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Northeast Trailblazers

Watertown Snowmobile Club

Mid August already,time to get things ready for another winter season. Last season was great, record snowfall, great trails all the way to the end.

We are all so excited to see the arrival of fall. That means time to get those sleds out and soon ready for some riding! The Watertown Snowmobile Club stayed in touch with it's members this summer by planning activities each month! In May we met in Henry at the Double R for supper. In June we headed to South Shore for a four wheeling ride. Thunder Road was the setting for our July get-together where we rode go carts and played golf. The end of July we had our annual summer picnic at City Park. In August we had a potluck at Steve Wess's sled shed. For September, members are getting together to attend Hay Days.

We had 2 awesome events,our 6th annual poker run at the end of January. We paid out over $2500.00 andover 300 hands drawn.

The end of Feb. we had our 4th radar run at Circle K Resort on Lake Traverse. Another great turnout.We run 1000 ft of ice and groomed snow for traction & non traction & added a paddle track class for non traction. Had good feed back of how to make things better for next time.

We will be making some changes to the trail this year. From the south into Sica Hollow - part of trail will be cross country,also adding a spur up to Dakota Magic Casino & Resort it will run north of the main trail 6 miles. Thank you to all members & businesses for your support this past year. We will be seeing all of you soon.

Meetings will start in September, 2nd Tuesday of the month, places to vary. Check out website for Also on facebook Northeast trailblazers Jerry Schaunaman Vice President, NETB


If you want your membership cards at convention this year have your membership lists to the office by Oct. 1. Some clubs have indicated that they don’t care to have a card. If that is the case, I will put your club on a list to NOT print the cards. Thank you for your cooperation. ~Mary Anne

Our annual meeting will be Saturday, October 8th at the Drake. If you are interested in becoming a member please come to our annual meeting. Beginning at 5:00 pm we will have a social hour and plan to eat at 6:00 pm with the meeting following. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions feel free to contact our President, Travis Fischer 880-5625 or our Secretary, Brian Sowers 880-9282

Poinsett Pounders It's hard to believe that it is time to start writing articles for the SnoPlainsman again; but the kids are off to school and ready or not, here we go! We will be holding our annual Poinsett Pounders Golf Tournament this weekend. Hopefully we have some warm weather and a good turn out. (I am positive that a good time will be had by all attending)

The Pounders have been gearing up for the SDSA Convention in November. We plan on having some good entertainment and a great time! See the ad in this SnoPlainsman for registration details. I hope everyone has been buying and out selling tickets to win the $10,000 guaranteed prize to be given away at the convention! The remaining proceeds will go to SDSA/ Pounders/ and the Club that sells the winning ticket.

We will be asking for your club's nominations for Man/ Woman/ Youth/ & Family of the Year soon, so keep that item in mind also. Looking forward to a great year of snowmobiling! (but would like to keep the warm weather for a little while yet)

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Julie Westberg 47971 SD Hwy30 White, SD 57276

DaveKennedy, President 3214 E Fairgrounds Loop St B Spearfish, SD 57783 Phone 645-2808 Meets 1st Tuesday


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Dakota Drifters Snowmobile Club

7:00 p.m. Perkins

Cody Dritz 226 Maple Drive Brookings, SD

Sturgis Sno-Drifters

Ken Sabers, president 1908 Butte View Drive Sturgis, SD 57785 Home- 720-2947 Meets 3rd Tuesday,7:30 p.m. @ Rob Meets 3rd Wed. 7 p.m. VFW

Interlakes Snowroamers

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Kelly Koch 820 N Catherine Ave Madison,SD 57042 Meets 2nd Monday, 7:00 p.m. Pizza Ranch

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Charlie Fawcett P O Box 224 Ree Heights SD 57373 1st & 3rd Wed @ 8 pm at the Virginian

Mike Zens, President PO Box 427, Hill City, SD 57745 Phone 574-2352 Meetings at Slate Creek Grill 2nd Thurs of the month 7 p.m.

Great Plains Snowtrailers

Duane Stanley President 508 S. 16th Hot Springs, SD 57747 605-745-5626 Meets 2nd Tuesday 7pm Custer County Highway Shop

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Mile High Snow Drifters

District 3

Vince Jager President PO Box 526 Huron, SD 57350 Meets 1st Tuesday 7:00 PM Meeting place to vary

Brian Erickson, President 221 N. Pleasant Ramona, SD 57054 Phone: 482-8348 Meets 3rd Wednesday, 8:00pm Places to vary

Aberdeen Driftbusters

Chris Ulrich, President Club address is: P O Box 204 Aberdeen, SD 57401-0204 Meets 1st Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Pizza Ranch

Jim Valley Snowmobile Club

District 5

James Valley Drift Skippers

Bill Pitz, President P O Box 272 Mitchell, SD 57301 Meets 2nd Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Blarney’s

Larry Hoekman President 18301 387th Ave Tulare SD Meeting first Monday -Chrystal’s 7:00. New members welcome

Swift Drifters

Steve Hauck 515 E 10th Ave. Webster, SD 57274 605-265-0400 Meeting 2nd & 4th Thursday 7:30 p.m. at the Galley

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Dakota Ditch Drifters

Jason Venjohn, President 35409 176th St Orient SD 57467 Meeting 2nd Saturday 8:00 p.m. at The Club

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Jack Wenger President 1823 Husker Pl Rapid City SD 57701 605-786-5714 Meets 1st Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Godfather’s Pizza-Rapid City

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Glenn Roemen President 47527 255th Street Renner, SD 57055 Club meets 1st Wed of mo. 7:30 p.m. Old Dutch Inn Greg Nordstrom, President 5508 W 39th St Sioux Falls, SD 57106 Meets 1st Thursday 7:30p.m. Skelly’s

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Mac Sorlien Viborg, SD Meets 2nd Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Clubhouse

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Paul Gustad,president 30393 447th Ave Volin,SD 57072 267-3176 Meets 1st Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Clubhouse

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Brad Henke P O Box 802 Parkston SD 57366 2nd Thursday

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If the information on your club is incorrect, please let me know. Contact me at : or mail the info to :  MaryAnne Grabow, Editor, Sno-Plainsman, PO Box 206, Gary, SD 57237


Gary Ulmer 43230 290th St Whetstone Valley Snowmobile Club Menno, SD 57045 Adam Hunt, president PO Box 543 Phone 387-5695 Milbank,SD 57252 Meets 1st Monday, 8:00 p.m. VFW

Watertown Snowmobile Club

Travis Fischer 923 East Kemp Watertown, SD 57201 605-880-5625 Meets first Tues@ 7p.m. Drake Motor Inn

Northeast Trail Blazers Club

Jon Janssen 46440 118th St Sisseton, SD 57262 Meetings held the 2nd Tuesday Places to vary

District 7

Dakota Trail Blazers

Marty Grabow, President P O Box 43 Clear Lake, SD 57226 Meets 3rd Saturday,7:00 p.m. Places to vary

Poinsett Pounders

Doug Moeller, President P O Box 26 Bryant, SD Meets 1st Sunday , 5:00 p.m. Location to vary

Vice Chairman Scott Erstad Box 126 Badger, SD 57214 983-3301

Al Nagel 1324 3rd Ave SW Aberdeen, SD 57401 Phone 229-5574 Bruce Hintz 21377 Snowshoe Lead,SD 584-3336

Dave Kennedy 3214 E Fairgrounds Loop Spearfish, SD 57783 605-645-2808

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Wow, its August already? It was over 90 degrees today, the humidity was stifling, and we are sitting here trying to compose a newsletter concerning snowmobiling. We finished last season with our banquet on April 16th at the Monarch Steakhouse in Renner. After a great meal we held a very productive meeting. We voted to drop the section of trail from Renner Corner to Baltic and will be using only the new parking lot at Baltic Corner. We voted to offer an incentive to our current members to get their dues in early by putting their names in a drawing for $100.

Our president and vice president presented a special award of appreciation to Roger and Hazel Seloover that even their daughter didnt know about until that night. They were completely in shock at the gesture. They work really hard every year and its really appreciated by the club. We also discussed having a second club ride in February or March and will discuss that further at our steak fry coming up on Sept 24th at the Brandon Rec Area.

The last thing we did was hold election of officers. There weren't many changes except for 3 of our board members were replaced with new ones. Val Stone, Cheryl Austad, and Steve Thompson have come aboard along with Dean Hammond, Roger Seloover, Bob Van Den Oever, and Eric Erickson. Greg Nordstrom has stayed on as president, Gene Kruger as vice, Hazel as treasurer, and Charlene Seloover as secretary.

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T r a c k e r s

Members of the Sioux Falls Snow Trackers relaxing after working on the trailers and signage

Gene and Roger working on signing the trails!

We had a great turnout for our summer picnic in July. We met up at the farm where our trailers are stored and organized them for this fall and then had a cookout. Thanx to our chef Jeff McAreavey for the great burgers and hot dogs. Thank you to both Jeff and Gidget for their hospitality every year and for allowing us to store our signs and trailers there.

Lastly we'd like to congratulate a couple who have been in our club since its beginnings in the early 70s. Dean and Cheryl Austad celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug 5th and held a wonderful reception at CJ Calloways. It was great to see some of the early members of our club there that have gotten out of the sport for one reason or another and to look at all the early photos of trips taken to the Big Horns. Enjoy the rest of the summer and hope to see you all at the convention this year. Club Reporters, Hazel and Charlene Seloover

Roger and Hazel receiving their award of appreciation from Greg Nordstrom and Gene Kruger


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SDSA Business Associate Memberships



Trailshead Lodge P.O. Box 873 Lead, SD 57754 Mad Mountain Adventures 21443 US HWY 385 Deadwood, SD 57732 White Tail Court 11295 US HWY 14A Lead SD 57754 Saloon #10 657 Main Street Deadwood, SD 57732

Kennedy Enterprises 3214 E Fairgrounds Loop Spearfish, SD 57783 Super 8 Motel 196 Cliff Street Deadwood SD 57732 PERKINS PO Box 878 Spearfish, SD

Spearfish Holiday Inn * Lucky’s 13 Pub 205 N 27th St. Spearfish SD 57783 Sturgis Motorsports P O Box 158 Sturgis, SD 57785 Golden Hills Resort 900 Miners Ave Lead, SD 57754

Comfort Inn @ Gulches of Fun 225 Cliff St Deadwood SD 57732 Howard Johnson/Express Inn 323 S 27th St Spearfish SD 57783

These business members support SDSA - Please support them!

Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming 709 Main Deadwood SD 57732

DISTRICT 2 Rice Honda Suzuki 301 Campbell Rapid City, SD 57701

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Avenue of the Chiefs Crazy Horse, SD

Black Hills Badlands & Lakes Association 1851 Discovery Circle Rapid City, SD 57701 Pro Marine & Auto 7655 Black Hawk Road Black Hawk SD 57718

DISTRICT 3 Millstone Family Restaurant 2210 6th Ave SE Aberdeen SD 57401 Heppers Sport Center 501 N Highway 281, Aberdeen, SD 57401

Richmond Oasis 12845 382nd Ave Aberdeen, SD 57401

North Central Farmers Elevator P O Box 366 Ipswich SD 57451 Pizza Ranch 1010 6th Ave SE Aberdeen, SD 57401

Ken’s Super Fair Foods 2105 Sixth Ave SE Aberdeen, SD 57401 Big Fella’s 5759 HWY 12 East Aberdeen, SD 57401

Gellings Auto 503 N Roosevelt Aberdeen SD 57401

MidAmerica Motoplex 4915 N Northview Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Westport Bar & Grill 25 Brown Co. Rd. 10 Westport SD 57481

Meyer Motor LLC 420 S Hwy 262 Bridgewater, SD 57319

Aberdeen Sport Recreation P O Box 947 Aberdeen SD 57401

The Wolf Stop 324 6th Ave Aberdeen SD 57401


C-Express 2303 SD 6th Ave Aberdeen SD 57401 DISTRICT 4

1481 Grille Box 274, 408 S Hwy 14 & 81 Arlington, SD 57212 Four Lakes Supper Club 307 1st St SW, Lake Preston, SD 57249

North Shore Bar & Grille 43799 Twin Lakes Road E Lake Preston, SD Oldham Saloon 201 E. Main Street Oldham, SD

The Main Stop 102 HWY 14 E DeSmet, SD 57213

T & K Customs 20956 441st Ave Lake Preston, SD 57249 Bob Artz Distributing 39030 165th Street Ashton, SD 57424


All Seasons Powersports 3609 W 8th Street Yankton, SD 57078

Fresh Horses Saloon 106 Willow Street Harrisburg, SD 57032

Olsons Pest Technicians 178 Spring St Yankton SD 57078

Ulmer Racing 43230 290th St Menno, SD 57045

Crow Bar Lounge 2805 S Minnesota Ave Sioux Falls SD 57105

Midwest Excavating Inc 5109 S Sunflower Trails Sioux Falls SD 57109

212 Boiling Pt. Bar & Grill 328 S Splitrock Blvd Brandon, SD 57004 George Boom Funeral Home 3408 E 10th St Sioux Falls SD 57103

First Premier Bank 610 S Minnesota Avenue Sioux Falls SD 57104

Myrl & Roy’s Paving Inc. 1300 N Bahnson Ave Sioux Falls SD 57103

Riekes Equipment Co. 47068 104th Street Sioux Falls SD 57108 Sioux Equipment 1310 E 39th St North Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Component Manufacturing 4101 N 7th Ave Sioux Falls SD 57104

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SDSA Business Associate Memberships

SDSA Skelly’s Pub & Grill 130 S Phillips Ave Sioux Falls Sd 57104

Billion Automotive 3401 W 41st St Sioux Falls SD 57106 Perkins 2604 W 41st St Sioux Falls SD 57105

Power Brokers Inc. 2810 W Benson Rd Sioux Falls SD 57107

Beal Distributing 4815 N Northview Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57107 Sports Zone 220 S Cliff Ave Harrisburg SD 57032 DISTRICT 6

Midwest Powersports, Inc. E HWY 12 Milbank, SD 57252 Go Fasters Powersports & Marine 209 NW First St Ortonville, MN 56278 Sheehan Cycle W Highway 212 Watertown SD

These business members support SDSA - Please support them! The Boathouse at Arlington Beach Resort 126 S Lake Drive Arlington SD 57212 Siouxland Bar & Grill 19555 Hwy 81 Arlington, SD 57212

Bubba’s 301 First Ave Hayti, SD 57241

The Bull Pen Steakhouse & Spirits 511 Main Street Lake Norden SD 57248 Kones Korner 18299 US HWY 81 Castlewood SD 57223

Roelefsen Implement P O Box 371 Toronto, SD 57268

Mystic Lanes P O Box 397 Hayti SD 57241

Cottonwood Corner Cafe’ 101 Antelope Elkton SD 57026

Schmidty’s Bar & Grill P O Box 48 Arlington SD 57212

The Ridge 919 Jay St Bruce, SD 57220

The Cenex Convenience Store 21695 SD Hwy 13 Elkton SD 57026

Smokin’ Johnny’s 45439 S Lake Drive Arlington, SD 57212


Lemme Agency Inc 19553 US Hwy 81 Arlington SD 57212

The Corner Gas & Goodies P O Box 612 White, SD 57276

Arlington Inn P O Box 230 Arlington SD 57212

Lakeview Resort 142 W Lake Drive Arlington SD 57212

Porter’s Toys for Big Boys 1723 16th Ave W Brookings SD 57006

Buffalo Ridge Resort RockRoom Bar & Grill 1312 Coteau St Gary, SD 57237

Grabow Photography P O Box 185 Gary, SD 57237

Tumbleweed Saloon P O Box Badger, SD 57214

Country Corner P O Box 176 Estelline, SD 57234

Gate City Lodge Gary, SD 57237

Lone Star Saloon P O Box 349 Bruce, SD

Blacks Pheasant Fields 19630 459th Ave Estelline SD 57234 Lefty’s P O Box 857 White SD 57276



OTHER MEMBERS Snowmobile NorthDakota 1600 E Century Ave Ste 3 Bismarck ND 58503 Scott Kooiker Trucking 261 160th Ave Ellsworth, MN 56129

POLARIS INDUSTRIES 2100 Hwy 55 Medina MN 55340 TRACK INC P O Box 20541 Bloomington, MN 55420

Skyview Junction LLC 21505 SD Hwy 13 Elkton SD 57026 Lemke’s Bar & Grill 213 N Broadway Aurora SD 57002

Tapper’s Bar & Grill/Shamrock Event Center 1104 22nd Ave S Brookings, SD 57006 2 Guys BBQ PO Box378 Hayti, SD 57241

Weelborg Agency 18153 450th Ave Hayti, SD 57241

Megan’s Back Porch Arlington, SD 57212

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After having given more than $2,000,000 to snowmobile clubs in the past years through this program, BRP will continue its pledge to snowmobile clubs’ volunteers and their trails for the 2011-2012 snowmobile season. For each snowmobiler who fills out and drops off a coupon at a Ski-Doo dealership of their choice between September 1, 2011 and November 15, 2011, BRP and its dealers will donate $10 cash to the member’s club. It’s that simple! Each snowmobile club is eligible for a total Ski-Doo donation of up to $1,500 in cash (150 members X $10 = $1,500) paid directly to clubs by BRP and the Ski-Doo dealers, upon program completion. HURRY, HEAD TO SKI-DOO.COM AND SIGN UP TO RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE OFFER AND $10 DONATION COUPON. SIMPLY DROP OFF YOUR COUPON AT YOUR NEAREST SKI-DOO DEALER. YOUR CLUB WILL THANK YOU FOR IT!

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CLUB NEWS Town & Country Snow Drifters

We wish to start off this snow season by sending our CONGRATULATIONS to Taylor Hiles, winner of SDSA $500 scholarship. Taylor received this scholarship based upon a blind essay application with a subject matter of "What Snowmobiling Means to Me and the State of South Dakota

Our September meeting will be held on the 21st at Lakeview on Lake Poinsett at 8:00pm. We move to the Oldham Saloon in Oldham for our October meeting on the 19th with a 7:30pm start time.

The 2011-2012 membership drive is underway with a newsletter and dues reminder sent out. We are once again having the Membership Incentive drawing. Those paying dues by October 1st will be entered into a drawing for $100.00. We will draw for the winner at our October Meeting. Thanks to those who have already sent their dues, a great response thus far.

Diane Hiles, Secretary

The Four Lakes Trail System will change only slightly from last year decreasing from 162 miles down to 153.5 miles. After closing the 7.5 section from De Smet to Lake Thompson early in the season last year due to high water conditions, we elected to remove that section for the same high water conditions.

We are again selling the Monday Night Football books and look forward to finding out each week who the lucky winners are. This has been an easy fundraiser to put together. Thanks to everyone who bought and sold books and also to the Hiles family for putting the books together. Winners will be announced as we go through the season. Good Luck to all!

A reminder for the SDSA Convention to be held November 4 and 5 at the Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown. Our club has a block of rooms reserved. Contact Diane Hiles if you want one.

Our bid to host the SDSA Governor's Ride was accepted by the SDSA Board. We will be trying a new format for the ride with a slightly later start time, a brunch before we ride and perhaps a longer (conditions permitting) ride once we get going. We have hosted the ride several times and hope this change of format will reduce the hubbub of getting kids (and adults) up, moving and fed along with getting sleds ready to go so early in the morning, eliminate the need to be back by a certain time for the noon meal and provide a different riding experience for our guests. We have accommodation arrangements made with Cadillac Jacks in Deadwood where the SDSA Board and the Governors' Advisory Council will meet on Friday night and the After-Ride Social will be held on Saturday night. We will have more information and details as we get closer but in the meantime, mark your calendars for February 18th, 2012 for the 32nd annual Governor's Ride.

While you have your calendars out, mark off January 22, 2012 for the Town and Country Snowdrifters' Poker Run, snow or no snow. Watch for more information as plans come into play.

Fall is in the air, along with football and volleyball. Just behind that comes - Yah! Wahoo! Yippee! - SNOW Season. Think and pray for a great snow season, get your sleds ready to go and remember to Ride Safe, Ride Smart and RIDE WITH PRIDE!

Whetstone Valley Snowmobile Association This summer once again started off very busy for the club with our annual vintage snowmobile show and swap June 3rd & 4th, which again was a good fundraiser for the club. We had a good turn out with about 80 sleds that where showed. For once it was very nice year weather wise. We had show sleds from SD, ND, MN and WI. We also had people that came just to swap that were from SD, ND, IA,MN,WI and Canada among others.

Our club would also like to welcome the newest little member Austin Lee born 7-22-11 to Adam and Kendra Rademacher. We have decided to hold off this years membership drive gettogether until the snow flies. Now that Hay Days and all the summer fun is behind us we can now start getting ready for fall and winter. Lets hope for a nice dry fall so everyone can get the trail work done and the farmers can get the harvest completed before the snow flies. Secretary, Eliza Loeschke

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CLUB NEWS James Valley Drift Skippers

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Picture from left to right is Steve, Bryon and Dean while on their trip to the Big Horns in May this year!

On May 18, 2011 I got a phone call that it was snowing in the Big Horns. On May 20 Steve called me again and said there was 3 feet of new snow...I told him lets go. So on Sat Steve, Bryon and I took off and headed west to go snowmobiling. When we got there we could not believe it. 3 foot of new snow and there was no one else there to snowmobile.We rode for 2 days, where ever we went, we rode fresh snow, no tracks anywhere. It was great. There was more snow on May 23 then there was all winter long in the Big Horns. On Bald Mtn it was 110 inches deep. The one trail on a road that is closed for winter, the snow was deeper than the road signs on the side of the road. It was a good trip, How often can you say you rode snowmobile in that much snow in the end of May.. Dean Vander Hamm

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Wisconsin's Trevor Levey Named 2011 Recipient In 2008, after losing longtime friend and colleague C.J. Ramstad to a tragic auto accident the year before, the International Snowmobile Media Council (ISMC) wanted to find a way to honor the renowned photojournalist, editor, publisher and political activist. Ramstad inspired and mentored many young people in the course of his 38year career so it seemed most appropriate to carry on his legacy by recognizing the outstanding youth in organized snowmobiling through a scholarship program. Thus ISMC's C.J. Ramstad Memorial Scholarship program was born. Thirteen young scholars competed in the 2011 ISMC Scholarship contest, 12 from the U.S. and one from Canada. This year's winner, Trevor Levey of Friesland, Wisconsin, was announced during the awards banquet at the International Snowmobile Congress in Calgary, Alberta. Trevor grew up surrounded by three generations of active snowmobile club members and was a familiar sight at club, county and state meetings - and on the trails - from a very early age. Over the years, he has spent countless hours helping with fundraising, selling tickets, working concessions, cleaning highways with the adopt-ahighway program, and marking and maintaining his own section of trail. He is also one of the original youth reps in Wisconsin's County Youth Rep program in which training and guidance is provided to the sport's future leaders, as well as giving young members a voice at county and state meetings. In 2009, he was named the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Club's Young Snowmobiler of the Year. Although the love of snowmobiling runs strong through Trevor's veins, school and extra curricular activities remained high on his priority list. He maintained a 3.00 grade point average and was on the Honor Roll; participated in band; choir; football; Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); Family, Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA); other clubs and committees affiliated with school; and an equally impressive resume of community involvement and volunteerism. Trevor graduated from Cambria/Friesland High School with High Honor in June and will be attending the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point pursuing a degree in forestry and natural resources. ISMC invites all states and provinces who hold their own scholarship award program to submit their single best winning applicant for consideration in the 2012 C.J. Ramstad Memorial Scholarship contest. The scholarship committee will select the winner based on the submission of properly completed applications, neatness, accurate spelling, correct grammar, and school and community involvement. The essays, as written for their individual state/provincial scholarship contests, will be judged on the knowledge of snowmobiling portrayed, neatness, spelling, grammar and writing style. Applications may be downloaded from the ISMC Web site at, with completed applications returned by May 1, 2012. The winner will be announced at the 2012 International Snowmobile Congress in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. ###

The International Snowmobile Media Council is dedicated to promoting snowmobiling as a safe and exciting family recreation. Originally developed as a forum for state, provincial and national snowmobile publication editors to share ideas, it has grown with the changing times to include video and on-line media as well. It is now comprised of a variety of media representatives who are directly involved with and support the organized snowmobile community. What Snowmobiling Means To Me By Trevor Levey Few things in my world are as near and dear to me as snowmobiling. When I think about snowmobiling, I picture myself gliding down a wellmaintained trail with the freshly fallen snow gleaming around me, but I am not alone. My family is there, following me, and the Lord above leading me. So when I am asked what snowmobiling means to me, I would have to answer in three main parts. The first part is the hard work that goes into getting that well-maintained trail. The second part is the enjoyment of the winter wonderland, the gleaming snow and nature around me. The third part is the memorable times spent with family and friends.

The well-maintained trail does not just "grow" as some people think. As a life long family member of a snowmobile club, I am aware of the long hours and hard work that goes into our Wisconsin trail system. My parents and I have put in a section of trail since we moved to the country and they became landowners. I help to pound the stakes and pull them out every year, as well as clear brush and trees. More importantly, however, since I became the Columbia County Youth Representative, I have tried to get other youth more involved. One thing I did within my own club was setting a time when the boys from my school could all go out and mark trail. We had a great day of fun and accomplishment! I have asked to go along grooming, but have not yet had the opportunity. I make sure to always pull over and wave to the groomer drivers on the trails in other counties though, because they need to know they are appreciated for the hours they put in, and that is what I would want people to do to me if I were driving.

The sun gleaming down on the fresh fallen snow calls for me to go snowmobiling. That is the second part. I am an outdoors boy with a great appreciation of what God has given us. There is no better way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscapes of winter than on a snowmobile! When I was little, I found an Arctic Cat Kitty Cat underneath my Christmas tree. Oh, what a wonderful gift. Now instead of riding on the seat in front of my mom or dad, I could start to see that wonderland on my own. I love to go out riding to clear my head and see the world around me. Whether in the morning when the sun is just coming up and the crystals of ice from the cold of the night before still hang heavy on the trees, or at dusk when the sun is setting and the deer are coming out to find their supper, the sites on a snowmobile are awe-inspiring.

The last part, but certainly not the least of what snowmobiling means to me, is the memories made by the times spent with family and friends. There are so many times that are near to my heart, and when I try to remember them all I couldn't possibly do it. I know some of them were well planned out, like the New Year's Eve night that we went out for supper on snowmobiles with close friends, and the weekend get-a-ways with family at the trailer. Along the way, things always seemed to happen that were not planned, like the time the pipes froze, or the time the sled broke down, or the time I duct taped my mother. These unexpected events gave me memories to last forever, and more often than not, ended up pulling my family and friends closer together.

Snowmobiling means the world to me, and I would hate to see a world without it. I hope there is always a snowmobile trail, and a volunteer to put it in, so that others can appreciate what I have, God's beautiful gift of winter appreciated from the eyes of a snowmobiles.

2012 Go Snowmobiling Take a Friend Snowmobiling Campaign

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HASLETT, MI, JULY 27, 2011 - The snowmobile manufacturers, through ISMA, are excited to partner with the organized snowmobiling community and the many snowmobile associations and clubs who support snowmobiling throughout North America. This unique industry partnership is pleased to announce a contest featuring a $5000 cash prize to the state snowmobile association member of ACSA and a $5000 cash prize to the provincial snowmobile association member of CCSO that organizes and promotes a Go Snowmobiling Ride campaign in their state or province. The Campaign is designed to encourage the associations to work with their local snowmobile clubs, Visitors and Convention Bureaus, and other interested parties in developing and holding snowmobile demonstration rides this winter. The snowmobile riding events may be held any time between January 1- March 31, 2012. The attached entry forms are due to the ISMA Office by April 30, 2012. The contest encourages the development and expansion of relationships that clubs and associations have with Visitors and Convention Bureaus, the media, and the related snowmobile businesses. (dealers, restaurants, gas stations, banks, resorts, etc.) In depth research shows us that many individuals who do not presently snowmobile are very interested in "giving

it a try." Over 80% of all citizens look very favorably toward a fun snowmobiling winter experience. Our research firm, interviewing thousands of non-snowmobilers across North America, discovered that when asked, non-snowmobilers will rate their interest in going snowmobiling on a scale of 1 - 10 as high as a "9" rating. Those of us who have participated in taking friends snowmobiling know there are miles-of-smiles from those that we invite to join us and a good time is had by all. Very often our snowmobiling family expands as new riders purchase their first new or used snowmobiles as a result of our invitation to try snowmobiling for their own family fun in the winter. We encourage all clubs and associations to participate in this fun and profitable contest. We encourage snowmobilers to welcome non-snowmobilers to enjoy snowmobiling and the great scenery, friendship, and fun that we all enjoy during the winter months. Please review, copy and distribute the attached contest entry form. (Will be uploaded on our website for your convenience - go to and get your copy). Remember that all snowmobile clubs throughout North America are encourage to participate in this contest and support their state or provincial snowmobile association in helping make their organizations grow and prosper.

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Friday November 4th 11:00 am Governor’s Advisory Council Meeting 12:00 pm Lunch Break (on your own) 1:30 pm SDSA Board of Directors Pre-Convention Meeting 5:00 pm Presidents Meeting 3:00 pm Registration Begins 6:30 pm Beer -N-Bull & Silent Auction 7:30 pm SDSA Annual Auction

Saturday November 5th 7:30 am Registration 6:30 - 9:30 am Breakfast Buffet 9:00 am SDSA Annual Meeting 12:00 pm Lunch Buffet 1:30 pm Post Convention SDSA Board meeting 1:30 pm Snowmobiler of the Year Judging 6:00 pm Social Hour 7:00 pm Annual Banquet & Awards Entertainment - Kip Attaway

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