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December 2014 Newsletter


Hello Everyone,

The 2014 SDSA State Snowmobile Convention in Deadwood was a great success. It was well represented by all the snowmobile clubs in the state. Thank you to all the members of the Driftbusters that attended. We were well represented. We were told that we lost the trophy for the largest club by one membership. So I challenge every member to work harder to sign up new members so we can bring the trophy back to Aberdeen next year. Duane Sutton was nominated for National Hall of Fame.

The Driftbusters have won the bid for the 2016 SDSA State Snowmobile Convention. The next 2 years will be busy planning for the convention. We will need a lot of volunteers to help with this project. A big thank you to Duane Sutton for bringing back the SDSA trailer with the simulator in it for our safety course.

The safety course was held Nov. 23rd. at the new location. The Primrose gym worked out great for this. Corey had 6 people who participated and 5 of them were 12 and older to be certified and will be receiving their certificate from the state. Thank you to Wanda Gelling for bringing homemade cookies as they all enjoyed them. Thanks to Corey and Kate for the chips, beverages, and snacks.

The snowmobile trail is all marked and waiting for Becky Graff, with the Game, Fish, and Parks, to inspect it and tell us if we need to make any changes. If we get snow and the inspection has been completed and the changes done, we can start grooming Dec. 1st. so think lots of SNOW!!!!!!! The groomer is scheduled to be serviced this week and will be ready to start grooming.

There are still a few rooms available at Rec. Springs for the club ride the last weekend in Jan. so anyone needing a room can do so by getting on the Driftbusters web site and clicking on Jan. Club Ride in the Hills.

We will be discussing plans for trail rides, fund raisers, and other fun activities at our Dec. meeting so please be sure and attend. We need all the young members to please come forward and present your ideas so we can plan new events.

To all members and businesses who have paid your dues a big thank you. Without your support we would not be able to have a club.

Next meeting is Dec. 4th. at 7:30pm in the back room of the Pizza Ranch.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

James Gelling, President

November meeting minutes

Driftbusters Snowmobile Club Meeting

DATE:   Nov. 13, 2014

Pizza Ranch

7:30 PM


Meeting called to order by President James Gelling

Introductions made by all.

We would like to welcome Todd Bistodeau who just signed up as a new member.

Secretary report by Cheryl Gelling.   Motion to approve by Corey Gelling, Seconded by Becky Graff,

Motion carried.

Treasurer’s report by Jim Friedt, Motion to approve by Jeff Thorne, Seconded by Jim Weaver, motion carried.

Committee Reports:

SDSA Report by Jeff Thorne, state convention was awesome turn out. Beer and bull auction grossed just under $16,000.  Duane Sutton was been nominated for National hall of fame. Our club needs to put together a reference letter for Duane. Governor’s ride is coming up in Feb. There is a block of rooms set aside at the Comfort Inn at Deadwood so if you plan on attending you can call and reserve your room.

Advisory report by Jim Weaver, Jim Weaver touched on the new trail signing, due to the pine beetle problem riders in the hills need to be on the lookout for fallen trees on the trail, the hills are getting 3 new groomers and as soon as they get them the 3 oldest ones will be going to east river clubs.

Emergency Reaction, none

Trail report by Jim Weaver, Jim stated the trail has to be marked by Nov. 20th. the slow signs are here so will pass them out after the meeting, the trail maps are here so be sure to take some, we are looking for more groomer operators so if you are interested in being a groomer operator contact Jim Weaver. Becky Graff, with Game, Fish, and Parks who inspects our trail, stated that the week before Thanksgiving would be the earliest that they would be able to inspect the trail. Becky stated that we are not supposed to start grooming before Dec. 15th. but if the trail has been inspected and ok’d we can start grooming Dec. 1.

Safety report by Corey Gelling, The safety course is all set and ready to go on Nov. 23rd. at the Primrose Gym from 1pm to 5pm. An article was put in the paper. The rental for the gym is $100 and they donate that to the Relay for Life charity.

Publicity, nothing to report.

Activities/Trail rides, the club is having a ride in the Black Hills the last weekend in Jan. this is also the weekend of the Snow Cross races in Deadwood. The club has reserved a block of rooms at Rec. Springs, you can go to the Driftbusters web site and under recent posts click on Jan. trail ride in the Hills to get more information to reserve your room.  Radar run, and club rides have been tabled for the next meeting

Monthly News Article, Jeff Thorne will write the article for the Sno Plainsman for Dec.

Old Business, the haunted forest went over good, our theme this year was pirates, the matinee on Sat. had 1200 kids go through, there were about 4300 people that went through on Fri. and Sat. night. Thanks to Becky Graff and the group of volunteers from the AmeriCorps we had enough help to man the scene.

New Business, Jim Friedt said we need to look for more ways to raise money for the club. Jim Weaver said ACSA talked about their continuing legal battles to protect our right to ride snowmobiles on public land at the convention. They were asking for donations from snowmobilers and from snowmobile clubs. After a brief discussion Corey Gelling made a motion to donate $5oo from the Driftbusters to this fund. Jeff Thorne seconded, motion approved. Our club was awarded the convention bid for 2016. The convention will be held in Aberdeen, Nov. 11,12,13, 2016. The convention will be held in Watertown next year, 2015.

Next meeting date is Dec. 4th. at the Pizza Ranch, at 7:30pm.

Motion to adjourn by Corey Gelling, seconded by Jeff Thorne, meeting adjourn.

James Gelling, Pres.


November Newsletter 2014

Driftbusters November Newsletter


Hello Everyone,

   As I write this news letter Cheryl and I are busy packing and getting ready to go to the SDSA Snowmobile Convention in the Black Hills.   Hope to see several Driftbusters members out there. The Driftbusters have put in a bid for the 2016 Convention so will be looking for lots of volunteers if we get the bid.

   The Haunted Forest was lots of fun and an awesome success. Haven’t heard the number of people that went through it but I am sure it was good as the weather was great. A thank you to Ann Nagel and her grandson Logan for manning the Sat. afternoon matinee for kids. A huge thank you to everyone who came out Wed. night for the set up and to Becky Graff from Game, Fish, and Parks for volunteering the kids from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. For helping set up and man the scene both Friday and Sat. night.Thank you to Lonnie Mikkonen for letting us use his blackbird cannons.A huge thank you to Jim Weaver and Sunny and Stacey Pence for manning the scene both Friday and Sat. night. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you again to everyone that helped with the Haunted Forest as this is one of our main fund raisers for the Driftbusters Snowmobile Club. Without these fund raisers we wouldn’t be able to pay for things like renting the Go-Karts for our fall campout.

   Time is here again to start marking the snowmobile trail, anyone who would like to volunteer to help please contact Jim Weaver and he will put you in touch with the trail leaders. Also anyone who would like to help run the snowmobile groomer this winter please contact Jim Weaver, his email address is

   The Snowmobile Safety Course will be the 23rd of Nov. at the Primrose Gym, 815 N. Second Street, from 1 to 5 pm. This course is free to everyone. We will have the SDSA safety simulator to help with the training. Those who take the course and past the test will receive a certification from the So. Dak. Game, Fish, and Parks. This certification is now being required in many states. This course is recommended to anyone new to snowmobiling but you must be at least 12 years old to be certified. Adults are welcome. To sign up or to get more information contact Corey Gelling at 605-226-4939 or email him at    

   I want to remind everyone of the club ride in the Hills the last weekend in Jan. which is also the weekend of the SnoCross races in Deadwood. Anyone needing rooms go the Driftbusters web site and click on Jan. club ride in hills under recent posts.

   I want to remind everyone that have not paid their dues please do so as soon as possible as I have said in the past it has never been more important to protect our rights to ride snowmobiles on public land, such as the mountains or the Black Hills as there are several groups out there who want to take this right away from us and the best way to fight them is to become a member of a snowmobile club. If any club members who has any friends or relatives that do not belong to a snowmobile club please talk them into joining the Driftbusters.

   See you at the next club meeting on Nov. 13th. at 7:30 pm at the Pizza Ranch.

James Gelling, President