Todd Thron­son

Sno-Dak News - - Board Messages -

Hello to all! We are once again in the midst of snow­mo­bile sea­son in the great state of North Dakota. I have been out and about around the state since the mid­dle of Novem­ber at­tend­ing meet­ings and in­spect­ing trails. I al­ways en­joy the re­gional meet­ings as we get to visit with many peo­ple that don’t at­tend the con­ven­tion and other SND events. We get the per­spec­tive and opin­ions from a larger pool of vol­un­teers and club mem­bers.

On the topic of re­gional meet­ings, we held meet­ings for all five re­gions in Novem­ber. One was held in Cas­sel­ton for re­gions 4 and 5, one in Grafton for re­gion 3, one in Rugby for re­gions 1 and 2,with the last one in Bis­marck for the west half of re­gion 4. We had phe­nom­e­nal at­ten­dance at most of the meet­ings. They were very con­struc­tive and in­for­ma­tive for us staff and for all in at­ten­dance. Top­ics of dis­cus­sion ranged from fund­ing ques­tions to deal­ing with ero­sion prob­lems in cer­tain trail ar­eas to even some talk on host­ing state con­ven­tions. We also held groomer cer­ti­fi­ca­tion classes in Grafton and Cas­sel­ton be­fore the meet­ings. Th­ese meet­ings have been a suc­cess in the past and I’m sure they will be in the fu­ture.

We have been work­ing in the of­fice re­vis­ing the groomer cer­ti­fi­ca­tion classes to stream­line them a bit. We also now have the sign cer­ti­fi­ca­tion classes avail­able on our web­site at snow­mo­bilend.org. This will al­low more mem­bers to get cer­ti­fied for sign­ing if they can­not make it to the state con­ven­tion. This by no means is to be used as an ex­cuse for not go­ing to the con­ven­tion though!!

True to form, fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of pre­vi­ous years, the sign­ing around the state is again very good. It is very nice to have a uni­form ex­pe­ri­ence for the rid­ers no mat­ter what trail sys­tem they are uti­liz­ing around the state. It is some­thing that all you vol­un­teers can be very proud of. Thanks for all the hard work and re­mem­ber to sign it like you’ve never been there be­fore!

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