April 2017 Newsletter
April 2017 Newsletter
April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week!
This year, Volunteer Canada celebrates Canada's 12.7 million volunteers from April 23rd to 29th! Of course, many of those volunteers dedicate their time and hard work to maintaining Snoman's 53 clubs.
These individuals are engaged in so many different club-related tasks and activities. Whether it involves sitting on a Board of Directors, club fundraising, event planning, general advertising, overall community liaising, landowner outreach, communications of all kinds (written, telephone, online), safety training for trail maintenance, trail grooming, shelter construction and upkeep, mechanical and machinery repairs, and so much more, there is always something to do!
On top of all the above skills and responsibilities, volunteers most likely work a full-time job, are in school, are raising a family or have retired after accomplishing these aforementioned milestones over several decades. The commitment demonstrated by volunteers indicates a deep passion and clear vision that drives them to apply their hard-earned and highly valuable skills for the benefit of those who surround them in the community.
Snoman always encourages all snowmobilers to join a local club, and help out whenever and however they can. With the opportunity to learn new skills and foster new friendships, the rewards are both numerous and truly lasting! Even if you cannot volunteer your own time, a simple and sincere "Thank you" to a volunteer can do wonders for morale, as well as reminding one another that the work being put into a local club is both acknowledged and appreciated.
It looks like spring is here! This past season had its ups and downs, mainly due to temperatures causing the repeated opening and closing of trails throughout the winter. I would to thank all of the club volunteers for their efforts in keeping the trails open. My own local club had to reset signs at least three different times, and I am sure many other clubs had the same experience this season.
Many riders may not know how much time is spent to ensure the trails stay properly signed, and it would certainly be interesting if Snoman were able to calculate the actual hours volunteers spent on the trails this past season. Thank you to everyone for doing a great job! Just this past week, some folks were up in The Pas and Thompson for a year-end ride. They told me that the trails were great, and that they really appreciated the efforts made by the two local clubs to ensure that the trails were in great shape for riding.
This past week, Snoman hosted the Manufacturers' Sneak Peek event for the upcoming 2018 snowmobile models. Over 1,300 people attended this one day event and had the opportunity to meet with one another and talk about snowmobiling. Snoman received a high amount of positive feedback about clubs and the proper maintenance of their trails in spite of the challenging weather we had this riding season.
As this season comes to a close, we look forward to next year with the hope that we have a lot of snow and no winds! Have a great summer, and see you on the trail next season.
- Alan Butler
Thank you to our 2016-2017 Corporate Rider Partners
Your support is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to working with you again in the 2017/2018 riding season!
Sled 'N Snap: It's time to vote!
The Sled 'N Snap contest entry deadline (March 31st, 2017) has come and gone, and now it's time to vote for your favourite photos! Go to the Sled 'N Snap website to register for an account and then select the "Photos" tab on their main page to view and choose your favourite entries, and be entered for the chance to win a two place Aluma trailer, or the use of any Flaman trailer for a whole year for your club (valued up to $15,000).
Best wishes to all participants, and may the greatest snaps win!