November meeting minutes

Driftbusters Snowmobile Club Meeting

DATE:   Nov. 13, 2014

Pizza Ranch

7:30 PM


Meeting called to order by President James Gelling

Introductions made by all.

We would like to welcome Todd Bistodeau who just signed up as a new member.

Secretary report by Cheryl Gelling.   Motion to approve by Corey Gelling, Seconded by Becky Graff,

Motion carried.

Treasurer’s report by Jim Friedt, Motion to approve by Jeff Thorne, Seconded by Jim Weaver, motion carried.

Committee Reports:

SDSA Report by Jeff Thorne, state convention was awesome turn out. Beer and bull auction grossed just under $16,000.  Duane Sutton was been nominated for National hall of fame. Our club needs to put together a reference letter for Duane. Governor’s ride is coming up in Feb. There is a block of rooms set aside at the Comfort Inn at Deadwood so if you plan on attending you can call and reserve your room.

Advisory report by Jim Weaver, Jim Weaver touched on the new trail signing, due to the pine beetle problem riders in the hills need to be on the lookout for fallen trees on the trail, the hills are getting 3 new groomers and as soon as they get them the 3 oldest ones will be going to east river clubs.

Emergency Reaction, none

Trail report by Jim Weaver, Jim stated the trail has to be marked by Nov. 20th. the slow signs are here so will pass them out after the meeting, the trail maps are here so be sure to take some, we are looking for more groomer operators so if you are interested in being a groomer operator contact Jim Weaver. Becky Graff, with Game, Fish, and Parks who inspects our trail, stated that the week before Thanksgiving would be the earliest that they would be able to inspect the trail. Becky stated that we are not supposed to start grooming before Dec. 15th. but if the trail has been inspected and ok’d we can start grooming Dec. 1.

Safety report by Corey Gelling, The safety course is all set and ready to go on Nov. 23rd. at the Primrose Gym from 1pm to 5pm. An article was put in the paper. The rental for the gym is $100 and they donate that to the Relay for Life charity.

Publicity, nothing to report.

Activities/Trail rides, the club is having a ride in the Black Hills the last weekend in Jan. this is also the weekend of the Snow Cross races in Deadwood. The club has reserved a block of rooms at Rec. Springs, you can go to the Driftbusters web site and under recent posts click on Jan. trail ride in the Hills to get more information to reserve your room.  Radar run, and club rides have been tabled for the next meeting

Monthly News Article, Jeff Thorne will write the article for the Sno Plainsman for Dec.

Old Business, the haunted forest went over good, our theme this year was pirates, the matinee on Sat. had 1200 kids go through, there were about 4300 people that went through on Fri. and Sat. night. Thanks to Becky Graff and the group of volunteers from the AmeriCorps we had enough help to man the scene.

New Business, Jim Friedt said we need to look for more ways to raise money for the club. Jim Weaver said ACSA talked about their continuing legal battles to protect our right to ride snowmobiles on public land at the convention. They were asking for donations from snowmobilers and from snowmobile clubs. After a brief discussion Corey Gelling made a motion to donate $5oo from the Driftbusters to this fund. Jeff Thorne seconded, motion approved. Our club was awarded the convention bid for 2016. The convention will be held in Aberdeen, Nov. 11,12,13, 2016. The convention will be held in Watertown next year, 2015.

Next meeting date is Dec. 4th. at the Pizza Ranch, at 7:30pm.

Motion to adjourn by Corey Gelling, seconded by Jeff Thorne, meeting adjourn.

James Gelling, Pres.


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