Keri Wan­ner

Sno-Dak News - - Board Messages -

Non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions all be­gin with the same core value; a group of peo­ple that band to­gether to cre­ate so­cial ex­pe­ri­ences for some­thing they love. This op­por­tu­nity usu­ally starts with a meet­ing of po­ten­tial mem­bers who build the non- profit. Mem­bers build a foundation by de­vel­op­ing a mis­sion state­ment, cre­at­ing by­laws, open­ing a check­ing ac­count and last but not least gain­ing financial sup­port. An or­ga­ni­za­tion is like a baby. It needs nur­ture to grow and the more you pro­vide food, shel­ter and love the more the baby grows. Or­ga­ni­za­tions go through sim­i­lar stages and need that con­stant watch­ful eye to make sure it can sus­tain and con­tinue to grow. For some or­ga­ni­za­tions that means full time staff and for oth­ers it’s the core group of vol­un­teers that make every­thing hap­pen. It doesn’t take long to re­al­ize, no mat­ter how much time you have, the or­ga­ni­za­tion could al­ways use more. Be­cause as time goes by the goals get big­ger re­quir­ing more nur­ture to en­sure the or­ga­ni­za­tion stays sus­tain­able and suc­cess­ful. Be­fore you know it he non-profit be­comes a full-time busi­ness.

Snow­mo­bile North Dakota is a non-profit but it’s also a busi­ness. It’s an or­ga­ni­za­tion that has been nur­tured by 40 years of ded­i­cated mem­bers help­ing se­cure fund­ing for the state snow­mo­bile trail sys­tem, se­cur­ing land leases so we have a place to ride, clubs pro­mot­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to get peo­ple ex­cited so they want to be­come in­volved and de­vel­op­ing guide­lines so the or­ga­ni­za­tion can con­tinue to grow. I look back at the his­tory of Snow­mo­bile North Dakota and am ex­tremely proud to see what the mem­ber­ship has cre­ated. How many non-prof­its can say they man­age $2 mil­lion dol­lars in groom­ing equip­ment; this among many other things are facts that make mem­bers proud.

But with all this suc­cess comes more guide­lines and that dreaded word, more work. Each sea­son I sit back as­ton­ished with the lengths mem­bers will go en­sur­ing the lo­cal snow­mo­bile trail is up and run­ning. I’ve learned that you guys are the ex­perts in trail setup, groom­ing, equip­ment and so much more but with all that re­spon­si­bil­ity I’ve learn some­thing has to give. And usu­ally the item that gives, is the area of a busi­ness that isn’t un­der­stood or the area that you just plain don’t care to do. So I started think­ing and ask­ing my­self, what can our or­ga­ni­za­tion do the most to help the mem­bers and clubs? The an­swer was easy, start fo­cus­ing on the ar­eas that con­stantly seem to give.

With over 35 snow­mo­bile clubs in the state, 100’s of vol­un­teers, and 1,000’s of mem­bers; our of­fice has the op­por­tu­nity to hear the statewide is­sues and con­cerns. The main top­ics of con­cern al­ways come down to financial sup­port, lo­cal sup­port and help pro­mot­ing events. With the 2015 leg­isla­tive cam­paign un­der way, the next ar­eas of fo­cus are go­ing to be de­vel­op­ing pro­grams that help with lo­cal sup­port and help pro­mot­ing events. Thanks for shar­ing your thoughts, we are lis­ten­ing and we hope we can make new strides as we head into the fu­ture. Cheers to the 2014-2015 sea­son and cheers to all of you!

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

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