Happy New Year!! With some December snowfall, we were able to open our trails and get some grooming done. Unfortunately, the weather warmed up and we lost most of the base that we had. So, we will be looking for another good snowfall so that we can get started again. Hopefully everyone had a great time over the holidays to spend time with family and friends!
Holiday Party - The holiday party was held on Sunday, December 4th at Dean & Lucy Clemens’ shop. Approximately 75 people attended, and a great time was had by all. The white elephant gift game was again a crowd pleaser, with nearly 50 participants! A big thank you to Dean & Lucy for hosting the event, and to everyone who volunteered to make the party a success!
January Monthly Meeting - The next meeting is January 10th, and will be held at Chris & Kim Garber’s residence at 7924 Bowman Road. To get to the Garbers, take Hwy. 60 west of Lodi for 3 miles, and turn left on Gluth Road. Go 0.8 mile and turn right on Bowman Road. Then go 1.3 miles to the end of the cul-de-sac. Their driveway is the only drive off the cul-de-sac. Trucks can park on the uphill side of the driveway. The trail will also be marked, just in case the trails are open.
Easter Seals Blizzard Blast – The Easter Seals Annual Blizzard Blast will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Comfort Inn in Deforest from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. The event agenda includes casino games, side raffles, and door prizes (4-8pm); dinner buffet with free beer & soda (5-6:30pm); Comedian Mitch Henck (6:30-7:15pm); live auction (8:15-9pm), and the main raffle drawing at 9pm. Tickets are $20 per person, and include food, free beer and soda, and entry into a cash raffle with a $1000 top prize. Tickets are available from Gary Tupper or Kris Krause.
Yellow Thunder Scholarships – Just a reminder that 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 10, 2017, to be considered. The scholarships will be awarded at the Landowner's Banquet in the spring. Applications can be obtained from Jenny Rake with the YT Scholarship Committee, or from the Lodi High School.
Winter Fundraiser – The Yellow Thunder annual winter fundraiser will be held on February 18, 2017, at the Dorf Haus in Roxbury. Doors open at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:30pm. This event is Yellow Thunder’s biggest fundraiser, and will include a $50 raffle ticket that will include dinner at the Dorf Haus, and a chance to win the $3,000 top prize. There will also be many additional cash prizes and side raffles. Please contact your YT sales person from last year to obtain your ticket, or contact Debbie Larrabee (576-1777) to check availability. Tickets always sell out, and we currently have a wait list, so inquire early if interested in purchasing a ticket.
Soup Nights – Once again this season, Yellow Thunder commercial sponsors are offering free soup to snowmobilers when the trails are open. Soup is available on Tuesdays at KD’s Bar & Grill in Lodi, and Thursdays at Schoepp’s Resort. Stop in for hot soup when you’re out on the trails.
Stronach Bonfire – Watch your email for when Derald & Clare Stronach will have the next bonfire. The bonfire will be scheduled when the trails are open, and is typically on a Saturday.
WI Snowmobile Trail Pass – One final reminder that active AWSC Member IDs, along with snowmobile registration numbers, are required for ordering discounted trail passes ($10 per sled). Winter is here, so don’t delay any longer if you haven’t renewed. AWSC is only sending out membership cards to clubs on the 15th and 30th of each month. It then takes time for the club to process and mail out the cards, as well. Bottom line - memberships are not turned around in a couple days or even a week, or even 2 weeks, and trail passes take time too, so if you haven’t renewed, get’r done!
Miscellaneous – Thank you to Jenny Rake, Derald Stronach, Samantha Annen, and Malorie Storey for being our instructors to certify new snowmobile safety students. Samantha Joan Ripp’s name was drawn for the attendance fund at the December meeting, and since she was not present, the money will carry over.
Trail Openings – Remember, it’s your responsibility to know whether trails are open before you ride. See Trail Conditions for more info.
--Kris Krause, Editor (592-3395)
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