Happy New Year!! This season is not off to a very good start. The cold and snow in November made it look like we were going to be having a good season; however, warm temperatures took our snow away and now we are rebuilding. With cold temperatures this week, the swamps will be freezing and, hopefully, we will get some much needed snow so that we can open the trails.
Stay on Marked Trails!! - Please spread the word that everyone must stay on the marked trails. Dane County, Columbia County, and the WDNR will be patrolling the trails, and snowmobilers riding outside the marked trails will be ticketed for trespassing.
Winter Party and Fundraiser - The Yellow Thunder Grooming/Trail Maintenance Winter Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at The Dorf Haus in Roxbury, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Raffle tickets are $50 each with the top cash prize being $3,000. $6,000 in cash prizes will be given away to a total of 27 lucky winners whose names are drawn for some CASH. Each $50 raffle ticket includes one entry into the raffle, dinner for one, and free beer and soda all evening. All ticket holders can also purchase one additional meal ticket for a spouse or guest for $10, which also includes free beer and soda. Music and dancing will be provided by Juke Box Bandstand. There will be a lot of other fun activities going on in conjunction with the party, and we hope that many of you can make it! Please contact your YT sales person from last year to obtain your ticket, or contact Kim Glaser (592 1343) to check availability. Tickets are always a sell-out, so please purchase early!
Holiday Party - The holiday party was held on Sunday, December 7th at Dean & Lucy Clemens’ shop. Approximately 60 people attended, and a great time was had by all. The white elephant gift game was again a big hit, and the food was awesome. A big thank you to Dean & Lucy for hosting the event, and to everyone who volunteered to make the party a success!
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 13, 2015, 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.
Easter Seals Blizzard Blast - The Easter Seals 27th Annual Blizzard Blast will be held Saturday, February 7, 2015, at The Red Mouse, Pine Bluff, starting at 4:00 pm. The event will include a silent auction, bucket raffles, door prizes, chili cook-off featuring celebrity judges, chili & soup dinner, free beer & soda, and Tourdot Tunes DJ & Karaoke, with raffle drawing at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 per person and include entry into cash raffle with $1000 top prize, 40" TV, and other cash awards. Tickets are available from Gary Tupper or Kris Krause.
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 Trail Pass Reminder - Trail passes will be required for all snowmobilers in Wisconsin beginning next year (2015-2016 Season). Trail passes ARE NOT required for this 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 - Thank you to Jenny Rake, Derald Stronach, Samantha Annen, and Malorie Storey for being our instructors to certify new snowmobile safety students. The name of Harold Nelson was drawn for the attendance fund at the December meeting. Since he was not present, the fund will carry over to the next meeting.
--Kris Krause, Editor (592-3395)
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Updated By: Jenny Rake
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