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.

October Meeting Minutes

Driftbusters Oct. 5th. 2017 Meeting Minutes
Meeting was called to order by Jim Gelling filling in for President Lee Olson.
Minutes of the Sept. meeting were handed out by Sec. Cheryl Gelling for everyone to read. Jim Gelling asked if there were any corrections or additions, if not he asked for a motion to approve. Motion was made by to approve by Duane Sutton and seconded by Ann Nagel, Motion approved.
Treasurers report by Ann Nagel. Duane Sutton made a motion that when another cd becomes due in Oct. that we renew it for a year, Al Nagel seconded, motion approved. To date we have 58 paid members and 9 paid associates members. All bills have been paid. Al Nagel made a motion to approve the treasurers report, Jim Weaver seconded, motion approved.
SDSA Report: The 2017 SDSA convention is in Brookings, Nov. 3rd. & 4th. Entry forms are in the SnoPlainsman. Cheryl Gelling read an email from Jeff Thorne that he forwarded from SDSA that they will be discussing and voting on raising the annual SDSA dues $10 to $15 a year at the annual SDSA convention meeting in Brookings.
Advisory Report by Al Nagel: There will be new trail cameras in the Black Hills. The state has purchased one new groomer for the Black Hills. All the northeast trails will be inspected by a Game, Fish, & Parks official out of Watertown. The next advisory council meeting will be at the convention in Brookings. Al said no decision has been made on the fat-tire bicycle riding on the trails in the Black Hills.
Trail Report by Jim Weaver: We can start marking the trails Nov. 1st. and they need to be done by Nov. 23rd. as inspection will be done Dec. 1st. The Groomer is all serviced and ready to go and anyone wanting to help mark trails please contact Jim Weaver at 605-216-5309. Jim said if any of the trail leaders need supplies please contact him.
Emergency Reaction: Nothing to report at this time.
Safety Report by Corey Gelling: The date was set for the free safety course for Sunday, Nov. 19th. from 1pm to 5pm. Cheryl will check to see of the Primrose gym would be available for that day. For more information contact Corey Gelling at 605-226-4939.
Charity: nothing to report.
Publicity: Jeff Thorne sent the 50/50 tickets for the convention for us to sell. Ann Nagel still has Every-One-Wins tickets so anyone wanting any tickets please contact Ann Nagel at 605-228-2143. The Driftbusters were on the In Touch program on the radio promoting the snowmobile club. Anyone wanting to listen to the interview go to the Dakota Radio web site, click on the news box, and then on the drop down click on the In Touch.
Activities/trail rides: It was decided it was to early to schedule anything.
Monthly News Letter: Matt Olson will do this.
Yetis Report: Tracy Olson said this group will be hosting a hospitality room at the convention in Brookings.
Old business: It was decided to give the trophy case to Dennis & Char Beckler. James and Cheryl Gelling are still storing the trophies and the club is open on suggestions on what to do with them. The Gypsy Day float was very good so a big thank you to Dan Rohrbach, Joey Nagel, Evan Halvorson, and their children for doing this.
New Business: Discussion was held on having our annual club ride in the Black Hills on Jan. 19th and 20th which is the weekend of the Sno Cross races. Jim Freidt will check on getting a block of rooms at Deadwood Gulch. After some discussion Jim Weaver made a motion that we have a club sponsored supper at the Deadwood Gulch resort dining room on Sat. evening Jan. 20th. for all club members participating in the club ride that weekend and that the club pay $20 per club member towards their supper. Dan Rohrbach seconded, motion carried.
Next meeting will be moved to Nov. 9th because of the convention in Brookings, and it will be at WakeSide in Mina at 7:30pm.
Jim Gelling asked for a motion to adjourn. Motion to adjourn by Duane Sutton and seconded by Jim Friedt, meeting adjourned.
Jim Gelling acting Pres.

October Newsletter

October Newsletter
Our next meeting is coming up on Thursday, October 5th. at 7:30 PM at the Pizza Ranch. We will be moving our monthly meetings around to support all of our Associate Members so watch the newsletter for locations. Since our November meeting lands the day before the start of the State Convention in Brookings we will be deciding on an alternate date for the Nov. meeting. Watch your email for date and location!
Agenda items for our October meeting include: setting a date for the safety course, teams and dates for starting the signing of our trail, award nominations for Woman of the Year, Man of the Year, Teen of the Year, Groomer of the Year and Family of the Year. Attend the meeting or submit a nomination via email at by Oct. 20th. 2017. If you need a form, please contact us at
We had a successful camp out again this year though the weather could have been a little warmer. Guess it was preparing us for the winter season that we hope will bring lots of snow. Now is the time that we also need to renew our membership dues. Family memberships are $30.00 year. $20 goes to the state for your SDSA membership which includes the Snowplainsman Newsletter. $10 stays with our local club. Dues can be mailed to: Driftbusters Snowmobile Club, P.O. Box 204, Aberdeen, S.D. 57402-0204. If you are an area business owner and wish to promote your business through our local club and at the state level, Associate Memberships are available. Contact Cheryl Gelling, Sec. at 605-329-7402.
The club will be moving the webpage to Paul Sivertsen. Paul has offered to donate his time to update the webpage and help make the site more interactive for our members to post pictures, stories of the fun everyone is having in the snow.
Because the club could not find a place to display the trophy case and trophies, the club decided to donate the trophy case to Dennis and Char Beckler. James & Cheryl Gelling still have the trophies until it can be decided what to do with them.
At the last meeting it was reported that the SD Game, Fish and Parks will be installing additional cameras in the Black Hills so we will now have accurate snow/weather reports throughout the trail.
We will be signing our trails soon – about 75 miles worth. This takes a lot of volunteer hours to make sure the trail is safe and ready to ride for the first snowfall. If you are interested in assisting with signing the trail, please contact Jim Weaver at 605-216-5309.
Hope you can make the next meeting. Bring a friend and your family – snowmobiling is FUN and it starts by getting involved in your local club!
Lee Olson, President

Sept. 7th. meeting minutes

Driftbusters Sept. 7th. 2017 Meeting Minutes
Meeting was called to order by President Lee OIson.
Minutes of the April meeting were handed out by Sec. Cheryl Gelling. Lee asked if there were any corrections or additions to the minutes if not he asked for a motion to approve. A motion to approve was made by Duane Sutton and seconded by Al Nagel. Motion approved.
Treasurers report by Ann Nagel; Discussion was held on whether to put some of the club fund into another CD. Duane Sutton made the motion to put $10,000 in a CD for 28 months. Al Nagel seconded, motion carried. Club dues for ACSA. Ann asked if we want to pay the business rate of $250 like we did last year. Jim Weaver made a motion to pay the $250 , Tracy Olson seconded, motion carried.
SDSA convention at Brookings on Nov. 3-4 2017. It was suggested that anyone planning on attending the convention they need to make their reservations as soon as possible.
Advisory Council by Al Nagel; there was discussion on the budget. The state has purchased 1 new groomer. The state is putting up 3 cameras in different locations in the Hills that will be showing the actual trail so anybody wanting to check the snow conditions can do so.
Trail Report by Jim Weaver; Discussion was held on the new signs that the state has put in the ditches that block our trail. Duane Sutton stated that they are in the southern part of the state now and he has been in contact with Derk Rogers of the Brown County Highway Dept. and gave him a list of the signs that we need moved. Jim Weaver stated that the groomer is in good shape as it was all serviced last year and only used once. It has been inspected by the state so it should be ready to go. We can start marking the trail on Nov. 1 and it has to be done by Nov. 23 as the inspection will be done by Dec. 1st. and we can start grooming Dec. 15th. Paul Sivertson and Tom Wanttie will be taking over Bruce & Diane Tollefson’s section of the trail. A big thank you to Paul and Tom for volunteering. Jim Weaver stated that if any of the trail leaders need supplies for marking the trail to please contact him as soon as possible. The state will be sending a person from Watertown to inspect the northeast trails. Ann Nagel stated that she entered the Driftbusters in the Gypsy Day Parade. Joey Nagel, Dan Rohrbach, and Evan Halvorson will be in charge of the float.
Emergency Reaction; Nothing to report at this time.
Safety ; The date for the safety training course will need to be set at the Oct. meeting.
Charity; We will continue selling 50/50 fund raiser tickets at our monthly meetings.
Publicity ; Kelly Weaver has arranged for a radio interview on Dakota Broadcasting which will be live on Tues. Oct. 3rd. to talk about the Driftbusters Snowmobile Club. Tracy and Matt Olson have volunteered to do the radio interview.
Activities/trail ride. The Driftbusters annual campout and membership drive is Sept. 15-16 at Wylie Park Campground, please come join us whether you have a camper or not. For more information contact Cheryl Gelling at 605-329-7402.
Monthly News article. Matt Olson was volunteered to do this.
Yeti report by Matt Olson. We had a meeting in May in Pierre and another meeting in Aug. in Sioux Falls. Discussion was held on the booth we will have at the Convention in Brookings. Postures were made to get more members and have them to distribute around the communities in the state of S.D. It was suggested that a member of the Y.E.T.I.S. be present when the SDSA board meets to learn how to govern our group and have input in the S. D. Snowmobile Association.
Old Business; Tracy Olson nominated Evan Halvorson to be President Elect. Evan agreed and Ann Nagel seconded, motion approved.
New Business; Discussion was held on the Driftbusters web site. Paul Sivertson was present at the meeting and said he will be willing to help update the web site and make it more user friendly, such as club members would be able to post pictures or videos, also he would help set up a pay pal account for the Driftbusters who want to pay their dues on line. He would help to make better advertising for the associate members. Discussion was held on what to do with the trophies and trophy case. Jim and Cheryl Gelling volunteered to take pictures of all the trophies and the trophy case. Paul Sivertson suggested that if we update the web site he could put all the pictures of the trophies on the web site so everyone could scroll through them and look at the trophies and see what they were for. Discussion was also held on the disposal of the trophies and trophy case. More discussion will be held on the trophies and trophy case at the campout. Al Nagel made the motion to go ahead with updating the web site and Jim Weaver seconded. Motion carried. Cheryl Gelling asked what to do with the old laptop computer. Paul Sivertson said he could wipe it, update it and we could donate it to someone. Duane Sutton made a motion to give it to the YETI group. Jim Weaver seconded, motion carried. Discussion was held on buying a laptop for the treasurer. Al Nagel made a motion to get the same laptop, like the club bought for the secretary, for the treasurer, Tracy Olson seconded, motion carried.
Next Meeting; October 5th. 7:30 pm at the Pizza Ranch.
Motion to adjourn was made by Evan Halvorson seconded by Jim Weaver, meeting adjourned.
Lee Olson, President

September Newsletter

September Newsletter:

Welcome back from summer vacation. Let’s hope for a better year of snow this year.

Our first meeting of the year will be September 7th at 7:30 PM at the Pizza Ranch. Come out and help us get the year started right. We will be discussing the trail – the state decided to move some signs and several are in the middle of the trail so we will need to review options or our trail may be in jeopardy. Also, we will need to decide how to handle the trophy case that needs to be moved due to the Pizza Ranch remodeling. Currently this is being stored in the Gelling’s snowmobile trailer and they will need that soon! Other agenda items include: monthly meeting location, website and newsletter.
We are still looking for a President Elect for the Club. It is important for the Club to continue so we can advocate for access to snowmobiling, have a trail and overall just HAVE FUN!
My son Matt will be giving a YETIS – Youth Engagement Through Involvement in Snowmobiling update from their spring meeting in Pierre in May and their summer outing in Sioux Falls in August. We encourage the teens of our club to join YETIS – no additional fee, but a lot of fun! The next YETIS meeting is scheduled during the convention in Brookings in November.
The annual camp out and Membership Drive will be September 15-17 at Wylie Park. If you do not have your campsites contact Wylie Park at 605-626-3512 and be sure and tell them that you are with the Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile club and reserve soon. You don’t need a camper to come join the fun. Friday night there will be a turkey cookout and campfire. Saturday will be the potluck meal 5:30pm with the Millstone furnishing our main course, followed by free go carts to paid members and likely another bonfire. Come join all or a portion of the weekend. Bring along a friend – recruit someone new to snowmobiling!
You will be asked to pay your dues at the camp out – $30.00/year per family which includes SDSA dues and access to the Snowplainsman. SDSA gets $20.00 and $10.00 stays with the club.
There is also an Associate Membership. If you are a business owner or know of someone that would be interested in becoming an associate member, contact a club member and we can reach out to the business with the information. Associate memberships allow the business to advertise to club members and be recognized on the website.
Hope to see you at one of the September events to get our season kicked off to a great start! Call me or email if you have questions or agenda items.
President, Lee Olson

April Meeting Minutes

Driftbusters April 6th. Meeting Minutes


Meeting called to order by Jim Gelling because President Jeff Thorne was out of town on business.

Minutes of the meeting were handed out by Sec. Cheryl Gelling, Jim asked if there were any corrections or additions to the minutes if not he asked for a motion to approve. A motion to approve was made by Al Nagel, and seconded by Ken Ham. Motion approved.

Treasurers Report by Jim Friedt. Jim stated he will make an appointment with H&R Block to have the taxes done. Jim stated that we have 103 paid members and 16 associate members. Ann Nagel made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, it was seconded by Al Nagel, motion approved.

SDSA report. Nothing at this time.  

Advisory report. Nothing to report.

Trail Report by Jim Weaver. Jim stated we had a very short grooming season.  50hrs grooming and 7 rotations groomed. Jim stated that we had gravel hauled in below the dam at Richmond on the snowmobile trail and we will probably have to do that every year because the gravel washes out every spring. April 25th. is when we have to have the grant in aid forms filled out and mailed in. May 1st. all trail markers must be out. Jim stated that Bruce and Diane Tollefson informed the club that this will be their last year for marking the trail from Richmond to Westport. An email was sent out to every member asking for someone to come to the April meeting and volunteer to take over this section. No one showed up at the meeting to volunteer and therefore there was much discussion on whether to keep our trail system or not. Jim Friedt said he would talk to his son and his son’s friends to see if they would take over marking that section of the trail. It was then decided to turn in the trail proposal for next year.

Emergency Reaction. Stacey Pence has lists of the people who have volunteered to help with this and they need to be double checked for addresses so she handed the list around for everyone to look at and make any changes that were necessary.

Charity: Nothing to report at this time.

Activities: The Pizza/swim party will be at the Super 8 East on Sunday, April 9th. Swimming starts at 1pm and pizza will be served at 5:30pm. Everyone planning on attending are asked to contact Wanda Gelling at 605-216-2349 so she knows how many pizza’s to order.

Yeti Report by Matt Olson. He stated that they just elected officers and they are not that organized as of yet but they would like to invite members from all clubs to events state wide and was wondering what our opinion was for this idea to invite Yeti members and their parents from other clubs to our campout in the fall. The Yeti members would like to have their meetings at these events so they can get to know everyone and plan their events accordingly. He stated they would be meeting this June in Pierre and he would inform us of their plans.

Old Business: Jim Weaver stated that he was contacted by Dakota Motor Sports who ordered the new SkiDoo banner to replace the one that belonged to Duane Sutton that disappeared at our State Convention last fall. Jerome Ottenbacher the owner of Dakota Motor Sports asked if the club would be willing to pay his membership dues, associate member dues and web site dues for 2 years in exchange for his cost for the new banner. A motion was made by Ken Ham to approve this and seconded by Kelly Weaver, motion approved.      

New Business: Election of Officers. Jim stated that at the last meeting Andy Olson and Evan Halvorson were nominated to be board members. Jim asked if there is any more nominations for the position of 2 board members if not he asked for a motion to approve Andy Olson and Evan Halvorson as board members. Motion was made by Kelly Weaver and seconded by Al Nagel, motion approved. Jim asked for nominations for Pres. elect. This spot was left open at this time as no one volunteered. Jim asked for nominations for the treasurers job that Jim Friedt currently holds. Ann Nagel volunteered for this position and asked if Jim would help her get oriented and Jim said he would. Ken Ham made the motion to nominate Ann Nagel as our new treasurer and Duane Sutton seconded, motion carried. Jim asked for nomination for the secretary position held by Cheryl Gelling. No one volunteered so Cheryl said she would do it on a yearly basis so some one else has an opportunity to learn the position and I will help them. The club also stated that Cheryl should buy a new computer as the old one is outdated. Motion was made for election of officers to cease, motion approved.        

The fall campout is set for Sept. 15-16 at Wylie Park Campground. We will follow the same agenda as in the past. Bon fire and turkeys Fri. night and pot luck with meat furnished by the club Sat. followed by the GoKarts Sat. night. Full details will be on the Driftbusters web site at a later date.

Discussion was held on rotating our monthly club meetings to associate members businesses again next year. Everyone thought it worked great and feels we should continue it next year.

Our first meeting next fall will be Sept. 7th. at 7:30pm at the Pizza Ranch. At which time we will pick the club meeting rotations.

Duane Sutton stated that he has ACSA calendars for $20 if anyone is interested.

Motion was made by Ann Nagel to adjourn and seconded by Jim Weaver. Meeting adjourned.

April Newsletter

April Newsletter


   The season has come to an end and still not enough snow to ride here but hope everyone was able to travel elsewhere to find snow to ride.

   Our last meeting of the season will be Thursday, April 6th. at 7:30pm at the Pizza Ranch.

Election of officers will be held and the details will be finalized for the fall campout.

   April 9th, starting at 1pm will be the member pizza/swim party at the Super 8 East. Pizza will be served at 5:30pm and everyone planning on attending needs to contact Wanda Gelling at 216-2349 so she knows how many pizza’s to order.

All trail markers need to be removed as soon as possible.

   Hope to see you Thursday night at the Pizza Ranch.

Jacob Hohm Scholarship

Scholarship Application

Jamie and Colleen Hohm would like to award a $500  scholarship to a graduating senior who belongs to a South Dakota snowmobile club in memory of their son Jakob.

The application is attached. It will be on the website soon as well – and will be shared to facebook etc.




Phone Number:

Email Address:

High School:                                                                           Graduation Date:

Snowmobile Club that you belong to:

Anticipated Tech School, College, or University:


Please name 3 quality characteristics about you:




How would you introduce another young person to snowmobiling or riding ATV’s? Why would that be important to you?


Application is due April 22, 2017

Please mail scholarship application to Diane Hiles 604 Root Ave SW   DeSmet, SD 57231