The 2018/19 Near North Snowdrifters Executive
President: Pearl Ivens
Vice President: Fred DiSomma
Secretary: Jill DiSomma
Treasurer: Beth Lowes
We would like to extend many thanks to our active volunteers who
have helped in the opening of our trails this year including:
Also to our amazing groomer operators for their countless hours on the trails:
Awards were handed out at the OFSC District 11 Board.
Al Clark of the North Bay Snowmobile Club won both the District
and the provincial OFSC Safe Snowmobiling Ambassador Award.
Al has been a valuable member of the club for over 21 years and is a terrific
example of volunteerism and is completely dedicated to snowmobile safety and enjoyment.
Our volunteers have completed a safety course for chain saw brushing.
Check our photos page for pics.
Our training was provided by
Bernie Stockmans of WSN Forestry Health and Safety.
We would also like to thank
Tim Bryson of Tim Brysons Forestry Services
for providing the location and timber for the practise and cutting technique.
The Snowdrifters have been around a while and are always
looking to the future of the sport in our area.
Our club strives to maintain solid relationships with landowners,
who are critical for the future of the sport, and have even
managed to open new local routes throughout our area.
NEWS for OFSC Permit Buyers regarding Canada Post.
As I'm sure you are aware, the Canada Post backlog is growing,
and we are days away from our groomers getting out on the trails.
Throw in the fact that we have an early winter in many parts of this Province,
and we could have trails open as early as December.
Even if the government tables back to work legislation
it will still be several weeks before they can get back to even, and
people who have purchased permits may not have
received them by December 1.
The plan is as follows:
The wording within the fee schedule as approved by the Minister states
"Temporary Printable Trail Permit (Online only, and valid up to 14 days)".
We traditionally only issue these from December 1 onwards, as we are 'in season'
and want people to be able to ride immediately after buying it.
However, because we know many people have not yet received their permits,
we are going to initially issue temporary permits to those who need them,
valid for 14 days from December 1.
On December 15, assuming the backlog is not yet cleared, we will provide
the ability to permit holders to re-generate a
new 14 day temporary permit if they had not yet received it.
For those purchasing after December 1, we will follow the same protocol,
albeit with different expiry dates, until we are sure the
Canada Post backlog is resolved.
The bottom line is that we are ensuring that
permit buyers will not miss a single day of riding because of Canada Post.
Ryan J. Eickmeier MPP, LLM, EMBA
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs
A Snowdrifter Cash Donation to the Sundridge Strong Fire Dept.
helped to outfit this unit with a new winch.
Here is what our donation helped to buy for the
South River Machar Fire Dept.
Read about landowners and the OFSC and OFATV agreement
Our trail system is based on landowners allowing us passage on their property.
We would like to honour
Brian Bradley, our former club treasurer,
who passed away while out riding.
George Cottrell, a local heavy equipment owner/operator,
responsible for a significant amount of
Snowdrifter trail clearing, is no longer with us.
The Near North Snowdrifters will miss him.
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