Club Meeting – Wed, Dec 2nd

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We will have our next club meeting on Wed. Dec 2nd at 7pm at the fire hall in Horace. This space does provide the room we need to socially distance so as long as you feel comfortable, grab your mask and hand sanitizer and join us to help keep the club moving toward a successful season.

The primary topics will include the trail signing update, State Convention update, State Ride planning update and club ride planning.

Regarding the State Ride, the association met to discuss ways to host a successful and fun event while allowing for social distancing and other group size limitations that may be in place on Feb 6th. Our next steps are to discuss potential satellite host locations on our trail system to remove the need for event attendees to congregate in ways where covid guidance cannot be maintained. This along with any additional ideas will be brought to the next association meeting which is currently scheduled for Wed, Dec 9th at 7pm at Hagges in Mapleton.

Don’t forget to bring your ideas for this year’s club ride. We are planning to have a club ride again this year and need to nail down some plans.

Hope to see you there…and safe.

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Nov 4th club meeting highlights

Thank you to all who took their time to attend the meeting last night. We had 12 members in attendance.

Kickoff Party Update – Unfortunately we have had to cancel our annual kickoff party. We had hoped we could postpone until early Dec but all indications are the current public gathering limitations will still be in effect. We have received several donations for the event so we are looking to use those donations for the State Ride on Feb 6th.

Trail Signing – the decision was made to get started with trail signing this Sat, Nov 7th. Weather forecast is excellent so we want to take advantage of the nice conditions. With harvest and fieldwork wrapping up it also affords us the ability to start earlier this year. Details have been posted to Facebook and the web site.

Trail Grooming Equipment – Drag pan has new plastic, new tires and is ready to go for the season. Going to try to get a light added to the back of the drag to help with night grooming operations. Thanks to Dakota Cat for donating a light bar for this purpose! A leaky track roller showed up on the groomer over the summer so will be working to get that replaced.

Some news from the state level. The state has acquired 2 new groomers this season and has also gotten approval for 3 trail packers to help with early season trail base preparation.

Club Communications – the Nov/Dec 2020 issue of the Horace Happenings included an article highlighting the club’s role in the local snowmobiling scene. Efforts to gain club exposure through electronic media like Instagram & Facebook continues to be a focus.

Trail Maps – new trail maps have been printed for the season. Thank you to Short Printer for helping us out again! With covid having such an impact on many of our map sponsors we are keeping our existing sponsors/advertisements for an additional year at no additional cost as a thank you for their ongoing support. As we disperse maps we are including a letter to our map sponsors thanking them for their support.

Dakota Cat Open House – the event is Nov 13-14 with club members volunteering to staff an informational table to promote club membership and visibility into the club’s purpose.

Membership Drive – without the kickoff party we need other methods to drive membership. Several options were discussed including “membership sign up” rides that would include prizes. Also will look into a targeted membership drive similar to recent efforts to get people liking/sharing on Facebook.

Club Banner – we will be getting quotes on getting a banner(s) with club information that we can use at events to promote the club.

Association Meeting, Wed, Nov 11th – There will be an East Central Valley Trail Association meeting Wed, Nov 11th at 7pm at Hagge’s in Mapleton. The primary topic will be the State Ride which we are co-hosting with the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club. All are welcome to come and be part of preparing for this event.

Club Ride – some discussion about options for another club ride this year. Bring your ideas to the next club meeting.

Next Club Meeting – Wed, Dec 2nd at 7pm at the Horace Fire Hall.

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Trail Signing starts Saturday, Nov 7th

Installing the trail system is the biggest effort the club takes on each season. At the club meeting earlier this evening we found that we had interest in getting the trail signing process started a bit earlier than normal this year. Which is a great idea given the weather forecast.

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So with that response, trail signing is scheduled to start this Saturday, Nov 7th. The plan is to meet at 9:00am at Casey’s in Horace. Once assembled we will determine how many crews we can send out and which areas each crew will cover. If you have a 4-wheeler please bring it along as they provide a real boost to efficiency. If you have safety clothing (fluorescent yellow or orange) bring that along as well and wear it. We will have some available but want to make sure everyone is as visible as possible for safety.

Can’t commit to the whole day? That’s fine too. Any time you can provide would be great. Contact us via Facebook or  email us at snoriders@hotmail.com to let us know your schedule and we can exchange contact info to ensure we can meet somewhere on the trail.

Additional signing days will be scheduled as needed after this initial push so if this Saturday doesn’t work out for you, stay tuned for additional opportunities to help out.

We are all volunteers and without volunteers, there is no trail. Please consider helping out, even if it is for a short period of time, every set of hands helps.

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Club Meeting – Wed, Nov 4th

Our next club meeting will be held Wed, November 4th at 7pm at the Horace fire hall (which does provide space to social distance).

We are still in preparation mode for the upcoming season. One of the big tasks ahead of us is installation of the trail system. Trail signing and the associated preparation takes on average nearly 100hrs of volunteer time to complete each year. To put it another way, we need your help. Please stay tuned in the coming weeks as we communicate and coordinate the plan to get this job done.

The primary topics of the meeting will be trail installation planning, re-schedule of our annual kickoff party and state ride.

Hope to see you there.

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Annual Kickoff Party postponed

After much thought, discussions, and consideration, we decided as a club to postpone the Kick Off party until a later date (yet to be determined). As the number of Covid cases rise again in ND and in our area, we feel it’s our responsibility as a club to do our part to help and not hold a big public gathering. We will watch the numbers over the next couple of months and hopefully move it to sometime in December.

Stay tuned for updates…

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Club Meeting – Wed, Oct 7th

Can you feel it? Well maybe not this week with the temps we’ve been experiencing, but between the leaves falling and the occasional frosty morning we are definitely on our way to another snowmobile season. We’ll continue season planning and preparation at our club meeting this Wednesday at 7pm at the Horace Fire Station (park and enter on north side of building).

Primary topics for the meeting will include: Trail signing, Kickoff Party planning, State Ride, and groomer prep.

There will be an informal social from 6-7pm at Big Erv’s (across the street) before the meeting. This is a nice opportunity to talk snowmobiles and meet other riders. Even if you don’t know anyone, just stop in a look for a group of folks who appear to be suffering from 2-stroke exhaust withdrawals. We’re all easy to spot that way aren’t we? Seriously though, there should be a person or two wearing Sno-Riders swag so won’t be hard to spot.

All club meetings and gatherings are family friendly and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to be a member to attend.

Hope to see you there!!!!

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Club Meeting – Wed Sept 9th

Summer may not be completely over but it is winding down. Which means it’s time to begin preparing for the upcoming trail season. We will hold our first meeting of the season on Wed, Sept 9th at 7pm at the Fire Hall in Horace.

Come join us and learn what the we are all about and meet the wonderful group of volunteers that commit their personal time to create and maintain the local trail system that we all enjoy.

There is never a bad time to get involved in a snowmobile club. If you like the idea of having snowmobile trails to ride, it’s time to consider what it takes to make those trails a reality and how you can be part making it happen.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Club Meeting – Wed, June 3rd

We will be holding our last club meeting of the season Wed, June 3rd at 7pm. We will be meeting at the Fire Hall in Horace as this space will allow us to maintain social distancing so everyone can feel comfortable attending. The primary agenda items include:

  • End of season reports
  • Trailer wheel cover(s)
  • Off season needs
  • Next season early prep needs
  • Elections
  • Next meeting

As you can see, this meeting will include elections for club board positions. wewantyouWe always need new people to get involved to ensure the club continues to move forward in a meaningful and sustainable fashion. Some of us have been deeply involved for a long time and are not afraid to admit that parts of our thinking may be outdated in some respects.

New people bring the new ideas, new tactics and new energy needed to continue to grow the club which in turn can help more people and families safely enjoy this sport for which we all have such passion.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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May Meeting pushed to June

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there. Although the Covid19 guidance is beginning to relax, the club will not hold a May meeting. We have the season pretty much closed out so what is left is prep for next season and elections. These topics can wait so we will add a Wed June 3rd meeting to get them completed. Details will be communicated as we get closer.

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April Club Meeting and End of Season

There will be no in-person April club meeting due to social distancing recommendations. No, unfortunately this is not an April Fools thing.

Currently we are conducting club business via normal forms of indirect communication. This has been sufficient thus far, but we will consider virtual meeting options if needed.

Today (April 1st) is the official end of the trail season so our focus now turns to end of season groomer maintenance and trail sign removal. Both are large efforts that we must accomplish in a timely manner that keeps our volunteers safe and adheres to social distancing requirements.

For trail sign pickup this likely boils down to having several very small groups of people (preferably from the same household) working independently. So as things dry up in the coming weeks please feel free to start picking up trail signs. Just let us know what areas you cleared…and take some pics that we can share (snoriders@hotmail.com or FaceBook). When you are out, please be aware of road traffic and be as visible as possible…flashers on and bright clothing at a minimum.

Stay safe everybody.

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