Believe it or not, it’s that time again! Welcome to the 2015-16 season and welcome
back to the Club! Now is the time to renew your membership-we’ve had some groomer
repair bills that have put a strain on our funds, especially being off-season when very
little money comes in. You can re-join at https://membership.nysnowmobiler.com/clubs/0890.
You will need your 6 digit membership number from the card you received last year.
You can also renew at club meetings, club events and at Hebelers Sales and Service.
While you’re at it, please make sure your mailing address and e-mail address is correct.
Once you renew, please register your sled-registering your sled now helps increase the
trail fund and increases the per mile amount of money that we get back to maintain our
trails. Please go to any Niagara County DMV office to renew (as it helps a chunk of that
money stay local) or you can go to www.dmv.ny.gov/snorenew/default.html. When
asked to enter your voucher number, don’t use dashes or spaces.
The club would like to thank those members that contributed so much to the club and
club activities last year. If you have an idea for a club activity, please contact one of the
officers or directors. If you have any one day or multi day rides in mind, please contact
an officer or board member-we might be able to make it happen!
We will have a couple new feeder trails this year, one to Tantara Golf Course Club House
and one to the Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club. We are trying to get over to the Meeting
Place in Bergholz. We need someone to take over the proposed trail to Ransomville-
Pete Fleckenstein and a few others have done a lot of legwork on getting this trail
through, but need your help. Some other trail captains need help and/or someone to
take over for them. If you’re interested in learning more about managing a trail, please
call Pete Fleckenstein at 628-4841.
We are working on several Canal related trails, including the new Bike Path from
Lockport to Amherst and the Towpath form Lockport to Medina where we can meet the
current corridor trail. We need people that know the area and the landowners and the
political people in the towns and villages along the way. If you are interested in this
connection, please call Gary at 807-7002.
SNOWMOBILE CLUB, Inc.
Newsletter Date: 2015
Your club officers and directors are:
President: Brent Walck, 523-2320
Secretary: Dave Ackerman, 946-6730
Trail Treasurer/Director: Lonnie Daigler, 731-5128
Director: , 523-1242
Director: Mike MacGillivray, 905-384-0993
Groomer Coordinator: Herb Stephenson, 523-1242
Vice President: Gary Broderick, 807-7002
Treasurer: Mark Stevens, 905-931-3070
Director: Jim Biehls, 625-6834
Director: Pete York, 305-360-5135
Director: Sean Wilczak, 949-0091
Groomer Scheduler: Paul Prior, 743-9623
Pete Fleckenstein, 628-4841
Want to help out on the trails? We will start building our trail system within the next 2
months. This is a great way to get to know the trails and to meet some of your fellow
club members. We have fun and do the job-come hang out with other people that
snowmobile. If you are interested, please come to the October meeting or call Pete at
Our new website is up and running. Check it out at www.snochiefs.net! Between the
website and our Facebook pages, you can keep up with club activities. Visit
https://www.facebook.com/ShawneeSnoChiefs and ‘Like’ us.
Want to see your business advertised on the Erie/Niagara County Trail Guide? A
business card on the back with a ‘thumb tack’ locating your business on the map is $150.
For a front side business card, it’s $250. Ads need to be placed by October 15th. Please
call Gary at 807-7002 if interested.
Last Spring, we reported to you that we had a catastrophic failure of hydraulic systems
on our BR-160 Trail Groomer. Costs estimates for repair were anywhere from $10K –
$35K. The good news? The cost to repair will be much closer to the $10K estimate. The
bad news? $10K still takes a significant chunk out of our operating budget. Our annual
Trail Grant is approx. $15K which won’t cover repairs and
building/maintaining/grooming trails. Bottom line? We need to find ways to raise
money. If you have ideas, please give Brent a call at 523-2320.
–We will be receiving our allotment of Statewide Super Raffle tickets in October. We get
$2.50 for every $5 ticket sold. This is a very low overhead fundraiser for us with 56
prizes having a value totaling over $43,000. If you have ideas on how we can sell more
of these tickets, please call Gary at 807-7002. We ended up making approx.. $1250 last
year on tis raffle-as the 7th largest club in New York State, we should be able to sell far
more tickets. If we sell the most tickets in New York, we will receive more than the
$2.50 per ticket as an incentive award. We need your help to make this happen!
Check out the NYSSA Website: http://www.nysnowmobiler.com/memberdiscounts and
take advantage of the many discounts available to you! From Hotels and car rental
agencies to insurance to travel and so much more. You are eligible for all these savings
because as a member of the Sno-Chiefs you are also a member of the NYSSA. By the
time you read this, you will have probably received the fall edition of the New York
Snowmobiler Magazine-lots of great information on riding in New York State! NYSSA
Offers computer based Online Training to complete a 6 hour safe driving course of $22 –
and gets you a 10% liability discount on your auto insurance for 3 years!
Did you know that a 10 year old can ride a sled? They can-with a safety certificate and a
parent/guardian within 500 feet. Did you know a 14 year old can ride alone? They can,
with a safety certificate. Where do they get one? The club hosts two classes per year,
this year there will be an all-day class on December 12th and a 2 night class in January.
You can find more class information on
http://www.nysparks.com/recreation/snowmobiles/safety-courses.aspx. Club members
volunteer to teach this free course. We always encourage parents to take this class with
their kids. You bring food, we supply the soft drinks. Please contact Rodger at 731-2174
for more info and reservations.
Newsletter Date: 2015
Do you know anyone that is a successful Grant Writer? We have an opportunity to apply
for the upcoming round of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants, allowing us to buy
new equipment for only 20% of the retail cost. If you can do it or know someone that
can, please call Brent Walck at 523-2320.
Do you like smooth trails? Know how they get that way? Come and be part of our great
reputation for smooth trails! We are always looking for volunteers to help with Groomer
Maintenance, Groomer Operation and Barn Upkeep. If you have some time and/or
experience, would like to help out or if you are willing to learn, please call Herb at 523-
New 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 523-2320.
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Dates to Remember
Newsletter Date: Autumn 2015
*-All Club Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. at Shawnee Fire Hall
Oct 5 – Club Meeting
Nov 2 – Club Meeting
Dec 7 – Club Meeting-Christmas Party
Dec 12 – Snowmobile Safety Class
Jan 4 – Club Meeting
Jan 22 – Safety Course Part I
Jan 23 – Safety Class Part II
Jan 30 – Club Sno-Drags**
Feb 1 – Club Meeting
Mar 7 – Club Meeting
Apr 4 – Club Meeting
Jun 23-25 Shawnee Field Days **
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