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Driftbusters Campout

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Driftbusters snowmobile club fall kick-off campout

Join the fun in 2012 for the family campout.

The fall campout will be held at Wylie the weekend of September 14 & 15.   Even if you aren’t a camper, there is still plenty of ways to have fun at the campout.  Friday night typically involves a night around the campfire with some good munchies.  Saturday will include time to enjoy the go karts at Wylie Thunder Road.  Saturday night will be the potluck meal.  The Club will provide the meat , beverages and utensils.  Club members are asked to bring a dish to pass.  Then stick around for snowmobile stories around the campfire.  Watch the website for more details as they become available.

For those wishing to make camping reservations, a block has been held for the club.  Campers must call the Parks and Recreation office directly at 626-3512 (ask for Vicki) to make your reservation.  Explain that you are with the Aberdeen Driftbusters Group and that you need to place your name on one of the sites being held under that block.

Camper or not, find a time during the weekend to stop out and enjoy the activities and your fellow snowmobilers.    It’s a great way to kick off the season and to introduce new snowmobilers to our group.


Snowmobilers will be having a rockin’ good time in Aberdeen this November 9 & 10.  While there may not be snow on the ground, there will plenty of winter action going on at the 2012 South Dakota Snowmobile Association (SDSA) convention where “Snowmobiling Rocks!”.  Hosted by the Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile Club, the event will be held at the Aberdeen Ramkota Convention Center.

Christine Jourdain of American Council of Snowmobile Associations speaking @ SDSAFor the first time, we are excited to have Christine Jourdain with the American Council of Snowmobile Associations joining us for the convention.  We are also happy to be partnering with one of our own local businesses, First Place Parts, who is bringing nationally known trainer Mike Duffy to Aberdeen on November 10th for an Avalanche Awareness, Avoidance and Rescue education session.  In addition to snowmobile related vendors, we are interested in having attendees display their vintage sleds during convention.  More information can be obtained from Jim Weaver at 605-216-5309.

The Convention begins on Friday with meetings of the SDSA Board (9 am), Governor’s Snowmobile Advisory Council (1 pm), and Snowmobile Club Presidents (5 pm).   Following the Beer N Bull session will be the annual SDSA auction of snowmobile related items.  The highlight of the evening will be John Green’s presentation of his original painting of a snowmobile scene that will be auctioned to the highest bidder.   Saturday includes the SDSA annual meeting, trade show and educational sessions.  The convention will conclude with the SDSA Awards Banquet and special entertainment.  The weekend will be jam packed full of snowmobile information.  More convention information and registration details can be found on the Aberdeen Driftbusters snowmobile club website.  Registrations and payments can also be made online for the convention at the club’s website.

Make plans to be at the heart of the snowmobile community join us for the 2012 Convention!  Meet new friends and reconnect with existing ones as you learn about the status of snowmobiling in South Dakota and beyond.  If you have any questions, please contact one of the event co-chairs:
Email Ann Nagel or call 605-229-5574
Email Stacey Pence or call 605-229-3759
Email Kelly Weaver or call 605-216-1564

Snowmobile Club Wrap-up 2011-2012

Aberdeen Driftbusters’ Newsletter
April 2012

Thank you to all who have come to the meetings and events this past year.  I know how hard it can be to stay committed to this sport when there is no snow outside.  Your support and participation is greatly appreciated.

snowmobile trail groomer

Jim weaver and Sunny Pence look over the groomer for the Dakota Midland Trail manged by the Driftbusters Snowmobile Club.

Thank you to Jim Weaver for all of his time and commitment as Trail Boss! And thank you to all of the trail leaders and volunteers.  It is your volunteer help and commitment that makes the Dakota Midland Trail a reality.  Trail signs have been or are in the process of being pulled.  Thank you!

Your new board of directors following the election at the March meeting is as follows: President – Jeff Thorne, President Elect – James M. (Mike) Gelling, Past President – Sunny Pence, Treasurer – Sharmie Jensen, Secretary – Cheryl Gelling with the help of Tracy Olson, and Board of Directors are Jim Friedt, Mike Gelling (appointed by President Sunny Pence to complete remainder of vacant position), Corey Gelling and Lee Olson.

Just a reminder that the Driftbusters will be hosting the 2012 convention, so we are going to need volunteers to help make this happen. Be prepared to say “yes” when asked to help on a committee or volunteer at the convention. It is never too early to start asking for and gathering donated items for the silent auction and/or door prizes. Let’s work together to make this another memorable convention for all of our SDSA friends.  The date of the SDSA Convention is November 9 & 10.

Thanks to everyone who helped out and attended the Pizza and Swim Party that was held Sunday, March 25. We apologize for miscommunication on when the Pizza was to be served and will strive to do better next year.

Discussion was held regarding a spring campout at either Wylie or the Brown County Fairgrounds for the weekend of May 18 & 19.  Please look for another e-mail regarding this event later this week.

The fall campout will be held at Wylie the weekend of September 14 & 15.  Mark your calendars now and call 626-3512 to make your reservation.  Explain that you are with the Aberdeen Driftbusters Group and that you need to place your name on one of the sites being held under that block.  More information will be coming.

Tony Schmitt, who is replacing Ryan Raynor as trails specialist, plans on attending our April meeting so he can meet everyone.

The next meeting is April 5 at 7 PM at the Pizza Ranch.  Thank you for allowing me to be your president this past year.  I pass the gavel on to Jeff Thorne, your elected president for the 2012-2013 season. Have a great summer. See you on trails next year!

Ride Smart – Ride Safe
Sunny Pence