Driftbusters Meeting Minutes

Aberdeen Drift Busters                                                                         Meeting Minutes

Date: Oct. 9, 2014

Call to Order by James Gelling, Pres.

Introductions were made by all.

Tony Schmitt, SD State Trails Specialist, was introduced and gave his report on the new changes for marking the SD snowmobile trails. He stated the reason for these changes is so every state nationwide will basically mark their trails the same way. The biggest change is doing away with the 3 chevron’s marking a safe route around an obstacle (bridges, railroad tracks, large culverts, etc.) They will be replaced by a new slow sign followed by a directional arrow. After a lengthy discussion over these changes it was decided to wait until the convention in Nov. to make a final decision on these changes. Thank you, Tony for coming to our meeting.

Minutes of the Oct. meeting was read by Cheryl Gelling, Sec. A motion to approve was made by Art Ham, seconded by Ann Nagel. Motion approved.

Treasurer’s report by Jim Friedt: We need to pay for the insurance. Decision was made to go ahead and pay it. Jim said he got a message from the IRS stating we would have to do a manual report from 2012 so Jim said he took it to H&R Block and it was $126 to do this. It was decided to have H&R Block do our tax return every year from here on. We have 88 paid members to date. Motion to approve by Duane Sutton, seconded by Sunny Pence. Motion approved.

   SDSA Report by Jeff Thorne: State SDSA Convention is Nov. 7-8, he reminded everyone to get your registration sent in and your room reserved as soon as possible. Our district 3 spot is open and Jeff Thorne agreed to take it again. Everyone wins tickets are available. Nominations are open for man of the year, James Gelling, woman, Cheryl Gelling, Teen youth 12-17,m Matt Olson, 11-and younger tabled, hall of fame, Jeff Thorne. Nominations cease. All approved.

   Advisory Report: Al Nagel said the next meeting is Friday, Nov. 7th. at the Lodge. Duane Sutton gave information on snowmobile friendly communities.

   Trail Report by Jim Weaver: The new green posts are here and they are at Duane Sutton’s for all the trail leaders to pick up. Jim expects the new trail signs any day and will be delivered to him and he will contact the trail leaders to pick them up. Motion was made to ask for an advance on the trail fund, motion carried.

   Emergency Reaction: none

   Safety by Corey Gelling, Safety course is set for Nov. 23rd. 1 to 5 with the place to be determined. Jeff Thorne will check with Mary Ann on the availability of the safety simulator.

   Publicity: It was decided to put an article about the safety course in the Aberdeen News the week before the safety course.

   Activities/Trail rides: A brief discussion was held on the club ride in the Black Hills the last weekend in Jan. Contact Al Nagel on room reservations at Recreational Springs. The rides will start at 9 am each morning.

   Monthly News Article: Tracy Olson will write it for the Dec. Snow Plainsman.

   Old Business. Motion was made and approved to put in a bid for the 2016 SDSA Convention. Ann Nagel, Stacy Pence, & Kelly Weaver will meet Mon. Oct. 13th. to discuss putting a bid together. Hats off to Dan and Joey for putting together a great Gypsy Day float.

   New Business: Discussion was held on the Haunted Forest Oct. 24-25. It was decided to meet Thursday, Oct. 16th. at Lagers Inn at 7pm to work out the details. Anyone willing to help please come to this meeting as we need all the help we can get. Jeff Thorne made a motion that the club buy 5 Everyone Wins tickets, Tracy Olson seconded, motion approved.

   Last point: Next meeting date needs to be moved to Nov. 13th. because Nov. 6th. conflicts with the start of the SDSA Convention.

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Joey Nagel and seconded by Bruce Tollefson, meeting adjourned.

Jim Gelling, Pres.

NOTE: Duane Sutton has 50/50 tickets and ACSA calendars, anyone wanting them please contact Duane Sutton.

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