September Start-up Notes

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Hi Everyone!


Yup…It’s that time of year…dust off those trail stake pounders, the snowmobiles, and get ready for the upcoming season….

Are your club dues paid? Did you order your trail passes for the upcoming season?

     My daughter reminded me there would be no excuses if her sled wasn’t ready to go for the first trail opening! Now is the time to pay your dues and order your passes. I received a lot of complaints last year from folks upset that they were pulled over multiple times to provide proof of pass payment. The easiest way not to have that happen is to order them in time to have your stickers on your machines!

Our funding increase and the state budget…..

     We are hoping that by the end of the month, the budget bill will be signed. Remember that our funding increase request was placed in this budget, so it should take effect. That would increase the base self-funded grant amount to $300 a funded mile. It would also raise the minimum amount of claimed grooming needed to qualify for supplemental payments to $200 a mile. It also eliminates the sunset clause on our trail pass program. When signed, the increase will be in effect for this season. I will keep all updated.

The AWSC Fall Workshop is October 27 -29 At the Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton……

     Make sure you get registered and get your rooms! The Room cutoff date is September 28th! There will be a costume dance Friday night. Our Miss Snowflake will be crowned Saturday Night. Donations for the Silent Auction will be welcomed. The money raised will go towards the AWSC Scholarship Fund. The KAOS group will be collecting used glasses, so please bring them along. I will not be in attendance, as my son Chad gets married that Saturday Night.

AWSC Raffle Tickets Are Now Available.

     I will have some at the DCCSC Meeting Thursday night. The success of this raffle helps offset the need to raise our membership dues, which, at $10 member, are the lowest in the snow belt.  

The AWSC Safety Poster Contest…..

     Is now going on for our members that are in High School. They need to be IN THE AWSC OFFICE by December 8th at 3PM. More info will be posted on the AWSC Website.

There will be a $1.50 fee for On-Line Rosters….

     The AWSC is charged for credit card transactions on these. These fees help us offset costs that could be a factor in not having to raise our dues. It is important to do both in keeping your rosters current, so members can get their trail passes and being efficient in doing so.

Are your club’s Officer and Contact information current with the AWSC? Are those contacts, as well as your Deligate and Executive Trail current with the DCCSC and Secretary Mike Niebuhr?

     This should be done without saying. These lists should be a priority of all clubs and councils.


The DCCSC Executive Trail Meeting will be at 7PM, October 12th at the 1855 Saloon in Cottage Grove.  Trail opening and closing, Insurance binders and agreements to Dane County Parks will be some of the main topics. I will also go over SNARs reporting, and the updated rates for both grooming and non-grooming maintenance. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR EXECUTIVE TRAIL MEMBERS ARE NOTIFIED TO ATTEND!



Thanks to all!

Sam Landes

Executive Director-Dane County 

AWSC Legislative Committee Chair

Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs 

7353 Springhelt Drive

Dane, WI 53529


608-513-3591 cell

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