Dec. Meeting Minutes

Driftbusters Dec. 6th. Meeting Minutes
Meeting was called to order by Pres. Evan Halvorson.
Introductions were made by all.
Secretary’s Report by Cheryl Gelling: The meeting minutes were handed out prior to the meeting from the Nov. 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 accept. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Joey Nagel, seconded by Jeff Thorne, motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report by Ann Nagel: To date we have 92 paid members. 14 associate members and 3 web site only members. Ann stated we have a cd that will be coming due next week and we will have a discussion during new business on what to do with it. Ann also stated that she received a $100 donation tonight from The Millstone. Motion to accept the treasures report was made by Duane Sutton and seconded by Al Nagel, motion carried.
SDSA Report by Kelly Weaver: Kelly wanted to thank Jeff Thorne for his years of service as director of District 3 as Kelly Weaver was elected to take his position. Last week was the convention in Sioux Falls and Kelly stated that Aberdeen Driftbusters won the trophy for the largest club. WOW!!! Kelly announced that we have 2 celebrities in our club, Dennis & Char Beckler were nominated and accepted in the So. Dak. Hall of Fame. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Kelly stated that the state board (SDSA) at the convention voted to increase the general or family membership dues by $5, they also voted to increase the associate membership dues from $35 to $50. These increases will take place next year. The SnoPlainsman will be available via email in addition to mailing. So you can have your choice to receive The SnoPlainsman by email or by mail or both just let Mary Ann Grabow know by emailing sdsa@itctel.com. You will receive the email version approx.. 1 week earlier. Game, Fish, and Parks are still working on the issue of the fat tire bikes on our trail and would welcome input from anyone wishing to do so. Next year will be the 50th. annual convention for SDSA and will be hosted by The Poinsett Pounders at the Watertown Convention Center Dec. 6 & 7. They are asking for old memorabilia if you have any. The convention for 2020 will be held Dec. 4 & 5th. in Rapid City at the Best Western. Kelly wants to remind everyone that next year will also be the 50th. anniversary of the Aberdeen Driftbusters Snowmobile Club.
Advisory Report by Al Nagel: At the time of this meeting the groomer school is being held in the Black Hills. There has been some trail reroutes in the Black Hills. The new trail maps are out and will be handed out at the end of this meeting. They were not able to get the trail camera in at Big Hill Parking Lot. Next meeting is Feb. 15th. at the Holiday Inn in Spearfish. Game, Fish, and Parks is going to sponsor a Veterans ride out of Hardy Camp Jan. 19th.
Trail Report by Jim Weaver: The trail is all in and has been inspected by the state and would like to thank all the trail leaders for the great job they did putting in the trail as the state made several comments about the great job we did marking our trail. Jim stated that he got the broken springs replaced on the front suspension of the groomer and has got most of the maintenance done as far as changing oil and filters. One rear u joint needs to be replaced and after talking with Ryan Raynor, trails specialist, it was decided that 2 tracks on the groomer need to be replaced so 2 new tracks are on order and it could take 4 weeks to get them. So we will not be able to do any grooming until the new tracks are on.
Emergency Reaction: Al Nagel passed around the list and asked everyone to check it to see if their addresses and phone numbers are correct.
Yetis Report : Kelly Weaver stated that the Yetis participated in the state convention this year and sat in on the board meetings.
Safety Report by Jim Gelling: Jim Gelling stated that we had 8 participants that took the test and everyone that met the age requirements passed. We also signed up a new member. So would like to thank everyone that participated in the safety course.
Charity Report: Everyone is reminded to keep track of the hours that they donate so it can be turned in at the end of the year as volunteer hours.
Publicity Report: A thank you was made to Kelly Weismantel for the great article she wrote for the SnoPlainsman.
Monthly News Article for the next SnoPlainsman: Jeff Thorne volunteered to do this.
Activities: It was decided to have a Christmas Party/Steak Feed at the Richmond Oasis on Jan. 12th. More details will follow. It was decided to schedule any trail rides at a later date.
Old Business: Nothing to report at this time.
New Business: Casey Weismantel gave a detailed report on our upcoming Casino Night on March 30th. at the Elks Lodge. Anyone wanting more information can contact Casey Weismantel at caseyw@visitaberdeensd.com. We will also have more information at our Jan. meeting. Discussion was held on a cd the club has that will be coming due this next week. Jim Weaver made the motion to cash in the cd and deposit it in our club checking account. Duane Sutton seconded it and the motion passed. Al Nagel stated that anytime money is drawn out of the club fund for a special event the board needs to have a special meeting to approve it.
Next meeting will be Jan. 3rd. at Titans Bar & Grill in Frederick at 7:30pm.
Motion to adjourn meeting was made by Casey Weismantel, seconded by Joey Nagel, motion carried, meeting adjourned.
Cheryl Gelling, Sec.

December Newletter

Hello Driftbusters!

Well, the trail is in and now everyone can start doing their snow dances so we can enjoy it! I know that skiff of snow we had at the beginning of the month got me excited to go riding enough to get the sleds out of storage and into the garage for the pre-season checklist.

We had a very good turnout for the safety course on the 18th, and everyone that was of age passed with flying colors, we even had a couple dads challenge each other with the test!

Don’t forget to book your rooms and buy your tickets for the Deadwood snocross races in January, as the races do sell out each night generally. This weekend also doubles as our Black Hills club ride, so the more the merrier!

The 49th Annual SDSA Convention will be held in Sioux Falls this weekend. Maybe with a little luck, somebody will get to bring themselves home a new Can Am side x side!

Just a reminder if you haven’t paid your club dues to do so as soon as possible.

Our next club meeting will be at The Shed in Westport on Dec 6th at 7:30PM, hope to see some new faces there.

Evan Halvorson, President

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.

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