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October Newsletter

DRIFTBUSTERS OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

 

Hello Everyone,

   Our fall campout and membership drive was a great success and a lot of fun. Friday night was a little damp and cool but the turkey and campfire was great. Weather was ideal on Sat. for the supper and Go-Karts. A big thank you for everyone that helped.  

   The club will have a float in the Gypsy Day parade next Sat. Sept. 26th.   So encourage everyone to go watch the parade. Club members will be handing out small cards promoting snowmobiling and asking everyone to join a club whether you ride the mountains or trails to protect your right to ride on public lands. Plans are to distribute these cards to several businesses around town.  

Duane Sutton will be inducted into the Snowmobile National Hall of Fame Sept. 26th. in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Thank you to all who have supported him. The Driftbusters are honored to have Duane as a member.

   The club plans to have a safety course on Sat. Nov. 21st. at the Primrose Gym. We will be using the snowmobile safety simulator. Anyone interested in taking the course please contact Corey Gelling at 226-4939.

   In a few weeks it will be time to start marking our trail so anyone wanting to volunteer to help mark the trail contact Jim Weaver or any of the trail leaders.

   The club will be having a club ride in the Black Hills, Jan. 22-23, 2016 which is also the weekend of the Sno Cross in Deadwood. More details later.

   This years convention, which is being held in Watertown, is only a month and a half away. Details will be in the first issue of the Sno Plainsman which should be out shortly.

The Driftbusters will have a hospitality room at the convention promoting our convention in 2016.

   For the next several meetings we will be discussing the 2016 Driftbusters convention in Aberdeen. Anyone interested in helping with the convention please come to the meetings.

The Aberdeen Driftbusters are currently selling fund raiser tickets for the 2016 convention. First prize is $2,000 cash, Second prize is full registration for 2 at the 2016 convention, and third prize is 1 room for 2 nights at the 2016 convention. Tickets are $20 each and only 250 tickets are being sold. Winners will be drawn at the Watertown 2015 convention. Any member wanting to get a book of tickets to sell contact Ann Nagel at 228-4143. Money and ticket stubs needs to be turned in no later than the Driftbusters snowmobile club meeting Nov. 5th. 2015.

   The yellow 2015 SDSA Everyone Wins tickets are also available now. Contact Jim Friedt at 290-7603 to get your tickets.

REMINDER:   Everyone’s yearly dues are due now. So if you haven’t already paid your dues please do so as soon as possible to be assured that you get your Sno-Plainsman.

   Next meeting is Oct. 1st. at 7:30pm at the Pizza Ranch. See you there.

James Gelling, Pres.

Sept. meeting minutes

                                               Driftbusters Sept. 3rd. Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order by Pres. James Gelling

Introductions were made by all.

Minutes of the April, 2015 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 Ken Ham and seconded by Duane Sutton. Motion approved

Treasurers report by Jim Friedt. Motion to accept by Tom Wanttie, seconded by Dennis Beckler.

Committee reports:

   SDSA report: we are still waiting on the 50/50 tickets for the convention. Duane Sutton has been inducted into the Snowmobile National Hall of Fame.

   Advisory report by Al Nagel, Al stated that all the forms for the snowmobiler of the year, etc. are on the internet as Mary Ann is not mailing any forms out so you need to download them if you are nominating anyone for those awards. The groomer operators in the Black Hills will be getting a pay raise. The state ordered one new groomer and there are some trail reroutes, trails 12 and 13 are being moved.

   Trail report by Jim Weaver: The groomer was stored at Dennis Beckler’s this summer. The groomer was inspected by GF&P in late Aug. and is ready to go. There are no route changes this year. The trail leaders are all on board to mark their sections of the trail. The trail needs to be marked by Nov. 20th. but we can start marking them the end of Oct. providing the ditches are mowed.  

   Safety: Corey Gelling will be teaching the course again this year and suggested maybe we could have the course on Sat. early afternoon instead of Sun. the weekend before Thanksgiving.  

   Charity/Publicity: nothing to report at this time.  

Activities/trail rides: Because the club ride in the Black Hills was a great success last year we will have one again this year. The date is Jan. 22 and 23 2016 which is also Sno Cross weekend in the hills. Al Nagel will check on getting a block of rooms at Rec. Springs again.

   Monthly News Article: Ann Nagel volunteered to do this.

Old Business: Discussion was held on the Haunted Forest. The decision was made not to do it this year unless someone new wants to volunteer to head the project and take care of all the details. Being this is our main fund raiser discussion was held on other ways to raise money to pay for things such as the Go Karts, like selling split pot tickets at every meeting or at the steak feed or chili feed.

   New Business: The club received an email from Becky Graff, of GF&P at Richmond that she will be transferring to Oakwood State Park by Brookings and Robert Teachout will be taking her place. Final preparations were made for the campout and membership drive. Evan Halverson and his wife have donated one of the turkeys that will be cooked Fri. evening. Turkeys will be served at around 7pm and 9pm. The club will provide the meat (chicken drummies and roast beef sandwiches) and beverages at 5pm on Sat. GoKarts will follow from 7:30pm to 9:30pm’ All members are asked to bring a dish to pass. Discussion was held on the      

Gypsy Day float. It was decided the club would have small business like cards made up promoting snowmobiling and reasons why you need to join a club, to be handed out at the gypsy day parade and other events.   Jim Weaver made a motion to donate $250 to ACSA and Ken Ham seconded, motion carried. Discussion was held if we need to cash in one of our CD’s to pay for expenses for next years convention that our club will be hosting. Brent Fischer made the motion to we will just borrow from the trail fund instead and it was seconded by Al Nagel. Motion carried.

   Convention report by Kelly Weaver: Kelly stated she has booked a hospitality room for 2 nights at the Watertown convention. Discussion was held on handing out some “save the date” cards at the Watertown convention for our convention next year. Discussion was held on the entertainment for our convention, Kelly stated that she has narrowed it down to a list of 5 entertainments and has sent the link to several members on base camp. It was decided to continue this discussion at campout. Discussion was held on a theme for our convention.  

   Next meeting is Oct. 1, 7:30pm at the Pizza Ranch

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Tom Wanttie and seconded by Duane Sutton. Meeting adjourned.              

James Gelling, President

It’s Campout Time!

Get your plans made to come to the Driftbusters’ Campout Sept. 18 and 19th at Wylie.  Great time to rekindle snowmobile friendships, make plans for winter trips and tell a few stories!  Check out the events calendar for the details.

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