MES­SAGES

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What a sea­son! The first thought that comes to mind is dis­ap­point­ing be­cause of no snow! We only get so many months to play and Mother Na­ture sure hasn’t been kind this win­ter. So I hope you have found some­where to rip and en­joy some fun. Thanks to all of the snow­mo­bile clubs that pushed for­ward and held events with­out snow. I know it’s tough to rally the troops and get peo­ple ex­cited and please know Snow­mo­bile North Dakota ap­pre­ci­ates all of your ef­forts.

The sea­son is also ex­cit­ing. With three bills be­ing dis­cusses this leg­isla­tive ses­sion, we’ve seen some good sup­port. Spe­cial thanks to ev­ery­one that has come to the Capi­tol and helped show sup­port for snow­mo­bil­ing. It’s def­i­nitely been no­ticed and the leg­is­la­tors are re­spond­ing with sup­port. So far all three snow­mo­bile bills have passed the Sen­ate and now are wait­ing for cross­over. Since this is the last is­sue of the mag­a­zine, we’ll use the e-news­let­ters, Face­book and www.snow­mo­bilend.org to keep ev­ery­one in­formed of the up­com­ing leg­isla­tive ad­ven­tures. I want to give a big shout out to Dave Vad with John­son Sport Cen­ter in Bot­tineau, Re­gion 1 Di­rec­tor Dale Deib­ert, Mis­souri Val­ley Trail As­so­ci­a­tion Trail Co­or­di­na­tor Don Sch­midt, Vice Pres­i­dent Sheri Hoff­mann and Di­rec­tor-at-Large Marty Mala­chowski for all rep­re­sent­ing the snow­mo­bil­ers and speak­ing on be­half of the dif­fer­ent pieces of leg­is­la­tion. We greatly ap­pre­ci­ate all of you mak­ing the trip to Bis­marck and rep­re­sent­ing! I also want to give a big thanks to my Mom, Mary Vam­mer, and my hus­band, Corey Wan­ner. They both showed sup­port and at­tended the hear­ings as well! I’m sure some of you have heard the Board of Di­rec­tors men­tion a GPS groomer track­ing pro­gram this past year. This dis­cus­sion has ac­tu­ally been dis­cussed and re­searched for the past three years. We found a ven­dor we feel con­fi­dent can es­tab­lish a pro­gram fit for North Dakota. This pro­gram will ac­tu­ally au­to­mate all snow­mo­bile trail ex­penses on­line, mak­ing it eas­ier to sub­mit for re­im­burse­ment and elim­i­nate the pa­per trail. It will also no­tify users when an ex­pense hasn’t been ap­proved be­cause of miss­ing pa­per­work, etc. mak­ing the trans­ac­tion process faster ver­sus track­ing every­thing in the mail. But the piece we are most ex­cited about is the on­line groom­ing re­port that an­swers the num­ber one ques­tion ev­ery snow­mo­biler asks, “when was the trail last groomed?” The on­line groom­ing re­port will color co­or­di­nate the trails based on the last time it was groomed. For in­stance, a green trail may rep­re­sent the trail was groomed in the last 24 hours, a pur­ple trail may rep­re­sent the last 48 hours and so on. This is go­ing to change how we pro­vide trail re­ports and for the bet­ter! The pro­gram will launch July 1st and be ready for the 15-16 sea­son. So stay tuned next sea­son for up­com­ing train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Again, thanks to all of you for your hard work this sea­son. We re­al­ize even though you are not groom­ing, there is a large amount of work that goes into pre­par­ing the trails for the sea­son, mar­ket­ing events and so much more. So keep your chin up and let’s hope for a bet­ter sea­son next year! Cheers!!!

Keri

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