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General Membership Meeting
September 6, 2006 - Call to order: 7:36 pm

Secretary’s Report - Paulie Skaja-Bell
  • August minutes corrected & approved; filed for future audit.
Treasurer’s Report - Nancy Hanson
  • August report approved; filed for future audit.
Director-at-Large - Rob Bell
  • Article in local papers to promote organization & training.
Trail Coordinator - Steve Hohag
  • The 2006/2007 grant award will be $31,872; pay in January.
    ~Trail update; may not have trail west of 116; need work around.
    ~Craig requested insurance copies for Maple Grove & land owner.
New Members
  • None present.
Old Business
  • Land owner gift certificates mailed - Thanks Mike!
  • M/S/P to trade existing groomer for '05; discussion concluded new groomer has same features as current groomer; Nancy will research best rate (Hamel offered 10.25%)
    '05 cost $114,900 - trade $60,000 = total $54,900
  • M/S/P $20k down & finance remaining amount; discussed using portion of grant in January to pay down; early payoff
  • NW Trails wear; Rob stated only a couple of members wanted product; not practical; artwork is available if members would like to pursue

New Business

  • Dinner at 7pm on Sept 13 at Hilltop; 7pm on Oct 11 at Choo Choo
  • Request for members to monitor club voicemail on rotating schedule; Rob will distribute list & instructions
  • Membership renewals: invoices will be mailed with minutes; Nancy will maintain roster
  • Groomer trainingSaturday, December 2 at Butch's after Safety Training; totally different machine; participation strongly encouraged; sign up in November
MnUSA - http://www.mnsnowmobiler.org
  • Nancy requested feedback from members regarding the rate structure for the grant program; contact Nancy to participate
  • 200 gift certificates from Sno-Barrens given out as of 8/31/06 at State Fair; new membership count still pending
  • Region 8 Swap Meet is scheduled for second weekend in November; volunteers can sign up at October meeting
  • Fall seminar is being held in Duluth; Nancy distributed info
  • Instructor classes are posted on DNR web site
  • Rendezvous will be weekend of February 9th.
Club Updates
  • Discussion about Loretto's club status; Nancy will follow up
Committee Reports
  • Membership: No formal committee; Paulie will invite newest membership to dinner & confirm areas for involvement
  • Map: Invoices & letters sent to past & prospective advertisers; list passed around for follow-up volunteers; new businesses to approach should be given to Rob; follow-up calls within one week; printing 12,000 maps with Mustang; Rob will send weekly updates
  • Safety: Snowmobile Safety Training in Rogers December 2nd and 9th with "over the snow" test on December 9th; Rocky will provide Corcoran dates, Bob will forward Hamel dates, Loretto dates will be posted to web site when available; dates will be posted on MnUSA and other sites.
Adjournment: 8:56 p.m.

Next Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 3 at Medina Ballroom
  • Board Meeting, 6:00 pm
  • Happy Hour, 7:00 pm
  • General Meeting, 7:30 pm
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