January 2016

Dear Fellow Snowseekers,

Better late than never, the trails are FINALLY snow covered enough to ride! Hopefully you have gotten the opportunity to get out and enjoy it, for Mother Nature is teasing us and sending spring-like temperatures for the next foreseeable days.

We have a new committee within the club called ‘Ways and Means’. The purpose of this committee is to oversee fundraisers and club outings in hopes to help organize the different events we do. The Chairman of the committee is Larry Moiser with the help of Dave Ford, Michael Steinmetz, Rich Hayes, and Jack Belsterling. Our goal is too evenly to help out with some of the work overload that members are doing.

A “Ways and Means Committee” is a government body that is charged with reviewing and making recommendations for organizational budgets.

The Sixth Annual Spring Bash is approaching us soon!  This bash is our biggest event in the spring that raises money to maintain our clubhouse and help keep our yearly dues down.  All members should have received their tickets; it is extremely important to sell these tickets to make this event a success. Last year we ended up with 200+ tickets returned the day of the event by members who didn’t sell them.  You have three months to sell, so please make it a goal to sell more than just your given tickets. This makes the event more successful and fun while [most importantly] keeping our dues down! If you have not received your allotted amount of tickets or need more, please get in touch with Jim Wright or Scott Wilke.

We are still in need of a candidate for the Breast Cancer or the Wounded Veteran funds the club had raised last year. If you know of a local person that would need or appreciate our help, please bring their information to our next meeting. We can then move forward and decide/disperse the funds.

I have upsetting news to make you all aware of, Ken and Sherry Kelly, lost their home and belongings in a fire early Monday morning.  Thankfully they were able to get out safely, however, they did have a pet perish in the fire.  I am sure they are aware that we (The PA Snowseekers) are all willing to help in any way possible.

As Always Think Snow,
Norb

 

Dates to Remember:

***February 4, 2016 Board Meeting @ the Harmony Moose 7:00pm***

***February 4th 2016 General Membership Meeting @ the Harmony Moose @ 8pm***

***March 3rd 2016 General Membership Meeting @ the Harmony Moose @ 8pm***

***April 7th 2016 General Membership Meeting @ the Harmony Moose @ 8pm***

***May 5th 2016 General Membership Meeting @ the Harmony Moose @ 8pa***

*** May 7th 2016 6th Annual Spring Bash @ St. Ferdinand Church

December 2015

Dear Fellow Snowseekers,

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and I would like to wish you all to have a safe and Happy New Year.  May the coming months bring you all good health, wealth, and great times with family and friends.  Most importantly, let the New Year bring in a few snowy months to make the start of 2016 a great snowmobiling season.

The Holiday season begin with our Christmas Meeting, where we raffled off many great gifts.  I would like to thank all who donated gifts.  Not only was it a fun meeting, but it also raised money towards Ginny’s charities.

Let’s not forget our Breakfast with Santa, which was one of our biggest turn outs we have had at this event.  There were close to 40 children and twice as many adults at the breakfast, and everyone young and old had a good time. It was nice to see so many of our members’ family and friends, and there even were a few founding members that attended the breakfast.  Again many thanks to all the members who helped make it a successful breakfast and memorable time for the children.

Congrats goes out to this year’s winners of our fall raffles.  Lana Klein is the winner of the quad or snowmobile, and Rich Hayes is the winner of the trailer. Reminder, all members who have not turned in your ticket money please do so as soon as possible we would like to have this raffle wrapped up before our next meeting.  If you are unable to give your ticket money to Mike or Lauriane Mchugh, please have another member turn it in for you.

Although there was nothing mentioned at the December meeting, a few members are going up to camp to bring in the New Year.  If you have not finalized your New Year’s Plans yet, you may want to give going to camp a thought.

The membership roster is attached.  Please take a few moments and look over it before we make the changes for the upcoming year. You can email or text me any revisions that need to be made.  Remember this is only updated on a yearly basis.

As Always Think Snow
Norb

 

Dates to Remember:

***January 7th 2016 meeting at the Harmony Moose @ 8pm***
***February 4th 2016 meeting at the Moose @ 8pm***
***March 3rd 2016 meeting at the Moose @ 8pm***

 

November 2015

Dear Fellow Snowseekers,

A big thanks to all the members that helped with the fall show this year, and to all the members that went to the show to support our club. We had one of the best booths there, and the sled, quad, and trailer looked great. If you have not received your raffle tickets yet please get in touch with Mike McHugh, there isn’t much time left and we need to sell all the tickets. Also, Mike is looking for members to take the items to events and to help sell tickets.  If you know of an event that these can be displayed at please contact Mike.

I would like also give a big thanks to the members who helped with the roadside clean up this year.  It turned out to be a beautiful evening and due to the organization and volunteers it only took a little over an hour to complete almost 4 miles of highway.  Thanks again for everyone’s help.

**Reminder**

Your membership and garage space dues are past due now, please see Lori Talik ASAP to make your payment.

Other news, the Points System Committee has some more ideas for the meeting on updating the bylaws, which recently there has been a lot of discussion on however nothing has been made definite. If you have any suggestion or input, please get in touch with the committee so we can get this finished as quickly as possible.

The Club has set the date for this year’s Thanksgiving Appreciation Dinner and wood cutting weekend for November 7th. This is a great opportunity to help get the camp ready for winter, meet old friends and make new ones.  Also, Jack will be holding a fire drill demonstration the same weekend in order to show everyone the proper way to use the extinguishers and exit the camp if ever needed.

One last thanks goes to James Carr, the winner of 50/50, who donated the money back to Scott Wilke’s niece Isabella Torris.

Last but not least, Bill and Jonnie Easley would like to announce that there house and acres across from camp is available to purchase.  They will be putting this on the market soon, therefore any member that would like to take advantage of their offer please contact them.

Sincerely,
Norb

Dates to Remember

***November 5th, Meeting at the Moose 8:00 pm***
***November 7th, Thanksgiving Appreciation Diner/Wood cutting weekend***
***December 3rd, Meeting at the Moose/Christmas Party 8:00pm***
***December 19th, Breakfast with Santa***
***December 24th, Christmas raffle winners***

 

September 2015

Dear Fellow Snowseekers,

I hope everybody is out enjoying the nice summer weather that we finally are having.  Our next monthly meeting is set for September 10th, at Scott and Tina’s residence located at 337 Logan Rd Valencia, Pa 16059. Please bring a covered dish or desert, and beverage of choice. This will be our last summer outing so let’s get out and enjoy the beautiful evenings with great friends.

The Points System Committee will have the new wording finalized to update our bylaws, changes needed for member application, and associated member application. This has been ongoing for the last few months with much discussion, therefore hopefully the membership can examine and approve it at our September meeting.

Scott Wilke has again volunteered to chair the Fall Power Sports Show on October 16th – 18th this year. He will be needing help with this event, please get in contact with Scott if you can help. There is a lot to do to be ready for the show. Art Amsler will be conducting a safety course again this year during the show on Saturday October 17th.  If you know of anybody that has young riders or is starting into this sport this is a good time to get their certifications.

The Club has set a date for this year’s Thanksgiving Appreciation Dinner and wood cutting weekend for November 10th. Please set the date on your schedule.  This is always a good time to help get the camp ready for winter, meet old friends and make new ones.  Jack will be doing a fire drill demonstration also that weekend in order to show us the proper way to use the extinguishers if ever needed.

It was also mention at the last meeting not to forget to sign up anyone over the age of 18 for a social membership when you brought to the clubhouse. Anyone that is 18 or older has to have a social membership when staying at the clubhouse.

I would also like to thank Chuck Bing the winner of last month’s 50/50 for donating his winning’s back to the Club.

This will be the last meeting for two of our elective officers to sit at the front table. I would like to give a big thanks to Loretta Hayes and Sandy Wilke for the excellent job you both  have done for the club over the years.  You two have always been a pleasure to work with.

Sincerely,
Norb

 Dates to Remember

***September 10th, Board meeting before General meeting***

***September 10th,, 2015 Meeting at Scott Thomas Residence***

***October 2nd, Meeting at the Moose 8:00 pm

***October 16th, – 18th, PSSA Fall Show West (Pittsburgh) ***

*** Safety Meeting October17th at the fall show ***

***November 7th, Thanksgiving Appreciation Diner/Wood cutting weekend***

August 2015

Dear Fellow Snowseekers,

First and foremost I would like to let everyone know that the August meeting has been moved to Soergel Hollow. Due to the rainy weather we have been having this summer, Scott Thomas’s residence will not be available for the August meeting.  We will have our September meeting at Scott and Tina’s place instead.  Ken Kelly has reserved the Soergel Hollow, located at 10788 Prospect Rd Evans City, Pa, for the upcoming meeting.  Please be sure to bring either a covered dish or desert, and a beverage of your choice.

The club is still looking to donate the proceeds from the Spring Bash to a wounded vet, along with the monetary funds collected from this past weekend’s Thunder in the Forest to a breast cancer survivor.  If you know or have heard of a local vet or breast cancer survivor that is in financial need please let us know at the next meeting.

The Thunder in the Forest this year was a great time, the weather was perfect, there were great door prizes, and the food gets better each year.  Everyone enjoyed the great entertainment from THE SHINNERS who played for us Friday night.   I would like to thank all the, members, and non-members that make this event a BIG success.  Anxiously waiting to hear the report at our next meeting.

Our annual Golf Outing is approaching quickly.  It is set to take place on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 10:00 am, and has a fee of $85.00 per golfer.  This fee includes a one night stay at the Highland Haven, breakfast and a steak dinner at Highland Haven, and a round of golf at the Kane Country Club.  The outing is B.Y.O.B.  For reservations please call Bill Eastley or Jim Hart.

We are also looking for door prizes to raffle during the Golf Outing.  It would be nice if each member could donate a basket or door prize for the event.  Raffles prove to contribute the most at each of our events, therefore it is crucial that our members aid in making them a success.  Please help in any way possible.

It seems that the rain has finally come to an end, so get out and enjoy the final days of summer!

Sincerely,
Norb

Dates to Remember

***August 6th, 2015 meeting at Soergel Hollow***

***August 29th 2015 Golf outing, Contact Bill Easley ***

***September 3rd, 2015 Meeting at Scott Thomas Residence***

***October 16th, – 18th, PSSA Fall Show West (Pittsburgh) ***

*** Safety Meeting October17th at the fall show ***

July 2015

Dear Fellow Snowseekers,

I would like to open this month’s newsletter with some great news, Scott and Sandy have taken the big step and made it official, and they are now Mr. and Mrs. Wilke.  The clubhouse was a great setting, and everyone had a great time.  Special thanks go out to all the members that helped with the setup, cooking, and clean up. It’s nice to see what a great family we have when help is needed for any event.

The general membership was not able to decide on changing and updating the bylaws concerning the points system at last month meeting. However, we were able to form a committee to make the necessary wording changes concerning the point system. Art Amsler, Rich Hayes, and Michael Steimetz are the three on the committee to make our thoughts and ideas come together for the bylaw change. Please get it touch with one of these members to voice your opinion. Because the July’s meeting will be held at Walt’s Tavern we will not be able to vote on this issue due to it being out of the county for the needed voting to pass. But I’m sure it will be discussed with constructive idea, opinions, and comments. I would like to see this voted on by the general membership at the August meeting. This has been dragging out long enough and needs to be updated so we can change the new member and associate member applications.

We had a very low turnout on May 30th for our work weekend; the weather was rainy so not much work was accomplished outside. The inside was cleaned and some of the walls were painted, there was also some plumbing work completed in the one bathroom. Because someone decided to change a shower head and stripped the pipe threads. It took two members most of the day to repair the plumbing problem. Please DO NOT try to repair or change anything, (unless an emergency) without first talking to Building and Grounds personal. Thanks to everyone who made it a priority to be there and once again did a great job.

Things are moving quickly now with the Thunder in the Forest bike rally, it will be here before we know it. If you have not made your reservation for a room, please do so ASAP. Most rooms are already reserved; please call James Carr if you wish to stay at the club house. Also there will be camping sites available for anyone who likes camping. Friday night we will feature the Highland Haven House Band the SHINERS, they always do a great show. Please tell your friends and hang up the flyers, this is a great fundraiser that is guaranteed to have fun.

The Golf Outing this year is set to be on August 29, 2015, please get in touch with Bill Easley if you wish to golf that day. This is always a great weekend, if you haven’t done one now’s your chance.

Both the Bike Run and Golf Outing are looking for door prizes, it would be nice for each member to do a basket or secure a door prize for these events. Theses raffles are one of the biggest contributions to the events, and members are needed to make them successful. So we would appreciate your help please.

Now that the weather is finally cooperating I hope to see a lot of member’s come to our July’s meeting at Walt’s Tavern Conneaut Lake.

Sincerely,
Norb

 

Dates to Remember: 

***July 11th, 2015 Meeting at Walt’s Conneaut Lake 12:00 pm***

***July 24th, – 25th, Thunder in the Forest, at the Clubhouse***

***August 6th, 2015 meeting at Scott Thomas Residence***

***August 29th 2015 Golf outing, Contact Bill Easley ***

***September 3rd, 2015 Meeting at the Harmony Moose @ 8:00 pm***

***October 16th, – 18th, PSSA Fall Show West (Pittsburgh) ***

*** Safety Meeting October17th at the fall show ***

 

June 2015

Dear Fellow Snowseekers,

I would like to introduce our new Executive committee and Board members that were elected last month, they will be taking office in September this year. Officers: Pres. Norb Belsterling, Vice Pres. Art Amsler, Treas. Lori Talik, Sec. Mike Steinmetz and our Board Members: Mark Mueller, Scott Thomas, Ken Kelly, David Ford, Richard Hayes.

There was some discussion at the last few meetings about the clubs point system, we will be updating the point system to keep the yearly dues at the current amount which is $100.00 per year for a full member. All members will be responsible to sell there 10 Spring Bash tickets at $20.00 each and 10 Christmas Raffle tickets at $10.00 each. No tickets will be returned, if you don’t want to sell your tickets, then you get to purchase them yourself. If each family in the club would sell 18 tickets for any of the raffles, the club would be sold out of tickets. This is what has been keeping the dues at the current rate for the last few years. It will be going to the board for final approval, and then to general membership for a vote to change the club by-laws. It has been decided to keep it simple and easy to manage.

Our Buildings and Grounds Committee has scheduled a work weekend, May 29-30 at the clubhouse to address some of the repairs needed from last winter. The social room needs a roof replaced and the inside ceiling replaced, along with some other minor repairs. This is when the clubhouse gets a good cleaning and ready for our summer activities. We will also be looking into replacement of the two garage doors, if anyone has some input, please bring it up at the June meeting or get in touch with Scott Thomas.

The club is still looking for a wounded vet, to donate the proceeds from the Black and Gold money raised at the spring bash this year. If anyone knows of somebody that is in need, please summit there name to the club. It was motioned and approved to donate a large portion of our charity fund to Scott Wilkes nephew’s daughter Isabella, she is 4 and has leukemia. The family is struggling and would really appreciate to help. Its time like this that makes you feel proud to belong to such a great club and with outstanding group of people.

The nice weather is finally here and it’s time to get out and enjoy it!

Sincerely,
Norb

Dates to Remember:
***May 30th, 2015 Work Weekend at the Clubhouse***
***June 4th, 2015 Board Meeting at the Moose @ 7:30 pm***
***June 4th, 2015 Meeting at the Moose @ 8:00 pm***
***July 11th, 2015 Meeting at Walt’s Conneaut Lake 12:00 pm***
***July 24th, – 25th, Thunder in the Forest, at the Clubhouse***
***August 6th, 2015 meeting at Scott Thomas Residence***
***September 3rd, 2015 Meeting at the Harmony Moose @ 8:00 pm***
***October 2nd, 2015 Meeting at the Moose @ 8:00 pa ***
***October 16th, – 18th, PSSA Fall Show West (Pittsburgh) ***

10th Anniversary Thunder in the Forest

PA Snowseekers 10th Annual
THUNDER IN THE FOREST
Motorcycle Poker Run

Friday, July 24th
Pre-Run Party/Registration
PA Snowseekers Club House
The Highland Haven
13026 Route 948
Highland Corners, PA (814)837-6437

Live Entertainment Featuring The Shiners

Saturday, July 25th
Poker Run
Breakfast served from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
First Bike out at 10:00 AM
Leaving from and ending at Highland Haven

Post Run Diner

  • Prizes
  • Silent Auction
  • 50/50
  • Raffles

All vehicles are welcome to participate in the run!

**PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE PA BREAST CANCER COALITION**

*WEEKEND PACKAGE $70 Single Rider / $80 Couple

Live Entertainment, Pre Run Party, Registration on 7/24,
Registration, Breakfast, Poker Run, and Dinner on 7/25

*7/25 RIDE & POST RUN DINNER ONLY
$40 Single Rider / $50 Couple

Overnight Lodging / Showers available 7/24 & 7/25 (you must bring your own towels and sleeping bags)

Tent space available – $5.00 per night per person + Ride and Post Run Dinner charge

Room Reservations:
TEXT or call James Carr 724-462-4152
(first come first serve reservations)

Questions contact:
steinmetz.michael@gmail.com

In the event the clubhouse is booked
Marienville Microtel 814-927-8300
Regular rates apply

10th Annual Thunder in the Forest

May 2015

Dear Fellow Snowseekers,

This year’s winner of the Spring Bash $2000.00 dollar grand prize was William Yakin. The day was absolutely perfect, we had a great turnout, the food again was delicious, and we were able to sell all the tickets that were unsold at the start of the bash.  It was really nice to see everyone pitching in and helping with this event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members who helped make this year bash a great success.  I can’t wait to hear the final report from the event.

This month we are trying something new. The weekend of May 15-16, we will be offering our clubhouse for accommodation to outsiders that are in the area for the Marionville VFD spring Tour De Forest.  This event will be structured a lot like our July bike run. Please see the attached flyer and let your family and friends know of this next event.  More details will be discussed at the meeting Thursday night.

The Good Friday shoot this year, again was a big turnout, everybody had a great time even though it was a little wet this year, thanks Dean.

I would like take this time to welcome new members Stan and Lisa Grubbs.   Please introduce yourself the next time you see them and make them feel welcomed.

One of our founding members, Dale Kline, is out of the hospital, has started rehab, and will be heading home this week. He still has a lot of rehab to do at home, Dale will have home health nurses, PT, OT, and speech here at home. It’s hard to believe he has been in the hospital and rehab since March 22, Ginny says he is feeling much better, but is still weak. Thanks you all for your prayers, cards, phone calls and visits.  After 60 years I think I’ll keep him, says Ginny, and YOSHIE (their dog) misses him.

Congratulation also goes out to Michael Steinmetz who is a new grandfather, his daughter Cheyanne gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Nico 7lbs 1oz.

This months’ meeting is our election meeting, we will have two open spots on our executive committee, the secretary and treasurer positions will need replacements, Loretta and Sandy have put in more than their allotted time of three years. They have done a great job and will be missed, (maybe they could switch positions and do another three years). We will also be voting on all the positions. That is four executive officers and five board members.  Please keep in mind that these are the people that oversee your club, make decisions, and keep us making right turns instead of left turns.

The nice weather is finally here and it’s time to get out and enjoy it!

Sincerely
Norb

Dates to Remember:

***May 6th, 2015 Meeting at the Harmony Moose @ 8:00 pm***
***May 15th – 16th 2015 Tour De Forest at the Clubhouse
***May 30th, 2015 Work Weekend at the Clubhouse***
***June 4th, 2015 Meeting location undecided as of now***
***June 27th, 2015 Scott and Sandy Wedding Invitation Only***
***July 11th, 2015 Meeting at Walt’s Conneaut Lake 12:00 pm***
***July 24th, – 25th, Thunder in the Forest, at the Clubhouse***
***August 6th, 2015 meeting at Scott Thomas Residence***
***September 3rd, 2015 Meeting at the Harmony Moose @ 8:00 pm***
***October 16th, – 18th, PSSA Fall Show West (Pittsburgh) ***

 

April 2015

Dear Fellow Snowseekers,

I would like to open this month’s newsletter with an important reminder that our big fundraiser is coming up very soon. We have less than a couple weeks to have everything come together and make it a success again this year.  But there is still a lot of work to be done, so let’s get started.  The most important tasks that requires all of our efforts is to continue to sell, sell, sell, and sell more tickets.  We need to have every ticket sold before the event on April 11, 2015. Over the past years we have had a few tickets that were unsold before this date, and luckily we were able to sell those at the door.  The biggest setback has been, and always will be, MEMBERS that show up the day of the fundraiser with unsold tickets.  Please, if you are having trouble selling the allotted 10 tickets let us know.  We have members that are able to buy or sell more tickets, and can help get every seat filled.   Everybody has neighbors, family relatives, friends, business associates, or someone who owes you a favor, therefore sell them a ticket. This is a great event to show everyone what a small group of snowmobile enthusiast can do when we all work together.

Ginny and Joni are still looking for donations for the Chinese auction, lottery tree, and gift card baskets. These two ladies put a lot of time and effort into the event, and help raise the most money with their raffles so please help support them.  Bring a couple of lottery tickets, gift cards, or anything of any value and watch these two make it work. If you are creative, or have a passion for making gift baskets then please go ahead and show us your talent by crafting a gift basket of your own.  Not only will you impress everyone with your skills, but I know Ginny and Joni would also greatly appreciate the help.  At the last meeting we decided that the Black and Gold Vet Fundraiser we do every year will still continue this year, however instead of donating the money to an organization we will give the money to a local vet in need.  If anybody knows of someone please let us know.  We will be deciding who to make the donation to in the near future.

Help is needed with the set-up and food preparation before the event, during the event, and after the event. Most of the details will be discussed at this month’s meeting so please attend.  If you cannot make the meeting then contact Jim Wright. If you are unable to make it to the event due to work schedule or a prior commitment, we still need help with the set up the night before and all of Saturday.    It would be nice to see some of our shyer members faces

Something new will be happening at the end of our club outings and gatherings.  Drew Amsler is preparing a slide show presentation, with the help of Mike Steinmetz, which will display some of our club’s most memorable moments.  If you have any photos on your smartphone that you wish to share, then please bring your phone and cord with you to the meeting in order for Drew to download these photos onto his laptop. Drew will also be updating our website and is looking for photos for that.  Please share any snowmobile pictures, as well as any of our functions’ pictures.  Contributing pictures to slideshow and website will also help Sandy with this year’s Club Yearbook.  She will have access to the photos and will be able to print any she needs.  If you want to share a picture for the Yearbook, or be on the BIG screen then this is your chance.

The Good Friday shoot this year is April 3, the day after our meeting.  If you plan to attend please call Dean Cercone ASAP.  He needs a count for the shooting range in order for them to have enough staff and food for our group.  This is always a great outing with fellow members and friends each year.

I would like take this time to welcome the Braden family that has recently joined our Club.  Brian and his wife Erin have two children Abby and Griffin.  Please introduce yourself the next time you see them and make them feel welcomed.

I want to let everyone know that one of our founding members, Dale Kline, is in the hospital.  Dale recently had a stroke and also suffered a heart attack, so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  We all wish for him to make a speedy recovery.

Since I started writing the newsletter in September I always closed with “Think Snow” or “Let it Snow.”  Now that we are approaching the spring and summer seasons my closing line will need a small altercation.  With that being said…

“Get out and enjoy the mild weather”

Sincerely
Norb

Dates to Remember:

***April 2, 2015 Board Meeting at the Harmony Moose @ 7:00***
***April 2, 2015 meeting at the Harmony Moose @ 8pm***
***April 3, 2015 Good Friday Shoot contact Dean Cercone***
***April 11, 2015 Spring Fund Raiser @ St Ferdinad’s Social Hall***
***April 18, 2015 PSSA’s Annual Membership Conference and Awards***
***June 27, 2015 Scott and Sandy Wedding @ Clubhouse***