Well, Fall is certainly in the air as Northern Wisconsin saw their first measurable snow on Halloween night. Don’t forget to complete your pre-season maintenance inspections to take care of issues before the season arrives. Winter fun could be only a month away! Please be aware of extended deer hunts in Wisconsin that may delay the opening of snowmobile trails in many parts of Wisconsin. It is your responsibility to be sure the trails are open.
AWSC Fall Workshops - The AWSC Fall Workshop was held October 31 - November 2 at Chula Vista in the Wisconsin Dells. Yellow Thunder had two delegates at the Workshop, so please come to the November meeting to hear the latest information regarding snowmobiling in the State of Wisconsin.
Membership News - Remember that your membership expired at the end of August. If you have not already renewed, please complete the membership application form on the back of this newsletter, and return it to Yellow Thunder, PO Box 12, Lodi, WI 53555. Remember, your membership IS important to the club and our trail system.
Snowmobile Safety Classes - Safety Instructors, Jenny Rake (592-5944), Derald Stronach (592-5321), Malorie Storey (335-4635), and Samantha Annen (444-3814) report that snowmobile safety classes will be held at the Lodi EMS facility on the following dates: Tues/Dec. 2, Thur/Dec. 4, Tues/Dec.9, Thur/Dec.11 from 6:15 to 8:30, and Sat/Dec. 13 from 9 am to 11 am. The cost for the class is $10. You can view this information also on the YT and/or WDNR websites. Please contact any of the above instructors to ensure a spot in the class. All students are required to obtain a WDNR customer number before completing the class. These can be obtained by calling the WDNR at 1-888-936-7463.
Fall Raffle - The annual YT fall raffle will be held at the November 11th meeting at Fitz’s on the Lake. Tickets are $10 each, with only 300 sold. Please contact Scott Glaser at 592-1343 for ticket availability. To those selling tickets, please have all money and tickets turned into Scott PRIOR to the meeting, if at all possible.
Holiday Party - The Holiday Party will be held this year on Sunday, December 7th at Dean & Lucy Clemens’ shop. Details for the party are currently being worked out by the Holiday Party Committee; watch the next newsletter for final details.
Yellow Thunder Scholarships - YT is once again offering two scholarships ($250 each) for deserving club members pursuing secondary education. Applicants must meet several criteria; complete the application and profile forms; and submit a short essay on "What Snowmobiling Means to Me." Applications must be received by February 13, 2015, to be considered. The scholarships will be awarded at the Landowners’ Banquet in the spring. Applications can be obtained from Jenny Rake with the YT Scholarship Committee, or from the Lodi High School.
WI Trail Pass Update - Trail passes will be required for all snowmobilers in Wisconsin beginning next year (2015-2016 Season). Trail passes ARE NOT required for this upcoming winter. After July 1, 2015, the cost to register a snowmobile in the state of Wisconsin will decrease to $30/3 years, down from the current $30/2 years. All snowmobiles operating in Wisconsin will be required to display a WI Snowmobile Trail Pass, which will be purchased separately from your registration decals. Non-resident trail passes will increase from the current $35/year to $50/year. The annual WI Snowmobile Trail Pass will be available to snowmobilers who are a member of a snowmobile club and AWSC, for $10 from AWSC. Snowmobilers who are not members of these groups will pay $30 for the annual WI Snowmobile Trail Pass from the WDNR. A nice summary of the trail pass requirements is available for you to review at www.awsc.org.
Miscellaneous - The Winter Raffle tickets will be distributed to sellers at the November meeting, with the date of the raffle being Saturday, February 21, 2015 (mark your calendars!).
--Kris Krause, Editor (592-3395)
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