Important message from Snoman's President

July 10, 2020

President’s Report to Club Members & Snopass Holders - July 2020

Due to the many and ongoing changes in our lifestyles as a result of COVID -19, I wanted to bring you an update on the many things that Snoman is doing and is going to be doing in preparation for the next snowmobile season.

It appears that we will be dealing with COVID-19 throughout the summer and fall. It is during this timeframe that a lot of clubs will be doing trail work and other related club activities. In order to help clubs deal with COVID-19, the office developed a “Snoman Club Work Best Practices for Volunteers”. The document has been emailed to clubs and is also available to anyone by contacting the Snoman office.   

At this point, it is very difficult to determine the impact of COVID-19 on next season’s snowmobiling activities. We have seen countries such as Brazil and Africa that are entering their winter climates having a surge in cases. Due to the levels of unemployment and the downturn in the economy, we are expecting there will be a decrease in Snopass sales as well as corporate sponsorships. As you know, a lot of businesses and organizations are tightening their belts. At Snoman, it is no different. In order to adjust for the potential decrease in revenue, we’ve implemented the following cost reduction strategies in the 2020-2021 budget:

  • With the uncertainties of COVID-19, the Snoman Annual Congress scheduled for November has been cancelled due to the social distancing rules;
  • We will not be filling the seasonal and vacant administrative assistant position with the workload being allocated to the existing staff;
  • Board of Directors meeting budget has been reduced by 40% and most meetings will take place via Go To Meetings;
  • Executive committee & committee meetings budget has been reduced by 66 %, meetings will be conducted using Go To Meetings;   
  • CCSO meetings budget line has been reduced by 35% due to only one person attending and the possibility of limited face to face meetings;
  • Funding for a Manitoba Rally will not be available; and
  • Marketing /Public Relations budget reduced by 50%. The focus will be on the promotion of Snopass sales with radio ads running once a week for seven weeks as opposed to the full season.

Overall, cost savings strategies will result in $71,000 less taken from the Sno-Fund for administration which means these funds will be available to clubs for the 2020-2021 payouts.

In light of the fact that we are going to be down one staff member at the office, I am asking that clubs help out and ensure important dates are met, as you will not be getting constant reminders of due dates. 

The Snoman Annual Meeting will be held on November 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm at the Canada Inns Destination Centre in Transcona. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only the Snoman Board members and staff will be able to attend. Clubs and others will be able to tune in via Zoom.

The next snowmobile season is likely going to be different, and at this time there are a number of uncertainties; however, if we all keep the lines of communication open, are patient and work together, we will be able to handle whatever life throws at us. I hope we all have a good season.

Have a great summer, stay healthy and stay safe!

Alan Butler
Snoman Inc.