Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Magical Words of a Volunteer

"What can I do to help?"  Undoubtedly, in the volunteer world, the most magical and important words you can ever speak.  Heck, in about any situation, even married life, these are magical words that can change the world you live in.  But for volunteer projects, leaders and workers don't always ASK for help.  It has to do with saving face; or not wanting to be a bother; or being afraid to be too pushy; or thinking that someone else should read their mind and do something; or whatever.

So the solution is to pose the question: "What can I do to help?"

When you see someone struggling with a task or project; ask.  When you notice you're not being very productive because someone didn't really give you a job; ask.  When you know someone is behind the 8-ball; ask;  When you can tell someone is way behind on their schedule; ask.   Just put this magic to work -- ASK; "What can I do to help?"


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jail-Break video; Keeping Public Lands Public

Four Top Tips for Keeping Public Lands Open to All -- the JAIL-BREAK.
Video By Del Albright and BlueRibbon Coalition.

Join or donate to BRC here: https://www.sharetrails.org/support/join-or-contribute

Please feel free to pass this around.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Del Albright Training Workshop VLLS Announcement


Feb. 27 – Mar.1st, 2015, Sacramento area, CA

Presented by BFGoodrich Tires and Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge
Sponsors include Poly Performance, Synergy Manufacturing, Raceline Wheels, Poison Spyder Customs
and the CA4WDC Conservation & Education Foundation (so far)
With a special dinner provided by MetalCloak

(September 14, 2014). The one-of-a-kind hands-on landuse and leadership boot camp, Volunteer Leader & Land Stewardship (VLLS) Workshop is scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 28th, 2015, developed and presented by Del Albright. Student applications are available now to get your name in the hat early for limited seating.  Apply even if you aren’t sure you can make it, but want to be kept in the list of available seats.  35 students are expected to attend this workshop.

VLLS 2015 is going to be the revival of volunteer training that started in 2004 to develop more leaders in volunteer organizations/clubs fighting for landuse, trails and access to public lands. This will be workshop #5 since the course started as the follow-up, hands-on portion of online training, Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC at www.rltc.biz).

LEARN: There is no other training like this in the country!  Learn tips and tricks galore in landuse, leadership, and supervision, including:
·         team-building
·         how to supervise and nurture volunteers
·         how not to burnout
·         tips for dealing with politicians and bureaucrats
·         trail maintenance and water issues
·         land stewardship concepts
·         how to run better meetings
·         secrets to public speaking
·         letter writing
·         event organization
·         how to inspire and motivate others
·         and much, much more

DETAILS: Check in will be Thursday night (2/26); Graduation will be Sunday afternoon (3/1). Students must commit to full weekend in the classroom, starting Thursday night and ending Sunday mid-afternoon. Lodging is provided as part of the training package. Local students may make special arrangements for other lodging or home lodging if critically necessary.

NO COST: Course is (mostly) free to students (including lodging); some meals and individual travel arrangements will need to be provided by students; but all training material, lodging, training facilities will be covered by business and organizational partners/sponsors.

TOPICS: More on subject matter here: http://www.rltc.biz/vlls.  VLLS was written and developed by Del Albright as an extension of the online (via email) Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC) developed by Del to teach volunteers how to inspire, motivate and facilitate others in keeping trails open, our sports alive, and our public lands available to all.

SPONSORS:  Sponsors make this course possible.  They believe enough in keeping trails open and our sports alive that they are willing to invest substantially in giving you an opportunity to elevate your effectiveness in landuse and leadership.
The premier partners presenting this workshop are BFGoodrich Tires and Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge.  Other sponsors include Poly Performance, Synergy Manufacturing, Raceline Wheels, Poison Spyder Customs, MetalCloak, and the CA4WDC  Conservation & Education Foundation.  Please pay them a visit and THANK them for supporting landuse and leadership training for our future. 

APPLY NOW!: Student Application here:  http://www.delalbright.com/RLTC/vlls_student_application.doc

Del Albright
RLTC/VLLS Course Developer and Leadership Trainer
2014 Inductee, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (www.ormhof.org)

RLTC/VLLS Website: www.rltc.biz

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Leadership and Landuse Training -- Online Special Offer

2-Week Only Special Offer on RLTC

Cheapest deal ever offered for leadership and volunteer training course

Are you losing volunteers in your group or club?  Is burnout setting in with you or others you know in off-road recreational efforts?  Do you see volunteerism falling off in your endeavors?  I offer you a chance to help fix that....

I am offering the online training course RLTC -- Recreational Leadership Training Course -- at a hugely discounted price from now until August 7th (two week deal) in order to help build up our cadre of volunteer leaders who want to help keep outdoor sports alive and well, and backcountry trails open.

Normal retail is $150; group deals $75; THIS OFFER is $45 for TWO WEEKS only. Sign up now (or by August 7th) and get this 10-Module Course that you can do in your spare time, at your own pace.

You can sign up NOW and PAY LATER.  Get started on changing the way volunteerism is working for you and your club.

The course covers:

Communication SkillsEvent and Club OrganizationalBenefiting from Social Networks Trail Rides and ConvoysVisualization and Planning of Events and ActivitiesBasic Volunteer Supervision and Nurturing TechniquesLeadership of VolunteersMembership DevelopmentLanduse Science and DefinitionsDealing with BureaucracyStrategic PlanningPublic SpeakingRunning Better Meetings

and more...

Read testimonials here: http://www.rltc.biz/home/testimonials
Read more about the course here:  http://www.rltc.biz

SIGN UP by sending an email to me (mailto:del@delalbright.com) and say "sign me up for RLTC deal."
Pay later.

And if you want to take a TEST (sample) module first, just say so in your email.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pledge Your Patriotism and Join Up!

Take the pledge of a patriot and join or renew in BRC because our freedoms depend on it!  

National issues are heating up; elections are looming; closure attempts still persist; and we are not as united as we could be.  BRC is the first step answer to STOPPING the assaults on our freedoms -- the freedom to recreate outdoors; the freedom to enjoy responsible access to recreation; and the freedom to take young people outside where they can learn about this country!



Just like our forefathers did.  BRC pledges back to continue to champion your rights to responsible access to outdoor recreation.

And don't forget your state, regional and other sport-specific organizations.  It's about all our voices being heard.  Join (or renew) now!  You're needed now more than ever.

A fellow patriot,
Del Albright

Monday, June 16, 2014

Buy Bad; and Park Your Junk?

Love the one you’re with and let the others you’re not with know why!

By Del & Stacie Albright

If you buy off-road parts from a company that does not support landuse, trails, raffles or off-road organizations, you are buying “bad” and you might as well go green and park your junk!  I’m not being harsh here; I’m being real.  I’ve been off-roading for 50 years and working in landuse for 30. We’ve come far enough in the landuse world that EVERY club, business, group, virtual club, whatever, knows we are losing trails to enviro-exclusionary elitists and we have to fight back!  Companies not on the landuse team in some way (commensurate with their size) and merely making money from our love of our sports need to be brought to justice – the justice of our pocket books.

If you are buying from outfits merely because they’re cheap and not checking to see if they support landuse, you might as well give a similar amount of money to the Sierra Club or other anti-access groups trying EVERY DAY to shut us down.   It’s that simple.
Famous Red Jeep parked in garage....

So what can we  do to make sure we ARE buying from outfits that are in the game.  Here’s the simple process:
  1. Ask them if and how they support landuse.
  2. Find out what events they show up at and if they are donating to the event raffle --- that raffle hopefully supports landuse in some way and not just some warm and fuzzy cause solely.
  3. Look at their website to see what links they offer in the landuse world (United 4WDA, BlueRibbon Coalition, state organizations, AMA, ASA, etc.); and…
  4. Check out your state association and regional off-road groups to see what businesses THEY claim as members and supporters (on their website and in their newsletter where some list levels of sponsorship even).

Now let’s say you really love a company but they failed on all the above checks….just get in touch and give them a chance to “convert” to supporting pro-access efforts.   Get a few buddies to jump in with you.  Be fair.  If they don’t covert, STOP buying from them and let them know why.  You will be helping  to SAVE our sports and keep our trails open by doing that.

On the other hand, let’s say you buy from an outfit that is ALWAYS showing up with product donations to raffles, giving to landuse organizations, supporting the cause of access on their website and in their newsletters…..GIVE THEM A HUG – publicly!  Say so on forums when it’s appropriate.  Let your buddies know about the “good guys.” Be outspoken why YOU buy from the businesses who support keeping our trails open.  This has to go two ways  -- love the one you’re with and let the others you’re not with know WHY!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Tribute to Mark Smith, Rubicon Trail -- Jeep Jamboree Fame

Mark A. Smith passed away yesterday and we mourn his loss.  Founder of the Jeepers Jamboree and Jeep Jamboree, Inc,; creator of rock crawling, adventurer who crossed the Darian Gap in a '76 CJ on 33's; donated and delivered by copter 90 bags of cement when FOTR built the Sluice Bypass and made it look "natural;" jump in to help Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR) get started and flourish from the very beginning; Inductee in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, and a man who leaves behind an incredible, lasting legacy that will never be forgotten.

A fun shot posted in February 2014 on Facebook with my take on the caption possibility.

The VERY first work party at the creation of Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR) with Mark Smith right there helping (pony tail alive and well).

Rest in peace Mark...you will live in in our hearts and minds.