This season perhaps the Saskatoon Snowmobile club has fewer tasks to do. “What?” you say. Anyone who is involved in the day-to-day operation of a snowmobile club must think I am now smoking some of that, now legal, green stuff.
We did get some of our major tasks completed last season—the long-awaited trail link with the Prince Albert Trail Riders; the moving of Lac d’Quack shelter; and even the major hitch repair on the groomer, but I’m not saying there aren’t still a few jobs related to these issues. There may be a re-alignment in the future of how our trail links with Prince Albert. Both of our shelters could use new wood boxes and outdoor “biffies.” And the groomer crew is already going over the groomer to find any more problem areas before they become major breakdowns, creating trail grooming delays and unhappy riders.
On that note, John Popoff is back at it again after last winter’s hip operation, as well as Jim Puckett and Bob Thompson. So hopefully we will have a successful grooming season. Also most of the highway construction near Warman and Martinsville is complete, so we will have access to those critical ditches in order to gain access to our clubhouse and those two cities. Bob Nicol and myself will head trail signing duties again. We will be looking for trail marking helpers (especially during weekdays) when conditions permit. Yes, we will be phoning some of you. Or if you wish to help, just call one of us.
We have already had our annual fall corn roast with 25 to 30 people attending. A few more would have been nice, but sweet fresh corn was enjoyed by all. Thanks, in part, to Michael Rogalski for his involvement in that, and he is already planning rides and social events for the upcoming season. He is also involved with the planning of re-branding our club with new literature, logo, banners, etc., in order to give us a fresh identity into the future. These should be on display at the annual Saskatchewan Snowmobile Show in Saskatoon November 1 to 3. After that, we will have our annual AGM/election of officers in mid-November. Also thanks to those non-snowmobilers/non-members who have taken it upon themselves to do cleanup and maintenance at our clubhouse and shelters. You know who you are. We are always looking for new people on the Saskatoon Snowmobile Club board, so why not consider it? And bring forth your new fresh ideas, too. Only youthful involvement will ensure the future of the club. We have many challenges ahead!
So did I say fewer tasks? I think I’d better bite my tongue, as you can see there is much for us to do in the future. And we had better get at it!
I hope to see you all on the trails, enjoying an early snowfall!