As some of you may or may not have noticed, this months rendition is a combined newsletter for February and March. This is due to just too much snowmobiling going on last month on my part! Going forward, it may be in the clubs best interest to keep this every other month news brief, due to mailing cost, time constraints, etc…Please let me know your feelings.
In clubhouse news, this is your notice that Room #1 and Room #5 are available for member’s in good standing to apply for. Please see Norb Belsterling or a House Committee member if you are interested in either of these rooms. The club has also decided to move forward with the garage roof replacement with a metal roof system. This will be discussed at Aprils meeting and a decision will be made on where to purchase, with installation starting likely in May. Please give Scott Thomas any info, input, or pricing before Aprils meeting.
The Snowseeker’s will hold their annual election of club officers at our regular meeting on May 1st. It’s not too early to consider running for office and getting involved on the business end of things. I know there’s a lot of you out there with good ideas and good intentions for this club. May 1st will be your chance to make a difference!
As a reminder, do not pay your PSSA dues again if you receive a notice from them. We are and always will be a 100% PSSA club, and your state dues are deducted from your yearly Snowseeker dues and forwarded to the PSSA.
On the trails end, things seem to be going good with the ANF. Tim Kelly continues to work hard on our behalf with the ANF and other clubs up there. Plowing continues to be an issue and I saw first hand the Forest Service talk to plow operator about this issue this winter. However, their hands are tied as the oil & gas industry owns the mineral rights, so we’ll just have to deal with it in up-coming winters on shared use roads. The rails to trail initiative continues to be worked on from Lantz Corners east. Other than that, the riding we had was good when we had it up there. Bob’s Trading Post helped out several Snowseeker’s this winter, so please patronize them and thank them if in the area. They supposedly have purchased Graybil marina across from them and plan on having much needed gas there next winter. The bi-annual meeting between the clubs and the Forest Service will be held at your clubhouse on April 26th at 9 a.m.
On May 10th we will host our 4th Annual spring Bash Raffle, again at St. Ferdinand Church in Cranberry Twp. Scott & Sandy and Jim & Cathy have been very busy with our major fundraiser to continue in it’s success. The all cash prize format seems to be a hit with ticket buyer’s. Much has been learned from our first three raffles and this years should be great. Please continue to be diligent with your ticket sales and lets try to avoid last minute unsold ticket turn ins as this just takes off our bottom line profit. If you can’t sell your allotment, please let someone know so we may try and get rid of them.
Ginny has also started her collections for the Bag’s, Boxes, & Baskets Raffles during the Bash. Last year, over 30 baskets raised $1800 for the club and it’s charities. Items need are: completed baskets, Lottery tickets or gift cards, or you can purchase new items and she will make up baskets from these items such as: kitchen items, Pittsburgh stuff, wine, glasses, beer mugs, DVD movies (adult & childrens), snack stuff, bath products, games, puzzles, summer beach items (sun screen, beach towels, sand toys, etc.), pet supplys, small hand tools, and booze. It takes her a lot of time to make these baskets up so the sooner she gets these items the better. Ginny would like to thank all members in advance and especially Shawn & Tina Thomas’ mothers for all they have donated to this cause. Please try and bring something to donate from the above to Aprils meeting for Ginny or call her or Joni Eastley and we’ll make this Raffle a big success again!
In close, the club lost one of it’s oldest original member’s with the passing of Roger Corl last week at the age of 92. For those of us lucky enough to ride with Roger in our youth, we will forever remember him in his 1 piece Ski-Doo suit with his pipe ablaze while riding, no matter what the outside temp was. Roger was even with the Snowseeker’s at our last Yellowstone trip at the young age of 71 in 1993. I sometimes long for these old day’s when a long ride was maybe 30 miles and took all day, and usually included a stop with a fire being built for lunch. Ride on Roger, you will always be an adventurer and a Snowseeker!
Mark & Sandy
—March 15th, St. Paddy’s Party at the clubhouse, please bring snack or covered dish
—April 3rd, Regular Monthly meeting @ Harmony Moose, 8:00 p.m.
—April 12th, Trout Season opener, Highland Haven club-house
—April 18th, Good Friday Sporting Clays Shoot, see Dean Cercone
—April 26th, meeting between USFS and Clubs, Highland Haven club-house, 9:00 a.m.
—May 1st, Regular Monthly Meeting and Elections @ Harmony Moose, 8:00 p.m.
—May 10th, 4th Annual Snowseeker Spring Bash Raffle, St. Ferdinand Church, Cranberry Twp., PA.
Ginny and Charity committee need completed baskets, lottery tickets, and/or gift cards before then. Please call Ginny or Joni Eastley. Scott and Jim and committee also will need help in the kitchen, at the door, and setting up and tearing down for this event. Please let Scott or Jim know how you can help and Sell, Sell, SELL those ticket’s!!