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!