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newsletter – Aug 22


Dates to remember

Snowmobile Club 3747 Lockport Road
Sanborn, NY 14132


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Shawnee Sno-Chiefs
Snowmobile Club
Established 1973

Bring a Friend With You!

Our Club is Always in Search of New Members!

Dates to Remember

Sep 12 – Club Meeting (at the Ship Restaurant)
Sep 30 – 2 Oct: Big East Powersports Show
Oct 3 – Club Meeting Dec 5 – Club Meeting
Dec 10 – Snowmobile Safety Class
Jan 2 – Club Meeting
Feb 4 – Club Sno-Drags** Feb 6 – Club Meeting Mar 6 – Club Meeting Apr 3 – Club Meeting
Apr 21-23 – NYSSA Forum
*-All Club Meetings are at 7:30
p.m. at Shawnee Fire Hall unless otherwise announced
**- Tentative

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2022 Fall Newsletter
Your club officers and Directors are:

President: VACANT
Secretary: Gary Broderick, 716-807-7002
Trail Treas./Director: Lonnie Daigler, 716-818-5797

Director: Rodger Johnson, 716-417-7586
Director: Art Ring, 585-331-3382
Barn Mgr/Mx/Dir.: Herb Stephenson, 716-523-1242

Trail Coordinator: Brent Walck, 716-523-2320
Vintage Club: Nick Freatman, 716-946-7938

Vice President: Rodney Michalak, 716-628-0731

Treasurer: Mark Stevens, 905-931-3070

Director: Dan
Szumla, 716-310-6582
Director: Jim Biehls, 716-263-3139

Director: Bob Hood, 716-946-1356
Groomer Scheduler: Paul Prior, 716-310-8290

Dir./Trail Coord.: Pete Fleckenstein, 716-628-484
Junior Sno-Chiefs: VACANT

From Lonnie: I would to welcome everyone back to a great snowmobile season of 2023. The past years
we have overcome many challenges and got through them still standing. Gary and Mark got the grant
to purchase that wonderful Tucker groomer, which was put to good use last year with over 120 hours
of grooming time and training. The new groomer actually excited volunteers to come out and groom.
Paul and Herb have a good number of operators for both machines and it sure paid off last year with
some on the best trails in WNY. Herb even sold our BR160 for more money than the dealer said it was
worth. This helped to offset our total cost of the new Tucker. After 2 years that machine is all
paid off and we are debt free.

Last Season Events: Our drive thru landowner dinner has seemed to be a hit and hopefully we
continue this style of event. Our grill raffle has been bringing in a good amount of money roughly
3 to 4 thousand each time. This is because of all of you selling tickets and Brent getting the
prizes paid for by our sponsors. The Hot Dog roast in January was the most impressive turnout we
have ever seen. We gave out over 300 dogs and everyone that stopped enjoyed the event. From the
sled hill for the kids and all the snowmobile talk. What a great time. If you didn’t come out to
the workers appreciation happy hour, you missed a great time. Thanks to Jim for putting that

Want 1000 Dollars? The New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) is offering a $1000 drawing
for everyone that has renewed their membership prior to December 1st, 2022-when you do, you are
automatically entered! You can join in person at any club event or meeting, at Hebeler Sales and
Service or at

Ever wonder how the ‘organized’ part of snowmobiling works? How the NYSSA steers our path with
state and sometimes federal agencies? Interacts at the National and International levels? If you
want to learn more, we have volunteer
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opportunities representing Niagara County at the state level. Generally, Board meetings are monthly
(and the majority are done online) along with Committee Meetings (also mostly online), all travel
and expenses are reimbursed by NYSSA according to their policies. If you are interested in learning
more, please call Gary Broderick at 716-807-7002.

We will be hosting a New York State Snowmobile Safety Course on December 10, 2022 at the Shawnee
Fire Hall. Registration opens at 8:30 (all minor children require a parent/guardian to complete the
registration), classes start at 9:00 A.M. We encourage parents to attend with their children.
Children must be at least 10 years old by the date of the course to receive a certification. The
club will provide soft drinks and snacks, though students should bring their own lunch along with
pencils/pens. We require a parent/guardian to pick up all minor children at the end of the class.
Please RSVP to Rodger at 716-731-2174.

The NYSSA/SLEDNY Educational Forum and Annual Business Meeting will be held April 21-23, 2023 at
the OnCenter in Lake Placid, New York. There will be lots of classes on various subjects to include
trail building, club operations, insurance, volunteerism and many other subjects. The Annual
Business Meeting will include voting on a proposed budget and election of officers. If you are
interested, please contact Lonnie at 716-818-5797.

The Big East Powersports show will be held September 30th through October 2nd at the Exhibition
Hall, NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. See the newest in sleds and gear for this year. Keep an eye on
NYSSA’s Facebook page for discount tickets! (@NewYorkStateSnowmobileAssociation)

Want to help out on the trails? We do have fun trail building–Call Brent 716-523- 2320/Pete at
716-628-4841. We always need volunteers to help make our trails possible. You can meet and talk to
trail captains at any of our club meetings!

Do you like smooth trails? Know how they get that way? Come and be part of our great reputation for
smooth trails! We really need volunteers to help with Groomer Maintenance, Groomer Operation and
Barn Upkeep. Mechanical abilities are a plus, but we will help teach anyone interested. If you have
some time and/or experience, would like to help out or if you are willing to learn, please call
Paul at 716-310-8290 or Herb at 716-523-1242.
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Shawnee Sno-Chiefs logo clothing is available to order at each meeting- Sno-Chiefs Logo wear must
be pre-ordered and pre-paid-Call Brent at 716-523-2320.

If you have children going to college, there are several scholarships available for children of
members: Club, NYSSA, Northeast Chapter of the International Snowmobile Council, The International
Snowmobile Media Council, just to name a few. Please keep an eye out for deadlines. For due dates
and instructions check out,,, For more info contact Gary at 716-807-7002.

The club is always looking for ideas for club rides, get-togethers, and other activities. If you
have any ideas, please let one of the Board members know. We want to have fun along with building
and maintaining our trails.

We’d like to recognize all the establishments on our trail system: Taylors Tap and Grill, Wagner’s
Farm Market, Tecla Rustic Bistro and Bar, Hoover’s Restaurant, Tony’s Sanborn Pizza, Tim Horton’s,
Halligan’s Tavern, Pendleton Creek Golf Club and Pub, Valero Gas, Kenyon’s Variety and Gas, Hebeler
Sales and Service, and Bob Weaver Motorsports & Marine. These folks are our sponsors and in some
cases, landowners! Please frequent their locations and show your support for those that support
your club!

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