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WSSA - The Voice of Snowmobiling in Washington

President Jim Kinghman jim.kingman@wssa.us • (509) 698-3658

TABLE OF CONTENTS Membership Application...................................................... 4 Snomobile PAC Form – Contributions Appreciated................... 4 Expo Exhibitors Listing....................................................... 5 Expo Update..................................................................... 5 Expo Blue Lot Info............................................................. 6 Expo Indoor Swap Info....................................................... 6 Snowmobile Safety Class Info.............................................. 6 Winter Rendezvous – Save the Date..................................... 6 District Reports................................................................. 7 Club News........................................................................ 8 2018 WSSA Scholarship.................................................... 10 Membership Update.......................................................... 10 Bylaws – Notice of Proposed Changes & Meeting Info............ 11 Military Appreciation Ride – We Misplaced a Few…................. 13 Meetings and Events......................................................... 14 State Parks Update........................................................... 15 Charity & Volunteer Hour Reporting – Let’s Step it Up!............16 WSSA Trail Grants Update................................................. 16 Safety – 20 Upcoming Avalanche Training Opportunities..........17 Sled Deck Raffle – Support Legal Action Fund....................... 17 Matt’s Misc...................................................................... 19 Snowmobile Rentals......................................................... 19 Associate Members Listing – Please Support Them!............... 21 Contacts & Clubs.............................................................. 23

Well, the summer just flew by and it’s now time to get serious about our great sport of snowmobiling. Proof of that is it’s Expo time! Dean and his committee have another great show put together for us so make sure and you pack up and head to Puyallup on October 21st and 22nd. I’m still working on a statewide youth club, so if you have kids interested, probably in the age range from 14 to 19, head over to the WSSA booth and look me up so we can talk. I still have nothing firm but need some parental input. The WSSA Summer Meeting went well with around 35 attendees. Special thanks to Terry Kohl for taking the time to give us a detailed report on legislative issues. Also a big thank you to Bob Seelye for a nice report on the WSSA audit. WSSA is planning on a few by-law changes we are hoping to do at the November meeting, so check out the rest of the Snoflyer to make sure you are aware of the changes and the upcoming ‘special meeting’. It sounds like club meetings are getting started and I hope to attend a few of these this year if I can work it in around my grooming schedule. Club Pres-

idents, please make sure your club info is up to date with WSSA so I don’t show up on the wrong night or the wrong place. The summer SMAC (Snowmobile Advisory Committee) funding meeting went well and had an excellent turn out. I made it to the Friday evening and Saturday morning meetings. Funding is up for this season with registrations up from last season so all areas will see a few extra dollars not only in grooming but also snow removal. We all hope for another good snow season and registrations to climb again to keep inching back to where the program funds need to be. One last item I need to stress is all volunteer hours need to be reported. We all are guilty sometimes and it’s easy to forget when we have such busy lives to report these. I know we all put the time in but it only takes a few minutes to fill out a volunteer sheet. If you don’t have the correct forms, at least turn your club’s or individual hours in to your District Rep or even send me a e-mail with your list and I will make sure it gets to Charity Committee Chairman Craig Miller. Hope to see everyone at Expo!

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Vice President Dean Meakin dean.meakin@wssa.us • (509) 220-1001

So it begins! No I meant ‘snow, it begins’, real soon! Right now is when you go fire up your snow machines and see what is working and what needs help. Now, make a list, check it twice and head to your local dealer before what you are looking for is out of stock. Good news and bad news: There are still active fires in many of the snowmobile areas this season that will impact our trails. Please be patient and wait because they will go out. Be ready to do late trail clearing and brush cutting and some downed tree removal. Support your firefighters, DNR (Department of Natural Resources) workers and U.S. Forest Service employees as they do the very best to prepare the forests for you! Be the help they need and not the thorn in their side. Even if some of your areas are left closed this year, keep smiling and have a good attitude. Remember, snowmobiling is not just a one year event; it is a lifetime addiction of fun. 2018 will be my 50th anniversary of snowmobiling. Even when snow was bad it is still all good! Summer Meeting was great! Blu-Shastin RV Park was great! The fellowship was great! You had to be there to know if the food was great or just food. Don’t miss out next year. Make plans now while we still have room; campsites go quickly. Part of the responsibility of the WSSA Vice President is to plan and prepare the meals for this event. It takes more than one person to pull it off. Thank you to all that put their aprons on and pitched in and helped. Thank you

Matt Mead for the Friday night homemade chili feed! Thank you Karlene Meakin for your help with all the meals and your patience. A special big ‘thank you’ to Dee Alred, Roxanne Brittain, Katy Pitzer and Deanne Kingman for the cooking help! Thank you to anyone else I might have missed. Thank you to everyone who brought eats for the Saturday evening potluck. This was an honor and privilege for me as you Vice President. Next year the International Snowmobile Congress will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We have been challenged to increase our attendance at this event. So, here is the first challenge; we need to have at least 20 WSSA members turn out for this 50th anniversary convention. This is your second challenge, with plenty more to follow; put $300 in a special savings account each month starting right now and you will be on your way. (Helpful Hint: for a couple to go you will need about $3,000.) A third challenge for you; make sure your passport is in order now so that will not be a problem next June. April and May are the busiest times to get your passport if you are thinking of procrastinating. More challenges will follow! I will see all of you real soon at EXPO.

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October 2017 Snoflyer  

The official publication of the Washington State Snowmobile Association.

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