Membership Benefits – WHY JOIN PSSA ? List of What we Do!
A lot of what happens to impact your business or your ability to ride a snowmobile in Pennsylvania, doesn’t happen at the local level.
Laws change, trails are threatened, funding questions arise.For that reason it’s critical that snowmobilers and related businesses have state-level representation and support.
HELP BUILD THE FUTURE
While PSSA continues to work to overcome threats to ridership, it is working doubly-hard to make the Pennsylvania snowmobiling experience even better.
Although we can’t guarantee snow, your colleagues in PSSA are working closely with State Government and its Membership to make well marked, well-groomed, and GIS mapped trails a reality.
- Accurate GIS mapping of existing trails on public and private lands
- Clearly marked trails and services
- Improved grooming
- Access to services
- Protection of trails & right to ride
And if you’re a manufacturer, dealer or associate member --- better snowmobiling makes for better business!
HAVE A VOICE THAT’S HEARD
As we’ve mentioned, the big achievements and decisions that impact the future of snowmobiling don’t occur at the local level alone. PSSA works to see that your interests are protected and actively represented at the local, state, and national level to:
- Government Officials & Legislators – Federal, State, County, Township
- National Organizations of Snowmobile Associations & Manufacturers
- PA Advisory & Planning bodies
- Funding Sources
- The Media and the Public.
Over the years, PSSA has driven legislation to provide registration and require liability insurance, lights, mufflers, and brakes for snowmobiles; to allow 110” wide trailers on the road; to create safety certification for children, and then to keep the minimum age from rising to 14 or dropping to 8.
It’s defended against laws to require turn signals and windshield wipers on sleds, and to prohibit riding at night. More recently, after more than a decade of work, the Governor signed legislation in 2005 that applies a $1 million/year liquid fuels tax refund (from the operation of snowmobiles and ATVs) to the maintenance of roads and bridges used by those vehicles.
STAY ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF NEWS & INFO
PSSA not only works to see that you have access to the most up-to-date information, but also to see that it’s members have an effective means to reach others that care about their sport.
www.pasnow.org gives you immediate access to online news, updates, trail information and more
PSSA, with Hartman Publications, offers the only 12-month snowmobiling newspaper in the world, giving you current news on snowmobiling, products, and events with a monthly issue of the Keystone Snowmobiler delivered to your door.
For snowmobile clubs in Pennsylvania and adjacent states, www.pasnow.org & the Keystone Snowmobiler allow you to get out club news and publicize events to thousands of snowmobilers - for free.
INSURE & SAVE MONEY
PSSA has negotiated special programs to meet your insurance needs and to save you money:
- Liability Coverage for club premises, activities, & trails through V&V Insurance (call V&V @ 563-547-2161 for more information). PSSA pays an annual premium solely to enable its member clubs to secure coverage.
- A Group Savings Plan (up to 10%) for individuals on auto, home, and snowmobile insurance through Liberty Mutual Insurance at 1-800-225-8251.
- A free $2,000 accidental death and dismemberment policy from American Income Life. 717-540-8408. This benefit is automatic with membership.
CATCH COOL TRIPS & EVENTS
Pennsylvania’s Premier Fall Snowmobile & ATV Expo – watch for 2011 details as they unfold at www.papowersports.com .
Summer Campout – Hosted by a member snowmobile club in a different location each year, the campout offers snowmobilers at opportunity to relax, have fun, and stay in touch and get acquainted with old and new snowmobiling friends.
Annual Trip – Destinations like Russia & Canada – customized and priced especially for PSSA.
Annual Awards Luncheon: The Annual Awards Luncheon, held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting & Spring Conference, recognizes the best of the best in Pennsylvania snowmobiling. Snowmobile clubs have the opportunity to nominate a Snowmobiler or the Year, Dealer of the Year, Snowmobile Family of the Year, and Forester/Government Official of the Year. Thiese are the people whose special contributions shape the sport in Pennsylvania.
LEARN, SPEAK OUT & VOTE
PSSA’s Annual Meeting, scheduled this year for April 14th 2012, offers everyone the opportunity to catch up on significant snowmobiling news, to learn about projects and programs, and to have a voice in electing officers and setting the policy that governs and guides the State Organization. Watch for details coming soon.
- Opportunities for workshops and training
- The right to participate in future planning & statewide activities
- The chance to make decisions about YOUR statewide organization.