We regret to announce that another long-time dependable PSSA volunteer has passed away. Mary Ellen Wallace was the “ticket lady” at the door taking money and tickets. Her interest and enthusiasm in snowmobile recreation will be missed. Please remember her husband Ralph and their children in your thoughts and prayers.
- All clubs were recently sent a Club Survey to complete. PSSA needs this information to update club information. We use this data to show what the various clubs do to maintain trails and promote snowmobile recreation. We cannot continue to support clubs who do not provide this backup data. PSSA is responsible for the use of all grant funds. (If your club did not receive this survey or you need another link to it please call Kathy Woolever ASAP at the Palmyra Office.) If you have any questions please call me. Leave a message if I do not answer. Everyone’s information is important to the future of our sport. Data talks in Washington and Harrisburg. Your cooperation is appreciated.
- I have been told that several clubs are making a concerted effort to promote PSSA to their members. Clubs have benefited from the PSSA mini-grants totaling over $500,000. Even if your club does not maintain trails they do have access to the thousands of miles of trails that are maintained by clubs. Your support of PSSA is needed to continue programs that support trails.
- Travis Mathna, Roger Auker, Kathy Woolever and Committee are hard at work promoting the annual Power Sport Show. Your help is needed to encourage local dealers to participate as a vendor or advertise for the event. This Show helps pay for trail and miscellaneous expenses. Blizzard is once again sponsoring two trailers. A Can Am ATV has been donated by the dealers via the efforts of Roger Auker. More tickets are available by contacting the Palmyra Office. Volunteers should contact Travis Mathna for information.
- Terry Wood, Keystone Snowmobiler Chair, is asking for articles/pictures for the Keystone Snowmobiler. This is a free opportunity to promote your club/trails. There is also ad space in both the Keystone Snowmobiler and our website: www.pasnow.org to advertise to a much larger internet audience. Contact Kathy Woolever at the Palmyra Office for details.
Not everyone has internet access. It would help PSSA keep in contact with those members if you would take the time to print a copy of your Keystone Snowmobiler and give it to them. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has experienced a large turnover of personnel in the last several years. Very few ride snowmobiles. Therefore, it is more important for members to contact their local representatives and explain the benefits/needs of snowmobile recreation. It would help the snowmobile recreation program immensely if you would take the time to be in contact with those who vote on recreation issues. Thank you.
The process to appoint Lisa Vallimont as the Grant Administrator for PSSA is now complete. All questions concerning current grants should be directed to Lisa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa will be contacting clubs after I have signed a contract with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and a budget is approved. The time-line for this part of the process is six to eight weeks. Start planning for your trail needs now.
Clubs will be given a chart which details the totals each club has received for grants. This chart shows the amount of grants given to each club and total volunteer hours. Club volunteers and PSSA membership should be proud of the work and commitment these figures represent. What is not on this chart is the amount of money PSSA memberships cover to make these grants possible. PSSA is a business and must meet its contractual obligations. PSSA depends on memberships, ticket sales, and volunteers for the Power Sport Show, promotion of PSSA on website/Facebook, articles for the Keystone Snowmobiler, donations and active Regional Directors. PSSA Board will be discussing what needs to be done to ensure the continuation of the mini-grant program. Please discuss with your club how you can increase your support. Thank you for your cooperation.
Liz Krug, President
Reminder: PowerSport Show – last weekend of October – Lebanon Expo Center – same as last year.