Greetings Passionate Manitoba Snowmobilers!!
My name is Jason Wiebe, and I am your newly elected Snoman President. It is my honor to serve in this capacity for the benefit of organized recreational snowmobiling in Manitoba. I would like to thank those that came before me for leading an organization that I am proud to take the reigns of. I would like to thank Past President Wayne Vandersteen for his time on the executive, especially the challenges he overcame during the pandemic. Congratulations to Darcy Wyborn, newly elected Vice President, and Alan Butler as incumbent Treasurer, and to all the regional reps and board of directors volunteering their time for the upcoming season.
As an organization, we were thrilled with the turnout to our first in-person AGM and Congress since 2019. It was incredible to see old faces, meet some new riders, and get a chance to network again. I think we can all agree, the Victoria Inn in Brandon did a tremendous job, and we thank the West Region Snowmobile Association for spearheading this initiative and volunteering so many hours to make the event a success. If you attended the event, you know exactly what I mean, and if you didn’t, you missed out on the greatest pre-season gathering of snowmobile enthusiasts in the province.
Coming off a tremendous season with record grooming last season and a promising forecast for the coming season, we know all 53 clubs are hard at work to make your experience on the snow safe and memorable. Every club is currently in full “GO” mode trying to do the last-minute preparations to their equipment, trails, and signage. Regardless of your skill level or experience, every club is seeking additional volunteers to lighten the load so have you considered what you can do to ensure your club stays viable? It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, and I guarantee you every volunteer is welcomed with open arms.
The greatest challenge currently facing our organization is inflation. As I’m sure each of you is feeling in your personal lives, inflation is also negatively impacting our clubs and organization. The rising cost of fuel and equipment has eroded clubs buying power and makes it difficult to save for the future. I can assure you the board of directors is aware of this and is working on initiatives to tackle these issues. Through good fiscal management, the Snopass has stayed the same price since 2015 (one of the lowest in Canada), and we believe the time has come to review that pricing and find a balance between organizational sustainability and value to Snopass holders. We are also working collaboratively with all levels of government on several initiatives, that we hope to report on shortly.
I want to wish you all a safe and enjoyable riding season with friends and family.
Ride Safe, Ride Often, Ride Right!!!
President, Snoman Inc.