The subtle changes in temperature signal the start of snowmobile trail repair and equipment updates for the coming season. Find out what the local clubs are doing and offer to help or make a donation toward their efforts. PSSA mini-grants do not cover all costs nor were they ever intended to do so.
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.
PSSA recently received a grant totally $55,000 from Governor Wolf. Originally Julie McKenzie started the process then became ill. Lisa Vallimont, as the new Grant Administrator stepped in and began to tweak the original and with data and guidelines received together we added the maintenance of snowmobile trail miles used by other recreation groups to the narrative. PSSA thanks Julie for all her work and Congratulations on her recent marriage to Ted Mowatt, Vice-President of Wanner Associates. Also Representative Ryan Bizzarro(D- Erie) was instrumental in PSSA receiving this grant.
NEP Sno Trails also received an equipment grant.
Lisa Vallimont will be meeting with Lori Elliott in mid-September to make the transition for writing grants as smooth as possible. Lori has been involved with PSSA for many years as the Executive Director and Grant Writer. Increased responsibilities at Wanner Associates made it impossible for her to continue as Grant Administrator. PSSA thanks Lori for all her time and effort spent helping make PSSA what it is today.
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 Sno Cam 450 4×4 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.
Request: 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.
Liz Krug, President
Reminder: PowerSport Show – last weekend of October – Lebanon Expo Center – same as last year.