Hopefully, everyone had a great Thanksgiving! What a warm and wet Fall we have had. Here we are set to put snowmobile trails in and our farmers are still trying to get all their crops harvested and fieldwork done. Based on the forecast, the trails won’t be open anytime soon, but remember that the trails can open any time after December 1, so pray for snow!
Club Fall Raffle - The Yellow Thunder Fall raffle was held on November 8th at Chrystal Lake Campground. This year’s grand prize winner of $1,000 was Jeff Zwettler. Congratulations, Jeff! Thanks to everyone who helped sell raffle tickets, and to all who purchased tickets in support of Yellow Thunder Snowmobile Club. Also, thanks to Brian Bennett & Malorie Storey for coordinating.
Final Trail Marking - Final trail marking will be this Saturday, December 3rd. Anyone wishing to help, please contact Kris Krause at 608-576-5178, and he’ll provide information on what group to meet up with and what to bring. KD’s Bar & Grill will also have hot dogs and chili available for lunch for workers, so stop in for lunch and socialize with fellow volunteers.
Holiday Party – The Yellow Thunder Holiday Party will also be held this weekend on Sunday, December 4th at Dean & Lucy Clemens’ shop. See the enclosed flyer linked here.
Membership News – If you have not yet renewed, please complete the application form on the back of this newsletter, or go to http://www.merr.com/users/ythunder, click on the “Club Information” tab on the left, and scroll down to the subsection titled “View/Print Membership Application” to print a form. Then, mail it to Yellow Thunder along with your membership fee. This will be your last newsletter if you do not renew your membership!
Trail Openings – Remember, it’s your responsibility to know whether trails are open before you ride. To find out if Columbia County snowmobile trails are open, call the CCASC Hotline at 608-227-7433. For Dane County snowmobile trail status, call the Dane County Parks Department hotline at 608-242-4576. Of course, you can always check the Yellow Thunder web site at www.merr.com/users/ythunder or the Dane County web site at www.danecountycouncilsnowmobileclubs.com. Please also note that surrounding County trails may be closed, even though Columbia County or Dane County trails are open, so plan accordingly.
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 8:00 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 – 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 Landowners’ Banquet in the spring. Applications can be obtained from Jenny Rake with the YT Scholarship Committee, or from the Lodi High School.
Winter Fundraiser – Mark your calendars for February 18, 2017, for the annual Yellow Thunder winter fundraiser, which will once again be held 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.
Miscellaneous – John Ballweg was drawn for the attendance fund at the November meeting, and he was present, so he took home some extra cash! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
--Kris Krause, Editor (592-3395)
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