February Meeting Minutes

February 1st. Meeting Minutes
Meeting was called to order at Anchor’s Away by Jim Gelling for Pres. Lee Olson
Secretary’s Report by Cheryl Gelling: Cheryl handed out the minutes from last month and asked if there were any corrections or additions. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Duane Sutton, seconded by Al Nagel, motion approved. Treasurers Report by Ann Nagel: To date we have 91 members and at the club ride in the Black Hills we picked up 4 new members. Motion to accept by Ken Ham, seconded by Jim Friedt, motion approved.
SDSA Report: Jeff Thorne wasn’t able to attend so he asked Jim weaver to report. Govenor’s Ride is Feb 17. Headquarted out of the Holiday Inn at Spearfish, and the ride will leave from Hardy Camp Sat. morning after a brunch and the social hour will be back at the Holiday Inn Sat. night. Snocross races were a great success and SDSA had a lot of good exposure. Jeff asked that the club get a list put together for our volunteer hrs. as it has to be turned in in March.
Advisory Report by Al Nagel: Upcoming meeting will be on Friday the 16th. at the Holiday Inn in Spearfish. Al stated that he contacted the Game, Fish, and Parks in regards to everybody having trouble logging on to the trail cameras. Ryan Raynor called back thanking him for letting the state know about this ongoing problem.
Trail Report by Jim Weaver : The gravel that was put on the river crossing below the Richmond dam looks great. Jim stated the we need at least 6 inches of snow before we can even think about grooming.
Emergency reaction by Sunny Pence: Sunny brought the outdated list of the emergency reaction members and the club went over the list and deleted the names that are no longer members and added the names of the new people that will replace them. When the new list is completed Sunny and Stacey will give it to the Sec. Cheryl Gelling and she will put it in our files for future reference. Jim Friedt stated his son will take over one of the section leader position.
Yetis Report: Jim Gelling stated that Matt Olson wanted him to inform everyone that the Yetis snowmobile trip to Wisconsin was canceled. Matt also wanted to tell everyone that the Yetis are planning a raffle to be held at the Governor’s Ride. Al Nagel stated that he would bring up having a Yetis member sit in on the advisory board meeting.
Safety Report: Nothing to report at this time.
Charity Report: Ann Nagel stated that the Salvation Army was very appreciative of the $250 check that the club voted to donate to them. Linda Dykema presented the Salvation Army with the canned goods that was collected at the Christmas Holiday Party. Ann stated that she took the $110 from the 50/50 split pot raffle from the Christmas Holiday Party to Journey Home and they were so appreciative. Ann stated that she put all 3 of the donation pictures on the Driftbusters Facebook page.
Publicity: Nothing to report.
Activities: Pizza/Swim Party in April. Super 8 East, where we have had our Pizza/Swim parties for the last several years has closed their pool, so Cheryl Gelling stated she contacted several places that have pools to have the party. After much discussion it was decided to have the Pizza/Swim party at the AmericInn on April 15, starting at 3pm with more details to follow. Cheryl Gelling asked if the club wanted her to book the reservations at Wylie Park for the fall membership drive and campout along with the Go Karts. After a brief discussion it was decided to do this on the weekend of Sept. 14th., 15th. which is the weekend after Hay Days.
Monthly News Letter: Matt Olson wanted to say he is sorry he did not get the last club news article in to Mary Ann soon enough but he has already sent her a news article for Jan/Feb which will be in the March SnoPlainsman. He stated he will do the last news article for the year. Good for you Matt.
Old business: Ann Nagel stated she was contacted by Laurie Hadrick to ask club members if they remember what happened to their cat cutter that was used in a display that the Driftbusters had at Wylie for the festival of lights many years ago. Laurie stated she would like to have it back for her grandkids. Duane Sutton stated he still has SDSA calendars if anyone wants one.
New business: Discussion was held on where to have our last 2 meetings. Stacey Pence stated that The Crossing at Mina Lake, which is part of the MStation, would be a good place. After much discussion Ken Ham made a motion to have the March meeting at The Crossing at Mina Lake and Jim Weaver seconded the motion, motion approved. And our last meeting in April will be held at the Pizza Ranch.
Splitpot drawing of $26 was won by Al Nagel.
A motion to adjourn was made by Evan Halvorson and seconded by Duane Sutton, meeting adjourned.
Jim Gelling, acting Pres. for Lee Olson

February Newsletter

February Newsletter

Our next club meeting will be Feb 1st at Anchors Away at Richmond Lake at 7:30 pm. Please come early and join us for supper.
We will be planning our spring pizza swim party and if it ever snows, a club ride. Fun was had by all at the Christmas party at the Richmond Oasis and at the club ride in the Black Hills. We raised 100 dollars for charity at the Christmas party and got non-perishable goods to donate.
The Governor’s ride is coming up Feb. 17th. and will be held at the Holiday Inn in Spearfish Canyon. Anyone wanting to attend get your reservations in.
Hope to see you at our meeting,
Lee Olson, Pres.

January 4th. Meeting Minutes

January 4th. Meeting Minutes
Meeting was called to order by Pres. Lee Olson
Introductions were made by all.
Secretary’s Report by Cheryl Gelling: Cheryl handed out the minutes from last month and asked if there were any corrections or additions. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Duane Sutton, seconded Casey Weismantel, motion approved.
Treasurer’s Report by Ann Nagel: We have 83 members, 13 associates, and 3 web site only. Motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made by Kenny Ham, seconded Jim Friedt, motion approved.
SDSA & Advisory Report by Al Nagel: They are grooming the trails in the Black Hills. Al stated they are still having problems getting the new SDSA web site up and running. They are also working on the web cam’s for the trail. Governor’s ride is the 17th Feb. which is also when the next advisory meeting will be held.
Trail Report by Jim Weaver: The gravel was put in on the crossing below the dam at Richmond and cost $948. Jim stated the club paid for it our of the trail fund and we will be reimbursed for it from the state. Ryan Raynor is still working on getting an advancement for our trail fund as we have in the past. Jim reminded everyone to check their section of the trail to make sure all the signs are still in place. As soon as we get some snow we are ready to go.
Emergency Reaction Report: Al Nagel stated he is still trying to find somebody for the SE district. Jim Freidt stated he would check with his son Mitch to see if he would take that section. A picture was passed around of the emergency reaction sled that we donated to the county on a trailer with an ATV side by side with tracks that the county plans on using in an emergency.
Yetis Report by Matt Olson: Matt stated that the Yetis are going to northern Wisc. Feb. 8th. to meet with their group for a trail ride Feb 9-10. A week after that they will be meeting to vote for a member to be on the SDSA board. Al Nagel stated that he could put them on the advisory agenda for the Feb. meeting at the Governor’s Ride. Matt said they will invite the Wisc. group to come to Sioux Falls for the 2018 state convention. Matt stated they are still looking for new members between the ages of 12 and 20.
Safety Report by Corey Gelling: Corey stated there was nothing new at this time.
Charity Report by Ann Nagel: Ann stated she went to the Salvation Army and gave them a check for $250 and got a picture of her presenting the check. Ann wanted to remind everyone that we will be collecting canned goods for the food pantry this Sat. night at our Steak Feed Xmas party starting at 5:30 to 7pm and that she will be selling split pot tickets with the money going to a charity.
Activities/Trail Rides: Jim Weaver stated that he purchased 100 ribeye steaks and some hot dogs and will start cooking at 5:30pm. on Sat. Jan. 6th. at the Richmond Oasis. Our club trail ride is scheduled for Jan. 19th. & 20th. in the Black Hills. Everyone wanting to participate in the club rides are to meet at Dumont Lot both mornings as rides will start at 9:30am each morning. All club members are invited to attend the club meal at Creekside Restaurant at Deadwood Gulch Resort, the gathering is scheduled for 5pm so that members will be able to eat before attending the Sno-Cross races. Club members will be able to order off the menu and will be given $20 per person towards your meal. PLEASE RSVP meal plans to Ann Nagel at 605-228-4143 or email anagel4@abe.midco.net ( all times are local times). Jim Freidt stated that he talked to Deadwood Gulch and was told that when you come in the door to the restaurant turn to your left for the gathering and they stated if we are there by 5pm they will do their best to get the food out so people will have time to get to the Sno-Cross races. Jim Weaver stated that everyone planning on attending the Sno-Cross races should get their tickets early as they were sold out last year.
Monthly News Article: Matt Olson said he would do this again.
Old Business: Cheryl Gelling stated that her, Jim, & Matt took the remaining trophies that were in the trophy case around to the snowmobile dealers in Aberdeen asked if they would like to have some for display in their business. They were all more than happy to do this and each dealer took from 1 to 4 trophies. We now only have a few small plagues left and anyone that is interested in one of them contact Cheryl Gelling at 605-329-7402.
New Business: Ann Nagel asked everyone’s opinion if the club would be willing to pay the associate membership for Sivertsen Technology as Paul is donating his time for updating and managing the Driftbusters web site. Paul also has taken over marking the section of the trail from Richmond to Westport. Jim Weaver made a motion to pay the associate member dues for Sivertsen Technology for one year. Al Nagel seconded the motion, motion carried. Cheryl Gelling stated that between Xmas and New Years she called every member that had not paid their dues. She talked to 5 members who stated that they did not want to be members anymore, and 3 members that would be paying their dues, the rest she left messages on their answering machines that if they want to continue being members they need to pay their dues. Cheryl stated that if she didn’t hear from these members she will remove them from the membership list.
Next Meeting: Our nest meeting will be Feb. 1st at Anchors Away on Richmond Lake at 7:30pm.
Jim Gelling made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and Ken Ham seconded, meeting adjourned.
Lee Olson, President

Make Plans for Black Hills Club Ride

The Club Ride in the Black Hills is set for the weekend of January 19-20. Headquarter hotel is the Deadwood Gulch Resort. Rides are scheduled to leave from Dumont Lot on Friday and Saturday morning. A group gathering is planned for supper Saturday night at 5 pm at the Creekside Restaurant at the Deadwood Gulch Resort. Members are on their own to attend the Sno-Cross or other events around Deadwood. Sno-Cross tickets did sell out last year so you may want to buy tickets in advance. Check the events on the calendar for specifics of each club activity. Come join the fun!

January Newsletter

Driftbusters January Newsletter
Dec 2017

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and welcomed in 2018 in style! We spent 4 days in the Hills and rode 300 miles over the holidays. We were thankful for the warming shelters along the trails as a couple of the days the high was less than 10 degrees. The new Polaris’ are now officially off their training hours. We enjoyed 5 new inches of snow one of the days we rode. Overall, a good base has been formed. Let’s keep hoping for more snow throughout the state so we can ride the trails we spent so much time putting in!
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 4th at 7:30 PM at the Titan’s Restaurant in Frederick. Come early and have supper!
Saturday, January 6th we will host our Christmas Party with a free steak feed at the Richmond Oasis for members only. Party starts at 5:30pm. Bring a nonperishable item for the food pantry. We will have a 50/50 raffle as well with proceeds to the food pantry.
We are planning a Club Ride to the Black Hills during the SnoCross races January 19-21. We plan to ride on Saturday, January 20th – we will determine a meeting place at our Jan. 4th. meeting. The club voted to provide $20 per club member for dinner at the Deadwood Gulch/Creekside Restaurant at 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 20th. Of course, we will then be joining the cheering section at the SnowCross for Polaris rider, Cody Kamm ? Anyone wanting pit passes can stop by the SDSA booth to get them. A block of rooms for the club has been reserved at the Deadwood Gulch – first come, first serve. Ask for the Driftbusters rooms when reserving.
Hope to see you all out playing in the snow!
Tracy Olson, wife of President Lee Olson

December Meeting Minutes

Dec. 7th. Meeting Minutes
Meeting called to order by Jim Gelling standing in for Lee Olson, Pres.
Introductions were made by all.
Sec. report by Cheryl Gelling. Cheryl handed out the minutes from last month and asked if there were any corrections or additions. Duane Sutton stated that Dirk Rogers was spelled wrong. Jim Weaver stated that the club voted to send $500 to SDSA to help pay for the breakfast at the Governor’s ride but another club has stepped up and will be handling the breakfast for the Governor’s ride this year, so we do not need to send the $500. Jim asked for a motion to accept the minutes, Al Nagel made the motion to accept and Duane Sutton seconded, motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report by Ann Nagel: As of now we have 75 paid members and 10 associate members and 3 web site only members. A motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by Ken Ham and seconded by Casey Weismantel, motion carried.
SDSA Report by Jeff Thorne, SDSA is working on getting a new web site and hopes to have it up and running soon. You can get information on the SDSA Facebook page if you need something. SDSA will again be sponsoring the SnoPro races Jan. 19-20. Anyone wanting pit passes can stop by the SDSA booth to get them. The Governor’s ride will be Feb. 17th. You need to contact the Holiday Inn at Spearfish Canyon to get your reservations.
Advisory Report by Al Nagel: The fat tires are going to share part of the trail this year. Al said he talked to Shannon Percy and the trail is all marked and ready to go for Dec. 15th. Al also said that he has not heard if the new trail cameras are up and going yet. The next meeting will be at the Governor’s Ride Feb. 17th.
Trail Report by Jim Weaver: Jim said hats off to everyone, we have got our trail in and it has been inspected and the corrections have been made so we are ready to groom Dec. 15th. snow permitting. The groomer has been serviced and is ready to go. Ann Nagel asked if we were going to ask for an advance on our trail fund as we have in the past, and Jim Weaver stated he will talk to Ryan Raynor about it. Jim stated that he, Duane Sutton and Dirk Rodgers drove around and looked at all the signs that needed to be moved in the ditches for our trail. Dirk Rodgers has taken care of this so the club owes a big thank you to Dirk and the Brown County Highway Dept. Jim also stated that the crossing below the Richmond Dam in Frohling’s pasture needs to have some gravel or oversize rock hauled in to repair it. Jeff Thorne made a motion to let Duane Sutton take care of this, Joey Nagel seconded, and motion carried. Duane Sutton talked to Les Frohling and asked if he would have a problem with the club putting in permenant posts marking that section of the trail so we wouldn’t have to wait every fall for him to get his cattle out to mark it. Les Frohling stated he would not have a problem with that. Ken Ham made a motion to put in permanent signing in Les Frohling’s pasture and Jeff Thorne seconded, motion carried. Jim Weaver stated he has trail maps if anyone needs any.
Emergency Reaction: Duane Sutton stated he met with Scott Meints and that we need to update our list of the leaders for our emergency reaction team as the leaders have to be members of the snowmobile club. Duane stated that the emergency reaction sled we donated to the county is located in the blue building across the street north from the court house and they have it hooked to an ATV with tracks. Duane stated he will turn the list over to Al Nagel, who is the assistant leader to get it updated. Dan Rohbach said he will volunteer to take the NW position.
Yeti Report: nothing to report at this time.
Safety Report: Jim Gelling stated that he and Cheryl along with Corey and Kate met at the Pizza Ranch the day of the scheduled safety course and no one showed up to take the course.
Charity Report: Jim Weaver made a motion to donate $250 to the Salvation Army, Duane Sutton seconded, motion carried. Ann Nagel will contact them and take care of this.
Publicity: Ann Nagel will try to get a picture of her presenting the check to the Salvation Army.
Activities/ trail rides: Jim Weaver stated that if we get snow he will post on facebook dates of trail rides and trail conditions. Duane Sutton will contact the Richmond Oasis on the availability of Jan. 6th. or 13th to have our yearly steak feed there and will contact Cheryl to let everyone know which date we will have it. It was also decided that everyone should bring canned goods to be donated to a charity at the steak feed.
Monthly News Article: Everyone stated that Matt Olson does such a good job that he do it again.
Old business: Duane Sutton stated he would like to thank everyone that showed up to help him put in his section of the trail. Several of them were young members and worked hard and Duane stated that we need to get more of the young members involved in the activities of the club. Thank you.
New business: Jim Friedt asked for a head count on how many people plan on coming to the club ride supper at Deadwood Gulch. Duane Sutton stated that he has ACSA calendars so if anyone needs one please contact him. Duane made a motion to have our Jan 4th. meeting at the Titans Bar & Grill in Frederick at 7:30pm, Jeff Thorne seconded, motion carried.
Instead of the split pot drawing a surprise giveaway of a 12# turkey was drawn and Curt Merkel won.
Evan Halvorson made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Duane Sutton seconded, meeting adjourned.
Jim Gelling, acting Pres.

December Newsletter

Driftbusters December Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Christmas is just a few weeks away and it sounds like we might get some SNOW!!!!!

Our trail is all in and has been inspected by the state, all we need to do is make a few changes and the trail should be ready to go. After 3 snow less winters maybe this will be our year to ride around home.

The convention in Brookings was a lot of fun and a great success.

Hope everyone has made their reservations for the club ride in the Black Hills the weekend of Jan. 19th.

We will be discussing some club activities and trail rides at our next meeting which is this coming Thursday, Dec. 7th. at 7:30 pm at The Shed in Westport so please make it a point to come join us there.

NOTICE!!!!! Just a reminder for those of you who have not paid your club dues please do so as soon as possible so you can continue being a club member and getting the SnoPlainsman.

See you at the meeting this Thursday at The Shed in Westport.

Lee Olson, Pres.

Nov. 9th. Meeting Minutes

Driftbusters November 9 th. Meeting Minutes
Meeting called to order by Pres. Lee Olson
Minutes of the meeting were passed out by Sec. Cheryl Gelling for everyone to read. Lee asked if there were any corrections or additions, if not he asked for a motions to approve. Duane Sutton made a motion to approve, Jim Weaver seconded the motion, motion approved.
Treasurers Report by Ann Nagel: We have 71 paid members and 9 associates and 3 for the web site only. Ann stated that she just paid the insurance. Lee asked for a motion to approve the treasurers report. Duane Sutton made the motion to approve and Evan Halvorson seconded, motion approved.
Robert Teachout from Game, Fish, and Parks was present at the meeting and gave a report on signing the trails. He said he will get back to Jim Weaver next week with more details on who will be inspecting the trail. We assured him that we would like him involved.
SDSA Report by Jeff Thorne: State convention was last weekend. The beer and bull auction raised approx. $13,000. They had around 232 people attended the banquet Sat. night. The Sno Cross races are Jan. 19-20th. and SDSA will be involved in sponsoring the races. Governor’s ride will be the weekend of Feb. 17th. and there is a block of rooms that are reserved at the Spearfish Holiday Inn. Kelly Weaver stated that SDSA is looking for a club to help host the Governor’s ride. After some discussion it was decided that the Driftbusters do not have enough man power to help host the Governor’s ride. Jim Weaver made a motion to donate $500 to SDSA to help sponsor the Governor’s ride to help offset the cost, and Jeff Thorne seconded, motion carried. Jeff also stated that it is questionable if Arctic Cat is going to provide sleds for the ride. Jeff Thorne stated that at the convention the decision to raise the SDSA dues was tabled until next year.
Advisory report by Al Nagel: They met last Friday morning at the convention. There was discussion on trail reroutes in the Black Hills and at this time there will only be 1 new trail camera installed. One at Hardy Camp, one at Savoy, and one at Kirk Trailhead which is on Trail 7 out of Deadwood/Lead. The fat tire bikes will use 1and1/2 miles of Trail 3 and it will be marked multiple use. Groomer school will be held Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st. Next advisory council meeting will be 6pm Feb. 16th at the Holiday Inn.
Trail report by Jim Weaver: By Nov. 23rd. all the trail needs to be in. Groomer is ok. Jim stated that he and Duane Sutton rode around with Durk Rodgers of the Brown County Hyway Dept. and made a list of the signs that need to be moved. Durk state that he will take care of this. Trail maps are here and were handed out at the meeting to be distributed.
Yetis Report by Matt Olson. Matt stated that they will now have 5 members on the leadership committee with one of those members having a seat on the SDSA board and have voting rights. They changed the age limit of the Yetis to 12 to 20 years of age. The Yeti silent auction was awesome and they sold all the SDSA stickers they had. Matt stated that the Yetis would like to thank the Driftbusters for donating their old laptop to them.
Emergency Reaction. Nothing to report at this time.
Safety report: The safety course will be Nov. 19th. from 2pm to 5pm at the Pizza Ranch. Anyone wanting more information or to sign up contact Corey Gelling at 228-6827.
Charity: This was tabled until the next meeting.
Publicity/Monthly News Letter: Matt Olson will do this.
Activities: It was decided to postpone any activities until the Dec. meeting and hopefully it will have snowed.
Old Business: All members are reminded the club ride in the Black Hills will be the weekend of Jan. 19th. and a block of rooms has been reserved at Deadwood Gulch and all members that attend the ride will receive $20 towards their supper Sat. night at Deadwood Gulch. Discussion was held on the $1,000 donation the club voted on to give to the Yetis last Dec. Ann Nagel said she would take care of it.
New business: Nothing at this time.
Next meeting will be on Dec. 7th. at 7:30pm at The Shed in Westport.
Duane Sutton stated that he has ACSA calendars for $20.
Lee asked for a motion to adjourn. Jeff Thorne made a motion to adjourn, Jim Gelling seconded, meeting adjourned.

November Newsletter

Hello Everyone,
Hope everyone who had the chance to attend the convention had a good time. Looks like harvest will be wrapping up soon around here.
Time to get ready for winter as we have started and will finish getting the trail signed. Let’s hope this is the year we have a real Midwest winter. Be nice to use the trail, instead of marking it and removing the markers like the last couple of years.
Come join us for our next meeting at the Wakeside at Mina at 7:30pm this Thursday, Nov. 9th. for planning holiday events and trail rides.
PLEASE NOTE: To all members who have not paid their dues you need to do so as soon as possible. Thank you.
Lee Olson, Pres.

Black Hills Club Ride

A block of 19 rooms has been reserved at Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort for Jan. 18th, 19th, 20th, for the Driftbusters club ride in the Black Hills. Thurs. the 18th. is $39, Fri. the 19th. is $95, Sat. the 20th. is $105. The 3 day total is $282.86 which includes the tax. To reserve your room call 605-578-1294 or 1-800-695-1876 and be sure and tell them you are with the Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile Club. It was decided that the club will pay $20 per member that participates in the club ride toward their supper at the Deadwood Gulch Resort Sat. evening Jan. 20th.
Hope to see you all there as this is also the weekend of the Deadwood Sno Cross races. Cheryl Gelling, Sec.