Sunday, September 11, 2016

IT IS OK TO FIRE A VOLUNTEER

IF SOMEONE JUST CANNOT FIT IN; FIRE THEM!


By Del Albright

The purpose of this note is to reassure you that it is OK to fire a volunteer when all your efforts to help them fit in, or fix a behavioral issue are just not working out.

There is no law, or anything to stop you from firing a volunteer.

Now please do not get me wrong, our first choice should always be to give a person a chance.  But sometimes a volunteer just cannot meet simple expectations or objectives, and they cause more damage than any good they might do.  You are left with no choice but to fire them!

The worst thing you can do for your organization or group is to let a problem volunteer build negativism or destructive behavior that ruins any good you might be tying to accomplish. In volunteerism, good people will leave faster than you can imagine when a negative loud mouth starts taking unjustified pot shots at the leadership.

We all know that most of our volunteer efforts are driven by egos and personalities.  That is just the way of humankind.  But all volunteers should remember that our efforts need to be directed at the problems, and not usually at an individual.  In other words, name-calling and silliness in public places that cast dispersion and ruin a group are just unnecessary and should not be tolerated.  Fire them!

A good volunteer leader should always set expectations and objectives for being on the team or in the group.  When those are violated, you point it out to the person and help them find a way to get back on track.  However, if that is not possible, you just have to send them packing.  If you wait too long or let it fester, you will loose other good volunteers.

The key to good leadership has always been, in my thinking, setting expectations. Here is more on setting Expectations: http://delalbright.blogspot.com/2014/11/how-to-succeed-in-volunteerism-and.html

It is my hope you never have to fire a volunteer; but when and if you do, do it before they ruin your group or your efforts.
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

PACK IT OUT EVEN IF NOT YOURS

PICKING UP AFTER OTHERS IS JUST A NECESSARY EVIL


Some people have no manners and just do not get it.


By Del Albright


Keeping our backcountry open sometimes means getting our hands dirty -- even with other people's trash. It's ugly; it seems unnecessary; and it certainly isn't fair.  But as good stewards of our public lands, sometimes we just need to stop and clean up someone else's mess.

I think there must be a place where some inconsiderate people are born in a barn and raised by monkeys without manners or consideration of our great country. Thank goodness for clubs like the Mile-Hi Jeep Club and their famous event All-4-Fun in Colorado every year where good stewards like Matt Hiller and Cory Moul lead land use clean up runs every day of the event. (snown in pic above).


Every off-pavement recreation group advocates taking care of our public lands and waterways; and packing out your trash (and sometimes even your human waste).  Unfortunately the idiot behavior of some of our fellow humans does not get this message and we must clean up after them like the children they are.  More often than not, I am cleaning up after people who are not even motorized recreationists; they are just tourists or visitors with sloppy life habits.



Please do your part.  Pack it out.  
thanks, Del



Thursday, August 25, 2016

THERE'S NO ROOM FOR (OFF-ROAD) COWBOYS ANYMORE

The Days of Running Free and Riding Off Into the Sunset Are Only For the Movies!

But Freedoms Still Exist and We Need to Keep Them.


By Del Albright


This story is about off-pavement motorized recreation and how the "cowboy" claim to fame of riding free is just not real anymore.  Not for us as people who put a motor rather than an horse under us.

Now please don't get me wrong, there is a ton of "freedom" built into what we do; but in today's world we cannot behave like riding and roping cowboys on public land and expect to have a "horse" under us much longer.  By that I simply mean we must follow the rules, obey the laws, be good stewards, and set the example for the younger folks behind us.

I also pray (literally) that we will always have real cowboys on ranches, doing real horse riding, roping and cattle driving.  I also fight for and work hard to help make sure cattle grazing on public lands continues to be a viable lifestyle.  But here I speak of motorized recreation and how the "cowboy" in us must be corralled.



While it would be hard for me to argue the point that we might have too much big government in some circumstances, there are just some rules we need to follow when you are on the throttle or gas pedal.  And if we follow them, and be part of developing them by getting involved, then we can keep our motors running and our "horses" fed.

It still boils down to all of us doing our part; joining organizations that make sense to us; being good stewards of the lands (and waters) we enjoy; obeying the rules; and setting the example for others who also want to enjoy our great backcountry by motor.

NOTE: for a good example of a recreation code of ethics, see what BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails has to offer: http://archive.sharetrails.org/node/14768

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Friday, August 5, 2016

HELPING HANDS BUILDING BRIDGES IN VOLUNTEERISM


The Spirit of Cooperation Through Helping Hands

Is the Solution to Successful Volunteerism and a Better Future for All


By Del Albright

Volunteer efforts from churches to charities to clubs and organizations must engage the concept of "helping hands" in order to build better bridges to a successful future. That was the theme of a recent talk I gave at an off-road/four-wheeling event in Empire, CO (August 1, 2016) called All-4-Fun conducted by the Mile-Hi Jeep Club of Denver, CO.

Too many volunteer efforts fall apart because of egos, personalities, bickering or even jealousy.  Turf battles take over meetings and conversations.  People drop out right and left and find something else to do -- or another club/place to do whatever it is you were doing. It has to stop if the effort is to survive at all.


The best solution is to encourage everyone involved to use their "helping hands" to save the cause; keep the sport alive; or the charity strong; or the trails open, by working together to build a bridge that will get everyone to a better future.

To build a "bridge" each person uses the strengths they have to "lift" and install the part they are assigned, then turn and help the person next to them do the same.  With everyone using their "helping hands" the bridge is quickly built in a team effort that helps everyone achieve a better future.

I would hope that everyone would share the spirit of cooperation and helping hands to amplify the effect of all of us in one cause, working towards a common goal, whatever that may be....for sure, in my off-pavement motorized recreation world, that would be more trails saved and open, and a stronger future for all of us with a bridge that cannot be torn down!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

DON AMADOR JOINS HALL OF FAME


Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee Don Amador.

Don joins class of 2016



Really, seriously proud of my Sharetrails/BRC team mate, Don Amador for being inducted into the 2016 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame with a distinguished list of inductees.  Wow, what an honor!  And Don is deserving as he has devoted the majority of his adult life to motorsports and keeping them alive and well, with access and opportunities for all.



Don the politician, who knows the insider tricks to keeping trails open.

Don the rider....gettin' it done on the trails, for the trails, for all of us.


Learn more about Don's sound/noise work at Quiet Warrior Racing where quiet is cool:
http://www.quietwarriorracing.com/


And more at the General's Recreation Headquarters here:
http://thegeneralsrecreationden.blogspot.com/


More about Don's induction, and the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame here:
http://ormhof.org/
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Honored to work with and know Don as my friend,
Del




Tuesday, June 28, 2016

NEW LOOK FOR NAMRC?



 Drafting a new look for the North American Motorized Recreation Council, NAMRC.


We could use all three, depending on the application (avatar, logo, format, etc.).


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Green Wheeling

GREEN WHEELING

By Del Albright, BlueRibbon Ambassador

(Re-posted from BlueRibbon Coalition Magazine, Issue #4, 2016)

I don’t want you to frown at the title of this article and think that I am going to suggest you recycle your toilet paper or any other extremist radical-enviro malarkey, because that’s not the case.  What I do suggest is that we all love four-wheeling and going the places we go, seeing the things we see.  But we don’t enjoy seeing a pile of trash left behind or some idiot getting off trail and tearing up the countryside.  “Green” wheeling is actually an acronym as well as a concept that help solve these problems. 

Admittedly, I have some “green” concepts that make full sense to me and what I leave behind for younger folks, such as 1) conserving and using our resources wisely; 2) keeping our outdoors clean; 3) cutting back on waste a bit; 4) using common sense to reduce air and water pollution; 5) making America more energy self-sufficient; and 6) curtailing illegal and outlaw behavior on public lands and water ways.

So when it comes to four-wheeling, here’s my suggestion for “GREEN.”
G = Get serious about land use.
R = Read the riot act to outlaws.  (or Read from the Good Book?)
E = Educate yourself and others.
E = Eradicate trail trash.Whee
 = Never be the drip.

Getting serious about land use means three things: JOIN, DONATE and VOLUNTEER. Join everything you can afford to join, including national, regional, state and local clubs/associations that make sense to what you believe in.  Donate (beyond membership) at tax return time or when you have some extra cash.  And volunteer your time and energy at least a few times a year to those causes/groups doing what you know makes a difference.

Read the riot act to outlaws means not letting someone tear up your recreational opportunities and trails. Ask them to stop; show them the error of their ways; or just report them (with pictures) to the nearest law enforcement authority.  If there is a trail patrol or trail watch program, be a part of that.  STOP the outlaws, AND the ill-informed from ruining our future.



Educate yourself and others on good trail behavior such as the BlueRibbon Coalition Recreation Code of Ethics and Tread Lightly principles.  Carry handouts and freely offer ideas to others on how we can keep our trails open by “doing it right.”

Eradicate trail trash is just that – carry a trash bag and pack out more than you brought in.  Set the example for others and stop and pick up that can alongside the trail when so many others may have driven by it. Proudly display your trash bag and fill it up as often as you can!  Clean up messy left-behind camp fire rings, even those you did not create.

Never be the drip and set the example for having a rig that does not leave a fluid trail or sit and drip in camp. Maintain and fix your 4x4 so it doesn’t pollute the trail.  Fix your muffler; tighten up hoses; replace seals; and stop any fluid leaks on the trail.


If we all practice this idea of Green Wheeling, our trails will be in better shape than ever, our image will improve immensely with those who watch us (or even don’t like us), and our future will be brighter.

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