November Newsletter 2014

Driftbusters November Newsletter


Hello Everyone,

   As I write this news letter Cheryl and I are busy packing and getting ready to go to the SDSA Snowmobile Convention in the Black Hills.   Hope to see several Driftbusters members out there. The Driftbusters have put in a bid for the 2016 Convention so will be looking for lots of volunteers if we get the bid.

   The Haunted Forest was lots of fun and an awesome success. Haven’t heard the number of people that went through it but I am sure it was good as the weather was great. A thank you to Ann Nagel and her grandson Logan for manning the Sat. afternoon matinee for kids. A huge thank you to everyone who came out Wed. night for the set up and to Becky Graff from Game, Fish, and Parks for volunteering the kids from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. For helping set up and man the scene both Friday and Sat. night.Thank you to Lonnie Mikkonen for letting us use his blackbird cannons.A huge thank you to Jim Weaver and Sunny and Stacey Pence for manning the scene both Friday and Sat. night. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you again to everyone that helped with the Haunted Forest as this is one of our main fund raisers for the Driftbusters Snowmobile Club. Without these fund raisers we wouldn’t be able to pay for things like renting the Go-Karts for our fall campout.

   Time is here again to start marking the snowmobile trail, anyone who would like to volunteer to help please contact Jim Weaver and he will put you in touch with the trail leaders. Also anyone who would like to help run the snowmobile groomer this winter please contact Jim Weaver, his email address is

   The Snowmobile Safety Course will be the 23rd of Nov. at the Primrose Gym, 815 N. Second Street, from 1 to 5 pm. This course is free to everyone. We will have the SDSA safety simulator to help with the training. Those who take the course and past the test will receive a certification from the So. Dak. Game, Fish, and Parks. This certification is now being required in many states. This course is recommended to anyone new to snowmobiling but you must be at least 12 years old to be certified. Adults are welcome. To sign up or to get more information contact Corey Gelling at 605-226-4939 or email him at    

   I want to remind everyone of the club ride in the Hills the last weekend in Jan. which is also the weekend of the SnoCross races in Deadwood. Anyone needing rooms go the Driftbusters web site and click on Jan. club ride in hills under recent posts.

   I want to remind everyone that have not paid their dues please do so as soon as possible as I have said in the past it has never been more important to protect our rights to ride snowmobiles on public land, such as the mountains or the Black Hills as there are several groups out there who want to take this right away from us and the best way to fight them is to become a member of a snowmobile club. If any club members who has any friends or relatives that do not belong to a snowmobile club please talk them into joining the Driftbusters.

   See you at the next club meeting on Nov. 13th. at 7:30 pm at the Pizza Ranch.

James Gelling, President

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