlueRibbon Coalition, Clark Collins. As some of you know, Clark is being inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame tonight and it is an award that is richly deserved.

TG joined BRC in 1990, just 3 years after it was founded in Clark’s garage in 1987. What started as basically a one-man show has ended up as the most effective national grassroots motorized advocacy group in the country.

I remember one of Clark’s stories (he has many!) about what prompted him to start BRC. It was when the then governor of Idaho told him at a land-use meeting that off-roaders were politically insignificant.

The HQ believes that the OHV community has become stronger over the last 23 years and is no longer taken for granted in the political process (remember that all land-use decisions are political).

The one thing Clark taught me was to never give up. I remember his words almost every day when riders ask me why I am still so optimistic. I tell riders that at the end-of-the-day we really don’t have any other option. To give up is not in the cards. Being an effective leader means conveying a positive attitude and strategy to the troops.

OHV still has a long way to go and HQ looks forward to helping us become even a stronger and more effective voice for responsible OHV recreation on public and private lands.

If you want to honor Clark today, please go online and join BRC and/or make a donation. Feel free to type in “AMA Hall of Fame” in the “contribution instruction” space.


Thanks to Clark and YOU for your service!

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