Hall of Fame Induction ~ Missy Sjolin
Missy was a member of the Ransom County Driftskippers snowmobile club and joined Snowmobile North Dakota (SND) in January of 2000. Her dedication to the snowmobile club soon passed onto SND when she became Secretary for the organization in 2002. Because of her dedication and willingness to learn, she was elected as Director-At-Large in 2005. She served one year and then was elected as Vice President. Her continued dedication to the organization was noticed by the membership and soon she was elected as President in 2007. Missy served as President from 2007-2010, followed by a one year term as Past President of the organization.
During her years of service she helped the snowmobile program succeed in many areas. She managed the internal revenue service 501 (c) 3 application process and helped lead the 2008-2012 North Dakota Snowmobile Program Strategic Plan implementing annual action plans for the Board of Directors to achieve success. Missy also helped assist with structure and support for the 2010 MichCanSka ride providing guides and meals for the participants during their trip through North Dakota. MichCanSka voted North Dakota as the most hospitable during the awareness snowmobile ride from Michigan to Alaska.
One event we still celebrate today that is entering its sixth year in North Dakota is the Pink Ribbon Riders Snow Run. Missy’s enthusiasm to help and to place North Dakota on the map as a snowmobile destination, lead the organization to invite the Pink Ribbon Riders to host a Snow Run in the state. Over six years later, the Pink Ribbon Riders North Dakota Snow Run has generated over $200,000 for the Patient Assistance Program, which provides $500 gift cards to breast cancer patients.
But the most memorable event of them all was the 2006 SND convention where she stole Marty Malachowski’s “Famous Red Horn” and placed it on SND’s silent auction table. Who would have ever thought Randy Zacher would have bid $100 and dedicated his funds to the organization’s scholarship program forever sealing the “Famous Red Horn’s” fate with the organization; to date its raised over $1,000 for the scholarship program.
Missy serves as a mentor for many. Her passion for snowmobiling and dedication to see SND succeed will always be remembered and is an essential part of SND’s success.