Nov. Meeting Minutes

Driftbusters Nov. 1st Meeting Minutes
Meeting was called to order by Pres. Elect Dan Rohrbach.
Secretary report by Cheryl Gelling: Cheryl handed out the minutes from the Oct. meeting and Dan asked if everyone had read them. Dan asked if there were any corrections or additions if not he asked for a motion to accept. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Al Nagel seconded by Duane Sutton motion approved.
Treasures report by Ann Nagel: To date we have 65 paid members, 10 associate members, and 1 web site only.
SDSA report by Jeff Thorne: Jeff mentioned that District 3 will be open this year as he is not running again. State convention at Sioux Falls Nov. 30—Dec 1st. Instead of having everyone wins tickets they are selling tickets for a brand new can-am side by side for first place and a honda generator for second place, and several cash prizes . The tickets are $50 each. If anyone wants to purchase a ticket contact Ann Nagel.
Advisory report by Al Nagel. Our next meeting will be at the convention Nov. 30th. at 10 am.
Trail report by Jim Weaver: Jim stated it is now time to start putting in the trail, if anyone needs any supplies please contact him. Trail needs to be in by Nov. 21st. Jim stated he is looking for some help to do some repair work on the groomer, so if anyone is interested call him at 216-5309. We can start grooming the trail Dec. 15th.
Emergency Reaction: Al Nagel asked if Cheryl could send him the updated list. Cheryl said she would do this.
Yetis report by Tracy Olson: They had a meeting in Sioux Falls and they are working on making fire starters and stickers that they will be selling at the convention. They have fund raisers planned to help pay for their expenses and are planning to send a Yetis member to the International Convention again. They had a campout this summer and every quarter of the year they try to get together.
Safety report by Corey Gelling: Corey stated the he has 7 people signed up. We have put flyers all over town and it was published in the Aberdeen American News earlier in the week. Curt Merkel of Curt’s Motorsports offered to host the safety course next year at his place of business which would be large enough to use the state snowmobile safety simulator. The course will be Sun. Nov. 18th. at the Pizza Ranch from 2 to 5 pm. for more information or to sign up contact Corey Gelling at 605-228-6827.
Charity: Nothing to report at this time.
Publicity: Nothing to report at this time.
SnoPlainsman monthly newsletter: Kelly Bindenagel said she will do this.
Old business: All nominees for awards must be in by Nov. 1st to Mary Ann.
New business: Casey Weismantel gave a presentation to the club for a new fund raiser that we plan on calling casino night. After a long presentation and lively discussion Duane Sutton made the motion to do this and picked a date of March 30th. at the Elk”s lodge, Joey Nagel seconded. Motion approved. Plans are to sell dinner tickets ahead of time for this event. It was decided to form a committee that will be meeting several times to work out all the details.
Split pot drawing of $34 was won by Jim Weaver.

Next meeting: Cheryl Gelling made a motion to have the Dec. 6th. meeting at The Shed 18 in Westport. Casey Weismantel seconded. Motion approved.
Motion to adjourn: Jeff Thorne made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Mike Gelling seconded. Meeting adjourned.

November Newletter

November Newsletter
Hello Driftbusters,
Wow!!! We got our first measurable snow fall so maybe this will be the year we will be able to snowmobile around our area. We can plan some family club rides, radar runs and some other fun events with our snowmobiles.
Next week, Nov. 1st. our trail leaders will begin marking our snowmobile trail and we can always use some volunteers to help mark the trail. If you want to volunteer to help mark the trail please contact Jim Weaver at 216-5309.
Don’t forget to book your rooms for the club ride and the Deadwood SnoCross races in Jan. I would advise to buy your tickets for the races early as they do sell out fast.
The 49th. Annual SDSA Convention will be held in Sioux Falls Nov. 30 / Dec. 1st. For more information and registration forms check in the SnoPlainsman. They are trying something new this year as they will be selling raffle tickets for a 2018 can am defender XTHD8 side by side and other prizes to be given away at the convention. The tickets are $50 each so if you want to purchase one contact your local club.
Nov. 18th. is the free snowmobile safety course at the Pizza Ranch from 2pm to 5pm. For more information or to register contact Corey Gelling, 605-228-6827.
Just a reminder if you haven’t paid your club dues you need to do so as soon as possible.
Our next club meeting will be at Anchor’s Away on Richmond Lake Nov. 1st. at 7:30pm.
Evan Halvorson, President

October Meeting Minutes

Driftbusters Oct. Meeting Minutes
Meeting was called to order by Pres.-Elect Dan Rorhbach.
Dan asked Joey Nagel to give a report on the special meeting of the board at the Sept. campout. Joey said the board members met to decide where to get the money to pay the monthly bills. Joey stated the board members decided to transfer $2,500 from the trail fund to the general and to be reimbursed by Sept. 1st. 2019.
Secretary Report by Cheryl Gelling: Cheryl handed out the minutes from the Sept. meeting and Dan asked if everyone had read them. Dan asked if there were any corrections or additions if not he asked for a motion to accept. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Duane Sutton, seconded by Jeff Thorne, motion approved.

Treasures Report by Ann Nagel: To date we have 50 paid members and 8 paid associates. Ann stated that she needs to pay the insurance which is $924. Motion was made to put in for an advancement payment on our trail fund by Joey Nagel, and Duane Sutton seconded, motion approved.
SDSA Report by Jeff Thorne; SDSA raffle tickets for a CanAm are $50. SDSA convention will be Nov 30-Dec.1 in Sioux Falls. The SnoPro race are in Jan. 25-26. Ann stated that she heard from Mary Ann that we will have 5 delegates at the convention. She stated that she also has all the forms for man/woman/youth/teen/groomer/family/hall of fame of the year awards which are due by Nov. 1st. She stated that Jeff Thorne’s position of District 3 Director will be up this year so we need to elect someone.
Advisory Report by Al Nagel: There was damage to some of the trails in the Black Hills by tornadoes and they hope to have it cleared up. The Advisory Council meeting is Nov. 1, 10:am at the convention in Sioux Falls.
Trail Report by Jim Weaver: Jim said we can start putting in our trail Nov. 1st. or maybe sooner if the ditches are mowed. Trail must be in by Nov. 23rd. and then Game, Fish, and Parks has to inspect it. Jim stated he will have to do a reroute on his section because they are putting in curb and gutters along 8th. Ave. east of Western Printing where they are building the new soybean plant. The groomer was inspected by the state and they discovered we have 2 front broken leaf springs. Jim said he has the parts, just needs to find time to have them replaced. Jim stated that we need a back up groomer operator to help groom the snowmobile trail this winter. Anyone interested contact Jim Weaver at 216-5309.
Emergency Reaction: Al Nagel has taken this over from Sonny Pence and there is nothing to report.
Safety Report by Jim Gelling: Jim stated that the safety course will be Sunday, November 18th. 2-5 at the Pizza Ranch. Contact Corey Gelling at 605-228-6827 for more information or to sign up.
Charity: nothing at this time.
Publicity by Cheryl Gelling: Cheryl stated that she talked to Cuyler Meade who replaced Andrew Johnson as sports editor for the Aberdeen American News. Cheryl explained to him that we have made the sports editor a complimentary member in the past and he would be the go to person when we need to have anything published in regards to the snowmobile club. Joey Nagel made a motion to make Cuyler an honorary member and Jeff Thorne seconded, motion approved.
Activities/ Trail Rides. Discussion was held on having a club ride in the Black Hills on SnoCross weekend. Al Nagel made a motion to have the ride and Duane Sutton seconded, motion approved. It was decided to let everyone make their own reservations for this event.
Monthly News Letter: Ann Nagel said she will do this.
Convention Report: Ann Nagel stated that we need 5 members to be delegates at the convention meeting. Kelly Weaver stated that one thing she thinks that will be discussed is a raise in SDSA dues. Ann Nagel stated that next year SDSA turns 50 as does the Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile Club and it would be awesome if the Driftbusters could get the award for being the largest club again.
New business: A long discussion was held on how the club can recruit new members, raise money for the club, and have new events. Such as have a booth at the open houses of the local snowmobile dealers to sign up new members. Casey Weismantel gave some suggestions on several different kinds of fund raisers that we could try. He said he will bring more information at our next meeting.
Old Business: Dan Rorhbach asked about the web site chargers and why it costs so much. Ann Nagel stated she has contacted Paul Sivertson about putting a counter on the web site so see if enough people go to it to make it worth keeping. Discussion was held on finding someone to replace Jeff Thorne as District 3 Director. Jeff Thorne will try for Man of the Year, Kelly Weaver nominated Dennis & Char Beckler for Hall of Fame.
Split Pot Drawing: Jeff Thorne won $25.
Next meeting: Anchor’s Away Nov. 1st.
Motion to adjourn by Cheryl Gelling, seconded by Jeff Thorne, meeting adjourned.

Octobetr Newsletter

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

Hello Driftbusters!

I hope everyone had a nice cool Gypsy Days! Thank you everyone that participated in the camp out and go-cart festivities, fun was had by all!

It looks like the Black Hills might get a taste of the good stuff, which means it’s only a matter of time before we see our first dusting!

Don’t forget to book your rooms for the club ride, and Deadwood Snocross races in January, and I would advise to buy tickets in advance for the races as they do sell out early!

Just a reminder we will start marking our trail Nov. 1st. and we always need volunteers to help mark the trail. If you want to volunteer to mark the trail please contact Jim Weaver at 216-5309.

The 49th. annual SDSA convention will be held in Sioux Falls Nov. 30th.—Dec. 1st. More information will be coming in the SnoPlainsman.

If you have not paid your annual dues please remember to do so. Bring a friend and sign them up as we need all the members we can get.

This months meeting is at the Wakeside on Oct. 4th. at 7:30pm, hope to see everyone there!

Evan Halvorson, President

Sept. 6th. Meeting Minutes

Sept. 6th. Meeting Minutes
Meeting was held at the Pizza Ranch
Pres. Evan Halvorson called the meeting to order.
Secretary Report by Cheryl Gelling: Cheryl handed out the minutes from the April meeting and Evan asked if everyone had read them. Evan asked if there were any corrections or additions if not he asked for a motion to approve. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Ken Ham, seconded by Jeff Thorne, motion approved.
Treasurers Report by Ann Nagel: We have 8 paid members to date. Treasurer’s report approved.
SDSA Report by Jeff Thorne: Jeff said the 50/50 tickets are here and I will be handing them out for everyone to sell. The convention will be the first weekend in Dec in Sioux Falls and more details will follow. Instead of Everyone Wins tickets this year they will be selling 400 tickets at $50 a ticket for a brand new CanAm side by side. SnoPro races in Deadwood Jan. 25-26.
Advisory Report by Al Nagel: We had a meeting in Aug. in Pierre. We had a presentation from a lady from Brookings from SDSU on the Veterans Ride on Martin Luther King weekend in Jan. in the Black Hills. More details will follow. The state will be putting up another trail camera in Big Hill parking lot which will be solar powered. Only one trail reroute due to logging and one new groomer purchased. Next meeting is Nov. 30.
Trail Report by Jim Gelling filling in for Jim Weaver: Jim said the state has approved our trail proposal so our trail route will be the same as last year. We need to send a copy of our insurance policy to Ryan Raynor, trail specialist. We can start marking the trail Nov. 1st. We need to check with all trail leaders to make sure they are ok with marking their section of the trail this year. The groomer was inspected by the state a few weeks ago and was given an ok. Tracks may need to be tightened a little bit and we need to decide if we need to change the oil.
Yeti Report by Matt Olson: Matt stated they had their campout this summer and everyone had a good time. The Yeti’s have been invited to sit in on the Advisory Council Meeting at the convention.
Safety Course: We need to set a date for the safety course. We will discuss this at the campout.
Charity: Nothing to report at this time.
Publicity: Nothing to report at this time.
Activities/ Trail rides: Our annual membership drive and campout will be Sept 14-15 at Wylie Park Campground, if you plan on camping with us and have not reserved your spot you need to do so as soon as possible. The turkeys will be cooked Friday night with the first ones done by 7pm. The Sat pot luck will be at 5:30pm with the Millstone providing the meat and buns. Jim Weaver will take care of the beverages and other paper products. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. Go Karts will follow from 7:30pm to 9:30pm for all members.
Monthly News article: this has already been sent in for the first Sno-Plainsman.
New business: Discussion was held on a memorial for Ken Fiedler, long time member, that recently passed away. A motion was made by Al Nagel for a $500 memorial, seconded by Casey Weismantel. After a discussion on which charity the money would go to a motion was made by Dan Rohbach to give $250 to NSU and $250 to the Yeti group. Seconded by Ken Ham, motion approved.
Gypsy Day Parade Dan, Joey and Evan will do this. Ann Nagel will take care of getting the candy to throw out and Dan, Joey and Evan will get the kids to help walk it.
Discussion was held on the Web site and associate members.
Next meeting is Oct. 4th. at Wakeside Bar and Grill at Mina at 7:30pm.
Motion to adjourn was made by Al Nagel and seconded by Ann Nagel, meeting adjourned.
Cheryl Gelling, Sec.

Driftbusters Fall Campout Agenda

Friday night Sept. 14th. will be the turkey and talk around the campfire. First turkeys will be ready around 7pm.
Saturday Sept. 15th. will be the potluck at 5pm in the side room of the reservation building at Wylie Park. The club will provide the meat and beverages, members are asked to bring a dish to pass. The go-karts will follow the meal from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. All members are asked to come join us for a weekend of fun.

Each Summer Day is One Step Closer to Snowmobile Season!

Get your plans for fall in order and plan to come to the first Driftbusters Club meeting on Thursday, September 6th at the Pizza Ranch! We’ll be talking about the Fall Campout plans and start making the list of what fun we want to plan for the upcoming snow season! Bring your ideas! Meeting start at 7:30 PM; come early to eat if you want. See you there!

Driftbusters Fall Campout

TO ALL MEMBERS: When you call Wylie Park Campground to reserve your camp site for the Sept. 14-15 fall membership drive and campout you need to call 626-3512 or 888-326-9693 and ask for Dawn or Wendy. You need to tell them you are with the (DRIFTBUSTERS). The sites that have been reserved for the Driftbusters are 61 through 68, 77 through 81, 87,88,89. If you still have problems making a reservation call me at 605-329-7402. Cheryl Gelling, Sec.

April Meeting Minutes

April 5th. Meeting Minutes
Meeting was held at the Pizza Ranch
Pres. Lee Olson called the meeting to order.
Secretary Report by Cheryl Gelling. Cheryl handed out the minutes from last month and Lee asked if everyone had read them. Lee asked if there were any corrections or additions if not he asked for a motion to approve. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Jeff Thorne and seconded by Jim Weaver motion carried.
Treasurers Report by Ann Nagel: Ann stated that we will have to pay Dennis Beckler for groomer storage which will come out of the trail fund and Kenny Ham for grooming. Ann handed out the financial report for the club from June 1st when she took over the treasurers job to March 31st. After much discussion about if we should change the start and end date for the financial year. Tracy Olson made a motion to leave it the same as in past years, Kelly seconded, motion carried. Ann stated that it shows on the bottom of her financial report that we ended the year with a loss of $3,218.60, part of the reason for this is the fact that the club had to buy 2 new laptop computers this past year. One for the secretary and one for the treasurer. We ended the year with 91 members, 3 were complimentary, 13 associate members, 2 were complimentary, and 3 web site only. Ann Nagel stated that she received a text from Krysti Mikkonen that Krysti would be sending a bill for the Driftbusters web site. Ann Nagel said she would like to thank Kelly Weaver for all the help in setting up the new treasurer’s computer and all the questions I had. Ann stated that we have a CD coming due on April 27th. After a brief discussion a motion was made by Kelly Weaver to renew the CD for 20 months and Joey Nagel seconded it, motion approved.
Yeti Report by Matt Olson: Matt stated that the Yeti has been selling tickets for a camping trip to Lake Thompson on June 22nd. Anyone who wants to join them please contact Audrey Rider to reserve a camp site.
SDSA and Advisory Report by Jeff Thorne and Al Nagel. Their next meeting is May 12th at Pierre. There was very few accidents and no deaths.
Trail Report by Jim Weaver: Trail markers need to be out by May 1st., we need our reimbursement requests in by May 1st. and our trail route proposal needs to be in by May 1st. Jim Weaver stated that he talked to all the trail leaders if they are ok with doing their section of the trail next year and if any of them wanted to change the route of their section. They all said they were ok with doing their section of the trail again and keeping their route the same for next year. Jim Gelling stated that a snowmobiler has hit another large rock that was right in the middle of the trail on the Mina loop.
Activities: The Pizza/Swim Party is April 15th. at the AmericInn starting at 3pm with pizza’s served at 5:30pm. Please contact Ann Nagel if you plan to attend and let her know how many will be there so she can order the pizza’s. The annual fall campout and membership drive will be at Wylie Campground the weekend of Sept. 14-15. The go karts have been reserved for Sat. the 15th. Campground site maps were handed out so if you want to reserve a site contact information is at the top of the page. Anyone wanting a campground site map please contact driftbusters@nrctv.com.
Old Business: Lee Olson stated that we need to finish the election of officers and board members. Jim Weaver made the motion to reelect Dan Rohbach and Joey Nagel for the 2 open board positions, Al Nagel seconded, motion carried. Jim Gelling made a motion to assign Casey Weismantel to finish Evan Halvorson’s open position for next year, Ann Nagel seconded, motion carried. Evan Halvorson made a motion to nominate Dan Rohbach for Pres. elect for next year, Corey Gelling seconded, motion carried. Both secretary and treasurer agreed to 1 more year.
Charity Report by Ann Nagel: Ann stated that she filed a report with Diane Hiles that we had $1,860 donated and we had 170 volunteer hrs. for the past year.
New Business: Ann Nagel stated that we have H&R Block do our taxes. Cheryl Gelling made a motion that we have our 4 board members be our volunteer audit committee in case the club is ever audited, Tracy Olson seconded, motion carried.
Split Pot drawing: $24. Winner is Dan Rohbach.
Our next meeting will be Sept 6th. at the Pizza Ranch.
Motion to adjourn by Jim Weaver, seconded by Jim Gelling, meeting adjourned.
Cheryl Gelling, Sec.

April Newsletter

APRIL NEWSLETTER
Hello Everyone,
I hope that all of you found snow or went to the Hills this year. The Hills had one of their best amounts of snow in years. As the season comes to an end you would expect that all the snow will melt and go away, right? Well in my area there is still snow on the ground and more snow is coming. I am sure everyone knows that March 31st. is the last day that we can groom the trails East river and in the Black Hills. So it is now time to start removing all the trail markers. Anyone wanting to help please contact one of the trail leaders as I am sure they would appreciate all the help they can get.
The last event of the year is our Pizza/Swim Party on April 15th. at the AmericInn starting at 3pm. Pizza will be served at 5:30 pm so if you plan to attend please text, email, or phone Ann Nagel at 228-4143 and give her a head count so she will know how many pizza’s to order.
Our last meeting of the season will be April 5th. at 7:30pm at the Pizza Ranch. We will be finalizing the election for 2 new board members but we still need a Pres-Elect. So younger members step up and help us.
The date has been set for Sept. 14-16th. 2018 for our fall campout and membership drive. Check the web site for updates through the summer.
I hope that all of you have some fun plans for the summer as my family and I plan on going to Iowa and Illinois to tour two John Deere factories. Otherwise I hope that all of you have a great summer and hope to see you all next snow season.
I would like to thank the Driftbusters for giving me the privilege of being your President this past year.
Lee Olson, President

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