Hall of Fame In­duc­tion ~ Missy Sjolin

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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.

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