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General Membership Meeting
October 4, 2006 - Call to order: 7:38 pm

Secretary’s Report - Paulie Skaja-Bell
  • September minutes corrected & approved; filed for future audit.
Treasurer’s Report - Nancy Hanson
  • September report approved; filed for future audit.
Director-at-Large - Rob Bell
  • No report.
Trail Coordinator - Steve Hohag
  • Three Rivers is going through the approval process at their October meeting; stated we will continue to groom Baker Park; Elm Creek needs a trim (Steve will coordinate).
  • Craig followed up with Hennepin County; at this time there is no change in Hwy 81 route.
  • Landowner certificates received last week in September; Loretto still needs.
  • Will have trail issues until December 1st; concerns about printing map because trail info could be outdated; always a concern; print as late as possible; trail review will be November and info will be provided to Mustang

New Members

  • Sam from Hamel.
Old Business
  • M/S/P motion to proceed with financing at Hamel Farmer's Bank at 9.25% for four years for $38,468.50 ($114,900 cost, $60,000 trade, $3,568.50 tax, $20,000 on Nov 17 when CD matures); more can be applied at the end of the season; no penalty for early payoff.
  • Groomer training Saturday, December 2nd at 2:30pm at Butch's; strongly encouraged if plan on driving groomer.
  • Blind mailing to targeted areas (registered snowmobilers); attracted about 12 - 14 new members; finding was there is not much sympathy in the public regarding trail issues

New Business

  • Dinner at 7pm on Oct 11 at Choo Choo; at 7pm on November 15th at Dehn's Manor
  • Discussion regarding PR; interview or simple article about organization; Paulie will forward safety training info to Star News and Crow River; also coordinate additional article with pictures.
  • Club trip in late February/early March; North Shore location with 10 - 15 room block; around $100/night; easy trail access; Rocky will coordinate.
MnUSA - http://www.mnsnowmobiler.org
  • VoteMN change to constitution should not impact funding; details regarding candidate opinions on MnUSA web site.
  • Nancy discussed feedback received by members regarding the rate structure for the grant program; includes GPS of trails; if NW Trail goes down to 100 miles grant amount will reduce; outcome will be presented at fall workshop in Duluth.
  • Region 8 Swap Meet is scheduled for second weekend in November; volunteers can sign up to work Thursday setup or show Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday; Nancy is waiting for discount tickets, but has not seen yet.
  • MnUSA will be working on strategic plan.
  • Raffle calendar will be available next month.
  • Couple of new law suits filed by Sierra Club because they do not approve of trails; more to follow.
Club Updates
  • Fundraiser to help Hamel Lions build a refreshment stand; 50 - 100 mile "fun run" providing there is snow; more info to come.
  • Brooklyn Park is looking for donated fan-cooled sleds; Polaris no longer an option; have received one sled; store at members' homes; use personal sleds for training; liability falls to DNR as long as they are not used on trail
Committee Reports
  • Membership: membership dues are due now; pay Nancy.
  • Map: have about 25 advertisers that have paid; 5 more have said they will purchase ad; need 65 ads; meet after meeting to update; need to approach new businesses too; once payment is received Mustang will be contacted.
  • Safety: Snowmobile Safety Training dates in Rogers and Corcoran have been set; $10 per student; registration forms MUST be completed; information to be forwarded to newspapers and posted on MnUSA, city and NW Trails web sites; Norm has received 27 registrations through DNR site.
Adjournment: 8:48 p.m.

Next Meeting
  • Tuesday, November 7 at Medina Ballroom
  • Board Meeting, 6:00 pm
  • Happy Hour, 7:00 pm
  • General Meeting, 7:30 pm
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