Hello again Snowseeker’s,
With April brings the closure of another snowmobile season. Although it started off with a bang around the New Year, it quickly fizzled around the ANF until March, when we had the best riding of the year. It finished with riding right up to our St. Paddy’s Party the weekend of March 22nd, when some members rode over 330 miles for the weekend. What a way to finish!
April also brought us the annual PSSA Spring Meeting, where Jim Wolf was named Pennsylvania Snowmobilier of the Year! Jim was nominated by the Snowseeker’s for all his hard work on snowmobile trails on the ANF. Jim is constantly trying to improve riding conditions up there, is Region #4 Assistant Director for PSSA, and has become an important liaison between the club’s and the US Forest Service. Congratulations and thank you Jim for all your hard work!!
We also had our 3rd Annual Spring Bash April 6th and I would have to say it was the best yet! The new venue at St. Ferdinand’s seemed to suit our needs better and the parking was surely improved. Ginny and committees Bag’s, Boxes & Basket’s Raffle was a hit with 48 different items for auction. The Lottery Tree for Alzheimer’s also was a hit and all profits will be donated. The auctions were a nice addition and filled the time between the Bash prizes being pulled every 10 minutes. Once again, your hard work and perseverance paid off with the club’s major fundraiser, so hat’s off to all member’s who sold ticket’s, made and donated auction item’s or lottery ticket’s, cooked, set up, cleaned, ran the door, sold extra ticket’s, sold 50/50 ticket’s, or just came out and helped, Thank You! A special thanks has to go out to Scott & Sandy Wilke, who came up with the Bash idea 3 years ago, and their co-host’s, Jim & Cathy Wright, who keep track of ticket sales and receipts, buy prizes, and pretty much run the show with Scott & Sandy. As your president I’ve come to realize just how much work is involved to pull off an event of this size, and I think just about every member had something to do with it’s success! Thank you all!
Trout season started April 13th, and with the rain’s came fast and cloudy streams. Although those who attended gave a valiant effort, let’s just say the trout will be there for the taking another day! Also, the club was tidied up after winter, thanks Hock and Craig, and the new kitchen door was brought up and installed Saturday, thanks to Scott Thomas and Bruce Moody for procuring the door and seeing it through to the end. It looks and works great. The panic bar on it will leave you out and will lock on closing so you will have to prop it open with the foot peg or come in the back door by the bathrooms. Please familiarize yourself with it next time up. Also, the vent fan switch was changed to a rotary timer style to prevent it from being left on overnight or when leaving.
The Past President’s Weekend seems to be taking shape for May 18th. The invitations have been mailed and it seems it will be well attended. If you can, please come up, bring a covered dish or dessert, and listen to some old stories from our club founders. If anyone knows a past member who we overlooked, please be sure to invite them or bring them up with you! This is an open house type of weekend with the club waiving lodging fee’s. I’m told if the funding is approved, the garage floor will be excavated Friday and poured Saturday by some ambitious member’s, along with the kitchen entryway. The yard is also a mess from winter plowing & trailering, so come on up, do a little yard-work, and enjoy your clubhouse, some good eats with it’s original member’s. I know I am looking forward to it!
PSSA is selling raffle ticket’s for a Summer Sled Bonanza. Ticket’s are $45 each, with only 400 being sold, and the winner gets a $9000 voucher towards a new sled from any PSSA Dealer. Please see a Region Director or your PSSA paper to get your ticket.
The Snowseeker’s also need an Assistant Region #2 Director to help Bob & Sharon finish out their term. Please don’t make me beg! Someone step up and help out.
May’s meeting will bring our annual election of officer’s and board. Please run for office if you are eligible. I would hope for a good turnout as your vote is important. The water treatment seems to be finally moving forward, funds have been approved, and several member’s donated to it’s purchase. Hopefully May’s meeting at the Moose will be our last there as we usually move outside for our summer schedule. Please think about hosting a meeting at your house or a local park. We will try and come up with a schedule at May’s meeting.
That’s about it for now. Get those sleds greased up & fueled up with treated fuel! Hopefully we will see you at the May meeting for election’s or at the clubhouse May 18th!
Mark & Sandy
FUN FACT: The average snowmobiler rides their snowmobile 920 miles per year in North America…..
UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS:
MAY 2nd, Board Meeting @7:00pm, Regular Monthly Meeting @ 8:00 pm, at the Harmony Moose,Harmony,PA.
MAY 18th, Past President’s & Member’s Weekend at the Highland Haven Clubhouse. Please bring covered dish or dessert, club will supply main course and lodging.
JUNE 6th, Regular Monthly Meeting and cook-out, NEED A HOST……
JUNE 29th, Annual Clarion River Canoe Trip, see Rich & Loretta or Derek Hayes
JULY 11th, Regular Monthly Meeting, (date change due to July 4th), NEED A HOST….
AUGUST 8TH, Regular Monthly Meeting,(date change due to moving July’s meeting), NEED A HOST.