2013 April Meeting Minutes

OSCEOLA VALLEY SNO-GOERS

Board of Directors:  Scott Carlson (2013), Eric Hallen  (2013),

Dick  Couch (2014)  Bruce Johnson (2014)

President: Rick McGuiggan  (2013)

Vice President: Eric  Hallen(2014)

Secretaries Suzanne  Wente& Roxanne Couch (2013)

Treasurer:  Sheri Hoiby  (2014)

Trail Boss West Gordy  Jones (2013), Kirk Larson (2013),

Dresser trail: Roger  Peterson, Bruce Johnson, Rick Leroux (2012)

Council Reps:  Doug Kromrey, Greg  Swanson

 (Alternates: Dave Peterson, Arnold Wente, Roger  Peterson)

Meeting date April 2, 2013

The Board of Directors met to  discuss membership dues.  We  proposed that all dues will need to be paid to the treasurer by January first  each year.  If people join  throughout the year they do not have to pay until January 1.  The secretary will send out membership  renewal letters each year by the end of October.  This letter will have instructions on  how to renew and to send their dues into the treasurer by January 1. Once the  treasurer receives payment he/she will send a membership card to the paid  member.  Any member who dues are not  received by January 1 will be removed from the current membership list.

Meeting was called to order by  President Rick McGuiggan.   Secretary’s report was read and approved.  Treasurer’s report was read and approved.   Treasurer also reported we have  been reimbursed by the county $465.00 for crop damage we paid to  landowners.  Also reported that we  did receive our membership information from the Lakes States Resource  Alliance.  If you want more  information on what the Resource Alliance does to support snowmobiling you can  check out their website at www.lakestatesreource.org.  If you would like to contact them for  any reason their e-mail address is president@lakestatesresource.org.

Council Report:

Greg Swanson reported that at the  last meeting the council discussed buying a groomer tractor, it will be  discussed further at the April 4, 2013 meeting. Reminder that that the groomer’s  banquet is scheduled for April 18th at Crickets, 6:30 cocktails and  7:30 dinner.  The council also  discussed trail brushing in the county.   There are some trails that are not properly cleared and brushed.  The council decided that if there are  sections of trails that are not properly brushed they will not be groomed.  Greg also reported that at the AWSC  Convention Doug Johnson was re-elected as the President.  Reported that use of railroad beds for  snowmobile trails were discussed at the convention and the Amery to Dresser  trail will be discussed at the AWSC fall work shops to try again to get this as  part of our trail system. The local police were happy with our trails and trail  conditions.  They reported to Greg  that the only citations given this year were for non-registration.  The MS ride raised $300,000.  Doug Kromrey reported that at the AWSC  convention the CAP/STEP program was discussed to continue to push for it to go  through.  The biggest roadblock is  Governor Walker does not want to raise any fees.  There were 20 snowmobile related deaths  in 2012.  This information is  reported on the DNR website. Also discussed at the convention was GPS signing at  intersections and have map coordinates printed on maps and posted on trails,  this would help emergency personnel when accidents are reported.  This will be discussed further at the  Polk County Council meeting.  Doug  also attended a workshop to promote club membership.  Only about 25% of snowmobiles registered  in the state are by individuals who belong to a club.  We need to continue to push our  membership cards and the Discover Wisconsin video.  The Summer AWSC directors meeting will  be June 21st – 23rd in Wautoma, WI.   Doug also got new cards printed and noted there were a few typos on the  meeting place.

Andrew Kromrey reported the youth  club is now under the county council – Youth Snowmobile club of Polk County.  He also reported that they are waiting  to hear back from Polaris and Ski-Doo about the possibility of a donation of a  snowmobile for the youth club to raffle as a fund raiser.  Eleven youth reps will be attending the  Snowmobile Congress meetings at Green  Bay in June 2013. The youth club now has 15 members.    The youth club meets the  2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Groomer’s shed in  Balsam  Lake.

Trail Bosses:

Trail closing that was scheduled  for April 6, 2013 has been cancelled due to snow and cold.  Trail bosses can determine when they  want to go out to remove signs and get other members to help them. We need to  check at Petro Plus in Farmington about putting up snow fence around  their drain field so sleds can’t ride over it and cause damage.  When working on removing signs please  keep track if you need additional signs and if you need new land owners  signs.  Also turn in any hours  worked into your trail boss.   Safety  reminder for riders  to be careful on the trails around the schools.  It was reported that kids use this as a  walking path. Trail bosses will hand out the drink tickets to our land owners at  the dinner.  Dick Hoppe reported  that he will order the signs for the Niedermier bridge.  The guy that does them is currently out  of town.

Old Business:

The proposal for the new policy  on paying membership dues was presented to the club by the Board of Directors.

Discussed land owners dinner,  agreed to provide Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy from KFC and club members  are asked to bring a dish to pass.   Dinner is April 13, 2013 at Potting’s Bar, 6:00 p.m. is cocktail hour,  dinner at 7:00 p.m.

New Business:

Our picnic tables at the shelter  need work.  It was decided that we  would re-do them when we bring them into town for the fair.  The idea was brought up that we would  have the youth club do the work and the club will make a donation.

Next meeting will be held on May  7th, 2013 7:30 p.m. at Sue’s Bar & Grill

Reminders:

Any pictures or article that you  would like to share please contact Frank Sommerfeldt to put on the web site.  Frank’s email address is gmc9643@hotmail.com

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