Meeting Minutes – 2022 January

Officers: President: Eric Hallen (2023),Vice President: Jordan Hallen (2022), Secretary: Cyndi Sommerfeldt (2023), Treasurer: Sheri Hoiby (2022)

Board of Directors: Mike Kohn (2022), Kirk Johnson (2022), Rhett Larson (2023), Jason Raska (2023)

Trail Bosses: West: Brad McGuiggan & Jason Raska, East: Scott Carlson, Dresser West: Arik Mahler, Dresser East: Kevin McNutt, Stower Trail: Jeff Jonas & Rick LeRoux

Council Reps: Eric Hallen, Brad McGuiggan

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*Meeting called to order on 1/4/22, 7:30pm at Ken’s Keyboard by Eric.

Secretary’s report: 

  • December meeting minutes were approved.  Minutes are posted to the website.  Will also email out with January minutes.

Treasurer’s report:

  • Approved as read by Sheri.
  • Board of Directors approved previously discussed plan to move rainy day funds to an investment account.  Motion & Second to approve the draft resolution, as provided by Frank at December meeting, as well as establish the investment account.  Unanimous approval.

Media/Marketing: 

  • Osceola Sun had a picture of our club’s donation to the Open Cupboard.
  • Frank has made some updates to our club’s website.  Take a look.

Council Report:

  • ATV & Snowmobile County Council – website updates, lots of info can be found there.
  • A couple trail issues have gotten addressed recently.
  • Trail from Cushing to Burnett County is now open.
  • Stower Trail is ready to go.

Trail Bosses Report

  • Scott working on compiling an updated and accurate list of landowners.
  • One new landowner sign was made and will be installed.
  • Stower Trail.  Make sure to follow the speed limit signs and obey all rules.  Be courteous to other trail users.

KAOS Youth Club:

  • Next meeting is January 11, 2021, McKenzie Lanes 7pm
  • Tentative club ride on Saturday, January 15, leaving from McKenzie Lanes around 9:00am.  Details to be finalized at 1/11 meeting.

Old Business:

  • Discussed plans to change club officer terms from 2 years to 4 years.  To be reviewed by Board of Directors.
  • Funds/Budget. 
    • Increasing scholarship amounts.
    • Possibly increase donations to Open Cupboard, etc.
    • Landowners.  About 70 landowners in total.  Ideas for landowner appreciation (gift cards, etc)
  • Safari.  Club approved $200 to go towards dinner for the Safari group.  Aiming to entice more people to attend and participate.

New Business:

  • No additional budget needs currently expected.
  • Looking for ideas to get more members involved in club activities.  Example – KAOS club buys lunch for anyone that helps do trail signs.
  • Groomer tractor.  GPS tracker is now installed.
  • Wisconsin legislature updates.  If a funded trail passes thru a ditch, you now cannot ride thru that ditch when the trails are closed.  Previously snowmobiles could still ride in the ditches even if trails were closed.

Trip Committee:

  • Club Safari ride January 20-23 in Hayward 7 Winds Casino, phone # 715-634-8574.  Six rooms blocked under the club (group booking number 1179).  Looking for anyone interest in going.  Frank will send an email with more info.
    • Motion was passed in December to provide $200 for a social gathering during the Safari. 
  • Would still welcome more involvement and a planning committee.

Social Committee:

  • Safari Trip. See above.
  • Vintage snowmobile ride & event at ERX in Elk River, MN January 28-30.
  • Shelter Ride.  Planning for Saturday, February 12.

Next Meeting: February 1, 2022 at 7:30pm at Potsie’s.

*Motion to adjourn passed at 8:16pm

Respect Trail Closures & Stay on Trails!

It’s so exciting when we get our first snow of the year. It’s a good time to review what riding is allowed when our trails are closed and when our trails are open:

How to determine if the trails are open or closed – Simply check the State’s Snow Report Website: https://www.travelwisconsin.com/snowreport/snowmobile/

When trails are closed – We are only allowed to ride on our own private property and ditches. We must not ride on other peoples land without their permission

When trails are open – We are only allowed to ride on marked trails. DO NOT CUT CORNERS. If we cut corners or ride in unmarked areas, we are disrespecting our landowners and run the risk of losing our privilege’s of keeping our trails in our community. Please, STAY ON MARKED TRAILS!!

Remember – United we Trail, Divided we Fail

Riding on Private Property without permission — BAD!!

Donation to Open Cupboard

The Osceola Valley Sno-Goers and the Southern Polk County ATV /UTV Club are presented checks to Open Cupboard. The Osceola Open Cupboard is an all volunteer organization that supports the Osceola School District and Dresser communities.

The Osceola Valley Sno-Goers donated $500 and the Southern Polk County ATV / UTV Club donated $1000. Angel Olsen represented both clubs at the presentation. Open Cupboard volunteer Christina Cook accepts the donation.

Thank you Open Cupboard for all your volunteers and hard work in our community.

Meeting Minutes – 2021 December

Officers: President: Eric Hallen (2023),Vice President: Jordan Hallen (2022), Secretary: Cyndi Sommerfeldt (2023), Treasurer: Sheri Hoiby (2022)

Board of Directors: Mike Kohn (2022), Kirk Johnson (2022), Rhett Larson (2023), Jason Raska (2023)

Trail Bosses: West: Brad McGuiggan & Jason Raska, East: Scott Carlson, Dresser West: Arik Mahler, Dresser East: Kevin McNutt, Stower Trail: Jeff Jonas & Rick LeRoux

Council Reps: Eric Hallen, Brad McGuiggan

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*Meeting called to order on December 7, 2021 at 7:30pm at Hanks by Eric.

Secretary’s report:
• Sent out via email following November meeting, and posted on webpage. Approved as read.

Treasurer’s report:
• Approved as read by Sheri.
• Board has reviewed 2022 budget.
• Reviewed recent fundraising profits from UW Wanderoos Hunting Party and meat raffle.
• In preparation for Sheri stepping down as Treasurer of our club for 10+ years, Frank Sommerfeldt has been working with her to understand the club accounts and procedures. This will be a 6 month process.
• Sheri continues to turn in memberships to the AWSC most recent group was on November 20.
• Motion was approved during New Business portion of meeting to invest $ from rainy day fund into a mutual fund. This is about 1/3 of our total club funds. Frank will follow up with Board prior to investment.
• Sheri is very knowledgeable of the Club bereavement policy due to the need to disperse funds. This policy should be reviewed in a future meeting.

Media/Marketing:
• Frank will be placing meeting minutes on website.
• Mark K and Angel will be delivering our $500 donation to Open Cupboard and providing information to the Osceola Sun.

Council Report:
• Groomers are ready and signing complete.
• Trail hours are turned in at Council meetings so make sure hours are current and turned in prior to this monthly meeting. Next meeting December 9.

Trail Bosses Report:
• Trails are marked and ready.
• If additional signs are needed contact Eric/Brad.
• Stower is still open to us and signed as reported by Rick
• Trail from shelter to Stower is complete and ready.
• Mark Jensen donated wood for the shelter and he and Gordy placed it in the shelter along with weed whipping and cleaning out the fire pit. There is more wood available if needed and Tim Larke has people available to stack in the future. The porta potty condition is unknown.

KAOS Youth Club:
• Next meeting is December 14, 2021 at McKenzie Lanes at 7pm
• New members have come from the recent safety class.
• Doug K has requested help from Frank S to assist in getting a club webpage set up.

Old Business:
• New 2020-2022 Trail maps are available.
• Don’t wait for snow to renew or start a membership. There is a time delay as we send in requests in batches to AWSC.
• Club Appreciation party at Eric’s on November 6 was a success with approximately 50 in attendance. Thanks Eric!
• Hunters party at UW Wanderoos was held on November 18 with a large turnout and 1/3 of proceeds to our club.
• Club meat raffle was held on December 3 at Potsie’s.

New Business:
• Sheri suggested we revisit the term length for our club officers. It is felt that the current 2 years is too short and perhaps 4 years would provide more involvement. In addition making the vice president role move to president the following term. Our bylaws do not currently call out a term length so this could be handled as a resolution in an upcoming meeting.
• With the recent increase in funds due to a successful fair, UWW Hunters party and meat raffle motions to increase the following donations were passed:
December gift to Open Cupboard food shelf from $200 to $500
OHS Scholarships from 2x$500 to 2x$1000
• There was much discussion on how to identify and recognize our Landowners. It was felt that we need to do more than just the spring landowners party. We have provided gift cards and postcards on trail signing and take down in the past but due to difficulty in keeping track of land sales our landowners list is out of date and therefore contact via this list is not useful. We need a better option to keep this list current, trial boss input and/or GIS/tax records were both suggested. It was suggested that the Board propose other options.

Trip Committee:
• Frank reviewed the January 21-23, 2022 Safari to be held at Hayward Seven Winds Casino. Based on interest shown Frank will block out 10 rooms.
• Motion was passed to provide $200 for a social gathering during the Safari.
• Would still welcome more involvement and a planning committee.

Social Committee:
• Safari Trip see above January 21-23, 2022 Hayward, WI
• Shelter Ride Saturday February 12, 2022

Next Meeting: January 4, 2022 at 7:30pm at Kens Keyboard.
Eric will contact Kens to have pizza options.

*Motion to adjourn passed at 8:22pm

Meeting Minutes – 2021 November

  • Meeting called to order on 11/2/21, 7:30pm at Potsie’s by Eric.

Secretary’s report: 

  • Sent out via email earlier in October.  Approved as read.

Treasurer’s report:

  • Approved as read by Sheri.
  • Closed CD and deposited into checking account, planning to put into investment account.

Media/Marketing: 

  • Check for club website updates that Frank did recently.

Council Report:

  • Plans to do some brushing on the Gandy Dancer trail.
  • Council is going to sell a brusher and trailer.
  • Stower Trail.  Final judge ruling still pending, likely by 12/11.  Some trail work & signing has been done, but not doing too much until final ruling.  As of now, the Stower trail will be open to snowmobiles after 12/15 pending enough snow accumulation.  Horses have been on there this fall.  Possible trail from club shelter to Stower being planned.

Trail Bosses Report

  • Jeff Jonas & Rick LeRoux volunteered to do Stower trail if it opens up to snowmobiles.
  • Arik Mahler volunteered to do the west side of Dresser from the intersection to Interstate Park.
  • Trail signing starts this Saturday (11/6).  Coordinate with Trail Bosses and make sure to contact landowners first.  Remember to keep track of your hours and turn into your Trail Boss or to Kevin McNutt.  The county gets funding from these hours.

KAOS Youth Club:

  • Safety Training held in October.  41 kids attended.  Our club covered the costs.
  • KAOS club is doing trail signs on Saturday, 11/6, at 9am, meeting at McKenzie Lanes.  Lunch will be provided afterwards for those that help.  Doug Kromrey is in charge.
  • Next meeting is Tuesday, 11/9 at McKenzie Lanes at 7pm.

Old Business:

  • Elections were held after October meeting.  See new officers above.
  • AWSC Fall Workshop was held in the Dells in October.  Dan Carlson received the Snowmobile Friendly Community Award on behalf of our club.

New Business:

  • Stower & Dresser West trail bosses.  We have volunteers, see above.
  • Need a new Social Committee Chair.  It has been Eric Hallen, but looking for someone now that Eric is President.
  • Club Appreciation Party at Eric’s house this Saturday, 11/6 after 5pm.  See email reminder that was sent last week for details.  Food will be provided, BYOB.
  • Hunter’s Party at UW Wanderoos on Thursday, 11/18 at 6pm.  They are looking for volunteers to help.  Eric will get raffle tickets for club members to sell.  Tickets will be handed out at Club Appreciation Party.
  • Club’s Warming Shelter.  Not planning to cut wood this year.  Mark Jessen offered to provide some extra wood for the shelter.
  • Meat Raffle planned for 12/3 at Potsie’s at 6pm.  Fund raiser for the club.  Eric will get the meat at Swanks.  Volunteers needed to help the night of.
  • Board of Directors met to review budget proposal for 2022.  Motion and 2nd to approve 2022 budget as proposed by the Board.  Approved.
  • New 2020-2022 Trail maps are now available.

Trip Committee:

  • Discussed ideas to get more involvement.  Considerations of the club contributing money for food and/or rooms to entice more people.  Likely planning for Hayward again? 

Social Committee:

  • Need a new Social Committee chair.  Volunteers?
  • Club appreciation party at Eric’s this Saturday (11/6).  Club to supply food.  RSVP via facebook or contact Eric for more info.  Address is 605 218th St, Osceola.
  • Deer Hunting Party at UW Wanderoos on 11/18 at 6pm.

Next Meeting: December 7, 2021 at 7:30pm at Hank’s.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:20.

Meeting Minutes – 2021 October

*Meeting called to order on 10/5/21, 7:30pm at UW Wanderoos back bar by Kevin.

Secretary’s report:

· Sent out via email earlier in Sept., Approved as read

Treasurer’s report:

· Approved as read, Sheri was absent

· Reviewed Fair profits after 15% paid to Fair Board

Media/Marketing:

· Mark Kuhl website, Eric Hallen facebook

· Meeting dates, meeting minutes and contact info could be added to web page.

Council Report:

· Bridges on Cat Tail to be worked on.

· Stower Trail ruling next week?

Trail Bosses Report:

· Need Dresser west Trail Boss, let Kevin know if interested.

· Duane would like orange reflective tape/ribbon for quick trip landscaping area.

· Kevin answered questions from Lotus Lakes Homeoweners on Stower trail issues and referred to snowmobiling deputy.

· Trail signing next month, Turn in hours

· May need Stower trail boss, Chris volunteered.

Youth Club:

· Next meeting in October 12, 2021, McKenzie Lanes 7pm

· Safety Training 10/18,19&21, 6:30-9pm Intermediate School, notification in paper, Facebook and WI DNR Go Wild. Club covers costs. 30 books on order.

Old Business:

· AWSC Fall workshop is 10/22-24 at WI Dells. Club reimburses $100/family, $50/individual

· Memberships expired the end of June so time to renew for 2021-2022 season. 161 Memberships last year.

· Osceola Community Fair booth was a success, Thanks to all volunteers. Weather was great and helped with sales. Pretty much ran out of everything by the end. No turkey legs on Sunday. Need to do better at getting volunteers lined up in advance as several people did double jobs etc.

New Business:

· Club President and Secretary positions and 2 board positions will expire at end of this meeting. Elections will be held following the meeting.

· Board budget discussions/review end of October meeting for review at November meeting.

· Some items noted for budgeting PA system, propane grill, mop, floor matts for fair booth, custom trail signs for intersections.

· New 2020-2022 Trail maps are now available.

Trip Committee:

· Need a new committee and ideas here. Hayward 7 Winds casino seems like a doable location.

· Could club sponsor a pizza party or put $ toward room costs to encourage club participation?

Social Committee:

· Club appreciation party/picnic moved from June to 11/6 trail signing to be held at Eric Hallen’s. Eric to provide drinks BYOB and Club to supply food. RSVP via facebook or contact Eric for more info.

· 11/18 Deer Hunting Party at UW Wanderoos.

Next Meeting: November 2, 2021 at 7:30pm at Potsies (previously Sues) .

Club Elections held following meeting:

· Eric Hallen will become club president, Cyndi Sommerfeldt will retain Secretary role, Rhett Larson and Jason Raska will become Board members. All have been added to the heading of these meeting minutes.

2021 Scholarships

The Osceola Valley Sno-Goers gives college scholarships each year to graduating seniors from the Osceola High School. The scholarships are awarded based on the students academics, extracurricular activities (including community engagement), participation in their local snowmobile club and love of the outdoors.

For 2021, the Osceola Valley Sno-Goers presented 2 scholarship, $500 each on May 17. This years awardees are Morgan Feldt and Samuel Schiebel. Frank Sommerfeldt represented the club at the awards ceremony.

Good luck to Morgan and Samuel on their future academic endeavors.

Morgan Feldt
Samuel Schiebel

2021 Covid didn’t slow us down!

The 2020 pandemic will be with us for quite some time. Snowmobiling in 2021 was an outlet for many of us to get out of the house. Surprisingly, stops at our local bars were not crowded if you were careful when you rode and where you stopped. If you were willing to travel, there was abundant snow within a 3 hour drive. Here are a few pictures from our riding this year.

Big group, but all went well
Another beautiful day on the trails
Riding in a 12″ snowfall — nothing better!
UP — Gay, Michigan. Had to drink our beer outside
Snowmobiling version of wearing a mask

2021 Club Safari

This year’s Safari was held in Hayward, WI at the Seven Winds Lodge on County B & K. Another light attendance this year, but still fun for all that attended. The snow was sufficient, but not abundant. We rode north to Lake Namekagon, south to Lac Courte Oreilles & everywhere in between. The main group did 300 miles over the 3 days. We had a nice blend of experienced rider and some not as experienced. Overall the trip was successful (no one got hurt and no breakdowns) and everyone had a great time. I hope we can get more participation in future years.

Trailside stop
Social distancing at an outdoor bar
Breakfast, energy needed for a full day of riding