Curtis and Rita Barnhart started with the club in 1993. They live in Canton and have two daughters, Amber Barnhart and Nicole Chastain.
Curtis is currently the GBR Adopt A Trail Rep for the Beasley Knob OHV Area. He has been doing this for many, many years. He represents not only the GBR but also Southern Four Wheel drive (thus wearing two hats) when he is working with the USFS in Blairsville. Although rumblings behind his back by our friends may call him a "slave driver" on our work weekends, you can rest assured he will get the job done in order to keep Beasley Knob open for our sport. Curtis has also held multiple Board of Directors positions and Rita has also served on the board.
Curtis rebuilt his two-wheel drive 1985 Ford Ranger in 1994. He put in a V-8 engine and personally turned it into a four-wheel drive vehicle. Many modifications later, it is a very capable vehicle with outrageously slow gears and large tires.
Curtis is the County Manager of the Cherokee County Environmental Health Department in Canton and Rita has 28 years with the Georgia Dept. of Veterans Services.
Curtis recently retired from the US Air Force with over 30 years service. He worked his way up from enlisted airman after his first four-year stint all the way to Lt. Colonel at his time of retirement.