Archives for April 2015

April Meeting Minutes

Driftbusters April 9th. Minutes of the Meeting


Meeting called to order by President James Gelling

Introductions were made by all.

Minutes of the meeting were handed out by Sec. Cheryl Gelling for everyone to read. Pres. asked for any corrections or additions if not he asked for a motion to accept the minutes. A motion was made to accept by Al Nagel and seconded by Becky Graff, motion carried.

Treasurers report by Jim Friedt. Motion to accept by Ann Nagel, seconded by Joey Nagel, motion carried.

SDSA; Nothing to report.

Advisory report by Al Nagel. Next meeting is May 9th. Al stated that Ryan Raynor has been reappointed trails coordinator to replace Tony Schmitt. Ryan was trails coordinator before Tony Schmitt and then accepted the position as supervisor of Farm Island Campground by Pierre. Ryan will now handle both positions. Al stated that discussion was held at the Governor’s ride as to allowing other vehicles to use our snowmobile trails in addition to snowmobiles. Al stated there were 15 snowmobile accidents reported statewide and no serious injuries.

Trail report by Jim Weaver. Discussion was held if we need to make any changes to our trail for next year as the trail proposal and reimbursements needs to be in by May 1st. It was decided not to make any changes and keep the trail as is. Groomer will be stored over the summer at Dennis Becklers.

Emergency reaction; nothing to report at this time.

Safety; nothing to report at this time.

Charity; Discussion was held on putting together the amount of volunteer hours by members to be turned into the state for charity.

Publicity: A picture was passed around of Jim Gelling, Pres. presenting a check to Make-A-Wish representatives of Aberdeen.

Activities & Trail Rides; Pizza/swim party, Wanda Gelling requests that anyone attending please give her a call. Cheryl Gelling will send out a email to all members reminding them of the pizza/swim party. Discussion was held on the fall campout and membership drive which will be Sept. 18-19 at Wylie Park Campground. Everyone that plans on camping should reserve your campsite as soon as possible. The agenda will be basically the same as last year. Watch the web site for more information this fall.

Old Business; Discussion was held on the 2016 convention. We are still looking for something for entertainment so if anyone has any ideas please let us know.

New business. Discussion was held on having a spring campout. It was tabled at this time. Ann Nagel said she will take care of entering our float in the Gypsy day parade. Dan Rohbach and Joey Nagel will be in charge of the float and anyone wanting to help please contact them. Discussion was held on the nomination of Duane Sutton for the Hall of Fame. Kelly Weaver stated that she had forwarded all the information needed.

Election of officers. Evan Halvorsen and Brent Fisher were nominated for the positions of 2 new board members, Cheryl Gelling and Jim Friedt agreed to continue as Sec. and Treasurer for the upcoming year. Jim Gelling agreed to be President for one more year and Jeff Thorne will be pres. elect for 2016. Tracy Olson made the motion to nominate Jim Gelling, Pres, Jeff Thorne, Pres.Elect, Cheryl Gelling, Sec. Jim Friedt, Treasurer, Evan Halvorsen and Brent Fisher for board members, for 2015, seconded by Jim Friedt, motion carried.

Sept. 3rd. will be our next meeting date.

Motion made by Becky Graff to adjourn the meeting, motion seconded by Tracy Olson, motion carried, meeting adjourned.

Jim Gelling, President

April Newsletter

Driftbusters April Newsletter


Hello Everyone,

   Well it has happened the snowmobile season is officially over and we never were able to ride the trail or groom it. So it is time to put our snowmobiles away and get our campers, motorcycles and boats out for the summer. Our first order of business is to remove all of our snowmobile trail markers. It looks like the farmers are all going to be in the field real soon because of the dry warm conditions we are getting, so everyone should get their markers out as soon as possible even though the manual says we have until May 1st. Trail leaders please contact Jim Weaver as soon as you get your section out.

   Our last meeting of the year will be April 9th. at 7:30 pm at the Pizza Ranch. Please note that the reason the meeting was moved ahead one week was because of Easter.  I am asking everyone to attend this meeting because we will be discussing a lot of things for next year.

   Jeff Thorne is President elect for next year but he has stated that if we can elect someone else to be president next year then he will take the president’s job for 2017 when we will be hosting the state convention. So anyone that would be willing to take the president’s job for next year please come to the meeting and volunteer.   We also need to elect 2 new board members as Corey Gelling and Lee Olson’s term will be up. Cheryl Gelling and Jim Friedt have agreed to be our secretary and treasurer for next year. A big thank you to Cheryl and Jim for the   awesome job they do.

We will be putting together our trail proposal for next year and in addition to turning in our hours of volunteer time for the 2014-2015 season.

   It has been suggested that we have a spring campout so anyone with any ideas please come to the meeting and we can discuss it.

   We will also be discussing putting a float together for the Gypsy day parade.

   Discussion will be held on the National Hall of Fame nomination of Duane Sutton.

   The pizza/swim party will be held Sunday, April 12th. at the Super 8 East motel. A meeting room has been reserved next to the pool and swimming starts at 1pm and pizza will be served at 5:30pm. Please contact Wanda Gelling at 216-2349 if you plan on attending so we know how many pizza’s to order.

   Our fall membership drive and campout will be Sept. 18-19 at the Wylie Park campground. This is the weekend after Hay Days. We were able to reserve the same camp sites as we have in the past. They are sites 61-68, 77-81, and 87-89. The club house has been reserved for Sat. evening. Please contact Vicki at 626-3512 or 626-7015 to reserve your camp site. Don’t forget to mention that you are with the Aberdeen Driftbusters snowmobile club. Your site must be reserved before Sept. 1st. Please note that you do not have to have a camper to come join us for a weekend of fun. Watch for more updates on our web site.

Please plan on attending the April 9th. meeting at the Pizza Ranch at 7:30pm.

Jim Gelling, President