Board Mes­sages

Sno-Dak News - - Board Message - Sheri Hoff­mann

Fel­low snow­mo­bil­ers, here we go again. Snow, no snow, who knows? Who would have thought we would have so many poor snow years in a row? We have all asked Mother Na­ture to co­op­er­ate but that doesn’t seem to help. I just don’t know what the an­swer is. In past ar­ti­cles, I have dis­cussed how SND has cer­tain ex­penses that we in­cur whether we have snow or not. Things like in­sur­ance, staff, sign pur­chases, and first bench­mark pay­ments. I have dis­cussed how we should rally our club mem­bers and put our signs out, just in case. Clubs need to get the groomers out, check them over, and be sure they are ready, just in case… I will ad­mit, it’s get­ting tough to “keep the faith.” But you just never know so let’s get it done. Hope for the best and pre­pare for the best, too. And re­ally wouldn’t the best be 15” of wet snow about Novem­ber 10th? Sorry, can’t help my­self.

As many of you may know, Keri has moved on from SND. She and Corey have started a com­pany that hosts moun­tain rid­ing schools and does mar­ket­ing for a few rid­ers, among other things. We wish them the best. SND would not be near where we are to­day with­out them. Yes, I say them. Keri may have been the one in the “spot­light” or at the mi­cro­phone, but Corey was never too far away. Sell­ing tick­ets, haul­ing signs, sleds, tuck­ers, ties, horns, you name it. Corey “do­nated” a lot of his time and en­ergy to SND dur­ing Keri’s ten­ure. Thanks you two!

We in­ter­viewed both Tari and Todd for the po­si­tion of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and I felt both have much to of­fer our or­ga­ni­za­tion. In the past, Keri was full time, Tari nearly full time and Todd sea­sonal. The board de­cided that they both have their strengths and we could tai­lor the jobs of the three of them into some­thing for the two of them. So that is what we did. Todd is our Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. He will con­tinue to do the trail in­spec­tions as be­fore, along with lead­ing our or­ga­ni­za­tion in the di­rec­tion we need to go. Tari will con­tinue to man­age most of the of­fice tasks and keep every­thing in or­der. I imag­ine there will be some bumps along the way, but we are an­tic­i­pat­ing mostly smooth sail­ing.

As I am writ­ing this, it is Oc­to­ber, you will read it in Novem­ber, and con­ven­tion is in De­cem­ber. At con­ven­tion, we will elect SND of­fi­cers. This is Laura’s third and fi­nal year as our pres­i­dent. Thank you, Laura. Be­ing the pres­i­dent en­tails a lit­tle more of a time com­mit­ment than that of the other board mem­bers. She has man­aged to make time for us along with work and fam­ily com­mit­ments. I have been vice-pres­i­dent for those three years and was the sec­re­tary be­fore that. I do en­joy be­ing on the board and try­ing to make the most of our win­ters here in ND. At this time, I am still “on the fence” about run­ning for pres­i­dent in De­cem­ber. Our sons are wrestlers and have tour­na­ments ev­ery week­end, all win­ter.

So this is an of­fi­cial call out to all of you out there. If you have thought about be­ing on the board, now is your time. Put your hand up, let some­one know you are in­ter­ested. I be­lieve we also have a di­rec­tor po­si­tion open plus those up for re-elec­tion this year. Stop stand­ing on the side­lines, watch­ing. Get your two cents in there. Maybe we’ll have a big snow year and you can take all of the credit!

Vice Pres­i­dent

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