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December 2004 Newsletter


There wasn’t much to include in a monthly newsletter and then it snowed. The ground looks nice and clean when it is all white.

The annual Christmas party is at the Timberwolf, happy hour starts at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15.00 per person. I hope to see you all there.

I didn’t have a lot of news until I started to think, funny how that is. I have talked some about, and attended the past two MNUSA winter rendezvous. MJ and I have enjoyed them both. We have met some neat people and had a lot of fun.

What is MNUSA and what has it done for us. MNUSA is composed of 17,000 snowmobilers and 300 clubs statewide. It represents snowmobilers on both a state and national level. Yes! It plays our politics for us. It’s a nasty job but somebody has to do it. Here is how it hits home for us.

1.    We just bought a new groomer, not for us but for all the snowmobilers in the state. The state would like to cut our funding. We have a $40,000 loan to pay off. Can we afford to have our funding cut? MNUSA represents us.
2.    The US Forest Service has adopted the Alternative Modified E Plan to manage both the Chippewa and Superior National Forests. This is called the roadless plan. Snowmobile trails are not a part of it. In this plan there is little room for any recreational use but that sanctioned by the “tree and bunny huggers.” I can just see Gilford Pinchot spinning in his grave. MNUSA represents us.
3.    Did you know:
A.    MNUSA promotes snowmobile safety training throughout the state.
B.    MNUSA awards three-college scholarships every year. One for $10,000 and two for $500.
C.    Snowmobile clubs throughout Minnesota give thousands of dollars to charities every year.
D.    The Snowdrifters need a new president next year.
E.    Our club should have as many members at the Winter Rendezvous banquet as we can.
F.    If we show young people that we have a good time maybe they will join us?

A young boy from Africa suffering from AIDS spoke all over the world. He always finished with the following advice: “Do all you can, in the time you have, with what you have, in the place you are.” Not bad for a little kid! See you at the party.

PS The trails are 905 ready, all we need is snow.
PSS MJ has some great door prizes

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