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!