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

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

March Meeting Minutes

March 1st. Meeting Minutes
Everyone met at The Crossing at Mina for the March meeting and the decision was made to move the meeting to Wakeside at Mina. Meeting was called to order by Lee Olson, Pres.
Introductions were made by all and Jon LaFramboise the SDSA Pres. and his wife Sheridan were introduced.
Secretary’s 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 Duane Sutton, seconded by Joey Nagel, motion approved.
Treasurers report by Ann Nagel: We have 92 family members 14 associates and 3 web site only. Motion to approve the treasurers report was made by Kelly Weaver seconded by Duane Sutton, motion approved.
SDSA by Jeff Thorne: The SDSA scholarship applications have to be sent in by April 6th. to Mary Ann. There were 108 riders for the Governor’s ride. There were 9 dignitaries and 5 from Game, Fish, Parks department, 14 in all. Trail conditions were awesome. On April 14th. will be the second annual Jacob Hohm off-road adventures ride and fun day. Jeff asked Jon LaFrambroise, the SDSA Pres., to speak at our meeting. Jon stated that him and his wife plan to attend at least one meeting of each snowmobile club in the state to meet the members and ride their trails if possible. He also gave some updates on what SDSA has been doing and what their future plans are. He said ISC and ACSA are very important to have so we need to keep them going.
Advisory report by Al Nagel: Al stated that Shannon Percy said this is the most grooming they have done in years and they have had very few problems with the groomers. There have been a few accidents reported on the trails but thankfully no fatalities. Next meeting is May 12th. in Pierre. Yetis are sure welcome to sit in on our advisory meetings.
Trail Report by Jim Weaver: We finally got to groom the first time this year. We groomed all the way up to Frederick last Friday and then brought the groomer back to Beckler’s on Tuesday. Jim stated we had a lot of traffic on the trail on the weekend. He stated the groomer developed a hydraulic leak and he plans on getting it fixed on Friday. The club received a call from the city of Aberdeen informing us of a stop sign that was knocked down. Jim stated he would check into it. He said we can groom to the end of the month. Jim stated that if you see a marker knocked down when riding the trail to please stop and stand it back up as these trail markers are for everyone’s safety. At our next meeting we will need to go over the trail route and decide if we want to make any changes because our trail proposal for next year will have to be turned in, in May. Jim wanted to thank everyone for all the work they do in helping maintain the snowmobile trail.
Emergency Reaction: Cheryl Gelling stated that Sunny & Stacey Pence emailed her the undated emergency reaction lists and she will keep them in the Drifbusters files. She also handed out several copies at the meeting and if anyone wants a copy just contact the Driftbusters Snowmobile Club.
Split Pot Drawing. Jim Weaver won $37.
Yetis Report by Matt Olson: Matt stated they had a meeting after the Governor’s Ride and it was decided they were not going to become a charter club. That the Yetis just want to have fun and promote snowmobiling to the young kids. He stated they are selling raffle tickets and selling caps to raise money for a camping trip this summer.
Charity: Ann stated that we need to send a report of what we did for charity to the state.
Publicity: The American News published some pictures of club members presenting a check and canned goods to local charities.
Activities: Our annual Pizza/Swim party will be at the AmericInn on April 15th. starting at 3pm with pizza to be served at 5:30pm. Ann Nagel requests that anyone planning on attending to please text, email, or phone her at 228-4143 with a head count so she will know how many pizza’s to order. Wanda Gelling has volunteered to get the beverages and snacks. Fall campout is Sept. 14-15 at Wylie Park Campground details will be finalized at the April meeting. Confirmation email from Thunder Road for the Go Karts at $650.
Safety Report: Nothing at this time.
Monthly News Article: Matt Olson has done this in for April.
New Business: We need to nominate 2 board members and a Pres. Elect for next year. Joey Nagel and Dan Rohbach’s board positions are up this year. Both agreed to be nominated for 2 more years. Evan Halvorson will be our Pres. next year so his board position will be open. Casey Weismantel was nominated to take Evan’s board member position next year. We still need a Pres-Elect for the following year. Al Nagel made a motion to accept and Duane Sutton seconded motion carried. The Pres. Elect position will be tabled until our next meeting.
Old Business: Nothing at this time.
Next meeting will be at the Pizza Ranch on April 5th. at 7:30pm.
The Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile Club would like to give a big THANK YOU to Jon LaFrambroise, SDSA Pres. and his wife Sheridan for coming all the way from Rapid City to attend our March club meeting and to ride our trail. We really enjoyed meeting and visiting with both you.
Lee asked for a motion to adjourn, Matt Olson made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Jim Weaver, motion carried, meeting adjourned.
Cheryl Gelling, Sec.

March Newsletter

Hello Everyone,
As I am writing this newsletter we are finally getting some snow, let’s hope it continues so we are able to groom the trail.
We just got back from the Governor’s ride and snow conditions were great. We had a great time, as we rode many miles and found lots of snow. The Governor’s ride was a success and the weather was great that day. Driftbusters were well represented with lots of members present that rode together as a group. If you were not there you missed a good time and the best snow conditions this year.
The YETIS had a banner at the Governor’s ride and sold raffle tickets and Yetis apparel. Later that day they had a meeting at the Holiday Inn where the SDSA Pres. and many other adults sat in and listened to their agenda.
This month we need to nominate 2 new board members and pres. elect for next season.
Our next event will be the Pizza/Swim party on April 15th. at the AmericInn starting at 3pm. Pizza will be served at 5:30pm so if you plan to attend please text, email (driftbustersnowmobileclub@gmail.com) or phone Ann Nagel at 228-4143 to give her a head count so she will know how many pizzas to order.
Our next meeting is March 1 at 7:30pm at The Crossing behind the MStation at Mina. Hope to see you there.
Lee Olson, Pres.

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